Rural mail box

I live in a rural area therefore my mailbox is on the main road at the end of my 5 car length driveway. We checked if the red flag is up from the house telling us we have mail. My problem is that the red flag is short and very difficult to see from that distance especially if its snowing. Would anyone have any idea on how to make it brighter to catch our eyes or maybe extend the length. Of course its in very heavy plastic durable to withstand it all weather wise. Looking forward to a solution.
q rural mail box
see the mail box on the left of the driveway
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  • Sono Arima Sono Arima on Dec 02, 2017
    hum.. maybe attach a curtain type red cloth to the inner top ridge of the box and ask the mailman to drape it over the outside top of the box when he delivers to your box. I'm thinking it would look like a draped scarf.

  • Ken Ken on Dec 02, 2017
    I'd like to see the mailbox. Apparently it has a feature that indicates when there is mail in the box? I have not seen one like this since usually "flag up" is how you tell the mailman that there is outgoing mail.
    • Francine Nault Francine Nault on Dec 02, 2017
      the mailman raises the red flag when he leaves mail and I also raise it if I am mailing something also

  • Barb Barb on Dec 02, 2017
    I think painting the flag arm a hi-vis reflective color or tape would do the trick being you want to see it from your warm cozy home and ugh on the weather, and yes it’s coming towards buffalo our snow belt area next week ❄️☃️
  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Dec 02, 2017
    i too have this problem but I am at least 15-20 car lengths away. I would suggest investing in a sheet of red soft plastic. Cut the plastic to look just like the flag you have on the box. Lift the flag on your mailbox and position the new flag on the old as if you were making the letter F . (The new one will be higher than the old but attached to the old.) Attach with a wire, screw or very strong glue. When the flag goes up it will be much higher than before and you will be able to see it better.

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    • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Dec 02, 2017
      I don’t really think you would see the ribbon from that distance but you could try. Thanks for the comment!
  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Dec 02, 2017
    Spray paint rustoleum red
  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 02, 2017
    We bought a mailbox that has a yellow arm that raises when the lid is opened. We can see that bright yellow arm from our living room which is about 200 feet away.
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Dec 02, 2017
    Amazon (and probably your local home center) sells a pop-up flag for the top of your mailbox that will signal when your mail has arrived. Might be worth considering.....
  • Barb Barb on Dec 02, 2017
    Could you buy an arm style piece that can be attached to the same spot, or a thin nyLon stick that the snow plows use to mark the driveway area and brace the 2 by 4 to the post and bore a hole so it could be raised up and down? Just a thought 😊🎄
  • Ken Ken on Dec 02, 2017
    I found something on Amazon called a "mail chime". Wireless, up to 300 foot range, alerts when the mailbox is opened and stays on until it is reset. Sounds like it would be exactly what you want.
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 02, 2017
    How about buying a $10 pair of binoculars? I bought a pair to help me look at birds in the yard. Hubby used them at a football game. Your distance is about the perfect fit. 😇
    • Connie Ring Ceban Connie Ring Ceban on Dec 04, 2017
      Love your simple solution! My brother-an engineer type-gave us a digital weather station with a transmitter in the yard and reciprocate in the house. Every now and it has to be reprogrammed. I learned this is a beyond tedious process-for me. I told him I will get binoculars and for go the computer crap! He laughed. I said that’s what I’m doing. We think alike!😂
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 02, 2017
    I'd learn when the mail usually arrives, then walk to the mailbox about 1/2 hour later. That's what I do. Good exercise and the dog loves the walk.
  • Francine Nault Francine Nault on Dec 03, 2017
    Thank you
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 04, 2017
    Have fun wherever you can make it!😇
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