I have been living and breathing this lake house fixer upper for the past 7 months. In some respects it seems like it’s taking forever and then when I look back at how far we have come I think…wow! We have made so much progress in so little time and I am proud of what we have accomplished.
From the moment I laid eyes on the view from this property, I knew I needed to find a way to maximize every aspect.
This is the view from the deck off of my master bedroom. It’s hard to believe that the master was previously on the street side of this property…right? It looks so beautiful with no railing or spindles getting in the way. Unfortunately, keeping it this way was unrealistic and unsafe.
I began this lake house project by making a list of wants.
Here are the three that topped the list:
1) A clear view of the lake
2) A rustic modern feel (Clean lines yet comfortable)
3) Low maintenance (Nobody wants to go to the lake and work right?)
With a clear vision of what I wanted for the home, I sought out to find reputable companies that offered products to help me accomplish the dreams I have had from day one.
Let me introduce you to the product I found to make our decks safe without obstructing any of the view: Feeney CableRail.
I can’t say enough good things about this product. It has modern, clean lines; it is almost invisible; it’s maintenance free and was so easy to install.
Let me show you how easy…
This will vary depending on your project. Read all of the product descriptions, installation instructions, and frame recommendations on www.Feeneyinc.com.
- Safety Glasses
- Work Gloves
- Measuring Tape
- Electric Drill
- Drill Bits
- Cable Cutters
- Vice-Grip Pliers
- 7/16″ Wrench
- Grinder and Disk
- Cable Lacing Needle
- Quick-Connect® Release Tool
- Hanger Bolt Installation Tool
- Tension Gauge
- 3/8″ open end Wrenches
For our deck structure, we started by attaching a 2″ x 6″ smooth cedar board at a height of 36″ for the top rail. This board was fastened directly to the 6″ x 6″ deck posts with long deck screws. Next, we added a 1″ x 4″ cedar board (wood blocking) for added lateral reinforcement right under the 2″ x 6″ board. The last step was adding a 2″ x 4″ cedar board for a bottom rail.
I printed off a set of easy-to-follow instructions from the Feeney website and we immediately got to work.
1) Using an angle grinder with a metal blade, cut intermediate pickets to fit the height of the deck. This measurement will be the distance between the 1″x 4″ post and the bottom rail.
2) Attach the base plates to the intermediate pickets with the screws provided.
3) Using one of your cut pickets as a template, mark the holes on your 6″ x 6″ cedar posts.
4) Once your holes are marked (maximum of 3″ spacing between cables), you are ready to start drilling.
5) Using a drill and an extra long drill bit, drill holes. I used 1/8″ cable so the installation instructions called for a 5/16″ drill bit. Make sure you refer to the instructions for your design.
7) Insert the Threaded Terminal through the Terminal end post and attach a flat washer and Snug-Grip® Washer-Nut.
8) Lace the free end of the cable through the intermediate post, then through the end post and slide on a Quick-Connect®SS fitting.
9) Once all the cables are laced, tighten the Snug-Grip® Washer Nuts to adjust the final tension in the line.Repeat with each cable.
10) Attach the base plates of the intermediate posts to the wood block (just under the top rail)
and the bottom rail.
11) Cut off the excess wire with a hacksaw. You can cover the bolt with an optional end cap.
Here is the finished product. It’s amazing isn’t it? Not sure???
Check this out! The view is absolutely amazing and the cable rail is safe and virtually invisible.
I have had so many compliments on this Feeney CableRail System. If you have a lake home, a mountain home, a pool area or simply an area where the view matters then check out this system.
We installed the lake house master deck railing and…
our lower deck railing in one day!
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