On Fri, 24 Feb 2012, Brian Kemp wrote:
> I took out one row of boards last night. I started with a small
> screwdriver to pop out the putty, then used a broken dental pick to
> scrape out the screw head. I then blew it out and hammered in a P2 bit.
> I slipped on the impact driver with a magnetic bit holder, leaned into
> it, and pulled the trigger. 1/3 came out, 1/3 snapped, and 1/3 were too
> rusted and stripped the head. Snapped is ok. I then used pry bars and
> muscle to get the boards out. Since there is significant rot in some of
> the joists, some came out easy. My concern is damaging the joists that
> are not rotted.
> I tried a Grabber bit, but that was a lot of work to break the head. I'm
> considering a small hole saw without a pilot bit to just bore around the
> screw. I should get far enough through the deck board that it won't offer
> much resistance. I also thought about trying to drill off the screw head,
> but think that will take more effort than the hole saw.
> The 2x6 deck boards will not be used again, so I'm not too concerned about
> damage to them. I do want to do all I can to save the joists in good shape
> since this is a cantilevered balcony and those joists hold up my second
I think if I didn't care about the deck boards and they were in any kinda
bad condition, I'd be tempted to use a chisel to split the board around
But the holesaw idea sounds like it could work decently as well, Try and
be sure to leave like 1/8" or so on the bottom, so that you aren't
fighting trying to get the damn wooden plug to eject from the holesaw as
I'd do whichever one seemed faster.
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