Rated 3.2 out of 5Â by 27
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by Robear Avoid this post
It sounds like some other reviewers thought they were reviewing a mailbox. This is the post it sits on, and it very low quality. It really isn't even a post, it's a cover that fits over the post. You still need the normal 4x4 along with 2 additional 2x4's so make sure you have a saw to cut them to size. All the hardware you need is not included either.
The biggest problem with this cheaply make fake plastic post is if you are trying to mount a large mailbox to it, then you must come up with your own solution. The package it's in advertises it's for standard and large boxes, but that is a false claim.
I have just the normal large box, nothing super-sized, yet I have to make a trip back to the store to get more stuff to mount it. The base is flimsy so don't expect a stable mailbox. This is my first and last purchase from Gibraltar Industries.
October 24, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by DanJ Good product - with issues
This mailbox kit consists of a thick, square plastic tube that fits over a wood post. Although it shows the height as 59 inches, the height of the actual mailbox ends up less than 40 inches above the ground. Postal service trucks require the mailbox to be at 45 inches. This can be accomplished by nailing or screwing on 5 inch long pieces of white facia board on all four sides to raise up the plastic post.
It is also important to make sure the post is the right size and length. It is made by combining one 4 by 4 post with two 2 by 4 boards screwed onto adjacent sides lengthwise to get the 5 inch by 5 inch inside dimension of the plastic tube. Unfortunately, if you use pressure treated wood, the thickness dimensions of the 4 by 4 and 2 by 4 wood will result in the assembled wood post being more than 5 inches in each dimension. That then requires taking about a quarter inch of thickness off of each 2 by 4, which is a real pain unless you have a planer.
Also be sure to make the post longer than the 36 inches they recommend. If 18 inches of the post are below grade, that leaves only 18 inches above the ground which is insufficient to hold the assembly solidly. It would be better to use 4 foot lengths of board, with 18 inches buried. In the end, it looks good and serves its purpose well.
November 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by MACCOMike easy install - product could be more substantial
Nice looks - easy install - but just too light on construction. my guy who installed it needed to send a screw through the bottom bracket to keep it from falling off. a little bit more heft in the plastic would make this product much more durable and sturdy.
July 8, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by wdchongjr wobbly mail box
just installed this product. While it looks nice, the piece that holds the mailbox is kind of wobbly w/ no way to make it more stable. SInce it's already installed, I'm going to have to drill a hole in the back of the mailbox and screw it to the post or block of wood inside the post.
October 29, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by MAK1 Ease of Installation
The mounting post installed easily over my existing treated wood post and required no additional anchoring. Looks good.
January 1, 2014