Do's and Don'ts of Setting up Your Mailbox
The snow is melting, birds are chirping and you can smell that Spring is right around the corner. The only thing that can put a damper on your mood could be looking at your mangled mailbox and post which once again needs to be replaced after the force of thrown plow snow has caused damage. Keep this list of Do's and Don'ts in mind when setting up your mailbox (yet again).
Follow United States Post Office guidelines here.
Position your mailbox 6 to 8 inches back from the curb or roadway shoulder
Have the height of your mailbox be 41 to 45 inches from the ground
Use the right materials. It's important that you use a 4x4 wooden support or a 2" diameter steel pipe. The supporting post cannot cause potential damage if struck by car or involved in an accident.
As the saying goes, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." To prevent you from having to repeat putting up your mailbox yet again the following year get a mailbox shield such as BoxBlox.
Don't be "That Neighbor" who does a patchwork fix by placing the post in a 5 gallon bucket filled with concrete. Not only is it an eye sore but it doesn't follow USPS guidelines.
Don't place your post in a milk carton, throw some rocks in there and call it a day. Not only is this too not recommended by USPS but the metal milk carton is unlikely to hold up in winter environments.
Definitely do not substitute traditional posts for cinder blocks. This presents a significant threat to any automobile accident that could occur.
We've spent years perfecting the BoxBlox mailbox shield from material selection, no-tool required design and coating in a rust resistant coating. It might be tempting to strap some plywood to a metal pole but trust is this is only a temporary fix and not pleasing to look at during summer.