How to Make & Install a Modern Mailbox!

– Welcome to DIY for Homeowners
by Mother Daughter Projects. I'm Steph. – I'm Vicki and today we're at my house and we're replacing my mailbox. Join us as we show you how we did it. – [Steph] We're using eight
one by four by eight foot pressure treated boards
and two four by four posts, a brand new mailbox, a post light, some foam post hole mix and a brad nailer. From the one by four's we
cut 21 pieces and 19 inches. Here we're setting up a
fence which is just a way to cut all the boards to the same length without repeated measuring. With each board, we started
by cutting off each end so we had a nice fresh cut.

We also cut two pieces
at 22 and a half inches and four pieces at four and
three fourth's inches long. We cut each four by four
post longer than we needed and we'll trim them in the very end when we know exactly the height we need. We went back and forth on whether to stain or paint the mailbox. We went with paint because
we had some left over from painting my house a couple years ago. Mom primed everything with
a Bayer outdoor primer and then we painted with
a Bayer outdoor paint. Mom ended up painting three
sides of the posts black to give the slats a more defined look in the finished mailbox. Mom is turning the posts
so the gray faces outward and then we're starting
by making the top shelf that the box itself will set on.

We're using outdoor wood glue
and galvanized brad nails for this build. We secured the shelf and
then put it into place. We're very visual builders so we have to put everything into place to test the fit before we
start attaching anything. We decided on the
placement of the box itself and once we had the spacing figured out, we moved on to adding the slats. We're test fitting them here and for the spacing, we're
just using large paint sticks.

These really come in handy
and come three to a pack for under a dollar. (upbeat music) With those secure, mom
touched up the paint so no black was showing. Then we flipped over the mailbox and attached the rest of the slats. Some of the four by
four was a little wonky so as the glue dried we
clamped it where it needed it. With that done, we stood it up and next we attached
the shelf for the box. Again, spacing with large paint sticks. We brad nailed it into place. We also added the light
to the post a while back which was just with two screws. We put the box in place making
sure the door fully opens. We used scrap pieces of one by four to provide support for the box. Here we're adding painters
tape so we can tell where the supports need
to go on the shelf.

We glued and brad nailed
the supports into place. The top was left white
as you won't see that in the final build. We'll attach the box once
the mailbox is in place. We headed outside to make
the two holes for the post. The ground here is really hard clay so we utilize a couple of different tools to make this a bit easier.

First we have a large auger drill bit on a Rigid right angle drill, a shovel and a post hole digger. The auger worked great to
break up the hard clay. Here are the finished holes. And the mailbox is a little heavy so we just rolled out our Husky table right into the street as
it's pretty low traffic. We get it into place
and found the front hole was a little deeper. We just back filled that
with a little bit more dirt. We can now cut off the excess
of the four by four posts using our Makita subcompact
reciprocating saw with Diablo wood cutting blade. Again, our table really
came in handy here. We get the mailbox in
place, leveled it out and here we're using foam fence post mix to secure it into the ground. We've been wanting to try this product and knew mom's mailbox
would be the perfect place to try it out.

The instructions say one bag is good for an eight inch diameter
by 36 inch deep hole and the holes we dug
are only about 15 inches so I thought this would be
simple to just use one bag. This sets up really fast. You mix for 15 seconds and
have to pour it immediately before it starts to set in the bag. Having never used this product before, I didn't realize how liquidy it was and started putting too
much in the first hole before I noticed. Whoops, so I quickly moved
on to the second hole. It started expanding a lot so we just watched it grow and expand. I will say we did get a perfect amount in the second hole. Once it was safe to touch
but not fully cured, We started to remove excess
which was not that difficult. Mom used an exacto knife to cut the parts away from the wood. A little more scraping and paint and you can't even tell the difference. To finish off, we noticed that
this was a very muddy patch.

My neighbors had some
leftover edging from a project and we used it to create
some simple landscaping for the mailbox. We dug two holes on the side
to add some monkey grass and finished it off
with some leftover mulch from my neighbors. Lastly, we secured the box into place. It's tight quarters in here so I'm using a right angle attachment
with a flexible shaft to secure the box in eight places. These are just outdoor
screws that I'm using. If we ever need to replace the box itself, we can easily unscrew it. And here it is all done. I love that mom painted the
four by four on the inside. I think it gives the slats
a really defined look and if you're wondering,
where are the house numbers? We did buy some numbers but returned them because we realized it
would be easier and cheaper to cut out vinyl letters
on our Cricut maker and we got a gray vinyl
to match the mailbox.

We're not gonna share that version as we don't wanna share our address but here's a demo on our old mailbox on how we attached the numbers. We cut the numbers out of vinyl, added a transfer sheet on top, put the letters in place and
removed the transfer sheet. In the final mailbox, we put the address on both sides and small numbers on the
front of the mailbox. What we learned. – 15 years ago, way before
mother daughter projects, we actually replaced this mailbox. This was when Steph was still
very reluctantly helping me. I remember we had this
discussion about concrete. Should we put concrete in the hole? We were like, we don't
know how to do that so, we didn't do it and the mailbox stayed. But as you can see, by
this tiny little push, that this mailbox was long
overdue for replacement.

– We bought this wood about
two weeks before we needed it because it's pressure
treated so it's a little wet when you first get it
and you wanna give it plenty of time to dry
out before you paint it. And while it was drying out, we'd also turn it
occasionally to make sure that it dried pretty evenly,
as evenly as it can. We got some wonky pieces of wood but we overbought a little bit just because we knew that might happen.

– There were lots of
different mailbox designs. So find one that you like. Drive around your neighborhoods
and see what inspires you. That's actually what we did. Steph found this mailbox
that we based the design on and we actually drove
by it and took pictures. We didn't actually stop and measure although we really, really wanted to. But just take a look at
what's in your neighborhood and find something that inspires you. – If you're thinking
about making a mailbox, be sure to check with the United States Postal Service online, they'll have information
on how far it needs to be from the curb, how tall it needs to be, so keep those in mind when
you're doing your design.

And if you wanna see some of the ways we refreshed the mailbox at my house, take a look at the videos over here and thanks for joining us
and we'll see you next time. – Bye. – Bye. (melodic music).

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