Builders’ Tip: Removing Nails From Old Lumber
I like to reuse lumber that I have removed during renovations and repairs.
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But removing nails from old boards can be a problem and often is.
Pounding the nails through from the back side of the lumber often causes the nails to bend and weaken.
So I have figured out a simple and relatively quick way to remove the nails ― using wire cutters and a hammer (see accompanying drawing).
- I now put my wire cutters around the shank of the nail to support it and carefully pound the nail back out until there’s enough nail head exposed to pull out the nail.
- The nail doesn’t bend in the process and the nail comes out cleanly.
— Dave Johnson, Duluth, Minn.
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