Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Remove Concrete From a Mailbox Post

Moving or replacing a mailbox requires removing the existing box. Most mailbox posts insert into the ground with poured concrete. The concrete provides some stability for the mailbox post. If you want to reuse the existing post or just make it easier to dispose of, the concrete requires removal. Removing concrete from a mailbox post is a matter of breaking the concrete by force.

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.

  • Dig around the mailbox post with a shovel.
  • Hit the top of the chisel with a hand sledgehammer.

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.

Related Articles

How to Secure a Metal Swing Set in the Ground with Concrete
How to Secure a Metal Swing Set in the Ground with...
How to Reuse Chain Link Fence Posts
How to Reuse Chain Link Fence Posts
How to Remove a Brick Mailbox
How to Remove a Brick Mailbox
How to Repair Salt-Damaged Concrete
How to Repair Salt-Damaged Concrete
Fixing a Rotted Sill Plate in a Garage
Fixing a Rotted Sill Plate in a Garage
How to Tear Down a Block Wall
How to Tear Down a Block Wall
How to Stabilize a Pergola
How to Stabilize a Pergola
How to Do Footings for Steel Posts
How to Do Footings for Steel Posts
How to Remove a Stone Wall
How to Remove a Stone Wall
How to Build a Fence to Withstand High Winds
How to Build a Fence to Withstand High Winds
How to Install Log Posts for a Log House Deck
How to Install Log Posts for a Log House Deck
How to Hang Curtain Rods in Cement or Metal
How to Hang Curtain Rods in Cement or Metal
How to Repair a Settling Sidewalk
How to Repair a Settling Sidewalk
How to Make Your Riding Lawn Mower Quiet
How to Make Your Riding Lawn Mower Quiet
How to Remove a John Deere Mower Deck
How to Remove a John Deere Mower Deck
How to Tie Wooden Posts to Cement Blocks
How to Tie Wooden Posts to Cement Blocks
Garden Guides
×