Mailbox Ready for Winter
Winter and snow plowing will
soon be upon us. Will your mailbox and newspaper tube "survive" another
season? Now is the time to check it out.
Many people set out their
mailbox and virtually forget about it. The boxes do deteriorate and wear
out. Take a few minutes to inspect and repair yours. Doing it now can save a
lot of aggravation for you later.
Inspect the vertical support.
Look for rotting or rusting, especially at the ground line. How is the box
attached to the support? Is the piece rotten? Do the fasteners hold firmly?
Are any missing? What is the condition of the box itself? Replace or repair
The postal service has
requirements about placement of the mailbox to permit access by its letter
carriers. Support type and placement is governed by the highway agency. A
list of sizes and a set of typical installations is shown here.
securely attached that:
Meets US Postal Service
Maximum weight of fifteen
Maximum of two (2) mailboxes
and two (2) newspaper tubes per installation. Newspaper tube(s) shall be
installed together with mailbox(es) wherever practical.
Maximum twenty-four inch
(24") cross arm length, if used.
Maximum dimensions of
mounting post shall be 4"x4" (wood), 4-1/2" diameter (wood) or 2"
diameter (metal pipe). They shall be placed no closer than three (3)
feet apart, if more than one (1) support is used.
Placement of the box(es)
shall be six inches (6") outside of the shoulder, with the bottom of the
box(es) being three and one-half (3-1/2) to four feet (4') above the
Placement of heavy or large
objects as standards or bases is not permitted.
Marking devices or
reflectors are permitted. No red reflectors may be used, however.