Hidden Decking Fasteners East Amherst 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

Lush Lawn
(716)824-2777
224 Dingens Street
Buffalo, NY
English Gardener Limited
(716)834-1911
1400 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY
Gauthier Hardscape
(716)655-1860
1840 Bullis Road
Elma, NY
Adams Nurseries
(716)683-4885
5799 Genesee Street
Lancaster, NY
Marks Nursery
(716)751-6576
4402 East Lake Road
Wilson, NY
Sunshine Landscaping
(716)542-5750
11955 Tonawanda Creek Road
Akron, NY
Barden Tree Service Inc
(716)839-1298
117 Roycroft Boulevard
Buffalo, NY
Militello E J Builders-Permalawn Landscape CO
(716)741-1054
10040 County Road
Clarence Center, NY
Marston Power Equipment
(716)773-9396
1979 Grand Island Blvd
Grand Island, NY
TM Enterprise
(716)433-5622
5902 Tonawanda Creek Road
Lockport, 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