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Old 09-15-2017, 08:48 PM
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The " Procrastimaster" has avoided this project as long as He could. But, it is time to fabricate a new mail receiver system. I nursed the old post and box nearly 17Yrs. Alas, it would appear there is nothing left to cobble together with the Dewalt and mass quantities of power drive screws. So I have been gathering components for a "Snowplow Resistant" assembly. The main post will be 4" round structural tube 1/4" wall. The horizontal support for the box will be 2"X4"X 0.25 wall tube. The main up-rite will be cement filled with some rebar in it . No over-kill here I'm only doing this once. The bastards can't claim I created a hazard cause they have to steer left to avoid the stump of a 200 yr old Ponderosa pine that died from pine beetles just past my box. The Mailbox itself is a HD model 12Ga. wall unit I found on Amazon.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:58 PM
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...The bastards can't claim I created a hazard cause they have to steer left to avoid the stump of a 200 yr old Ponderosa pine that died from pine beetles just past my box. ...
You don't seriously think common sense plays into this, do you?
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:18 PM
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You don't seriously think common sense plays into this, do you?
I intend to run with it if challenged cause I'm battling the plow drivers . I'm considering putting a gamecam on my fence for backup. It sits just far enough back for perfect videos.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:25 PM
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Around here some of the ditches can swallow a pick up truck.

So some people fab up very long (10'-15' long) mailbox mounts,
to reach across the ditch.

And some make them swing with return springs.

I can just see the whip back after the plow swings it, launching the mail
out of the box (from the centrifugal force) like a cannon......
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:00 PM
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Worked on it for awhile today. It's going together pretty good in spite of how god-awful rusty I am with a torch and welder. I even re-purposed part of an old project to dress it up a bit.
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Nice cope. Like the spider gusset too.
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Old 09-17-2017, 09:54 PM
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I got the same love of plow drivers. Some of the goofy pukes they have around here won't slow down past 50 no matter what. I've gotten blasted on more than one occasion. If I'd have been shoveling instead of using the snow blower, I would have taken a windshield or two out over the years. Idiots have obliterated my mailbox 5 or 6 times. I fixed it several times then just called the state. They've put up 2 or 3 of them. I could really do a nice box post with the 2x6x3/16 tubing I have.
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:12 PM
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My son was available today to help get the old post out and help set the new one. I underestimated on the Sackrete and will have to get more to fill the post. We used 3 bags to anchor it. Overall I'm fairly happy with the end result. Still have to fab a cap with our number for the top of the post.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:07 PM
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Looks very nice. I'll be the Debby Downer. The reason they want them to be less sturdy than that is so they break away easy if a car hits them, not the snow plow.

https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm

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The best mailbox supports are stable but bend or fall away if a car hits them. The Federal Highway Administration recommends:
A 4" x 4" wooden support or a 2"-diameter standard steel or aluminum pipe.
Avoid unyielding and potentially dangerous supports, like heavy metal pipes, concrete posts, and farm equipment (e.g., milk cans filled with concrete).
Bury your post no more than 24" deep.
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