Put Deck Boards in Their Place
Unlike some other board benders, this deck-board straightener locks in place, freeing both of your hands for fastening.
With spring upon us, deck-building season has begun. The deck builders I know seldom get excited about new tools. They save their minimal praise for things that work better than what’s come before. These trusted deck builders tell me that even if you already have a deck-board straightener, you should still consider getting a Camo Lever ($105). The Lever slips over single and doubled wood and steel joists to hold warped deck boards in place. But unlike some other board benders, the Lever locks in place, freeing both of your hands for fastening.
You can also use the tool to cinch a bunch of wood or composite deck boards for fastening them all at once. I tried it out, and found that the deck builders are right: It works better than any board bender I’ve used before.
– Patrick McCombe, senior editor
Photo: Courtesy of Camo Fasteners
From Fine Homebuilding #298