Installing a Mailbox Post
Installing a mailbox post is not difficult, especially with the following tips to make the job even easier. Take time to read each step so your mailbox post will be solid and secure for years. First, you will need a few tools to install your new Wilray Designs cedar mailbox post. You will need a post hole digger, a level, and a stick to use to pack the dirt.
Begin by assembling your new cedar post. Next, locate the best place to install your mailbox post. Using your post hole digger, dig a hole that is 24 inches deep. If the post is not set at least 24 inches deep, your mailbox will work loose over time from the daily opening and closing of your mailbox. Mark your post with a pencil at 24 inches from the bottom of the post. Set your post in the hole and make sure that the line is at ground level. This will allow you to set your mailbox 40 inches off the ground, making it easy for the mail carrier to pick up and deliver your mail.
When you get the post set at 24 inches, replace 4 or 5 inches of dirt into the hole and around your post. Pack the dirt firmly, using your packing stick. Make sure to pack the dirt on all 4 sides of the post evenly. Use your level every time you add more dirt and pack. Repeat this process, only adding about 4 or 5 inches of dirt at a time, packing well after each addition. Packing firmly, especially at the bottom of your post, is very important. By following these instructions and using this packing method, you can be confident that your post will be very secure in the ground.
It is not necessary to put concrete around your post. If you choose to use concrete around your mailbox post, make sure to bevel the top of the concrete away from your post so that rain water will drain away from your post. Now it is time to mount your new Wilray Designs cedar wood mailbox. Enjoy!