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How to Remove Wood Decking

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you are removing decking to make way for more lawn space or replacing damaged deck boards in your old deck, removing wood decking can be physically difficult. However, it does not have to be impossible. A few tools and a little know-how can help you remove old wood decking to make way for the new.

Determine whether the boards are screwed in or nailed in. Boards that are screwed in will be easier to remove than nailed boards. If screwed in, closely examine the head of the screw. This will determine what kind of screwdriver bit to use.

Place the crowbar underneath the board and hit it with the hammer to pull up the board and nails. It is also possible to use a deck board removal tool, which will make the job easier. If the board is screwed down, unscrew with a screwdriver.

Remove the boards. As each board is unattached, place it aside, being careful to collect nails and screws. Nails and screws should be placed in a safe place where they will not become scattered or stepped on.

Things You'll Need

  • Crowbar and hammer or deck board removal tool
  • Screwdriver
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Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.