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Okay, so in this quick video I'm going to share with you how to fix a popped nail or
drywall screw in your sheetrock. Hi there! I'm Jeff with Home Repair Tutor.
This is going to be a really quick video, and I'm going to show to you a few different
quick tips that you'll be able to apply in other drywall repair projects. So stay tuned.
Let's get to it. And before you know it, that popped drywall nail or screw is going to be
gone. So here's my popped nail in my drywall. As
you can see here, it's leaving a little bit of a bubble there. So what I have to do is
tear out the old joint compound using a putty knife. And what I'm trying to do is reveal
the top of the screw, as you can see here, because that's our culprit.
You can remove that screw using a screwdriver or drill. And what you'll want to do is replace
that screw by putting a new one in -- about 1½" above the old spot. Now, you can see
here my new screw is slightly longer than the old one. So I made a little mark on the
wall, and then drilled it into place. And you want the new screw to leave a slight dimple
in the drywall. You can use Sheetrock Patching Compound Easy
Sand 5 for this project because it sets up in 5 minutes, and it's really easy to mix
up. I want the consistency to be that of a thick milkshake, and then you can apply it
to the hole and to the new screw. Honestly, you probably only have to do this. But I wanted
to show that if that hole that you created is really bad, you can also apply mesh tape
to the wall and then a nice, thick layer of joint compound and then smooth that layer
down, like I'm doing here, so that there's not much. There's just enough holding that
tape to the wall. And in between, you can play with your kids
or watch some TV, but I prefer to play with the kids whenever the weather's nice outside.
Once your joint compound is fully dried, you can apply a second coat, like I'm doing here.
And just make sure that you smooth it down such that you hold your joint compound knife
at an angle, like I'm doing here. And that'll make the ends of your job nice and tapered.
Then you can scrape down or knock down any ridges using the same joint compound knife.
You can use a sanding sponge, like I'm doing here. You can either wet it or leave it dry,
but sand down the entire surface in a circular motion. This is going to get a nice, smooth
job. And then feel it up with your hand for any bumps or ridges.
Prime the entire surface with a good primer -- I use Kilz Primer in this case. Prime the
entire surface; otherwise, your latex paint isn't going to stick. Then you can use a 3/8"
nap roller -- I like Purdy -- to apply the latex paint to the primer. I use a screen
and then i roll on the paint like so. And that's how you patch a pooped drywall nail
or screw. There you go. That's how you fix a popped
nail or drywall screw in your sheetrock. Super simple, right? And the first version, which
was just basically skimming over the nail and the hole that you made in the wall, is
super simple. That's what I recommend. Unless you have a really damaged wall, then you can
use the mesh tape. So hope that you liked these tips. If you
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