What can I do about the nail pops throughout my home?

by Fee_dom

I have nail pops throughout my home. I would love to take a hammer and level them back off, but I'm thinking that's not the right thing to do. How can I make the nails flush with minimal paint touch ups?

  4 answers
  • Dee Dee on Nov 23, 2018

    Construction of sheet rock used to be put up the walls with nails. Now they use screws so that the nails do not pop. You can hammer them in, but but a towel over the area before hammering to prevent damage. They will pop again, but it will take time. The only way I know is to take the nails out and use screws and that is a tedious plus messy job because then you have to re mud the wall.

    • Shuganne Shuganne on Nov 24, 2018

      Terrific answer, Dee! I would just remind Fee, when you're ready to repaint, add changing screws for nails and patching to your pre-painting check list. I recall filling in a doorknob dent. You may want to look for furniture scrapes and those kinds of things while you have the patching mud out.

  • William William on Nov 23, 2018

    Pound them back in they'll eventually pop back out. Only solution is to remove the popped nails and use drywall screws about about 1" from the nail hole. fill with no shrink drywall patching compound. Prime and touch up paint.

  • Jb225264797 Jb225264797 on Nov 24, 2018

    If it's popped, you'll have to cover the nail and repaint anyway. Just take a nail set and drive the nail back in, patch, sand, and paint.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 21, 2020

    Hi there, nail pops 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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyf1o1nbTao