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Posted on Need some help removing nails from oak

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 03:14 AM

What a lucky deal! You’ll be glad you salvaged it! And I agree with Gofor (and the others) – vise grips is the way to go. We tore down an old building up the street, brought it home and began the chore of removing all the nails, screws, etc. Apparently the previous owner worked at the local lumber yard and over the years, if there was a “stray piece” of wood, he would bring it home and tack it onto his barn. The result: a very eclectic, multi-thickness, variety-of-wood barn, put together with whatever nails and screws he had lying around. He used sinkers ALL over it, and sometimes on very thin wood. Too comical. But our efforts paid off, as we now we have a huge pile of great lumber to use on …???? We tried a number of things as mentioned by the others in here (tho, not the torch!), but the best idea we found is to use a good pair of vise grips to pull and twist them from the back / worse side. And like Karson suggested, be sure to use the wood block on either side of the nail if you need to pound it out from the front. Good luck!

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