Hidden Decking Fasteners Buffalo 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

Bison Nursery
(716)741-9767
9635 Clarence Center Road
Clarence Center, NY
Containers in Bloom
(716)652-2790
1515 Grover Road
East Aurora, NY
Alberti Landscraping Inc
(716)685-3548
491 Erie Street
Lancaster, NY
Touch of Class
(716)692-4862
637 Erie Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY
Wayside Landscaping & Nursery
(716)297-3811
8962 Porter Road
Niagara Falls, NY
TPO Corporation
(716)675-6670
795 Seneca Creek Road
Buffalo, NY
Greenview Landscape Co
(716)741-8468
8600 Roll Rd
Clarence Center, NY
Four Seasons Lawn Service
(716)434-2344
5637 Valley Way
Lockport, NY
Mister Green Lawn
(716)681-5440
516 Aurora Street
Lancaster, NY
Thruway Builders of Orchard Park Inc
(716)662-4491
3515 California Road
Orchard Park, 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
- Fighting Fastener Corrosion Buffalo NY
Deck building used to be simpler. At the lumberyard, you’d load up on CCA-treated 2-by stock for the floor system, 6x6s for the posts, and whatever the budget allowed for the decking — anything from 1x6 pressure treated to more-expensive 1x4 Doug fir.
- Hardwood Decks Buffalo NY
- Fasteners and Connectors Buffalo NY
- Heavy-Duty Clamping Horses Buffalo NY
- Floating a Pergola in Place Buffalo NY
- Drywall Finishing Buffalo NY
- Fending off Sun, Wind, and Nosy Neighbors Buffalo NY
- Engineered Lumber Buffalo NY
- Hidden-Fastener Tool Buffalo NY