Mail Boxes

In an attempt to 'freshen' up the neighborhood we want to work towards updating older or dilapidated mailboxes to help with uniformity. The board walked the neighborhood and identified old, damaged or rusted mail boxes.

In some situations (new plastic, expensive or well maintained boxes) the board has decided to grandfather the specific mail boxes in as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Posts

Current mailbox posts should be 4x4" sized, some may be dry rotted and require replacement. Using pressure treated wood ensures maximum life span of the post.

USPS originally specified the subdivision with 'cluster' boxes, on discussions where there are 'cluster' boxes it is possible to replace with multiple posts instead. This may help if 'cluster' neighbors are uncooperative, though if you have further issues please reach out to the board's email for help.

Wooden posts should be painted white, it may be required to allow new posts to 'season' and dry out before painting to ensure it does not peel. The identified white paint is below:

Paint: Sherwin Williams Satin Exterior Paint SW-7005 (or color match)

Boxes

Boxes are required to be black in appearance and can be any material. Plastic mailboxes tend to have a longer life span and are less likely to rust.

We recommend Gibraltar PL10B020 available from Home Depot or Lowes;

Home Depot Link

 

Mail Box Mounting 

Where to Place the Mailbox

Here are some helpful guidelines to follow when placing your mailbox:

  • Position your mailbox 41″ to 45″ from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry.
  • Place your mailbox 6″ to 8″ back from the curb. If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance.
  • Put your house or apartment number on the mailbox.
  • If your mailbox is on a different street from your house or apartment, put your full street address on the box.

Installing the Mailbox Post

The best mailbox supports are stable but bend or fall away if a car hits them. The Federal Highway Administration recommends:

  • A 4″ x 4″ wooden support or a 2″-diameter standard steel or aluminum pipe.
  • Avoid unyielding and potentially dangerous supports, like heavy metal pipes, concrete posts, and farm equipment (e.g., milk cans filled with concrete).
  • Bury your post no more than 24″ deep.