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I have an ugly giant frameless mirror glued to a tiled wall in my bathroom I want to remove.

It's probably been there > 20 years.

How do I get rid of it? I'm thinking of just covering it in tape then throwing a hammer at it and quickly closing the door. Then chiseling the pieces off.

Is there a better way?

Update : I got it off by levering it off with a claw hammer. It popped right off. Only to reveal - ANOTHER MIRROR!

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Update : I finally got fed up and threw a hammer at it - it bounced off. I upgraded to a mattock. It bounced off too! –  WOPR Dec 27 '10 at 5:38
You could make a movie about this. Perhaps, call it "The Mirror Has Two Faces". Now, who could you get to star in it? :) –  user558 Dec 27 '10 at 11:34
I wish I could give a +2 for finding a mirror under the mirror. –  ChrisP Dec 28 '10 at 1:02
I got the second mirror off by chiseling the tiles off. Finding the second mirror was pretty funny. –  WOPR Dec 28 '10 at 7:30
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I would...

Use a glass cutter to run scores across the face of the mirror in a roughly plaid pattern. The idea is to give the mirror some encouragement to crack when you start to pull it off. Smaller pieces are good to handle. Do not run the glass cutter along the same score multiple times. One firm score is enough.

Make the scores no farther than 6 to 12 inches apart. Now, tape up the entire mirror. Packing tape would work, as would masking tape. Use enough tape to stop any pieces from falling down and shattering or hurting someone.

Now, use a hammer or pry bar to lever up under one corner of the mirror. As you pry out slowly, tap with a metal object (a small hammer is good, but anything will work, even a heavy screwdriver or the back end of the glasscutter) along the scores you made with the glass cutter. The glass will probably start to crack now along the score line you made. Break away the mirror in small pieces so that you can carry it away easily.

Be very careful of the edges, as they will be sharp. Wear good gloves as well as eye protection. When you are done, sweep up the area carefully, then vacuum. Make sure there are no slivers of glass on the floor.

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This is a good suggestion and I encourage people not to do it the half-assed way I did it as it could have ended up with me in a bad episode of ER. –  WOPR Dec 28 '10 at 7:28
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what is your wall made of? if it's wallboard, you can cut through the wall around the mirror and pull the entire wallboard off.

something to help this process is to attach a piece of plywood to the mirror to help pull it down and control any broken pieces:

  1. buy a set of glass drill bits, a piece of plywood a little bigger than the size of your mirror, some toggle bolts, and washers.
  2. cut through the wallboard around the mirror.
  3. attempt to locate the studs.
  4. drill holes in the plywood that correspond to spaces NEXT TO the studs.
  5. put the plywood against the mirror and brace it with a couple of 2x4's against the opposite wall. (use plywood on the opposite wall to prevent damage to the wall)
  6. use the glass bit to drill holes in the mirror. usually you want start with smallest bit and drill progressively bigger to prevent cracking and chipping. use your judgement here.
  7. insert toggle bolts and tighten them down. use the washers here to make the bolt head bigger than the hole in the plywood.
  8. since the plywood is bigger than the mirror, you can get a claw hammer or crowbar behind the plywood.
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