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Help with removing alot of nails in drywall

Old 03-16-21, 07:23 AM
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Help with removing alot of nails in drywall

Hey y'all! so me and my fiance took on a demo job for a friend of family & after removing paneling and all we are at sheetrock & there are a alot alot of nails in the drywall! I do mean alot alot alot!! We are trying to save as much as possible so how do we remove all these nails with little or no damage to sheetrock?? Thanks y'all!!
Old 03-16-21, 07:29 AM
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Lay a 1x4 or similar on the wall next to the nail, keep it over the stud, and keep one end of the crow bar on the 1x4 as you pry.
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I often just take a hammer and sink the nails, then mud over it ..... but you did say no damage to the drywall.
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If its a demo job, why are you concerned about damaging drywall?
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we are at sheetrock & there are a alot alot of nails in the drywall! I do mean alot alot alot!! We are trying to save as much as possible
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Eh, saving mounted drywall is a bit like un-scrambling eggs, re-using carpet, or re-using wallpaper.
Remember, you only have to remove the nail head- once the head is gone, the drywall panel will pop off.

That being said- I've seen one brilliant trick for removing drywall screws, which MIGHT work for removing drywall nails (curious to know if anybody here has heard of this)
You need an impact wrench, usually electric, and a drill chuck with a 3/8 or 1/2 stem adapter.
You open the drill chuck, snug it up to the diameter of drywall nail, then tap it down into the drywall.

Slide an impact wrench onto the drill chuck, and let the impact wrench pound the drywall nail until it breaks, or breaks free and rotates. Once the nail is loose, pull back on the impact wrench to extract the nail.
In some cases, the nail head will shear off, but that's fine because then you are left with a "nail stem" that you can pull out with a "cat's paw" or with the impact-wrench-drill-chuck.
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Lets clarify something. Are the nails from the paneling or the drywall? If from the paneling and you want to save the drywall, then I would nip the paneling nails off or use a small cut off disc (or vibrating tool with metal cutter). Then use a rotary sanding disc to smooth out where the nails stick out by very lightly using the sanding disc. You may need to use spackling to cover divots and gouges and marks from the sander but they should be very shallow and easily covered.

If on the other hand if the nails holding the drywall up needs to be removed then don't even try. Just demolish the drywall and replace. You can't save it.

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