How to Choose & Install DeckWise Ipe Clips


DeckWise Ipe Clip hidden deck fasteners have a unique and patented design that offers quick and easy installation. These deck clips will prolong and enhance the performance of hardwood, PVC, and composite decking. Both do-it-yourselfers and expert decking contractors can create a smooth, fastener-free deck surface.

Watch this video or read the text below to learn how to choose & install the right Ipe Clip for your project.

Use

DeckWise Ipe Clips are for use with Air Dried, Kiln Dried, Composite and PVC Decking. They were designed for exotic hardwoods and come in colors that further camouflage fasteners between board gaps.

Material

Many hidden deck fasteners are made of metal. A metal fastener poses a risk of reacting with wood to cause staining. The Ipe Clip is molded of a malleable plastic polymer resin coating. Its construction allows for the natural expansion and contraction of wood decking, while also providing UV and chemical resistance. DeckWise Ipe Clip hidden deck fasteners have been tested to be up to 3x stronger than similar systems because of their black oxide stainless steel reinforcement. This insert provides corrosion resistance and easier installation by helping prevent the over-driving of screws.

Spacing

The deck gap spacing is integrated into the Ipe Clip shape. These fasteners have protruding legs that are sized to fit general deck gap spacing for numerous species of exotic hardwoods, composite decking, and thermal wood decking. Legs will hold strong and not crumble or collapse under pressure.

3 Types of Ipe Clips:

ExtremeDeckWise Extreme Ipe Clip Black
3/32″ Gap Spacing Recommended for Air Dried Decking UV & Chemical Resistant Polypropylene Square Shape = More Surface Contact for Holding
Extreme4DeckWise Extreme4 Ipe Clip Brown
5/32″ Gap Spacing Recommended for Kiln Dried, Composite, PVC Decking UV & Chemical Resistant Polyethylene Versatile Leg = Maximum Compatibility w/ Decking Materials
ExtremeKDDeckwise ExtremeKD Ipe Clip White
1/4″ Gap Spacing Recommended for Kiln Dried, Composite, PVC Decking UV & Chemical Resistant Polyethylene Hollow Leg = Ideal for Expansion of Kiln Dried Decking

How to install DeckWise Ipe Clips:

  1. Insert the Ipe Clip into the pre-grooved slot where the deck board meets the joist.
  2. Use the DeckWise Drill & Drive Kit to install.
  3. Pre-drill at a 45-degree angle through the clip and board.
  4. Insert a stainless steel trim-head screw through the clip and board.
  5. Secure the Ipe Clip and repeat over each joist.
  6. Slide the next board over the installed Ipe Clips.
  7. Repeat.

Shop DeckWise Ipe Clip hidden deck fasteners and more at diyhomecenter.com.

 

How To Create A Fastener Free Deck with TigerClaw TC-G & Cortex FastenMaster


Even with a hidden fastener system, there are a few areas where, due to the limitations of the hidden fastening tool or system, you can’t hide the fastener. Some might consider this the “Persian Flaw” of their deck, but if you want perfection–a smooth, beautiful fastener-free deck surface–you’ll want to check out the new FastenMaster video, the TigerClaw TC-G, and the Cortex FastenMaster for decks and trim.

The FastenMaster video is only four minutes long and shows you how the TigerClaw TC-G and the Cortex FastenMaster work together to hide every fastener on the deck surface.


For the field of the deck, the TC-G Fastener works great. But when it comes to the first board, the last board, perimeter boards, and stairs, if you didn’t have the Cortex FastenMaster, you’d have to settle for visible fasteners.

The video shows how you can use the Cortex FastenMaster to hide all fasteners, even in those troublesome spots.

The Cortex FastenMaster System is extremely straightforward. It comes with screws, a setting tool, and a plug that’s made from the same material as the decking board.

Using the Cortex screw and setting tool, drive the fastener without pre-drilling. Then set the plug with a hammer. A final, and optional step, is to look away, and then look back again and see if you can find it.

It practically disappears.

This, of course, is exactly what you want—a completely smooth, fastener-free deck surface that looks great.

Be sure to check out the video. When you’re confident you can handle this project, the DIY Home Center has you covered—we have both the TigerClaw TC-G and Cortex FastenMaster available now. Use our decking color cross-reference to find the perfect color match for your deck.