Friday, July 3, 2015

Double Mailbox Post Makeover




Completed project!


Updated photos from 2/2018, closer view


view from underneath



My neighbor's mailbox and ours were in just terrible condition. The mailboxes had a wooden cover where the birds loved to perch and poop all over them. I asked my neighbor if he would be interested in sharing a double mailbox post with identical mailboxes and he agreed. Little did I know that none of the major home improvement stores sell a double mailbox post, unless you want to special order one for hundreds of dollars or have one custom made.  This project cost about $100, split between the two of us...$50 each, not too bad!

Materials needed...
Wooden post from Lowes-ours is not listed online but very similar to this one
1- 1 by 6 piece of wood  approx. $5
screws

Mailboxes must be placed 6 to 8 inches away from the curb; the slot or door must be 41 to 45 inches from the ground. Curbside mailbox posts should be buried less than24 inches deep and made from wood no larger than 4 inches high by 4 inches wide.


We installed the post with guidelines from the USPS (see above) and then put about a 5 by 22 inch cross piece to set the mailboxes on. The size of that piece of wood will depend on the size of your mailboxes and how close you want them together. If you have any questions on how we installed it, comment below. 





3 comments:

BestTools said...

What if the most desired document or letter is lost or theft along with the letterbox? The result might be catastrophic sometime! So, it should be the foremost duty to ensure the safety of your documents outside the door. A secure and heavy duty locking mailbox can do this. We were in search of the best secure mailbox

Anonymous said...

Could you please give detailed step-by-step instructions? I want to have a friend build this for me. Thanks!

Kristen C said...

I updated the post with some close up photos. All you really do is buy a wooden mailbox post and place a board crossways to place 2 mailboxes on. Our crosspiece measures 5.5 by 22 inches. It all would depend on how far apart you want your mailboxes. We played with it for a bit before cutting.