Cable Rail Installation

Easing Installation—Cable Rail Installation Kit

Created with You in Mind

Cable railing systems preserve your view so that you can enjoy captivating landscapes or keep an eye on children who are playing in your yard. Before you fall in love with your enhanced view, you’ll fall for the easy installation process that makes our Cable Railing DIY friendly. One thing that helps make our cable railing installation so simple is the Cable Rail Installation Kit. Our team specially designed it to give you the right materials to make your cable railing installation a breeze. Here, we’ll break down each component of the Cable Rail Installation Kit so you’ll know exactly what’s in the box and how it simplifies your installation process. We’ll discuss these items in the order that you will use them so you can get a clear picture of some of the steps of installing cable railing.

Cable Rail Installation Kit


That’s right. Our toolkit includes a bundle of string. Why? String is actually very useful as you lay out your posts, especially on stairs. When you have your posts placed where you think they will go, it’s time to grab the string from your tool kit. Run the string through the bottom holes of the layout. Then, you can have a friend help you pull the string, or simply tape it down on one end of the run so you can see what it looks like when it is taut.

This is a good representation of how the cable will run through the posts. If the string is not clearing the treads, adjust your post layout accordingly and repeat the process until the string runs through the bottom holes while clearing the treads.

Crimpers & Cutters

When you’re installing a cable railing system, good Crimpers and Cutters are essential. The Cutters, normally a bright red color, are used to simply cut the correct cable length for your run. These Cutters have sharp, curved blades that help keep the cable wound and free of frayed ends, greatly easing the way that the components fit over it.

Our crimpers are identified by their long blue and black handles. The dies on the end are responsible for crimping the Threaded Crimp Fitting onto the 5/32” cable before the component is threaded into the Tension Receiver. It is also used for crimping Cable Stop fittings. When you have made a crimp, you will see the number 10 appear on the fitting.

Guide Pin

Once you’ve crimped the Threaded Crimp Fitting, you can remove the Guide Pin from your tool kit. Push the Guide Pin so that part of it fits inside of the Threaded Crimp Fitting. From there, you can direct the Threaded Crimp Fitting and Guide Pin through the hole of your post. You should see the other side of the Guide Pin sticking through the side of the post. When that happens, you can easily slide the Tension Receiver onto the Guide Pin so that it meets and connects with the Threaded Crimp Fitting. At this point, you can make the cables snug, but avoid tightening them. VR290 - Level Tension Kit Diagram

Allen Wrench & Tightening Tool

When you’re ready to tighten the cable, you’ll want an Allen Wrench and a Tightening Tool. The Tightening Tool has teeth that connect to the fins of the Threaded Crimp Fitting. Holding the Tightening Tool on the cable as it is connected to the Threaded Crimp Fitting prevents the cable from spinning as you use the Allen Wrench to turn the Tension Receiver and tighten the cable.

Insert Sleeve Driver (Wood Block) 

If it’s time to tap the Insert Sleeves into the post holes, you may want the help of our Insert Sleeve Driver. The Insert Sleeve Driver is a wood block with a small groove in it. This makes it easy to slide onto the cable. In addition, it allows you to tap the block with a hammer to pop the Insert Sleeves into place. Though this can be done without the tool, the Insert Sleeve Driver allows you to use more leverage with your hammer with less risk of getting a purple thumb.

Make it Simple

We know that when you’re installing your cable railing system, you want the process to be fast and easy. We want that for you too so you can enjoy you new railing as soon as possible. The Cable Railing Tool Kit is not required for installation, but it sure makes it simple. In addition, you can rent it and receive some credit back upon its return.
To see more about the Cable Railing Tool Kit, check out the video below. If you have any additional questions about installing cable railing, you can view our metal post installation guide or contact our sales and support staff at, or by calling 1(866)-226-6536. We look forward to hearing from you!