Installing a new curb-mounted mailbox can be handy for you and the mail carrier - and add a little style to your home.
Purchase the mailbox and mounting post of your choice.
Use posthole diggers to make a narrow hole about 2 feet deep, or deep enough to meet the manufacturer's recommended mounting height.
Mix a small amount of quick-drying concrete in a wheelbarrow or large bucket. Place the mailbox's pole in the hole.
Use a scrap of lumber to cover the top of the post, and take a hammer to tap the post slightly into the ground. This will help hold the post in place as you work.
Use a level to make sure the post is straight.
Shovel small spadefuls of concrete gently and evenly into the hole until the concrete is about 6 inches below the surface.
Shovel dirt into the hole until filled. Pack loosely for now and check with the level one more time.
Wait overnight for the concrete to dry properly.
Tamp more dirt into the posthole to give your mailbox an even more secure base.
Attach the mailbox to the pole.
Dig around the mailbox post with a shovel. Dig 6 inches out from the edge of the concrete and as deep as the concrete. Ask a friend to rock the mailbox post back and forth to loosen the concrete from the ground.
Lift the mailbox post out of the ground with the help of your assistant. Mailbox posts usually have only enough concrete to set the pole, unlike fence posts, which require more stability.
Lay the mailbox post flat on the ground. Hold the blade of a cold chisel on the side of the concrete that is facing you. Hit the top of the chisel with a hand sledgehammer. This begins to crack the concrete in chunks.
Continue removing the concrete with the cold chisel and hammer until one side of the mailbox post is free. Position the chisel at the exposed seam between the concrete and mailbox post. Hit the top of the chisel to continue breaking up the concrete.
Turn the mailbox post over as necessary to chisel away the concrete.
Purchase a wooden mailbox stand with chains or a swinging mailbox kit.
Assemble the kit according to product directions.
Mark a spot that is six to eight inches in from the front of the curb or pavement edge on the right side of the road. You may be able to request special permission from the postmaster to set up the box on the left side of the road near your driveway.
Dig a hole to sink the mailbox pole or stand into the ground with a shovel or post-hole digger. Set the mailbox stand in place.
Secure the mailbox to the post according to product directions. The mailbox should be 41 to 45 inches from the ground, which enables the mail carrier to reach inside the container.
Secure adhesive-backed reflectors or tape to the mailbox on each side.
Shovel the mailbox out as soon as possible after a storm to keep the area clear.
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.