Saturday, July 20, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 3 of 16 - Mailbox Hole Dug

Fig.1: Mailbox repair
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
4x4x7 Douglas Fir wood post (1)
4x4x2 Douglas Fir wood post (2)
1x2x6 Douglas Fir wood strip
Chisels multiple size
Electrical cord 100 foot
Electrical cord 25 feet
Electrical strip
Gloves heavy-duty
Nail puller
Pick steel
Post hole digger
Saw horses (2)
Sledge hammer
Shovel flat and shovel head
Tape measure large print
Tarps and paper

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. 

This post shows the thirteen steps to dig up the new mailbox hole.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the old mailbox that needs to be replaced. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the hole in the grass that was stated tor the new mailbox post.
Fig.2 Old hole in grass area
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the dirt removed from post hole by a post hole digger. The dirt is placed on the paper tarp for easy pickup after the new post has been placed into the hole.

Fig.3 Use of post hole digger
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the pick used to break up the old damaged concrete.
Fig.4 Pick to break hard soil
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the hammer, nail puller and flat head screwdriver. This tools were used to break up the concrete after the pick was used to break apart the top part of the post bole concrete.
Fig.5 Hammers and crowbars
Step 6: Fig.6 shows heavy duty leather gloves to protect the hands while using the metal tools.
Fig.6 Leather gloves
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the tools used to break apart the square hole.
Fig.7 Break apart concrete
Step 8: Fig.8 shows the hole has been dug and now is 25-inches deep from the bottom of the hole to the top of the grass.
Fig.8 Measuring hole 25 inches
Step 9: Fig.9 shows now the hole is 26-inches from the bottom to the top of the grass area.
26 inches deep
Step 10: Fig.10 shows the hole being dug.
Fig.10 New hole
Step 11: Fig.11 shows the hole is deeper by another inch. This hole is being dug using the nail puller to dig into the sand, the existing cement is on one side and the other side is the cement driveway. Fig.12 a black wire is at the bottom of the hole. This wire feeds electrical lights in the front yard.
Fig.11 Measure again
Fig.12 Watch out for electrical wire
that the black line on the 2/3 of the picture
Step 12: Fig.13 shows the hole is at 30-inches deep, fig.14 shows the holes is ready for the new post.
Finely at 30 inches
Fig.14 Hole ready for post
Step 13: Fig.15 shows the final hole ready for the new wood 4x4 post. The goal is too have 24-inches from the bottom of the ground to the top of the existing cement.
Fig.15 Cement broken
in fragments
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