Uses for Old (and Bent) Nails?

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After finishing a project you may find yourself with a pile of bent nails. This is a page about uses for old (and bent) nails.
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February 3, 2001

I have a bunch of nails from a construction project. Most are bent and probably not usuable for building. What would you do with them? I have a bucket full. Thanks.

Joe

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February 4, 20010 found this helpful
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My grandfather was a carpenter and often had bent nails. Since there were 5 of us kids, he many times handed us a hammer and a bucket of nails to straighten out. Just hammer and keep turning on a flat surface until the nail is straightened enough to use.
You may have to hammer a little gentler at first as they are more prone to bend again once bent.

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February 7, 20010 found this helpful
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If they are not galvanized, you can push them (point down) into the soil around your hydrangeas, azaleas and rhodos. The rust will nourish them.

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February 5, 20010 found this helpful

That's a good idea. Does anyone have any ideas of how or where you can recycle nails?

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July 6, 20070 found this helpful

stick some Tremclad or rust paint on them and turn when you need into handly dandly all purpose hooks around the house and garage.

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Put them in a paint can or coffee can, pour in some concrete, stir well so they are not all poking out, attach a hook and you have a boat anchor.

Metal sculpture?

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