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You have a couple of options that I can think of, assuming that the ground around the post is fairly firm: Wedge something in next to the post. (thin rocks, cut down cedar shingles, etc.) Fill in the gap next to the post by pouring in sand If the ground's soft, you'll need to re-compact the soil around the post. (and if it's not soft, you can always ...


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It occurred to me that this project might benefit from a single piece stone cap and eliminate lintel altogether. You could incorporate a bit of slope and weather proof the structure. A stone supply house could fashion it out of limestone. More traditional lintel: This window drawing is pretty analogous to a mailbox opening: You are probably building a ...


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The post may be broke off in the ground. If it's really wobbly, it won't hurt to try and yank it up and take a look. You could try to sink something like a 1x4 down long side the existing post. Of if the existing post isn't too damaged, maybe dig around it and pour some post hole cement in. It's like $5 for a 50lb bag at most big box home stores, you just ...


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6-8 inches from the curb according to the official USPS website. Of course, this refers to the location of the door relative to the front face of the curb. If the plow is taking out the post, rather than the box itself, you could install a post that is angled, rather than vertical. My dad would cement a 6-foot steel fence post 5 feet into the ground in ...


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The key sounds like a lost cause. The lock will probably need to be changed. The mail carrier has access to the box, usually through a large panel at the top (above the doors you open). It is likely that access to the lock is possible when that large panel is open. You probably need to coordinate with her or him and the superintendent of your building to ...


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If you know who hit it, buy a new mailbox, and send them the bill. They are liable. If you don't know who hit it, there's more incentive to save a buck by fixing this one, since most insurance companies will raise your rates if you file for a hit and run, and the raised rates will cost more than just fixing it. If you can't get the nuts off, either cut ...


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At least 6 inches back from the farthest the snowplow came off the road in order to hit said mailbox. Really there's what's legal and what's practical. As long as your mail person will still deliver, try to get it back from where the plows run because the city is never going to pay for their screw ups. Another good way to find out your safe distance is to ...


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This person used external guy wires: (NOT A RECOMMENDED SOLUTION!) A relatively quick and cheap fix is to drive a steel angle down beside the post and lash it with bailing wire. It's not particularly pretty.



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