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A. Stainless steel cable and rod members for the following applications:
1. Glass curtain walls.
2. Structural glass assemblies.
3. Membrane structures.
4. Fabric structures.
5. Shade structures.
6. Lightweight roofing.
7. Atrium roof supports.
8. Roof restraints.
9. Structural members.
10. Trellises.
11. Shade sails.
12. Custom installations.
13. Balustrade infill for both horizontal and vertical cables.
14. Guardrail infill.
15. Cable net systems.


A. Section 05120 - Structural Steel.

B. Section 05500 - Metal Fabrications.

C. Section 05700 - Ornamental Metal.

D. Section 05720 - Ornamental Handrails and Railings.


A. American Society for Testing and Materials:

1. ASTM A276 - Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes.
2. ASTM A368 - Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Wire Strand.
3. ASTM A380 - Standard Practice for Cleaning, Descaling, and Passivation of Stainless
Steel Parts, Equipment and Systems.
4. ASTM A492 - Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Rope Wire.
5. ASTM A555 - Standard Specification for General Requirements for Stainless Steel Wire
and Wire Rods.

6. ASTM A581 - Standard Specification for Free-Machining Stainless Steel Wire and Wire
7. ASTM A582 - Standard Specification for Free-Machining Stainless Steel Bar
8. ASTM A967 - Standard Specification for Chemical Passivation Treatments for Stainless
Steel Parts
9. ASTM B912 - Standard Specification for Passivation of Stainless Steels Using

B. ANSI/ASME B1.1 - Standard Specification for Unified thread series threads

C. British standards
D. BS MA29 – Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Wire Strand.

E. DIN ISO 12385 – Galvanized Strand.

F. DIN 17 440 – Technical Delivery Conditions for Drawn Wire.

G. DIN 18 800 – Rating and Tension.

H. DIN EN 10264-3 – Galfan Coating.


A. Maximum Working Load (MWL) is the maximum static and/or dynamic load at which the
product will still function without excessive friction, distortion, wear or permanent deformation
of components. Above this load, bearing systems may fail, moving parts may seize and
stainless steel or plastic components may begin to bend, stretch or otherwise deform.
Maximum working loads shall not exceed half of the breaking load, and shall not be exceeded
by maximum design loading.

B. Breaking Load (BL) is the published approximate load at which a major failure can be expected
to occur to some part of the structure when new. Plastic components may split, rivets may give
way, shackles may break, and other metallic components may fracture. Products shall not be
used at more than half of the breaking load, to provide a minimum safety factor of two. The
consulting engineer shall confirm that an appropriate safety factor is employed for the purpose
of the intended application and consistent with all regulations and standards.

C. Minimum Yield Load (MYL) is the maximum static and/or dynamic load at which the product
will still function without distortion, wear or permanent deformation of components. Above this
load, moving parts may seize and stainless steel may begin to bend, stretch or otherwise
deform. Yield loads should never be exceeded in use.

D. Ultimate Load (UL) is the load at, or around which, a major failure can be expected to occur to
some part of the product’s structure when new.

E. The Maximum Working Loads, Breaking Loads, Minimum Yield Loads and Ultimate Loads
detailed in this specification should only be considered in the context of the project application.
The consulting engineer shall confirm that an appropriate safety factor is employed for the
purpose of the intended application and consistent with all regulations and standards.


A. General:
1. System design including tension members is designated as Contractor Design.
Contractor shall be responsible to coordinate and assume or assign to subcontractors
and/or suppliers responsibility for design, calculations, submittals, permits if required,
fabrication, delivery and installation of Contractor Design components.

2. Contractor shall furnish proof of insurance certifying Fabricator-Installer is specifically
insured in the fabrication and installation of tension member materials.
3. Contractor shall perform installation by component supplier, or under supplier’s direct

B. Design requirements:
1. Components shall be free from defects impairing strength, durability and appearance.
Exposed surfaces throughout system shall have same inherent texture and color for
similar locations.
2. Exposed fasteners shall be of same materials, color and finish as material to which
3. Design and fabricate assemblies and systems to resist loads required by applicable
building codes.
4. Design supports and hardware to withstand loads encountered without excessive
deflection or distortion when cables are tensioned to the required loading to conform to
building codes.
5. Structural calculations shall be prepared by a registered structural engineer. The
engineer shall be licensed in the state in which project is located.


A. Submit under provisions of Section 01300.

B. Product Data: Manufacturer's data sheets on each product to be used, including:

1. Indicate material and grade, fabrication, and finishes, if applicable.
2. Installation instructions and recommendations.
3. Storage and handling requirements and recommendations.

C. Shop Drawings: Submit shop drawings prepared by a structural engineer licensed in the
jurisdiction of the project. Include structural calculations, details of construction and
relationship with adjacent materials. Indicate materials and finishes.

D. Contractor to verify all cable and rod part or system numbers with manufacturer and submit
shop drawings to architect for approval prior to fabrication.

E. Verification Samples: Submit sample indicating profiles and finishes specified if practical.


A. Manufacturer Qualifications: Minimum of 10 years experience in manufacturing similar load-

rated products.

B. Professional Structural Engineer Qualifications: A professional engineer who is legally

qualified to practice in jurisdiction where Project is located and who is experienced in providing
engineering services of the kind required. Engineering services are defined as those
performed for installations that are similar to those required for this Project in material, design,
and extent.

C. Mock-Up: Provide a mock-up for evaluation of surface preparation techniques and application
1. Finish areas designated by Architect.
2. Do not proceed with remaining work until workmanship and performance are approved
by Architect.
3. Reconstruct mock-up area as required to produce acceptable work.

D. Pre-installation conference: Prior to beginning work of this Section, hold a conference to

review work to be accomplished.

