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.

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.

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 TrapEase 3 Makes Your Deck Installation Faster and Stronger


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FastenMaster TrapEase 3

Last week, we shared information about FastenMaster TORX TTAP used by FastenMaster Cortex and FastenMaster TrapEase 3. This week, we want to take a closer look at the FastenMaster TrapEase 3. It’s a versatile deck screw designed for use with composite, PVC, and capstock decking. The FastenMaster TrapEase 3 provides a clean, finished look with a quick, streamlined install.

The TrapEase 3 uses the TORX® TTAP® Drive System which makes the screws stick easily and drill in without wobble and without stripping — no pre-drilling required. The screw drives into the deck board easily and leaves no mushrooming effect.

Each box comes with the bit and spotter lid. The spotter lid makes it easy to have perfectly placed screws, for straight or angled decking, and provides a consistent install with a great finished look. The screws come in 75, 350, and 1050 piece boxes which will cover 20, 100, and 300 square feet of deck, respectively.

The TrapEase 3 is available in an array of color painted screws to match popular decking boards. A corrosion warranty lasts for the life of the project.  If you’re looking for a versatile screw that installs fast and clean into composite, PVC, and capstock–the TrapEase 3 is perfect. We have FastenMaster TrapEase 3 at DIY Home Center.

FastenMaster Cortex vs. FastenMaster TrapEase 3 – What’s the Difference?


You ask and we answer!  In response to the commonly asked question, what is the difference between FastenMaster Cortex and FastenMaster TrapEase 3 driver systems?  The answer is: a felt tip.

FastenMaster Cortex TORX TTAP Drive System

FastenMaster Cortex TORX TTAP Drive System

FastenMaster TrapEase 3 TORX TTAP Drive System

FastenMaster TrapEase 3 TORX TTAP Drive System

Both the FastenMaster Cortex and FastenMaster TrapEase 3 utilize the TORX TTAP® driver system, where you can count on unbeatable control, quick installation and superior quality.  The FastenMaster Cortex comes equipped with a felt tip, which allows you to perfectly set the height of the screw.  Yes, the felt tip is removable, so you can back out the screw or adjust the height of the trim.

Check out this video to see how you can give your next job or DIY home project a boost with the unmatched ease of the FastenMaster Cortex TORX TTAP® drive system.

 

Keep in mind that Cortex includes a color match plug, whereas TrapEase 3 is a painted head screw.  To see a variety of FastenMaster products, head to DIY Home Center.

How to Hang Drywall with FramerBACK and CornerBACK


We previously wrote about FastenMaster’s time-saving BACK Line. This product line helps you hang drywall and reduce the amount of framing members you need to use and eliminates deadwood nailers, allowing a home to have more insulation and be more energy efficient.

If you haven’t hung drywall before and you hear people talk about framing members and deadwood nailers, you might start doubting your DIY abilities. Thanks to Youtube, you can acquire practically any knowledge you need–and learning about hanging drywall and using FastenMaster’s BACK line is no exception.

In this FastenMaster video, you’ll learn how to install the FramerBACK and CornerBACK, the code-compliant metal clips that make drywall installation faster and easier while using less materials:

If you’re a builder or a DIY-er who prides him or herself on doing the job right, check out the FramerBACK and CornerBACK on DIY Home Center.