Expansion-compensating deck fastener

  • US 8,161,702 B2
  • Filed: 11/23/2010
  • Issued: 04/24/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/20/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An anchoring device comprising:

  • a horizontally-extending top element having a center line and side portions extending from the center line in opposite lateral directions transverse to the center line;

    a support member extending downwardly from the top element adjacent the center line, the side portions of the top element projecting in the lateral directions beyond the support member; and

    one or more at least partially collapsible compression members projecting from the top element, the compression members defining engagement surfaces remote from the center line, the engagement surfaces being constructed and arranged to confront vertically-extensive surfaces of slotted boards engaged with the top element so that the top element extends into slots in the boards;

    the anchoring device having an opening adapted to receive a fastener so that the fastener extends downwardly toward a joist.

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