Loose deck nails can allow deck boards to warp and present a tripping hazard. As a deck ages, the foot traffic causes boards to move slightly. This movement can cause the nails in the nail holes to move as well. This movement enlarges the holes the nails are in and causes the nails to inch up out of the holes. Consider removing the deck nails and replacing them with screws to help keep your loose boards fixed tight to the floor joists.
Things You'll Need
- Putty knife
- Nail puller
Lay the blade of a putty knife flush on the deck with the end of the blade nearest the nail head.
Position a nail puller (cat's paw) so that the claw faces the nail head. Angle the nail puller down beneath the nail head. Tap the backside of the nail puller with a hammer until the shank of the nail slides in between the claws of the nail puller.
Pry the nail puller back towards the handle of the putty knife to lift the nail out of the deck board.
Tips & Warnings
- Failure to use the putty knife can result in denting the deck boards.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Nails Vs. Screws for a Pressure-Treated Deck
Pressure-treated wood is the best choice for building a long-lasting outdoor deck. Galvanized screws are used more often than galvanized nails in...
- How to Remove Acrylic Nails
How to Remove Wood Decking
Whether you are removing decking to make way for more lawn space or replacing damaged deck boards in your old deck, removing...
How to Repair a Rotted Deck
Dry rot is a fungus that results in mildew, mold and staining, making a deck appear unappealing and rickety. Microorganisms remove cellulose...
How to Remove Deck Boards
Obviously, removing bad deck boards is necessary before installing new wood deck boards. Find out how to remove rotten, ugly, or otherwise...