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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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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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