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Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive

Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive

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Premium deck ledger flashing is well designed and durable

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Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections

Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections

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FHB's 'Start Your Railings Right' spring 2010 article covered the basics of securely mounting deck guardrail posts to the frame. Now an article in Professional Deck Builder magazine goes the next step - and fills in the blanks along the way.

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Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

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Attach-A-Deck spaces the ledger off the wall even on existing houses without removing the siding.

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HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!

HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!

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Decking is essentially flooring so why not install it using a pneumatic flooring nailer? You can now with the HIDfast decking tool and fasteners.

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The Eliminator

The Eliminator

The Eliminator hidden fastener installation tool comes in two versions. One model works exclusively on the Mantis hidden decking fastener and the other works on several fasteners.

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Tiger Claw Installation Gun

Tiger Claw Installation Gun

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Well known for their hidden decking fasteners, Tiger Claw offers the Tiger Claw Installation Gun. It's a metal connector style nailer with a specially designed nosepiece that grooved board fasteners clip onto.

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Automatic Speed

Automatic Speed

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I’ve just about given up installing hidden fasteners by hand. Now I use a semi-automatic or automatic pneumatic tools to mount grooved decking fasteners or specially designed fasteners. It’s a fast-changing part of the deck business and one to keep your eyes on.

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Recommended Fasteners for Decking

Recommended Fasteners for Decking

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So what hidden fastener works with your decking? Dig deep into decking manufacturer installation instructions and you may find the answer. Or you can check this list. We checked the recommendations of over 30 decking brands and here's what we found.

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Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners

Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners

Many decking companies offer unique or branded hidden fasteners. Here's a list of what to look for.

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Deck Ledger Bolting by the Code

Deck Ledger Bolting by the Code

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Rule-of-thumb deck ledger fastening is out and the code is in. Now the International Residential Code 2009 has a table to follow for bolting and lag screwing.

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ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts

ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts

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FastenMaster’s new ThruLok is a screw-in bolt that replaces ½ in. through-bolts used to mount deck posts to beams and guardrail posts to the deck frame. ThruLoks will save time and $$ - I think deck builders will warm up to ThruLoks quickly.

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Power Hand pulls and pushes deck boards together

Power Hand pulls and pushes deck boards together

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The Power Hand is a specialized bar clamp for installing deck boards.

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Tiger Jaw Deck Board Tool

Tiger Jaw Deck Board Tool

The Tiger Jaw pulls deck boards together with ease whether you're installing hidden fasteners or straightening a warped board.

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Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?

Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?

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So when you install pressure treated, flat sawn, wood decking, do you face the bark side up or bark side down? Ask ten people and half will likely say ‘bark-side-up,’ a few will say ‘bark-side-down’ and the rest will shrug their shoulders. For some direction, we can turn to wood scientists – they actually study stuff like this.

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Manufactured Deck Railings Look Good, But Do They Last?

Manufactured Deck Railings Look Good, But Do They Last?

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Read about deck railing designs, systems safety, and materials. Build custom deck railings that look great and last long. Pros and cons of different deck railing systems.

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