How To: Pull Nails

When you need to remove nails from woodwork for any reason, these tips can help you do so without causing damage to the hammer used for the task.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 1:06 PM

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This wooden-handled hammer may look strong enough to pull any nail but because the grain of the wood is actually weaker in this direction, you could break the wooden handle. Here’s a couple of tips on pulling nails. Once you get the nail partly drawn, slip a piece of scrap wood under the head of the hammer for better leverage. Or try pulling the handle to the side for a better angle on the nail.

For more on hardware, consider:

Nail Guide
Nailing Techniques
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