Mailbox posts inevitably start to lean and loosen over time.
This post movement can be from a soil erosion, rotting wood beneath the ground, physical damage to the post – such as a vehicle hitting it – or a poor original installation. No matter the reason, here’s how you can fix your leaning mailbox post.
Post needs to be straightened
If the post’s damage is minimal and there are no rotten or broken parts beneath the ground, follow these simple steps:
- Choose firm materials, such as rocks, cut-down cedar shingles, or even mixing concrete.
- Using a level, move the post so that it is straight up and down.
- Wedge materials next to the post to fill the gaps, ensuring the post stays straight.
- Once secure, pour sand inside the hole to fill any remaining gaps.
- Compact the ground around the post with a heavy steel rod to get the best results.
Post is rotten or broken off beneath the surface
- Using a shovel, dig around the post to determine if the post is rotten or broken beneath the surface.
- If the post is damaged below the surface, you’ll need to install a new mailbox post. Consider a maintenance free, powder-coated, all-aluminum posts to prevent rotting in the future.
- Install our adjustable and rust-free aluminum Trimmer Guards to ensure your mailbox post is protected and secured from future damage.
If you need to replace your mailbox post, request a quote from Estes Designs Mailbox and Streetscapes, or give us a call at (317) 899-5556 to find a replacement. Our staff is ready to assist you with product selection and installation scheduling.
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Originally posted on Sept. 2nd, 2014. Updated on July 5, 2018.