|Some of the eighteen thousand(!) 316 grade stainless-steel staples which went into a fifteen foot long Cat Boat we built using the strip/diagonal method. Every single one was pulled out when the glue had cured.|
|Here you can see where I have removed temporary plank fasteners after the glue has cured. The ones at the hood ends (forward ends of the planks) have been left in, and are made of silicon bronze.|
The most reliable method I know of for removing stubborn screws and nails is to apply heat. I have a relatively small soldering iron which has had its tip cut off to a flat end. After heating to working temperature, I place the iron squarely against the head of the screw (or nail) and let the heat penetrate for about 45 seconds. The time depends on the thickness and length of the fastening, but for usual sizes the 45 seconds works.
|End of soldering iron cut and filed off square|
I then move onto heating the next one while I back the previous one out. In this way, there is very little wasted time - certainly less than what is required to extract a broken-off screw or nail.
|Heating the head of a temporary stainless-steel self-tapping screw|
Ever wondered why you can see a beautifully polished stainless steel fitting on a boat with no sign of corrosion on its outer surface, and yet there are horrible rust stains running down from the point where the fitting is flush against the hull? Same fitting - shiny one side and rusting away on the other. That is crevice corrosion for you. If attaching stainless-steel fittings, always set them in a bed of high-quality bedding compound such as 3m 4200 or Sikaflex 291.