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Old 10-28-2007, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I just bought a house in July in NC. It's a 1956 ranch with gorgeous original hardwoods. It's not huge, but it's my first home and I want it to be just perfect (finally, after so many years of renting).

I'm a nubie. I think I hung a picture once. I'm going to have a lot of questions, and mostly they might seem dumb to you experienced folks out here, but I really do want to start understanding do it yourself. When I say 'start' I mean just that. I'm right at the beginning. Like, when you guys say 'find the stud', I presume in my case that's the guy doing the work! I have some basic tools and I imagine I will amass many more. I generally don't start doing something until I'm confident I know what I'm doing.

My first question. I have a bathroom mirror (30" x 36", no frame) to put up on drywall (permanent). I have a stud finder, a drill, a spirit level no adhesive and the screws and plastic mounts that came in the Home Depot pack. How to proceed?

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Old 10-28-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard Tommy,

To hang your mirror. Figure out exactly the height where you want it and put a small mark on the wall at the bottom of the mirror. Take the mirror away and draw a very light line across the bottom in line with your mark. Use your level and be sure the bubble is exactly centered. Then you will put at least two of the mirror supports in on this line. You can then set the mirror in place on these supports and mark where you will put two more supports on the top and each side. Take the mirror down and drill the rest of the holes placing the supports where they are going to go so you can use the screw hole for a mark to drill.
Your going to use the inserts you have so use the drill size recommended on the packaging. Set the inserts in the holes, place the mirror back on the wall and put the two top ones on. This will hold the mirror in place while you do the rest.
Do all this carefully as mirrors are glass and glass is sharp. Wear gloves and be careful.
Good luck with your new home.

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Old 10-28-2007, 08:40 PM   #3
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This is excellent information and I thank you for it.

I'm discovering issues (it seems to be what DIY is all about).

Firstly, do I need to be finding studs for this so I can drill into wood? Or can I just screw into the drywall? Is there something I need to get for screws to attach properly to drywall?

Secondly, I'm finding that the plaster of the wall comes forward by about half an inch right where the mirror is going to be. Right at the centre. You can't notice it just to look at it, but when you put a ruler up to the wall it won't lie flat on the wall- or the spirit level for that matter. It bulges right where the faucet is. I can rock the ruler backward and forward on the wall at that spot as if it is a fulcrum.

I'm nervous the mirror, if attached to the wall with the screws, will be putting constant pressure on the centre of it where it bulges forward because it will bend the mirror forward by half an inch. The mirror is 30 inches across and 36 high. Am I being too over cautious?

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PS- if I am screwing this into drywall will it be strong enough to take a 30 x 36 mirror?
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Tommy,
You would want to use sheet rock inserts (the little plastic ones are fine for this, for the screws. But the bulging wall is a problem. You have a couple of choices here. You will need to make the mirror stand away from the wall at least the thickness of the bulge, or knock down the bulge to make the wall flat. If you buy a frame for the mirror this should set it off the wall enough. If you want to sand down the bulge keep checking the wall like you did to make it flat. You are correct in thinking the pressure will break the mirror.
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:14 PM   #6
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Thank you MinConst,

I figure If I set this thing out from the wall I might as well build a frame for it and hang it, instead of doing the sanding and then repainting.

It seems that half an inch is worth a simple frame, and either way I'm in for more work than I bargained for. I am presuming that if I hang the mirror from a few 'high up' screws that the weight will still be held well by drywall screws.

Thank you again. I love this website. You have helped me very much with something that has plagued me on and off for a month now.

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