Securing a deck ledger to a rim board can be time-consuming. While necessary, the process requires multiple steps, which can reduce productivity and profits. With LedgerLOK screws from FastenMaster, the process for securing a deck ledger to rim joist can now be completed in less time.
The Ledger to Rim Connection: The Old Way
The ledger-to-rim connection consists of a pressure-treated board on the exterior fastened to an OSB, which is half-inch to three-quarters-inch thick and acts as a sheathing for the outside. The ledger is fastened through the OSB to either a board or an engineered wood product.
In the past, ledger-to-rim connections were made with a lag screw, usually a half-inch galvanized screw with a washer to hold the board in place and prevent the wood from popping over the screw’s head.
To complete the process, a hole needed to be drilled. Simple enough, but the hole needed two widths. The first is for the narrowest part of the screw. A half-inch screw requires a 3/8ths inch hole, which is drilled for the full length of the ledger screw. Once that is complete, the front of the hole needs to be bored out to create room for the shank and make it wider, to prevent outward pressure that could lead to splits. Once the hole is properly drilled, the screw needs to be tightened into place with a wrench.
LedgerLOK: Faster and More Convenient
LedgerLOK screws were engineered specifically for this application. Thanks to a simple, intuitive, and effective design, these screws, which can also be used as ledger locks for deck posts, require no pre-drilling and no placement of a washer; the head of the screw already has a washer in place.