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Old 09-24-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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Old mailbox big hole on the wall - any idea for fixing?


Dear all, we have an old house that we no longer use the outside mailbox, which create a huge hole on the wall. See these two photos (out from the outside, the other from the inside)..

http://postimage.org/image/1eox4nxus/ (outdoor view)

http://postimage.org/image/1epfbkrac/ (indoor view)

Currently, as you can see, we are using some tapes to tape it (from inside of the house) to better weatherproof it. However, this is not just ugly, but most of the time it doesn't work well... Any ideas how this should be fixed? Many thanks!

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Old 09-24-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Line the inside cover with cardboard. Spray in Great Stuff from the outside. After it dries, carve the outside surface to be smooth and paint it.

By the way, if you stuffed in fiber glass insulation you could still get away with painting the exposed fiber glass on the outside (to hide the pink color).

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looks like a very difficult job to match exterior texture.
maybe cut a piece of plexi glass to fit the hole/add your address and insert.

stuff insulation in the wall to stop draft.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:55 AM   #4
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looks like a very difficult job to match exterior texture.
maybe cut a piece of plexi glass to fit the hole/add your address and insert.

stuff insulation in the wall to stop draft.
Any insulation you can stuff in the wall does not stop the draft.

I would seal it from the inside (install rigid board, probably a 2 piece affair) and seal it with foam or caulk.

I think the exterior detail is charming.
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Lighten up there Marbledust---No need to turn a helpful suggestion into a personal jab.

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If it were mine I would exaggerate it, if the outside plate is brass I would clean it up and seal the inside cavity like WOW said. If it isn't brass I would look for one or maybe a different style or even paint the plate black. That is what what makes the world go around, different tastes.
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Please tell me, did you set up this mailbox by yourself or you have taken some help from the mailbox company?? There are different types of mailboxes that you can install outside of your house. If you try this then you will never face this kind of problem.
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Looks to me like the "flip-up" door is missing on the outside. If you do not want to patch it, you could look for a replacement? The newer ones will have weather-stripping on the door.

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I wonder what the OP did, this thread is almost a year old.

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