DEC-KLIP has been around for ~20 years, the fact that theyre still in
business says something.
DECKMASTER system is a lLOT more involved but IMO would produce a much
more securely fastened deck. Screws hold way better than nails
Face nail; really fast but has exposed fasteners
Face screw; not as fast but more secure, still has exposed fasteners
DEC-KLIP, pretty fast, not as secure as screws, no exposed fasteners
DECKMASTER; slowest system, most secure, no exposed fasteners
what would I use on a DIY project?
To help calibrate my opinion; I used 3" Stainless SMS to intall the the
2x2 cross members on my redwood patio cover (~12' x 25') . The timber
was ~$2k so I figured WTF another $30 for screws is small price to pay
for no rusted fasteners to help destroy the structure.
If I was building MY deck (or for a highend customer who understands &
appreciates "better") I'd use the DECKMASTER system w/ stainless SMS
either square drive head or hex washers head (www'mcmasgter.com) ~
The bitterness of low quality is remembered long after the sweetness
of low cost has faded. :)
Bob (aka King of Overkill)