Step 7: Steel Cables
Heavy Duty Wire Cutters
Crimper (looks like bolt cutters, but instead of cutting, they crimp)
about 38' of 3/32" steel cable
6 splicing fasteners for the steel cable
48 stopper fasteners for the steel cable
Heavy Duty Steel Hooks
While you are waiting for the shelves to dry you can start working on the steel cables.
First put two hooks parallel to each other about 7' up on the wall installed upside down (this will keep the wires at the same starting point. Next mark a line at each place you want a stopper. From my diagram, I know that I have three of the back wires with stoppers every 9" for the 8 shelves. Three front wires with the first stopper at 9 3/4" and the rest at 9". Use a level to make sure the lines are straight across. (Looking back I should have just installed the front wire hook 3/4" higher than the other.)
Next use the splicing fasteners to create a loop on the cable and crimp. Hang the wire then cut off after the last line you drew for that wire (leave a little extra so you have some wire to attach the last stopper). Repeat for the other 5 wires.
Next I used masking tape above and below the stoppers to hold them in place so they would be easier to crimp. This way you can take down the wire and crimp, and not have to worry about lining stuff up.
Crimp all the stoppers then remove the tape. I noticed that the crimper's 3/32" slot was much too small, so I just used the end of the crimper to do everything.