Make Your Deck Lateral Load Code-Compliant


As a homeowner or builder, it can be difficult to be sure a deck is built to code. It’s possible that a long-time code may change or a violation can occur during deck construction. The risks of a deck not built to code include damage to property or even injury. To make sure your project complies with all codes, stay up-to-date on current building regulations.

A new regulation change is the lateral load requirement being enforced under Section R507 of the 2015 International Residential Code. This change includes new methods for making lateral load connections on decks. The new methods make it easier and faster to install connections that meet deck lateral load requirements.

To help builders and DIYers capitalize on this opportunity, FastenMaster has released a new system that uses the new methods. It’s called the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System, or LTS for short. It is a complete kit that includes all 4 lateral load connectors a deck needs. LTS is a lateral load resistance system that is designed to transfer the lateral forces on a deck to its attached structure. The deck tension ties are each built to resist 750 pounds in tension and should be installed in four evenly spaced locations along the length of the ledger. Watch the video below to get a better idea of how the LTS system works.

FastenMaster LTS works by securing the plate to the deck joist with 8 small screws. Then, it connects the plate to the structural framing member inside the house with 1 long screw. LTS is easy to install, as it provides the option to either apply the screw or the bracket first. It can also be used with or without blocking and doesn’t require access to the interior of the house. This means that a solid connection can be made in seconds. LTS is adjustable for use in the 5 most popular installation conditions.

Condition A: Sill Plate or Wall Plate Behind Ledger.
Condition B: Sill Plate or Wall Plate Directly Below Ledger.
Condition C: Sill Plate or Wall Plate 2” – 5” below Ledger.
Condition D: Wall Stud in line with Deck Joist.
Condition E: Wall Stud between Deck Joists.

To guarantee your safety and the safety of your friends and family, make sure your deck meets building code requirements with the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System for Decks. Protect your investment by avoiding costly deck repairs and making all of the right connections in the first place.

Visit diyhomecenter.com or leave a comment below to learn more about the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System for decks.

How To Install Trex Select Decking with Hidden Fasteners


Using the Tiger Claw TC-G clip system with Trex Select decking boards, is Trex approved. In other words, Trex Select can now be gun-installed using the TC-G clips. If you have used the TigerClaw TC-G system in the past, you know what a time-saver this system is and how easy it is to work with.

The free TC-G gun promo is the perfect way to get your Trex Select decking installed fast and cost effectively. Just buy 2 buckets of Tiger Claw TC-G hidden fasteners and 2 boxes of screw nails and get a Free Tiger Claw Installation Gun with free shipping. (Certain restrictions apply and this deal won’t last forever.)

Watch this short installation video to see just how easy it is to create a fastener-free look with TigerClaw TC-G clips and installation gun.

We always want to make sure you have the right clip for your project.  If you are installing Trex decking, keep these points in mind:

  • TC-G Clips are only approved for use with Trex Select grooved decking
  • The Cortex for Trex  fastening system is needed for perimeter boards and stairs
  • Trex Hideaway Steel Fasteners are still the recommended clip for all other Trex decking
  • Trex Hideaway does not fit Trex Select decking

Have a Trex Select decking installation planned? Make sure to check out DIY Home Center and TigerClaw TC-G Clips.

FrameFast – The Structural Framing Tool Pro Builders are Talking About


DIY Home Center is pleased to announce yet another new addition to our extensive line of quality FastenMaster products. We recently added the FastenMaster FrameFAST structural framing system, a system for attaching deck rafters and trusses with a single 6” patented screw fastener. We are confident that this system can help you frame a home more quickly and safely.

About FrameFast by FastenMaster
FrameFast by FastenMaster helps you create a strong structure, all while working safely on the ground level, not on a ladder or scaffold platform. This patented delivery system consists of both the structural wood FrameFAST screws and the FrameFAST tool. Since you don’t have to move ladders and climb up and down, construction using the FrameFast system can be completed as much as eight times faster than traditional building methods. This system is also code-compliant throughout the United States and Canada, even in hurricane-prone southeastern states. The FrameFAST system can be used to secure common trusses, girder trusses and vaulted ceilings.

 

Benefits of the FrameFast by System
There are many good reasons to use the FrameFast system for your next home construction project. Chief among them are safety and speed. With the FastenMaster FrameFast system, you can work at ground level, so you don’t have to worry about all of the hazards associated with climbing, such as falls and poorly set ladders. In addition, the FrameFast system eliminates the need for pre-drilling, pneumatic hoses and nail guns. FrameFast screws resist corrosion, and every package includes a free bit.

Where to Buy FrameFast
Visit diyhomecenter.com for more information about FrameFast.

FastenMaster Cortex for PVC Trim


Installs even faster with collated plugs!

The FastenMaster Cortex system continues to be the quickest and most simple way to install PVC trim boards. Finish your project in 50% of the time and still get the strength and clean look you deserve from your hidden fastening system. With a large variety of PVC trim brands and colors to choose from, you are sure to find something to match your project.

See from this video just how fast and easy it is to use the FastenMaster Collated Cortex hidden fastening system.

Go to DIY Home Center to find more from FastenMaster’s reliable, yet easy to use, line of deck products.

FUSIONLoc Is On The Way For Azek and TimberTech


The International Builders Show was buzzing about this new tool for Azek and TimberTech decks. With much anticipation (and with good reason) FUSIONLoc, is available at DIY Home Center.  The FUSIONLoc collated hidden fastening system is top in the industry. Known for both strength and speed, see how FUSIONLoc can save you time building a deck that is built to last.

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FUSIONLoc Installation Gun by FastenMaster

  • Strong connection: 3 point connection per clip giving your deck the power to reduce expansion and contraction.
  • Fast installation: Collated clips and scrail for one step installation with exclusive FastenMaster installation gun.
  • Excellent finish: Matte black color to keep clips hidden and stainless steel to stand the test of time.

Azek and TimberTech decking are designed to work with FUSIONLoc, CONCEALoc, Cortex and TOPLoc fasteners.  Shop DIY Home Center for all of the your deck installation products.

Tips On Building A Curved Deck


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Trex Deck With Curved Deck Boards

For pro builders and homeowners alike, this fascinating and informative video gives you the tips you need to seamlessly bend a deck board.  As a homeowner, you can add a stylistic touch to your deck with rounded railings, stairs and boards.  As a pro builder, you can offer a unique style that could set your business apart from the rest.

Preparation is the key.  This FastenMaster video gives you all of the details you need to heat and bend your PVC deck boards. Get everything from necessary supplies to ideas and strategies that only come from experience.

For all of your deck project needs, visit DIY Home Center.

FastenMaster FLEX for Easy Installation


fastenmaster-flex-wood-moldingsJust when you thought FastenMaster couldn’t make the installation process easier for you, they offer FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Adhesive.   Get the job done faster with the same power and adaptability you have come to rely on with all FastenMaster products. The FastenMaster FLEX can be used in multiple construction applications, including: Wood, Tile, Glass, Metal and Plastic.  The hot melt construction adhesive allows you to get into those hard to reach places and gives you a clean, nail free wood surface.

The FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Adhesive comes in two varieties, the FLEX 40 and FLEX 180.  The FLEX 40 is for fast applications, giving you 40 seconds to apply while the FLEX 180 gives you 180 seconds of time to work before adhering.  Once the adhesive is applied, use pressure and the materials will be bonded in seconds.

Check out this video to see how the FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Adhesive can keep your next project moving along quickly.

For more trusted products by FastenMaster, like HeadLok, LedgerLok and Cortex, go to DIY Home Center.