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Do you hammer nails up to floor or angle grind nails so they no longer exist?

SeanBeans Member Posts: 520
edited November 2019 in THE MAIN WALL
You are using aluminum transfer plates.
The floor above has nails and staples everywhere. Do you hammer nails up to floor or angle grind nails so they no longer exist?

Do you hammer nails up to floor or angle grind nails so they no longer exist? 10 votes

Angle grinder
Paul PolletsEBEBRATT-EdScottSecorMikeL_2DZoroTim PotterRich_49ZmankenjohnsonHomerJSmith 10 votes


  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
    Sawzall or multi tool for nails/screws, cut them if staples. Grinder is too messy.

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  • DZoro
    DZoro Member Posts: 1,048
    Angle grinder
    multi tool works great
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,656
    edited November 2019
    Angle grinder
    I use a pair of straight cut dykes to cut the nails almost flush, then use a pea grinder to remove any metal remaining. Make sure the tech is using a face shield, long sleeves and gloves

  • SeanBeans
    SeanBeans Member Posts: 520
    Why is no one picking the hammer method?

    Someone please enlighten us
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,993
    Grind flush. Sometimes I hammer them flush.

    If I come across a few stubborn ring nails I just swear at them. That usually works.
  • ScottSecor
    ScottSecor Member Posts: 863
    Angle grinder
    With regard to the hammer method here are some issues I could see coming up:
    1. Artwork falls off walls in living room while your hammering.
    2. Cut nail ends up being pushed through hardwood floor, splits rare super expensive African Burkea species.
    3. Nail pops through underlayment and pops a hole in the vinyl flooring that great grandpa installed (as a wedding gift) days before he died.
    4. Sheetrock or plaster walls develop "nail pops" after your done hammering for a few days.
    5. Nails that you pound magically end up between the hardwood floor and the sub-floor, now the customer hears a squeak every time they (or the dog) walks in that area of the floor.
    6. A few ceramic tiles in bathroom and kitchen crack and/or grout cracks.

    Yes, I am exaggerating but I could see any of these scenarios coming up.
    Intplm.Rich_49Paul Polletsrick in Alaska
  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,572
    Angle grinder
    If you push the nail up, where does it go? It could come to the surface only to be pushed or driven down at a later date. With hardwood, the floor will lift and creak. Unless you can go above and pull the nail, cut them off.
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • SeanBeans
    SeanBeans Member Posts: 520
    Thanks guys!
  • SeanBeans
    SeanBeans Member Posts: 520
    We used and angle grinder and the eventually switched to the multi tool.

    No hammering here, sir.
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,246
    edited November 2019
    of all the tools I have tried an air powered die grinder with a thin cutoff wheel works best. Super high rpm, it doesn't get hot to hold, cuts the least amount of metal. And your arms are in a more comfortable position compared to an angle grinder where you need to reach into the joist bay.i

    Hammering them usually ends up pushing the up a bit. If they are hardwood "cleats" this T shaped nail, it will split the upper part of the groove sometimes.

    I've found grinding is as quick as hammering and less risk of damage.

    Ear plugs, face shield, gloves, respirator.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream