How to take down heavy mirror

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Old 10-13-19, 12:32 PM
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How to take down heavy mirror

I have a beautiful Ralf Lauren porthole mirror 44 inches diameter and 13 inches deep. It was professionally installed and came with the house. I sold the house but not the mirror and need to take it down. The mirror is flush against the wall and very sturdy on the wall - there are no visible fasteners. (it is also likely very heavy) I have no idea how it was installed and don't want to damage it when taking it down. I have attached a picture of the actual mirror and one of the back of a similar mirror found online.

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My guess is that it was lowered and wedged on some sort of Z bracket? Now it doesn't wiggle at all but I have not tried to move it with any force.

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Old 10-13-19, 01:42 PM
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If it were hanging on that horizontal piece of wood..... the bottom could be pulled out slightly from the wall. If it doesn't move at all it may be hanging and additionally attached with silicone or caulk.

Try to pull bottom out. Try turning the mirror on the wall.
 
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Old 10-13-19, 01:47 PM
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Cant tell exactly from the picture but that may be a french cleat hanger, meaning there is a similar piece on the wall and when the mirror slides down it engages the part on the wall.

They are very good for heavy objects, like mirrors, you just push up to disengage!
 
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That is probably the way it is mounted.
Check that it is not painted into the wall.
Perhaps in the past someone painted and did not know how to remove it so the paint is holding it.
If this is the case you will have to cut around it to release it from the wall.

Try rotating it while moving it up a bit to loosen it from the cleat.

You said that it is heavy so that weight is forcing it against the wall and it will take a fair amount of force to release it.

Worst case scenario is that someone painted and did not wait long enough for the paint to cure before replacing it. Now it is stuck to the wall and will be a royal pain to get off.
 
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Thank you all - so we all seem to agree. Likely lowered on a french clit or Z bar - in addition, it might be a bit stuck with paint or glue. I think I can safely try to wiggle it away from the wall and lift it up out of the cleat. I have not tried anything besides moving it with very little force as I wanted to do some research first. I'll give it a more serious try later this week. Thank you all for your help.
 
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