remove framing nails from hardwood floor


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Old 04-29-04, 01:40 AM
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remove framing nails from hardwood floor

I'm removing layers of lino covering a hardwood floor. Some of the oak wood strips were nailed down with regular framing nails (with the large heads) prior to installing the lino over them.

Any tips for removing these nails with the least amount of damage to the floor?

I'll have to get under the heads to use a nail puller.
 
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Old 04-29-04, 05:58 AM
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Sounds like someone face nailed the wood flooring at some point, and you aren't going to get those nails out without causing more damage.

Try using a large nailset and drive the nails about 1/8" deeper - then use plugs to hide the holes. If you cut the plugs from some scrap and try to get a reasonable grain match, the plugs will be barely noticeable when they've been sanded flush and stained with the rest of the floor.
 
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Old 04-29-04, 02:15 PM
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I suggest drilling through the top center of each nail increasing the size of the hole until the heads pop and then punching the stem down...Use a nail set to punch a starter hole before drilling to help keep the bit on-line.
 
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Old 04-30-04, 05:52 AM
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StephenS has a good idea there. I would try it in an inconspicuous place and see how it works. If it does, you'll have smaller holes to deal with.
 
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Old 05-03-04, 10:43 AM
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That is an excellent suggestion. I'll give it a try.
 
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Old 05-03-04, 01:08 PM
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That IS an excellent suggestion.
Instead of a nailset, however, you might want to use a straight shank punch no larger than the nail stem. (Anyway, that's how I sink finish nails when removing molding and it makes the smallest hole.)
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Old 05-04-04, 12:49 PM
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Drilling into the center of the nail works, but it takes quite a while. It helps to try to drill dead center.

I guess it is worth it though. I don't want to punch those nails in or it might split the wood with the large heads.

I'll look for a straight shank punch.. thanks.
 
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Old 05-04-04, 01:25 PM
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I didn't think to ask before, but does this floor happen to be over a basement or crawlspace where you could drive these nails back up from underneath?
 
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Old 05-04-04, 03:12 PM
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load up on some new 1/8" drill bits to make the starter holes. The small expense will be well worth it.
 
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Old 05-06-04, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Swearingen
I didn't think to ask before, but does this floor happen to be over a basement or crawlspace where you could drive these nails back up from underneath?
I'd be afraid of driving the nails back up and damaging the face of the floor.
 
 

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