FIX NAIL POPS—AND KEEP THEM FROM COM­ING BACK

The Family Handyman - - HOME SMARTS -

Nail pops hap­pen when dry­wall nails or screws break through the sur­face. They’re usu­ally caused by shrink­ing and swelling of the wall studs. If you just pound them in and patch them, they’ll be back. Here’s how to fix them per­ma­nently.

1. PRE­PARE FOR PATCH­ING

Drive dry­wall screws into the stud above and be­low the pop. Don’t use nails. If the dry­wall has puck­ered around the pop, slice it out. If the area is flat, leave it alone. Re­move the popped nail or screw.

2. PATCH THE HOLES

Fill the de­pres­sions with joint com­pound. Let the com­pound dry and coat it again (and prob­a­bly again!) un­til the patch is flat. Smooth the patch with 100-grit sand­pa­per, then prime and paint.

Smashed Dry­wall Nail Pop

Light­weight Patch­ing Com­pound Flex­i­ble Putty Knife

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