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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Pouring New Piers Around Existing Ones

    Deckmate screws are stainless steel and ceramic coated. No need to worry about them breaking. Be sure to get the star drive with the T-17 tip. I think you will have to go to Lowes for them, Home Depot doesn't carry the ones with the T-17 tip (self drilling).

    Nails are cheaper but I'm getting too old to swing a hammer all day.

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Pouring New Piers Around Existing Ones

    These - http://deckmatescrews.com/

    I don't believe they are stainless. Not sure about the coating.

    In my application I don't see screws being a problem, but I do see the point about screws breaking and nails bending.

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Pouring New Piers Around Existing Ones

    I've had deck screw break on me as quickly as 2 years after installation. While I would use them on most exterior projects, but joist hangers is not one of them.

    True, driving screws is easier, but for joist hangers use nails. If they go in hard to reach spots, use a nail gun.

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Pouring New Piers Around Existing Ones

    Re: screws or nails. PT woods seems to turn into concrete a few months in the weather. I want to start this project now, but maybe only finish 1/2 of it before winter. I'm worried about dealing with rock-hard PT lumber when I resume next spring.

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