2010 Decking Update

Figure 1. Although driven with a nail gun, screw nails, like this UFO Ballistic NailScrew, can be withdrawn or set deeper with a screwdriver.

Figure 2. Tiger Claw developed a line of screw nails to work with its grooved-board hidden fasteners (left). Fasco also has a line of screw nails, called Scrails. They work with Fasco’s InvisiDeck clips and come collated and coiled for regular decking installation, too (below).

Figure 2. Tiger Claw developed a line of screw nails to work with its grooved-board hidden fasteners (left). Fasco also has a line of screw nails, called Scrails. They work with Fasco’s InvisiDeck clips and come collated and coiled for regular decking installation, too (below).

Figure 3. Tiger Claw’s gun is a game changer in speeding up hidden fastener installation.

Figure 4. Close on the heels of Tiger Claw’s Installation Gun is UFO’s Eliminator gun. UFO hopes to put tooling in place for installing all the major clips.

Figure 5. UFO’s SOS screw bolt drives like a lag; then its tip is broken off, providing access to machine threads so that a nut and washer can snug the assembly.

Figure 6. Hetra’s new clips install in router-cut slots in the boards.

Figure 7. Hetra’s Power Driver allows the user to stand on the installed decking when driving screw-nails.

Figure 8. The BoWrench has been around for years.

Figure 9. The Hardwood Wrench works like the BoWrench but is made of aluminum.

Figure 10. The BowJak anchors in the top of the joist.

Figure 11. The Tiger Jaw is designed to snug boards onto hidden fasteners.

Figure 12. Hetra’s Power Hand pushes as well as pulls.

Figure 13. Trex Transcend is a capstock decking available in both square and grooved edges.

Figure 14. Fiberon’s Horizon capstock decking is coated on four sides, so the boards are reversible.

Figure 15. UFP’s Latitudes Capricorn capstock decking has matching railings available.

Figure 16. Bamboo decking is the latest green alternative.

Figure 17. Thermally modified wood decking is said to be stable and rot-resistant and contains no chemical preservatives.

Figure 18. Claimed to be nontoxic and rot-resistant, acetylated wood smells a little like vinegar.

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