Nails in drywall can work loose over time, resulting an unsightly bulge or “pop” in a wall or ceiling. To repair a drywall pop:

  1. Use a screwdriver and pliers to dig out the nail.
  2. Drive a drywall screw into the stud or joist near the hole with the head of the screw just below the surface.
  3. Fill the hole and screw head with drywall joint compound.
  4. Allow the joint compound to dry, then apply additional coats until the repair is flush with the surface of the drywall.
  5. Use sandpaper or a damp sponge to smooth out the repair.
  6. Prime and paint the repair.

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Further Information


To repair a drywall pop you must first dig out the loose nail that is causing the bump to begin with, then drive in a drywall screw close by to replace the support. The screw head should be just below the drywall surface.

Next, apply drywall joint compound to fill the hole. When it dries, apply additional thin coats until the voids are gone. Finally, smooth out the repairs to the surrounding surface with a damp sponge or sandpaper.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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