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:
Used flooring is a ton of work, no getting around that. I'd suggest
if you can't break them or cut them with a good pair of nippers, then
your next best option might be an angle grinder with a cutting wheel.
This would accomplish the same thing as a dremel, though much faster.
Definitely use a 4-1/2" grinder with a cutoff wheel - if you don't have a
grinder, HarborFreight has em for under $10 - I've got a good one for
grinding, but bought 2 of the HF ones just to save the time switching
between grinding, cutoff and wire brush and I figure if one burns after a
year, its less than a dinner to replace it.
I'll second that. You might try using end cut pliers
underside of the board. Grab the nail as close to board as you can,
rotate plier just enough to ensure that the head is sunk well into the
tongue of the board and snip. If the nail heads are all fully set just
Thanks to all! I bought a pair of nippers and my wrist might thank me
I may also try and find cut-off wheel for my ryobi bench grinder? Is
that do-able? instead of a whole new 4 1/2 grinder -- I presume that
would be hand-held vs. the logistics of a bench grinder...
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