Replacing a mailbox isn’t as hard as it might seem; however, it is important that you know how to go about it.
In this how-to guide, we’ll walk you through the process of replacing your mailbox, from removing the old one to installing the new one.
Why You Might Need to Replace Your Mailbox
Before replacing your mailbox, one thing to consider is how much you use it. If you only get a handful of pieces of mail each month, then it’s probably not worth replacing.
But if you use your mailbox a lot and it’s starting to show wear and tear, then it might be time for a new one.
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not to replace your mailbox. There might be a variety of reasons you need to replace your mailbox. It could be because it was damaged in a storm, or maybe the post has been pulled out of the ground.
Or, maybe you have just noticed that your mailbox is looking a little worn out. Here are a few reasons you might need to replace your worn out mailbox:
A damaged mailbox can pose a security hazard because if your mailbox is broken or knocked over, it’s easy for thieves to snatch your mail.
Decrease Curb Appeal
You might want to replace your mailbox because a damaged mailbox can also be an eyesore since nobody wants a rusted-out mailbox sitting in their front yard.
A damaged mailbox makes it difficult for the mail carrier to do their job. This can lead to missed deliveries and inconvenience for you.
It’s not often that you have to replace your mailbox, but when the time comes, it’s not exactly a difficult process.
However, before you go right into replacing your mailbox, measure the space where your mailbox will be installed. You’ll need to know the height, width and depth of the opening.
Then, purchase a mailbox that’s the right size for the space. Be sure to get one that’s approved by the United States Postal Service (USPS).
In order for curbside mailboxes to satisfy postal regulations, the dimensions of the 6-inch dimension must be perpendicular to the mailbox floor and the gauge must easily fit within the boxes.
How to Replace Your Mailbox
Whatever the reason, replacing your mailbox is a pretty easy task. However, you have to choose a new mailbox.
Now that you have chosen your new mailbox, it’s time to install it! Here’s a simple guide on how to replace your mailbox below:
Gather Some Basic Supplies
You need some basic supplies like a level, a tape measure, screws, a drill, and a hammer. And you need to be ready to show some manly skills.
Remove old mailbox
Remove the old mailbox from its post. This may require some muscle, so be prepared. Remove the old mailbox from its post. If it’s attached with screws, remove them with a screwdriver. If it’s attached with nails, use a hammer to pull them out.
Prepare your new post
Then, using the measurements, you’ll need to select a mailbox that’s the right size.
Dig a hole in the ground that’s deep enough for your new mailbox to fit securely. The hole should be about six inches wider and deeper than your mailbox.
Add some gravel or crushed stone to the bottom of the hole and set the mailbox in place.
Pour concrete into the hole, making sure to fill it up to the top of the mailbox. Let it dry completely before installing your post and adding your flag and mail carrier indicia.
Mount New Mailbox
The first step is to attach the post to the new mailbox. You can do this by drilling screws through the post and into the mailbox.
Next, you’ll want to attach the mailbox to the post. Again, you can use screws for this. Be sure that the screws are long enough to go all the way through the mailbox and into the post.
Finally, use a level to make sure that the mailbox is straight before tightening the screws up completely.
Note: After installation is complete, make sure to test out the mailbox by putting some mail in it and seeing if it closes properly. If not, make any necessary adjustments.
How to maintain your mailbox
Now that you know how to replace your mailbox, it’s important to know how to take care of it so it lasts for a long time. Here are a few tips to help:
- Try not to hit your mailbox with your car. This will damage it over time.
- Keep the area around your mailbox clear of snow and ice so the post doesn’t rot.
- If you have a locking mailbox, make sure to keep the key in a safe place.