<RANT> Previous person's restoration methods....screws/nails/glue/wiring

I spent almost two hours on this project today just trying to remove the frame for the couch/storage.

One of my biggest pet peeves is trying to undo what someone else has done with screws and nails and glue.

People just seem to grab a drawer or box of miscellaneous screws and nails and just put them in as they go, disregarding screw head types, length, type of nails, and then to top it off they sink the stuff into the wood where it's too hard to get a drill bit in and seated properly to take them out.  Not to mention bent nails, and screws put in haphazardly at an angle (I spent 20 minutes on one of those alone. Almost decided to take the crow bar to the frame, but resisted the temptation after a break with a cuppa. LOL)

So, either you have to keep 3 power drills with three or four different sized bits, or spend all of your time just changing bits as you go.  Grrrr.......  I absolutely hate those square head screws...and don't ya know, there are tons of them used on this thing..in different sizes.

Should I really go into the stripped screws that you have to cut out???  Grrrrr...again.  

And the glue....some areas are done well, and some areas have very little coverage causing buckling and ripples. At least do it up evenly!

Choosing to staple wiring in place has never been something I would do.  There are much better methods...that DON'T staple right into the actual wire. LOL  I found three of those, where the staple has pierced the wires.

All in all I accomplished what I intended this morning, just getting that frame out was labor intensive and heavy work.

Off to the real job I go.  I am really looking forward to the three day weekend coming up.

Have a great day all!



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Comment by Lakota Wolf on May 25, 2017 at 10:38pm

Couches are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO,,,SOOOOOOOOOOOOO  Much fun,,, About as fun as getting a Root canal without Novacaine,,  I havent a clue how the installer got into the position to affix the anchor screws or how they even got to them. Come across square head, triangle,philips, straight slot,star and no head screws,, threaded nails and so much glue,,, not just a lot of glue, but to the point, 1 tube would have been more then plenty, But NOOOOO,, they had to use 14 tubes,,, then go back an hour later and add 2 more tubes on top of that just to make sure.. (probably had an experation date and boss man said use them up.)

I know how ya feel,, getting them out,,, I have even pondered the notion, on the next one I have to do, it will involve 15 lbs of C-4 and a full pot of coffee,,,, will have to have the coffee to sip on while I explain to the authorities why there is a 25 ft deep by 100 ft around crater where the RV once sat.  Anywho,, Glad ya got it out,,,,

Comment by Rich Thomas on May 25, 2017 at 9:32pm

Hi Tina, If you have a set of hole saws for your drill, on the ones you can't get to the head you can hole saw around it and bust the plug that's left behind out with a small chisel. Then pull the screw out with the proper bit. Make sure you remove the pilot drill first. you can use a plug cutter as well



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