Pulling Stubborn Nails

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Forum topic by Dragonsrite posted 04-15-2009 07:52 PM 1304 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2009 07:52 PM

So there i was on this beautiful Midwestern Wednesday morning, looking around the yard and trying to muster up the mojo to get things cleaned up a bit. Lo & behold: there in the southern 1/4 sits the old oak pallet that’s been laying around for years.

I says to myself ‘Hmmm, what a wonderful addition to the lumber stock that would make! Just pull a few nails and Wallah!’ I says.

I clamp on with my trusty nail puller and promptly split a board; didn’t budge the nail of course. K, THAT won’t work. Wonderbar under the board, same thing. After much deliberation I just sawed off the boards at the runners, dropping one runner on my sandled foot ( I know, go ahead & let me have it safety folks ).

Now I have the runners with little bits of board and those blasted nails. I wanted to save the runners for use in whatever project might present itself, so I split off the remaining board bits leaving just the nails from hell.

The nail puller just broke off the nail leaving about 1/4” peeking up above the surface.

Thinking about similar things (ie: rusted on bolts working on cars … how they relate I don’t know, but, in my mind, they do … I grabbed a cheap propane torch and the 18” channel-locks. I’d warm up the nail ‘til it was a satisfying orange glow, locked onto it with the channel-locks, and out it slid. EASY !

My question is: How do you LumberJockers & LumberJockerettes pull those nasty, stubborn nails?

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#1 posted 04-15-2009 08:01 PM

BBQ of course!

...but seriously, the heating method has to be cheaper than the used board.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 08:08 PM

Well, what I do is get our my trusty cheap propane torch and a pair of 18” channel-locks and…......

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 03:05 AM

Well, I’m biased, but I get out the Nail Jack. Check It’s brand new to the market, but check the design out, it is basically a pair of pliers that is designed to dig and grab…nails.

-- reuseit!

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 04:28 AM

When I tried using vise-grips the nail would frequently break off at, or just below, the surface. Maybe I was bending it a little or something.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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