Mailbox Post Replacement
Introduction: A mailbox is our
little link for keeping in touch with the world. It
is where we receive letters, magazines, catalogs,
and post outgoing mail. Through rain, snow, and hot
sun the mailbox stands on its post at the end of
the driveway waiting for the daily deposit of mail.
Unfortunately the mailbox will eventually need a
mailbox post replacement.
If you get ten years of service before its
necessary to repair or replace a mailbox post you
actually have done well.
Most mailbox posts are made of wood, usually
pressure treated, plastic, or are a metal pipe. In
either case the post is usually cemented in the
ground and the mail box attached to the post. It
really doesn’t matter which type of post you use,
it will eventually need replacement. If it doesn’t
get destroyed by vandals or knocked down by the
snow plow, the weather will eventually take its
toil requiring it to be replaced. The hardest part
of repairing or replacing a mailbox is removing the
old box and post.
Mailbox post design:
There are several choices for mailbox post designs.
The most recent addition is molded plastic.
Some make no pretence about being plastic,
using flowing shapes, interesting colors and unique
designs with integrated features such as newspaper
Others are made to look like painted cedar
mailbox posts but for a fraction of the price and
without the durability problems.
As a whole, plastic mailbox posts are
extremely durable and will outlast any wood or
metal post. However, many are quite unsightly.
Metal posts are available in galvanized steel and
Both are durable, but aluminum is more often
preferred because it doesn't rust like a steel post
and the finish stays looking better longer.
Aluminum mailbox posts tend to be more
expensive than galvanized steel.
Wood mailbox posts are the traditional choice,
especially for do-it-yourselfers looking for
The simplest post is a 4x4 or 6x6 post of
any wood variety. A pressure treated mailbox post
or a cedar mailbox post is the most common. A 3/4
to 1 inch thick pine or cedar wood base is attached
to the top of the post to attach the mailbox.
The base should be sized to fit into the
recess under the mailbox. Ready made mailbox posts
can be purchased at most home improvement centers.
Again you have a choice of redwood, cedar and
various and pressure-treated woods.
Replace mailbox post:
If the post is not already loose in the ground just
wiggle it until it is. The cement ball will come
loose from the surrounding earth.
Some digging to remove the earth around the post
may be necessary.
Use a pry bar or a mason's bar to pry the old post
from the ground.
When installing the new post take care that the
completed installation will allow the mail box lid
in the open position is between 41 and 45 inches
above the road surface. Distance from the outside
edge and the curb or edge of the road surface, to
the front of the mailbox should be 6 to 8 inches.
US Postal regulations regarding mailbox location
and height can be obtained from your local post
Position the new mailbox post in the hole. Use
small braces to straighten and hold the post
vertically and fill the hole with premixed cement.
Just dump the premixed cement in the hole
around the post, tamp it down and then add water.
Let the cement set for approximately four hours and
then attach the mailbox to the post.
That’s all there is to it!
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