How to Install a Deck with a Spiked Clip How to Install a Deck with a Spiked Clip
Using a spike deck clip to install composite material or wood decking can make your installation neater, without the nail or bolt holes on top of the deck boards. Follow these steps to use spiked clipping to install the deck efficiently.
Step 1 – Laying the First Board
Fix the first board on the joists with longer screws applied at 45-degree angle that pass through the bottom tongue of the board’s outside edge. Pre-drill the screw points with oval-shaped holes, with the wider side aligned to the length of the board. Pay extra attention to the alignment of board; the edge must be straight. Break off one spike of the clip that is facing the side of the first deck board. Drive down a rust-proof screw on the clip hole across the deck board towards the joist. Do this on the rest of the joists under the first board on deck. Now you have the first set of spiked clips waiting for the next board. Generally, you secure one screw to take care of two boards mounted on each location of the joist.
Step 2 – Install Additional Boards on Deck
Set another board next to the spikes. Carefully tap into the other side with sledge hammer until the spikes are driven into the other side of the board and stops at the stopper edge of the clip. If the deck is too long and there is a need to install additional board at the end of the last board, cut the end of last board to the exact location of the nearest support rail or joist, put in an additional rail, and then install the additional board by starting on the second/additional rail.
Step 3 – Installing the Last Board on Deck
Install decking boards to the side of the support rails or joists. Level the top edge of the decking board to the top edge of the support rail. Use a miter saw to make an angled cut to join corners neatly. Drive in screws into the side board at a 45-degree inclination to fix it. Screw in the spiked clip in between the last two boards, but remove the spikes at each side and use as spacer. Attach the last board on the deck, covering both the support rail and the edge of the side board. Drill a pilot hole larger than the screw head ½ inch deep on top of the last board and drive the screw down to joist. Plug a fitted wood piece to hide the screw hole from the surface. Do this to the rest of the joists.