The weather in Maryland this week is finally warm enough to work outside. By the end of the week the temperature will be in the upper 70s!
We’ve been waiting for some nice weather to install the new mailbox my sister sent us for Christmas.
We accessed the installation instructions for our Whitehall mailbox and the U.S. Postal Service’s Guidelines on the internet
Charlie found a brand new 8-foot 4″ by 4″ pressure treated post in our leftover lumber from the renovation.
He dug a hole just past the driveway on the west side of the house and inserted the wood post. The Post Office does not want it to be cemented in the ground just in case a vehicle hits it; the mailbox is supposed to give way in case of an accident.
Then he covered the post with the decorative metal sleeve. After taking another look at the directions Charlie realized the mailbox actually sits in front of the post, not on it like our old mailbox, so he had to work the metal sleeve back out of the hole.
He screwed the metal post into the wooden post using the two predrilled holes at the back.
Two horizontal supports are held on by 2 screws each into the post.
The mailbox itself sits on the horizontal brackets and is screwed into those brackets.
Lastly the address plates are screwed onto the sides of the mailbox from the inside. All holes are sealed with a sealant provided with the box.
Finally Charlie removed the old mailbox but I ran out of memory (on my camera chip) before he was finished.
What are you upgrading?