How do I make a sturdy mailbox post?

Linda Mosler
by Linda Mosler
  5 answers
  • Carol Carol on Sep 30, 2017

    dig hole not much wider than post and down about 3 feet and you can either fill hole with concrete or tamp down hard soil.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Sep 30, 2017

    How far down you need to sink the post depends on your area's "freeze line". As far as the post itself, purchase one already made with the post and crossbar. HD guys can give you advice how deep to dig and give you a bag of quickcrete to pour in to harden in place.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 30, 2017

    Get some instant cement at the home improvement store, dig a hole and pour in the cement, put the post in the cement and brace it to stand up until it cures, at least over night. Be sure to use a leveler vertically to be sure it is braced straight up. It is not hard to do it that way and you can buy the instant cement dry or already wet to save time and convenience.

  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Sep 30, 2017

    My SIL made one for me out of a 6" iron post. At the same time, he had a 'cage' built and mounted to surround my mailbox. I lived in a rural area and was frequented by mailbox thugs at night. Baseball bats wouldn't have fazed it. It would have done damage to a car if that had been their destructive device of choice. However, it was never 'toyed' with again.

  • L. Creative L. Creative on Sep 30, 2017

    They sell kits where the mailboxes are at Home Depot. Also to set it in concrete is the most sturdy which involves digging a fairly large hole and using a concrete form or pouring concrete into the hole. If you have use of a auger (they rent those) its much easier, otherwise a post hole digger takes awhile and is more labor intensive.