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Old 01-25-2010, 07:01 AM   #1
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This might be a dumb question and may have been answered before but.... is there a tool to pry up and remove 5/4 decking boards from the joists? I am talking about boards that have been air nailed in, not screwed obviously. I am considering taking my rather large deck apart and reconfiguring it and I don't want to do unnecessary work if I don't have to. Thanks for any info!
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:16 AM   #2
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Yep, they have crowbars where one end has 2 ends on it...looks like the letter U per say. You set the fulcrum point on the joist and the crow bar ends get under the decking boards on both sides of the joist, you push down, it lifts them up....works very well for stripping lathe off old studs too if your trying to keep the lathe into long, easy to pick up pieces.

Here's one style to get the point across, called a "Deck Wrecker"

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What do plan to do with removed boards, garbage? If so cut boards into smaller pieces first
I cut in-between the bays every 32”, pry up your first row or two with a flat bar, then grab two 2x4’s, rest one 2x4 on the opened beams and use the other to pry up the boards.
You’re using the 2x4 across the open beams for a leverage point.
This method is now patented by me, so please send me 1k for rental usage
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Thanks IHI, that's exactly what I was looking for! Someone told me there was such a tool but I did not know what it looked like or what it was called. Thanks again!
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Thanks Festerized, I will keep the "rental fee" in mind. I was planning on reusing as many of the boards as possible. This may not work out but we will see.
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once you get the first board off , a long 2x4 on edge between the deck board and the prior joist works quicker than anything I know...and to most it's free.
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Chain saw still the best! Thats if you are not trying to save them. Less stress, let the chain saw do the work. Now if you are trying to save the boards, then that bar works great. GregC
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This might be a dumb question and may have been answered before but.... is there a tool to pry up and remove 5/4 decking boards from the joists? I am talking about boards that have been air nailed in, not screwed obviously. I am considering taking my rather large deck apart and reconfiguring it and I don't want to do unnecessary work if I don't have to. Thanks for any info!
Take a couple rows off first and then take a 6' 2x4 and nail a 2' piece to flat to the 1-1/2" side of it about 1' in (looks like a t )and lay the 2' piece on the joist and stick the 1-1/2" edge of the 6' 2x4 under the deck board and pry up. It pops right up. I do this all the time and do this when ripping sheathing with shingles on off rafters.
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once you get the first board off , a long 2x4 on edge between the deck board and the prior joist works quicker than anything I know...and to most it's free.
That's what I do, sometimes a 2x6 tho for boards that are holding more.

If it's screwed, then cut it up into little pieces. Works faster than fooling around trying to unscrew boards.
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Thanks guys for all the super ideas!
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What do plan to do with removed boards, garbage? If so cut boards into smaller pieces first
What are you going to do with the decking boards......?

Here's what I did. I needed to finish off the skirt on my deck. I ripped all the 5-1/2" to 2-1/2" and made a classic vertical skirting. Recycling at it's best!!







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I have been looking for a deck removal tool. Any of you guys heard of a Demo-Dek? I saw some guy walking around the JLC live 2014 show. I lost his card but I think thats what it was called, it looked pretty badass.
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Greg Di mentions a couple in this article. Which is awesome, btw.
http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/decks...ool-kit_1.aspx
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This was something new to the market and worked different than anything else. It was basically a giant lever you hooked on the board and ripped it out with one motion, it looked like you worked on and pulled towards the decked area.
I am super familiar with all those tools, we both know Gregs articles well
I want the newest nastiest toooools!!! Those others always left me feeling like something was to be desired. If anyone knows any more hook a brother up!!
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use your lull or lift you can do 32 inches at a time
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I went back through my JLC emails. this is what i saw:
http://www.deckmagazine.com/videos/d...mo-dek/2126097
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This was something new to the market and worked different than anything else. It was basically a giant lever you hooked on the board and ripped it out with one motion, it looked like you worked on and pulled towards the decked area.
I am super familiar with all those tools, we both know Gregs articles well
I want the newest nastiest toooools!!! Those others always left me feeling like something was to be desired. If anyone knows any more hook a brother up!!
I think this what you're looking for, I don't have one yet but I hope to very soon.
http://www.greentektools.com
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I just ordered one. They are on sale for a hundred bucks. I will let you guys know how it works. I figure why not? 80% of all my jobs include demoing an old deck.

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I have the deck wrecker and I think it's an awesome tool. Doesn't matter if the boards are nailed it screwed, this will pull the boards right up.

I did a deck which the boards were screwed, this tool pulled the boards up leaving the screws and the framing intact. I went back with as lazer blade and just cut 'em flush.

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