Does anyone know what the height is supposed to be for a rural
mailbox? I live on a rural gravel road and there is a deep ditch next
to the road. I originally put a wooden post right on the edge of the
road, but in summer the box just falls over after heavy rains because
the edge of the road to ditch is so steep that there is nothing to
really dig in to, unless I put the post hole about 6 feet deep.
Besides that, the box is actually hanging over the road, and more than
once a car has hit it. In the winter, the snow plows have broken off
the post several times, and that just happened this past winter again.
I drove a steel t-post next to the wooden post and wired it on, but it
rained hard the other day and I found the mailbox in the ditch again.
I'm completely fed up with fixing that damn thing about 5 times a
year, which means I have now fixed it around 40 times since I moved
here 8 years ago.
I just took an 8 foot piece of 2" steel pipe and welded a shelf on
top, that sticks out 3 feet past the post. This way I can put the
post down at the bottom of the ditch, and the mailbox will not
overhang the road. This seems like a more sensible method and it's
unlikely the plow will hit it. The only problem is that after I
installed it, the mailbox is only about 40" above the road level. It
looks low compared to neighbors boxes or what my old wooden post was.
I'm only in the ground about 16" so I cant raise it any more.
Is there some measurement that the post office requires?
If it's too low, I'll have to either weld on more pipe at the bottom,
or maybe get a larger pipe and make a sleeve. I plan to put concrete
around the post, but until I know the acceptable height limits I am
not going to do that. Right now I just packed some rocks around the
post in the hole, so I can get my mail. (Its too cold to make
concrete anyhow). And I suppose if I make a sleeve, the post and
mailbox will rotate when it gets windy.
Another thought is to put some old tires around the post and fill them
with concrete, which so far seems to be the best idea I can come up
with, and then I could raise the post in the ground.
It's just a bad place to put a mailbox. On the other side of the road
it would be easy since there is no deep ditch, but the P.O. said they
wont deliver on that side.
Anyone have ideas?