2 Common Nail Problems

There are many common nail problems that arise during any home improvement project. You can struggle with simple problems like hammering a nail correctly, or more complex issues such as popped drywall nails. These are each common problems; and with a little instruction and some hard work can be fixed easily and correctly by anyone that enjoys completing home improvement projects on their own.

Hammering a Nail Correctly

The first step in learning how to avoid some common nail problems is to simply learn how to hold your hammer correctly before you ever begin a home improvement project. This is the key secret in hitting nails more effectively. To begin you need to get your nail set in place. Simply hold your hammer half-way up the handle and from a six inch distance use light strokes to set the nail. Once the nail is in place you need to choke down on the handle of your hammer. This gives you the proper force you will need to drive your nail efficiently. With these tips and a little practice you will drive nails quicker and more efficiently than ever before.

Popped Drywall Nails

Most homes built in recent years are surfaced with drywall. A common nail problem occurs when the framing behind the drywall will shrink or warp. This allows the drywall to separate from the framing and causes the nails to pop out of the wood. The result is an ugly bump or even a hole in your wall. You can re-drive the nails many times, but you will usually have the same problem continue to arise. The best option is to take some time and permanently fix this issue.

Fixing Popped Drywall Nails

 Re-driving the popped nails is the first step in permanently fixing this issue. If the nail has popped out far enough try to remove it with the claw of the hammer before driving it back it in. When re-driving your nails you need to focus on driving them as far into the stud as possible, through the layers of drywall. To relieve the pressure from the original nail you need to drive a new nail into the stud about 2 inches above or below the nail. This will also ensure that the original nail remains in place. After hammering your nail flush with the drywall, you will need to give it one more light hit so it dimples into the drywall. Complete a couple rounds of spackle and sanding over the nail hole, and you will have a permanent fix for your popping drywall nails.

With a few tips and tools and a little hard work you can fix just about any nail problem that arises. It all begins with learning the proper techniques for hammering a nail correctly, and then grows into fixing the tougher challenges around your home. By following these techniques you can become an expert at do-it-yourself projects.