Good Questions: How Should I Fix My Beautiful Mirror?

Good Questions: How Should I Fix My Beautiful Mirror?

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 6, 2006

Hello AT,

So, after much searching we bought a beautiful, big (and intentionally shopworn) antique mirror in Hudson last weekend. When we were loading it into the car, one of the mirrored panels that frame it came loose, and now I'm worried that they might all secretly be loose and in need of some TLC -- would hate to hang it and just have gravity do its work....

How should I go about doing this?...

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In truth, I'm not the most handy type, and wanted to hire someone to come over and hang this beast (it's almost five feet wide and therefore pretty heavy) and thought maybe the very same person could make sure the mirror is sound, double-check and maybe reset the panels that make up the frame, rewire the back so it's nice and sturdy when hung, etc. Kind of like a mirror specialist/art installer.

Could anyone recommend such a person? Or am I way off: do I just buy some glue, slap that errant piece back on, and go?

Help! ---- R

Dear R,

We would hand check each mirror and apply a good glue (we like Gorilla Glue lately) to reapply the fallen piece. This should not be considered a big technical issue.

As for hanging, you should certainly be able to do it yourself with a trip to the local hardware store and a chat with the folks there. What you need to know is how heavy it is so that you get the corresponding wire and screws to hold it up easily. The same goes for the hook you put in the wall.

position the hook or hooks at 57" on center (full instructions here) and then gently lift into place with one other person. You should be fine if you work slowly and carefully.

Anyone else?

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