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Drywall Flexing in Basement Wall

I've noticed two walls in my basement have noticeable flex to them. In the areas where the wall is flexing I can start seeing nail pops appearing and I'm curious if this is moisture getting into the basement causing the problem or if there might be other explanations?

Basement is finished so I was hoping not to cut open walls to check but I'm hitting that point out of concern. Anyone have any suggestions or have run into a familiar situation?
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This has worked for me and it might for you.

Screw in couple of drywall screw while pushing the drywall in. (Where you see the screws popping out)
If this fixes your issues I would try removing the old screws and plaster/sand/paint

If could be the screws were not fully in or tightened properly when the drywall was being installed

Cheers and good luck!
DarkMasterMX wrote: I've noticed two walls in my basement have noticeable flex to them. In the areas where the wall is flexing I can start seeing nail pops appearing and I'm curious if this is moisture getting into the basement causing the problem or if there might be other explanations?

Basement is finished so I was hoping not to cut open walls to check but I'm hitting that point out of concern. Anyone have any suggestions or have run into a familiar situation?
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badass wrote: This has worked for me and it might for you.

Screw in couple of drywall screw while pushing the drywall in. (Where you see the screws popping out)
If this fixes your issues I would try removing the old screws and plaster/sand/paint

If could be the screws were not fully in or tightened properly when the drywall was being installed

Cheers and good luck!
Hmm, looks like nails from what I can tell, haven't pulled one out yet. I was thinking of doing something along this line but thought I'd ask opinions first in case I should tear it out :(
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DarkMasterMX wrote: Hmm, looks like nails from what I can tell, haven't pulled one out yet. I was thinking of doing something along this line but thought I'd ask opinions first in case I should tear it out :(
There's your problem. Fix it with some screws as badass mentioned.
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DarkMasterMX wrote: Hmm, looks like nails from what I can tell, haven't pulled one out yet. I was thinking of doing something along this line but thought I'd ask opinions first in case I should tear it out :(
had this issue here, 50 years old house where the gyproc been nailed, not screwed. Fixed like Badass explained years ago. Pushed the gyproc against the wall, screwed with gyproc screws, tahe off nails, repair, sand paint and voil, since then no more nails and gyproc popping out

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