1. Contractor, Architect, fabricator, installer and other subcontractors whose work involves
system shall attend conference.
2. Contractor shall notify all parties at least seven days prior to time for conference.
3. Contractor shall record minutes of meeting and distribute to attending parties.
4. Meeting shall include review of the following:
a. Method of attachment of components to supporting surfaces.
b. Installation, adjusting, cleaning, and protection of system components.
c. Coordination with other work.


A. Transport, deliver, inventory and store components to prevent damage.

B. Store materials in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

C. Protect components during handling and installation to prevent damage.


A. Field measurements: Take field measurements after permanent end termination connection
points are in place and prior to fabrication to confirm final pin to pin system lengths.

B. Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation) within limits

recommended by manufacturer for optimum results. Do not install products under
environmental conditions outside manufacturer's absolute limits.


A. Manufacturer shall warrant the goods manufactured or sold by it to be free of defects in

materials or workmanship for three years from the date of purchase by the original purchaser
except that:
1. This warranty shall not apply to any product which has been improperly fitted, improperly
maintained, or used in any application for which it was not intended.
2. This warranty shall not apply to normal wear which can reasonably be expected in
normal use of the product.
3. Manufacturer makes no warranties that its products are fit for a particular purpose.
4. Manufacturer’s liability shall be limited to the repair or replacement, at its discretion, of
the defective goods.
5. This warranty shall not apply to products installed in severe chlorine or high humidity
environments such as covered swimming pools, due to potential stress corrosion and
reliance on appropriate cleaning methods.
6. Manufacturer accepts no liability for components or assemblies used in aeronautical
7. The useful life of any product shall be assessed in each application, and thus no
guarantee will be provided for product life, load capacity or any other factor due to the
variability in usage.



A. Acceptable Manufacturer: Ronstan Tensile Architecture, Inc; 45 High Point Avenue, Suite 2,
Portsmouth, RI 02871. ASD. Tel: (401) 293-0539. Fax: (401) 293-0538.
Email: Web:

B. Substitutions: Not permitted.

C. Requests for substitutions will be considered in accordance with provisions of Section 01600.


A. Threaded 316 Stainless Steel Toggle:

1. RF1504-0404 Thread Toggle - Thread 1/4 inch UNF RH Thread.
2. RF1504-0505 Thread Toggle - Thread 5/16 inch UNF RH Thread.
3. RF1504-0606 Thread Toggle- Thread 3/8 inch UNF RH Thread.
4. RF1504-0808 Thread Toggle - Thread 1/2 inch UNF RH Thread.
5. RF1504-1010A Thread Toggle - Thread 5/8 inch UNF RH Thread.
6. RF1504-1212A Thread Toggle - Thread 3/4 inch UNF RH Thread.
7. RF1504-1414A Thread Toggle - Thread 7/8 inch UNF RH Thread.
8. RF1504-1616A Thread Toggle - Thread 1 inch UNF RH Thread.
9. RF1504-2020A Thread Toggle - Thread 1-1/4 inch UNF RH Thread.

B. Tensioners: Stainless steel turnbuckles.

C. Accessories:
1. Provide stainless steel washers and stainless steel nuts.
2. Provide stainless steel washers and chromed bronze nuts.
3. Lubricate threads for stainless steel threaded items before tensioning


A. Adjustable Length Turnbuckle System:

1. RF1582, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 1, 1/4 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
2. RF1583, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 1, 5/16 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
3. RF1584, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 1, 3/8 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
4. RF1586, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 1, 1/2 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
5. RF1588, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 1, 5/8 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
6. RF1593, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 2, 3/4 inch UNF LH-RH Thread.
7. RF1594, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 2, 7/8 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
8. RF1595, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 2, 1 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
9. RF1596, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 2, 1-1/4 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.
10. RF1597, Jaw-Jaw Closed Body SS Turnbuckle, Type 2, 1-3/8 inch UNF LH-RH Threads.

B. Cable:
1. Number of wires/strands: 1 X 19.
2. Diameter: 1/8 inch (3 mm).
3. Diameter: 1 inch (26 mm).
4. Diameter: __________.
5. Length: __________.

C. Fittings: Tensioners: Stainless steel turnbuckles.

D. Finish: Clean and descale cables and fittings.


A. Fabricate systems in accordance with approved shop drawings.

B. Shop assembly: Preassemble and hydraulic swage items in shop to greatest extent practicable
to minimize assembly at project site. Disassemble units only to extent necessary for shipping
and handling limitations. Mark units for reassembly.



A. Do not begin installation until substrates have been properly prepared.

B. If substrate preparation is the responsibility of another installer, notify Architect of

unsatisfactory preparation before proceeding.


A. Inserts and anchorages: Furnish inserts and anchoring devices which must be set in concrete
for installation of work.

B. Coordinate setting drawings, diagrams, templates, instructions and directions for installation of
anchorages, such as concrete inserts, anchor bolts and miscellaneous items having integral
anchors, which are to be embedded in concrete construction or welded to metalwork during

C. Layout: Set out wire runs in equal and symmetrical configuration in accordance with code


A. Install and tension in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. Install in accordance with
approved submittals.

B. Fastening to in-place construction: Provide anchorage devices and fittings to secure to in-place
construction; including threaded fittings for concrete inserts, toggle bolts and through-bolts.
Separate dissimilar materials with bushings, grommets or washers to prevent electrolytic

C. Cutting, fitting and placement: Perform cutting, drilling and fitting to install work. Set work in
location, alignment and elevation, plumb and level, true and free of rack, measured from
established lines and levels.


A. Protect system from damage until Date of Substantial Completion.

B. Touch-up, repair or replace damaged products before Substantial Completion.

C. Replace damaged components including cables with kinks and sags.