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Welcome to the TrailerDecking.com Blog. We hope that writing our blog will help educate and inform our customers and community about our beautiful and natural wood products. Our ultimate goal is help our customers make the right choices when using and specifying our truck and trailer flooring products. We have a long history of importing and selling both hardwood and softwood trailer decking products - and now we can offer our proprietary APITONG OIL finish as well as a world class selection of fasteners and accessories.

Our products are often sold as part of a system designed to perform at the highest level possible. Utilizing high quality fasteners and finishing off your project with the best exterior wood stain available is our solution to typical problems encountered with hardwoods used in exterior conditions. We are the first company to offer a complete and comprehensive solution.

How To Install Trailer Deck Screws

Professional installation tips from Tom Pole of Vanport Trucking

We interviewed Tom Pole from Vanport Trucking in Vancouver, Washington to learn the best techniques for installation of truck deck screws. Tom has many years of experience in woodworking and has repaired or replaced countless trailer floors over his career.

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Replacing a truck floor with new Apitong boards requires several important steps as show below as well as discussed in the video interview between Steve Getsiv of TrailerDecking.com and Tom.

Important Tips

Be sure to mark the new hole locations on the top of trailer deck so that you hit the cross members in the perfect spot. You don't want to re-use the old holes which are generally located right in the middle of the cross member's width. Mark the edges so that you can pre-drill closer to the vertical side or web side of the cross member.

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Predrilling should be done in 3 steps:

1. PREDRILL - Use a high quality drill bit with the correct diameter to go all the way through the wood and the aluminum cross member - two holes at each location where the wood passes over the cross member, approximately 1" in from each edge. For 1/4" x 20 TPI deck screws, we recommend a #1 (0.228") drill bit; for 5/16" x 18 TPI deck screws, we recommend a 9/32" (0.2812") drill bit.

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By Steve Getsiv, 09/21/20

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