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Rope & Cable provides the following information as a guide only. Regulatory rules and requirements, council specifications and Occupational Health & Safety issues are the responsibility of the intended user or installer. When installing most wire products, professionally performed ‘swaging’ (also known as Compression Terminators) is often required and in some cases mandatory, to ensure overall strengths of connections, and that the system as a whole meets statutory rules. Swaging is an approved method to crimp the connectors to the wire. If you are unsure, don’t compromise in this area. We are happy to advise, free of charge, for any of your requirements or plans and also provide a swaging service. Tab to – Product - Service/Hydraulic Swaging section

That said, there are many areas where a good handyman can use our products, in the right circumstances, without too much difficulty.

We have provided the following information to provide you some possibilities as to how and where to use our products. There are too many examples, so we will limit ourselves to generic issues. Please note that these are a Guide Only.



The key issues in this area are the OSH (NZ) or the OHS (Aust.) rules and regulations, Building Industry Australia and local Council requirements. The distance between strands and their ability to prevent small children from falling through the wires is a key concern and issue. Australian and New Zealand standards are also different with respect to horizontal and vertical wire requirements. Please check before you begin! Here are some issues for you to consider when considering balustrading: Thickness of Wire Attachment methods Terminations and tightening Distances for support Regulations

For further details, please submit your plans and ideas, and we will respond accordingly.

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Terminating any wire or rope is critical to ensure that safety and integrity of the system being installed, is maintained. How many “big fish” have you lost because the hook was tied incorrectly? Have you “lost” the tension when you have swaged up some wire because the swage slipped due to incorrect swage terminal or tools used? If unsure, contact us and we will try to assist with your specific problem or issue.


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