How to hang heavy mirrors

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You can hang lightweight mirrors the same way that you hang a picture. Very heavy mirrors, on the other hand, require sturdier equipment. If there is a stud behind the drywall on which you'd like to hang the mirror, you can simply hang the mirror on a nail. Otherwise, special materials are necessary. Hanging a heavy mirror is a two-person job, so make sure you have someone else to help you before you begin.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • 12-inch long plank of wood
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Expansion bolts (Molly or toggle bolts)
  • Screwdriver
  • Nail
  • Mirror
  • D-rings and screws
  • Mirror wire

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  1. 1

    Use a pencil to mark the four corners of the plank and drill holes over the markings.

  2. 2

    Place the plank on the wall and mark where the holes touch the wall. Drill four small pilot holes into the wall over the markings.

  3. 3

    Use the hammer to drive the expansion bolts through the holes in the plank into the holes in the wall. The expansion bolts are made of a screw with legs that pull back once the bolt is in the wall.

  4. 4

    Use the screwdriver to tighten the bolts. This pulls back the legs of the bolt and anchors the bolts in the wall.

  5. 5

    Use the hammer to put a strong nail into the centre of the plank.

  6. 6

    Drill two pilot holes in the back of the mirror's frame, a couple of inches from the top.

  7. 7

    Push the D-rings into the pilot holes with the screws.

  8. 8

    Thread the mirror wire through the D-rings, leaving it taut between the two rings. Attach the end of the wire to the D-shaped piece, and twist the excess wire together.

  9. 9

    Hang the mirror on the nail in the plank. This will distribute the weight evenly across the four expansion bolts.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy the highest-quality D-rings available to make sure that your mirror will hang securely.
  • Weigh your mirror to make sure that you are using extension bolts for the correct weight.
  • Never overtighten screws, or the frame of the mirror will crack.
  • Toggle bolts cannot be removed and reused, so make sure you have them in the right place before you hammer them in.

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