Fix Loose Deck Nails

Safe footing on a deck requires smooth deck boards free of nail heads. Here's a quick fix to secure them and spare you from sore toes.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

A nail head protruding from a deck board is a surefire way to stub flipflop toes, not to mention catch someone off balance and lead to a fall. To prevent that from happening and make a more family friendly deck, refasten any board. Use wood screws installed with a screw gun instead of nails and secure it properly, then pull out the protruding nail head and fill in the hole with wood filler.