A mailbox can be both functional and attractive, and there are many styles to choose from. Some homeowners select a decorative mailbox that blends well with their home, or that shows off their personality. Decorations run the gamut from displaying colors and mascots for a favorite sports team to showing beautiful hand-painted artwork. If your mailbox is in need of replacement, keep the following tips in mind:
1. You can build your own mailbox, but it will need to meet the same standards as a manufactured box. Your local postmaster can review your plans and approve them. The mailbox will need to have 41" to 45" from the road surface to the bottom of the box or point of mail entry. The mailbox should also be placed 6" to 8" back from the curb.
2. Whether you make or purchase the box itself, you'll need to have your address (house number) somewhere visible for the mail carrier.
3. A good mailbox support will be stable, but will bend or fall away if it gets hit by a car. A 4"x4" wooden support or a 2"-diameter steel or aluminum pipe will work well. Concrete posts are not advisable, and the post should be buried no more than 24" deep. Be sure to contact your utility companies if you're installing a new post so you avoid digging through any utility lines.
4. Check your mailbox annually to make sure the house number is still visible, and that the box and post haven't sustained any damage. Tighten loose hinges, and replace any rusty parts. Mailbox maintenance is important, as the box is susceptible to weather damage.
While installing a new mailbox may be a fun spring DIY project, many homeowners don't have the time, tools, or experience to handle the job. Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale will help plan, construct, and install your mailbox of choice. For information, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL