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Pesky nails won't come out of concrete after I remove wooden nail strips.

Pesky nails won't come out of concrete after I remove wooden nail strips.

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Old 04-24-12, 12:54 AM
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Pesky nails won't come out of concrete after I remove wooden nail strips.

I am removing carpet, the pad, nail strips, everything forpreparation of a new stained concrete floor that is coming. I got most of everything out, but there are a few pesky nails that I can't get out of the concrete. What's worse is that the head of the nails popped off so my hammer and pry bar can't get a good grip on these nails. How do I get them out?
 
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Old 04-24-12, 04:34 AM
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Sometimes you can clamp on the protruding nail with vice grip pliers and either get the claw of your hammer under the pliers to pull or gently twist & wiggle the nail back and forth until it comes loose (or breaks off). Generally though I use a grinder and cut the nails off and grind them flush with the floor. You have to be very careful to not touch the concrete since it will leave a mark that will show if you are staining, but then so will the nail holes.
 
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Old 04-24-12, 06:55 AM
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Thanks Pilot. I also had to cut a few of the nails as flush as I could. The ones that I couldn't really get flush I just tried to hammer a little deeper into the concrete so that they would be flush. Oh geez! Let me tell you. It looks like crap.

Before staining the floors, do you guys think I should try to bust up the concrete, maybe with a chisel or even a jackhammer, to take the nails out? I guess then at that point I'd repair the concrete holes with cement. Overkill? What do you think? I just wanna make sure it looks good when done and nobody later cuts their feet on my stubby concrete nails.
 
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Old 04-24-12, 07:36 AM
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If you are staining any patch work you do is going to show. If you want a perfect, beautiful floor the existing floor may have to be removed and new concrete poured. You could also look at doing a skim coat over the entire floor though I don't know how well those compounds accept stain or create a smooth finish. Lastly just patch the holes and call it "patina" or character.
 
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