Drywall Repair: How to Repair Nail Pops

What You'll Need
A pair of pliers
Carpenters ruler or measuring tape
1-1/4 or 1-5/8 inch Drywall screw
Plastic mud pan
5 to 6 inch drywall knife
Brush broom
Drywall patching material
Sand paper

Nail pops reduces the overall attractiveness of the surface; that is why it is important to carry out dry wall repairs to remove such flaws. It is hard to hide the imperfections even with a fresh coat of paint, this commonly happens on the ceiling and the surface of the wall. The main cause of nail pops is when the point of attachment of drywall to the wood framing fails. They can be a few centimeters in diameter with a concave and convex shape.

Step 1 – Prepare the Surface

Start preparing the surface by simply removing the paint by peeling it from the wall’s surface. Inspect the surrounding area and make sure that every piece of loose paint has been removed.

Use a brush or broom to remove loose particles from the surface. This helps to expose nail pops.

Step 2 – Drive in Screws or Nails

For surfaces that have screws, screw it in a little by hand. For nails, use a hammer to push it in approximately an inch deeper. Place your hands on the wall and push it inwards, check if it flexes. If there is a movement, then the drywall must have separated from the studs.

However, if the nail pop is convex and it appears on the ceiling near a wall, then consider pulling out the nail with a pair of pliers. Hammering it back in will cause it to pop out again.

Step 3 – Using Drywall Screws

Obtain either 1-1/4 or 1-1/5 inch drywall screws. Use a screwdriver to drive them above and below the nail pop. This helps to secure the drywall.

Step 4 – Repair the Wall

As the holes might still be present, use a setting drywall patch material to fill the holes. Obtain the powdered material and prepare an adequate amount. Add water to make a smooth and consistent paste. Make sure there are no lumps in the patching paste.

Before using the material, make sure the wall is clean and free from particles, loose paint or debris. Use a brush or broom to sweep over the surface. Start by applying a thin and smooth coat of drywall patch using a drywall knife or a putty knife. Let it dry before applying a second coat. A third coat cam be applied if need be.

Step 5 – Finish

Let the paste dry completely before using a rough sand paper to smooth out the surface. Follow this with a fine bit sand paper. Apply a primer and let it dry before applying a fresh coat of paint.