How to remove a mirror?

Old 10-24-05, 08:34 AM
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Question How to remove a mirror?

I want to repaint my guest bathroom wall and hang a round, framed mirror. I think the mirror that is up there now, which is just a piece of glass, has been glued on or something. I don't want to break it, but I have to get it down. What is the recommended way for doing this?
Old 10-27-05, 07:49 AM
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Safety is the most important thing when removing a mirror... especially large mirrors. I've successfully removed two large (92"x32" and 46"x32") 1/4" thick mirrors using this method.


Get yourself two of these 4 1/2" diameter suction cups (used for removing dents & handling plate glass):

and some shims. Working from the top left corner place one of the suction cups and the next one about 2 feet to the right. Gently tug on the corner a couple of times... then move across the top and around the ouside edges. next insert a couple of shims at the top and repeat the process although as you tug with one hand gently push the shim in until it is pretty firm... DON'T FORCE you do this the glue will eventually give way. Be very patient and always keep one hand on the mirror to keep it from falling away from the wall and on you.

Be very careful as the mirror could break or fall at any time!

Another method is place a piece of wire down the back of the mirror and fish it out of the side. Check to make sure that is it wrapped around a spot of glue then saw back and forth. Again, the mirror could break or fall at any time!

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