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How to deconstruct a pallet?

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I've watched some videos on youtube, but neither of them were what I needed to know. I've got many pallets in my garage just itching to be made into my new coops, and I can't take them apart! I do not have a sawzaw, and they are the kind of pallets with planks on both sides. Anyone have any tried and true methods for dismantling these suckers without loosing valuable wood?

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Loving ARMY wife to Mike (who just got home from his 4th tour in Iraq....and is now "away" until the end of June), Mama to Brandon and Lily, and Ponyo the blue tip siamese. And my girls.. 1 RIR- Mae, 1 BO- Buffy, 1 WL- Princess, 1 RSL- Penny, 1 EE-Holly.
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Try one of these:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00937342000P?filter=Category%7CPry+Bars+%26+Nail+Pullers&vName=Tools&sName=View+All&cName=Hand+Tools&mv=tr

I haven't had real good luck dismantling pallets, the wood always wants to split but if you cut the ends off you will only loose a couple of inches and then you can work the pry bar in the center being careful not to split the wood.  Just working the center will put less stress on the boards.  The ends are also more prone to splitting.

You might want to invest in a sawsall.

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post #3 of 15

I recently built my coop out of pallet wood and it worked great!  I tried every method including a sawzall but the best method was just pulling the nails with a cats paw (specific kind of nail puller)  It is the only way I got them to come apart with minimal splitting.  The sawzall worked but ate up blades really fast so I ditched that method and I tended to split them with a pry bar as well. Here is what a cats paw looks like          http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&q=nail+puller&oe=UTF-8&cid=15033255717059473786&ei=plvrS5aaF6PK2QSOwMXaDw&sa=title&ved=0CBMQ8wIwAzgA#p

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post #4 of 15

I just finished my pallet coop, and the best way I found was to use two hammers.  I got the claw of the first hammer at the edge of the plank, and used the second hammer to pound the claw between the plank and 2x4; it usually worked very well to pry the boards out with the nails still in them.  The prybar/catclaw method never worked for me with the double sided pallets.


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The problem I'm having is that these pallets were made with the nails from nail guns so they are REALLY in the wood. There is nothing I can even get a fingernail under to even pry. sad

Loving ARMY wife to Mike (who just got home from his 4th tour in Iraq....and is now "away" until the end of June), Mama to Brandon and Lily, and Ponyo the blue tip siamese. And my girls.. 1 RIR- Mae, 1 BO- Buffy, 1 WL- Princess, 1 RSL- Penny, 1 EE-Holly.
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Loving ARMY wife to Mike (who just got home from his 4th tour in Iraq....and is now "away" until the end of June), Mama to Brandon and Lily, and Ponyo the blue tip siamese. And my girls.. 1 RIR- Mae, 1 BO- Buffy, 1 WL- Princess, 1 RSL- Penny, 1 EE-Holly.
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The method i used back when I actually salvaged skids was as follows:

Place the pallet flat on teh floor.
Slide a piece of Something under it, holding it off the floor by 3" (+/-) making sure that the something is not under the last board in the pallet.
Using a 3 lb hammer knock the board down into the floor and watch it pop free.
Slide the piece of something back one board and repeat until all boards have been freed on one end.

Move the piece of something hard to the other end of the pallet and repeat.

If there is a middle rib in the pallet, move the piece of something next to the middle rib and repeat.

You may have to flip the pallet and do both sides at once. Usually the more boards there are on teh pallet, the better tehy will pop free. As the boards come away, the pallet will lose its strength adn flex with teh hits, reducing the pop-ability of the boards. The last board is often the worst.

Good luck, and be safe. Those nails can hurt!

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post #7 of 15

If prying and pounding is breaking too many boards, you might find one of these helpful.
http://hand-tools.hardwarestore.com/67-416-nail-pullers-and-claw-bars/nail-puller-613231.aspx
Check grandpa's tool box second hand stores etc.  I have 2 or 3 and never paid more than about $10.
You place the jaws beside the nail head, bang the handle down to sink the jaws into the wood. pull the handle back up and pull toward the lever to pry up on the nail.  The harder you pull the tighter it grips the nail. Once you get the nail up far enough you can switch to a crowbar to finish the job. Might not work so well in hardwoods such as oak, but for most purposes it works great.
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post #8 of 15

what about using the pallets as they are... would make a space for insulation.  I have some new roos in adjacent runs who I need to separate further, and a pallet would be perfect for that (you just gave me the idea smile ).  I have a friend who made sheep fencing from t posts & whole pallets, worked great.

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barley fodder for chickens & goats; in nestable plastic trays, cover barley with water & a squirt of bleach for 2 days, drain, rinse 2x day, nest trays to day 3, then open to air, to chickens day 5, goats day 7.

Barley from www.azurestandard.com

Grains like pressure from above for 3 days, as if buried.

Amommamust on YouTube helped me

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post #9 of 15

The very first pallet coop I made I bashed the wooden planks out with a crowbar cool now I just leave them on the pallet.

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post #10 of 15

Try using a nail punch and a hammer to drive the nails completely through the boards while they are still attached.  If the wood is soft enough, it may work.

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