Whether you call it cable, wire rope, steel rope or steel wire rope, it is all the same thing. Steel rope is made from multiple strands of wire that twist together. The smaller diameter individual strands make the rope more flexible than a single, thick strand of steel. Loops form the most common method of joining two lengths of rope together or fastening it to a hook or other device. The end of the rope bends back upon itself and a clamp holds the wire rope end against the cable.

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Cable clamps fasten wire ropes into loops or to other wire ropes.

Step 1

Remove the nuts holding the saddle on the U-bolt using the ratchet and socket. Pull the saddle off the U-bolt.

Step 2

Place the end of the wire rope in the U-bolt. Bend the wire rope end around the thimble and back upon itself the required distance, usually six times the thickness of the cable multiplied by the number of clamps required.

Step 3

Place the saddle back on the U-bolt with the rounded end facing the cable. Screw the nuts on clockwise and tighten the nuts with the ratchet and socket. Torque the nuts using the torque wrench to the correct tightness for the wire rope thickness.

Step 4

Add two or more additional clamps as required. The minimum is three clamps and as many as six are required depending on the cable thickness.

Step 5

Join two parallel wire ropes, without loops, using twice the number of clamps as required for a single loop, spaced out across the distance required for bending a rope back upon itself in a loop.