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Need a good tool idea for removing nails
deeannb
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Date: 7/21/13 10:54 PM

Hoping for some inspiration and advice

Any ideas or suggestions of a good way to remove upholstery nails? I am taking apart a very old chaise lounge for a very good friend. My trusty staple puller + offset cutters + ball peen hammer combo that usually tears through the toughest staple job just can't get a grip on these little nails.

They do have to be removed - and I have to be very careful about the wood


HELP!

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Date: 7/22/13 1:11 AM

I have used my husband's woodworking chisels before to dig under the nail head and pry them out. They come in several blade widths.

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Date: 7/22/13 7:44 AM

Check out the home dec thread.. the one started by Maripat.. there is such a tool for removing staples and tacks ans such.. I know Hancocks sold it.. .and most probably Joanns does also. There is a pic in that thread of what the tool looks like.. sorta like a forked tongue on a stick and it works..

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Date: 7/22/13 10:12 AM

A little tack puller came with the screwdriver kit I gave my husband (he never missed it)
It looks like a slightly bent flat head screwdriver with a notch in the blade. Good Luck

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Date: 7/22/13 1:50 PM

I used to borrow my husband's 'cat's paw'
a double ended nail puller

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Date: 7/23/13 1:35 PM

I have the staple/nail puller from Hancock, and IIRC it's thicker on the points than a cat's paw. The nail pullers/cat's paws from the hardware stores seem to have a smoother finish and thinner prongs. It may also help to either tape the tool where it will slide on the wood or hold a piece of cardboard against the wood to help prevent scratches.

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Date: 7/23/13 8:37 PM

Quote: TGWGWS
I have used my husband's woodworking chisels before to dig under the nail head and pry them out. They come in several blade widths.

Uhh huh. And what was Hubby's reaction to that?

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Date: 7/23/13 10:26 PM

Thank you all, once again great ideas!

I already had the staple remover tool, and that was too thick to get under those small nail heads. After the comment from above, I went to Menards and found an actual tack puller - just as you described it! the prongs are flat and the V of the notch is flat - perfect! Working well now

You all really are great

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Date: 7/24/13 8:22 AM

Quote: Al Johnson
[quote] I have used my husband's woodworking chisels before to dig under the nail head and pry them out. They come in several blade widths.

Uhh huh. And what was Hubby's reaction to that?



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Had to laugh at this one..

There is some thought to using the CORRECT tool for the job.. as one might damage say... the chisel... using it to remove tacks etc.. I love tools myself and use a bunch of them in my home dec work.. so I have found that if I eye or want to use one of my DHs tools.. or a tool I have purchased for another reason.. its best just to go buy a second set.. and since often I don't need TOL tools for crafts I can usually buy a cheaper one.. such as jewelry pliers instead of Craftsman ....

But Al.. in all fairness to ME ... its usually my DH I have to keep an eye on... especially when it comes to my scissors...

We keep a secondary smaller set of good quality tools inside the house.. for those everyday jobs.. mostly screwdrivers, pliers, and a smaller hammer... Those are for everyones use..
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