CAMO Hidden Fastener System - Made by National Nail Company.
SRL recommends this system as one of the better, overall it is cheaper then
the other deck installation type of systems and this is important
especially if you're a contractor. All you need are the jigs and additionally
the bits and the screws, making it a very cost effective deck installation
system. Available are jigs that cover both 6" and 4" boards. The
jigs are very useful because they provide automatic spacing, so we
recommend you to buy at least two sets (or more if you are a contractor
with an install crew). The CAMO system comes with 3/16" stainless
steel screws so they are suitable anywhere, even on the coast. However,
these screws are relatively more expensive compared to other stainless
steel screws, but the CAMO screws are cheaper compared to alternate hidden
CAMO system we also like because this system puts two screws into each
joist (compared to one screw for ipe clip systems) providing much more stability.
we furthermore believe that it is a quicker install, especially when you
get the hang of it. Anyhow, you still have to pre-drill Ipe hardwood as
well as other species such as massaranduba and tigerwood but the guides
on the jig guides you making it an easy job. Using the CAMO system, the
screw is doing all the work. The screw is set in the CAMO system
automatically just under the shoulder of the wood, similar to a pocket
screw in a way that if you were looking over the top, you will not be
able to see the screw. This is why the CAMO system is called ‘hidden’.
However, if you look at an angle, you will be able to see but just a low
profile. And if you need to move out a board, it easyly is removed for
placing a new board in its place with no compromising neither the look of
the deck nor your whole day work.
there also exist a Kreg jig and which is a good alternate for this hidden
method, and especially if you lay your boards on the diagonal. The Kreg jig
is not a closed system as the CAMO system is, so you will be able to use
any kind of screw with it. The Kreg jig also requires a pre-drilling bit
which has a depth stop collar. The Kreg jig itself is flimsier and harder
to work with, but we still prefer working with this system over a clip
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