Drywall Nail Pop Repair

To repair popped nails in drywall:

    1. Remove the popped nail from the drywall using a screwdriver and pliers.
    2. Put drywall screws on either side of the popped nail with the screw heads recessed just below the surface.
    3. Fill the popped nail hole and screw heads with drywall joint compound and allow to dry.
    4. Sand drywall joint compound.
    5. Apply a second coat of drywall joint compound and allow to dry.
    6. Sand drywall joint compound flush with the wall.
    7. Spot prime drywall repair.
    8. Paint patched area of wall.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Danny Lipford: Arthur wants to know, “How do I repair a nail-pop?”

First of all, a nail pop in drywall occurs when there’s movement in the wall stud. Whether it’s moisture, like we have here in the shower, or you have any type of expansion and contraction in a wall stud, then, the nail will surface through the drywall finish.

To repair it is fairly easy. First of all, you have to remove the nail, which is fairly easy with a flat bar or needle nose pliers. Then, replace that nail with about an inch-and-a-half drywall screw. And you want to recess it just slightly.

Then apply one coat of drywall compound, allow it to dry, sand it a little bit. Then, another coat, sand it, and you’re ready for the touch-up paint.

Now, if you do this the right way, you won’t have to worry about that nail pop ever again.


  1. Danny,
    Please tell me how to screw through my vinyl flooring to secure the subfloor to the joists to prevent squeaking and flexing of the floor. This is in my kitchen. Please tell me what type of screws to use and how to measure to be sure I hit the joists. Thank you. Laura Matthews


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