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Old 11-10-2006, 09:36 AM   #1
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Bot 50 year old home 6 mos ago....apparently the 2nd floor had been expanded. Clearly a diy job. The walls are terrible. Lumpy. My painter cleaned them up sanded etc and took care of the "nail pops" which I understand to be the studs poping due to contraction/expansion with humidity, cold etc. Everything looked ok for a while now the nail pops are back. What can I, should I do? Is there a permanent solution to this? Or do we tap them back in and patch/paint again. This is the 2nd house I have ever owned. My 1st house never never had this problem and it was older......
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:27 AM   #2
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My suggestion would be to carefully remove the nail and insert a screw within a couple of inches of where the nail was. Then fill and patch the nail hole and new screw hole. Nail pops are when the wood expands and contracts over time pushing the nail out. It is usually due to the fact that new homes today are made with new growth lumber which is not as dense as old growth lumber and therefore does not hold a nail well. The screws will not work their way out. I would only work on the ones that are present now and not dig them all out.

Do one thing at a time, do it well, then move on.
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Thanks...will try!
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:48 PM   #4
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I never try to take them out, I use a nail set and drive them all the way in and then as dave said put a screw 1-2 inches away and so on.
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