Are you tired of the common wooden mailbox post and want to add a decorative touch to the front of your house? A brick mailbox post adds a nice accent to any front yard. This article walks you through step-by-step instructions on building a simple 3 feet high brick mailbox post. All that is required for this task are a few masonry tools, bricks and mortar.
Use the post hole digger to dig a narrow hole eight to 10 inches deep in the spot you want your post. Make sure the size of the hole is big enough for two bricks to sit flat side by side.
Mix up a small batch of mortar according to the directions on the bag.
Take two bricks and sit them side by side on a level surface with the holes facing up. Smear some mortar with a trowel in between those bricks and press together. Smear more mortar over the top of both bricks.
Gather two more bricks and place side by side on top of the mortar just applied. Lay these bricks in a staggered pattern so that one layer is set one way and the next layer above is rotated 90 degrees.
Repeat this process until you have a one foot long section. Allow to dry solid.
Insert the newly finished section of your brick post upright into the hole you dug in the ground. You may need an additional person to help lift it. Use the level to make sure the top of the section is even and pack the empty space around it tightly with more mortar. Allow to dry.
Continue building up your post using the stagger pattern until it is three feet tall. Allow to dry.
Take the steel plate and drive four holes through the center of the place with a drill. Form a square about three inches big. Use a drillbit just big enough to get the body of the nail through. Drive all nails through and take a pair of pliers and bend each one at a 90 degree angle a half inch underneath the plate. The ends of the nails face towards the center of the plate.
Apply a layer of mortar three quarter of an inch thick on top of the post. Right after doing this, place the steel plate directly on top of the mortar with the short end of the plate closest to the road. Make sure the nails are sunk down into the mortar. Allow to dry.
When everything is solid, attach your mailbox to the plate on top of your new post using a bonding agent that dries ultra solid like carpet glue. Check at your local home improvement store for an industrial-strength bonding glue.