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Total Tool 01-19-2012 10:00 PM

Need a temporary mailbox
So some jerk just decided to hit my mailbox with his car. I need to build a temporary until spring. I live in central Wisconsin. I have a mail box and two of those newspaper type plastic boxes.

What's my best bet? A bucket full of sand or gravel and some 2x4?

I'd like it to stand until May without having it tip over all the time.

biggles 01-20-2012 07:50 AM

drive a piece of tinwall(electrical tubing) or galv.pipe into the ground and clamp either onto it watch for gas/water lead in from the street...might be a ggod time to pull it back onto the house if you don't need a court order from the'll never see mail if they have to walk the driveway.cut a 2 X 4 to a sharp point and hammer it in for now OR...

oh'mike 01-20-2012 08:24 AM

I've seen folks use a wooden saw horse with good results---might need to build one yourself to get the height needed---

jomama45 01-20-2012 10:37 AM


Originally Posted by Total Tool (Post 828471)

What's my best bet? A bucket full of sand or gravel and some 2x4?

That will likely be the easiest, although you may need to tip it up once or twice if the snow from a plow truck get's it.

concretemasonry 01-20-2012 11:03 AM

Another vote for the big tub of sane and a couple of 2x4s. Dump some water into the sand to get everything held together for a while. You still have another couple of months of winter.

No way are you going to drive anything substantial into the ground now with lack of snow and the frost depth.

When you rebuild in the spring, since it has been hit once, it could be hit again, so consider a swing away mount or some sort of break-away set up that is easier to fix. There are always people out of control in the winter or snow plows with poor visibility.


Total Tool 01-20-2012 10:08 PM

I ended up using what I had laying around which is 5 gallon bucket, pea gravel and then I topped it off with water. Should get me through until the spring thaw.

tonnygarden 08-01-2012 03:57 AM

Getting a new mailbox is a better idea than renovate the older mailbox. Because I think that we should purchase a new thing instead of spending so much money on the older one.

txag05 01-21-2016 03:14 PM

Use a Ground Anchor
You can use a metal anchor and attach your wood post to that. It will go into the frozen ground with no problem.

See here:

joed 01-21-2016 04:56 PM

Three year old post. I hope he got his mail by now.

backdown00 01-26-2016 11:44 AM


Originally Posted by joed (Post 2920210)
Three year old post. I hope he got his mail by now.

I would think so :)

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