Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 12 of 16 - Mailbox Installation

Elite metal mailboxes
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Carpentry pencil 
Deck screws 1 1/2 inch box 
Electrical cord 100 foot 
Electrical cord 25 feet  
Gloves heavy-duty  
Magnetic extension
Mail boxes, vintage series, black  
Phillip tip  
Square yellow 2-foot
Tape measure large print  

Mrs. Escarole wanted her mailbox repaired, it has fallen over and the Post Office would not deliver the mail. She lives in a rural town called Creekside, California. The mailbox was made of two 4x4 posts at a horizontal angle and another 4x4 post held it in place. 

This post shows the ten steps to installing a two standard mailboxes.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the old mail box that needs to be repaired.

Fig.1: Mailbox repair
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the new standard black mailbox.
Fig.2 Mailbox
Step 3: Fig.4 shows a yellow square to square both horizontal posts together.
Fig.4 Yellow square
Step 4: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows a cordless drill with a magnetic extension with a Phillip tip driving the deck screws into the mailbox 1x2x12 wood edges inches into the horizontal 4x4 posts.
Fig.5 Magnetic extension 
with a Phillip tip
Fig.6 Deck screws
Step 5: Fig.7 shows the yellow square squaring the first new mailbox.
Fig.7 Measuring mailbox
Step 6: Fig.8 shows the new mailbox placed on top of the white 1x2 and the cordless screwdriver placing a deck screw into the pre-drilled holes. Each mailbox had two holes on each side for securing the mailbox to the posts. The outside edges are much easier to place then the inside screws.
Fig.8 installing 1x2s
Step 7: Fig.9 and fig.10 shows that after the mailbox has been placed now the deck screws are screwed into the other mailbox support.
Fig.9 More deck screws
Fig.10 1/2 done
Step 8: Fig.11 shows the yellow square is squaring the second mailbox.
Fig.11 Squaring mailboxes
Step 9: Fig.12 shows the cordless screwdriver driving a deck screw into the inside of the first mailbox.
Fig.12 Cordless driver
Step 10: Fig.13 shows the cordless screwdriver placing at an 45-degree angle the inside of the second mailbox.
Fig.13 Angle 45 degree
Step 11: Fig.14 shows the new mailbox latch is adjustable and this part is finished.
Fig.14 Mail Latch
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