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Question DetailsAsked on 3/29/2017

Brick mailbox tallahassee fla

I need a brick mailbox built on my home property

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Amazingly, there is a category in Services called Mailbox Repair - which might include this sort of work. Otherwise, Masonry would be the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed contractors for this.


My recommendation - since brick mailboxes tend to really deteriorate fast with normal clay brick (fully exposed to weather, which is not a great environment for brick) I would recommend requiring it be built with "Hard Fired" Hollow Brick (except for top layer where you do not want the cavity holes exposed, if not mortar crowned) meeting ASTM C652 Exposure Grade S or SW - meaning it has been fired so the outer surface is melted rather than just kiln-dried clay, has holes vertically down through the brick to accept reinforcing and mortar, and is rated for severe weathering exposure.


It would best be built with rebar (normally #3 - 3/8) down through the holes in the brick - typically spaced at corners and at least every other brick between them, fully mortared in. If made large, commonly it is built hollow to reduce cost, then the interior is filled with concrete or mortar if you want to make it last "forever".


Should be on a proper concrete pad foundation with compacted base materials (crushed stone base, usually 3/4" minus) which might go as deep as 2 feet or so in poor soil, minimum 8 inches even in the best soils, and the rebar have an L-shped bottom (leg length depends on rebar size, commonly 2-3 feet) and should be cast into the concrete base to reach up into the brick for best resistance. The base slab should also be reinforced with rebar or wire mesh (that is more common).


Cost for doing those steps versus just a stacked normal building brick mailbox base with no reinforcing, which might last 1/3 to 1/2 as long and would have little or no resistance to any car impact and poor freezing resistance, probably about 20-25% more.


One other recommendation - do NOT build it around a wood post - when the wood picks up moisture from the brick (as it will, especially if exposed at the top) it will swell, which can split the brick off the pedestal. If you want a center post in it use a rust preventative paint like Rustoleum over a Rustoleum primer (right type for clean or slightly rusty post metal).


Should also have drain holes at the concrete slab so water can't build up in the bricks ifit leaks through the crown/cap.


Don't forget to specify IN writing that the mailbox and the brick base shall be set at the USPS mandated location from the edge of the street and per USPS specifications regarding mailbox dimensions and height and stickout from the brick and such, because the mailbox itself has to be the right height for the mailman to deliver into from his vehicle (assuming this is at the street, not by your door - otherwise there is a standard height for at-house mailboxes too), it has to stick out from the pedestal a certain amount so he can fill it and take outgoing mail out from the vehicle without striking the pedestal, and the mailbox itself has to be stamped that it is USPS approved or be approved by the local postmaster if custom-built (in which case FARRRR easier to use a standard mailbox that is approved and embed it inside your decorative housing).


Cost - from maybe $400 or so on the very low end (for a very slender pedestal) to more commonly around $700 or $800 to $1000 plus a bit - and on up to many thousands for the very fancy ones or if it has connecting wingwalls or embedded family initials or name or crest as some people do.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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Hi,

This is James W. in Member Care! Thank you for posting.


I see that Anna was able to assist you with this yesterday and gave you some mailbox repair listings.


If you would like to see more search results in your area in this forum, please let us know. You can respond to this thread or submit a new Answers post. You can also reach us at memberservices@angieslist.com. We're happy to help!

Answered 1 year ago by Member Services




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