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CNM Design 06-15-2011 12:55 PM

Screws popping in drywall
What is the main cause for screws popping in drywall?
What can be done to lessen the possibility of this happening?


Nick DIY 06-15-2011 02:53 PM

Either setting them too tight (they shouldn't tear through the paper)
Not having your studs(etc) flush with each other - not having a flat plane to mount to.

CNM Design 06-15-2011 03:09 PM


I ment after they are painted. What makes the plaster fall off the screw head a year or two later?

Is it the same thing?

Willie T 06-15-2011 03:11 PM

Sometimes some of the screws seem to have a factory coating on them that repels plaster or paint.

user1007 06-17-2011 05:00 AM

As lumber contracts and expands with temp and humidity changes, or if it is new construction and the wood was not completely dried before screwing or nailing the drywall, the associated forces from contraction and expansion can cause pops.

Gary in WA 06-19-2011 11:02 PM

Some late-night reading:


bjbatlanta 06-23-2011 10:20 PM

To lessen the possibility of screws and/or nail "pops", always use adhesive........

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