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Message posted by Romaway on 18/6/2018 at 9:10am
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My son took up my old decking at the weekend and I am now left with a problem. It is studded with long nails which held down the joists and I cannot remove them. They are a real hazard and I don't want me or anybody else tripping on them. My husband would have done it but alas he is no longer here.

How easy would it be if I borrowed an angle grinder from chap next door to cut them off at floor height. Don't want to ask him, if I would not be able to do it, as don't want him to volunteer to do it which he probably would. How easy is it to use an angle grinder to go through thick nails?


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Very easy - just ensure the cutting disc is new and you have the right protective equipment - gloves, goggles and strong footwear.

If in doubt there are plenty of videos on youtube.

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A nail bar (jemmy) and hammer might do the trick too. Or a hack saw and drive in the last bit.

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Or an angle grinder, with appropriate elf & safety gear.

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If you use an angle grinder, two things, one is to have a cutting disc in, secondly when you use it have it running before touching the nails or else it will jump, you only need a firm but gentle touch to cut through nails and of course use two hands.

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Flutter your eyelashes at the next door neighbour and get him to do it with his angle grinder

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Thank you all. I will ask the neighbour and see what he says.

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If they are in concrete are they nails or bolts?

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Just knock them from side to side two or three times and they will break off at surface level. Pulling out with a bar could pull the surface layer as well, leaving patching to do. Using a grinder if you are unfamiliar, is a recipe for disaster.

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Well thanks for all the replies. I struggled with the nail bar and hammer but got out about 5 of them this way. My neighbour had gone away so could not ask to borrow the angle grinder.

Then the chap who did my roof phoned, for some reason, so I asked him how he would do it. He said he used Mick's method of knocking the nails back and forth until they broke, I tried it. It went a treat and all nails are now out and sitting on the table to show my son.

So the decking is removed and scattered around the garden until I can get someone to take it away for me. I have struggled to get quotes for a new patio so decided to just tidy up the old crazy paving are under the decking and it looks fine and gives me time to decide what to do and get more detailed quotes.

The reason I started this work myself was that the decking was dangerously broken and I have friends coming in a few weeks. The builders who have quoted over the last few months have not been reliable nor given me confidence. Not one looked under the decking nor at the base of the crazy paving to establish its state. They just said they would lay paving on top of existing. I know a decent contractor would have checked it all out first. So back to asking around for recommendations but it is not easy getting work done.

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What I've done with ours is that the first section outside the back door was lower than further down the garden because of needing to be lower for the damp course and as we are both getting a little wobberly on our feet I filled it in with pea shingle and laid slabs into it where we walked, this has two effects in that it's easy to change where they are if need be and the pots we have there also drain nicely, the slabs are laid directly on the pea shingle and are totally stable so no worries on that score.

One ton of shingle and a dozen slabs with no labour costs what so ever, jobs a goodun!!

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Have you tried looking in your local councils Trusted Trader lists? I have rcently found a decent Electrician and a Bathroom fitter from those lists who turned out to be excellent tradesmen.

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Quote: Originally posted by moppetsdad on 23/6/2018
What I've done with ours is that the first section outside the back door was lower than further down the garden because of needing to be lower for the damp course and as we are both getting a little wobberly on our feet I filled it in with pea shingle and laid slabs into it where we walked, this has two effects in that it's easy to change where they are if need be and the pots we have there also drain nicely, the slabs are laid directly on the pea shingle and are totally stable so no worries on that score.

One ton of shingle and a dozen slabs with no labour costs what so ever, jobs a goodun!!



Thanks for this idea. I had thought of exactly this as an option. The garden centre said that the slabs might move if I do not cement them in but that would not matter too much to me.

He also advised putting down a membrane first (non slip one) just to keep any weeds coming up from broken crazy paved base.

Did you put a membrane down first Moppetsdad?

Thanks


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