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The Cepco BoWrench Decking Tool allows you to straighten decking boards with one hand. You can either push or pull the handle, to straighten boards and to join tongue and groove. Once you’ve straightened the board, you can lock the tool into place while you screw or nail the board down. And the best thing: Amazon is selling it for $39, with free shipping.

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8 Responses to Dealmonger: BoWrench Decking Tool For $39

  1. fred says:

    We do many decks each year – sometimes working on 5 or 6 at one time. When we started years ago – we used pinch bars and/or wooden wedges to coax boards into place – or we tried to select only the best lumber. We still do the latter on high-end jobs – but not every customer wants to pay for the associated waste. We next moved to Stanley Board Benders (93-310) but found them cumbersome. Once we started using the CEPCO Bowrenches we never looked back. We are big fans of these – plus their accessories (BW-3 and BW-8 joist grippers plus BW-4 and BW-6 T&G cams. We also have a set of QJ1 flooring jacks – which work well but are a bit pricey. We also like Vaughan’s Bowjak (BJ-11) and Mayhew’s Tweaker Bar (41500) for some jobs.

  2. Pencilneck says:

    I built my own version of this a while back for my deck… pretty much the same thing only not very pretty looking. It cost me about $20-ish to build out of a piece of square tubing, nut, washers and a threaded rod. The task of pulling a board into place went from a total hassle to a simple task and was a great time saver. If you are going to be slapping down decking boards, you’ll want one of these tools.

  3. Jimmy says:

    This may be a dumb question (I’m at best a novice), but I thought you didn’t want decking boards that close to each other to allow for expansion. I’m guess from the posts that’s not correct or necessary? Can anyone explain?

  4. SoonerHQ says:

    Jimmy,

    If you are using treated lumber, the boards will shrink as they dry, giving you the necessary gap. I built a 12′ x 12′ deck out of 5/4″ planks last month, butting the edges right against each other, and there is already a nice gap of at least 1/8″.

  5. John says:

    Jimmy: you are correct in that you want space between boards to allow for expansion; however, if your deck boards are pressure-treated pine, the lumber is usually quite wet when purchased. Thus, as it dries, it will shrink a good bit. Most people lay pressure-treated pine with little or no space between the boards so that when it dries it will make just enough space between the boards (to allow for expansion and also to allow water to fall through).

  6. Jimmy says:

    Thanks guys…makes sense. I appreciate the responses.

  7. Jon says:

    I went to purchase a Bowrench from Amazon.com yesturday evening & the sale price is $64.99. A great tool which I need to replace my original one but as far as it being sold for $39.00 is mis information…

  8. Zathrus says:

    No, it’s not misinformation. It was posted well over a year ago. You missed the deal. By a lot.

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