Removing mirror from drywall

Old 10-27-02, 12:52 PM
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Removing mirror from drywall

I have a large mirror that is attached to drywall by some sort of adhesive and is resting in a u-channel. It butts up to the walls on either side. There is very limited space to get anything behind the mirror to try and break the adhesive bond. I have tried using a saw which I slipped down the back to try and saw through the adhesive and it is not breaking through. The adhesive appears black and gums up the teeth on the saw. My fear is that I pull too hard and the mirror will break off and fall on me. I am not interested in saving the mirror, so is there a way to safely break it for easier removal? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Old 10-27-02, 01:20 PM
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Mirror removal

The quickest method I have found is too:
Lay down heavy drop cloths to protect the vanity.
Score around the perimeter of the mirror with a utility knife to minimize drywall paper damage.
Score the mirror with a glass cutter every 6 inches on the vertical
Run duct tape every 10 inches on the horizontal
Place a slotted screwdriver behind the score line at the top and gently tape with a hammer to run the glass.
tap the front to continue the score line and remove each piece as you can. Eventually you will need to use a wide chizzel bevel face down to remove some sections.
As carefully as you can remove the paper of the drywall with adhesive still attached.


Cover with a drop cloth that drapes to the ground or vanity and hammer for a few minutes...Then remove by section.....

With all said and done it takes about 15 minutes to clear the wall and 30 to clean it up........WEAR GLOVES

Skim coat, sand, prime and paint........1 hr plus......

StephenS (Member). Bathroom Mirror Removal. Glass & Mirrors. Posted 19 January 2002. Retrieved 27 October 2002.

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