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.

TigerClaw Sister Joist

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.

Why You Should Be Using the Tiger Claw TC-G this Upcoming Deck Season


For the last five years, we’ve witnessed the incredible growth of the hidden fastener market. It’s no wonder why. A deck that uses hidden fasteners gives a more polished look—and the fasteners hitting the market are getting easier to use, which is great for DIYers.

Even though there many new fasteners hitting the market, when it comes to grooved boards, we’re still big fans of the Tiger Claw TC-G because of its versatility and ease-of-use.

TigerClaw TC-G

TigerClaw TC-G Hidden Deck Fastener

Who wants to fumble around with multiple different fasteners for different applications when one durable and reliable fastener—the Tiger Claw TC-G—can meet all your needs?

In fact, we 100% guarantee that the Tiger Claw TC-G is a direct replacement for the following fasteners:

  • Fiberon Phantom
  • Ipe Clip Extreme 4
  • Invisi-Fast Hidden Deck Fastening System
  • EB-TY Hidden Deck Fastener
  • Mantis Deck Clips or Crown Clips
  • Deck Clip by Grabber
  • I-CLP System Fasco
  • Truemark Deck Fasteners
  • KleerKlip

The Tiger Claw TC-G will replace the following fasteners, but will leave a different gap:

  • Oasis for Kodiak (leaves 1/8″ gap – TC-G will leave 3/16″ gap)
  • Lumber Loc (leaves 1/4″ gap – TC-G will leave 3/16″ gap)
  • Equator (leaves 1/4″ gap – TC-G will leave 3/16″ gap)

Aside from versatility, the Tiger Claw TC-G gives you automatic 3/16″ deck board spacing, allows for some expansion and contraction, and it’s straightforward to install.

When you’re considering tackling your deck projects this upcoming deck season, we recommend the Tiger Claw TC-G as a drop-in replacement. Streamline your deck installs and build beautiful, fastener-free decks.

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

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!

Cypress Deck Fastener Questions Answered!


Hard or soft, light or dark, oily or dry, the world of wood offers a wonderfully wide array of options for construction. Cypress, native to many areas of the United States and used to by settlers to build shelters in colonial times, is known for its remarkable ability to weather variations in temperature and moisture. The cypress tree produces cypressine which acts as a natural preservative while repelling insects. As a result, cypress is a popular wood in building structures like decks and fences.

Tiger Claw understands the needs of such softer woods and has developed superior products to enable builders to produce a smooth nail free surface to emphasize the beauty of a deck’s wood while respecting the wood’s composition. Because cypress wood may be installed either green or kiln dried, questions about the proper Tiger Claw fastener choice arise.

Advice, direct from Tiger Claw

Tiger Claw TC-1S

Tiger Claw TC-1S, a fastener choice for green cypress wood

Cypress can be used for decking when it is still green and has a high moisture content. In this situation, Tiger Claw recommends their TC-1S or TC-2S hidden fasteners because they allow the boards to be installed tightly together. As the boards dry, they shrink creating a gap between each board. From a design perspective, the TC-1S or TC-2S are identical fasteners. While TC-1S is made from heavy gauge steel with a Magni 599© black sealer topcoat, the TC-2S is made from annealed stainless steel  – guaranteed to never rust – with a black oxide sealer topcoat.

Cypress may also be kiln dried before installation, and in this case, we would recommend the Tiger Claw TC-3S to create a gap between the boards during installation. This is needed because the boards will likely expand as they acclimate to a more humid environment.

If you have any questions about fastener compatibility, the lumber professionals at Tiger Claw are ready to help you identify the best product for your project. www.deckfastener.com