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.

CAMO Fasteners Approved for use with DuraLife Decking


DuraLife has approved CAMO for use with their high quality decking products.

We like the CAMO Hidden Fastening System because it’s easy to work with and produces great results. CAMO’s Marksman Pro–and their high quality screws–help fasten deck boards quickly and efficiently. DuraLife is another outstanding product known for it’s durability and strength.

With CAMO being approved for use with DuraLife, that means that not only is the product compatible, but that DuraLife thinks the results are so good that they recommend CAMO to be used with their product. So, if you’re considering a deck using DuraLife, you should also consider hiding your fasteners using the CAMO Hidden Fastening System.

When it comes time to selecting the correct CAMO fastener, CAMO has you covered with this guide (pdf).

Check out our selection of CAMO products at DIY Home Center.

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.

Fast Grooved Board Decking Installs With The Tiger Claw TC-G Installation Gun


Tiger Claw TC-G

Tiger Claw TC-G

For grooved board decking, it’s hard to beat the Tiger Claw TC-G hidden deck fastening clip. It’s fast, easy to use, provides automatic 3/16” board spacing, and there won’t be a fastener in sight, assuming you use the Cortex FastenMaster for your perimeter boards.

But if you’re a professional, or just a DIY enthusiast who knows the value of having the right tools for the job, we recommend investing in the Tiger Claw Pneumatic Installation Gun to install grooved deck boards with TC-G clips at light speed.

Check out the video below that shows a regular hand drill versus the Tiger Claw Pneumatic Gun:

As you can see in the video, the TC-G clip can be installed with the installation gun in four simple steps:

  1. Place the clip on the nose, prong side up.
  2. Put the clip under the groove in the decking.
  3. Rest the gun flat on the joist, push down, and pull the trigger.
  4. Slide the gun to the right to free it from the clip.

If you make a mistake, a cool feature is that the installation gun uses scrails–a screw nail–that drives in like a nail and can be removed like a screw, making it easier to back out of installs.

The Tiger Claw Pneumatic Installation Gun is not just for the TC-G–it’s also compatible with the following clips:

The gun can be powered by a standard CO2 tank, with the recommended pressure being 80-100 PSI.

When you combine the TC-G clip with the Tiger Claw Pneumatic Installation Gun, you get fast, professional installation, compatibility with other great clips, and, of course, the satisfaction of using a cool power tool to create a beautiful fastener-free deck surface.

We have everything you need to get this project started right away–it’s all at the DIY Home Center.

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.

Guest Post: Know When to Use TigerClaw Butt Seam Clips


By Greg Hartman, National Account Manager, FastenMaster Division

Most deck builders will try to avoid having two boards butt end to end on any deck project. However it isn’t always possible. Decks that are more than 20 feet long, and most decks built with random length lumber will always require boards be joined end to end. Hidden deck fasteners cannot always accommodate these butt seams. In the past, builders would either have to sister a joist below the butt seam, create their own solution or bridge the seam with a single fastener. Attaching a sister joist below every butt seam is time consuming. A homemade solution can be equally time consuming and may be questionable in its integrity. Bridging two board ends with a clip meant as a single board/joist fastener is never going to hold as well as it is meant to.

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Butt Seam with TC-G and Sister Joist (Old Method)

Tiger Claw has developed a solution for the butt seam issue – the TigerClaw Butt Seam Clip. The Butt Seam Clip is a mirror image of the TC-G. Using this clip in conjunction with the TC-G allows a builder to install the two clips side by side on a single “2 by” joist. This TigerClaw Butt Seam Clip is equal to the TC-G in speed, ease of use and strength.
Tiger Claw TC-G is one of the most widely used hidden deck fasteners for all types of grooved deck boards. The speed and ease of installation, the versatility, the strength and hold down power make this a builder’s favorite clip.

The Butt Seam Clip comes in handy for two other applications.

Butt Seam with TC-G and Butt Seam Clip (New Method) – No Need for Sister Joist!

Butt Seam with TC-G and Butt Seam Clip (New Method) – No Need for Sister Joist!

  • When the ends of the deck planks are going to be cut flush to the joists for a flush fascia or trim. Use the TC-G on your right outer joist and the Butt Seam Clip on your left outer joist to keep the fastener well inboard and out of the way of your circular saw.
  • When the builder runs out of TC-G clips and only needs a couple dozen clips to finish the job. Instead of having to buy the 90 clip bag of TC-G he can now buy this less expensive bag of 55 Butt Seam Clips to finish the job.

Every bill of materials for a grooved deck installation should include at least one bag of TigerClaw Butt Seam Clips.

TigerClaw is available now at www.diyhomecenter.com — or, if you have any questions, call 888-349-4660 or leave us a comment below.