So, you want to install a deck, you like shooting things, and you hate the permanence of nails. Oh, and you’re impatient too. Then we found just the hardware for you at last months STAFDA trade show. It’s the Ballistic NailScrew from Universal Fastener Outsourcing, or, the much more catchy sounding UFO for short. Technically, their slogan is “Drive Them In, Screw Them Out.” But this is America people! We shoot stuff! Ok, technically we drive a lot too. But, when it comes to something that rapidly fires out of a gun, we say call it “shooting” not “driving.” UFO will surely revise their slogan after reading this. Where was I? Ah, yes. Ballistic NailScrews enable you to “shoot” in fasteners pneumatically like a nail, but then remove them as needed, just like a screw. Sounds nifty. What does this mean for you?
If you happen to be installing a large deck, we’re talking about major time savings vs. driving screws into the decking the more traditional way. In, fact, you might be able to fit a vacation into the time you save instead of screwing. Uh, that last sentence sounds a little racy. You know what I mean, right? You see, I’m trying to say shooting is faster than screwing. Moving on.
UFO makes Ballistic NailScrews in a wide variety of styles including; yellow zinc, composite head, flat head, combo trim head, stainless steel, vinyl coated, and more. So, whether you’re installing subfloor, wood boards, or composite decking, UFO probably has a Ballistic NailScrew to meet your need (1 3/4″ to 3 1/2″ lengths depending on the particular screw style).
You can find a list of compatible nail guns via the UFO website which happens to be 911-nails.com. 911, nails and nail guns usually conger up a different image in my mind, but I think the rationale here is that the nailscrews are so awesome, you’re going to want to call 911 to get them asap (not recommended). Instead, just use the purchase link we conveniently provided at the end of this incredibly enlightening article.
Check out this video of the Balistic Nailscrew in action at STAFDA last month:
Like most red-blooded Americans, we think you’ll enjoy the shooting and the screwing (two activities that never really used to go well together). Somehow UFO made it work. You can find UFO Ballistic NailScrews at McFeely’s in packages ranging from $66 to $387 depending on size and style.