Lower your nails - that's right


If you find nail heads sticking out in old plank floors, this can be problematic. Why you should sink nails, how to do it right, and what tools you use for it, you will learn in detail in this post.

Nails in the floorboard

Who wants to prepare an old old plank floor, will usually grind it off.

So that the heads of the nails, which are stuck in the planks, not be sanded with, you have to sink the nails first. Otherwise, sanders can be damaged by protruding nails. In addition, the nails would later protrude too far from the worn wood surface.

In the tool trade, you can get droppers in different sizes. Sets with different sizes usually cost around 10 - 15 EUR.

Sink nails

For sinking nails, one usually uses a so-called countersink. The tip of the countersink should have a suitable width (the larger, the better it usually works). In addition, the weight of the hammer must be sufficient to drive the nail really deeper into the wood.

If nails can not be lowered, you can first try a larger countersink pin and a heavier hammer. In some cases, especially when nails are rusted (and thus swollen up), it still does not help. In this case, one can only try to remove the nails from the wood.

Close nail holes

If recesses remain after sinking (and later after sanding), they can be closed with a color-matched wooden spatula or wood wax. The repaired area should then be carefully sanded.

Tips & Tricks

The damage that protruding nails on the sander can cause should not be taken lightly. In some cases, not only does the sandpaper tear, but it also damages the roller of the sander and may even set fire to the dust bag (sparking).


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