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Old 05-03-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
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How to adhere a wooden framed mirror to porcelain tile?


I just finished tiling our master bathroom (all 6 surfaces!) and the mirror my wife picked out is a wooden frame mirror that's around 18" x 30" and weighs about 15 lb. It has a built-in wire hanging loop on the back of it but I'd like to flush mount it. Would I be able to use clear silicone as the adhesive? If not, how would you recommend I do this?

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I wouldn't trust silicone with a mirror that size. Why not put two of the little metal hanger loops on the back and place two screws in a mortar joint with plastic sets. The mirror will end up pretty snug to the tile, just not tight.
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I wouldn't trust silicone with a mirror that size. Why not put two of the little metal hanger loops on the back and place two screws in a mortar joint with plastic sets. The mirror will end up pretty snug to the tile, just not tight.
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Hmmm, I didn't think about that. What are plastic sets? I get the screws through the mortar but not the plastic sets. Also, my grout line are very small. I think in the neighborhood of 1/8"
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Plastic sets are the plastic inserts that are made to hold screws in drywall or plaster or block and brick. If you are lucky enough to have a couple of studs hit in the right place, then you could just use a small diameter screw to go through your mortar joint. If not, use the plastic inserts and get a drill bit for drilling into tile, or place the inserts where the mortar joints criss cross and you may have enough room to get the insert in. I am not sure how small the inserts go, but I know I have 3/16 and 1/4" ones in my work van.
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Unfortunately where I would need to drill there aren't any studs. I do have a diamond bit for cutting tile but it's the hollow type and it cuts a hole around 3/8". I used it for hanging towel bars and such with toggle bolts.

The toggle bolt heads would go right through the 3/8" hole so I'm thinking of getting a very thin piece of metal around 2x2" and drilling a hole through it. Then, I can drill a hole through the tile, put the metal on the wall and then put my toggle bolt through it so it won't fall into the wall. Then I can get the hooks you were talking about and put them on the back of the mirror and hang it that way. Sound like a plan?

Oh, and I see you're in Cleveland. I grew up near Youngstown. GO BROWNS!
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I would just get a smaller bit made to go through ceramic tile and use the plastic sets. They work well in tile or the grout joints. Here's a pic of the hooks I was talking about. Very simple.
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I have used heavy duty double sided Velcro to hang pictures and mirrors flush to walls without any problems.

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