Release: TetraGrip™ Subfloor Fastening System Is First to Earn “No Nail Squeak” Certification from the NAHB Research Center

VERNON HILLS, IL, – Paslode, a leader in cordless and pneumatic fastening systems, announced today that its TetraGrip™ Subfloor Fastening System is the first fastening system to achieve a “No Nail Squeak” certification from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Research Center.

Over the years, floor squeaks have been one of the top reasons for call-backs among homebuilders. While the reason for a floor squeak may vary, the primary cause is relative movement between subfloor material and the fastener.

To test the performance of Paslode’s TetraGrip™ Subfloor Fastening system, the NAHB Research Center developed criteria and a testing method for determining if a fastener will squeak or not, based on the average decibal (dBA) net value (measured sound level during testing less background sound level). The criteria mandates that the average dBA net value of all test runs must not exceed 3dBA and no individual test may exceed 5dBA. The TetraGrip fastener met this requirement and successfully demonstrated that nail squeaks resulting from movement between the subfloor and the fastener will not produce squeaks that are audible to the average homeowner.

“The TetraGrip System is a unique and innovative fastening system that not only provides an easy-to-use, cost-effective option for subfloor installation, but also ensures homebuilders will not have call-backs due to floor squeaks,” said Brian Benes, Marketing Manager at Paslode. “We are proud to have partnered with the NAHB Research Center to provide the building industry with a solution that eliminates floor squeaks and reduces costs that stem from warranty repairs.”

The Paslode TetraGrip Subfloor Fastening System is a technological breakthrough in subfloor fastening for residential applications. The system includes the TetraGrip fastener, which features a patent-pending barb-threaded design that allows the fastener to rotate as it drives to bond with wood fibers, along with a specialized pneumatic coil nailer. Use of TetraGrip™ dramatically reduces the steps involved in securing the subfloor by eliminating the need for glue in the initial installation and the need to add screws once the floor has been fastened. This translates into increased jobsite productivity, fewer call backs for repairs, and greater homeowner satisfaction.

To learn more about the TetraGrip™ Subfloor Fastening System, visit www.paslode.com or call 1-800-222-6990.

About Paslode
Paslode, a division of Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW), is the premiere manufacturer of innovative, fastening solutions and services. For over 75 years, professional contractors, remodelers and specialty tradesmen serving the residential construction market have relied on Paslode products to drive work-site efficiency, customer satisfaction and business results. As the pioneer of fuel powered cordless tool technology and patented fastener technology, Paslode continues to deliver a broad range of performance-proven, high quality fastening systems through major home improvement retailers, STAFDA distributors and dealers.