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How do you get those little staples out of the door frame?


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Old 04-21-12, 09:40 PM
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How do you get those little staples out of the door frame?

Doing a remodeling job with lots of repainting and new trim. When I pried the door trim off the door, there remains a lot of nails and staples. The nails are easy to remove, but the staples are very difficult to remove.

I am continually breaking the staples off and can't get them out cleanly. Is there a special tool that would make it easier to remove staples from wood?
 
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Old 04-22-12, 03:37 AM
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I am assuming you won't be using the old trim so removing the staples from that won't be a problem. I use a variation of end snips. Grasp the staple not too overly tight and roll the end cutters over. The staple will come right out. You can use electrical pliers, or even channel locks to grasp the staples. The rolling action works better than trying to pull them directly out.
 
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Old 04-22-12, 08:06 AM
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I use something similar to these. You just have to control how hard you squeeze the handles so that you don't snip the staple off as you pry.



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Old 04-22-12, 08:25 AM
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I'm with X. Those cutters make it simple...and if you do cut one when you are first starting...just smack it in.
 
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Old 04-24-12, 12:21 AM
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Thanks guys. So, the rolling motion appears to be the thing to do. I tried it with an old set of worn out pliers and it worked about half the time, but my pliers are terrible. Definitely gott get something new.

So many choices on tools. The suggestions so far: channel lock pliers, electrical pliers, endsnips, the cutters pictured by XSleeper... By the way, what are the name of those cutters pictured? And has anyone tried all of these tools and can offer just one more suggestion which one I should get?
 
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Old 04-24-12, 05:19 AM
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Can't recall where any more but I bought a tool just for pulling nails and such which is a lot like a pliers and that's what I use.

I'm starting to think it was a link Chandler posted several years ago....
 
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Old 04-24-12, 06:09 AM
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Tool

I use a tool similar to this:

Amazon.com: Wiha 32671 Carpenter's End Nippers, 7-Inch: Home Improvement

I think it is the same as what others have mentioned.
 
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Well, Mitch, now you have gone and done it. I have to add what you have to my list of "must have" tools. Thank you. Now I just need to find some nails to pull.
 
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Old 04-25-12, 07:06 AM
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I'm pretty sure I bought the thing after Chandler posted a picture of it several years ago so he gets the credit on this, not me.
 
 

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