I am starting an AZEK deck in the next few weeks, I sold them on the hidden fastener system as well. I have seen them at trade shows and in the show rooms, they looked good. Glad to know they work as promised in the real worldBert, We started out using the tiger claw specifically designed for Azek.
Ten boards in, it was obvious a change had to be made. Poor design. You need to beat the daylight out of the board to get them in and when you finally get them set to your desired spacing, you will see that your board has an undesirable pitch to it. Maybe with a lot of patience and practice these will work, but I will never use them again.'
We switched to the Cortex http://www.fastenmaster.com/product.aspx?catID=2&prodID=14
This is the way to go. No predrilling just screw and plug. The box comes with the plugs and bits. Virtually invisible.
I just ran TC-3s on a Azek deck this week and it was simple. Granted, I we were using the new Tiger Jaw to install the boards which eliminates the need for a sledgehammer. It's certainly not fast compared to a grooved board, but it worked well. Very consistent board setting and spacing.
PDB may run my review. Not sure yet.
They are not in full production yet, but I recollect the rep telling me they were maybe $100 or so (I could be wrong)...it's not really complex, but man, does it work better than a sledge!I see it listed on their website but mind telling us what this thing costs. I assume you got yours free for the review.
I am dreading the conventional installation process weather I slot the boards or not.