How to Install Tiger Claw Deck Fasteners

Create a beautiful, clear deck surface free of visible screws or fasteners for a gorgeous outdoor living space family and friends will love to gather on with Tiger Claw TC-G Hidden Deck Fasteners.

Adaptable and versatile, the FastenMaster Tiger Claw TC-G Hidden Deck Fasteners are the ideal choice for attaching a wide majority of grooved decking material.

How to Use Tiger Claw Deck Fasteners

In just 4 easy steps, DIY deck builders and homeowners can create a beautiful outdoor living space with no visible deck fasteners. Keep your composite decking looking beautiful and get consistent deck board gapping with Tiger Claw TC-G Hidden Deck Fasteners!

Tiger Claw Deck Fastener Installation

Install grooved deck boards easily and securely with Tiger Claw TC-G hidden deck fasteners

Steps on How to Install Tiger Claw TC-G Hidden Deck Fasteners

1) Attach the First Deck Board

Begin by attaching the first deck board of your DIY deck build in place via a face-fastening screw, composite deck screw, or a deck plug system.

Standard deck screws will be visible from above, however, provide a rugged amount of strength in a decking install. Composite deck screws will blend into the deck board surface with a color-matching head to help the screws be nearly invisible. Deck plug systems such as the Starborn Pro Plug or FastenMaster Cortex Concealed methods will completely conceal the fastener with a plug made of the same exact deck board material.

Drive a fastener through the composite deck board or treated deck board into the deck joist below every 3 to 4 feet. This will provide a secure attachment for the initial lumber setting a strong foundation for the remaining boards.

2) Set Tiger Claw TC-G Fasteners

Fully insert TC-G into grooved edge of deck board. Screw hole should line up with the center of supporting deck joist.

Place a Tiger Claw TC-G hidden deck fastener at every joist along the composite deck board which should be either 12 inches or 16 inches apart.

3) Install First Tiger Claw TC-G Fastener

While standing on deck board, install provided screw at 45° angle through screw and into joist, while applying pressure on Tiger Claw fastener. Install one fastener and screw at each supporting deck joist.

Make sure TC-G deck clip is vertical to deck board and confirm that the screw is holding the hidden fastener tight to support joist. Adjust the torque setting on screwdriver to prevent any spin out or camming.

4) Continue Installing Deck Boards

Place the next grooved deck board into position against the Tiger Claw TC-G fasteners. Slightly raise outer edge of the decking board being installed and slide board onto fastener until board contacts spacer tabs.

Check the gapping between the grooved deck boards for consistency and then apply force to ensure the board is fully installed.

Repeat installation steps 2 through 4 to complete your decking installation with Tiger Claw TC-G fasteners!

Choose Tiger Claw hidden deck fasteners to complete your deck board installation with grooved deck boards


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