Choosing Between Bulk Spools and Sway Bracing Kits

Seismic bracing cable from Loos and Company is easier and quicker to install than conventional rigid pipe bracing, which makes it the most efficient and cost-effective seismic bracing system on the market today. As an added convenience, we have made our seismic cable available in two different packaging options, bulk spools and pre-assembled kits, that provide flexibility when it comes to fabricating cable assemblies. Bulk spools are a great option for installation sites with many different brace configurations, while sway bracing kits are a valuable option for individuals looking to save time. Take a moment to learn all about the benefits of each options before starting your own seismic bracing installation.

If you are planning to perform a large installation with a significant number of braces, or if you are performing an installation that requires a variety of different cable lengths, we recommend purchasing bulk spools of our #GO3 (GOLD), #OR4 (ORANGE), #GR6 (GREEN) or #BL8 (BLACK) cable. Each spool holds 250 feet of cable, and they are conveniently sized for easy maneuvering around the job site. Notably, they must be used in combination with Loos zinc plated oval sleeves and SAF clips to ensure assemblies maintain the cable nominal breaking strength per ASCE 19 standards, as required by IBC, ASCE 7 and NFPA13. If you need help determining which cable best suits your needs, our Engineers’ Tools Seismic Bracing Calculator will perform all the complex calculations required to complete your NFPA forms, and tell you which cable to use. Once you decide which cable to use, head over to the Distributors page on our website to find the distributor that best matches your trade and location.bulk spools

Cable KitsIf you are looking for a convenient way to save time and effort, we recommend using our seismic cable sway bracing kits. These kits are made from the same cable that is available in our bulk spools, and they feature factory-installed stake eye fittings that eliminate the need for hand fabrication on the job site. Just like our bulk spools, these kits are available with #GO3 (GOLD), #OR4 (ORANGE), #GR6 (GREEN) and #BL8 (BLACK) cable sizes which are powder coated for easy identification. Additionally, each kit is custom made to the lengths required for the job site, which makes installation quick and simple.

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