How to Repair a Mailbox

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Everyday when you walk out to your mailbox to pick up your mail the door is standing wide open. Every person who drives by can see the mail in there. You have heard about mail fraud and identity theft. What if passersby decided to look for checks, credit cards or credit card offers in your mailbox? If they decided to take them and use them, would you be liable? Then, yesterday it rained before you picked up the mail. Your paycheck and your favorite magazine got completely soaked. You are going to have to repair that mailbox or buy a new one. How do you repair a mailbox though?

Things You'll Need

  • A rubber mallet or a hammer
  • Some screws
  • Some nails
  • A screwdriver
  • A hinge about 10 inches long
  • Two one-inch hinges
  • Determine what is preventing the mailbox door from closing properly. Is the hinge broken? is the door or the box bent? Is something else preventing it from staying closed?

  • If the door or the box is bent, try gently tapping the metal back into place with a rubber mallet. If you do not have a rubber mallet, then use a hammer but cover the end with a piece of cloth. You can use a rubber band to hold the piece of cloth onto the hammerhead.

  • The door of the mailbox needs to stay shut after being tapped shut one time. If you must lift on the door, wiggle the handle, or whack it shut, then it isn’t going to work. This is because rural mail carriers typically need to deliver to over 400 mailboxes in less than four hours. Therefore, they cannot jiggle and wiggle every mailbox or they would never make the truck that takes away the outgoing mail. If your mailbox doesn’t close this easily, you may need to replace the hinges, the door or the entire mailbox.

  • If the mail carrier, pedestrians or bicyclers are always bumping into your mailbox and denting, it try this. Remove the nails or screws that are holding your mailbox to the post. Securely attach a piece of wood the same length and width as your mailbox to the top of the post. Purchase a hinge that is the same length as your mailbox. Attach the hinge to the opposite side of the mailbox that keeps being hit and to the board under it. Now, every time someone bumps your mailbox it will tip and give way instead of becoming dented. When you come out to check the mail, just tip it back onto the board.

  • Is your mail carrier always leaving your packages out where they get wet? Try installing a larger mailbox to accommodate the packages. Better yet, have two mailboxes, a large one for parcels and a smaller one for letters.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are installing a new mailbox post, set the post into the ground so that the bottom of the mailbox will be 42 inches from the ground.
  • Mothballs in the back of your mailbox may keep bees and wasps from nesting in it.
  • Placing a little steel wool into the holes will prevent mice from moving into your mailbox.

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