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Hanging Heavy Mirror on Plaster Walls

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10-20-17, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)  
Hanging Heavy Mirror on Plaster Walls

Any suggestions on best type of wall hangers for hanging a heavy mirror (50 lbs) on an old plaster wall? is it better to affix a wood board (1 x 4?) to the wall first and use that to install the hangers?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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10-20-17, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)  
Do a search for French Cleat. It's wood, such as a 1 x 4 ripped down the middle at 45. The two boards lock together.

Also, wingits is the strongest anchor I've used (300#). I believe they can only be used if the wall is under 1.5" thick.


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10-21-17, 06:22 AM   #3 (permalink)  
50 lbs. isn't very heavy. The secret is that nails driven at a 45 angle hold more weight and won't pull out. Nail 1/4" X 4" piece of plywood, the width of the mirror, to the wall with a number of nails at 45 angle in a number of places. Don't worry about finding studs. Finally use this type hook. Picture Hangers 10 TO 100 LB HANGERS 12 PACK

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