Removing A Wall Mounted Mirror
istarr (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I need to remove a mirror, approximately 4'x6' from a plasterboard wall.
jim evans (email@example.com) replied:
Smaller mirrors are sometimes attached with
double sticky-back foam tape. Larger mirrors are often attached to
walls with dollops of an adhesive similar to construction adhesive
(rarely silicone caulk). On the mirrors I've seen, these dollops are about 1 to 1 1/2 feet apart in
a horizontal and vertical
grid pattern. After being pressed to the wall they spread out into 2-4"
thin pancake like spots. A common way to get such mirrors off is to slide a piece of
picture hanging wire, piano wire or
Cut-Out wire behind the mirror.
Start at an upper corner and use it to saw through the adhesive
blobs (or foam tape). Be prepared for the mirror to fall at any time.
Smashing the mirror up to remove it is also an option. See John McGaw's advice below.
TinMan1332 (firstname.lastname@example.org) says:
Experience has demonstrated that both mirror and wall are probably going to be damaged. Depending on what was used to as an adhesive, you might to be able to save one or the other, unlikely both.
John McGaw (http://johnmcgaw.com) says:
. . . what do you have to lose if you have to smash it to get it out?
[And use safety glasses -- jim]