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System D - Stainless Wire Balustrade Kit

Ferrule Swaged Jaw/Jaw Rigging Screw System

Price: $7.50 per run + wire + GST

System D Stainless Wire Balustrade Kit


The Ferrule Swaged Jaw/Jaw Rigging Screw System (System D) stainless balustrade kit is a cost-effective balustrade system for the DIY customer who still wants a professional looking stainless steel balustrade. The stainless steel balustrade fittings are easily swaged onto the wire with ferrules using a hand swaging tool. The Ferrule Swaged Jaw/Jaw Rigging Screw System can be used for timber, steel or masonry anchor posts.

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How to install wire balustrade

Wire balustrade kits are easy to install. For the Ferrule Swaged Jaw/Jaw Rigging Screw System all you need is a ruler, drill, drill bit, hand swaging tool, wire rope cutter and screwdriver. If you do not have a hand swaging tool or wire rope cutter we can hire you these tools. Follow the steps in “DIY Stainless Wire Balustrading the AAA Way” or our "System D Stainless Wire Balustrading" instructional video.

When installing stainless steel balustrade System D we recommend 3.2mm 7 x 7 or 3.2mm 7 x 19 stainless steel wire rope to provide the flexibility needed for looping the balustrade wire around the thimbles.

This hand crimped DIY stainless balustrade system is suitable for runs up to 8 metres. For longer runs you can put a rigging screw at both ends of the run.

To comply with BCA guidelines the stainless balustrade wires should be spaced 80mm apart provided the distance between the intermediate posts is no greater than 1200mm.

Do not bend balustrade wire around corners. It can damage the wire, put excessive stress on the anchor posts and make it difficult to tension.

The tension of the stainless wire can be checked by hanging a full 2lt milk container on the wire in the mid-point between the posts and measuring the deflection. If the wire deflects more than is allowed by the BCA Guidelines then it will need to be tensioned further. Be careful not to over tension the wires as this will put excessive strain on your anchor posts.

Drill 3mm holes to screw the saddles into timber anchor posts and 4mm holes to allow the balustrade wire to pass through the intermediate posts. If split nylon grommets are to be inserted into intermediate posts a 9.0mm hole is required.

If using steel posts we suggest you use self drilling screws or rivets to attach the saddles to the post.

If using masonry posts we suggest you use an 8mm Dynabolt (or similar) with a minimum length of 40mm and attach a 6mm Eye Nut to the thread for the anchor point.

Stainless balustrade supplies are available from AAA Metal Suppliers' Sydney showroom and factory in Wollongong.