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Hideaway Universal Hidden Fastener Combo

$27.97 /each
  • Package includes 90 fasteners and 4 start clips
  • Enough for 50 sq. ft. of installed decking
  • Preset for easy installation and proper spacing and drainage

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Like what you don't see, Trex Hideaway Universal Hidden Fasteners are sub surface clips that install grooved deck boards without deck screws, leaving on a smooth, unlettered finish behind. Now comes in a combo pack with start clips included.

  • Automatically gaps deck boards for proper ventilation and drainage
  • Glass filled nylon material which is 40% stronger than stainless steel and nearly half the cost
  • Screws are preset for easy installation
  • 90 fasteners and 4 start clips included enough coverage for 50 sq. ft. per box

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HOW MANY SQUARE FEET DOES A BOX OF 90 FASTNERS COVER

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Depends on the length of your deck. If you hav butt splices you will be using extra fasteners. Also the rated 50 square feet is for 16" on center joists. With any composite decking you should do12" on center joists. Not will be more solid and you will not regret the little bit extra money you spent. 16" on center joists can feel spongy for us bigger boned people. So a 10' x 10' deck with no butt splices Read More
Depends on the length of your deck. If you hav butt splices you will be using extra fasteners. Also the rated 50 square feet is for 16" on center joists. With any composite decking you should do12" on center joists. Not will be more solid and you will not regret the little bit extra money you spent. 16" on center joists can feel spongy for us bigger boned people. So a 10' x 10' deck with no butt splices will require 200 of these, 90 fasteners would cover about 45 square feet. Read Less
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April 15, 2016
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A little under 50 because you have to account for the double joist at the but ends
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October 13, 2015
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It depends on your Joist spacing which should be around 16". It should be around that be around that but will depend on the exact shape of your deck. If you take 90 divided by the number of Joists you have you can figure out how many boards you will be able to install per box.
If you take the length of your joists in inches + 3" and divide by 5.5" it will tell you how many boards you have.
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It depends on your Joist spacing which should be around 16". It should be around that be around that but will depend on the exact shape of your deck. If you take 90 divided by the number of Joists you have you can figure out how many boards you will be able to install per box.
If you take the length of your joists in inches + 3" and divide by 5.5" it will tell you how many boards you have.
Then you can Divide #board/ Boards per box to figure out how many boxes you need. Read Less
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September 14, 2015
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Thanks for your question. This will cover 50 square feet with joists spanned at 16" on center. Thanks, Gina Trex Customer Service.
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do they rust?

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May 16, 2015
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No. The clips are some sort of tough plastic, and the included screws are stainless steel.
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August 12, 2014
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Hi, thanks for your question. The screws are a coated stainless and will not rust. Thanks,
Brittany
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August 11, 2014
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Dear TWGraber: I recently installed a couple of boxes of the Trex Hideaway fasteners on our deck, with Home Depot's ArmorGuard / Fiberon capped composite decking -- which has standard grooves on the sides for hidden fasteners.
First, these fasteners are rust free. The black body is reinforced nylon and the screw is stainless steel.
A few tips:
> They are easier to install than the metal ArmorGuard Read More
Dear TWGraber: I recently installed a couple of boxes of the Trex Hideaway fasteners on our deck, with Home Depot's ArmorGuard / Fiberon capped composite decking -- which has standard grooves on the sides for hidden fasteners.
First, these fasteners are rust free. The black body is reinforced nylon and the screw is stainless steel.
A few tips:
> They are easier to install than the metal ArmorGuard Hidden Fasteners, which are difficult to align with the grooves.
> Depending on the age and hardness of your deck joists, you may need to drill a pilot hole for the screws. Stainless steel fasteners are always softer and more prone to stripping than standard steel. We typically drill pilot holes for the stainless steel screws used for PVC trim, for example. I found that pilot holes were needed for three of the rim joists, but none of the standard joists on our deck.
> Use a slow speed and consistent downward pressure when you install the screws. Change the bit with every box. (We stripped no screws out of three boxes.)
> DO NOT tighten the screws with each new deck board! This pulls the Trex fastener down at an angle -- which makes the next board hard to align. Plus you run the risk of stripping or breaking the stainless screw. Screw them down until they are just shy of tight, then install your next board. The screws are accessible, so you can tighten them further by hand after every board is installed.
I hope this is helpful!
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can you purchase more starter clips

