Snail Mail Therapy

About: Exploring the cosmos one synapse fire and one mouse click at a time.

Intro: Snail Mail Therapy

My mailbox, yet again, had gotten a little tipsy. So I decided an intervention was in order. I consulted some expert literature in the field to ensure that I provided care within the regulatory standards.

I gently coaxed away the old snail-mail baggage, or cargo, to get to the root of the problem. Funny thing though, I had this weird craving for escargot... hmm... but I digress.

Step 1: Dismantling a Frail Structure

  1. I cut off the corrosion fused nuts from the bolts that fastened the aluminum mounting plate to the box.
  2. There was only one intact weld attaching one leg of the original post to the mounting plate, I hack-sawed right through it.

Step 2: Developing a Stable Support System

It had been a while since I had to open up my black bag of practitioners tools.

  1. I measured, marked then cut a salvaged 4 X 4 pressure treated fence post to length with my trusty Stanley handsaw.
  2. Then I measured, marked and made two kerf cuts to accept the center channel rails of the aluminum mounting plate.

Step 3: Establishing a New Foundation

  1. I centered the aluminum mounting plate channel rails in the slots cut into the top of the post.
  2. Using a 16D nail as a punch, I drove four holes through the plate for fastening to the post.
  3. I drove four 10D galvanized nails through the plate into the post.
  4. Finally I mounted the box to the plate using four 8-32 stainless steel machine screws and nuts.

Step 4: Scarred But Grounded

Unashamed my mailbox now greets the mail carrier with confidence in the character of it's blemishes.

Stand straight, strong, and proud my friend!



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