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Can I Hang A Mirror On A Plaster Wall?

We received a call from a lady recently who asked “Can I hang a mirror on a plaster wall?”


Just the word alone conjures images of dust, debris, and cracks in the wall the length of a football field. Plaster is generally found in older structures (predating 1950). It is a type of wet mud that is trawled onto wooden or metal lathe. The plaster pushes into the lathe and hardens. The older it is the more likely it is to crack or crumble. So needless to say the idea of hanging a heavy framed mirror on a plaster wall makes even the most experienced installer cautious.

As you may or may not know, according to the unofficial installers handbook:

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If you should “never hang a mirror on a wire”, what should you do?

A large portion of our business has been mirror and artwork installations. For almost every mirror that we have installed over the years, we have used either a french cleat type mounting or we a direct mount technique where the mirror has D-Rings attached to the back of the frame and heavy duty hooks on the wall. Hanging a mirror using one of these methods is more difficult than a single hook on the wall to catch a wire, but these methods, when implemented properly, are more secure and distribute the weight of the mirror better.

In the installer’s perfect world, the mirror will have a nice, thick wooden frame around it, with no wire attached to it and the D-Rings will already be in place and they will be at identical points on each side of the frame.

However, this Utopia does not exist.

Some older mirrors have thin wooden frames and rusted wires that can’t be removed or adjusted. In that situation, the installer has to disregard Rule #7 and hang the mirror as is. Some mirrors have metal frames and there is no way to add or remove hardware to the back so the installer has to work with what he has been given.

How do you hang a mirror on a plaster wall?

For this project, we held the mirror up for the client to determine how high they wanted it installed. We then measured the back of the mirror to find out how far from center each D-Ring was located. We then transferred those measurements to the wall to mark the location of the hooks.

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Because these walls were plaster, we have to take additional steps to reduce the risk of cracks and crumbling wall materials. We used a small piece of painters tape to hold the hook in place temporarily. (The hook is actually larger than it looks. It is rated for up to 100 lbs.) We also used a Post-It note as a makeshift dust catcher.

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With our dust catcher in place and the hook loosely secured to the wall with tape, we used a 1/16″ drill bit to pilot a small starter hole for the nail to be used with the picture hook.

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After the hole has been drilled, the nail is inserted into the hook and tapped flush into the plaster wall.

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The painters tape (and dust catcher) are then removed and the process is duplicated on the other side.

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The mirror is then hung on the hooks and we made sure to remove any fingerprints or smudges from the glass.

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If are in the Upstate SC area and you need someone to hang a mirror on a plaster wall, or any other type of wall, please contact us. We would love to discuss the project with you.

Plantation Shutters in Anderson SC

We recently installed some plantation shutters in Anderson SC. The home sat on the banks of Lake Hartwell in a nice high end neighborhood. Anderson, SC is part of our primary coverage zone so we work there fairly regularly.

The client purchased the plantation shutters from a local dealer for whom we have completed several installation projects. The shutters were solid wood and had a nice 3-1/2″ elliptical louver.  We installed shutters in all three bedrooms in the home as well as the laundry room, master bathroom, and den.

We love the look of plantation shutters. They just add to a room. They can give you light control as well as privacy.

The video clip below (which is featured on our YouTube channel) was recorded while we were installing the shutters in the den. It was recorded using a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone that was mounted on a tripod. We used an app called Framelapse that was set to take a picture every second. The app automatically stitches the pictures together to create the time lapse video. We then created the rest of the video using Window Movie Maker.

We hope you enjoy this video, and if you have questions about plantation shutters or any other type of window treatments, please contact us.

VIDEO: Child Safety by Hunter Douglas

I am an installer and a parent. As such, I am acutely aware of the potential dangers of corded window treatments. Below we have included the latest video discussing child safety by Hunter Douglas. Hopefully sharing this information with the public will help bring awareness to this issue and give parents, guardians, and caregivers the information they need to select safer window treatments for their homes.

Why is “Child Safety” Important?

Cords on window treatments have been dubbed one of the top 5 hidden dangers in American homes. The problem is so large that several industry and consumer groups have established October as “National Window Covering Safety Month.” In fact, according to some reports, it takes less than 60 seconds for a child to suffer severe injury or even death as a result of becoming tangled in a loose cord on a blind or shade.

Who is Hunter Douglas?

Hunter Douglas is a manufacturer of a wide variety of window coverings, including wood blinds, roller shades, roman shades, and interior shutters. They, like most manufacturers, are concerned with providing safe window treatments and provide many options that eliminate or limit access to cords that could injury young children.

They created this short video and encouraged their dealers to share it on their websites to get the word out to the general public about the potential dangers of corded window treatments. (Disclaimer: we are not a Hunter Douglas dealer but we have partnered with several in our area).

Also, please remember to hire professional window treatment installers that are trained to properly install your window coverings with appropriate safety devices.

Draperies Installed On Medallions

We recently had the pleasure of working once again with Judy Peters, owner of Palmetto Drapery in Anderson, SC.

Judy has been fabricating window treatments since 1995. This most recent project was the installation of a set of stationary draperies installed on medallions around the sides of an arched window. The medallions were sourced from Select Drapery Hardware Co.

To successfully pull this installation off, Judy provided us with a template showing the exact locations that each medallion was to be installed.

Below is a time-lapse video we created to show the evolution of this project. If you are having trouble loading the video, try viewing it on our YouTube Channel.

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Skylight Windows

Do you have hard to reach windows, such as skylight windows?

Are you concerned that the sunlight may be damaging your furniture and floor? Are you concerned the heat passing through these windows is causing your HVAC system to work harder than it should? Perhaps motorized cellular shades are what you need.

The video below shows a set of motorized shades we recently installed for a client.

You’ll notice that instead of a hand-held remote that can easily be misplaced, this client has a controller mounted on the wall. It is wireless and mounts on top of the existing drywall so you do not have to hire an electrician. Also, the controller has 4 programmable groups. On this project we programmed one shade for each “group” as well as the “ALL” setting so she can control all four or just one of her shades. If this client decides she needs a hand-held remote or a wall switch added on the other side of the room, it is very easy to “clone” the controllers without having to touch the shades themselves.

Cellular shades are the most common window treatment used for skylight windows. And adding motorization gives you the highest “ease of use.” But if cellular shades do not interest you, there are other options for skylight windows – including aluminum mini-blinds, pleated shades, roller shades, solar screen shades, as well as plantation shutters.

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Have a project you need help with? Give us a call or send us a message. We’d love to discuss it with you.

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