Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 2 of 16 - Wood Set Up

Fig.1: Mailbox repair
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
4x4x7 Douglas Fir wood post (1)
4x4x2 Douglas Fir wood post (2) 
Electrical cord 100-foot
Electrical cord 25-feet
Electrical strip
Gloves heavy-duty
Saw horses (2)
Tarps and paper

Mrs. Escarole mailbox had fallen over and the Post Office refused to deliver the mail. She lives in a rural town called Creekside, California. The mailbox was very unusual and made of two 4x4 posts at a horizontal angle and another 4x4 post held it in place. 

This post shows the eight steps to to prepare for the replacement this mailbox.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the old mailbox that needs replacing.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows my truck loaded with all the new parts.
Fig.2 Tools and supplies
Step 3: Fig.3 shows packing paper will be used as a painters tarp and the 4x4 post.

Fig.3 Packing paper tarps
Step 4: Fig.4 shows a saw horse with the two pre-cut pieces of 4x4 Douglas fir post that will hold the mailboxes.
Fig.4 Saw horses
Step 5:
Fig.5 and fig.6 shows two saw horse with the 7-foot 4x4 post and horizontal bars ready to be primed over a painter's tarp.  Why 7-foot?  Because two feet will be in the ground surrounded by post concrete and the mailbox top needed 5-feet above the ground.
Fig.5 Main post
Fig.6 Post on sawhorses

Step 6: Fig.7 shows the 100-foot electrical cord that will provide electrical power for the drill and saws needed for this project. 
Fig.7 Electrical cords
Step 7: Fig.8 and fig.9 shows the electrical cord coming out of Mrs. Escarole garage and down the driveway to the electrical strip.
Cords on
Step 8: Fig.10 shows electrical strip that will provide multiple choices for electrical cords to be used in this project.
Fig.10 Electrical outlet
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