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Learn how to hang a heavy mirror without making a huge hole in your wall. There are several advantages to reducing the amount of wall damage when hanging mirrors and other large frames, with the most obvious being less repairs down the road when you decide to repaint or move your mirror. Home improvement centers stock a wide assortment of wall anchors that are designed to mount objects to the wall; however, it can be tricky to find the one that suits your needs the best. Check out the following four easy-to-install options for how to hang a heavy mirror with minimal wall damage:
Monkey Hooks are simple devices that allow you to hang a mirror or other object on drywall easily. In fact, installing a Monkey Hook is so easy you do not even need any tools aside from a tape measure and pencil for proper positioning. You simply push and twist the device to insert it into the wall. Due to its thin gauge, wall damage is minimal with only a small hole left behind should you ever decide to remove it. Monkey Hooks are capable of supporting up to 35 pounds.
Gorilla Hooks are similar to Monkey Hooks, but have a heavier gauge, which allows them to support heavier objects. You install a Gorilla Hook the same way that you do a Monkey Hook, by pushing and twisting the device into the wall. Gorilla Hooks are capable of supporting up to 50 pounds. Monkey and Gorilla Hooks are sold separately or in a combination pack for added convenience.
Another convenient way to hang a mirror is by using Scotch Clear Mounting Tape. The double-sided tape can support up to 10 pounds and is ideal for mounting glass, tile and artwork. Aside from eliminating the need for tools during installation, the seamless material does not require punching a hole in your drywall. In fact, should you ever decide to remove it, the most damage you can expect is some minor paint peeling.
Plastic Wall Anchors
Plastic wall anchors have come along way since they first hit the market. This handy device is available in a wide variety of sizes to handle varying weights. While a hollow wall anchor creates a larger hole than those mentioned previously, the damage is still minimal. Installation is a breeze, as you simply screw the self-tapping device into the wall where you need it.
All of the anchors mentioned here are less than $10 and are available at most home-improvement centers.