12:21PM | 08/09/02
Member Since: 06/21/02
5 lifetime posts
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.

Thanks for the help….Bob….

Mark Hammond

05:34PM | 08/09/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
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


04:31AM | 08/12/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
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.

doug seibert

04:20PM | 08/15/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
One brand is DeckMate...........funky head design but you get a new bit w/every box......doug

Mark Hammond

07:31AM | 08/18/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
I should have mentioned that stainless screws are thee best to use for decking. They won't rust.........Mark Hammond


07:54AM | 11/20/02
Member Since: 11/19/02
59 lifetime posts
Deckmate is a good screw. Whenever using pressure-treated lumber you should always use hot-dipped galvanized fasteners.


05:32PM | 11/24/02
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
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.
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