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    Default galvanised wire cable instead of SS for balustrade

    I was wondering if anyone has experience in using gal wire cable for balustrading of verandah. It is significantly cheaper than SS wire. I live inland so it will not be exposed to salt. The fellow who is going to do it for me has done it at house and I think it looks fine.


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    It won't be shiney like s/s, and the fittings will need to be galv. too or you will get a reaction between the metals. Make sure you use good quality galv. fittings and wire as the cheaper stuff has very sharp "dags" on it.

    As long as the wire meets the requirements of table 3.9.2.1 in the 2011 BCA then you should be fine (though I do note it only mentions s/s wire systems, not galv.).

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    Thanks for the advice

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    I wouldnt touch it personally. The ss cable doesnt cost much at all really and I'm a bit doubtful as to gal wire meeting the building code. Remember, do it once, do it properly.

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    The galvanised wire will have a much lower tensile stength than stainless steel wire, so will have to be much thicker. You would need to get it tested to pass the requirements.

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    With galvanised stranded wire you're likely to get discolouration and white rust in places too, so if you care about the look SS would be better.

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    and note too that I used a cheap gal stranded wire to hold up a shade sail and it got quite rusty over ~6 years.

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    as above, i used gal as guy wire for an antenna (bloody birds sit on the thing shake it around and it upsets the "superior" digital tv) and its discoloured enough for me to notice, id hate to be looking at it at "ground" level for the rest of my life.

    Id pay the extra for something that needs to look good and last.

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    stainless wire isn't that expensive....but the connections seem to be. Look on ebay, plenty people selling it cheap enough. You either want to do a job properly, or do it twice...

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