ask this old house
QA previous owner nailed 2x4s to the ceiling to give it a beamed look. How do I get rid of them? -AL DUNHAM, MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. A If your predecessor did a “good” job and used beefy 16d framing nails, you’ll need nail-pulling power of the sort provided by the tool shown here. Place the jaws of the Crescent No. 56 Nail Puller on either side of the nailhead, and slam the sliding handle against its stop to drive the jaws into the wood.