Most roofing nails are galvanized, short, and have fairly smooth shanks.
Roofers routinely have to pull them by the hundreds when replacing a roof
(granted, they're usually just driven into 1/2" plywood). I'm betting
they'll come out rather easily.
It's not absolutely critical the nails come out. Pry them out as far as
you can. If the head breaks off or the nail just won't come out, yank the
weather stripping off, then cut off what you can and hammer the remaining
nail into the bottom of the door. The old nails will be covered by the
new weatherstripping anyway.
You can get screws with wide heads, or simply use washers under the
I don't think it will be as bad as it sounds. If you use tape or
something to hold the weather strip up, you'll have one hand to hold the
nail and a second to swing the hammer. Roofing nails have big heads and
are usually short so they drive quickly. It may take a few nails before
you get the hang of swinging at that angle, but you'll find a rhythm that
works rather quickly.
Of course, an air nailer would make that job super quick and easy.
I would find the middle of the weatherstripping and start in the center
of the door. Secure it in the middle then lay it out towards each end of
the door. You shouldn't need to put tension on it, other than enough to
keep it straight. Hopefully you'll end up with a bit extra on each end
that you can trim off when you're finished. If the weatherstripping is a
bit short on each end, you might be able to stretch it slightly to reach
If you start at one end, you may end up too short at the other end, or
overstretch it unnecessarily.
CY: I nearly did that, sink the old nails in.
But, it worked out okay.
CY: Could have done that. The weather strip came
with some galvanized roofing nails, so I used em.
CY: Sure, just need to set up the compressor,
wait for it to come up to pressure, and drag
the hose around. Uh, quick....
CY: Might try center, on the next one. The garage door
du jour is 10 feet, and I had 16 foot of weather strip.
Ended up with some left over, which I saved for another
job. Mild tension seemed to help, the weather strip
ended up nicely on, and no obvious sags or droops.
CY: Thanks for the luck. I needed it! And the job went
"Stormin Mormon" wrote in message
I've been asked to replace garage door lower
gasket, for a friend. Wooden garage door.
Looks like the existing rubber is held on
with about 50 roofing nails.
Any hints or ideas to get the job done? I
suspect pulling the nails will be a LOT of
work. Hammering upwards is a LOT of work
I'm going to bring two or three versions
of hammer, and a pair of country western
fence pliers (you know the one with the
dog that died?).
Find out that the reason I'm replacing the weather strip
is that the garage is below a living room for the back
apartment. Cold air blew in during the winter, and made
the floor cold in the apartment. I hadn't thought of
that, but it does make sense.
Anyhow, the job started with the tear off. I used the claw
of a claw hammer to pry betwen the nails, and the rubber
ripped off in chunks.
Much of the rubber stayed under the heads of the nails, and
made it dificult to get a hammer claw under the nails. More
pounding and prying to get the rubber out from under the
Most of the nails were bdly rusted. I tried a claw hammer
(the nail heads bend, takes three bites and yanks with
the hammer claw to get the nail out). The diags pliers I
brought were okay, but not great. I decided not to bring the
fence pliers, though maybe I ought have.
So, the nails came out. I unrolled the new weather strip
and put it hanging over the right end about three inches.
One nail. Stretch a bit and put in another nail about three
feet from the start. Used my fingers to line up the ede of
the door and the corner fold of the weather strip.
One nail about every three feet, just by eye. Went
back and used the head of the hammer as a mesaure,
so I put the nails about every six inches. Managed
to bend over one nail. Could not get it out (part of
the nail head broke off while I pried on it). I sank
another nail right next to it, covered the bent nail,
Cut the ends of he strip with a razor nkife. Close
the door, and trim the ends to fit. Use the customer's
broom and dust pan to seweeep up the nails. Pick ed
up some of the nails with a telescoping magnet.
He was pleased to see a good seal, and less light
seen from inside. I actually got paid.
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