How to Install a Curbside Mailbox


Installing a new curb-mounted mailbox can be handy for you and the mail carrier - and add a little style to your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete
  • Mailboxes
  • Posts
  • Shovels
  • Bolts
  • Carts Or Wheelbarrows
  • Drill Bits
  • Hammers
  • Levels
  • Posthole Diggers
  • Variable-speed Drills
  • Purchase the mailbox and mounting post of your choice.

  • Use posthole diggers to make a narrow hole about 2 feet deep, or deep enough to meet the manufacturer's recommended mounting height.

  • Mix a small amount of quick-drying concrete in a wheelbarrow or large bucket. Place the mailbox's pole in the hole.

  • Use a scrap of lumber to cover the top of the post, and take a hammer to tap the post slightly into the ground. This will help hold the post in place as you work.

  • Use a level to make sure the post is straight.

  • Shovel small spadefuls of concrete gently and evenly into the hole until the concrete is about 6 inches below the surface.

  • Shovel dirt into the hole until filled. Pack loosely for now and check with the level one more time.

  • Wait overnight for the concrete to dry properly.

  • Tamp more dirt into the posthole to give your mailbox an even more secure base.

  • Attach the mailbox to the pole.

Tips & Warnings

  • A mailbox and pole are available at most hardware stores or lumberyards.
  • Manual posthole diggers look like two small, long-handled spades that are hinged together near the bottom. They're driven into the ground and then worked like tongs, pinching the dirt between them, to lift the dirt out of the hole.
  • Make sure to place the pole as close to the curb as possible for easy access for the mail carrier.
  • Remember to check the post with a level often during the early stages of installation.
  • Wet concrete is caustic. It can cause skin irritation, so wear leather or rubber gloves.

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