How to Repair or Replace a Damaged Mailbox Post

How to Repair or Replace a Damaged Mailbox Post image by J Miller


Damage can happen to a mailbox post by being hit by a car backing up, vandalism and even termites. Sometimes they can be repaired and other times you just have to replace it. The only thing that makes this project a little difficult is the cement in the ground that is holding the post in place. If you can move the location of the mailbox, then the project it pretty simple.

Repairing a Damaged Mail Box Post

Step 1

Stand the post up until it is plumb again. Dig around the post with a shovel.

Step 2

Glue the sections with wood glue if it was broken. Cut two sections of 2 by 4 pressure treated boards to fit each side of the post from under the ground level to above the break.

Step 3

Nail the boards to the sides of the existing post, staggering the nails both above the break and below.

Step 4

Fill the dirt back in around the post and tamp down so it is solid.

Replacing a Mail Box Post

Step 1

Dig out the old post with a shovel. If it was set in cement, dig around the clump of cement until you can get it out. Dig the hole to a point where the new post will be sticking out of the ground 42 inches.

Step 2

Fill in the sides of the hole so the opening is about 8 inches around and tamp down. Place in the new pressure-treated post.

Step 3

Pour in cement to the top and overfill a little bit. Trowel the cement sloping down so the water is directed away from it.

Step 4

Once the cement is set you can reattach the mailbox to the top of the post.

Things You'll Need

  • New post or two 2 by 4 boards
  • Post hole digger
  • Cement
  • Shovel
  • Hand tamper
  • Gravel
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About this Author

Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.

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