Posted September 29, 2015

Simpson to showcase new products at Remodeling Show

Products to includeQuik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems and Deck Drive fasteners.

Simpson Strong-Tie will collapse a deck, demonstrate Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems and highlight its newest deck products, including three new Deck Drive fasteners and the DTT1Z deck tension tie that simplifies connecting a deck to a home, at the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo in Chicago, Oct 1-2, booth 2301.

Simpson Strong-Tie products will also be featured during the tradeshow’s demonstration clinics. The Simpson Strong-Tie booth will showcase:

DTT1Z Deck Tension Tie

The new DTT1Z deck tension tie is a safe and time-saving alternative for attaching deck joists to the home’s structural framing. It eliminates the need to access floor joists from inside the house, and instead, is fastened from outside the house. The DTT1Z addresses a new 2015 International Residential Code provision (section R507.2.4) that now allows four 750-lb. lateral connectors to be fastened to structural framing joists members in the house. This provision is an alternative to using two 1,500-lb. lateral connections from the deck to the floor joists within the house. The DTT1Z connector is available individually or in a kit of four along with four Strong-Drive SDWH Timber-Hex HDG screws and 24 Strong-Drive SD Connector screws.

Deck Drive Premium Fasteners

Deck-Drive premium fasteners offer innovative solutions for fastening wood, PVC or composite decking. The screws require no predrilling and are easier and quicker to install than other fasteners on the market. When used with our Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving system, Deck Drive fasteners make repetitive fastening easier, faster and more ergonomic.

Simpson Strong-Tie has added three new screws to the Deck Drive line. The Deck-Drive DSV Wood screw is a powerful fastening solution for preservative-treated decking applications, allowing up to 35% more screws to be driven per charge. The Deck-Drive DCU Composite screw is designed to work in all types of composite decking as well as encapsulated composite, and provides a cleaner, less noticeable installed appearance due to its special head design. The Deck-Drive DWP stainless-steel deck screw is ideal for deck, dock, and general exterior wood construction in coastal and high-exposure areas.

Strong-Drive Structural Fasteners

Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Drive® structural screws provide deck builders with safe, high-strength alternatives to through-bolting and traditional lag screws. The popular low-profile Strong-Drive SDWS Timber screw requires no predrilling and is designed for attaching deck ledgers. It offers higher loads than alternative lag solutions, which means up to 40% fewer screws. The Strong-Drive SDWH Timber-Hex stainless steel screw requires no predrilling, offers higher loads and is easier to drive than comparable fasteners. It is made of Type 316 stainless steel, providing the highest level of corrosion resistance, and it can be used in ledger applications.

Quik Drive Systems Demonstration

Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems help save deck builders time and expense on jobsites every day. The tools are easy to use, durable and come with an extension that enables stand-up-and-drive fastening. Featuring quick-loading screw strips, precise countersink adjustment and a patented auto-advance mechanism, they are designed to be fast, reliable and more cost-effective than traditional nail guns. The Quik Drive PRO300S Decking System comes with a decking nose attachment that centers screws on the joist and in a straight line. Simpson Strong-Tie representatives will be demonstrating the systems at the booth throughout DeckExpo.

Deck Safety Demonstration

To help raise awareness about the importance of deck safety and code-compliant construction, Simpson Strong-Tie will demonstrate a live deck collapse both days at 1 p.m. DeckExpo attendees are invited to visit Simpson Strong-Tie booth 2301 to witness the collapse. At the same time, they will learn about the common causes of deck failure and the critical connections in building a safe, code-compliant deck.

For more information about these and other deck products and to download the Deck Connection and Fastening Guide, visit the Deck Center web page at