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Allen Lyle, of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, demonstrates how the Kreg Deck Jig can be used to easily install hidden screws on wood decks.

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Comment by Joe Wappel on July 28, 2010 at 8:38pm
How do you use the deck jig on stairs?
Comment by Fox Statler on July 16, 2010 at 9:05am
I live in Arkansas and we get lots of rain and high temperature heat in the summer, because of this we experience major board cupping. This problem is severe enough to break the screws on each side of the 5/4's board leaving only the screw in the middle. What is to stop the 5/4 board from splitting out where the screw is placed? Theoretically, the screw may be going more of the 5/4's but the major portion of this is through a thinner thickness of the board. A screw-less surface sounds great but will it endure??
Comment by Carl Vella on July 16, 2010 at 8:26am
For composite decking, it's terrific but I totally agree with Mike about the spacing. I jammed my PT decking up tight and, after a year, there is a 1/2 inch gap.
Comment by Mike De Pasquale on July 15, 2010 at 8:17pm
If he were building a real porch OUTSIDE and using his 1/4" spacers, within 2 or 3 days after he puts his boards on they will shrink about 1/8 to 1/4 inch per board and those spaces will be huge. If you are decking your porch with using the usual 5/4" treated lumber your spacing should either be nil or the distance of a 16 penny nail. Come on now, You Kreg guys know this very well but nowhere in all the videos or instructions about the jig does it mention anything about the new wood shrinking. I'm telling you, if you use the supplied spacers with wood you are going to be really unhappy after several days. Other than that, I love using the jig. It's a little slower than running screws from the top and a lot slower than nailing but the end result is well worth that extra time because you see no fasteners anywhere except up by the house on only one row.
Mike
Comment by JeepFreak on July 2, 2010 at 1:31pm
I have started using this jig last week. I am building a front porch from 5/4 cedar. I have done about 1/3 of the porch top so far and I like the jig and the spacers.

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