Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 7
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by XSquared RSquared Had it Right
The post is too short to meet USPS mailbox regulations, and should not be marketed as a mailbox post. Think about it. The total height for this product is 6 feet. If you bury 2 ft of it into the ground, the bottom of the mailbox would need to be almost at the top of the post. I was able to make this work by stacking a couple of 4x4s on top of the arm, but it doesn't look all that great. This needs to be a 7 ft post. I'm happy with the quality of the material, but the design wasn't well thought out. I rated this as difficult to install because I had to make unexpected modifications to make it meet USPS regulations.
April 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SteelerKnights Too short! Impossible to install!
Regulation height is 42-45 inches. If you install to 42 inches you only have 12 inches in the ground, which is not any where near enough to keep this thing stable. If you install to 45 inches, to make it easier on your mail carrier, you have only 9 inches in the ground.
Note, the NHWA suggests you do NOT use Cement to install these things. It creates a hazard for mail carriers or others who may run into the post. It creates major damage to cars, and you still have to replace the post. As a result the NHWA, for safety reasons recommends installing without cement. If this is the case, there is NO WAY you can install a post in the ground in just 9-12 inches below ground.
Home depot shouldn't even be selling these things like this. 62 inches is the minimum these need to have below the mailbox.
Now, the quality on these is deplorable. All of them are cracked and look terrible. Took several weeks to find one that would look nice, but now, getting it home and finding it impossible to install, I'm back to square one.
Huge oversight by designers on this mailbox post!
May 30, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Customer Too short for use without concrete; low quality
Unless you put it in concrete, this post is too short to be installed at USPS regulation minimum 42" height, even if your installation site is level with the road. For stability the post should be installed at least 2 ft below ground.
The lumber was rough and cracked, and the assembly was slipshod, with untidy gaps and misalignments. This is not the mailbox post you want for a good first impression!
July 5, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Rsquared too short
This post is too short in order to meet USPS height specification, for the bottom of the box to be 41-45 inches above the ground. It needs to be about a foot longer like other brands, in order to bury it 2 feet deep for adequate stability without using a concrete base.
March 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by James Good looking post
Should be an 8' post for those like myself who have to bury it on the fore slope of a ditch. I had to build an extension onto it just to get the proper depth and still have the height to Post Office spec. Other than that we like the post. Looks nice out by the road.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Pressure Treated Mail Box Pole
This is a good product that i painted and placed in a 5 gallon bucket of cement and installed it in front of my house.Let me tell you it does not move and it looks great.
April 19, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LSTech Installation Details and Pitfalls
There are a number of details and pitfalls when installing a mailbox post, not covered in the support notes and videos.
1) I wanted a white post instead of the natural wood, so I primed it with Zinsser B-I-N White Primer Sealer which is shellac based and will stop any bleeding of knots in the wood through the paint. After the primer dried, I put on a top coat of Olympic exterior white satin paint.
2) Decide where to dig the hole for the post so that the front of the mailbox will be within the USPS specified range of 6”-8” from the edge of the road.
3) Most people have lots of rocks in the ground as big as dinner plates, so a post-hole digger will hit a dead end. A regular shovel will be needed and the hole will end up bigger than the desired 9” by the time you get the big rocks out. Then you will need to insert a concrete forming tube to contain the concrete, only about $7 for a 4-foot length in 8”, or 10” diameter. Note that the concrete forming tube diameter is spec’ed as +/- 1/2”, so 3 nested tubes are stocked for a given diameter. I guess concrete work is not too precise. I dug the hole about 24” deep and cut the cardboard forming tube to a 24” length.
4) I inserted the forming tube into the ground and had a second person hold the tube close to level, then filled in the excavated dirt around the perimeter to support the tube. I then poured drainage gravel into the tube about 6” deep so that the top of the horizontal piece of the post will be 41” from the ground surface, which will place the mailbox within the USPS specified height range of 41”-46”. I used a piece of 4x4 lumber to pound the gravel and pack it down, then pounded the dirt around the perimeter to pack it down also.
5) Insert and level the post inside of the forming tube, holding it level with wood clamped to the post and to a few stakes hammered into the surrounding ground. Alternatively, string can be wrapped around the top of the post and tied to stakes, and adjusted to level the post.
6) I then poured the fast-setting concrete mix ($5 for a 50 lb. red bag of Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix) into the form up to 1” below ground level. DO NOT POUND/PACK THE CONCRETE MIX. I had tamped the concrete, but when I poured the water onto the mix, the water did not seep into the mix, it just sat on top making a pool inside the tube that stayed there for several hours. I am guessing that the tamping was the problem. It would have been better to pour ½ the mix, add ½ the water, then top off with the other ½ of mix and water. To get the water deeper into the mix from the top water pool, which had hardened the top ½” of concrete, I hammered in a ½” hollow steel tube from the top, poking several holes that allowed the water to seep into the bulk of the concrete. Wiggle the steel tube side to side as you drive it down to make it easier to pull back out.
7) After about 2 hours the concrete had set and the post was held firmly. I then trimmed the top off of the cardboard forming tube and spread some of the extra drainage gravel about 10” around the base of the post and sprayed the gravel with Roundup to inhibit weeds from growing.
8) I bought a simple black mailbox and attached my house number on each side using adhesive vinyl 3” numbers, black numbers on a white square.
9) I then attached the mailbox to the horizontal piece of the post using a $10 Universal Mailbox Mounting Bracket, though some mailboxes may come with a mounting bracket.
10) In the end, the post and mailbox are sturdy and look nice. I am happy that I painted the post white, it complements our house better than the natural wood.
December 31, 2012