I am in the process of removing an old deck and building a new one. One question: Would I be wrong in using deck screws to build the whole deck. I mean, from the ground up. After 35+ years in construction and many different eye glasses I have problems trying to drive nails with a hammer. Age 60. Not bad but missing a few times on each nail. Of coarse I would use galvanized screws.
Hi Muz, I would use screws for all the decking and if you can screw straight in on the ends of framing members but as far as toe nailing I would stick with the nails. They will pull up tighter than the screws and hold better in these areas. They are a lot more forgiving when you need to "move" pieces around.....Mark Hammond
BigMuz, I have had galvanized deck screws rust in a few years. I recommend you get (can't remember the name!!) some of those that are painted and have lifetime guarantee. They cost more, but I think they'll last longer and look better.
Screws goooood for the deck surface but for structural members, they have far less shear strength and most building codes don't recognize them. You could fail an inspection or have a party get cut short with an accident and a trip to the hospital.