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tracyw 06-18-2013 08:35 AM

Removing Shower Door/Frame Nails?
 
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I am removing our shower door/frame and came across what I think to be nails instead of screws in the frame (connected to tile). Anyone know how I would go about getting these out? They are flat and very thin "nail" heads surrounded by a plastic ring. A hammer won't fit to get under the plastic ring to remove them...and a flathead screwdriver won't either. Thanks in advance for any advice!

nealtw 06-18-2013 09:13 AM

Welcome to the site; If you are trying not to dammage the tile and the frame. You could drill thru the center of the head with 1/4" drill bit. That would just remove the heads.

tracyw 06-18-2013 09:16 AM

Thanks for your response! Great idea! I'm trashing the frame as it's not in good shape, but don't want to damage the tile.

nealtw 06-18-2013 09:40 AM

You could grind the head off!

tracyw 06-18-2013 09:55 AM

I'm a complete newbie to DIY so this might be a stupid question, but what would I use to grind the head off?

nealtw 06-18-2013 10:11 AM

I was thinking a small dremell tool. But if the nail is aluminum, a grinder may not be a good idea.

CallMeVilla 06-18-2013 12:50 PM

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THAT is unusual ... Normally, these rails are attached with screws because they will corrode at some point and need replacing. Drilling will be hard because you cannot hold the drill exactly on the nail head. You will slip off to the side every time.

A small Dremel grinder with a metal cutting wheel (as Neal suggested) is probably the best. Gently cut the head off and do not penetrate the aluminum rail. Once the rail is free, you might have enough of a stub to grip the nail and remove it. If not, grind the nail flush to the tile so you can install the new shower rail and door. You might hit the hole with some silicone to prevent an possiblity of water getting in there ... I always apply silicone to the side and top of the new rails.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=KH_PG_BA_Installing_a_Bypass_Shower _Door&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053

inspectorD 06-18-2013 01:28 PM

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Even easier...use some end cut pliers, we use these all the time for removing nails...just cut the head clean off.

http://www.toolup.com/klein_d232-8_end-cut-pliers-8-12.aspx?utm_source=scShopping&utm_medium=cse&utm_c ampaign=sc&scpid=8&scid=scsho1060497

We also use these to pull the nails right through the back of wood we take off around trim. Or just to snip them off. Always a must have tool in your pouch.

nealtw 06-18-2013 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by inspectorD (Post 88434)
Even easier...use some end cut pliers, we use these all the time for removing nails...just cut the head clean off.

http://www.toolup.com/klein_d232-8_end-cut-pliers-8-12.aspx?utm_source=scShopping&utm_medium=cse&utm_c ampaign=sc&scpid=8&scid=scsho1060497

We also use these to pull the nails right through the back of wood we take off around trim. Or just to snip them off. Always a must have tool in your pouch.

People still end up prying with these and take a chance of breaking tile.


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