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How Can I Install and Maintain a Wall Mounted Mailbox?

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Once you have chosen the wall-mounted mailbox that you want and have ensured that you can meet all USPS requirements (provided you are planning on USPS delivery) it is time to install your new unit.

Installing wall-mounted mailboxes is fairly simple. The instructions may vary a bit per mailbox unit and by manufacturer, so consult any instructions they offer before you begin. You may also need some additional supplies and hardware.

  • Step 1. Make sure you have everything you need. This includes mounting hardware, screws, a tape measure, a drill, and a level. You will also need your new mailbox. You may have to purchase your mounting hardware separately. Your instruction manual should tell you which hardware you need.
  • Step 2. Choose the location for your mailbox. Make sure that your USPS carrier or other delivery person can easily see your mailbox and can also easily and safely access it. Once you’ve found a good place, preferably near your front door, place your mailbox against the wall and mark where the mounting holes will go. Ensure your mailbox is not crooked during this process. Your level should help you with this.
  • Step 3. Drill the holes and place the mounting hardware. Your manufacturer’s instructions will let you know how far you should drill. Then use the screws to place the hardware. Only place the screws partially in at first since you’ll want to make sure that your mailbox is level. If it’s not, you don’t want to unscrew everything and start again. Once you’re good to go, finish drilling in all the screws completely. You’re done!

Once your wall-mounted mailbox is installed, maintaining it should take minimal effort and require little cost. All mailboxes suffer wear and tear from weathering and repeated use. Be sure to replace any rusty parts, replace any faded address numbers, and replace or tighten any loose or broken hinges on the flap.