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Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Cable Railing Kit



Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Cable Railing Kit

So, you’ve decided to embark on a DIY cable railing project? Congratulations! Cable railing is sure to add a luxurious finishing touch to your deck and stairs. Cable railing kit technology has greatly improved over the last few years, and it’s now easier than ever for homeowners to roll up their sleeves and install cable railing without the need for a contractor.

Before you get too far into planning your project, there are a few key points to consider so that you stay within your budget and timeline.

About Cable Railing Kits

Cable railing has surged in popularity due to its sleek, modern design and the incredible visibility it provides over other deck or stair railing materials. Cable railing systems are very versatile and can be adapted to fit any style of deck or stairway. Homeowners can even customize their cable railing with numerous style and color options for the top rail so that you can match your existing structures.

If you don’t have a design in mind, take some time to browse our past projects and get inspired by what other homeowners have been able to accomplish with CityPost!

Cable railing kits come with cable infills that can be installed horizontally or at an angle (in the case of stairways). In the past, cable railing kits were largely geared toward contractors who have the special tools and knowledge to cut, drill and install cable railing. Today, homeowners can save considerable amounts of money by eliminating contractors and purchasing a DIY cable railing kit.

CityPost offers cable railing kits that come with all of the materials and instructions needed to complete your project, minus the top rail. Homeowners typically purchase top rails that match their existing deck or stairs, but if you need assistance locating materials our helpful team can help you source a supplier.

The only tools you need to install a CityPost cable railing kit are cable cutters, a swage tool, and a drill. It’s really that easy!

Now that you know the tools and supplies you need to get started, it’s time to create a budget for your project.

Setting a Budget For Your Cable Deck Railing or Stair Railing Project

One of the greatest benefits of a cable railing kit is that you can control the cost of materials by ordering a customized kit that contains precisely everything you need. To calculate the cost of your project, follow these easy steps:

  1. Measure each segment of your deck or stairway in lineal feet.


  2. Enter your measurements into our quote calculator.

You’ll receive a quote on the cost of your project, and our team will be available to answer any questions you may have about ordering or installing your cable railing kit. Every kit comes with cable, bolts, screws, posts and brackets. We always leave additional length on the cable to make the attachment process seamless and easy.

Our cable railing kits are offered in steel or stainless steel, and we offer custom color options to meet any design goal.

Most top rails cost approximately $3.50 per lineal foot, so be sure to contact your local lumberyard or supplier for pricing. Once you have that figure, you’ll have a pretty clear picture of the total cost of your project.

Every project is unique, and you may have other budgetary considerations. Some homeowners use this time as an opportunity to refinish or stain their deck to give it a fresh, new look. Take time to consider all aspects of your deck or stairs that you may want to update in the process.

Where to Buy Cable Railing Kits

Cable railing parts are available through catalogues at lumberyards and big box stores, but those part catalogues are complicated and don’t come with everything you need in one box, and are geared toward contractors who know all of the “extra” tools and components that need to be purchased. That’s why we launched CityPost--to provide a complete kit that includes everything you need to install cable railing without the need for a professional.

By purchasing directly from CityPost, you receive a custom cable railing kit that:

  • Contains pre-cut materials and instructions to do-it-yourself.
  • Saves you money on the cost of materials and labor.
  • Comes with a team of experienced professionals ready to help you through every step of the process.

Before we launched CityPost we were homeowners who had a lot of questions about cable railing. Don’t worry--you’re not alone, and we’re here to help. Browse our frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 855-438-2489.