We have a 6'x1' mirror glued to our bathroom wall. I tried getting a large putty knife and running it behind the mirror, causing the top to crack. From what I understand, i need to duct tape the mirror and then get some wire behind it to "peel" it off. Any further suggestions before I do this?
We also have a 3'x3' mirror in the same bathroom glued to the wall and we want to take this one down too; I just see it being way to difficult. Any suggestions for this?
Yes, we plan on repainting it soon so keeping the wall nice is not a priority. The mirrors were glued to the wall when we bought our house. The @-hole who "fixed" up the house took some baseboard trimming around the mirror to frame it; I thought it was just hung...
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Re: Mirror glued to wall
That's actually a pretty common method for professionally installing bathroom mirrors. As you mentioned, tape a star pattern on the mirror and then use a thin piece of piano type wire to slice through the adhesive. Keep the ends of the wire as close to the wall as possible while cutting so that you don't break the mirror. A local glass company can provide the best type of wire for the job as well as tips on the best way to get the job done - particularly if you imply that you'llbe buying your new miror from them. Be sure to wear leather palmed gloves and eye protection when doing this job!
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This is going to ruin the tiles or the mirror or both. You can try heat on the mirror like a heat gun, and soften the glue or you can use a light solvent like 90 percent alcohol in both cases you are going to have to use a 3 or 4 inch putty knife to pry and that is going to break the glass on the mirror.
1. You should determine where you want the mirror to hang.
2. Make a small, light pencil mark on the wall immediately above the top and center of the mirror.
3. Determine if there is a stud at that location - or is close enough to still be an acceptable location for the mirror. If so, check the back of the mirror and got to step 4 - otherwise skip to step 8.
4. Measure from the top of the mirror to the hook, hanger or high spot of a wire if one is provided running from side to side.
5. Make a mark that is the same distance DOWN from the original mark on the wall.
6. Drive a nail or screw into the wall at the lower mark. Be sure that the nail or screw is long enough to get into the wood stud by at least 1-1/2" or more. Heavy mirrors should have heavy duty nails / screws that go deeper into the wooden stud.
7. Hang the mirror, erase visible marks - Done!
If there is no stud near the desired center location on the wall for the mirror,
8. You'll need to stretch and secure a wire between the left and right-most edges of the mirror - but the left and right-most edges should be at least 16" apart for this to work.
9. Project the mark you made in step 2 onto the closest stud to the left and to the right that you can locate These shouldn't be more than 16" from each other. Measure from the floor up or ceiling down to both of these marks to be sure both are the same height.
10. Perform step 4.
11. Perform steps 5 and 6 for each the two new marks you made in step 9.
The retainers for it are usually behind the inner door panel. Youtube will have videos of removing the inner panel. Not hard at all, but time consuming finding all the screws. Plastic push pins around the bottom and up the sides-can use a putty knife or thin blade screwdriver to pop them out. Lift the panel off, pull back the plastic water shield (reseal it after done), and the mirror fasteners will be visible.
You remove the door panel on the inside and it is bolted on from the inside. One wire clip and 3 bolts. Takes longer to remove and replace the door panel than replace the mirror....look for a hidden screw under the armrest , under the window/door lock button panel and sometimes behind the reflector or light on the bottom of door..Usually there are 3-4 screws and then the rest of the panel is held on by plastic clips. Get the screws out, then work a flat screwdriver or putty knife around the sides and bottom of panel, then lift upwards to get the top sealing side out of the track where the window runs.....Mike
cut the drywall, square,from the center of one stud to the center of the next stud and remove. Now cut a new piece to fit and nail or screw in place. Tape the joints with mesh tape and coat with drywall mud. Use a ten inch broad knife for this. One coat of mud and let dry. Next day another coat of mud pull it tight this time and let dry Sand and apply desired texture
Remove that plastic piece at the top of the door panel, ( it just unsnaps straight out), use a small screwdriver or putty knife to help pry it up, it's held in place by plastic clips so be gentle. Unplug the connector from the mirror, Remove the nuts and the mirror assembly will come off, don't let it fall. Installation is the reverse.
remove the broken glass with putty knife. go to a auto glass shop they can sell you a replacement heated mirror glass. the new glass is just glued to plastic housing in mirror and just plug in 2 little wires to back of glass were heat element is.hope this helps good luck.
make sure the wall where the mirror is going to be, is perfectly flat.
if you are going to install the 4x6 ft mirror. you need minimum of 3/8" board, if not 1/2".
yu use mastic the same way you use caulking. on the safety side, I recommend you install upper and lower railing.
the mastic will hold the mirror, three glop on each side and enough in the body of the mirror. press on hard, but too hard you will break the mirror
the mastic will take about a week to cure completely.