A daily ritual
for many is that trip to the mailbox. Since it used and abused by the
excessive amounts of mail we receive each day they need replacement every
you dig a posthole for the mailbox be sure to check with your local utility
company that there are no underground utilities that could be damaged.
Remember to keep federal regulations in mind when placing the mailbox.
When you replace an existing mailbox or install one for the first time,
make sure that it will be easily accessible for your mail carrier. Keep
these things in mind:
regulation height is 42" from the bottom of the mailbox to the ground.
Your house number should be clearly marked on the mailbox with painted
numbers or stickers no less than 1" high.
The box should be on the right-hand side of the road as traveled by the
mail carrier, or some other pre arranged location.
should be located approximately 2' from the side of the road to ensure
the carrier can get off the road enough to clear traffic.
Installing a Mailbox
you have determined where the mailbox should be located you can begin
Dig your posthole. The hole should be deep enough to allow for 6"
of gravel (to promote drainage) and to set the post at the correct height.
The bottom of the mailbox must be 42" off of the ground.
Pour about 6"
of gravel into the hole.
concrete mix according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Set the post
and fill the hole with the prepared concrete mix. Tamp the mix while filling
to eliminate air pockets.
Slope the concrete
around the base of the post to allow for water runoff. If you want to
conceal the concrete, pour it to within a few inches of the top of the
hole and cover with soil after the concrete has set.
Attach the mailbox to the post. Attachment brackets designed to fit a
standard 4 x 4 post are available, but check to see if they come with
your mailbox before purchasing them separately. You may also want to check
to see if you have a set from your old mailbox. As an alternative installation,
you can cut a board to fit within the overhanging lips at the bottom of
the mailbox. Secure the board to the post. Screw the mailbox to the board
through the lips at the base of the box
Check the mailbox
assembly for level. Adjust as needed.
the front and side of the box with your house numbers) using stick on
numbers or paint. The numbers should be at least 1" high.
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