Best way to remove nails from 5/16'' oak floor to reuse boards


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Old 01-14-19, 12:41 PM
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Best way to remove nails from 5/16'' oak floor to reuse boards

I am looking for the best way to remove the nails from 2'' x 5/16'' red oak floor boards so that I can reuse them to repair sections in the house I moved into. I do not want to mangle the boards up and was wondering if anyone knew of a process that would leave me with usable boards after nail removal. Floor boards are already removed from floor. I just need to get all of the nails out of the boards. Thanks!
 
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Old 01-14-19, 02:03 PM
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I'd set them on something stable but with a hole for the nail and drive them out from the back side. Probably need pliers to finish pulling them out.
 
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Old 01-14-19, 02:22 PM
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Put a hammer in a bench anvil-vise, claws up facing away from you.
Using gloves, grab the board with 2 hands, just to either side of the nail, (finish up, nail pointing down) smack the exposed point of the nail against the top of the vise to pop the nail head up.
Rotate the board 90 degrees, slide nail head into the hammer's claws and push the nail out of the board. Goes fairly fast once you get the rhythm.
 
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Old 01-14-19, 03:09 PM
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A grinder and a 1/16" metal wheel. Don't try to pull them or drive them back out... just cut them off.
 
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Old 01-14-19, 07:18 PM
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Depending on the gauge of the nail, you want to pull them through from the backside. This also assumes that the nail heads are not that large. I have a pair of pliers that friends in the business call "roll dykes". It is a set of pliers designed to grab a nail, grip it, then you use leverage by rolling it to pull the nail through from the backside. This keeps the front surface clean. Use this every time I pull molding that I intend to reuse in the same space later on.
 
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Old 01-15-19, 04:05 AM
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Originally Posted by czizzi
I have a pair of pliers that friends in the business call "roll dykes".
Sounds like "fencing pliers"?

If you're going to use pliers, lay a flexible plastic kitchen chopping mat over the flooring to keep from scuffing up the wood...

Here is more of what I was talking about, but you were close my friend.
 
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Old 01-15-19, 07:19 PM
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Strange how my reply became in bedded in the previous posters post. Must be some magic wizard stuff going on. Either way, the second picture is the tool I use to pull nails out the back of wood.
 
 

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