Some of the fasteners and connectors on the market are engineered for better performance in a variety of materials, including popular wood alternatives like PVC and composite trims, while other new introductions help solve common fastener and connector issues. Read on for some of the latest in fasteners and connectors.
TrussLok fasteners from FastenMaster are designed for use in engineered woods, including LVL, LSL, and PSL. The screws feature a winged point that penetrates multiple layers without predrilling, the company says. TrussLok's thread length eliminates board jacking and moves the narrower threaded portion of the screw out of the material's shear plane. 800.518.3569. www.fastenmaster.com. Circle 108.
Designed to increase safety and durability and provide a nail-free surface, Tiger Claw's TC-5 Marine Dock and Decking hidden fastener supports different material types and lumber dimensions. The fasteners allow greater spacing between boards to improve drainage. Boards also can be easily replaced without sacrificing the fastener. 800. 928.4437. www.deckfasteners.com. Circle 109.
Maze Nails' PVC Molding and Trim nails are made from high-carbon steel and high-tensile stainless steel to minimize bending and reduce splitting of cellular PVC and composite trimboards. The slender, blunt-pointed nails come in three lengths. Available in bulk and in coils, the fasteners come painted white to match the popular trims on the market. 800.435.5949. www.mazenails.com. Circle 110.
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