Nail pops on a new house, ceiling and walls, the best way to have them

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  • Wow! Sounds like ou have construction defects. This is a specialized area in the legal industry - get yourself a good construction defect attorney. Contact your State Bar Association for help selecting an attorney in your area.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 17, 2017
    The drywall may have been put up with nail instead of drywall screws and the expansion and contraction is making them pop.... pull the nails and replace with drywall screws... one at a time. Sink the screw JUST BELOW the surface of the drywall like a shallow dimple (without breaking the paper surface of the drywall)... Spackle and paint.

  • Alan J. August Alan J. August on Oct 18, 2017
    Depending on how 'new' your house is, I would strongly recommend calling the contractor who installed the walls...

  • Org28512071 Org28512071 on Oct 18, 2017
    The builder should fix

  • Genie Genie on Oct 18, 2017
    I strongly recommend contacting the builder right away! If you have a home warrantee, these problems should be taken care of immediately. Otherwise, consider the suggestion of a lawyer as mentioned above.

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Oct 18, 2017
    if this is truly a brand new build and not a new to you home, you need to contact your attorney asap. Do nothing, repair nothing. Start taking a video/pic diary and your attorney will advise you from there. More often than not, these builders will suddenly discover time to make necessary repairs. Also, just to further protect for atleadt another year, get a builder paid insurance policy for your home! Do no take this lightly!

  • Mimi Mimi on Oct 18, 2017
    Up here in Canada, I believe that all new homes have a one year inspection for this reason! Not sure what it is in the US. Check with your builder!

  • D3beckyou D3beckyou on Nov 13, 2017
    Actually, I had this happen with a brand new house we had built several years ago; the nail heads in the drywall started bulging from the wall a bit. I took a dish towel and folded it several times and covered the "nail head bulge" with the towel and tapped it down with a hammer very carefully. It worked perfectly and didn't even break the drywall mud!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 21, 2020

    Hi Barbara, nail pops are quite common and often appear shortly after building or renovations are completed. The studs have twisted a little as the wood dries causing the joint compound covering the nail loosens and settles. Here's a great video that will show you how to fix it -