Four Steps For Safely Installing A Mailbox
Have you recently purchased a newly built home? Chances are you’ll be responsible for installing a mailbox on your property. Maybe you’re new to the neighborhood and want to change out your U.S. Post Office mailbox to reflect your style. Or, if you’ve owned your house for many years, you may need to replace a worn post. Your U.S. Post Office mailbox not only endures normal wear and tear from rain, snow, sun exposure, and other natural elements, it’s also susceptible to damage from other sources like being knocked over by a vehicle or bumped into by neighborhood children playing.
Whatever the circumstances, a time will come when installing a mailbox is a necessity. Then what do you do? Follow these four steps to ensure your safety when adding or replacing a U.S. Post Office mailbox and post.
4. Create A Strong Foundation
Concrete provides a strong and stable foundation for most U.S. Post Office mailboxes. Mix the concrete according to the package directions. As you fill around the post, use a level to ensure the mailbox post remains perfectly straight. Leave about six inches at the top unfilled. Once the concrete has dried, additional dirt can then be distributed on top of the concrete and around the mailbox post and you can landscape around the area as you wish.
If you’re installing a mailbox without concrete, use an anchor to support the wooden post. You can screw the anchor into the ground using a crossbar for leverage and then set your wood post on the bracket and attach it using bolts. This method requires you to contact JULIE since you are still disturbing the earth.
Installing a mailbox is typically a weekend project. If you want to start on Saturday, make sure you contact JULIE by Wednesday at 4 p.m.—whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional.
Safe Digging Tip: Always contact JULIE before you dig to have utility lines on your property located for free by our members. Valuable utility lines may be buried just beneath the surface and hitting one could disrupt critical services, cause serious harm to you or your family, or even result in costly repairs and fines.