Awesome Nail Puller Needed
My daughter and her husband bought their first house recently. It's built on a slab, so the front "porch" is about 3" off of grade. It has several columns around the perimeter of the porch. There used to be handrails between the columns. The prior owner removed them. The horizontal segments were held to the columns with screws. Those segments were removed with a reciprocating saw. Therefore, the screw bodies are still in the columns, and they protrude ever so slightly.
I'm thinking the best solution to start the clean up is to use a very effective nail puller. (There are no heads on the screws.) There may not be enough of the screw to grab and pull without digging out the wood around it. What kind of awesome nail puller would you recommend for this task? It's ok if I mess up the wood as it will need a lot of clean up, too.
Once the screws are out, I'm probably going to clean up the columns with a belt sander. (I have one, but I can't find it.) I also have a power planer, but I'd hate to hit the remnants of a nail or screw with it. Plus, it's probably way too aggressive.
Any suggestions you have are appreciated. I'll get some pictures next time I'm over there.
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