This common issue is called a popped nail, it happens from settling and
movement and sometimes banging on the wall etc. Put a drywall screw next to
it to hold the sheetrock tight, then chip off the loose plaster and either
remove the nail or ( easier) drive it in again and then use a little spackle
or drywall compound to fix the depressions and then paint it.
That should do it, just make sure you chip off anything loose before
As another poster suggested, 2 screws aren't a bad idea either to make sure
it stays in, but it's a judgment call, I usually go with one.
Yes. We're finding our contractor wasn't the best in the world. They pretty
much built all the houses in our neighborhood (about 30+). It took us
constant hounding to get them to finish the guttering. The only real sub
contractor that seemed to care was the painter and his crew. Hats off to the
Hispanic work force. They really take pride in their work.
Sorry for the rant.
Popped nails and drywall screws come with the territory, they are not
necessarily a sign of bad workmanship. Wood moves after construction, with
changes in humidity, etc. The advice to put another screw in, as above, is
sound. Just be sure your new nails are going into the underlying stud less
than 1 1/4" (plus 1/2" for the drywall thickness). The reason for this is
that you are putting those screws in, blind. There could be wires running
through the underlying studs, and if you use too long a screw you could hit
a wire and cause a short, or even a fire, or maybe a plumbing disaster.
Electrical code in my community calls for any wires more superficial than 1
1/4" to be protected with a steel plate. You aren't guaranteed not to have a
problem, but the risks are lower with shorter screws.
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