My mailbox is falling apart. I'd love to replace it with something
interesting that I can build, instead of buying a junky plastic one or
a cheap wood one. Anyone built one? Are there plans around for
I'm also wondering about the post. I once saw a mailbox on a cool
laminated post forming an arc.
: > My mailbox is falling apart. I'd love to replace it with something
: > interesting that I can build, instead of buying a junky plastic one or
: > a cheap wood one. Anyone built one? Are there plans around for
: > anything interesting?
: > I'm also wondering about the post. I once saw a mailbox on a cool
: > laminated post forming an arc.
: > Thanks,
: > Michael
Here is a mailbox post from wood magazine. The issue is still available.
After someone took a baseball bat or similar tomine I made one of a 6x6.
M&T a 2" tennon about 6" through the post with enough out fromt for a large
mailbox on it. I got the mailbos so my magazines would lay flat, then the
PO started rubberbanding them.
I don't know about the box, but for a most interesting post
Years ago I had a friend who lived in rural AZ and had a
problem with a local drunk and his pickup truck. This asshole
took a liking to running down my friends mailbox several times
a year. The solution was a piece railroad rail buried 6' deep
and bedded in concrete. This was wrapped with old 1 by
whatever boards to disguise the rail and to have something
to attach the mailbox to. Shortly thereafter the drunk demolished
the 1 by whatever boards and totaled his truck. The rail had
some shiny new scratches but remained perfectly vertical.
This what i would like to do to mine. But its probably illegal. And
besides the vehicle that is responsible for mine is a snow plow, and
might still win. Its not actually hitting mine, but throwing heavy wet
snow and knocking off the box. I see that LV has a swing away
mechanism to counter this problem. My neighbor finally got one. They
are not cheap though, about $55 Cdn plus tax.
Ken in NS
One 'creative' solution for this is to put in a _tall_ (like 8 foot) post
with a crossbar at the top, and hang (literally -- on wires) the mailbox
from above. When anything hits it, it bobs out of the way, and then swings
back into place.
I've also seen this with bungee-cord 'stabilizers', so it didn't blow around
in the wind.
See <http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm/d041.htm for the "official rules"
concerning mailbox construction. Especially sections 2.1 and 2.2.
It's a good idea to get local PostMaster approval, _before_ constructing. :)
In my (rural) neighborhood, this would be an ongoing project where
you'll get lots of chances to do it right! :-) The last time somebody
creamed my mailbox, I installed a heavy galvanized post hanger at
ground level, so I can just bolt in a new wooden post the next time
somebody takes it out. I suppose one could go the other way and use a
steel post that couldn't be damaged, but I like the look of wood.
I just can't see putting any real work into a wood
post because of the liklihood of either accidental or malicious
damage. I would think that anything really nice would be a tempting
target for young stupids driving by.
Indeed it is. In thirteen years of living in the country, our mailbox was
never molested (we lived on a dead-end road, and the box was in our driveway),
but plenty of our neighbors' boxes were, many of them multiple times.
One guy sank a couple of 4" I-beams into the ground about a foot on either
side of his mailbox post. I don't know how deep he put them, but they
projected upward to about the same height as the mailbox -- which nobody ever
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