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How to pull siding nails without damaging log siding

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I have a building with expensive log siding. I need to remove several rows of siding, and reinstall them later. The siding is attached to the studs with siding nails. The nail heads are either flush or slightly below the surface.

Normally I would use a cats paw, but doing so here will gouge the wood--either slightly or pretty bad. I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a way to get those nails out without damaging the wood. Prying the pieces out is not an option. This is tongue-and-groove siding.

I'm hoping someone out there has a clever trick for this...
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Excellent ideas, guys. Thanks. I will report back in a few days with results.
I went with Chuck's idea. I slightly wedged a wood shim behind the bottom piece to give me some clearance then used a reciprocating saw to cut the nails. Once out, I used a punch from the backside to push the heads proud,. I finished off the job from the front using nail pulling pliers.

Chummed up the house wrap pretty bad on the second and third piece, but that was an easy fix. Had some extra Tyvec lying around.

Thanks again.
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