When pulling longer nails such as framing nails or spikes, a standard sized hammer won’t have the proper fulcrum length to pull the nail completely out and you may not have access to a cat’s paw. But you can still remove a nail in one motion by inserting a block of wood beneath the head which raises the fulcrum point and allows the hammer to work more effectively and pull a nail straight out. We like to use a basic wooden meat tenderizer which has a handle and it is easier to place.
Another tip to protect your walls or flooring when pulling nails is to insert a sponge beneath the head of your hammer before pullilng.
When it’s hammer time make sure you do it right.