Hidden Decking Fasteners Ballston Spa NY

Who came up with the first hidden decking fastener is open to debate. Weston Leavens remembers first seeing them in a magazine sometime around the end of the Reagan administration.

Local Companies

Cytech Hardwoods Inc
(518)843-9660
1785 State Highway 5s
Amsterdam, NY
Atlantic Irrigation Systems Inc
(518)782-7070
74 SWatling Road
Latham, NY
Turf Laboratory Inc
(518)785-8873
328 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY
Capital Stone Saratoga
(518)226-8677
4295 Route 50
Saratoga Springs, NY
Leisuretime Greenhouses
(518)882-5335
2484 Route 67
West Charlton, NY
City-Cycle
(518)842-2220
19 Northern Boulevard
Amsterdam, NY
Saratoga Turf Care
(518)371-0508
13 Cortland Boulevard
Clifton Park, NY
Moonlight Horticultural SVCS
(518)786-3955
965 Albany Shaker Road
Latham, NY
Fabco Landscaping
(518)381-6931
1715 Amsterdam Road
Schenectady, NY
Hydtech Lawn & Landscape
(518)587-9971
632 Maple Av
Saratoga Springs, NY

Prongs, tracks, biscuits, or clips, these attachments are here to stay

by Andy Engel


Who came up with the first hidden decking fastener is open to debate. Weston Leavens remembers first seeing them in a magazine sometime around the end of the Reagan administration. A screw or nail affixed the clip to the first board and to the joist, and the second board was driven onto a prong protruding from the first clip.

At the time, Leavens was the owner of one of the largest deck-building companies in San Diego. Intrigued, he ordered a box of the fasteners and used them to build a display deck for the annual home show. "The deck moved and squeaked," says Leavens. "It was embarrassing. I thought we'd done something wrong, so I called the magazine and eventually got in touch with the author. It happened that the deck featured in the article wasn't far away, so I arranged a visit. Well, it squeaked and moved, too, but the owners didn't seem to mind." That experience led Leavens to invent the Deckmaster, a track system that he began to use in his own business in about 1989.

That was a fertile time for the hidden-fastener industry. Sometime in the early '90s, Harry Eberle was working on a high-end house in Hunterdon County, N.J., and as seems common with busy builders, his mind was in two places at once. While he was using a biscuit joiner to put together the cabinets, he was also noodling out the best way to fasten down the furniture-grade ipe for the deck.

Click here to read full article from Deck Magaziner

Related Articles
- Drywall Finishing Ballston Spa NY
Finishing drywall well takes skill, touch, and attention to detail. It looks easy, but it takes practice. Getting results you'll be proud of starts with well-hung rock and continues with using the right joint compounds and knives in the right order.
- Heavy-Duty Clamping Horses Ballston Spa NY
- Fasteners and Connectors Ballston Spa NY
- Fighting Fastener Corrosion Ballston Spa NY
- Hardwood Decks Ballston Spa NY
- Floating a Pergola in Place Ballston Spa NY
- Fending off Sun, Wind, and Nosy Neighbors Ballston Spa NY
- Engineered Lumber Ballston Spa NY
- Hidden-Fastener Tool Ballston Spa NY