Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Install A Victorian Mailbox

Victorian residential mailboxes are usually embellished and ornate.

The Victorian style is one of the most identifiable in architecture, having been dominant from 1837 until 1901, during the reign of Queen Victoria. Reproduction Victorian style mailboxes are usually made from cast iron, and have common elements of adornment, ornate detail and embellishments. Most are square boxes set on a decorative post with a base. When installing a Victorian mailbox on your property, remember that it must be located on the right side of the road in the direction of the mail carrier's route. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Contact the local post office for proper placement guidelines. Mailboxes at the road are usually between 40 and 44 inches in height and set back 6 to 8 inches from the road. Call the utility companies in your area to make certain you won't be digging near any underground utilities.

2. Dig an 8- to 10-inch-wide hole at least 2-1/2 feet deep, using a post hole digger.

3. Add a 6-inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage. Set the post on top of the gravel.

4. Add more gravel around the post. Or use concrete,if your local authorities will allow it. Check with a level to make certain the post is plumb -- straight up and down. Back fill the hole with gravel or concrete around the post. Let it dry overnight.

5. Position the base in place, then slide the decorative post over the wooden post and secure it using the provided hardware.

6. Install the flag on the right side of the box, using a 3/4-inch bolt through the flag and the box. Attach the nut on the inside of the box and tighten it with the wrench.

7. Secure the box on the top bracket of the post using the provided bolts and nuts.

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