Saturday, July 20, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 5 of 16 - Mailbox Rails Painted

Fig.1: Mailbox
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
4x4x7 Douglas Fir wood post (1) 
4x4x2 Douglas Fir wood post (2)  
2x4x6 Douglas Fir wood rails  
1x2x6 Douglas Fir wood strip  
Carpentry pencil 
Kilz white primer  
Level, 4x4 post, 2 foot and 4 foot 
Paint tray with Plastic Liners 
Paint roller 4-inch 
Paint stick
Saw horses (2)  
Shovel flat and shovel head
Square yellow 
Tape measure large print  
Tarp and paper  
Zinsser Exterior White primer

Mrs. Escarole wanted her mailbox repaired, it has fallen over and the Post Office would not deliver the mail. She lives in a rural town called Creekside, California. 

This post shows the four seven to this mailbox rails painted. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the old mailbox that needs to be replaced.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the old mailbox, the bottom black trim will be used much later in the installation.
Fig.2 Old mailbox
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the 1x2 pieces that were re-used to re-attach the metal mailbox to the 4x4 horizontal bars.
Fig.3 Measuring 1x2 braces
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the old bars that will be removed, re-used and repainted.
Fig.4 Old 1x2 removed
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the the 1x2 and the wood trim primed and ready to be installed.
Fig.5 Wood trim
Step 6: The top trim pieces and the bottom wood trim pieces will not be used in this job. Years of the sun beating down on the wood post had shrunk the wood trim and would not fit properly on the new painted wood post.
Step 7: The bottom trim also could not be used except the number that had been routed and this piece was saved for the final installation.
Step 8: The 4-1x2x12 inch Douglas Fir rails will be used and are in good shape for the new mailboxes.

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