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The Pro Desk can special order them and depending on your location, you could get them in just a few days.
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May have to, to finish the steps.
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August 21, 2013
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Hello valued customer, thank you for your interest in Trex, the #1 deck brand in the world. Yes, the starter clips are available in a 400 square foot, 36 piece bag. If we can be of any further assistance, please feel to contact us at 800-BUY-TREX or question@trex.com
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What size gap is created between deck boards?

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Using this fastener, what size gap is created between the deck boards. I recently used another universal fastener and although the deck looks aesthetically pleasing since you cannot see the screws, it does not look good when you can look in the gaps and see the fasteners and the joists. This is because the gap that's created is too big in my opinion. So I am looking for an alternative fastener.
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It does create a large gap, about 0.25". What I did to further "hide" the fasteners is, before putting down any deck boards I applied black duct tape. I put black duct tape on all my stringers. This has 2 benefits. When you look down between any of the deck boards all you see is black thus hiding the fastener. The other benefit is that water gets trapped between the deck board and the stringer. The Read More
It does create a large gap, about 0.25". What I did to further "hide" the fasteners is, before putting down any deck boards I applied black duct tape. I put black duct tape on all my stringers. This has 2 benefits. When you look down between any of the deck boards all you see is black thus hiding the fastener. The other benefit is that water gets trapped between the deck board and the stringer. The stringers even with the best chemical protection are rot resistant, not rot proof. This will make the stringers rot proof. Its a little extra work and costs just a few dollars. I used the animal brand, but I am sure others will do just fine. Read Less
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June 16, 2016
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Thanks for your question. The Trex Hidden Fasteners provide 1/4" gap between boards. Trex Decking requires this 1/4" gap even if you do not use hidden fasteners. Thank you, Gina Trex Customer Service
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Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 17 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worked great for me I was worried about these based on the other reviews and comments about how most the screws break and the bit strips. For me everything worked perfectly. My deck was 10 x 20 so I used 4 boxes and not a single problem, no broke screws, no stripped heads. I just kept in mind that the screws are stainless, that being said it is a weaker metal than standard screws. I started the screws with my drill on torque setting 2 to drive the screw head about an 1/8" to being flush, then after the next row was fastened the same way my helper stood on the boards and I drove the screws home with a 1/4 ratchet. Notice I did not try to draw the board down with the screw and did not use my battery driver to start the screws, of course both of those ways would have snapped screws. I did order the generic brand of these that were advertised to be designed for Trex but I found the spacer part was too short so it would give the proper 1/4" spacing but would leave a gap between the bottom of the fastener and the joist. For the money the Trex were only about $2.00 more but in the end they are worth it. April 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great if you do one thing first. These work well and give you the proper spacing for the decking. They work on the off brand grooved decking as well. In order for them to be truly hidden though you need to done one thing first. Buy some black duct tape, I bought the animal type. Put that down on all your stringers first. The black fasteners are then hard to see, plus it prevents the boards from rotting. Composite board will hold water between them and your joists. The stringers are rot resistant, not rot proof. This way they are rot proof and will last a life time. A few of these will not properly grip and you will need to put a longer deck screw through this but out of the over 1,000 I just put in this happened maybe 10 times. Some people will tell you it gives you s large gap, it is the required gap that it gives you and the gap will be consistent throughout your deck. It is very time consuming but you will not have any visible fasteners. These cost a bit but give you a great looking deck. Another good thing about these fasteners is that if you ever have to replace a board it is easily done. All you have to do is loosen the fasteners on both sides of the board and slide