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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 09-11-2017 01:11 PM 1059 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2017 01:11 PM

Early Saturday evening, some lousy rat bastard, probably under the influence, hit our mail box with such an intensity that they tore it from the ground. The wife found it lying on the grass when she came home from work.
Naturally, the perpetrator didn’t even have the decency to leave an apology note, let alone offer to pay for the damage…..Great world in which we live….....
I had only yesterday afternoon in which to install anew mailbox. You know the drill, a LOT to do and very LITTLE time in which to do it. As Ho-hum Depot was closest, I went there to get a new mailbox, post and cement. Now, God forbid that or local HD would put the damned things in a place where anyone would even THINK of looking for them….well maybe, if you recently sustained a concussion or other head injury….... So, after a lot of hunting, I FINALLY find an employee to ask…..yeah, right. THIS “genius” answers my simple question with “What kind do you want…...?” I say “The kind you stick in the ground and mount a mailbox on top”. “What kind do you want….?” This scintillating exchange repeated for a couple of minutes, until finally “Einstein” asks “Do you want a forked one…...” “A what….....?” “A forked one…...” “What would I need THAT for…...?” “Are you putting up a couple of mailboxes?” No, I just need to mount ONE mailbox on ONE pole…...” “Oh, they’re over here….....”
Now I’m thinking “Holy Jeez, Edith, Look at dis here…..” Anyway, when he did show me where HD had hidden the mailbox poles, they did have a decent selection, AND bags of the fast drying concrete to go with them all in the same out of the way place. But by now, I’d lost a good 20 minutes just trying to FIND what I needed…...Imagine me expecting to find hardware in a Hardware store in 2017….....
BTW, my neck being rather red, I just happened to have some orange duct tape in the garage, so I made horizontal stripes on the newly installed pole.

-- OleGrump

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#1 posted 09-11-2017 01:17 PM

Handle / Post …

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 09-11-2017 06:28 PM

I hope you are able to move past this traumatic event and somehow pick up the pieces of your lives.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 09-11-2017 08:31 PM

Sad story— Should have mounted the new one on a 4 inch schedule80 pipe! Then when they hit it; it will remove a fender/bumper from the offending unit!

You are not the only one to have a mailbox LAUNCHED! My neighbor watched the city snowplow take mine out several years ago. Never even slowed down! I called the city and was told to come and get paperwork to file and then get it notarized and return to START a claim! Was easier and cheaper to just do it myself and forget about trying to collect from the city!

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#4 posted 09-12-2017 03:20 AM

Not a fan of HD but go there often enough to find what I need. When in a hurry often makes sense to go online and to see what they have in stock and it will point out what isle and bin the product is located in. You can even text the location to yourself if needed (know nothing about it as don’t have a cell).

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#5 posted 09-12-2017 04:22 AM

Heh, I’m also a member of a metal working forum. If you need someone to set the steel post in concrete, and make a nice thick steel mail box that will damage the occupants if they run into it, go to and get an account. Though I think most of that kind of mail box is made for the people driving down the road with a bat swung out of the window.

True story- I was working a home remodel in Beverly Hills behind a jewelry store. The back fence and garage wall were pushed in/knocked over. We had a guy come out with an auger and sink holes for 5” steel pipe sections about every 4 feet, which were set in (and filled with) concrete across the back of the property. The owner of the jewelry store came over and asked what we were doing. It was explained that the garage and fence were being repaired, and that the posts were being set to avoid further damage. I kid you not, he said, “But my customers will damage their cars on these posts!”. We got a good laugh out of it, and explained that maybe his customers could learn to drive better.

None of the people who backed into the fence, or those who pushed the back wall of the garage in about 18” at the middle had the courtesy to notify the owner of that property. I wonder if they ever bitched about the damage to their vehicles when they hit those posts, after we did all that work. :D

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 09-12-2017 03:41 PM

I DO like the idea of the pipe set into and FILLED WITH concrete…...If it happens again, I truly think that is the route I’ll take. (and wait for the first jerk to hit it, so I can laugh like Hell at him….) BTW, I’ve worked in “upscale areas” where the “privileged people” thought that way. We probably have the same idea about what kind of people they REALLY are…...not words I usually take to Church…...
For now Though, the new pole is set nicely in a generous amount of quick setting cement, and the post itself is wrapped in alternating horizontal duct tape stripes of orange and white. Looks enough like a traffic pylon that they’ve been avoiding it, So far…..

-- OleGrump

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#7 posted 09-12-2017 04:12 PM

Post up a picture of that beauty!

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#8 posted 09-12-2017 05:19 PM

I worked for many years as a Policeman in a small town. We would have kids playing “mailbox baseball” a couple times a years…particularly after the movie “Stand by Me” had aired….basically giving them the idea and rules for playing a game that involved the destruction of mailboxes and a point system.
Some of the players also hit the pole with a truck or old car. One particular man grew tired of replacing his post and mailbox every year and he buried a 8’ railroad rail into the ground and concreted it in with 3’ protruding. He wrapped that 3’ with 1×3’s so it appeared as if it was wood, and it took about 8 months but he got one of his perpetrators after their tuck came to an abrupt stop after striking it. They abandoned the truck but I tracked them down the next day.

Another fellow had his hit so many times he put his pole in a 5 gallon bucket of cement so he could just replace it easily. I did not realize but what he was doing was setting the kids doing this up. After he lost the first one he poured a tube of concrete in the ground into one of those cardboard forms, but topping it off into an above ground 5 gallon bucket with the bottom cut off, then his post and mailbox. The post was in a sleeve in the concrete so he could replace it easily. He did not get the car to stop but after they struck it, there were a fair amount of parts laying there.

While I secretly thought these guys were great, this was paramount to leaving a trap gun in a barn…..I had to condemn it and ask them not to do it…..The guy with the 5 foot buried tube of concrete simply said,” I was just setting the post”. I just told him it was not a good idea, then laughed my head off as I was driving away.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 09-12-2017 08:34 PM

Like MOKE spoke about they can come back and say you set them up with a booby trap and sue for damages. For a neighbor that had 4 boxes whacked I installed 4 inch black pipe. Cut a hole into it and installed a 2 1/2 in back pipe to make the arm to but box on. The black pipe is more than sufficient to take quite a beating and be reasonably explained in court as a enduring structure verse a rotting post. I have also seen spiked boat anchors used as decorations around the mailbox with the black pipe post being layered in thick rope giving a very deceiving look. The guy was sued but used the excuse he had a nautical theme going on in his yard the lawsuit failed. Some local ordinances forbid using brick around the mailbox or borders of slate.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 09-17-2017 12:01 AM

when mine got hit, I put in a 6×6 with 2 4×4’s across the top for the box to sit on. if they hit this one, they may not drive away!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 09-17-2017 01:12 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 09-17-2017 03:50 AM

Well Gee, life is a ** and then you die. Next time maybe find another supplier. Yes, there will be a next time.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 09-17-2017 06:54 AM

Before venturing to HD for needed stuff I look online. Almost everything online is at the store and the online info contains the location of the item at the store you are headin to. Sometimes I even order and pay online for pickup at the store but they usually keep you waiting while they head to the storage area at the back of the store.

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#14 posted 09-19-2017 01:34 AM

Before venturing to HD for needed stuff I look online. Almost everything online is at the store and the online info contains the location of the item at the store you are headin to. Sometimes I even order and pay online for pickup at the store but they usually keep you waiting while they head to the storage area at the back of the store.

- edh1

Good tip, I have been using this on the rare occasion I am forced to go to a box store. Mostly I keep stock here at the house and shop online. Some things are just convenient to get quick and leave.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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