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Old 12-05-2007, 06:50 PM   #1
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Update: I pulled up the boards but ran short for my addition, please see below.

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I need to pull up 250 sq feet of fur flooring so I can use it for my addition downstairs. Challenge is, the nails that are used to hold them are very tough to get out. The wood is 85 years old and dry making them easy to damage.

Any tips on how to get these suckers out without damaging the wood?


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Old 12-05-2007, 07:04 PM   #2
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I need to pull up 250 sq feet of fur flooring so I can use it for my addition downstairs. Challenge is, the nails that are used to hold them are very tough to get out. The wood is 65 years old and dry making them easy to damage.

Any tips on how to get these suckers out without damaging the wood?


Pull them out with nips? Or, cut the nail head off, and then gently pry up the board, and then pull the rest of the nail out.

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A Nipper! I was ready to buy a cats paw, thanks.
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A Nipper! I was ready to buy a cats paw, thanks.
I would use whatever you can get your hands on. I've used cats paws and pry bars in the past, but they chewed up the boards quite a bit. Consider pliers and vise grips also.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:51 PM   #5
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I've never used one of these things but Garrett-Wade Tools has a couple of nail pullers, part numbers 20B03.01 and 98N14.02, $35.95 and $19.95.

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I was just looking through the holiday catalogue circling stuff that Santa can bring me and noticed the things.
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P.K. I was trying to find a picture of one of those last night but couldn't. They work great, dig in and grab the nail head and have the power to pull them out.
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They work great, dig in and grab the nail head and have the power to pull them out.
You forgot what they really excel at...pinching any thing that resembles skin with-in a 10 mile radius! We had to use them when I was a kid and it seems like yesterday....smack, smack, smack, yyyyyeeeeeeeoooooowwwwwww!!!!!!!!

The do work well....just be careful, don't take your eye off the ball for even a second.
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I need one for this weekend, can they be found at HD?
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Dunno...most farm supply type store or lumber yards probably would. If you have a Menards close, I "think" they have'em.
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If that's a photo of your actual floor, use a reciprocating saw (sawzall) to cut the nails off on the underside of the finish flooring. You'l scrape up the underside and the subfloor but who cares? ANYTHING you use to try and grab those nails will mar the surface of the flooring. If you can't get the nailheads out without breaking the groove edge off the top (finished) surface you can notch the underside to get them out from below and the missing areas won't afffect re-installation at all. This will be labor intensive, but will save the floor. Tack a piece of carpet to your benchtop or in the jaws of your vise so you don't mar the surfaces as you put in the effort to save them. Good luck!
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Spyko, you're absolutely right. I am damaging the boards trying to get them out with the pullers. Last night I took a heavy duty putty knife and broke threw the nails underneath but I like the sawzall idea much better.

I am having someone install them I was trying to save some cash by pulling them up myself but he told me it would be $200 to pull a 150 sg ft.

I may just suck this one up and shell out the cash, this is a b*tch of a job.
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Hi Jelly, thanks for the shout-out. Maybe PK can call Santa back for something useful, there might still be time! I don't know how you can reccomend a tool you've never used from a christmas catalog, but to each his own. It looks like nice flooring. Let us all know how it works out for you. Good luck!
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I came up about 70 sq. yrs short for my addition! The wood is 3.25" douglas fir from a 1927 Sears house.

Can anyone recommend hardwood supplier that may have douglas fur? Thanks.

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