it out, then slide the new board in. No other hidden fastener system will allow you to do this. The board can be completely in the middle the deck. May 3, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Worked well with Armadillo brand decking I purchased Armadillo brand decking at an auction and found that no one around here carries it so I was stuck having to get another type of deck clip. The decking I have was grooved and I was worried these wouldn't work because they seamed loose but after installing a 12x12 deck everything seems to be fine. My wife isn't thrilled with the gap because you can see through it but I figured it will help keep water from pooling. Also my deck is a dark red color so the black actually looks better than the bare lumber. Since I wasn't using Trex I don't know if I can hold this against the product but the starters did not hold the first board tight so I had to screw them on the face next to the wall. I did have one screw break and two strip, but not to the point of not being able to tighten them but I was using a DeWalt 14.4v impact driver without a clutch, I was just being careful that I didn't drive them after bottoming out. October 13, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Not so hidden I used these fasteners with Trex decking. They do the job fine but the gap is wider than I liked and the fasteners and screws are plainly visible from above. I pulled up the section and re installed with the more expensive metal clips. They worked great and pull the boards tight due to the angle of the screw. September 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Looks great and faster to install than standard deck screws! I installed 4 boxes of these with Trex Transcend on a new deck that I built. I didn't have a single screw break or strip. I'm not sure why others have had that problem, but it wasn't a problem for me. I installed them using a Ridgid 18v drill/driver on the "1" setting, which is the slower of the two settings. I would definitely recommend planing or shimming your joists to get them level. I had one spot where a low joist pulled down too hard on the board and it snapped the plastic bracket. I shimmed that one spot, and never had the problem again. As for visibility between the board gaps, I covered my joists with Vycor Deck Protector tape, which is black, so the fasteners blend in well. Hopefully it will also prevent joist rot for a very long time. May 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Soft screws? Stainless steel is the reason A number of reviewers complained about how soft the screws are, how they strip out easily, the heads break off, etc. This is not a problem with the Trex product --- it is the weakness of stainless steel, which is always softer than the standard steel used in most screws. You will encounter the same issue with every small head stainless screw. The toughness of the wood in your deck joists is a key factor, e.g. PT lumber that has aged and hardened. To prevent stripping / breaking, you may need to pre-drill a hole for each screw. We often have to take this extra step when we install new decking on an older deck, or PVC trim -- which also use stainless screws with a small head. July 24, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by STOP, DONT BUY Bought four boxes of these Trex Hidden Fasteners for my 16ft composite decking and thought this design looked great and appeared easy to use. I began installing my third Trex fastener and the screw broke in half with minimal torx. After I installed about 15 of these, I went to install my next board and my previous boards all came loose and I quickly discovered every fastener I just installed, popped loose and I was back at ground zero again. I also noticed that the screw head is highly visible when the boards are pressed together which I wasn't excited about. I literally ran back to Home Depot and returned these pieces of garbage. I ended up buying the metal Fasten Master clips from Lowes. WOW, those clips are amazing and really holds the decking tight. My deck looks even better than I thought. Hope this post helps and I hope Trex learns something from other companies design. July 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Result, But Considerable Time Required I just finished redecking my 550 sq foot deck with Trex Transcend and these fasteners. If you are trying to use these to speed through a production job as a contractor, and/or use high speed/high torque tools to fasten, these are NOT for you. On the other hand, as a DIYer with a lot of time to complete my job, I found that with care and attention to detail, the finished product looked outstanding. I used a cordless drill driver set on a lower speed to drive the screws, and found the major problem to be due to operator error in not keeping the #1 square drive bit firmly seated in the screw head. The threads were aggressive, and without much pressure, one could seat the screws reliably. My only complaint was that for a plastic item, I thought the price was about 10-15% high. August 25, 2013
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