I am removing some carpet tack strips from a concrete floor. When I pry the
nails out, they take up some concrete with them.
Someway to avoid that? I tried nailing one down to the head, but that
didn't work out well.
Do I have to bother patching the damage? One is in a conspicuos place and I
would like to patch it, but with what?
I haven't gotten around to removing the bottom plate of an extinct wall yet,
but presume I will have the same problem there, only worse as the nails are
bigger. Any advice would be appreciated.
For nails in plaster, I made a metal plate with a slot cut in it to fit around
the nail. I slip it over the nail shaft,
then grab the nail shaft with a large, slightly angled, diagonal cutter I own.
Then I pry the nail out. The metal plate
applies the force against the plaster right around the nail, so no plaster chips
out in most cases.
If you intended to use vinyl over the floor later I say, yes patch the
dimples. Vinyl will recess into the imperfections and show after
installed. Carpet. wood. or tile flooring as a replacement I would
not bother. I would patch any foundationn cracks crossing the room.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
Remove the wood around them. Take and angle grinder and grind them
off. If you are re-carpeting, I'd patch anything large to avoid pits
in the carpeting. Just get some of that latex concrete patch or
hydraulic cement. Just curious, if you are re-carpeting, so you have
to remove those strips. You just got to put new ones down again.
Unless they are damaged, re-use them.
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