What is the best way to remove nails from a pallet?

Want to use pallets for outdoor furniture, but its very difficult to remove the nails from it. Any suggestions?
  9 answers
  • Lisa Green Lisa Green on Jan 07, 2015
    There is an upholstery tool called a staple puller. It usually has a handle like a screwdriver and has a long steel shaft with a head that slopes. The end is about 1/2" wide with a V groove cut into the end. Place the V groove at the nail head and hammer the end of the staple puller until the nail is sitting in the back of the V and the nail is lifting out of the pallet. Slowly pry the nail up until you can pull the nail out completely. Staple pullers come in a few sizes so make sure you get one that is big & beefy that can handle the job! Hope this helps, Lisa

  • M'sMammy M'sMammy on Jan 07, 2015
    Go online and search about using pallets. I remember seeing directions on "how to deconstruct" the darn things. It said was really hard, but doable.

  • Sheila Stewart Sheila Stewart on Jan 07, 2015
    Flip the board over, tap on the point of the nail so it pushes the nail head on the other side away from the board. You should be able to extract it without too much trouble. Some nails are coated with a substance to help keep them in place when they are hammered in. :)

    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 08, 2015
      @Sheila Stewart This is how I do it on old baseboards. Once you get a bit of the nail head above the wood, I use my dear deceased Dad's nail puller. It is awesome - so much leverage.

  • York Gardener York Gardener on Jan 08, 2015
    Don't remove them. Take a saws-all (or whatever the tool is called) and just saw through the nails, they can add character to the new construction.

  • Tammy Jordan-Kimball Tammy Jordan-Kimball on Jan 08, 2015
    I always use a reciprocating saw. There is no way you will pull them out with out an electric tool. I know, I tried almost everything you can think of. You have to cut them. Have someone to help when you do it, you`ll need it. Good luck.

  • Thomas Thomas on Jan 08, 2015
    If you have a power tool called a "SAWSALL" is best. If you don't have that tool they can be rented from local Home Depot or True Value stores. Also, a hand powered hacksaw will do the trick just takes more time. Good Luck with your projects.

  • Al Al on Jan 08, 2015
    Yup. Cut em off

  • Al Al on Jan 08, 2015
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  • Just like @Tammy Jordan-Kimball recommended, use a reciprocating saw. Just saw the nails between the joints. This way you'll preserve the wood and also get rid from the nails without breaking the pallet. If you don't like the nails later, you can use a similar nail (or in worst case scenario some screwdriver) and a hammer to lightly push them out from the wood and using some pliers you can remove them completely from the wood. p.s. Here is an article on Hometalk on the topic - http://www.hometalk.com/diy/-580486