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Old 05-04-2015, 10:10 PM   #1
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I was given a large load of white maple hardwood flooring, used. Every piece has staples in it. The hardwood is in very nice condition, 3/4" th., and approx. 2" in width. lengths are from 1' to approx. 6+ ft. What are your recommendations for removing the staples, with a minimum of damage to the tongue? The penetration into the tongue is good, and not showing the staple head on the tongue surface. My thoughts are to use a Dremel tool w/ a cutoff. wheel. Time consuming, but should give the desired outcome of not damaging the tongue. The time is available to go this route. Pictures show the staples. The pic w/ the large amount of flooring only shows about 1/3 of the amount I picked up. So, there's plenty to do my job. Thanks, David.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:28 PM   #2
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Dremel would be slow and frustrating and cost you dozens of those little cutoff bits. If you have a compressor, pick up an air-powered cutoff tool, they are pretty cheap and will make fast work of those staples.
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ChuckF........... I have a small air powered grinder, and a small Bostitch air compressor. Might be enough. I also have an electric angle grinder, 4-1/2" size. One or the other should do it! Thanks for the suggestion.
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Air power tools use a tremendous amount of air.
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snip off the staple legs with a pair of dykes close as you can, then smooth off the stubs with your right angle grinder and a 60 grit resin fiber disc, probably take less than 10 seconds per staple
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Canarywood1..... I'm going to try the Bostitch compressor, and see what it does. Worst case, have to go to plan #2 ....or 3....

Yodaman..... Thanks for the suggestion. One of the suggested ideas will for sure work.
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