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    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 17th May 17, 8:35 AM
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    How to Hang a Mirror Without Screws
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    • 17th May 17, 8:35 AM
    How to Hang a Mirror Without Screws 17th May 17 at 8:35 AM
    I have a fairly large mirror (it's about 60cm tall, 40cm wide) that I want to hang on the wall.
    However, the location is above the electric consumer unit box, so drilling and screws is a no go.

    I've not heard good things about No Nails and Gorilla (like they keep coming loose).

    Any other options, apart from not bothering?
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    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 17th May 17, 10:00 AM
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    I might suggest Gripfill but be warned once it is on, you won't be able to remove it without breaking the mirror. You will need to support the mirror temporarily whilst the Gripfill sets.
    • MisterP123
    • By MisterP123 17th May 17, 10:14 AM
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    Above the consumer unit? Got any pics or care to explain in a bit more detail?

    As per the original question, stixall is pretty good.
    • London50
    • By London50 17th May 17, 10:22 AM
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    As with all glues/grabs the one thing a lot of people do not take on board is preparing the surfaces prior to using the glues. No glue/grab will hold if both surfaces are not TOTALLY cleaned.
    I have used both of the above products and would recommend either with the size/weight of mirror you have but do spend the time making sure that the areas on both the wall and mirror are cleaned .
    • JP08
    • By JP08 17th May 17, 11:05 AM
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    Also might be an idea to remove the paint / paper from the glue area - the hanging is only as good as the bonding of the surface it is bonded to. Ie glue sticks to [uncleaned wall part, delete if you've cleaned the wall -the muck on the wall, the muck on the wall sticks to] the paint / paper, paint / paper sticks to the plaster, plaster sticks to the brickwork. The strength of the hanging is the strength of the weakest bond.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th May 17, 11:19 AM
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    I'm a wuss. I'd not want to hang anything above a consumer unit - if that farquer goes in the middle of the night and whips out the entire fuse box ..... I'd not be able to cope
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 17th May 17, 11:19 AM
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    3M picture hanging strip.
    I hang my 40 x 140 mirror with these.
    it still staying on the wall after 4 years.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Command-Large-Picture-Hanging-Strips/dp/B00404YKZI/ref=pd_sim_60_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=AFY0DR 5YSJZ71TC86Q43
    • casper_g
    • By casper_g 17th May 17, 12:58 PM
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    If I was using grab adhesive on a frame less mirror I'd make sure to use one with a foiled back, as I suspect (but don't know) that the solvent in the adhesive might do funny things to the silvering on the mirror.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 17th May 17, 1:17 PM
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    How heavy is it? If it's not too heavy I would look at 3m Command Strips. The large ones can hold several KG of weight and they can be easily removed. I wouldn't stick anything up with Gripfill unless you want to have to repair your wall when you remove it.
    • penguingirl
    • By penguingirl 17th May 17, 1:23 PM
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    If I was using grab adhesive on a frame less mirror I'd make sure to use one with a foiled back, as I suspect (but don't know) that the solvent in the adhesive might do funny things to the silvering on the mirror.
    Originally posted by casper_g
    Yes, previous owners in our house had used some kind if adhesive that seeped through the mirror leaving a very obvious squiggle that could be seen through the mirror. It looked awful.
    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 17th May 17, 1:31 PM
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    Above the consumer unit? Got any pics or care to explain in a bit more detail?
    Originally posted by MisterP123
    Erm, well I have a small cupboard in the hallway with a ECU in it:


    We want to hang a mirror above it on the wall but as electric comes in and out to various places in the house, drillng is a no no.

    It's this mirror:



    The wall has been freshly painted so it'll be pretty good to go, although I may roughen it up a little to get a better stick.


    3M picture hanging strip.
    I hang my 40 x 140 mirror with these.
    it still staying on the wall after 4 years.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Command-Large-Picture-Hanging-Strips/dp/B00404YKZI/ref=pd_sim_60_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=AFY0DR 5YSJZ71TC86Q43
    Originally posted by Cisco001
    Can you explain a little more how these work?
    I find it strange that it "holds strong" but "cleanly removes", so how can it be strongly attached to the wall?

    Although the mirror is no more than a couple of kilos at best.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 17th May 17, 1:45 PM
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    I find it strange that it "holds strong" but "cleanly removes", so how can it be strongly attached to the wall?
    The tabs stick to the wall and 4 large ones will hold up to 7.2KG.

    To remove them, they have a small tab that you pull downwards - this stretches the sticky pad and causes it to release from the surface it's adhered to.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 17th May 17, 1:57 PM
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    glue sticks to [uncleaned wall part, delete if you've cleaned the wall -the muck on the wall, the muck on the wall sticks to] the paint / paper, paint / paper sticks to the plaster, plaster sticks to the brickwork. The strength of the hanging is the strength of the weakest bond.
    Originally posted by JP08
    The same applies to the mirror. The back of the glass is silvered and then a protective coating covering that, but I doubt either are substantial enough to support the weight of the mirror.
    • ST1991
    • By ST1991 17th May 17, 2:11 PM
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    Could you fix a batten to the wall using screws in places you know there are no wires behind, and then fix it to said batten?

    Alternatively do the same without the batten, if you know where to screw?

    Is there some kind of device you can use to looks for electrics behind the wall? I know you can get stud finders.
    • DavidFx
    • By DavidFx 17th May 17, 3:08 PM
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    To glue a mirror to a wall - use a mirror adhesive - which is designed to do the job.

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/geocel-trade-mate-mirror-fix-white-310ml/95057
    • Andy L
    • By Andy L 17th May 17, 3:18 PM
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    Could you fix a batten to the wall using screws in places you know there are no wires behind, and then fix it to said batten?
    Originally posted by ST1991
    Or, if the positioning doesn't work for a batten, run a picture rail along the whole wall & hang it from that
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 17th May 17, 3:48 PM
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    Why not stand/lean it on a shelf underneath, if you can locate where the wires are that bit further down?
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