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End Caps for Wire Systems

In the case of some span wire systems the cables are held with "terminals". That way their ends are invisible. FassadenGrün does without such solutions for price reasons and supports the variant of visible cable ends. Ends of wire cables should not unravel themselves, otherwise injuries might occur. This is why the ends are provided with some protection - these parts are already contained in prefabricated kits. Here you will find detailed information on the safeguards of cable ends. >>> Price list

Historical Span Cables

In the case of historical fastening systems - when wire cable had not been in existance yet - 4 mm steel cables were provided with threads on the ends, put through eyelets and finally spanned tightly with the help of a thread nut. These span cables were the precursors of the present-day span wire systems.

Span Wire Systems with Terminals

What works for a thick cable might cause problems in the use of a steel wire rope: How can the cable end be provided with a thread? For this purpose the so called "terminals" were invented: The architectural cables already manufactured to dimension are provided with such a terminal on both ends. This terminal for instance has an external thread analogously to the span cable with which the cable is put into a fastening and spanned tightly behind with the help of a thread nut. In the case of high-grade span wire systems our competitors often work with thread and forked terminals. They mostly are rolled on with special machines and therefore quite expensive. The alternative is Do-It-Yourself-Terminals in which the cable is fixed horizontally to the fibre direction with grub screws. The cable end is virtually part of the threaded rod. This solution stays expensive though; this is why FassadenGrün completely does without terminals and has the cables spanned by hand like described under Mounting. But how are the protruding cable ends treated? 

Clean Cut

Initially, the cables need to be cut cleanly with special wire rope cutters preferably.  Alternatively, if only a few steps are necessary for instance - the cutting line is tied up with insulating tape and cut with an angle grinder. 

End Sleeves

The special end sleeves EH 00000 made of stainless steel are squeezed on. This can be done with the help of customary pliers or water pump pliers. The wire rope can either end flush with the end sleeve or protrude 1-2 mm. Different pliers result in different squeeze paterns, all of which having the same effect. After squeezing on the sleeves, they cannot be detached by hand, their durability in span wire systems is unlimited.

Alternatives

There are a few different alternatives (see picture). For example you can wrap the cable end with duct, insulation or Teflon tape. Somewhat more durable are end sleeves made of plastic or synthetic materials (due to material problems no longer available here). Even aluminium sleeves are a possibility.

Cleanly cut cable end on a simpler span wire system
Wire rope systems for greenery
Pressed on stainless steel end sleeve with different press patterns
End sleeve made of stainless steel, pressed with different tongs
Various possibilities of the handling of wire cable ends from bottom to top: wrapping with insulating or Teflon tape, putting on an end fitting made of plastics, round crimping or flat crimping with the help of an end sleeve.
Wire rope ends
Historical span cables with roses
Historical tension cables for roses, Park Potsdam-Babelsberg / Brandenburg
Span wire with thread - details to the photo see above
Tensioned wire rope with thread
Rolled on span wire terminal
Rolled on span wire terminal
Classy DIY terminals (Climbing technique Thomas Brandmeier), vine in fall.
Classy DIY terminals (Climbing technique Thomas Brandmeier)
Span wire system by FassadenGrün, protruding ends with end fittings
Wire rope system from FassadenGrün