Trying to remove this mail box from the post.

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There are five of these fasteners which I believe are holding the mailbox the mounting plate.

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Here is an interior shot, and as you can see, it is not simply the process of unscrewing. enter image description here

Appreciate your suggestions and feedback.

  • Do you want it to ever go on again? Is the post one solid piece, or does it come apart? Jul 30, 2017 at 1:48
  • I want to remove this mailbox permanently as I'm planning to install a new one, but didn't want to go through the hassle of removing the entire post. The new box can sit atop of the existing plate.
    – Chris
    Jul 30, 2017 at 1:53

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Those are pop rivets. They are not for removing.

The product would have been sold with those permanent fasteners already installed. The mailbox was installed on the post after those were attached, therefore they cannot be important to removing the mailbox from the post.

You can remove them if you really want to by drilling them out, however this will prove to be a waste of time.

Have you looked inside the mailbox proper? Sometimes screws hide there.

  • I have checked and removed all other screws. Appears the mailbox would slide off the base if these were removed, but now I guess I need to remove the entire plate and replace with a new one since I'm unable to remove these rivets. uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/…
    – Chris
    Jul 30, 2017 at 2:15
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    It looks like the mailbox was originally attached with the screws in the image you there linked. If you want to salvage that plate, they are soft aluminum rivets: a battery drill and 3/16" drill bit (or any size below about 3/8) should be adequate to drill it out. Jul 30, 2017 at 5:16
  • My original intention was to salvage the original plate, but for $20, I can purchase a replacement one and keep the original mailbox intact, in case it ever needs to be sued again. Thanks for your help regarding how to remove the rivets.
    – Chris
    Aug 1, 2017 at 1:52

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