Repair Drywall Nail Holes

When it comes to repairing nail or screw holes in drywall, there are probably as many ways of repairing nail or screw holes as there is drywall repair videos.  The most common type of drywall damage is generally nail and screw holes. Sure there is going to be lots of other type of holes that occur in drywall and anything larger than a screw hole is going to require a different method of repairing these holes.  However, for today’s topic, we will deal strictly with nail holes and screw holes as they are the most common.

Nail and screw holes in drywall are small but they can be rough on the surface, therefore they require special attention.  One method of repairing this type of roughness is to take a box knife and cut away the surface layer, then filling the cavity with Spackle or drywall mud, this method works fine except that it requires several layers of Spackle, causes more work and takes longer to complete a repair than it probably should.

Another method of repairing rough screw holes is to bash in the drywall with a hammer where the hole is and then fill the dimple with multiple layers of drywall mud or Spackle, again this method is tedious and time- consuming. If you have only one or two screw holes to contend with this method is fine, but it still requires a larger build up of mud of Spackle than it perhaps should.

The Best Tool We Found

The best method we found was to use the  “Drywall Dimple Tool” which is still in the development stages. Here is how it works. After you have removed the screws and nail from the drywall, you take the Dimple tool and center it over the screw or nail hole, give it a gentle tap with a hammer and you have a perfectly formed dimple that has pushed away any rough layers from the surface of the drywall. Now you simply apply one or two coats of spackle or drywall mud, just enough to fill the dimple.  Let dry and you are ready to prime and paint the surface.

More about the Dimple Tool here

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