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Permanent Cure for Popped Nails

Protruding nailheads aren't just unsightly; they can be dangerous

Popped Nails
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Walk across any wood deck, and you'll probably see a nailhead or two popped up above the surface. Popped nails aren't just unsightly; the protruding head can cut bare feet and cause a nasty fall if it catches a shoe heel. Pounding the nailhead down solves the problem temporarily, but the nail usually works itself back up again before long.

To keep a popped nail down, first tap it below the surface with a hammer and nailset. Then drive a 3-inch-long decking screw alongside the nail, making sure that the screwhead overlaps the nailhead.

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Permanent Cure for Popped Nails

 

Permanent Cure for Popped Nails

Permanent Cure for Popped Nails
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Permanent Cure for Popped Nails

 
 

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