Wanted to install a temporary wood top rail until I can make a teak top rail.
Cable Bullet spacer bars are a modern, slimmed-down alternative to larger intermediate cable support posts or pickets. While they offer no load-bearing structural support, they are designed to minimize cable deflection by maintaining cable spacing to adjacent cables. Their sleek 1/4-inch profile, stainless steel construction, and patent-pending design allow them to blend in nicely with your cables while maintaining a clean, open view.
Spacer bars are pre-drilled every 3 inches and are available in 8 to 13-hole configurations, each featuring two attachment options; floating or fixed. Open up your view and minimize cable deflection by installing spacer bars anywhere your cable runs span more than 4 ft between support posts. Designed for use with 5/32" diameter cable.
Our most popular configuarion is the floating spacer bar, which is attached to the top and bottom cable only, using two set screws. The floating spacer bar is ideal for post spans of up to 7'. A single floating spacer bar may be used up to 8', however, it's effectiveness at controlling cable deflection will begin to lessen.
For longer spans, and anywhere you plan to use multiple spacer bars in a row, use the fixed spacer bar option. The fixed spacer bar includes a standoff in place of the top set screw to attach the spacer bar to the underside of your top rail. The standoff further supports the cable by drawing on the top rail for stability. Fixed spacer bars are not intended to provide structural support for your top rail.
Installing your floating Cable Bullet spacer bars is a simple, straight-forward process. Because they attach to the cables only, and not your deck or top rail, they require no advanced preparation. However, all spacer bars must be installed with your tensioners before your cable runs have been completed. They cannot be added to a railing after the project has been completed.
Spacer bars must be installed before crimping the second end of your cables. A crimped cable end will not fit through the pre-drilled holes in a spacer bar.
|Size||Width||Depth||Height (Floating)*||Height (Fixed)**||Infill***|
*Overall height of the spacer bar only.
**Height of the spacer bar with the standoff. This measurement does not include the two threaded ends of the standoff that attach to the spacer bar and top rail.
***To determine your infill, measure the height from the floor (or bottom rail) to the underside of your top rail.
The maximum infill height recommendation is based on the 3-inch spacing between cable runs to allow for cable deflection and accommodate stricter interpretations of the International Residential Code (IRC).