How to Install a Temporary Mail Box Without a Post Hole Digger

This is about as cheap a temporary Mailbox as you can make. It's also pretty simple to do.

Steps

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    Pour concrete mix in bucket until it is about half full.
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    Add water as directed on bag and stir.
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    Add more mix and water and stir until bucket is 3/4 full.
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    Place 4x4 post in center of bucket standing up straight. You may need to stake it out to hold it straight until the concrete is set.
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    Cut 1x4 to fit inside bottom of metal Mailbox.
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    Screw the 1x4 to top of post with the post centered on post side to side and a little toward one end using 4 long deck screws.
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    Place the Mailbox on the 1x4 and screw to 1x4 with short deck screws through holes on side of bottom edge.
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    Remove the bucket once the concrete is set or leave it. If you leave it drill or punch holes around the bucket at the level of the concrete to allow water to drain.

Tips

  • By screwing the 1x4 onto the post toward one end of the 1x4 and facing the Mailbox in the direction of the long end, the box will stick out past the edge of the bucket. Your mailman will appreciate it.

Warnings

  • Check with the post office and make sure they will deliver to a temp Mailbox and the required height.

Things You'll Need

  • Five gallon bucket
  • One bag Concrete mix
  • One 4x4 post 4 feet (1.2 m) long (or two 2x4s screwed together)
  • One 1x4 two feet long
  • 4 long deck screws
  • 4 short deck screws
  • One Mailbox


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Categories: Landscaping and Outdoor Building