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Old 12-15-2016, 10:41 AM   #1
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First timer installing a mailbox with brick enclosure, advice needed please


Hello friends,

I hope everyone is doing well. One of my relatives is going has offered to install a new mailbox for us, as the current mailbox and post was damaged by vandals, who stole some copper wire, and I was told that the copper wire hit the wooden post that the old mailbox was on, and even damaged the plastic mailbox.

So, we got a new mailbox, and want to put it in a brick enclosure, nothing fancy, like the images below.

If possible, we would like some colorful bricks or something with appeal.

I am posting some pictures of the location where we want to place the mailbox.

Can someone be so kind and help us know what materials we will need:

1) What types or bricks?

2) Do we need concrete slabs too?

3) I believe we will need concrete, will the fast drying (30-60mins) concrete work?

Any other tips are welcome!

Thank you!!


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Re: First timer installing a mailbox with brick enclosure, advice needed please


I forgot to add, I am in the Houston, TX area

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Re: First timer installing a mailbox with brick enclosure, advice needed please


you need a solid foundation or wide slab. or that sucker will tilt over. no frost heave, i would make a 3'+ deep hole at least 8" with a wide top = think golf tee.
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Thanks. We built a foundation and will wait for the Spring to start building the brick mailbox!

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The only frost heave in Houston is from sucking down ice cream too fast. I assume it is black gumbo, so your best bet is a drilled pier, but that is not really practical. 4" dthick is fine, extend it beyond the brick 3-4 inches. Take 3' pieces of 1/2" rebar and drive them downward and outward, at least one on each side, leaving a 2" stub into the slab.

Any kind of brick will work, but a cast concrete cap is better as brick ones tend to leak and lead to efflorescence. If you use a brick cap, seal the brick. Consider a curved cap also if of brick.

Fast setting concrete will work, but you still don't want to build on it before at least 24 hours, so it is needless expense.
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t-scar's post is the way to do it imn-s-hfo,,, that way you've got enough of a platform to re-level using a crowbar if/when it does tilt out of plumb

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