Surely it’s always an exciting thing to receive a mail or package from someone dear to us.
We always look forward to checking whether we’ve got something in our mailboxNo wonder it’s a must have in every house.
If you haven’t installed your own mailbox and you’re planning to do so without going through all that digging, here’s a solution to that. You can install a mailbox post without using concrete, yes it’s possible. We’ll show you a guide on how to DIY your mailbox post without concrete.
Gather all the materials that you need
Before you go on with this DIY project, make sure you have the right materials and tools to accomplish the task. Here is everything you need:
- No-Dig Ground Anchor (You can purchase this in any hardware store or to your favorite online shop. Just make sure you check the reviews of the project if it’s durable and can last you for a long time.)
- One piece of 4 x 4 Wood Post
- Your Mail Post
- Measuring Tape
Find the Location for your Mail Post
- Each home is designed uniquely based on our own taste and preference. For this project where you will use a no-dig ground anchor, this should be installed in an area where there’s soft ground.
- You can’t use this in the front porch or an entryway where the floor foundation is concrete. This is only for homes that have a front yard or front area with a soil-based ground. If you only have the concrete based floor, then you might need to install a different kind of mailbox post.
- Once you’ve found your location, mark it with a rock or anything that you can set as a guide just to ensure that you will perfectly position your mailbox post.
- Always choose a location where it can be easily accessed by the postman or any courier services.
Installing the Mailbox Post’s Base
- Always remember to wear safety gloves and observe safety precautions when performing this task. Never risk your safety for a project.
- Go to the location that you marked for installing the mailbox post and gather all the materials that you need.
- Take the ground anchor first together with the crossbar. Have the crossbar slide inside the bracket’s two holes which are located on top of it.
- Then, position your anchor to the marked spot where you will install the mailbox post. Start twisting the crossbar by using a downward pushing pressure.
- While twisting the anchor and keeping the right pressure, check the anchor’s spike if it’s vertically leveled. This is to ensure that you are installing the anchor in a straight manner, not slanting or crooked. The anchor will serve as a base of the post. If you install it vertically, it will be sturdier.
- Just in case you didn’t notice that the anchor is slanting on the other side, control the direction of your twists and have it aligned straight again. Do this by exerting enough pressure that directs to the other side. While doing this method, check again if the anchor is back to its straight position. If it is, then continue twisting it and still be careful of not slanting it towards the other side.
- After a few twists, check if the anchor has been installed deep to the ground. Just enough that it’s strong when you push it or when applied with strong pressure.
Installing the 4×4 wood
- Once your anchor is sturdy enough, grab your 4×4 wood post and have it ready for installing.
- You will need to position the 4×4 wood on top of the anchor’s bracket.
- Install it on the anchor’s bracket saddle. Do some adjustments to ensure that the wood is straight or vertically flat.
- You can ask someone to check if it’s leveled enough. Or you can have him hold the wood and check it yourself. If it’s looking good, proceed to the next step.
- Then, you will have to attach the lag bolts where the holes of the brackets are located. Use a wrench to tighten the bolts onto the 4×4 wood. Make sure it’s not loose and you’ve sealed or attached it tightly to the bracket saddle.
- Check the post; if it’s wagging or shaking when you touch, then you will need to tighten the bolts more.
- Then, the last step is to attach the mail box on top. Screw it up and tighten it until it’s sturdy enough. Voila! You now have your very own DIY, no concrete mailbox post.
- As soon as you finish your no concrete mailbox post, you can opt by labeling it with your name and address just for further information. This will greatly help the postman to verify if he’s dropping mails or packages to the right mailbox.
- Paint your mailbox post and make it look unique from the rest of the neighborhood. Nothing beats a stunning mailbox post in front of a home.
- When installing a no dig or no concrete mailbox post, consider the season. If it’s winter time, you might have a hard time twisting the anchor to the ground. To remedy this issue, you can pour warm water to the ground just to soften it. This will then be easier to install the anchor.