How to Install a Curbside Mailbox

If you put up a curbside mailbox it can accomplish a couple of things. It can make it easier for the mailman to give you your mail and it can also be an attractive addition to the front of your home. There are so many different styles available that you can choose one that is just right for you.
Here are a few steps you can take to installing a curbside mailbox.

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The first thing you have to do is chose a mailbox. You can choose one in a style that you think will look good in front of your home. You also have to make sure that the mail will fit. Basically if you get a lot of mail, purchase one with adequate space. You can buy a mailbox, as well as the post, at most hardware and lumber stores.

* Use a post-hole digger to make a hole around 2 feet deep. When you purchase a mailbox the manufacturer will have the recommended height for its mounting, so you may have to dig the hole a little deeper or not as deep. When you take out the dirt keep it close by, as you will need it to fill the hole back up.

* Get some quick dry concrete dry mix and make the mix in either a large bucket or a wheelbarrow.

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Place the mailbox in the hole you have dug making sure that it will be stable when your pour in the concrete.

* Get some scrap lumber in order to cover the top of the post. Get a hammer and lightly tap the post into the ground until it is the right height for mounting.

* You have to make sure that the post is straight so use a level.

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Use a spade or smaller shovel to carefully fill the hole with the concrete. Try to fill it in placing small amounts around the post and not in one area. Fill the hole in until it around 6 inches from the surface.

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On top of the concrete shovel the dirt in until the hole is filled up. Loosely pack it and make sure the post is level again. If it is not arrange the post so it is level. Now you can pack the dirt a little harder around the post.

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Wait 24 hours so that the concrete can fully dry and become hardened.

* When the concrete is completely hardened tamp more dirt into the hole so that the post will be very stable.

* Now you can attach the mailbox to the post.

TIPS:


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When you are picking out an area to place the mailbox it is better to put it as close to the curb as possible. This will make it easier for the mailman to give you the mail.

* When you are arranging the post in the hole make sure to keep checking it is level. This is especially the case when the concrete is dry. By not doing this you will be stuck with a mailbox that is not level. It may be a good idea to have someone help you as they can hold the post level while you pack in the dirt and concrete.

SAFETY TIP: When you work with concrete it is caustic so make sure that you use gloves or it can cause skin irritation.

Author: Jason Green