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Huntersville 09-13-2009 03:09 PM

How to re-install same shoe molding?
I have removed the shoe molding from one room to add backer rod insulation. I now want to re-install the same shoe molding. The problem is the long finishing nails in the existing molding-- they are nailed in below the surface of the quarter round, and can't easily be pulled out. Originally I assumed I could nail the whole unit back into the wall, but the nails are long (maybe 2") and easily bent. Any suggestions appreciated-- thanks.

DUDE! 09-13-2009 06:47 PM

pull the nails out through the back, be careful not to break your trim. You could try hammering it out from the back as well, but sometimes it splinters around the nail head. They make nail pullers, but you could just use pliers and keep pulling the nail.

Huntersville 09-13-2009 10:29 PM

Thanks. They cannot be hammered out from the back-- too long and flimsy. I'll try pulling them through.

PaliBob 09-14-2009 01:12 PM

I would not pull the through at ALL.
I would break the nails off by:
  1. Bending back and forth until they broke or
  2. By cutting them off

Are you in Huntersville NC? I have a Carpenter friend who lives there now; Kreg McMahon
He is famous on the JLC forum.

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