replacing nails in carvel

Thinking of taking on a project.

How hard is it to replace rusty nails from wooden carvel?

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by: Michael

First try to determine if the nails really need replacing.

If the fasteners are still holding, leave them alone, they may just be 'bleeders'.

There is a discussion on bleeders here.

If the nails aren't holding you will probably see the plank edges and hood ends raising, cracking along the seams and gaps between the plank frames.

If they do need replacing, getting them out without causing damage is not easy, just removing all those bungs without damaging the wood is hard enough.

And if they have gotten that bad the wood around the nails will probably have decayed.

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