Mirror, Mirror, on the wall...
Frig. After chilling out for a year, I finally got up off my butt and started painting, decorating and furnishing my place. A couple weeks ago I bought this massive and heavy mirror.
Dimensionally, the mirror is 5ft by 4ft, and weighed easily over 100lbs -- probably more.
As the man at the store said "Like oh my God, this mirror is like really, really, really heavy...
Can you imagine mounting this thing on drywall? A bad installation means a giant hole in the drywall, huge damage to the hardwood floor and not to mention death to the mirror. Last time I checked, it was 7 years bad luck for breaking a mirror.
But I'm pretty sure somewhere along the way, the Karma gods revised their policy on mirrors and applied an accelerator factor for mirrors over 4 sq ft in size. So in theory the breakage of a this 20 sq ft mirror may result in something like 35 years of bad luck. Darn Karma gods...
Unfortunately the mirror was un-returnable, so we had no choice but to give it a try. I enlisted the help of my dad...
Above: First, gather all your tools, hardware and beer...
Above: Use a stud detector to find the studs (if possible). Line up an inverse mitred mounting bracket with the centre stud, and start drilling holes.
Above: Holes that don't have a stud behind them can be stuffed with these space aged heavy duty spider drywall anchors. They're crazy. Only thing is, once you install them and deploy the arms behind them, they ain't coming out. The next owner of my condo is getting twelve of these bad boys in their wall -- suckers.
Above: See? Pretty ugly?
Above: Worry not. Once the anchors were in place, the bracket was screwed in, and voila! Now I have like 200 other things that I have to do around the house.
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