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Getting deck hardware tight on a 30 to 40 footer should be no problem for even the smallest 1/4" impact driver. Hell you could squish the deck core easily if you can snap 5/16" bolts..
Oh you use this to tighten the bolts??? I was thinking you just used this to remove them! How do you manage to tighten them without holding the bolt head in place?

I usually hand tighten so I don't risk over tightening...
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Oh you use this to tighten the bolts??? I was thinking you just used this to remove them! How do you manage to tighten them without holding the bolt head in place?

I usually hand tighten so I don't risk over tightening...
The magic of an impact driver is the compression blows that allows you to tighten from one side but you need to be careful. Very infrequently will the bolt head spin, enough to be a problem, when using an impact driver.

If I am bedding with butyl and don't want any spin at all I flatten and then tape a wrench to the deck with Gorilla Tape and then use the impact driver and it works like a charm.

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To clarify, when I said the 3/8"impact driver made more sense, it was in the context of removing, not installing hardware.

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I've used vice grips on the nuts for stanchions, toerails etc, doing the rebeading by myself. In most cases, phillips headed screws on the top side.

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