Tonight I’m going to divert from my usual… (I hear a collective sigh of relief that it’s not about “that house” this week… Well pthththt to you!) But instead it’s a tiny, tiny tutorial on something I was working on recently and could NOT find a single tutorial on! In this day and age, how could there NOT be a tutorial on everything?
Last week I was taking all the baseboard’s off through the whole first floor. To my delight, and slight frustration, the original homeowner did an excellent job of putting this house together, which means taking it apart has been a challenge. Each baseboard came off nicely, but the nails stayed in the walls. Too close to the floor to use the hammers claw and too small of a head to use the crow bar or nail remover. The nails weren’t nearly strong enough to get pounded all the way into the wall, and I don’t want to have to worry about them back there when I put the new baseboard’s on if I just bend them. On a search I went all over the webs to find out how I was supposed to get the silly things out!
I found several showing how to get them out of the back of the baseboard’s, but not one on how to get them out of the wall? I’m not sure if they just figured we all knew this, or that no one else has ever had this problem?
My search did reveal one thing… I needed a new tool. Nippers to be exact. (The twelve-year-old boy in me giggles every time.)
So off to the local store I went! I had every intention of using these to just “nip” off the end of the nail, and leave the remaining nail behind in the wall. Can I just tell you here that nails are really hard! No seriously, those suckers weren’t going to give in! However, in my attempt, I did figure out a much easier way of using them. You know, the way they were intended! *GASP*
So here’s my very tiny tutorial on how to get the nails that were left behind, out.
Using a putty knife behind your nippers so that you don’t damage the wall (try it once without it and you’ll see what I mean) and holding the nail very firmly, roll the nippers up until the two handles meet. It actually slips right out!
That’s it… seriously, no one could post that anywhere?
I feel better now.