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When building an addition to an existing home, many things can go wrong. If you don't know what you are doing, the addition may not be structurally sound, it may leak water and the electrical system could put the entire home at risk of a fire. When I added two bedrooms to the back of my house, I thought that it was going to be an easy project that could be completed in no time. Little did I know that there is a lot of planning that goes into this type of project. This blog will show you what you need to know before you begin building an addition.


How To Repair Popped Nails/Screws In Your Drywall

You may have noticed some areas in your drywall that have bumped or popped out a bit. These are nails/screws that were used to put up the drywall in your home that have popped back out. Some may have come all the way out and even cracked through the drywall, or maybe just made a little bump on your wall. Either way, there's a way to repair the problem yourself with just a few items and tools. See below for instructions.

Tools And Items For The Job:

  • Cordless drill
  • Putty knife
  • Lightweight drywall patch
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Nail set (if you have a popped nail)
  • Sanding block
  • 1 1/4 inch screws


  1. Inspect the popped area to see if you have a screw or a nail that has popped through. Cut away the drywall around the popped nail/screw with your utility knife. You just want to cut around it until you can see the nail/screw.
  2. Sink new screws into the drywall above and below the popped nail/screw. 
  3. Take out the popped nail/screw using the cordless screwdriver for the screw or the nail set and hammer for a popped nail. You'll have to drive the nail head further into the drywall. Try and remove the screw with the cordless driver.
  4. Once you have your popped nail/screw removed, you can begin filling in the hole in the drywall and patch over the new screws you added. You'll use your lightweight drywall patch and the putty knife for this. Dip your putty knife into the tub of drywall patch and spread it over the hole. Feather the drywall patch across the hole back and forth trying to get as much of the patch off of the wall as you can, while keeping the drywall patch even across the hole. You may have to allow the patch to dry and apply another coat. Sand down the first coat with your sanding block and lightly sand it. Be sure the patch is completely dry before trying to add another coating. If it's not dry enough, the first patch will come off and you'll have to start over again.
  5. Sand the drywall patch down when you are satisfied with the patch job. 
  6. Wipe the dust off of the wall and then paint your wall with new paint. You may need to give it a few coats of paint, as the drywall patch will soak up much of the paint.

Repairing popped nails/screws is not too difficult, it just takes a little patience and time. In the end, you'll have a nice flat wall. Contact a local contractor, like Zip Drywall, if you need help.