Replacing the Mailbox

Your mailbox is an important part of your home. Unfortunately, it is also an easy target for accidents and you may find that one day you wake up and your mailbox is gone or has been destroyed. Whether it was a group of rowdy misfits, a serious storm or a small bump from a passing car, it might be time to replace the mailbox and start working to keep pets from gardens. So how do you do this?

The first step in the process of replacing your mailbox is to get a new one. You can purchase mailboxes from any major homewares or retail outlets or you can even make one yourself if you are feeling creative and crafty. You can purchase standard openings or ones that come in different shapes such as houses, clocks, cars, wagons, flower pots or anything else.

Mailbox Replacement Tips

You may also need to replace the post that the mailbox sits on which is often the reason why your mailbox broke in the first place. Your post may be damaged or it may be split in half. Whatever the case, there are certain regulations in place set up by the federal system for making mail delivery more efficient. Your mailbox needs to be 42 inches above the ground in order to pass regulations.

However, before you go out and buy a 42 inch piece of wood, you also need to bury the wood at least 18 inches which means you should be looking at a 60 inch board as your mailbox post, at the least. If you want to paint the post to create a more elegant entrance to your home then make sure you choose an exterior paint that will withstand the harsh weather conditions. Or, you may wish to stick to a varnish just to polish off the post a little bit and give it a little extra shine.

To install the post you will need to dig a hole at least 18 inches and fill it with concrete and gravel. Place the pole into place and wait until the concrete has fully set. You can then mount your mailbox which is usually done with brackets and screws. The instruction as well as the screws and brackets should come with the mailbox. You will need to dig out that screwdriver to complete the job, however.

Once you have your mailbox firmly in place then you need to add the finishing touches. This most likely includes the number of your house. Most mailboxes will come with adhesive numbers that you simply peel off and stick on your new mailbox.

However, you can also purchase individualized stickers to add to your mailbox such as your last name or a silly little note if you wish. For example, you may wish to choose a mailbox that is shaped like a house and add "Home Sweet Home" onto the side or you may wish to play with your last name with a pun such as "Hastle's Castle", if your last name is Hastle. This is entirely up to you and your personal tastes.

One other thing to remember is that if you are living in any type of complex and replacing the mailbox, then you will most likely need to speak to your homeowners association about it first. Many condo boards have specific rules in place in terms of the colors and size of the mailbox in an attempt to keep everything uniform and tidy in the complex. What this means is that you will need to get their permission on the mailbox you choose before going through with the purchase.

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