Trying to pull a headless nail can be extremely frustrating. When confronted with a headless nail, most people simply say “Ahh, whatever” and leave that nail in the material till the end of days.
But that’s not an ideal solution. Removing a headless nail may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Today, Ram Products is going to show you some of the easiest and most effective ways to remove headless nails:
-Ideally, you’ll want to use a pair of self-locking pliers for this task (also known as vise-grip pliers) as well as a claw hammer
-Consider placing a block of wood next to the affected area to prevent the rest of your wood or material from being damaged
-Use pliers to lock tightly around the nail shank, then place the claw of the hammer under the pliers and use the power of leverage to remove the headless nail
-If you’re working with really brittle wood and worried about damaging the material, then wet a small piece of sponge and let that rest over the nail for about 30 minutes
-If you’re having trouble with the options listed above, then try this: first, slip the hammer claw around the exposed nail shaft. Then, use your locking pliers to grip the nail as close as possible to the hammer. Once the pliers are locked in, swing the hammer like you would when pulling a normal nail.
-If you’re trying to remove a headless screw, then you might be able to grab the end of the screw with a small set of pliers, then twist the screw counterclockwise to unscrew it
Headless nail and screw issues are a particular problem when remodeling older homes and rooms. Screws and nails decay over time. When you pull on these screws and nails, you might pop the head right off.
By following the tips listed above, you can make sure your headless nails and screws don’t ruin a productive day on the job!