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Old 02-20-21, 10:12 AM
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Over Door Mirror

Greetings All! How much weight can a regular home door hold before damage? I recall as a kid around 40lbs or so I damaged a door's hinges swinging on it. Now I have a 10lb over door full length mirror I would like to hang over the bathroom door. The door hangs on 3 Hager 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" hinges with 3 screws per hinge. Would that permanent weight on the door make it warp or sag over time? Attached is a pic of the door.
 
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Old 02-20-21, 10:22 AM
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I have no idea how much my wife's door mirrors weigh but there are 2 luan doors in my house with 5' mirrors and those doors have held up fine for 20+ yrs.
 
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Old 02-20-21, 10:53 AM
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I don't think 10 lbs would make a noticable difference. The bigger problem would be that if the mirror is not tempered safety glass, you shouldn't put that sort of a mirror on a door or it could break and hurt someone. That's why codes for bathrooms (within certain distance from tubs/showers) and codes for doors anywhere require safety glass.
 
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Old 02-20-21, 11:26 AM
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@XSleeper, the mirror is made of safety glass. If it should break the pieces stick to an anti-splatter film (so they say).
 
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Old 02-20-21, 11:32 AM
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Most doors only have two hinges so your door with three hinges is definitely a plus.
I don't see any problems there.
 
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Old 02-20-21, 11:33 AM
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Just like Marksr I have several mirrors hung on hollow doors. No problem.
 
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Old 02-20-21, 11:42 AM
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@deltagirl Should be fine then.
 
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Old 02-20-21, 11:49 AM
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You will have not problem with a 10# mirror on the door.

a kid around 40lbs or so I damaged a door's hinges swinging on it
In addition to the amount of weight the major reason for that is that the weight was swinging at the outer edge of the door creating a force called moment. It is the act of that force that causes the hinge screws to pull out. Your mirror weight is not at the outer edge and is distributed uniformly on the door so the moment is much less than you were as a kid (and it does weigh less.)
 
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Old 02-20-21, 12:55 PM
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Thank you all for the quick replies! I'll open it up and, if it has made the trip in one piece, hang it today.
 
 

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