With regards to installing in-ground post mounted mailboxes there’s more to it than creating a big hole and dropping in a post.
Additionally, you’ll need to make a couple of telephone calls before you start to dig and if done properly, the in-ground post mounted mailbox post will stay in its place for countless years to come.
You’ll find a variety of styles of post mounted mailboxes. Anything from a conventional post to those that have a side to side mount upon which the mail box is secured and installation will pretty much be the same, as the worst part will be setting up the post.
Before you decide to dig any holes for the post, it is best to contact the power companies to make sure you don’t dig into any specific power, water or any other utility lines that may be below the ground.
Furthermore you will want to call your local post office to acquire specific details concerning the height of the letter box and the gap from the side of the road. If your letterbox isn’t put in in accordance with their specifications, the mail carrier won’t deliver your mail.
Typically, the top post, or bottom part of the mail box should be about 33-inches from the bottom of the road. The front of the post is required to be about 12-inches from the side of the road.
These measurements are a standard and may be different in the area and will be based upon whether there is a curb on the road or the road is the identical level as the front of your lot.
You may need a post hole digger, a leveling tool, at least 24-inches long and some ready-mix concrete. You’ll want to get the kind that you add into the hole and then add water as it is simpler. The hole needs to be a minimum of 24-inches deep and no more than 8-inches across. The hole can be deeper depending on the length of the hole you are utilizing.
Whenever the hole is deep enough, set the pole into the hole and pour in the dry cement mix until it fills up about a fourth of the hole. Utilizing the level, examine it on all four sides to make sure it is straight.
Start adding some more dry concrete to around half the depth. For a second time check with your level. Tap the dry concrete to pack it down and utilize a garden hose to ever so slowly add water right up until it rises to around one inch above the dry concrete.
Once it’s soaked into the concrete floor, confer with your level once again and then increase the dry concrete to within just one inch of the top of the hole. Add more water and then walk away and let it sit in place for a minimum of 24 hours before hanging the letterbox to the top of the pole.