Question for you… what’s the one thing that every house has to have that’s very regulated by the federal government? Well if you guessed the mail, you are right! One thing that we are going to talk about is how to install a mailbox at your house.
I am working outside today, clear sky and everything but it is dang cold so I am going to have to work a little bit faster than I would. What we are going to have today in order to get this set , we are going to have a water source, want to break out the hose because it might freeze inside the hose so I bought a bucket of water, I have got a screwdriver and some screws and I have also got a piece of planking or wood to go on top of the rail for the post. I have got my concrete and I have got my bell box, I have got a… what I call, post hole diggers and I am going to show you how to use that in a second and of course I have got my post here so we are going to go ahead and get started.
Now what you are going to want to do is just open or close the handle and as you close them, then they open, when you open the handles, of course the reverse action is that they close, so you are going to go down with this open like so, go straight into the hole, open up the handles and then pull out your dirt, so you are going to want to do that about eighteen inches or so.
Now a good way to test this is I want about eighteen inches from the surface here all the way to the bottom of the hole so I have got the eighteen inches and let me show you how I came about that. Alright the postage, the federal government says that the post office, the distance between the top here where the mailbox will sit, this is actually going to be where the bottom of the mailbox sits, it’s got to be forty inches. So what I do is take my marker and put a tick mark right here at forty inches and that will be the top of where the ground is right here. Then what I do is take to the bottom of the post, I have got eighteen inches to this point right here so I know my hole has to be at least eighteen inches.
So again, it’s got be the bottom of the mailbox, it’s got to be forty inches and I take the distance at that mark and measure it and it’s eighteen inches and that’s how I get the requirement for the eighteen inch hole. So here what I do is just set the post in the hole and I try to get it centred as possible and then what I am going to do from the ground here is I am going to measure and see where I am at so right now I am at thirty inches so I need to raise this up a little bit and lets see, I am at forty inch at the curb so that’s good enough right there. So now what I have done is… let me show you a device here that I have attached and I will explain what this is about.
Now how am I going to tell whether my post is straight or not so this is a level for a post, it captures one corner of the post itself so what I can do is to see if I am left or right, what I do is just look at the bubble that’s straight there and it’s back a bit so I am going to have to tilt it back a little bit until it’s level, so at this point, it can tell me whether I am straight or not and so this is straight here so that’s how I am going to set my post.
The concrete I recommend for this job is specifically used for setting posts and it comes in the red bag and specifically underneath… it says set post without mixing so what we are going to do is the dry pack method, let me show you how to do that.
This method is pretty easy so what I am wanting to do is get a relatively straight position for my post and I am going to angle this just about right then I am going to take quickcrete here and just pour this into the hole like so and this is about a fifty pound bag so it’s a little tough going in, so I am going to set some around here, make sure I am straight at the top, check all my angles and I am very straight there, I want to hold this, take this around, pour it on the other side, now that’s the end of that and as you can tell here, let me show you a shot where it says straight.
Ok my post, my post says it’s straight, left and right and it’s straight forward and back so this is the advantage of having a post leveller, now with everything level, I am just going to go ahead and start tapping it a little bit with a stick and what this does, it packs all of the rocks and cement and everything that you need like so and then what I am going to do is take some water, you have to be careful because if you don’t pour it right, it will spill. So at the same time I am pouring here, lets see if I can keep all of this water from going out, stack up some dirt right here temporarily to make a dam and I am going to use my stick at the same time that I am doing this.
Just keep packing it and it doesn’t hurt to pour this extra cement, get that back into the groove and I am just going to wait here a little bit and let that go down as I am packing, now according to what the weather is and the temperature of this, sometimes it needs about twenty four hours to set up, I am doing this video a little bit faster and it doesn’t hurt just to keep pouring the water in there because you do want it to saturate all the way down and additional water is not going to hurt the ground around it is going to absorb as well once the cement has reached it’s saturation so you want about twenty four hours for this to set up, I am going to go a little bit faster here for this video and to get me out of the cold so we are ok there.
Stay tuned here ’cause there’s more to this. As soon as I get the time I’ll post the remaining parts of this project in an upcoming post…