Introduction: Denailing Lumber

My dad is an old carpenter.  He taught me how to take the nails out of lumber so that he could reuse the lumber for other projects.  This is another way to be GREEN,  Save the planet and all, and even save you some money in the long run. 

Tools Needed:  Claw hammer, safety glasses, wrecking bar, punch and vice grips

Step 1: Easy Beginning Instructions

1.  Lay the board on the grass with the nails sticking up through the boards.
2.  Use hammer to pound the nails back through the board.
3.  Turn board over and use the claw end of the hammer to remove the nail.
4.  Put all removed nails into a bucket for disposal later.

5.  Important:  Try not to let your sister get in on all the glory.  (Please see the picture and you'll understand what I'm talking about)......

Step 2: For Harder to Remove Nails

1.  Use claw "end" of hammer to move the nail in four directions...North, South, East and West, in order to loosen it.

IMPORTANT:  Do not let the claw break off the nail head!  If it does break, and sometimes they will, go to the last Step of these instructions.

2.  Bend the nail over slightly, so you can connect the wrecking bar (claw-end) under the nail.
3.  Use the hammer to forcefully hit the other end of the wrecking bar to lift the nail out of the wood.

CAUTION:  Nails will sometimes fly out really fast and hit you in the eye or forehead.

NOTE:  You can wear a glove on the hand that's holding the wrecking bar to lessen the jolts of hammering.

ALSO:  Watch where you swing the hammer to avoid hitting body parts when you miss.

Step 3: More Difficult Removals

1.  If you broke the nail head off, try bending the nail over, then clamping on to it with a vise grips and use the hammer to tap on the vise grips to remove the nail.

2.  And if the darn nail breaks off, or gets embedded, use the claw end of the hammer to remove some of the surrounding wood and repeat the step above.

3.  If you still can't get a hold of the nail that way, get a Punch and drive the nail through the board with the hammer and punch until you can get a hold of it on the opposite side of the lumber.

VERY IMPORTANT:  You must remove all the nails in your lumber if you are going to be using a saw on it later!!!!

You need a lot of strength and endurance to accomplish this kind of job.  Keep hammering and you will have that load of lumber denailed before sundown!

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