Help with nail removal

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  1. 79RedZ

    79RedZ Veteran Member

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    So this is the lean to on my barn.
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    As you can see there isn't much of a pitch. When the snow began to melt this spring it just sat on the lean to roof. Which caused some of the water that was coming off the main part of the barn to drain inside my barn. My barn isn't finished off inside yet so it just made a mess. But I want to finish it off inside so I'm going to take off 2' on the left side wall of the lean to.


    Here is the problem.
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    Anybody have experience with removing these little buggers. I plan on reusing the steel on the barn and I don't want to beat it up as I try to pull out the nails. I'll be replacing the nails so I don't care what happens to them I just need to be careful with the steel. I only have about 500 to pull out.:eek:
    I messed around with a claw hammer a little bit but I'm afraid that's going to beat the steel up more than I want. Anybody got tips or is there a tool that I need to buy? Help!
     
  2. green 1977

    green 1977 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Have you tried using a putty knife under the pry bar (hammer) to shield the metal
     
  3. 79RedZ

    79RedZ Veteran Member

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    No I haven't. What I did try was a shim that you would use for doors and windows. I laid that under my claw hammer and tried to pull but the head of the nail just wanted to fold the edges up. I'm guessing that the nails may also be ringshank.
     
  4. Batman

    Batman Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Angle grinder on the head to grind down to the shank, pop the panel off, and then use a set of nippers to pull the rest of the nail out (or hammer the rest into the board it's nailed into).
     
  5. harbone66

    harbone66 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    How about Vise Grips with a small slide hammer installed?.

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  6. 79RedZ

    79RedZ Veteran Member

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    Hmm, interesting idea. What aisle would I find this in?:crazy:
     
  7. Widowmaker01

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