Watch it again: Ask This Old House
Measure twice, hang something really heavy once
Hanging a mirror (or any large framed item) successfully is a matter of taking the right measurements and using the right hardware.
In a 2014 episode of Ask This Old House (Season 13, Episode 6), Tom Silva helps a homeowner tackle a particularly challenging case: hanging a large mirror on a stone fireplace wall.
The fireplace was located in a vaulted great room, which meant the stone fireplace wall was double height, soaring to 20 feet. Instead of working on stepladders, Tom brought in scaffolding so he and the homeowner could work side by side to hang the mirror above the mantel. “You start by getting the right measurements,” says Tom.
He took measurements of the mirror itself and of the stone wall to make sure the mirror would be centered on the wall, showed the homeowner how to use a hammer drill, and suggested using plaster anchors that open inside the wall to provide additional holding power.
The finished result: a great mirror in the great room.