Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 1 of 16 - The Estimate

Fig.1: Mailbox repair
By Gary Boutin

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Mrs. Escarole called my repair service to repair her mailbox. She lives in a rural town called Creekside, California. It wasn't a standard box the mailboxes and two 4x4 posts held the metal mailboxes in place.

This post shows the seven steps to this mailbox estimate.

Step 1: Fig.1 at the top right shows the old mailbox that had been damaged by the gardeners weed whacker also known as Gas Trimmers.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the hole were the mailbox was and only the hole in the grass.
Fig.2 Old mailbox hole
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the 4x4 true wood supports, the 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 wood post, with two rusted mailboxes. The 4x4 horizontal post exactly measured 4 inch by 4 inch and were very rough. For this job the 4x4 milled post measured 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 exactly. Our Local The Home Depot Warehouse store had all the components for this job.
Fig.3 Old mailbox frames
Step 4: Fig.4 shows wood trim was rotted in need of replacement.
Fig.4 Old damaged holes
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the top trim is held on by rusted nails.
Fig.5 Trim work
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the original post were reversed and 3-inch screws were holding the horizontal bars and rusted mailboxes.
Fig.6 Hole pattern
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the ends of the 4x4 post that needed to be trimmed to match the existing mailbox.
Fig.7 4x4 posts

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