Use a nail punch
or a hammer and offcut of wood, so you don't damage the boards.
You need a nail punch
, such as the Stanley FatMax Interchangeable Nail Set, from pounds 6.79.
10 A nail or nail punch
is ideal for removing really awkward paint.
If you have problems squeezing the Rawlplug in, tap it lightly into the wall with a nail punch
. If it slips in too easily, your drilled hole is too big.
Neaten corners with mouldings, recess the nails with a nail punch
and fill holes with a wood filler.
To prepare a floorboard sub-floor, begin by knocking down any protruding nails with a hammer and nail punch
. Screw down any loose boards, checking first that there aren't any cables or pipes underneath.
If you hammer the nail with a nail punch
so it sinks further into the wood it should release the top piece of wood and you can then remove the nail from the bottom piece by pulling it with a nail claw or pliers.
Cut these with a hacksaw and tap out using a nail punch
# Use a nail punch
to drive the pin heads below the surface.
ABEFORE you put the drill bit on the wall, take a nail punch
, or even a nail, and tap into the plaster to make a small dent.
Use oval nails or panel pins to attach the cladding to the batons - if you hammer in at an angle and use a nail punch
to drive the nails in until just the corner of the head is sticking up, then the nails will be hidden when you slot in the groove of the next board.
If the sub-floor is wooden floorboards, begin by knocking any protruding nails down with a hammer and nail punch
. Nail or, better still, screw down any loose boards, first checking that there are no wires or pipes underneath.