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Building Products: Deck Building, Simplified

Replace carriage bolts, not to mention the rigmarole of drilling pilot holes and tightening the bolts, with a specially designed screw that you drive straight into a joist while finger-tightening the nut.

ThruLok Fastener, by FastenMaster; $25 for six 8-inch through bolts;
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