Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | March 11th, 20111 comment
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | March 10th, 2011
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | March 9th, 20111 comment
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | October 14th, 20102 comments
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | July 29th, 201019 comments
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | May 24th, 20106 comments
In "Start Your Railing Right" (FHB 212 pp 67-69), Mike Guertin describes the details for securing guardrail posts to the deck frame. Here he describes a novel method for detailing the infill between posts.