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Forum topic by MrRon posted 10-19-2017 04:58 PM 640 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2017 04:58 PM

I wasn’t sure where to post this so I ask here. I’m building a deck and I have framed it all up ready for the floor boards. I stretched a string across the joists and found 2 or 3 joists are way out of line. In other words, they have a crook. I want to remove them and either reverse them so the crook faces up (bow) or replace them with a more straight piece. The joists are nailed into Simpson strongties. My question is; how can I remove the nails that hold the joists to the strongties? The nails are driven in at an angle.

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#1 posted 10-20-2017 01:03 AM

A small cat’s paw nail puller works best to get them started out then use a full size one to finish. We routinely use a power plane to take the humps off

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#2 posted 10-20-2017 01:46 AM

I did same thing, used a power plane and made them flush. Been years the deck has been up and never had an issue.

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 01:19 AM

Get one of those thin nail pullers under the steel to get the heads started and then you can pull them out with a claw hammer. I’d plane the high spot flat before putting them back in.

Or with them bowed down, you can scab a couple straight pieces along side the bowed ones to make a flat surface for the deck boards. It depends on if the scabs will show from the bottom and be objectionable.

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