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Based on your successful trial from my speculative comment: I suspected that if you hit them with a hammer hard enough to get them to move (a bit more in - perhaps 1/8 of an inch) they might then be more willing to pull out (since I expect they are corroded-into-the-pressure-treated-wood for "why they are stuck so hard?") You say it worked, so ...


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I use a nail Jack or puller just as you have. Most folks that can’t pull the nail are using the puller with the handle down, raise it up bite the nail and pull, this doubles the torque and has never failed me. You have the shaft of the nail available so the nail Jack is not even needed. A framing hammer will work also. We don’t use the head but the nail ...


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I would be using small screws - easily available in lengths less than 1/2" but you are also helped by the bracket thickness. Also you should drill pilot holes for the screws - make sure you plan the positions so that you don’t coincide with any letters. Messing this up will affect the stability of your home life so measure carefully twice then cut once.


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The "golden rule" for deciding if you should use a nail or a screw is… "Bang a nail in & if the wood splits, you should have used a screw." To be less flippant, if you're unsure use a screw; if you're still unsure, drill a pilot first. Alternatively, on something of such little weight, glue it or use removable picture hanging stickies ...


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I would also encourage the use of small screws to attach the sawtooth hangers to the back of the name board. You can easily get small diameter screws that are 3/8" long from below the head to the end of the tip. Sawtooth brackets supplied with nails are going to have very small holes in the ends and so these will most probably need to be drilled out to ...


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