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crack in walls and nails protruding

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03-31-02, 07:41 AM   #1  
crack in walls and nails protruding

Help, I am new at doing home improvements. The house is over 40yrs old. The walls are sheetrock and the cornor seams are cracking and the nails are protruding. When do I start and what will I need?

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04-01-02, 01:36 AM   #2  
Sheetrock mud, paper drywall tape, drywall screws, and fine sandpaper.
Hammer, drill with Philips screwdriver head, 4" putty knife, utility knife, and 12" drywall blade.
Cut the loose sheetrock and tape out of the crack.
Fill crack with mud with the putty knife, fold the paper tape into a V, and smooth it into the mud.
Add a layer of mud over the tape. Let dry overnight.
Lightly sand the dried mud smooth, and add a third layer, feathering the edges out with the 12" blade.
Let dry overnight and sand smooth.
Popped Nails:
Dimple the nails back down without breaking the sheetrock or paper.
Overlap the head of the nail with the head of a sheetrock screw.
Mud the dimple with the putty knife. Let dry overnight and sand.
Prime the new mud areas, and repaint.
Good luck!

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