Removing nails from vinyl soffit

Old 05-28-23, 09:17 AM
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Removing nails from vinyl soffit


I need to take down some pieces of soffit to run an ethernet wire. In all other areas ive removed soffit before, it was screwed in and easy to remove. In this section of soffit, they used nails to secure it. It appears there's only a single nail in one side of each section of soffit. What's the easiest/cleanest way to remove these nails so I can temporarily take down some pieces of soffit? I may use screws when I put it back up if possible. Thank you.

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Use a Cats Paw.
Old 05-28-23, 12:50 PM
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Need to be careful removing nail as there is only one slot in soffit that matches framing for nailing. A cats paw may damage the soffit. First I would try a heavy duty tack remover. to remove the nail enough to allow a hammer or vise grips to remove rest of nail. If you can't get a tack remover, get a cheap wide blade flat end screw driver. Using a metal cutoff wheel, cut a V shaped groove at the flat end. Width of groove should allow flat of screw driver end to pass beyond head of nail before diameter of nail engages the sides of the V groove. Need to experiment which is better, tapping the screwdriver between the nail head and the soffit or between the framing and soffit.
Old 05-28-23, 05:14 PM
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