Estes Designs Mailbox & Streetscapes offers the high quality mailboxes and installation services. However, we understand that some people would prefer to handle installation on their own. So if you’re one of these “do-it-yourself” people, we’ve got some tips, so that you do it correctly the first time around, which will save you time, money, and a hassle. Our tips will make sure you are in compliance with all regulations.
Step 1 – Location, Location, Location
Determine the location for your mailbox post in accordance with the proper authorities. The United States Postal Service has guidelines for mailbox installation, so that that the postal carrier does not have to leave his or her vehicle. Before installing any mailbox, you should have already consulted the post office concerning placement of the mailbox. The height requirement from the bottom of the mailbox to the top of the curb needs to be between 36″ and 41″ with the optimum being 39″. The front of the mailbox should also be 2″ away from the curb.
Also before digging and after deciding the location of the post, you will need to locate the underground utilities and irrigation lines.
Step 2 – Preparation
Use your post hold digger to dig the hole roughly 2 feet down, or as deep as recommended for your specific mailbox post. Dig an extra 4 or 5 inches, and fill the extra space with sand or gravel; this will allow water drainage and help prevent water damage over the years. This should be done for ANY wooden post.
Step 3 – Concrete
Use concrete, if needed, to stabilize the post. Prepare concrete mixture in accordance with what is listed on the bag.
Step 4 – Placing Your Post
Place your post in the hole, making sure to keep it level. Pour or shovel the concrete, if needed, in small amounts at a time, and continue to re-check the post to ensure that it stays level. Give the concrete at least 24 hours to dry. Once it is set in the correct position, you may fill in the rest of the hole with dirt and tamp it down.
After following these steps you are ready to install, just add your new mailbox to the post!