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Old 04-24-2010, 01:59 PM   #16
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could you explain further on the sono tube deal. How is it easier, what is the process. Thanks.

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Old 04-24-2010, 02:30 PM   #17
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Grab yourself a A 3x4x10 foot granite block (about ~24.5 short tons) and bury it 5 foot deep, then chisel in a hole for the mailbox.

Problem solved..... -=chuckle=-

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Old 04-24-2010, 02:33 PM   #18
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Hopefully this all makes sense:

1) Auger hole with skid loader like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=zxAn...eature=related

You can rent these things, or it may be better to find a landscaper, tree mover, tree nursery, etc... that would drill one hole for you.

2) Set sono-tube/quick-tube to height in drilled hole. The tube could also be replaced with a 4'x8' sheet of 1/8" masonite or similar, coiled up into a roll and released into hole to follow inside diamater of drilled hole.

3) Pour tube full of concrete, by ready mix truck or mixed on site. This is a fairly large amount of concrete ot mix by hand, close to 1/2 a cubic yard.

Going this route saves having to bring an excavator in to dig a hole far bigger than the mailbox, only to backfill (which will settle for years) after the block foundation is layed. Also eliminates the below-grade block work.

If you cant find a way to get a 28-30" dia. hole, you could probably go as small as 24", & protect the corners that overhang the tube with foam from underneath to keep the frost from heaving the corners.
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One other thing to consider is also your local regulations concerning mailboxes at the roadside.
In some places, (from my understanding) you may not do what you wish.
It's a safety concern for drivers... (likely the drunk ones, but they're people too.)
Mailboxes "there" must be 'breakaway', not solid.

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One other thing to consider is also your local regulations concerning mailboxes at the roadside.
In some places, (from my understanding) you may not do what you wish.
It's a safety concern for drivers... (likely the drunk ones, but they're people too.)
Mailboxes "there" must be 'breakaway', not solid.

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I agree 100%, but was under the impression that this mailbox was outside of the public ROW, like maybe up near the house?
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I think I will go with block. I am just trying to figure out the configuration. I would like to run re-rod up through the foundation and through the block's I will be using as a base for the brick. Would like to have the holes line up somehow for that reason.
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Seems the best way to go, yes. Be sure to check local regs first though, I'd hate to see you go through all that work only to have them come out and tell you to take it down!

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