I’m working on a “Woodworking Essentials” article on nails for Popular Woodworking Magazine, and along with forged nails and wire nails, I’m writing about cut nails – you know, the wedge-shaped variety we often recommend in the magazine, because they hold better in wood than the round ones (and you can clinch/clench them).
But I’m distracted by masonry nails (same shape, hardened material) and my experiential knowledge that they, too, exert a death grip.
Though I removed the last of my old cabinets weeks ago, three of the masonry nails that affixed them to the wall stayed behind. I simply cannot budge them, no matter how many different tools I try. (And neither can my several strong neighbors who’ve been properly humbled after making fun of me then also failing.)
So – unless I remove a fair amount of plaster around each nail, which I don’t want to do – I’m afraid I’m going to have to cut them off flush with the wall, try to knock them just below the surface then do my best to patch over the damage.
Wedges are great…until they’re not.