Now’s the time to add a little curb appeal to your home and replace that damaged mailbox with a new version, which not only meets federal regulations, but it’s stylish too. All you need are a few hours and some basic tools to check this outdoor improvement off your spring checklist.
Before you replace an existing mailbox or install one for the first time, keep in mind these federal regulations:
- Install the mailbox about two feet in from the edge of the street, on the right-hand side as traveled by your mail carrier
- Place the bottom of mailbox at a height of 42 inches from the ground
- Clearly mark your house number on the mailbox with painted digits or stickers no less than one inch in height
5 Easy Steps for Replacing Your Mailbox
Once you’ve checked for underground utilities, you’re ready for the first step.
Step 2 – Add gravel and prepare quick-setting concrete mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3 – Set the post and fill the hole with the prepared concrete mix, tamping to eliminate air pockets and sloping around the base to allow for water runoff. Or, you can fill the hole to within a few inches of the top and conceal the concrete with soil after it sets.
Step 4 – Attach the mailbox to the post after it sets with attachment brackets that come with the new mailbox. Use the old brackets or purchase them separately. Use a level to check the mailbox and adjust as needed.
Step 5 – Label the side and the front of the box with your house number using stick-on digits or stencils and paint.
While you’re at it, take another step to improve your curb appeal by co-coordinating your mailbox numbers with your house numbers. For more ideas about how to prep your home, yard and garden for warm weather, visit our how-to page. If you have any questions about this process and the tools necessary, be sure to comment below or contact us on our website.
About the Author
Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.