2x deck boards - nails rusting

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Old 12-20-15, 07:08 AM
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2x deck boards - nails rusting

I have a small cantilevered deck with floor planks made of 2x6 (PT?) boards. Deck extends about 4' off the house, like a balcony. About 20 years old. Boards are in good shape - no rot - but are checkering in places and as a result the nails are rusting big time, heads are about gone and blistering the paint up. I would like to replace them with deck screws before repainting but of course I can't pull the nails. Should I just fill over the nails and place screws next to them, or is there a way to get rid of the nails?
 
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If non HDG nails were used, they will consume themselves eventually. I would just use 3" Decking torx screws beside the nail location. Even if you removed the nails, you would not want to use the same hole for your screw.
 
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Thanks. Any way to stop the nails from rusting further?
 
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Not that I am aware of. They are rusting throughout their entire length, so even if you dipped a Q-tip in paint, the paint would fail in short order.
 
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What type of coating do you intend to use on the deck? Generally the best way to address non galvanized nail heads is to countersink them and then putty up the hole. The putty normally stops any rust from migrating to the finish.
 
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