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Fixing Popped Drywall Nail


Drywall nails can work themselves loose, either popping through the drywall or creating a small bulge on the surface.

  1. Drive a new wallboard screw into place 2 (5 cm) below the popped nail, sinking the head slightly below the wall surface. Be sure the screw hits the stud and pulls the drywall tight against the framing (see top photo), taking care not to damage the wall surface.

  2. Scrape away loose paint or drywall material around the popped nail. Drive the popped nail back into the framing, sinking the head slightly below the dry wall surface.

  3. Using a drywall knife, cover both the nail hole and the new screw hole with spackle. Sand and prime the patched areas.

FILLING DENTS AND GOUGES IN DRYWALL

  1. Scrape away any drywall paper using a drywall knife, if necessary. Sand the dented or gouged area lightly. Using a drywall knife, fill the dent or hole with spackle (see top, middle photo). For deep holes or dents, build up the spackle in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding another.

  2. Sand the patched area with fine-grit sandpaper; seal the area with PVA primer.

PATCHING HOLES IN DRYWALL

  1. Cut a rectangle around the hole using a drywall saw. Cut backer strips from dry wall or wood; hot-glue them to the back of the opening (see lower, middle photo).

  2. Cut a rectangular drywall patch slightly smaller than the opening; secure it in place to the backing strips, using hot glue.

  3. Apply self-adhesive drywall tape over the cracks; then spackle. After drying, sand the area smooth and apply PVA primer.

Option: Self-adhering fiberglass and metal repair patches are available. Apply the patch over the hole. Then coat the area with spackle, blending into the surrounding wall (see lower, right photo). After drying, sand it smooth and apply primer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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