How to fix drywall holes and nail pops

When it comes to patching or repairing holes and screws in a drywall there are a number of techniques that you can use.

In this post, we have discussed three different types of techniques to patch a drywall repair. You can use any of the below given methods to fix holes that are about thirteen inches. However, if a hole is larger than 13 inches, then it is wise to cut off the drywall back which is surrounding it and is the stud available near it. After this you can install a small piece of drywall to patch the hole. It needs adequate backing to fix drywall holes that are larger than 13 inches excluding the drywall surrounding it.

The techniques discussed in this post depends on the stability of the drywall surrounding the drywall hole in order to provide support.

  1. Strapped backing patch

This technique is commonly known as strapped backing patch. It is the most suitable and strongest technique to repair both medium and large size holes. A drywall requires a solid backing in order to be strong. In this method, tradesperson either use metal studs of short length or a wood of short length (2″ x 1″). The backing strap is inserted behind the hole which extends past either edge or then safely secure the existing drywall in place. After this the patch is nailed onto the backer-strap that was placed just behind the hole. This patch works best to fix holes in ceilings.

  1. California drywall patch

This method is popularly referred to as a California drywall patch. Some tradesmen also refer this technique as a butterfly patch. It works best to fix small holes. If you need to fix a hole over 8″ x 8″, this technique will help you to get a perfect result. However, the California patch method is not appropriate to fix holes in the ceilings. But it is well suited for repairing up an old outlet hole with removed outlet or any square hole.

  1. Hammock patch or Ohio drywall patch

This technique is not very popular. It is an efficient technique of drywall patching and is well-suited for fixing holes that small to medium size (up to 13 inches). In order to use an Ohio patch there is no need to square cut the hole. If your drywall was cut out previously, then you can use it in this technique. However, an Ohio patch won’t be well-suited for covering holes in ceilings. If there are small holes in the ceilings, you can place the Ohio patch while taking proper care.

  1. Repairing ‘Nail-Pops’

“Nail-pops” is a very common imperfection in drywall. These holes are protruded in the surface of the drywall and appear as small round indentations. This causes the paint around the nails to crack. When the underlying nail or screw breaks it leads to nail popping. The nail gets free from the backing below and allows the drywall to easily move in and out.

When you are patching a textured surface, you will need to find out the type of texture that was used and try to match it.

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