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I have tried pounding the nails out through the front, they don't budge. I have tried pulling the nails through the back with pliers, they break off. The baseboard is a laminate from old laminate flooring. The nails were obviously put in with a pneumatic nailer.

Any suggestions for removing the nails so I can replace the baseboards would be appreciated.

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I usually use a pair of end cutting pliers, to pull the nails out the back.

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The face of the tool is slightly rounded, which allows for a good rocking motion.

Just grab the nail gently with the pliers, as close to the work piece as possible. Rocking the tool on it's rounded face generates quite a bit of leverage, allowing you to pull most nails out. Just remember not to squeeze too hard, or you'll simply cut the nail off.

  • This is my usual method. I've heard them referred to commonly as "end nippers." – Doresoom May 22 '14 at 18:58
  • @Doresoom That's how I usually refer to them, but I try to use the proper term in answers. – Tester101 May 22 '14 at 19:26
  • Channel lock pliers work well in the same way - one side is curved, and you don't have to worry so much about cutting the nail. – Adam Davis May 22 '14 at 21:43
  • They're also often called carpenter's pincers. Some designed specifically for nail pulling (not as sharp, longer handles) are also available. – Bob Jul 26 '14 at 6:56
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You could also use a claw hammer.

An also if you needed you can put a block under the pliers/hammer for more leverage an to protect what ever it is Can make it a little easier.

Or cut/snap the nails off and punch them out with a nail punch.

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