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03-10-18, 01:53 PM   #1  
Nail pops

Hi.
If I take the time to fix all the nail pops in our home will the generally stay fixed or do I have to worry about them coming back?

Also, what is the proper way to fix them?

Thanks, j

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03-10-18, 02:01 PM   #2  
They are caused due to something moving, generally I find them to be nails.

Dig it out and replace with a drywall screw, patch. prime, repaint and should not see again.

 
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03-10-18, 03:12 PM   #3  
Those don't look like what I'd consider nail pops. They look more like the drywall has pulled/broken away from the nails causing the indentation. It's occurred on me when the wall isn't in enough of a single plane and the drywall can't flex enough when I drove in the screws. The hole would appear. The only fix I had is to slowly tight the drywall down with enough screws to prevent any future flex.

I'd probably try some drywall screws and see if the drywall gets sucked into the framing. If so then double the number of drywall screws up the wall to hold it tight. Then go pack and fix any imperfections.

 
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03-10-18, 03:56 PM   #4  
That picture is messing with my head. Half the time I look at it, it appears to be concave at the marks, the other half it appears to be little bumps. Are you guys seeing them as little indents or little bumps?

Ill try and get a better pic if needed. They are actually little bumps. Either way we have quite a few in the house. Gonna be a pain to get them all. Thanks.

 
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03-11-18, 03:17 AM   #5  
I don't normally remove the old nails but rather knock them in and then add a screw next to them before adding mud and texture.


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03-11-18, 04:44 AM   #6  
As big as they are, I would say that in this case, they were caused by someone with a big hammer who left a big elephant track around the nail. In time, that will often cause the paper to tear away from the gypsum, resulting in a large bulge.

Those areas need to be cut out to remove the bulge, and as others mentioned a new screw (or two) added on either side. Setting compound is harder than regular joint compound, doesnt shrink or crack nearly as much, and its often good to use for your first coat.

 
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03-14-18, 09:26 PM   #7  
Thanks everyone. We have quite a few of these around. I will probably do what marks suggested. I don't think I have the time to fish all these nails out. I also have some ceiling issues I would like to tackle eventually. Looks like these are from settling I would suppose. I am suspecting there is a giant metal something that is poking out of these (see pic).

Edit: That picture is sideways, that is the ceiling not the wall.

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03-14-18, 10:15 PM   #8  
That last pic looks like something poked through from above. I don't see any cracks at the ceiling/wall joint.

That needs the mud to be dug out to see what it is, but once exposed should be a very easy fix. Use a knife to cut the drywall paper in a circle around the protrusion so when you clean it out it doesn't make the hole any larger.

 
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03-15-18, 02:39 AM   #9  
That last pic looks like a nail pop. I'd knock it in with a hammer which will help in removing the loose joint compound, add a screw an inch or so away, mud, texture and paint.


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