The CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System works on any treated lumber, hardwood, cedar, composite or PVC deckboard. CAMO Hidden Fasteners, a CAMO Marksman tool, and CAMO Driver Bits combine to deliver a fastener-free deck surface at a price that makes getting the job easy and installing the deck even easier. The CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System is engineered to work exclusively together. Using other branded tools, fasteners or bits will impair performance and won't produce the desired results.
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95%of customersrecommend this product38 of 40reviews
Rating Breakdown45 reviews
95%of customersrecommend this product38 of 40reviews
The final product from using this tool is simply amazing. No screws or nails to worry about catching your feet on and it looks beautiful. I mean BEAUTIFUL! If you watch the video about how easy it is to remove a board in the middle and wonder if it really is that easy - YES it is. TIP: go slow when removing screws. It made a huge difference for me.
What they don't tell you… you are either going to break your back and knees if you work from the deck surface OR you will have to keep stepping over/under the framework. Finally, It's painfully slow and for the most part, a one person job once the screwing begins. I used standard pressure treated wood which, as wood does, had a few bends to it. This meant occasionally needing a second pair of hands to help with getting the gap just right. TIP : At the end I had my wife loading the screws into the tool at every joyce while I repositioned.
As far as the tool quality goes - I had zero issues with it. I cleared it out a couple times but that really wasn't needed. The bits lasted forever, I used 2 for a 300sq. ft. deck.
Would I use this tool again? you bet. I wouldn't build another deck without this tool or something just like it.
If you are on the fence about getting this, just do it. you will not regret it.
Pros: High Quality of Material, Easy to Install, simple to use
I used the marksman pro to install a 20x12 deck using the veranda PVC boards from the HD. Using the tool took a lot of time but it was worth it. The screw system works well with the PVC. You just need to spend the time to make sure that the tool is aligned properly for spacing and position. Depending on the deck setup you may need to face-screw near the edges. In my situation the board along the house is the only board that has any screws showing on the top surface.
This product works great!! Easy to use, no complications. A real time saver, not to mention my deck looks like boards are perfectly laid with 1/4 in gaps between. No screws showing. There was no need to read instructions. I just picked it up and started using it.
Pros: High Quality of Material, perfect use of a jig
You get exactly what is being advertised. I finished my deck with this over the summer and I couldn't be happier with the results. I used composite decking (Veranda from HD). They say its not necessary to pre drill the holes but I did anyway. It was a little difficult to get the screws all the way in without per drilling. This became obvious right away so it wasn't an issue. Cheaper and easier than using fasteners. See pitch for deck finish.
Great idea and great results, but I find it very hard to get the tool not to walk when the screws engage. Also, there is a bulge that develops behind the screw which effects the spacing of the next board. Not as precise as I'd like it to be.
Purchased for use with premium #1 extra thk treated cedar toned decking. Took a few minutes to master use of semihidden fasteners. I like the "no screws or nails" look. One caution is camo screw heads are small and will not draw dwn a bowed board or curved board. I used clamps when needed and that worked fine. My wife is very happy to not have exposed fasteners.
Pros: Multi Use, High Quality of Material, Light Weight, adjustable, much quicker and cheaper than hidden fasteners
Cons: screws are more expensive, need more than one tool to efficently screw long b
After deciding to replace the boards on my 16 x 40 deck. I had two choice’s to make. What kind of material and what type of fastener system. I decided on 5/4 x 6 Cedar because it is plentiful and inexpensive here in the Pacific Northwest. Deciding on the fastener was more difficult. I really like the sleek look of hidden fasteners, but was turned off by their high cost and time consuming installation. Then I came across the Camo Hidden deck system and decided to give it a shot. I purchased the Camo Pro Tech coated 1-7/8 inch 1750 count screws. To use these screws you will need a Marksman to drive your screws into the boards. I strongly recommend buying the Marksman Pro. For a little extra money the construction is far superior than the DYI model. You are also able to drive the screws from both sides of the boards without having to reposition the tool. This is a real time saver and alone is well worth the extra money. Another handy feature is the built in board spacer for a professional look. The screw gets loaded into the Marksman and the depth and angle are set so you don’t have to worry about splitting the board or rounding out the screw. You can’t over torque the screw. The self starting Camo screw does not require pilot holes even at the end of the board. That saves serious time. Some of the things that I really like is the cost of the fasteners. They are comparable to regular deck screws. They are also very easy to install. Another great feature is being able to remove just one board for replacing or maintenance. Just unscrew the fasteners on the board you want to replace. With other hidden deck systems you need to remove all previous boards until you get to the one you want to replace. One of the few short comings of the screws are when you butt up the boards on the joist. If you don’t get your cut right on center you run the risk of splitting the board or missing the joist. A very small drawbacks that should not keep you from choosing this product. I highly recommend this product to anyone replacing boards or building a new deck. The trick to the Camo system is it’s simplicity. “So easy, a caveman or husband can do it”.
