A simple way to enhance the exterior of the home without much expense is to install a new mailbox. With the many colors and styles available, the mailbox provides a way to personalize your home. Some people choose a mailbox that signifies their interests, career, or unique personality. The required tools and supplies are not difficult to find.
You will need:
• Post hole diggerhttps://www.hippmodernbuilders.com/products/do-it-best-post-hole-digger
• Mailbox post
• Large bucket or wheelbarrow
• Long-handled shovel
• Measuring tape
• Quick-drying concrete
• Safety goggles
• Work gloves
• 2 long pieces sturdy wire or rope (optional)
• 2 stakes (optional)
• 4×4 attachment brackets (optional)
• Adhesive address numbers that are 1-inch high (optional)
Step 1: Before you buy a mailbox kit or mailbox and post, check mailbox regulations with your local post office. If the support or box will be moved, the mailbox needs to be approved by the United States Postal Service. Typical regulation regarding height is 42 inches between the ground and bottom of the mailbox. Verify this with the post office. Also, ask how far a mailbox must be from a roadway. The general rule is between 6 and 8 inches. A mailbox must be installed on the right-hand side of a road so a mail carrier can pull the truck over for deliveries. Choose a mailbox kit or post and mailbox that matches the décor of your home exterior.
Step 2: Contact the local utility providers to verify that no underground electric or gas lines are located in your project area. Suit up by putting on the safety goggles and work gloves. Create a 2-foot deep hole with your post hole digger, making the hole about two times wider than the diameter of the post. To encourage proper drainage, add 6 inches of the gravel to the bottom of your hole. Place the post into the hole. Measure the distance between the ground and where the mailbox will go to ensure the height regulation is met.
Step 3: Mix water and concrete in the large bucker or wheelbarrow, following the manufacturer directions.
Step 4: Ask someone to center the post in the hole and make sure it is level. If a helper is not available, tie the two pieces of wire or rope around the center of your post. Insert the two stakes in the ground and attach the rope or wire to them to secure your post upright. Use the shovel to add the concrete mixture to the hole. Slope this mixture around the base of the post to allow water to run off during a rainstorm. Level off this concrete a few inches from the top of your hole, using the shovel. Take the stick and poke a few holes into the concrete to reduce number of air pockets. After this concrete has set, you can conceal it by covering the area with extra soil.
Step 5: Allow the concrete to dry overnight. Once it has set, attach your new mailbox to its post, using the manufacturer directions as your guide. Standard 4×4 brackets can be used if no box attachment brackets were supplied. If desired, use adhesive numbers to add your house number to your new mailbox.