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Well, I’ve been planning on doing this small project for some time…

Actually, I am improving on another project that needs to be upgraded.

Thus, making another project…

It ALL uses SCRAP materials & thus far has not used any wood UNTIL NOW!
The White Wooden Dowel at the rear of the mailbox has some Orange stringers attached to it…
It Holds the main ALERT Flag.

The basic project is a modification to our mailbox so that we can SEE, from the House, whether or NOT the Mail HAS COME OR NOT… saving all of the steps to go out there and find that it has not come yet.
(and when uses a cane, it can be a problem)

So here it is…

Pieces are somewhat Balanced in place… and when activated, go OUT OF BALANCE.


Here is a Slide Show…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 09:17 AM

well this one is private too

so we will take your word

it works

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 09:29 AM

They should be changed now… both of them…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Sam Shakouri

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 10:16 AM

What a lazy world !!
With or without cane, we need to walk for excercise.
We need to put that box somewhere to force us to go around the house few times to check the mail, Joe.
IF you dont agree, have a see-through box and watch it from the bedroom window by telescope.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#4 posted 10-25-2011 12:12 PM

For some people, the need to do things on certain days without extra steps has nothing at all to do with laziness. I for one have a bum leg that requires either using a cane, or taking several minutes to strap on a brace for my leg. On days that I am hurting the most, it is pure agony to bend over enough to strap on the brace. On those same days, it is also very painful to walk more than a few yards on the cane.
Am I lazy?
On the other hand, I do have good days. On those good days, there is nothing I enjoy more than walking. I have a handicap placard in my vehicle. On those rare good days, not only do I not use it, I park even farther than neccessary away from stores so I can enjoy the longer walk.

Good idea. I like it. I may have to build one of these one day. For the time being, I have something that works just as good. I have young children that I tell to go check the mail.


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#5 posted 10-25-2011 01:33 PM

Cool project, should help. Hope all is well Joe.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 01:54 PM

GENIOUS! My mail lady would figure out a way to deliver the mail without triggering the flog- just to be a jerk. I hate that woman…

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 02:35 PM

I have a stalker named “Bill”. He shows up in the mail box every day! I’d shoot the mail man for giving him a rid to my house, but they’d only replace him.

Joe, you are a genius! Speaking as a redneck myself, you make us all proud. (I am not calling you a redneck) That is what we rednecks call a right smart idea!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 10-25-2011 02:53 PM

Great idea with using just the tiniest bit of wood, never seen a project so small while being so useful.
@William. Very well said.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 10-25-2011 03:52 PM

Your idea is very creative and it works…
I keep a pair of binoculars by the window to see the flag on my mailbox.

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#10 posted 10-25-2011 04:18 PM

Whatever works! I minimize work to do some things, and maximize others. Mostly, I like the chores to be easy, and the fun stuff to give me the exercise.

I have not forgotten the towel rack, in fact it is now in Sketchup. I’ll put some dimensions on it, and send the pictures to you. I am still looking for a more elegant way to construct it, but just like your mail box… works just fine.

Last week work was kinda miserable, and I didn’t recover till yesterday. So far, this week is a little smoother. Hopefully I’ll get some long overdue chores done.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 04:37 PM

Some one here has the “Classless post of the day” award. Wouldn’t you agree Sam?

-- Go Blue!

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#12 posted 10-25-2011 05:52 PM

Joe, that mail box is old, you need to make a new mail box to go with your invention.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 10-25-2011 06:29 PM

Good Idea! My dad’s caregiver needs one as his mailbox is several houses up the street and he wants her to check for mail several times a day.

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#14 posted 10-25-2011 06:43 PM

Nice invention Joe. I hope you don’t patent this, become rich and then forget us….................

-- mike...............

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#15 posted 10-26-2011 01:56 AM

My apology to anyone I may offended, in particular, Loe and William.
As invention idea, it is great. But I did not see it that necessarily, specially for poeple like William who was in a such stage that he needed somebody to be with him 24/7, so checking the mail box would be part of the person job who looked after him. God bless your wife for you, William.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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