I took up some 1.5" mid-60s oak plank flooring for re-use. The nails
are slightly edge-serrated, fairly soft and most remain in the tongue
fully set with the business end having a slow bend. The heads are
L-shaped. because of the L I can't pull them. The bend and the
softness make reverse hammering them pretty impractical.
Is my only option to dremel them and beware during re-installation?
thanks for any ideas, Bryan
I've put three jpgs up at:
I can't see you pictures either, so I conjecture two interpretations of
your problem. If bending when
hitting the long, exposed sharp end of your nails is the problem, cut the
sharp end shorter with some nippers
to the point where it won't bend when struck and hammer it then to raise the
L head for pulling.
If the sharp end is not exposed, try hammering with a nail punch to drive it
Finally, use a small wonder bar on a fulcral piece of scrap wood to avoid
marring the planks
when pulling the L head or if the nail bends with that method, bite into the
shank with nippes or try a small vice grip to twist and pull the fastener.
You might try lubricating the nail with some spray to facilitate removal but
it is worth noting that removing any nail with flutes or barbs from wood is
difficult and , at the least, will be destructive to the surrounding
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