If it's time to replace your old postal receptacle, make sure you give it a sturdy support system. With diagrams for attaching the mailbox to the post arm, building a lifting arm, and installing a metal plumbing pipe post.
Customized mailboxes are fine, so long as they're within the limits of postal regulations and local sensibilities.
A mailbox is more than simply a receptacle for letters; it makes a public statement.
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Attaching the mailbox to the post arm.
Mailbox arm that can be lifted for the snow plow.
An advantage of installing your own mailbox is the chance to admire your handiwork every time you pick up the mail.