How to Remove Nails from Walls without Damaging Drywall

An Easy tip For Saving Your Walls When Removing Nails from Them

By Mark J. Donovan

For most of us we still hammer small nails into the walls to mount pictures, paintings, and other wall decorations. In the process we damage the walls a bit. Typically we don’t really care very much since the wall coverings hide the nails. Eventually though we inevitably remove or change the wall coverings exposing the nails, or nail holes in the walls.

Removing nails from walls and not damaging the drywall in the process can be challenging, particularly when the nails are nailed into wall studs.

However, I have a simple tip that can prevent you from damaging your walls as you pry out nails.

Simply use a small thin block of wood, preferably about ¼ to ½ inch thick, and place it next to the nail to be removed. Then, using the claw end of your hammer, position the hammer so that the small block of wood becomes both your leverage surface and your wall protector, as you pry out the nail.

After removing the nail from the wall, very gently tap on the nail hole with your hammer to flatten out the wall surface around the hole. Then fill the hole with spackle and wipe over the area with a slightly damp paper towel. After the spackle has dried touch up the wall with a bit of paint to complete the job.

For information on repairing a large drywall hole, see the “How to Repair a Large Drywall Hole” Ebook from  The “How to Repair a Large Drywall Hole” Ebook provides step-by-step instructions on how to repair your damaged wall so that it looks as good as new.

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