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Frequently Asked Questions...

What is the best way to attach 5/4" cedar deck boards to their supporing joists?

I'm replacing the boards on my deck. I'll be installing 5/4" cedar. When I built a deck before, used deck screws, but I was using 2x6 pressure treated wood.

I was wondering if it would be okay, or maybe even better, to install new 5/4" cedar with finishing nails instead of screws. It would be worth the price of a nail-gun.

Do you know if this would be a good idea or not?

Also, any other ideas for sizing, cutting, sealing or fastening new cedar decking would be greatly appreciated.


Best Answer...


I'd use 3-inch screws (stainless-steel or maybe that brown-dull finish exterior) [maybe 4-inch screws with the 5/4" deck boards]

I'm no carpenter, but I've had very good luck with screw-fasteners in fencing

have two drills powered off multi-outlet at end of THICK extension cord

drill A) thin drill bit for pilot-hole
drill B) phillips-head driver-bit that FITS the screw-head

FITS ...... you don't want slippage, spend a little extra to get a good screw-drive head or 2 or 3 or 4 .... don't run out of the right parts

maybe even a bar of hand-soap to rub on the screw-threads before installing (Lubrication that won't hurt wood)