MiTek’s new Adjustable Deck Tension Tie makes decks safer by resisting the lateral and horizontal loads that pull a deck away from the house or structure. The tension tie, which is made of 14-gauge steel, can be installed with a USP WS8-HDG or 3/8-inch HDG lag screw adjacent to or up to 4 3/8 inches below a deck joist in either a “full extension installation” or a “flush installation” configuration, avoiding the need for blocking. One deck tension tie costs $5.35 online.