Originally Posted By: rfarruggia
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I dont see a problem with using properly sized and attached (through bolted) cables. The tension exerted on each individual tie is not that great if all of them are balanced. Using turnbuckles for periodic retightening is a must. As for them breaking, well, Roebling used pot steel cables (as opposed to Bessemer process or stainless steel cables) on the Brooklyn Bridge. Seems to work O.K.
Just be sure to use at least two wire rope clips on each termination of the wire rope and use wire rope thimbles where needed.
Below is from www.webriggingsupply.com
How to apply clips:
The correct way to attach U-bolts is shown at the right, the U-section is in contact with the rope's dead end.
Apply the first clip one base width from dead end of wire rope, the next clip as near the loop as possible. Space additional clips if required equally between the first two.
Apply the initial load and retighten nuts. Rope will stretch and shrink in diameter when loads are applied. Inspect periodically and retighten.
IMPORTANT: Failure to make a termination in accordance with the instructions, or failure to periodically check and retighten to the recommended torque, will cause a reduction in efficiency rating. Never use any wire rope clips to directly connect two straight lengths of wire rope.
You aslo could used threaded steel rods with conbination turnbuckles/clevis hangers. These will probably look a hell of a lot better for an interior application. check www.clevelandcityforge.com
But first ask your architect.