Add Leverage to a Small Hammer
A PVC-pipe sleeve add length to a handle to make nail pulling easier.
We recently had to remove hardwood flooring from a 1950s house. Pulling up the planks was pretty straightforward, but it left the floor riddled with finish nails. I tried every version of crowbar, pry bar, and demo bar I have to pull them, but none could a good grip on the finish nails, because all are designed to rip out framing nails with a substantial head. The only thing that could get a grip was my small finish hammer, but this type of hammer has a handle too short for easy pulling, so I slipped a foot-long piece of 1 1/2-in.-diameter PVC pipe over the tiny handle for some extra leverage. It worked great and the nails pulled out easily.
—Larry Landsberg, Palmyra, Va.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #288
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