This decking jig works great, its as fast as putting down decking with face screws and it is an inexpensive way to have a deck with hidden fasteners. Composite decking companies approve of its use with their decking and the screws go through all kinds of decking easily. The decking is automatically evenly spaced for you by the jig, It is a great tool.
This tool made replacing deck boards (2" x 6") quick and easy. Getting a feel for the tool and how it worked came easily and quickly. You have to use their drill bits and screws which was worth it to me. A couple extra drill bits are a good thing because they do wear out.
Like all other reviews this tool makes fastening deck boards easy. I used it on 5/4 cedar and it takes little effort to drive the screws. Take your time and be sure to hit to joist; if you don't you won't be able to back the screw out since it needs resistance. If you need to remove a screw, this works as described, however do it slow till the head clears the surface or it may splinter the wood. Be sure to seat the rests on the board surface or else your screw will be more visible. Hopefully the screws will come out easy in a few years when boards may need replacing.
This product and the screws are definitely a cost effective hidden fastener system.
Will recommend this to anyone who is thinking of hidden fastener system.
The Camo Marksman Pro made the installation of new decking on my original deck a breeze. The tool made installation of the boards easy and they had perfect alignment. A friend who stopped by after I was done said "Where are the nails?"
Wonderful product! I returned the Trek hidden fasteners when I purchased this tool. I was going to have to do biscuit cuts in each board to use the fasteners and it was going to be time consuming. The marksman tool is great invention to use on composite or wood decks. I highly recommend it to everyone building a deck that does not want their screws showing.
This was a worthwhile investment. Do remember to read the instructions first - the handle is NOT for leaning on. It does not give invisible fasteners, but they're highly unnoticeable. But standing on the deck, if you know what to look for, you can see a uniform row of very small holes on the edge of the boards, down maybe 1/3 - 1/4 of the way from the top. It auto-sinks the trim-head screws to just the right depth, and made the spacing easy - IF you want their exact 3/16" spacing. I'd imagine that if you wanted more space, you could glue something on, but I don't think you can reduce the space. I'm also very glad that I got this one instead of the base model, which only lets you put in one screw at a time - then you pick the unit up, flip it around, and do the other side. Ugh.
I would definitely buy it again if I ever needed another. I only rate it a 4 because it could've been better, but maybe not at this price. By the end of my deck (about 400 sq ft), it seemed like it wasn't as tightly put together as at the beginning - but it IS plastic. I never dropped it, but my drill's rather fat chuck came in contact with the tool as I bottomed out their specialized bit (which you need to do, to sink it to the right depth).
I used it on a cedar deck - the cedar is so soft that the tool made impressions in it as it grabbed onto the wood - I don't know that it would do that on other material though.
By the way, if you're doing a deck solo - think about buying a BoWrench.
Love the product, took a little getting used to.It kept walking (moving to the right) when starting screw. At first I would compensate by starting slighly off center then I Tightened the grip adjustment for a tighter grab and it got better. Spacing was a little wider than I wanted, but finished deck looks fine. Would definately NOT use fro pressure treated after shrinking the gap would be too big. Found out they do have a model with 1/16 gap capabilities, would have ordered that one.
If the gap could have been smaller would have given 5 stars.
This tool worked very well - it provided proper spacing and with ports on both sides of the tool, it made quick work screwing the deck boards down. The screws are virtually invisible. It was very difficult pulling a screw out once in (part or all the way) - I had to pry the board up and break the screws the few times this happened. Otherwise I would have rated it excellent. I also ordered the less expensive version of the tool but didn't use it since it only had one screw port versus two.