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Old 09-07-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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Removing Masonry nails

After some basement flooding, my wife and I pulled up the carpeting to reveal bare concrete. We'd like to either re-carpet or tile the floor, but when I pull up the wood border, there are large nails which protrude about 1/2" from the floor. I'm unable to pull up these nails by hand, so my question is, what power tool could I rent or buy that would either pull up these masonry nails with minimum damage to the concrete or cut them off so they're flush (or nearly flush) with the floor level. Thanks very much!

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Old 09-07-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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Hit the protruding nail heads on one side with a hammer then the other side. They will break off.

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Old 09-07-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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Thanks, PaliBob. I'll give it a go! Sounds like safety goggles are definitely a must.
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:32 PM   #4
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I think that you could also use a brand new hand tool on the market called the Nail Jack, a pliers like approach where instead of a cat's paw, which can't grab or squeeze against the exposed shaft of a nail, these tools contain a built in fulcrum and you can squeeze, push down the handles and lift those nails out!
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:17 PM   #5
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Do as Bob said. Those nails will break out immediately. You don't need no fancy tools.

That nailjack looks like one helluva handy tool, may have to have one of them. It wouldn't work for this purpose tho.

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