|Norm's Tricks Of The Trade: Reinstall Beadboard|
David: Question: We'd like to remove some old beadboard and reinstall it in a new addition. How can we do this without destroying it.
Wendy Pierce, Lockport, LA.
Norm's Answer: Beadboard is install like wood flooring: Most strips are held in place with finishinf nails that are driven at an angle-toenailed-through the tongue.(Strips in the codners are nailed through the face.) If you just ptied then up, you could seriously damage them. Here's a better way.
1) Get a new 1/32-inch nailset-it's less likely to slip then an old one. Then put on safty glasses. Start with the face-nailed strips at the corers, and use the nailset and a hammer to drive the nails partway through so that you don't split the wood. Pry off each strip with a small flat bar.One of these strips will expose the tongue of the adjacent strip.
2) On the srrip with the exposed tongue, knock each nailhead partway through, as in Step 1. Pry off the strip, drive the nails in, then do the same to the next tongue, and the next, untell the strips have been removed.
Note: If the old boards tend to split as you reinstall them, drill a pilot hole for each new nail. Make the hole a hair smaller than the nail's shank.