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DIY Deck Railing Upgrade

Swapping out wooden spindles for a cable system that opens up the view
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 23, 2014
deck remodeling upgrade project finished Feeney CableRail
NEW LOOK – Installing a cable system can breathe new life into an old deck space. Scroll down to see step-by-step photos of this project. (Yes, the author knows the deck needs restaining; that’s his next project.)
Photo by Carol M. Johnson
When my wife, Carol, and I bought our place a year ago, we immediately noticed that the deck needed maintenance and beautification. Before we could even think about the decking, we wanted to do something with the railings and spindles (aka balusters) because their gray paint was peeling, and some of the spindles were rotting.

When we removed some of the rotten spindles in order to replace them, Carol said she liked the open look, sans spindles. This inspired us to think about spindle-free options for our deck, including tempered glass panels or stainless steel cabling. We decided on the latter because we like the look, and it seemed that we could add it easily enough to our existing framing of newel posts and cap rail.
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