Mailbox broken by plow, need quick fix ideas

SnailLoverFebruary 2, 2014

My poor mailbox was obliterated again. I had it bungee-corded to the post already. Now the entire post has been knocked down. I don't know if the post broke or it was knocked out of the ground. The neighbor boys were kind enough to set it back up, but it's only being supported by the snow. With all the snow we have, and the ground frozen, I won't be able to get it replaced until spring. Any ideas for a quick fix until then? I'm at a loss. Hope the picture helps.

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kudzu9

I had a similar problem: my pressure treated post rotted just below ground level and fell over. My fix was to take a couple of 4' pieces of 1/2" rebar and grind points on one end. Then I had someone else hold the box and damaged post upright and I drove in the rebar with a sledge: one on the back and one on the side. After that, I screwed in a couple of electrical conduit hold-down straps to connect the post to the rebar. Should last until spring...

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 9:23PM
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SnidelyWhiplash

Get an old bucket, metal or plastic. Put the post into it and brace it up straight. Add a sack of concrete mix (even the kind for post holes) and water. Keep it braced until the concrete hardens. Done.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 1:17AM
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sdello

If you can drive something into the ground, you might try this. Fast and easy.

Here is a link that might be useful: E-Z spike

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 9:23AM
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SnailLover

I appreciate the suggestions. I'm leaning toward the bucket of cement because I have a big rusty bucket in the garage that might work. I will explore all options though. Many thanks!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 8:14PM
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klem1

Has the plow driver been hitting the bottle again?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 12:06AM
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SnailLover

LOL. I'm beginning to think they do it for sport.

Seriously though, they do a great job around here and the snow's been ridiculous. But winter cannot end soon enough for me!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 7:52AM
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cindywhitall

You might want to put the new one a little further in from the curb! And get a big orange flag for it next winter, or park your car in front of it....if you think they can manage to see your car and get around it....Make sure you pay your car insurance bill...

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 12:07AM
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sunnyca_gw

Might have to put a couple of large rocks on either side of mailbox (After you get it fixed in spring). Not likely plow driver will want to damage his plow blade on those!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 12:05AM
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kudzu9

Those might have to be pretty big rocks for them to be seen given how much snow you appear to have....

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 12:24AM
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debo_2006

When our mailbox went down, we bought a cheap temporary one at HD that is on a spiked post that you just stick in the ground. It worked for a few weeks until we were able to replace the original. Though with frozen ground, you might need a mallot to help drive in the spike.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 10:53AM
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scrappy25

We used the EZ spike, it works great.

Remember to call Miss Utility first if you are digging or driving anything into the ground.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 4:33PM
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cathyyg

My Dad was lucky. We lived on a state Hwy near the state hwy garage and the state plows knocked ours over again and again. Come spring, we saw a state hwy crew out there replacing our knocked over post with a heavy duty guardrail post. 50 years later that post is still there, even though the mailbox was moved to the other side of the street 45 years ago.

For a while Dad used a piece of chain with the links welded to make an S curve. It had enough flex to survive the plows.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 4:44PM
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jimu57

just drive a piece of metal pipe as far as you can into the ground. 3/4" should work Use rope, duct tape, or whatever to secure the vertical post to the pipe until the snow clears and the ground thaws. Its not like its holding a bridge up. Just as long as it stands up, dont worry about how it looks. Keep it simple.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 8:41AM
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NHBabs

We used a 5 gallon bucket filled with damp sand with a wooden post and the mailbox mounted on that. No need for concrete since the sand will be heavy and will freeze in this weather anyway. Just using sand makes it easier to get rid of when you replace it in the spring.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 8:53AM
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