411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Your Search for Cclean and Reliable Energy Ends Here

The planet is in peril. And we are worsening the problem by our actions. Overdependence on fossil fuels, excessive use of machines and devices to...

on Jan 17, 2018

Why Your Home Needs a Shed

Most people who have enough space on their property often fail to make the most of all that space. And one of the most obvious of such oversights...

on Jan 16, 2018

How to Maintain Your Garden Shed for Durable Quality

Like most products, the lifespan of a garden shed can be significantly lengthened if you occasionally spare some time to care for it and fix any...

on Jan 16, 2018

Are You Planning a Home Refurbishment? Read This

A home refurbishment is a challenging project to undertake. If you’re considering it, keep a few things in mind. Who is to do it? How much should...

on Jan 15, 2018

Adding a Bean Bag Chair Can Create a Certain Ambiance in Your Home

Home improvement involves numerous tasks that can enhance the look of your home and increase its value. Even redecorating or updating a room can...

on Jan 9, 2018

Replace an Outdated Mirror for an Instant Bathroom Update

by Guest on Feb 3, 2011

These days, bathroom designers are moving away from the flat wall mirrors that have been a mainstay in home construction for years. Instead, they are springing for a modernized style with smaller framed or decorative mirrors. Replacing an outdated mirror is a simple and inexpensive way to give your bathroom an instant update. Removing a flat bathroom mirror relatively basic as far as home improvement projects go, but it does require patience, preparation and at least one other person to lend an extra helping hand. Removing an attached bathroom mirror without breakage is possible, but precautions should be taken to prevent injury and damage to the bathroom in the event that the mirror breaks. Though we discuss one method of removing a bathroom mirror here, there are several different ways you could go about this project.

Safety

Safety should not be taken lightly when removing a mirror. Safety goggles and thick gloves should be worn, as well as long sleeves and pants to help protect the skin. One person should hold the mirror against the wall while another is attempting to loosen or remove the mirror. Every step of the process should be completed slowly and steadily to reduce the chance of breakage and injury.

Preparation

To prepare for possible breakage, cover the entire mirror with a wide tape such as masking tape or duct tape. Doing so reduces the chance of injury or damage caused by shattered glass. Cover other surfaces in the bathroom to prevent damage and facilitate easier cleanup.

Removal

To remove the mirror, the first step is determining whether the mirror is affixed to the wall with brackets or glue. If the mirror is held by brackets only, one person can push the mirror up toward the top brackets, holding the mirror firmly against the wall, while another carefully removes the bottom brackets. Two or more people can then lower the mirror and carefully release it before removing the upper brackets from the wall.

Most bathroom mirrors are attached with an adhesive. In this case, one technique is to slide shims behind the mirror wherever possible to begin separating the mirror from the wall, and then soften the adhesive with heat. Apply heat to the mirror using a heat gun, or if that is unavailable, a hair dryer should do the trick. Apply heat around the edges of the mirror first, which should soften the adhesive and allow you to insert the shims further or add more. A crowbar can be used to very carefully pry the mirror from the wall in very small increments, gradually working from one end to the other, increasing the thickness of the shims when possible. If you continue to add heat and slowly increase the pressure created by the shims, you and your helper(s) should be able to remove the mirror in one piece.

Once the mirror is down, you can get a better idea of the wall surface you have to work with. Touch ups will be needed before you can paint the wall and apply your new mirror for a modernized look. Now all you have to do is hang your new mirror and you have a brand new look in your bathroom!

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

DIY Home Repair; How to Patch Breaks in a Basement Wall

Important factor of beginning patching breaks in a basement wall project is watch over the area that needs patching for a couple of months....

Plumbing / Basements

Finding Space in Your Kitchen

Sometimes you have the space and just don’t know it. Usually the reason is much clutter. If you really want to find that extra space, you might...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Symptoms of Toxic Mold and How to Avoid It

The health concerns of mold exposure have been growing thanks in part to increased media awareness and more research conducted in this field. It is...

Cleaning / Maintenance

What is Concrete Cutting?

Concrete cutting is a process of controlled sawing, drilling and removal of concrete performed by skilled operators using special saws that use...

Construction / Materials

How to Build an Awesome Home Theater Gaming System

Setting up a home theater gaming system can be a lot of fun. Doing a little research first, then making a few field trips to see the potential...

Interior Design / Decor

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2018