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.

Cortex by FastenMaster: Set the Screw, Set the Plug…And Your Deck is Set!

Hidden fastening systems all suffer from the weaknesses of increased complexity. All the various clips, brackets and other hardware are all subject to corrosion, improper installation and structural failure. This fact can be frustrating for homeowners and contractors alike as they plan construction of new or renovation of existing decks.

FastenMaster's Cortex Concealed Fastening System for Decking

FastenMaster’s Cortex Concealed Fastening System for Decking

FastenMaster has risen above the rest with the Cortex Concealed Fastening System. Cortex is the fastest, easiest way to conceal the heads of your deck screws on market-leading deck board types. Set the screw, set the plug, and you’re all set…you won’t even need to caulk, sand or paint!

Cortex offers a strong connection between the deck board and the joist and can conceal fasteners across the entire deck: first and last board, perimeter, and stairs. Available for popular decking brands, including Trex, TimberTech, Azek and EverGrain, the Cortex Hidden Fastener plugs are made from OEM manufacturer decking boards to ensure a proper color match. Each box of Cortex includes everything you need: screws, set plugs and setting tools; and can be easily installed with a standard drill.

Cortex’s simplicity is its strength. Nothing can beat the simplicity and strength of a through the deck board screw. Once the plug is installed, the screw is hidden and sealed off from the elements. When installed according to the instructions, these plugs are difficult if not impossible to find. End result: Your deck is strong and perfectly consistent in appearance. Now that’s a job well done.

FastenMaster ThruLOK Deck Fastners for Strong Through Bolt Connections

Whether you are a homeowner or a contractor, you demand quality products to complete a project faster, easier and stronger. FastenMaster offers quality materials for a variety of projects, including composite deck screws,  exterior wood screws, engineered wood fasteners, heavy duty wood screws, ledger board fasteners and stainless-steel trim screws.

FastenMaster Thrulok Fastener 24 Pack

FastenMaster Thrulok Fastener 24 Pack

ThruLOK is the newest addition to the FastenMaster LOK Line of structural wood-to-wood fasteners. With a three-part assembly including a ThruLOK fastener featuring the patent-pending Paddle Point™, engineered washer, and LOK-Nut, ThruLOK offers the speed of a LOK Line Product and the strength of through bolt connections.

This new fastener comes in specific lengths that allow contractors to replace their 1⁄2″ carriage and through-bolts in three primary deck applications: 6 1⁄4″ fastener – Single 2x to 4x Decking Posts, 7″ fastener – Notched 6x Carrying Beams, and 8″ fastener – Double 2x to Single 4x Decking Posts. There is no drill bits or wrenched required and installs with an 18 volt cordless drill. Moreover, their galvanized coating meets IRC ACQ corrosion requirement and there is a lifetime performance guarantee.

To install FastenMaster ThruLOK, simply put the ThruLOK-Washer on the ThruLOK screw with the teeth of the washer facing away from the head of the fastener. Using a 1⁄2″ high torque variable speed drill (18V if cordless), drive the ThruLOK until washer and hex head are just above the wood surface (approx 1⁄4″) and point of screw protrudes out other side of connection. Thread the ThruLOK-Nut onto point of fastener and tighten the nut by hand until flush with wood. Finally, tighten screw with drill and repeat to match code-compliant fastening pattern.

Build with confidence and get the job done right with new ThruLOK Fasteners from DIY Home Center.

FastenMaster’s LedgerLok Speeds Deck Assembly

If you’re looking to speed up your deck production, look no further than FastenMaster’s LedgerLok ledger-board screws.

FastenMaster LedgerLok Ledger Board Fasteners

FastenMaster LedgerLok Ledger Board Fasteners: Faster, Easier, Stronger

FastenMaster LedgerLok is designed to quickly and securely attach the deck’s ledger board to the house’s rim joist, with no pre-drilling or impact wrench required. The sharp gimlet point that eliminates pre-drilling allows you to install the fasteners with a single tool: A 14.4-volt cordless drill or better is recommended. The LedgerLok built-in washer head means no dealing with additional washers, and has the added advantage of preventing over-driving of the screw.

The screws, available is in 3 5/8-inch and 5-inch lengths, undergo a proprietary three-step coating process for guaranteed corrosion protection and are ACQ approved. LedgerLok boasts stronger design shear values than 1/2″ lags and super-size threads that grab hard into joists.

The increased production made possible by LedgerLok will enhance your bottom line, and the finished project will please your customers. That’s a definite win-win situation. And to sweeten the deal even further, a free 5/16-inch driver is included in every package.

DIY Home Center is pleased to carry FastenMaster Deck Screws & Fasteners to help you complete your deck projects “Faster, Easier, Stronger”.