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Re: Hanging mirrors

Posted By: Phil
Friday, 3 August 2001, at 7:59 p.m.

In Response To: Hanging mirrors (Sheryl Steele)

You need picture-hanging hardware that are strong enough to support the weight of the mirrors. Figure out how much the mirrors weigh each, then go to Home Depot and look for the picture hanging hardware in the hardware aisle. They comes packaged for diffrent weight. For heavy mirrors, I recommend getting a packaged set which consists of hooks, screws with eyelets and steel wires. Alternatively, you can buy the steel wire separately and cut them to length as needed. Don't use nail to hang your mirrors unless you are nailing to a stud. For the most part, you will be hanging your mirrors on drywall, so it is important to get the picture hanging hooks. By nature of their design, they will hold the weight of your mirrors. The hooks can support anywhere from 20 lbs to 150 lbs. Find two locations on the back of the mirror to screw the eyelet screws. Make sure that you screw the screws on the wood frame, not on the back of the mirror itself. Then tie a piece of steel wire on the screws, making it very slack so that when hung, the wire makes an inverted flat V. You also need to attach the wire about three-quarter way up the back of the mirror. If the mirror is wide and heavy, use two hooks about 12 inches apart on the wall. To hang the mirror, stand on a chair or stepladder. It helps if you can have someone hand you the mirror while you are standing on the step ladder.

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