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Remove nails from flooring

I have some oak flooring that was removed from a house. The nails are still in the tongues of the boards (the flooring was blind nailed). I want to use this wood to patch in an area in my house that doesn't have hardwood and it's a perfect match. The problem is that I'm not sure what's the best way to remove the nails without damaging the flooring. They appear to be a tapered nail with some slight barbs.

Any help would be appreciated!

Re: Remove nails from flooring

You can use needle nose pliers, nail pullers, regular pliers, nail set and a hammer, whatever works. Sometimes you can pull the nail out and sometimes you have to force the nail through to the other side. Whatever you use try to be as careful as you can and that is all you can do.

Calcats ;)

Re: Remove nails from flooring

I also have reclaimed flooring and want to get the nails out. I saw the post and reply before and wondered if the nails can be cut off and leave the heads in. Would that be a problem later? A contractor told me to just cut the nails as close to the flooring as possible and leave the rest there.

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