FIX NAIL POPS—AND KEEP THEM FROM COMING BACK
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