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How can I repair a snapped 4x4 mailbox post without digging out the footing?

The mailbox is mounted on a 4x4 that was sunk into a concrete base about 18" below ground level. The 4x4 snapped off about 6" below ground. I really don't want to excavate the concrete and ...
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Will old anchor holes in a concrete slab reduce its useful life?

An impaired driver jumped my curb and ripped my square mail post out of the sidewalk concrete that it was anchored into. The bolts were all ripped out of the concrete. Bolts went through the metal ...
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What's the (current) process for getting Arrow locks fitted by USPS?

I'm not sure this question is at all appropriate for DIY.stackexchange, but it seemed the best fit so if it's not appropriate here it's probably not appropriate anywhere. Perhaps this is a question I ...
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Detecting mail in the mailbox, too far for WIFI

Our house is pretty far away from our mailbox, and we need to walk uphill to go check the mail. The mailman has very variable hours, so we often find ourselves going 3-4 times to the mailbox during ...
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Shallow mailbox post hole

I need to build a mailbox post (for two mailboxes) and have confirmed underground power and data cables exist. Unfortunately the plans don't specify the exact position or depth and it's likely the ...
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Fixing a wobbly, leaning mailbox

My mailbox is very wobbly and sags deeply to the side. I tried stuffing dirt in the base where's there's a gap, but that doesn't work. What is my best course of action?
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Is there a replacement mailbox lock that is more pry-resistant?

The communal curbside mailboxes at my townhouse frequently are pried open. (The unit is a Salsbury Industries, Aluminum 3504ASU Surface Mounted Vertical Mailbox with 4 Doors and USPS Access). I know ...
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Repair or replace a mail slot on an exterior stucco wall

Our home in LA County was built in 1939 with a thru-wall mail box with a chute into our dining room. The mail slot (the opening) and chute (embedded in the wall) are held by pins that broke off ...
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Big hole in front of mailbox from mail truck how can I fill it?

So we bought our home last July, we never noticed that right in front of the mailbox which is an area with a big patch of dirt and grass is where the mail truck swoops in and delivers the mail, we ...
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Painting a wooden mailbox post

I need to repaint my wooden mailbox post. When I first moved in to my house, the previous owner had let the paint all but come off. I sprayed it white, with Rust-Oleum spray paint, as that is what "...
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Remove rotten mail post

I have to remove the rotten mail post and install a new one. The post was broken. I have to take it out first. The difficult thing is that the concrete around the post root. It's deep and hard. I ...
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Convert Front Door Entry Mailbox to a Front & Rear Door Entry Mailbox

I need to convert a regular MEDIUM size STEEL mailbox with only one streetside entry door to place mail in & to take mail out. I'm trying to figure out how to remove the backside of the mailbox ...
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How to enlarge lock hole (small mailbox)?

Hi, Had to break my apartment mailbox lock open after the key broke. Been looking and no where seems to have a lock that small. How can I enlarge the current hole? I am far from a hands on guy, ...
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Keeping mail dry in locking mailbox?

I'm thinking about installing a locking mailbox. My main concern after reading online reviews of locking mailbox models is not security but rather mail getting wet. Seems to be a recurring complaint ...
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Need Help removing Mailbox (Architectural Mailbox 7500) from post

Trying to remove this mail box from the post. There are five of these fasteners which I believe are holding the mailbox the mounting plate. Here is an interior shot, and as you can see, it is not ...
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How to remove embedded mailbox in wall?

We have an old house that has a mail slot on the side of the house. That leads straight into a mailbox is that is embedded in the wall. We can access that mailbox from a door on the inside wall in our ...
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Need help removing bolt and nuts from a mailbox

I'm not really handy, and so this is the first time doing something like this. I have a 15+ year old mailbox which is fastened to a metal post by four quite rusted bolts and nuts on the side. The ...
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How should I install the post for a mailbox?

The other day somebody wiped out my mailbox. It's a typical plastic mailbox, that mounts onto a 4x4 post. The old post snapped off right at ground level. Instead of trying to dig it out, I've dug a ...
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How can I fix this broken cluster mailbox unit (CBU)?

Someone hit our community's mailbox and trying to get it fixed has become a major nightmare. Basically, when it was hit, the aluminum pedestal was snapped off right at the base. I have an idea on ...
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How can I remove a jammed, broken key from a lock?

I have a key to an apartment mailbox that was almost impossible to get the key in and out of to unlock, and in trying, my roommate broke the key off in it. From looking in with a light, it seems that ...
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How can I build a brick mailbox?

I'm planning to build a wall block mailbox with the wall blocks that are 3.75" X 7.5" X 11.25". I've worked out the plans that allow for a particular mailbox to fit nicely in a space. However, it ...
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How can I waterproof my mail box (post catcher)?

We have a basket to catch mail which comes through an outdoor security door, like this: There is an area behind the door which is open to the elements so the mail often gets wet. Does anyone know of ...
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What is the proper setback from the curb for a mailbox?

I seem to recall my mailbox having instructions on what the proper setback was from the curb for mounting it. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to re-set the post for the mounting hardware after the ...
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How do I fix a wobbly mailbox post?

This evening, I had the unfortunate luck of someone completely taking out my wooden mailbox with their side-view mirror, leaving only the post. It was a total accident, and he was quite apologetic, ...
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