Sunday, July 21, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 7 of 16 - Holes Template

Fig.1: Mailbox repair
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
4x4x7 Douglas Fir wood post (1) Cut 1 foot off.
4x4x2 Douglas Fir wood post (2)  
Brushes, chip, 1 1/2, 2 inch  
Cordless drill and accessories 
Chuck key 
Drill bit 1/2x12 inch, 1/8 x 3 inch 
Electrical cord 100 foot 
Electrical strip  
Electric drill 120 volt with 1/2 inch jaw or larger 
Gloves heavy-duty 
Saw horses (2)  
Tarps and paper 

Mrs. Escarole had a damaged mailbox post that had been leaning for years. The post finally fell over and the Post Office left a form stating they would not deliver the mail. She lives in a rural town called Creekside, California. 

This post shows the seven steps to this mailbox estimate.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the old mailbox that needs repair.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the original holes made in the 4x4 inch post. The bottom hole was used as a template for the hole in the new post and horizontal bars.
Fig.2 Pattern from existing holes
Step 3: Fig.3 shows an electric drill with an 1/2-inch jaw. The drill used for this job is 1/2 inch thick jaws. The first hole was made using an electric drill and a key chuck to tightened the drill bit into the drill jaws.
Fig.3 Using existing hole 
with an Electric drill
Step 4: Fig.4 shows an electric drill drilling the second hole in the mailbox post.
Fig.4 Drilling through 4x4
Step 5: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows the drill bit completely through the 4x4 wood post.
Fig.5 drill 
through new post
Fig.6 Drill point
Step 6: Fig.7 shows the holes are lineup and ready to place the carriage bolt hardware.
Fig.7 Clean holes for bolts
Step 7: Fig.8 shows the new 1/2 by 10-inch carriage bolts being pushed into the first horizontal bars.

Fig.8 Bolts placed in holes
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