Removing large mirror

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How does one remove all or part of large bathroom mirror?? we are adding a wall which will go about 2 ft. into the mirror. Could it be 'scored' with glass cutter and hopefully break smoothly?? Or how to remove the whole 8 ft ?? (don't want 7 yrs bad luck :))
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  • Unless you are very careful and very lucky, you could try to score the mirror and then use flat pry bar and try to remove that part of the mirror. But first tape the mirror with duct tape to catch any flying glass (do most of the mirror just in case). Duct tape, gloves, glasses, long sleeves. Mirrors sometimes shatter. Many times these mirrors are glued so you can try to gently loosen from drywall and sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you make a huge mess. LOL
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    • Renep Renep on Feb 18, 2014
      @Jeanette S :|
  • SawHorse Design Build SawHorse Design Build on Feb 17, 2014
    @Renep Good idea about getting someone else to do it. Even when we have tried to remove a mirror without breaking it- they always break and we have to buy new ones :(
  • OhioThoughts OhioThoughts on Feb 17, 2014
    Wrap the thing in tarps or old blankets, hit with a hammer to break into smaller pieces if it hasn't already, pick up corners of blanket and carry out wearing gloves
    • Renep Renep on Feb 17, 2014
      @OhioThoughts Kinda need to get it off the wall before it could be wrapped up, but I like the your idea of a blanket or such, rather than plastic. thanks.
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Feb 18, 2014
    Very hazardous removing a mirror this size! Don't attempt without proper equipment!
  • removed to bathroom mirrors and dining room wall.Had someone do it for me...but all they did was to tape the mirrors...used moving pads to cover the surface of mirror and went to with a hammer..picked all the broken pieces with cowhind gloves and eye protection...
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Feb 18, 2014
    And when we pulled it down, large pieces of drywall covering came down with it and large spots of black glue had to be scraped off, which again damaged the wall. It was a mess to sand. Then we papered for the second time...then a third and fourth wallpaper! (We are in our 43rd year in this house so have done and re-done just about everything.) I hope to never see another piece of wallpaper! HA! On the last take down of paper, I refused to have sanding dust again so we put up beadboard on the bottom and texture painted the top. LOVE texture paint. Don't know if I would want a large amount of it, but for a small half bath, it is ADORABLE! Easy to do and stays pretty!
  • OhioThoughts OhioThoughts on Feb 19, 2014
    Do not be afraid of remodeling projects! If you mess it up, then you can hire someone. We have rental properties so have removed many large mirrors. Also remodeling our own bathrooms I always! take down the large old dated mirrors and replace with a more proportionate and modern one that is framed. Many large mirrors are attached with fasteners so you just have to worry about the weight. I would (and do) still wrap it just in case you break it. As to the glued ones, have done those too. Make sure to have all surfaces under or around the mirror covered with blankets or tarps, You should still be able to wedge a tarp around the edges of the mirror, in case the mirror breaks. We have never had a mirror shatter like a thin piece of glass. They are usually made pretty thick. We have chipped a corner off a mirror so the was no longer usable. If the mirror is glued you will have some drywall or plaster damage. But if a new mirror is going in it's place permanently, the wall does not have to be perfect. And if you are doing a remodel or extending a room or wall, have the drywaller skim coat the wall where the mirror was.
  • Pat880866 Pat880866 on May 11, 2015
    I think there may be a plastic film you can stick on it to help keep all the pieces together when you break it. Otherwise, just tape it as much as possible before going at it with a hammer.
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