Re: What nightmares could all these mirrors present if taken off?
Hiring this out to experienced glass & window installers is the easiest, cheapest usually, and safest, and I strongly recommend you consider this (as it also assures safe disposal). If determined to DIY it, here are some tricks of the trade:
Use vacuum/suction cup glass handlers. Before removing/loosening the set screws in the retention clips first score between wall and the back edge of the mirrors where possible to do so (blade flat against wall not into the wall surface. Most often previous painting and wall papering projects allow some paint/glue to drip behind mirror. With a shop vacuum nozle in hand use a stiff brush to clean out any collections of dust/glue/muck that has collected (can be almost cement like in bathroom from years of moistening and drying).
Get a long length wire/string saw and a glass cutting tool. Often easier to remove section by section. Use wire saw to work behind mirror and cut through mastic dabs which are likely now quite hard and brittle. Then use even pressure to remove glass (after removing set screws from retaining clips). Keep a razor knife handy to cut any tear out from facing paper of wall board to avoid larger damage.
A two-man pro team could have this out and disposed of and cleanup in less than an hour working with large areas of old mirror glass in confined space is very dangerous for inexperienced, a sharp piece of non-tempered glass can slice a major blood vessle like a hot knife through butter. By the time you amass the tools and start the project you could have already had it done by a professional window and glass company with no risk to yourself and started the wall repair and refinishing.
Line tub/shower and fixtures with protective padding and canvas tarp to avoid damages to finish and should the glass fall.
Long length thick suede "fireplace" gloves work well. Be sure to protect neck and face in addition to eyes. PPE in such tight quarters and from the tub area would include chaps/body armor.
Last edited by Gray Watson; 11-05-2009 at 11:25 AM.
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