Decking Screws

29 Sep 2005
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United Kingdom
I am assembling the sub frame (6x2) for garden decking. I see you can now buy screws that do not require a 'pilot' hole. In my day the timber being fixed required a clearance hole, whilst the timber being fixed to, required (but not always) a pilot hole.Can these screws be used without the need for a clearance hole,ie screwed straight through the timber being fixed.
Second question. I will be using hardwood decking for which is recommended stainless steel screws. The heads will stand out like a sore thumb,can anyone suggest a less visable alternative. Thanks Roy.
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I`ve just finished decking the back garden and I used the type of screws you mentioned. The actual ones were Timberlok 4" with a hex head and they worked a treat, even with a £25 B&Q cordless. Bit expensive but worth the outlay I`d say.

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