How to remove spike from patio block


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Old 04-04-21, 07:14 AM
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How to remove spike from patio block

When securing gazebo to my paver patio I drilled holes in pavers and nailed in 8Ē spikes. Mistake on first spike, didnít drill completely through the paver, started hammering spike, and it started bending and never went all the way through.

10 years later, removed the gazebo, canít get spike out of paver. I can saw it off, but would rather remove it all together. Was going to line up and drill from bottom side of paver, and try and punch it out. Tried soaking with WD40 but so far wonít budge.

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Old 04-04-21, 09:35 AM
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Me...... I'd score it and snap it off.

There are two ways to get it out.... twist and pull or just pull.

I would clamp on a pair of ViseGrip pliers to see if the nail will turn.
If it won't turn.... clamp the pliers close to the block and use the claws of a hammer or a small wonder bar to pry between the pliers and the block.
 
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WD-40 on concrete. That's a first.

I would flip the block over so the nail is hanging down. Very securely support the top side of the block (now on the bottom) on wood blocks as close to the hole/nail as possible. Then hammer the nail out. You want to be sure to support the block properly so you don't break it while hammering to remove the nail.
 
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I figured wd40 may help free any rust on the spike and lubricate for easier removal. Guess I wasnít thinking it wonít help with concrete?

Will try drilling from bottom side of paver to meet bottom of spike and drive out from bottom.
 
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Hammering the nail out would be a possibility if it went all the way thru the block.
Trying to guess and drill might not work either.
 
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Vise grips and a prybar possibly.
 
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I missed that this was the block you hadn't drilled all the way through. I can't believe the paver didn't break. I'd securely anchor the paver and get a large wrench (18" Vice Grip, pipe wrench...) and try turning the spike back and forth to break it loose. I think you'll have to work the spike back and forth until it chews it's way out of the concrete while walking the line between turning so hard you split the paver and hard enough to get it to move.
 
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A cut off disc is the proper way to do it.
 
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Replace the paver with anew one and junk the old paver and spike.
 
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Profile says Jackson NJ, which should be loose sandy soil.
Use a spade, (long straight shovel) to make a slit in the ground. Replace the paver upside down so the spike is underground.
 
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Tried the vice grip/pry bar method and a squirt of liquid soap. Was able to get the nail to rotate, and with persistence was able to pop it out with pry bar.


thanks everyone for your suggestions!
 
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I'm glad you got it out. I still can't believe the spike didn't split the block years ago.
 
 

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