It is probably glued to the wall. Remove any top and side clips.
This deal may take 3 people. Get a wire started behind the
mirror, wrap each end around a stick, saw back and forth while the
3rd person pulls and balances.
A live Singing Valentine quartet,
The original OP did not indicate whether he wanted to save the mirror
or not. When I tried this on a 3'x3' vanity mirror it would not work.
I had hopes of initially saving the mirror. The adhesive just got hot
and gummy and when I would stop the stuff would cool and somewhat
reseal itself so that the wrire kept jamming. The mirror edges were
beginnig to show wear marks. I finally decided that $40 for a new
mirror was not so bad after all. I taped the mirror with masking tape,
put on some safety glasses, heavy gloves, and a long sleeved
sweatshirt, and covered the sink with towels to protect it. I used a
hammer to break up the mirror.
I did this in my mother's house. She
had 3 mirrors, 6' x 2'. They were glued
to a concrete block wall that was
topcoated with plaster. I used a very large
spatula to go behind the mirror and
break some of the glue. The spatula had
a 18" blade. The job took some time and
I did put a few scratches in the back
side of the mirror silver, however,
unless you knew where to look, you'd never
find them. I re-installed the mirror in
another apartment and even had a 4th
one made to make it look right on the
new wall. The old wall had to be scraped,
plastered and sanded. Lot's of work,
but it all came out ok in the end.
I would assume either breakage will happen, accidently or on purpose.
So try to prevent the glass from going everywhere. I might try and
use contact cement spray and sheet of 6 mill to appy to the glass.
This way you can keep your mess down.
Don't forget glasses, gloves, long sleeve shirts, shoes, etc. Keep
Just thinking out loud....
tom @ www.YourMoneyMakingIdeas.com
I had to remove two mirrors of about the same size from a master bath
remodel. Because of location, I couldn't get anything behind the
mirrors so I just vented all my frustrations out on them. I would
figure that I ran up a sizable number of years of bad luck (7000 or
so) but what the heck, how often do you get to intentionally break
I taped moving blankets to the face of the mirror and used a sledge
hammer. That broke up most of the pieces but you will still have to
deal with the areas where the glue was positioned. Wear good boots
preferably with steel toes because the glass is going to try and get
your feet. The cost is nothing as long as you are not trying to
salvage the mirror. Wear gloves for the cleanup. I took them both
out without a scratch and didn't cost a cent.
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