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Posted on Problem removing old nails?????

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#1 posted 04-09-2018 08:45 PM

Here’s how I would do it to save myself a lot of grief. It’s not cheap but it’s low labor and will probably save the most wood.

Grab a tube of 3m Scotch weld for metal. Yes, it will cost around $15 an ounce. The stuff is liquid gold and yes, it’s worth it.

Grab some thread inserts that are just big enough to slip over the nails.

Use a dremel or something easy to clean out around the nails, and scotch weld the inserts onto the end, leaving ample thread for you to insert something from the top.

put a screw/bolt in the top of the insert and use a slide hammer to yank the nail out. If you don’t have a slide hammer, scotch weld a new nail in the top and use a hammer big enough to rip the nail in two to pull it out, because if you bought the right scotch weld, the nail will rip in half before the epoxy does.

You shouldn’t have a problem with the old nail breaking if you get in the wood a bit where it’s likely less timeworn and also if you’re pulling on the entire surface area of the nail through the adhesive bond.

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