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Removing Paneling Nails

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01-27-12, 02:19 PM   #1  
Removing Paneling Nails

I am redoing a room that was paneled on 3 sides. I have torn the paneling off in order to paint. The person that installed the paneling, about 50 years ago, did so with a gazillion small nails. I am having a real problem with getting these small nails removed from the wall. I have used a prybar/lever, tried pulling them with vice grips. This has resulted in some nails coming out while others won't budge. Any suggestions?

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01-27-12, 02:34 PM   #2  
A pair of of nippers like these....http://www.channellock.com/data/defa..._RGB_72dpi.jpg
would make quick work of them.

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01-27-12, 02:45 PM   #3  
I started pulling mine out when I removed the paneling, but then found it easier to just hammer them back in.

They were small brad type nails though with small heads.

Just a thought.

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01-28-12, 05:01 AM   #4  
Like Mike, I find it easier to hammer the nails in. That also leaves a slight depression in the drywall that makes filling the hole with j/c or spackle easier.

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