My house is only 3 years old, but I am starting to see nail heads popping
out on my walls. I did a little research on the web, and apparently they are
called "nail pops" and they are coming out from my drywall. My walls really
look gross! I could not find a good fix for these pops, however. I can't get
a good hold of them to pull them out and I'm a little afraid to hammer them
back in. What do you recommend?
If you are having that many, it sounds like a construction issue. Maybe
green lumber, use of non-ring-shanked nails, or poor drywall work.
There are several methods of fix. I would consider removal of the
popped nails as a first step, although some just reset them and add
additional nails/screws above and below them. Next use ring-shanked nails
or screws to replace or reinforce problem areas. Finally spackle and paint.
Not really too hard. However, if they did a really poor job, you might be
in for some more each year as the seasons change for some years to come.
Do you have a warrantee on the home?
<< First put in a screw an inch or 2 from the nail pop. >>
Some pros use two screws, one above and one below. Might be overkill, but it
may also mitigate an ongoing problem so consider it cheap insurance.
<< Then pound in the nail a bit, >>
Pound the nail down through the panel so if there is some movement later it
won't push up the filler. The nail is useless anyway and the mud needs the full
hole length for best anchoring. HTH
After addign one screw above and one below the nail pop, what is the
best solution for the nail pop mark
Do I have to dig out the drywall and pull out the nail head with
Can I just pound that spot flat again?
This looks like a nice tool but I don't understand why bother driving the
poped nail into the stud?
I just remove poped nail (careful not to damage the drywall too much) and
spackle the hole and drive a screw above or below the pop.
Tom Silva in This Old House Magazine also gives out the same advice.
I would contact your contractor and have him fix it, if he is not
willing to, you have certain rights under the law. In most states you
have 5 years to file a claim for "poor workmanship" against the party
who was contracted to perform a particular job and failed to do it
adequately.The problem is that the defendent has a "right to cure" in
many states, that is, attempt to remedy the problem, sometimes you can
end up with a worst mess when this is done by an incompetent
contractor to begin with.
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