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MLO 02-17-2007 01:08 AM

Saving old hardwood floors...
I have been laboring with nailsets trying to save the old oak. driving the nails through the planks is leaving a "heave" around the nail hole on the backside. Is this going to pose a problem for thier re-use?

Someone told me to "cut" the nails instead of driving them through. How do you do that?

Darylh 02-17-2007 08:35 AM

Have you tried to break them off with a pair of vise grips. You may find they break off even with the wood.

Zero Punch 02-17-2007 01:34 PM

Are they round wire nails or the flat power cleat type? Wire nails I knock or pull through the flat cleat type are better to break off.

MLO 02-17-2007 09:20 PM

They are finish nails driven back at an angle. Very tough to drive through as I have broke a half dozen drift punches ground down.

Is this crazy trying to reclaim this flooring?

Darylh 02-18-2007 08:17 AM

Nothing crazy about saving old wood flooring if it is in good shape. If the above is not working for you then cut them off with a hack saw and use a angle ginder on any of the nails that might be left sticking out of the back.

MLO 02-18-2007 10:27 AM

Maybe I am going about this wrong. I have been driving the nails through, then lifting the flooring up from the subfloor. Sounds like you are talking of prying the flooring up (nails attached), then cutting the nails off the back side of the flooring, correct? The nails are surprisingly long.

Darylh 02-18-2007 10:47 AM

OOPPS!! thought you already done that, Sorry. I know some one who used a Reciprocating saw with a metal blade and then grinded the backside afterwards and he said it worked just fine. I have removed flooring and then pulled them out from the backside and have also used a visegrip and broke them off and grinded aflerwards. The real trick to getting the boards off is not to break the tongue.

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