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Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 06-11-2015 11:47 PM 2716 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some years ago when I needed to move my mailbox, I stuck it on a tripod made from a mountain laurel bush. Not attached to the ground, it proved to be useful in the winter as the town snow plow crews seem to make a competitive sport out of how many mailboxes they can knock down… when it starts snowing, I just lift it up and move it back until the plows are done. Anyway, it finally rotted out, the mailbox sinking lower and lower to the ground, and needed replacing, so a walk in the woods behind the house got me a new one, which with a little trimming and bark removal (using a pressure washer) was even better than the first.

After getting it ready, I brought the old one back to the house and removed the mailbox from the board on top it was screwed to. Thinking to reuse the board, I tried to remove the screws, but they were too messed up, and then the board cracked. No big deal, but while I was holding the broken board in my hand… it started BUZZING! It felt exactly like a phone set on vibrate, to the point that I got momentarily confused on what I was holding—you don’t want to drop your phone on the ground—then I flung it to the ground and there it was, an ordinary piece of 1×6 pine… until the largest carpenter bee I’ve ever seen crawled out of a hole in the board and flew away!

Anyway, a new board screwed to the top of the post and I have a new mailbox post at the regulation height, good for some more years. The next day I happened to be in the driveway when the mailman drove by, and got a big “Thank You!” for the repair, I guess he was tired of bending over.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 06-11-2015 11:58 PM

Neat and useful!

I had my mailbox “launched” by the city crew when I lived in the snow country! I called them—they said they would mail me a check for the replacement! That was 10-12 years ago, still waiting for that check!

It was far enough from where they actually had to plow my mailbox was mounted on an upside down L ; so they had to try to hit it! My neighbor had seen the truck hit it! Or they would probably tried to deny it was their fault!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 02:11 AM

Sadly, this one didn’t last long. The plows didn’t get it, but a guy in a van going too fast around the bend on a snowy day lost control and took it out and got himself stuck in the middle of my front yard. So now my mailbox sits on an unairworthy aluminum airplane propeller. I daresay this one will be a bit more durable…

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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