I loathed our old mailbox.  Here it is two years ago, looking shitty and crooked in the foreground.

That ratty vine growing around it made some pretty purple flowers for about one week of the year. The rest of the time it either looked like this or an overgrown rat’s nest that covered the entire mailbox.  Some strong storms this winter made it even more crooked, and eventually knocked it over entirely. I rejoiced when I came home one day to see it completely overturned, because there would be no more excuses to put off the task of replacing it.

So I away I went to gather supplies.  The gentleman working in Home Depot said they were all sold out of mailbox posts but I could “easily” make one for about $8 in supplies.  I politely told him that that would never happen and drove over to Lowes.

I also needed to pick up some concrete to pour in the hole to make sure this thing never falls over again.  So with a standard pressure-treated post, oversized white steel mailbox, mounting board, and 60lb. bag of Quikrete, I spent about $52.

We dug a hole about 2 feet deep, put the post in and tightly packed the dry Quikrete in the hole around the post.  Then we dumped a bucket or two of water in there on top, letting it soak in.

At this point it’s already very stable, but it’s your last chance to make sure it’s level.  We did pretty well to eyeball it though, it was almost exactly level already.

Then finally the next day we could add the new oversized white steel box on top.

Oooooohhhhhh.  It’s so classy.  Like those stylish numbers?  They’re from the aptly named  A little pricey at $17 for two sets (4 digits on each side of the mailbox) but so lovely.

Now when people drive by they’ll understand that we appreciate nice fonts.  Right?  Wrong, this is north Knoxville, they’ll probably hit it with a car or BB gun.

The next weekend I cleaned up the rocks around the base and planted some flower-like things.  I honestly forget the type of plant this is already, but it should bloom with little purple and white flowers soon.  And they should not grow into a wild tangled vine that engulfs the entire mailbox.

I’m in love with it.  I never had a regular mailbox growing up in Columbia because the hippies thought it would foster a better sense of community to have industrial steel group mailboxes at one central point on the block.  I think this is a lot better.


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