Even a single day's post delivery is often enough to make getting into our
front door a stressful challenge. The material easily gets jammed,
presumably because there is such a small gap below the door and the mat.
Assuming that this isn't a rare problem, what are the preferred methods of
others for solving it please?
Get your self one of those little yappy dogs, it'll shred the post for you
whilst you are out, allowing it to be slid accross the mat when you open the
door when you get home :)
actually, the dog subject may hold the solution... one of those wire cages
you put over the inside of the letter box to stop dogs eating the post,
stops it getting on the floor in the first place.
A letter cage
The only problems with them are whether there is enough space behind the
door to allow it to open with a cage fitted, which does not seem to be a
problem in your case, and that some very large letters can be difficult
to get in, so the postman may leave them sticking out of the letterbox.
Thanks Colin. I was thinking about those, although they don't look very
attractive IMO. From some rough measurements the door would not open quite
fully, but that would only possibly become an issue when occasionally
moving large furniture/appliances in or out, so temporary removal would
Another snag is that it would mean screwing into the door. BTW, those at
Discount Locks don't come with the plastic screws they say are needed for
UPVC doors. I was hoping a cage could be fitted to the existing letterbox,
perhaps using its existing two screws under the lid.
One idea I'm considering is making up a sort of 'slide' made of cloth or
plastic sheeting and a couple of thin pieces of wood or stiff wire.
Lightweight and collapsible, stored behind a slim cupboard we have
opposite the door, I'm thinking it might be possible to improvise a simple
means of attaching it quickly when required.
On Tue, 14 May 2013 09:01:39 +0100, Terry Pinnell wrote:
Drop mat into a mat well, with brass edging.
Fit a letter cage around letter box:
Though that looks quite a wide letter slot, check width of cage before
purchase. If you get packets that normally fit through the slot a cage
might stop the larger ones being posted fully through.
On Tue, 14 May 2013 12:53:07 +0100, Terry Pinnell wrote:
Didn't look like that to me, no edging strip of any sort. Make the well
I was also thinking of a slide type idea or just a U channel to catch the
mail. Another possibilty is a cloth bag attached around the letter
opening (clamped under the flap) with a velcro fastened slit get at the
mail inside or maybe just a few inches overlap would do.
Not a direct answer, but I have often wondered why public buildings
always have exit doors that open outwards for fire escape reasons etc,
yet domestic premises have doors that open inwards. I reckon that, not
only wouldn't the build-up of post be a problem but burglars would
have a harder time forcing the door too.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:22:12 AM UTC+1, Nick Odell wrote:
Harder to force, maybe, but it leaves the hinge pins exposed, which could p
rovide a different vulnerability if they're not designed for the purpose. M
y door from the garage into the garden is outward opening, and the hinges h
ave additional bolts which hold the door closed even if the hinge pin is re
On Tue, 14 May 2013 02:29:47 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org
provide a different vulnerability if they're not designed for the purpose. My
door from the garage into the garden is outward opening, and the hinges have
additional bolts which hold the door closed even if the hinge pin is removed.
A good point, which I hadn't thought of before. I like the solution
Doors that open outwards can be a problem in domestic properties. My
parents have a porch where the outer door opens outwards. The milkman
regularly left bottles on the step outside it. Catch 22. They no longer
have milk delivered.
I live in australia and have fun trying to figure out UK posts.
Here we have very few slots in doors (extremly rare I would say maybe a
few in cities)
All detached houses have a box on a post at the front gate.
All units have a bank of boxes at the entrance for the building
semis would have the box at their front gate.
Postman ride along the street on their motor bike or bicycle and rarely
get off them in the suburbs.
Gone are the days when the milkman ,posties, bread men come up to your
house for anything
Take that inner flap with the brush off. The postman will then be able
to put letters through without crumpling them up, and they'll spread out
more across the floor.
I speak as one who delivers neighbourhood association fliers - single
sheets of A4. Those brush things are a menace. If the letter box is
draughty put a better spring on it, the postman can hold that open while
he puts the letters in.
Roll the flyer up so that it resembles a baton and push through the
brush. If there is one side of the flyer that you want to attract
attention, roll it on the inside so that it faces upwards as the flyer
unrolls itself on the mat.
Why do letter-box installers assumes that deliverers have three hands
- one to open the letter box, one to push through the delivered item
and one to hold the rest of the stuff you're carrying. A sensibly-
designed letter box can be opened with half a finger of the same hand
pushing the letter through.
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