Guide to Fixing Popped Drywall Nails

Guide to Fixing Popped Drywall Nails

Eliminating drywall nails pop is one of the common home repairs that is easy to learn. In making it, you’ll need a hammer, a drill or screwdriver, drywall compound, a putty knife and other related tools. The best way to do this is to make sure that the top of drywall nail is embedded about 1/32th of an inch.  If it is sticking out, do not force it deeply or you will damage the surface of the paper because it has already weakened your drywall.

How to Repair Drywall Nails Popping

Once you have gotten rid of them, prepare and apply a compound for spackling over the popped drywall nail. Be sure to dry the spackle compound before sanding it down. Place a straight edge on top of it to determine whether or not it is of the right height. The spackle compound will shrink a little therefore it is necessary to let it completely dry.

After ensuring that the compound is dry, you can apply primer into the newly repaired portion. When applying paint make sure that you apply it on a wider area to better smoothen or even out the application. This will help cover up the repaired area so no one will know that there have been repairs done.

The problem can be caused by poor installation done by a local contractor or even lumber that has been bought damp. Even though lumber is evidently dried in the kiln, it can still absorb moisture especially when it is exposed outdoors.

Another cause is shrinking wall studs where the nails are screwed or nailed into. Sadly, wall studs shrink a lot because of the grain’s orientation and the dimension’s depth.

They often pop when they are installed adjacent to walls that are damp and that often shrink when they are no longer damp. If the drywall is pushed too much against the wall stud, they will definitely pop.

Another technique to reduce drywall nail pops is to make use of perfectly dried lumber. If your project is an additional room you should store the lumber in your basement or garage to keep out the rain or moisture until you need to use them.  You should go on with your construction only until the time when the weather is good enough for your work. Avoid working in months where the level of humidity is at its highest.

Another way is to examine the lumber that you are using to make sure that it is aligned properly and that the nails can contact it when installed. Your designer can use any studs that are bowed in other parts so it will not be wasted.

See to it that the screws and nails you are using are of the right length and type. Keep in mind that they are different from fasteners. You should know that the heads of drywall fasteners have specific shapes so they won’t damage the paper when they are embedded. Usually an angular ring that comes at 1 ¼ inch is suitable that is about ½ inch thick.

Using Contractor?

If doable, have your local contractor wait for a while in the installation to completely finish the framing of the walls and the room is closed in. The result will be much better if you let your contractor wait for a while. The amount of moisture found in the materials used should first be stabilized and allowed to dry.

The space of the nails and screws is important to reduce future popping and other problems. The maximum space allowable for fasteners should be around 12 inches at the center. This means that a panel measuring around four feet should have about five or more fasteners on it.

Removing them can be done by anyone who is interested in doing repairs on their own. Using the methods mentioned above can prove to be useful especially for beginners. If you think you need to hire an expert contractor to fix them feel free to look for one in your area. Make sure that you get someone who has the skills to do the work on their own and one that can teach you how to do minor repairs them that are popping.

Simple Tips for Fixing Drywall

     Drywall, a material also known as wallboard or gypsum board, is the most commonly used for interior walls. With a proper toolkit, every homeowner can learn how to install or patch a dry wall. Also, it’s much easier and quicker way to fix damaged surfaces on your wall than using some other materials, like plaster. Although, it is simple to fix, you must be careful while using tools and materials if you want to avoid lumps and uneven joints on your wall.

tips for fixing drywall

A toolkit which you should use is very simple and there’s a chance that you already own it:

  • metal straightedge
  • dry wall saw
  • utility knife with a sharp blade
  • drill
  • scissors
  • flexible knives
  • hammer
  • tape measurer
  • dust mask
  • sanding sponge
  • screwdriver
  • pencil
  • carpenter’s square

As for materials, you’ll need:

  • dry wall compound
  • dry wall nails and screws
  • dry wall tape
  • scrap wood
  • mud pan
  • sandpaper
  • sanding block
  • dropcloth

At the beginning, spread the dropcloth near the wall and then try to rip out the dangling pieces of dry wall from the hole. You should check if there are any pipes or wires behind it.

A piece of a dry wall which you need you can buy at your local home center, but you must pay attention that it’s the same thickness as the drywall you’re patching. Measure the size of the hole you need to repair and cut out a piece  a couple of inches bigger than the damage. For marking the cut lines, use a pencil and a straightedge.

Using the patch itself, cover the damaged area and trace the shape with a pencil. Then, using a dry wall saw, cut around the damage. Putting two nailers (pieces of wood) to the inside of the wall will provide a secure platform to mount the patch over the hole. Fix the patch with the screws.

For taping and finishing the drywall patch use joint compound that gets hard in 30 minutes. Once the compound is dry, use a knife to remove any ridges or burrs in the first coat. Apply a second coat to bring the patch even with the wall.

After applying the third coat, wait at least 24 hours. Be sure that the compound is dry before you sand it using drywall sandpaper. If you want to avoid respiratory problems, wear a dust mask. Once you’ve achieved the desired result, paint the patched area and your job is done.

Safety advice

  • if there’s a large repair you have to do, you’ll probably buy a couple of sheets of drywall. Those sheets are heavy so be careful where you put them, because if they fall over the edge someone could get hurt.
  • while using a compound buckets be sure that they could cause drowning or suffocation, especially to small children. Once your job is done, put those in a safe place.
  • wipe the dropcloth with a sponge, and then clean the area with a vacuum cleaner

Well i hope these tips when fixing drywalls were helpful. Please leave a comment or question via the form below or through the contact form if you need any help.

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