How to prevent nail pops in drywall
Nail pops – too many and you’ve got a real problem. Here’s how to prevent nail pops in drywall and how to fix them when they occur.
It’s not uncommon to have a dozen screw pops out of 25,000 to 35,000 screws in an average house. Screw pops are not usually a problem – but lots of screw pops is a serious problem.
To prevent nail pops in drywall
- Don’t use too many screws. When fastening drywall to walls, attach the drywall every 16 inches – two fasteners in the field and one on each edge. Drywall ceilings should get screws 12 inches O.C.
- Work across the panel lengthwise. Start on one end, and then fasten across the center and the far end. This allows the screws to pull the drywall tight to the framing as the sheet is set.
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