CAMO Installation Tip: Install from the Outside Edge

A fastener-free deck surface looks great, and the CAMO Marksman Pro makes this look simple to achieve. That’s why it’s so popular. But like every good tool, there are some tips to follow to make sure you use it correctly and get the result you want.
Camo Deck Fasteners
Here’s a tip that was recently covered in CAMO’s newsletter: When you’re using the CAMO Marksman Pro, Marksman-X1, or Marksman-NB, make sure you install from the outside edge first.

This is the process:

  1. Secure the deck board(s) that abut the structure.
  2. Position the next deck board parallel to the secured board and clamp your Marksman tool over the board at the joist.
  3. Holding onto the tool, push firmly against the secured deck board. If you’re using the Marksman Pro-X1, make sure the spacer is set for the desired gap and that it’s between the boards.
  4. Fasten the deck board from the outside edge. Fastening the outside edge first reduces board movement and ensures even spacing over the length of the board. (See image A)
  5. After fastening the outside edge, then fasten the inside edge. (See image B)
  6. Continue this process for the length of the deck board.

By following this process over the length of the deck board, you should have a perfectly even deck gap–and a beautiful fastener-free deck surface.

Looking for a simple straightforward way to achieve a fastener-free deck surface? Look no further than the CAMO Marksman Pro, Marksman Pro-NB, or Marksman Pro-X1–in stock now at DIY Home Center.

Which CAMO Marksman Install Tool Should I Buy?

CAMO Deck Tool Review

CAMO Marksman Tools

Considering the CAMO hidden fastening system? If you’ve been following our blog, you already know that we think it’s a great system, but what you might not know is which tool you should buy: the Marksman, Marksman Pro, or the Marksman Pro NB.

The short version is that it all comes down to deck board width and product durability:

  • CAMO Marksman – Works with 6” (nominal) deck boards. This tool is a lightweight, non-professional grade that only has one screw guide. You’ll have to continuously rotate the tool during the install process. We don’t recommend this one.
  • CAMO Marksman Pro – Works with 6” (nominal) deck boards. This tool is a durable, contractor grade that has dual screw guides which makes for faster installation. Strongly recommended.
  •  CAMO Marksman Pro NB – Adjustable – works with 3 ¼” to 5” (nominal) deck boards. Like the Pro, this narrow board tool is a durable, contractor grade and has dual screw guides to make for faster installation. Strongly recommended.

Knowing the difference will help you make sure you select the right tool for the job.

If you’re looking for more information, we put together a great page on our website that explains the differences among the CAMO Marksman tools, our recommendations, and how many CAMO deck fasteners you need. It’s a great place to get information before your deck project.

Of course, we have all the CAMO installation tools available now at DIY Home Center.

DIY Home Center Now Offering CAMO 2-3/8″ Stainless Steel and Trimhead ProTech Screws

Camo 2 3/8 Deck Screws

Camo 2-3/8″ Hidden Deck Screws

We’re now offering the CAMO 2-3/8″ Stainless Steel and 2-3/8″ Trimhead ProTech Deck Screws. These screws are perfect for 2″x6″ decking and feature a reverse rake tip that removes deck material as it bores to prevent splitting, have a star drive to handle more torque and prevent slipping, and resist corrosion.

When you use CAMO screws and the CAMO hidden deck fastening system, you get straightforward installation, great installation tools, and a versatile fastening system that works with composite, PVC, hardwood, and cedar.

Take a look at our CAMO selection on DIY Home Center.

CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System at DIY Home Center

Everyone wants a safe, secure and beautiful deck. The CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System will get you there both affordably and easily. The system works on any treated lumber, hardwood, cedar, composite or PVC deckboard and delivers the fastener-free surface homeowners want for their deck retreats. CAMO deck screws and a CAMO Marksman tool will help you get the job done at a price that makes getting the project easy as a contractor, and installing the deck even easier, whether its a professional install or a do-it-yourself undertaking.

CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System

Hidden in the side of the board, CAMO deck screws create a beautiful, fastener-free deck surface. Easy to install using either Marksman tool, CAMO secures deck boards directly to the joist to reduce board movement, and they back out easily in the event a board needs to be replaced. No pre-drilling is required! And CAMO deck screws come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that guarantees against rust and corrosion for the life of the project.

A reverse rake tip removes deck material as it bores, allowing the screw to penetrate the board without splitting. A star drive offers more points of contact for better performance and reduces bit slippage and wear. An aggressive lower thread pattern provides superior holding power while the reverse upper thread pulls the board tight to the joist and provides a clean, finished entry. A unique trimhead design provides a less visible point of entry.

CAMO Hidden Fasteners were independently tested by Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) and exceeded ASTM Uplift Resistance standards in all solid and grooved wood, composite, and PVC and boards tested. CAMO also exceeded ASTM Thermal Cycling standards in all solid wood, composite, and PVC and boards tested.

Watch this three-minute video and see why lumber industry veterans are saying the CAMO system is one of the best hidden fastener systems on the market:

CAMO Hidden fasteners are available in 100 Count, 350 Count, 700 Count and 1750 Count packs. DIY Home Center is an authorized supplier and offers free shipping on most orders!