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new mailbox post [Mar. 20th, 2007|04:05 pm]
Doug Ayen
Well, some bad driver over the weekend drove off the road into the woods, right over my mailbox. After picking up a new box after work, last night I ended up using some of the equipment to make a new post to mount it on.

Shaft is 1/4" thick square tubbing, about 5' of 3"x3". I cut the end off at an angle to give it some edge, and took some spare angle iron (old bed frame), cut and bent it into an L shape, ground to bright steel, and took it over to the welding equipment.

I decided to use the MIG welder. Sadly, I had forgotten I'd last loaded the spool up with stainless. Fortunately, while the welds are ugly, they stood up to the "pound it with a hammer and see if it breaks" test. Drilled some holes to affix the box to the post, pounded the post into the ground, and now I have a new mailbox set up.

While I'm tempted to go get some concrete and make this thing an unmovable object, this is the 2nd time someone has driven over my mailbox and into the woods. I think I'd feel a bit guilty if someone, say, died because my mailbox post was stronger than their car. I may change my mind if this becomes a regular occurrence.


From: n5red
2007-03-20 08:52 pm (UTC)
Get a 10' long piece of drill stem and bury it 6' into the ground.
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[User Picture]From: ms_daisy_cutter
2007-03-20 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, long time no see, fellow ex-Gazetteer. Did your email address change? Last thing I sent to you bounced.

I think I'd feel a bit guilty if someone, say, died because my mailbox post was stronger than their car.

I wouldn't. I'd set up a webcam and masturbate to the video.
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2007-03-21 07:30 pm (UTC)
I've had several email addresses, most of which still work; if you haven't had one recently, my name (one word, eight letters) at google mail will get to me.

Actually, I'm not sure who you are. Drop me a line, or a clue?

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[User Picture]From: rmd
2007-03-20 09:28 pm (UTC)
how about springy hinges and a base, so if people drive over it, they drive *over* it. and then it springs back. :-)
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2007-03-21 07:35 pm (UTC)
Too much work, and I'd still end up replacing the mailboxes.

I am quite tempted to rig up some sort of scare for the next person who thinks it's amusing to hit mailboxes with a baseball bat, though. I'm thinking reactive armor, but may just settle for some sort of paint squirting device.
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[User Picture]From: madbodger
2007-03-22 02:46 pm (UTC)
Now that mail delivery is available on our street, I should construct
a mailbox and pole, too.
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