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Old 07-23-2011, 07:46 AM   #16
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It’s about the only tool that will effortlessly pull about any nail, head or not if you can get a bite on it.
And the first tool I turn to when pulling nails out the back of hardwood trim or even antique flooring I remove and want to save. I never had much luck pulling things with threads out though.

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Old 07-23-2011, 07:51 AM   #17
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A grinder is a tool that has many uses. Not like he spent $35 and destroyed it.

I understand that. And I've made some tool purchases that blurred the line between want and need. But it took longer to post the question than what it would have taken to pull, break or unscrew them.

I suspect most responses would have been different if the OP had mentioned that small fact.
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I did notice something though - how am I supposed to know which wheel to get? I got two 4.5" DeWALT wheels that are designed to cut metal, but the instruction specifically says "not recommended for type 1, 1a, 27a". One of the cutoff wheels I got was Type 1, so I didn't use that one. The other one is of type 27 (not in the not-recommended list), so I used it and obviously worked. Any insight into what the types are would be helpful for future knowledge.

Thanks again. I will report back again tomorrow (Sat).
Here's a little reading for you on the types of different cut off wheels: http://www.ereplacementparts.com/art...ng_Wheels.html
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We are thinking about using a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade. Does that work?
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Do you already have this tool?
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:07 PM   #20
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Well, I have been trying to get rid of those screws for two weeks (seriously) and have bought new driver bits again and again just to get a few more of them out (some successfully with new driver bits and some not). As soon as a new driver bit (square) is slightly rounded out (barely visible visually) after one or two screws, I can't pull any more out . I probably went through $20 worth of driver bits (Bosch and DeWALT) to pull out about 200 screws, which seems ridiculous. Those driver bits can be reused though for most work, just these screws' heads are in awful shape but holding on dearly to the support beams.

Yeah, getting a grinder (despite being cheap) seems wasteful except I have spent countless hours trying to get them out for two weeks now... My wife just read everyone's responses and is now laughing at me.

Yes, I tried very hard to break them unsuccessfully as well. Not a single one of the broke after various methods, including as suggested...

Thanks for all the input. I will report back again later today on the progress.

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All you needed were vise grips. Not a flashy tool by any means. No sparks to speak about, but it gets the job done.
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K, got all the stubborn screws out. I was able to get two more out without grinding them after switching to new driver bits (again). Thanks for all the help!
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When you put the new boards down use stainless Torx screws. The star head works the best. dorf dude...
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Sorry for being primative, but....

Why not just hammer them in???

I mean, your leaving screw in the joist by just cutting them off flat... Just beat them flush.

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