How to Install T-Clip Decking Boards
You can install decking made of composite material or wood by using T-clips. T-clips will eliminate the use of nails, so you don't need to spend time nailing the boards on your deck. Here are the steps to installing T-clip decking boards.
Step 1 – Laying the First Board on Deck
When installing your deck boards, start at the far end of the deck and work your way towards the other end. You may use long screws to attach the first board on your deck to make the whole construction more stable. To apply the screws, lay the first board on the top of the joists. Fix the first board on the joists with screws applied at 45-degree angle. Make sure that the screws pass through the bottom tongue of the board’s outside edge in order to establish a firm hold. If you are worried about splitting or chipping the wood when attaching the screws, you may pre-drill the screw points with oval-shaped holes. The wider side of the holes should be aligned to the length of the board. As you attach the first board on the joist, pay close attention to the alignment of the board and make sure that the edge is straight.
Once the first board is in place, you may now attach the T-Clips to the entire stretch of the board's inner edge using the long shaft power screwdriver. Make sure that you adjust the drill torque to ensure T-Clips are tightly fixed, but be careful not to make the T-clips too tight; the board may chip and it may be difficult for you to attach the next boards.
Step 2 – Install Additional Boards on Deck
To attach the additional boards to your deck, align the groves on the second board with the T-clips of the first board, then use a hammer to slip the board into place. To prevent unsightly dents on your board, use a hammer with a rubber face and tap lightly on the board to insert it into place. Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the boards and take care not to tap the board too hard with the hammer in order to avoid causing damage on the wooden surface. If there is a need to install additional board at the end of the last board, you may cut additional boards to fit into the extra length of the deck.
Step 3 – Installing the Last Board on Deck
To attach the last board on the deck, make an angled cut on the corners, then neatly join the corners using screws. To stabilize the deck, attach the inside edge of the last board with T-Clips, as it was done with the previous boards.
Step 4 – Finishing up
Put all left-over materials in a safe place for future use and clean the area.