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Funk
Hanging a new mirror
Funk

Hello,

I have a mirror for above a sink and I have one stud for the right side of the mirror (it has holders on both sides), and nothing for the left.
I attempted to use the wall anchors that accompanied the mirror which has resulted in a hole in the wall.

How can I fix this? Am I going to need to replace a small section of sheetrock, and put a piece of wood behind it? or is there some magical solution that you all can direct me to?

Thank you!

dj1
Re: Hanging a new mirror
dj1

Placing a wood backing behind the drywall is certainly one way of doing it, but a little involved.

An easier solution is to get one of those magic hooks (available in stores and on line), which should be able to hold a mirror in a safe way.

A. Spruce
Re: Hanging a new mirror
A. Spruce

How are you trying to install this mirror, are you trying to hang it, or is it sitting in a j-track or mirror clips on the backsplash and then just a couple clips to the top to hold it in place? If hanging, then you're definitely going to need to repair the drywall and either figure out how to install a secure fastener, or open the wall and install blocking to support the mirror. If it is the latter, then the weight of the mirror is sitting on the backsplash, the top clips are only keeping the mirror from falling over, which means that there is virtually no stress or demand on the screws, which means you could simple run the screws into the drywall. Another method is to use mirror glue and glue it to the wall, not my preferred method, since removal will cause wall damage and likely require breaking the mirror in the process, not to mention a strong possibility that the glue will interact badly with the mirror backing. If you go with glue, there is a special mirror adhesive that you want to use, you can't just grab a tube of silicone or construction glue.

Give us more information on exactly how you're trying to install your mirror for more specific details on wall repair and mounting options.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Hanging a new mirror
Mastercarpentry

Most supplied anchors are cheesy push-in ones which hold little more than themselves. Use the screw-in types, these are available in several different weight ratings. If it's one of these which failed due to weight, then you'll need either a 'molly' bolt or a toggle bolt. When even more is needed you should install backing between the studs.

Phil

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