Wednesday, September 3
Last night we had installed the first Trex board onto the lower left deck. We had gotten frustrated while using the Aphano Fasteners and called it a night. Today I wanted to give the Aphano Fasteners another go.
I installed 2 more Trex deck boards with the Aphano Fasteners. After the 3rd board was down, and numerous swear words had been used, I decided to get Tim and my Dad's opinion.
Here's the things that I was unhappy with... the whole process of having to screw the fastener to the bottom of the decking board, flip it over, then screw it into the joist. This made for no give if things weren't lining up or if your pencil line was off. There was a bounce to it that wasn't thrilled about too. I understand that composite board has some give, after all, it is a plastic material, but this bounce was disconcerting.... like it wasn't fastened down enough. I even had put the (optional) 2nd screw in the fastener, and the boards still had a huge amount of give to it. I dono.... maybe it's me, but I want my deck to feel solid.
Tim and my Dad had the same opinion that I had too. My Dad immediately knew after walked on both decks, just as I had, which system to go with. And thus.... we decided to return the Aphano Fasteners.
We had gone online right after my Dad left and bought an Invisi-Fast kit for straight decking and accessory clips that will make the system easier to install, if we can't get underneath. We ordered the kits tonight and hopefully they'll come in by next week.