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Old 01-10-2019, 09:19 PM   #1
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Removing nails without wall damage


Hello!
Before I end up damaging drywall in order to remove some small flathead nails, I thought Iíd see if anyone had a good idea to remove these small nails.
These nails are holding up some thin metal strips that was holding up lighting panels. There is NO WAY to get any tool under the head as they are actually a little recessed into the metal strip. Iím not concerned about saving the metal strips but really donít want to mess up the drywall behind it if I can avoid it.
Thought about grinding the heads off with some sort of grinding tool. Unfortunately that would still leave the headless nail sticking out but I think I could grab it with some thin side cutters and protect wall with some flat steel plate.
Anyone else got a better solution perhaps?
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:34 PM   #2
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Are the metal strips soft enough where you could use a nail set to punch the nails through the strips into the wall? Try one or two.
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Try to get a putty knife behind the strip????
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:26 PM   #4
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Punching the nails through might be an option. Iíll have to try it on a couple like you said. Then theoretically Iíd only have a single small hole to patch. I saw someone on YouTube that used a hole punch tool to separate the nail from some siding. Worked pretty good to remove siding but still left the darn nail sitting there untouched.

As far as trying to get a putty knife behind metal strip...it would end up damaging the wall texture for sure. And Iím not sure that a putty knife thin enough to slip behind metal strip would be any real use in trying to force the nail out. The nails appear to be really strong...probably about 2Ē long and driven into wood stud. Dealing with this textured (orange peel, they call it) finish is a pain if you have to repair an area. Itís hard to match the existing texture.

Thanks for your ideas!
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:30 PM   #5
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Getting a wide blade knife under the strip to use as a place to pry on the nail was my thought.

placing a base of pressure relief under the fulcrum load, is always a good idea, spread the load, and less damage occurs.

Maybe as suggested a nailset to drive the nail through the metal, into the wall, then a bit of spackle, and touchup paint, and no one but you knows what happened.


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A nail punch sounds like the plan.
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I generally knock the nails into the drywall, not all the way thru but just enough to form a little dimple which is then easily filled.
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I'm not sure the nail punch idea would work very well with a flat head nail, especially if it's countersunk into the metal sheet. I'd think it'd bork up the drywall worse then carefully trying to pull them out.




I stole these from my husband for similar situations, mostly taking off old trim that had been painted on, it never damaged the wall no matter how well install the trim was. I imagine you could get the thinner ones up under the metal sheet and carefully pull it (and the nails) up:

https://www.amazon.com/MICTUNING-Rem...tic+prying+kit
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Also dremel can be very handy around the house. You can grind off the nail heads and punch the rest in. You can also learn how to patch drywall. Buy a sheet, ask to cut 1/4 off, then throw away the rest at the store. Small bucket of joint compound, 6" wide compound knife (cheap flexible) and fine grain sponge sander. Search the videos on how and practice. It is one of the major repair skills. Then prime over it and paint. There are also spray can primers that allows for small area use and longer storage. White shellac is example.
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How big are the nail heads?
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I have really good luck with using a Cat's Paw:





Put a wide putty knife under the fulcrum to spread out the pressure.
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I have really good luck with using a Cat's Paw:





Put a wide putty knife under the fulcrum to spread out the pressure.
If you have the right nail puller, this would leave about the same size divot as just countersinking the nail.
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Try these with a paint stick under the jaws when you pry the nail out....


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Thanks everyone who chimed in. Good ideas all around but I managed to convince my wife to let me cover the area (tray ceiling) with some ship lap thatíll effectively hide any damage to wall. Of course more work for me but I think the best remedy.
Thanks again for all the help!
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