Which width deck board thicknessí can the Tebo install?
1"x; 5/4"x; 2x"
5-5/8" - Do not use deck boards with a width greater
With which types of deck boards can the Tebo be used?
A. Pressure treated
Do not use boards with dimension
greater than 5-5/8"
wide. These boards have excessive moisture and should
be dried prior to use.
B. Cedar, redwood, cypress
E. IPE A drill fixture is available for use
when checking is
Will the Tebo Deck work with warped boards?
2 Tebo fasteners can lock the end of a deck board with proper
spacing while you work the board onto the third leg of the
What about proper spacing of deck boards?
pressure treated wood the Tebo allows you to drive the deck
boards flush and natural shrinking will create good spacing.
other wood and composites, the crown can create a 1/8í"
spacer between boards.
spacer can also be used between boards.
Does the Tebo have enough holding power?
Tebo is stainless steel. Since it locks into the side
of the joist and deck boards they canít back out and shrinkage
of joist boards actually tightens the Tebo.
What about cupping, can the Tebo handle this?
Tebo actually helps reduce cupping. Screwed and nailed down
boards allow the edges of the deck boards to float and when
the boards shrink the outside cups up. Since Tebo attaches
to the side of the deck boards, cupping can be greatly reduced.
Can the Tebo Decker be used with angled deck boards?
most deck board layouts are compatible with the Tebo Decker.
Saw a 3" wide piece out of the center of the board to be
replaced, the length of the board. Be careful not
to cut into the joist deeply or contact he Tebo staples
protruding into the deck board.
Remove the cut-out center piece and carefully pry the 2
remaining strips of the board front he Tebo staple.
On the side that was connected to the 3rd leg, bend the
protruding leg back against the deck board. This leaves
the staple legs on the side that was connected to the joist
and the deck board sticking out to receive your new board.
Check the staple legs that remain to ensure they are pointing
in parallel with the joist and not bent upward or downward,
and tap the new board down into the opening and onto the
After adjusting the board for even spacing, install
a Spotnails 15 gauge stainless steel brad into the unattached
side of the board, at a 45 degree angel at each joist deck
What is the Tebo made of?
Stainless steel, which allows for longevity, wood compatibility
with cedar and redwood and the tensile strength allows use
How was it developed?
home builder who got tired of seeing fasteners on the face
of his decks and callbacks when nails and screw backed out
of boards. He worked on developing a hidden fastener that
was easy to use. 5 years of development resulted in
patents to the Tebo and Tebo Decker.
How long has it been used?
first decks were built in the beginning of 1999. Follow
up tests reveals great performance.
What is needed to install the Tebo?
Tebo Decker tool comes with a mallet. Tebo fasteners are
all you need.
How long are the legs of the Tebo?
tow legs that go into the joist and deck are a 450
angle are 7/8". The third prong leg is 9/16" which allows
for plenty of penetration.
What are the benefits of hidden fasteners?
appearance is the biggest benefit, many other benefits
Safety: You eliminate splinters that occur around
nails and screws. Nail heads and screws can raise above
boards and catch bare feet.
Longevity of deck boards: Since nails and screws have
a higher chance of splitting deck boards, using the Tebo
reduces splitting and increases deck board life.
Snow shoveling: While itís not an issue in warmer
climates, hitting a nail or screw head with a shovel can
be a real annoyance.
vs. Other Hidden Fasteners
should Tebos be used instead of other hidden fastener?
oneís easy Ė easy to use. With other hidden fastener you
need to be on your knees or under the decks. The Tebo drives
all boards and you install while standing up.
of installation: all other hidden fasteners require
multiple steps to attach the fasteners. The Tebo Decker
operates like a hard wood-flooring tool. One strike of the
mallet and the Tebo is installed.
the Tebo expensive?
to other hidden fasteners the Tebo costs about the same
per square foot. But you save a lot of time (money) on the
a 200 square foot deck using 6" boards you will spend
about $120.00 for the Tebos, a small price to pay for and
beautiful long lasting deck.
many Tebos will I need? *
deck board 16" on center joists = 2.6 / sq. ft.
deck board 12" on center joists = 3.4 / sq. ft.
deck board 16" on center joists = 1.6 / sq. ft.
deck board 12" on center joists = 2.2 / sq. ft.
This will vary slightly depending on design variables
CAUTION DECK BOARD SPACING
CONTENT in wood and the climate where it is being installed
causes variation in the width of the deck board. Wood
with a high moisture content can shrink dramatically in
dry climates. Wood that is relatively dry can swell
in moist climates. All these issues can affect the
spacing requirement during installation. The installer
should learn about these issues before installing any deck
bards. Improper installation that results in the combination
of deck board spacing and shrinkage in excess of 3/8" may
cause the deck boards to withdraw from the third prong and
reduce the stability of the decked surface. Wood that
can shrink or warp may cause uneven spacing between deck
TREATED WOOD (PT) is often shipped to lumber yards and
job sites with a high moisture content that could result
in considerable shrinkage across the width of the deck boards.
All 6" dimensional PT Southern Pine for deck boards is milled
to 5 1/2" at a 19% moisture content level. Dimensions
greater than 5 1/2" indicated added moisture from the pressure
treating process. We do not recommend that you use
PT deck boards that have expanded to a wide greater than
5/8" because in some circumstances these board can potentially
shrink in excess of 3/8" in most cases. PT deck boards
will shrink after installation and accordingly. We
recommend that you install PT deck boards tight together
in anticipation of such shrinkage. Excess shrinkage
can be avoided by using PT wood that has been dried after
the pressure treating process. (Wood with ADAT
and KDAT symbol has been certified to be dried after the
pressure treating process.)
WOODS AND COMPOSITES - We recommend that you use the
general spacing suggestion of the manufacturer or supplier
of the deck board material. However, we do not recommend
any installation spacing greater than 1/8" nor any spacing
that, combined with shrinkage, will exceed 3/8".