It's time to patch up these anchor holes and gouges! I had clocks all over this wall. Some were held up by studs and the others by anchors. Anchor holes are big, but small enough to easily patch up.
You don't need the tape for nail size holes. Small holes like this can be patched over with drywall tape or self adhesive mesh tape. Larger holes like something a doorknob would make need a more rigid material to span over the larger opening like a stick-on patch. Any bigger and it's best to cutout drywall for the hole, use anchor boards behind it and finish with tape and joint compound.
Use a drywall taping knife to push joint compound in and across the tape to create a smooth, flat surface. The mesh tape sticks to the wall, but too much pressure will move it around. Let the compound dry overnight, and then sand until smooth. Repeat with a second coat.
All-purpose joint compound is fine for projects like this, but mesh tape should be covered with setting-type compound if you're doing joints, because it is stronger than drying type and will compensate for mesh tapes greater elasticity. After the initial coat, either type of compound can be used. There are so many types of joint compound out there, so make sure you pick the right kind!
Joint compound is called "putty" in Japan and there are a bazillion types available! This is a types of all-purpose that they call dual-use putty that can be used as either a base coat or top coat. It has a fine texture, excellent applicability due to minimal shrinkage, provides good adhesion to wallpaper and can also be used as base coat for paint finishing.
Check out the ceiling!
The new baseboards are looking good. I'll show you how I installed these over the old ones in a future post.
I knocked out all of the holes, gouges and drywall nail heads today. Next up is sanding and a second coat.
Nail pops! These are caused when construction nails work themselves loose, literally popping out from the surface of the drywall. The popped nail pushes out a bit of drywall or paint, creating a small bump or crack. Every home gets nail pops. If you get one, you need to fix it. There are no nail pops on this wall, but I have them in other rooms. I'll make a how to when I get around to fixing them. You can either take two drywall screws, put one above and the other below the nail pop making sure you're in the stud. Pull out the popped nail and then seal/prime and patch. The other method is with a drywall nail. When used properly, drywall nails are every bit as effective as drywall screws for wall installations so don't worry. Nail the new nail as close to the original hole as you can in the stud. The head of the new nail will overlap the old nail, preventing the old nail from slipping out again. Slightly recess the new nail and then seal/prime and patch.