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How to hang a heavy mirror

Home & Garden
Question: We recently painted our brick fireplace white and would like to hang a 40-pound (about 18kg) mirror on it. What would you recommend to secure the mirror to the fireplace wall?

Answer: If the mirror has wire for hanging across the back, use hook-style picture hangers with Wall-Dog screws, which hold well in brick. 

Or, if your mirror has a wooden frame, use a cleat-style picture hanger – a two-part type where a bracket attached to the back of the mirror slips over a mating section attached to the wall – with the same type of screws. 

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File photo: If the mirror has wire for hanging across the back, use hook-style picture hangers with Wall-Dog screws, which hold well in brick.

If either option would work, choose the cleat: The mirror will never shift out of level.

The hanger rating is just part of the equation. The screws also matter. 

You don't need to drill a pilot hole to drive the screws into a wooden frame, but you will need to pre-drill in the brick, using a three-sixteenths-inch carbide-tip masonry bit. Use a hammer drill, which you can rent.

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