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Do It Yourself or Not: Replace a mailbox

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

Keep your mail and deliveries safe and dry by replacing an old, weather-worn mailbox with a new, double-wall resin box designed to withstand the rigors of weather and an altercation with a car or truck mirror. A new mailbox defining your property at the end of a driveway makes a positive impression about your home, and you’ll find an array of choices when it comes to these mailboxes in home centers, specialty catalogs and online.

Give a call to your local post office and ask if there are requirements for the location of a mailbox on your property, and find out what the depth of the post hole should be, which depends on the frost line or how deep the ground freezes in your area.

A handyman will install a new mailbox and post for $362, which includes labor and material, but a homeowner can do the job for $140, the cost of the box and post, and save 61 %. Dig the hole for the post and assemble the box, which involves sliding the top of the box and inserting screws into the inside corners. Then slide the base of the new unit over the 4x4 wood post and fasten it to the post with bolts through slots. For that, you’ll need a hammer, Crescent wrench and screwdriver. Finish the job with easy-to-read house numbers.

Pro Cost: $362 — DIY Cost: $140
Pro time: 4.1 — DIY Time: 4.6
DIY Savings: $222 — Percent Saved: 61%



To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.




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