Installing Decorative Rural Mailboxes (The Right Way)
Step 1 – Talk To The Authorities About Regulations for Installing Rural Mailboxes
According to regulations put in place in 2004, your residential mailbox has to be approved by the Post Office ( all of our decorative rural mailboxes are postmaster approved), and set to such a distance and height that the postal carrier does not have to leave their vehicle.
As a guideline for placing your mailbox, many people use the standards the post office had prior to 2004; a vertical height from the road to your mailbox had to be between 41 and 45 inches, with the outside edge of the curb or road to the mailbox between 6 and 8 inches.
Also, check with city and/or county records to ensure that there are no power lines, gas lines, etc. running underneath the spot you plan to put your mailbox.
Step 2 – Prepare Your Hole
Use your post hole digger to dig the hole roughly 2 feet down, or as deep as recommended for your specific mailbox post. Dig an extra 4 or 5 inches, and fill the extra space with sand or gravel. This will allow water drainage and help prevent water damage to wooden posts.
Step 3 – Concrete
Use your wheelbarrow to get your concrete mixture ready, following the instructions on the concrete’s bag.
Step 4 – Placing Your Post
Place your post in the hole, using a level to keep it plumb.
Pour or shovel the concrete in small amounts at a time, and continue to re-check the post to ensure that it stays level. If you like, you may fill the concrete all the way to the surface, but this tends to be unsightly. It is better to leave the top of the concrete about 5 or 6 inches from surface level; this will be plenty to hold your mailbox in place.
Give your concrete at least 24 hours to dry, or how long it says on the product instructions. Once dry, if it was left below surface level, fill in the rest of the hole with dirt and tamp it down.
Installing Your Decorative Rural Mailbox on the Post
Step 1 – Finding a base plate
For our decorative rural mailboxes, a 12-18” by 8” should be used. They also carry universal mailbox base plates at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Step 2 – The finally
Secure the base plate to the post. Then use screws to fasten the mailbox to the base plate.
If you have any questions regarding the installation of your personalized mailbox, please feel free to contact us at 513-574-6163.