Sheetrock Repair Where Screws Are Popping Through the Walls Sheetrock Repair Where Screws Are Popping Through the Walls

What You'll Need
Drywall screws
Joint compound
Putty knife
Drywall blade
Sandpaper, 150 grit

There could be a number of causes for popped screws requiring sheetrock repair. A shifting house, a warped wall, our even not enough joint compound could be behind it. Whatever the reason, sheetrock repair is necessary, both to keep things looking good and for safety.

Step 1 - Removing the Screw

Before you remove the screw that’s popped out and caused the sheetrock dammge, you need to make sure the sheetrock is properly secured. Choose a spot about ½ inch away from the bad screw and put in a new drywall screw that’s 1 ½ inches long. It’s important to tighten it all the way down so that it forms a small depression in the sheetrock around the screw head that can be filled. Once you’ve done this, gently remove the old screw and set aside or throw it away.

Step 2 - Filling

Mix up some joint compound and apply to the depression around the new screw. Slightly enlarge the hole form the first screw, smoothing the edges, and then fill the hole. Apply the compound it to the wall with a putty knife and use the tool to scrape off the excess. Note that you can use spackle for this, as it’s only a small area, and the spackle will dry far more quickly. Once the joint compound or spackle has fully dried, you can sand the area smooth. 150 grit sandpaper, rubbed lightly over the spots, will work quickly and well. Having done this, put more spackle or joint compound on the area and leave it to dry once again, after taking off all the excess with the putty knife. This second coat will ensure there’s enough covering in the screw so that it doesn’t pop out, necessitating yet another sheetrock repair. Run your fingers over the area to check that everything is completely smooth before you finish the sanding.

Step 3 - Primer

Make sure you remove all the dust from the wall with a lint-free cloth and then cover with drywall primer. You’ll only need a very light coat so the paint can adhere well to the surface. Allow ample time for the primer to dry. You won’t need more than a single coat of primer on the sheetrock to give adequate coverage.

Step 4 - Paint

To complete the sheetrock repair, paint over the area where you’ve applied primer. If it’s a colored wall ensure that you use the same shade as before, and even if it’s white, be certain the shades match properly.

Allow the paint to dry and then finish off with a second coat to give good coverage. Inspect your work and then leave the paint to dry on the wall. With a good sheetrock repair you won’t be able to see either where the hole is or the screw that’s replaced it. All that’s left to do is clean up and the repair is complete.

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