I am installing an Eon Deck (plastic cedar 5/4" deck boards) and am
about 1/2 finished (about 300sq.ft. down). The deck boards are
attached to joists using hard rubber T-clips to create a hidden
fastening system. Each new deck board covers the previous row of
T-clips. About 650 screws required so far. The problem is, the deck
squeaks and pops in various places and I don't know how to fix it.
Eon has a Forum for problems like this but I've noticed that the
solutions they post, such as loosening or tightening the T-clip screws
are not possible because the deck boards are only 3/16" apart and the
T-clip screws are inaccessible.
I've posted to their forum with as much technical information as I can
provide but my post hasn't been added to the forum yet (It's already
been a half week).
Is anyone out there installing an Eon deck?
Are there any solutions to the pop and squeaks?
I can't imagine removing most of the 650 screws just to fix one "too
tight" screw. What happens when I then reinstall the 649 screws?
Any help or advise would be appreciated.
I've completed the deck, and I'm not too happy for several reasons.
1) The deck requires 12', 16' and 20' boards. The 12' and 16' foot
boards are the same color while the 20' boards are darker. Eon says
you should lay the "wood" out like a natural deck and expect slight
color variations. This of course is crap because I can't put 12' or
16' boards where the 20' boards belong. They need better quality
2) The 20' boards are not the same size as the 12' and 16' boards.
The 12' and 16' boards are 5.5" wide but the 20' boards are 5-5/16"
wide, producing a much larger gap between adjacent boards. In one
section of my deck the boards are one width, then in another section
the width is much wider. Very noticeable, plus it exposes the
"hidden" fastening system.
3) The 20' boards cannot be fastened to the joists without producing a
"popping" noise when they are stepped on. Even if I overdrive the
screw on the T-clip the boards will still "pop". The 12' and 16'
boards have no such problems. Clearly the 20' boards were made with a
different extrusion die and machine. This is a manufacturer's
I don't want people looking at my deck and asking me "what happened
here?" or "why is it making so much noise?".
Anyone out there seeing similar problems?
email@example.com (repp) wrote in message
I stumbled on this.
From: Kevin Ricks ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: Trex-Type Decking Question
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Date: 2003-08-27 11:03:05 PST
I made a 12x16' deck with EON. EON is made in Canada but available in the US
The squeaking problem has been addressed by EON. They now suggest that a
bead of silicon be put down between joists and the decking during
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