How to remove mirrors with j-clips

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How to remove mirrors with j-clips
Bathroom mirrors often hang on the wall over the sink with J clips. (Salle de Bain hotel **** image by lolopote from

A frameless mirror is commonly mounted to a wall with J-clip, a metal piece in the shape of the letter J. One clip may be located near each corner of the mirror along its top and bottom edges. The mirror rests in the bottom channel of the clips and uses the top clips for support. The clips may be barely noticeable or may be decorative. J-clips mount to wall studs with molly bolts for a heavier application or with screws. Mirror removal is a two-person job to ensure no damage to the mirror or the wall behind the mirror.

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Things you need

  • Box cutter

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  1. 1

    Clear a space nearby where you can place the mirror after you remove it from the wall. Make sure this spot is secure and offers no hazards that may break or damage the mirror.

  2. 2

    Lift the mirror up with one person on each side in tandem. Each person should grip his side of the mirror with one hand near the bottom and the other near the top. The upper J-clips will have a small amount of distance, about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch, that the mirror can lift into for removal. Slide the mirror upward to free the bottom edge.

  3. 3

    Swing the bottom edge of the mirror away from the wall at a 20-degree angle. This will enable the bottom of the mirror to slide out of the bottom J-clips where it previously rested.

  4. 4

    Slide the mirror downward to exit the top J-clips, continuing to grip it firmly near its top and bottom, and set it aside on a flat stable surface. Both people need to move at the same rate. Place the mirror gently in your cleared space.

Tips and warnings

  • If the mirror has an adhesive backing attaching it to the wall, use a box cutter to release the glue as you pull the mirror down out of the top clips. Release the adhesive by cutting it away from top to bottom.
  • If the mirror is very long or large, assign a third person to support the weight of the mirror in its midsection so it does not fall or snap.

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