I’m about to re-do a ground level 32 x 32 cedar deck that was originally built with SS trim screws – installed on the face. I am looking for advice. I have access to the Camo tools – but is there something better out there?
I use Menard’s brand Grip Fast deck screws almost exclusively. They have a drill point and about an inch of unthreaded draw. Past 2 years of using them on about 9 decks of various styles I’ve not had a single service call or unhappy client. I’ve broke some, sure but not nearly as many as other brands. I personally don’t like Senco screws or driver for anything other than drywall. Just my 2 cents.
This spring I noticed a few places where the Camo screws lost their grip and the edge of the board pulled up. Every instance of this is on the end of the board though. I think that the grain must have split and released the fastener. I have to pick up a packet of screws (I only have 2 left) and drive the new screws as far along the edge of the board while still being able to hit the joist.
I was planning on making some outdoor chairs using the Camo screws, but now I’m not so sure.