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    Not really a whole lot of room around the box (its on the other side of the road, not my side/my property). I like the idea of taking a standard large mailbox (like I have now) and adding to that.
    Maybe a 'steel plate' lathe siloette that the actual
    box sits in. Door on the drive end is the mailbox door.....?

    Maybe just a new one painted with POR15 paint this time.....

    And maybe some raised pot metal or? letters instead of the stick-on ones that fade & fall off....
    Hum....where is a source for such letters/numbers about 2" or 3" high?


    dk

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    The welding shop up the road from me has a small gas bottle (40cf?) that they cut and hinged the bottom.


    Andy

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    *Where* in mohegan lake? I gotta go see that
    one!

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    Got into this discussion on another site a while back. Some good stories. There is some concern over the legality of "immoveable objects" for mailbox posts. Mine happens to be one of those steel posts at the side of the highway, keeps the semi trucks from going over the edge? I digress- This guy had a problem with the youngsters running over his mail box (and Post) out in the country on saturday nights. He finally replaced the post with a short piece of stout 8" pipe, 12-18" out of the ground, set in concrete. He then put a wooden post in that and a conventional, Home Depot, sheet metal box. Next time around, the steel post took out the oil pan on the pickup truck, problem solved (and a bunch of the neighbors got new boxes courtesy of the driver).
    One other tale. Guys on the road crew were having problems with more youngsters knocking their plastic barrels all over creation at night. The crew would leave them in a nice row, directing traffic, etc. These kids would go right down the row, hit every one. So the next time the cement mixer was on site the crew filled the LAST one with concrete. Whatta mess. truck parts every where (little bitty ones), but no truck and no more problem.
    Funny, these kids think we've never been there...

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    My Friend brad makes some pretty awesome mailboxes.

    My fav, The dreadlock box

    http://mcmailbox.com/metal.html

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    Just a bit [img]smile.gif[/img] up the road from me - Shaw's Welding, on Fair St in Carmel.

    I'll be up that way next thurs and will try to remember to take a pic...Shoot me a note on Tues or Wed to remind me - andrew dot murphy at tiffany dot com.


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    So it took a while for me to remember to have the camera along for the ride...



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    Here is my mailbox holder. A railroad switch stand complete with lamp on top! Only one like it I have ever seen.



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    Here's the only mailbox I've ever seen in person that made me say WOW. When I saw it from the car I could not get any grip of it's true shape. It almost looked 2 dimensional in a 3d world. It shows some signs of weather, but is very nicely made of SSand is in front of a very expensive (5 to 10 mil) contemporary house in Greenwich, CT



    More photos:
    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38...on/Mail%20Box/

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    Take the handles off an old 2 man crosscut saw, have the better half paint a nice scene on it. Attach one end to a sturdy post, the other to the box.

    The bonus is when those snow plow drivers get a bit too close, the box will flex out of the way and return to its' rightful place and no repairs (and no shoveling for the mailman).

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    An American friend’s stepfather refined the, ‘make your mailbox out of ¼ inch steel plate attached to a gas pipe set into 4 feet of concrete’, by touring their hometown in his pickup truck, with the remains of the shattered baseball bat he found lying beside it one morning, until he saw one of the local idiots with his arm in a sling. He then demonstrated what his USMC training enabled him to do with a broken bat, and then casually mentioned that the lithium helped the flashbacks of life in ‘Nam. As my friend’s house was never visited by trick-or-treaters, on Halloween, all the local idiots got the message. (Halloween is when his stepfather dresses up in his camouflage gear, and hides in the bushes waiting for TP’ers: it gets him out of living in the basement eating pizza and shouting at war movies on TV. Don’t worry, the cops took his knife away)

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    I have a standard box.... mounted on a roadroad tie....
    Came out the house one morning & found half a baseball bat laying by it.... Ya just know that idiot got rung like a tuning fork LOL!!

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    Wondering bout' this for a while keep meaning to ask the Post office.... by law do I have to have a mailbox?? All my mail is sent to the shop and all I get at home is junk mail.

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    You might have to have a mailbox. The city, county, parish or whatever probably will insist you have a place to receive mail regarding property tax notices, ect.

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    My next door neighbor has neither box nor post. I think she has her mail delivered at her mother's house a couple blocks away...

    'Course that is in Tennessee, your mileage may vary.

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    Use any design you wish however, don't forget the twenty foot pole sticking straight up with a mail box atop marked for "air mail".
    Regards Walt..

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    With all the identity theft BS going on I think the design should have some way of locking it up.

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    Definately DON'T flag mail to go out of your box. Check washing scam is everywhere, be careful.

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    I guess if you don't want a smashed mail box and the lawsuit from a monster mail box in the yard, the only viable alternative is one of those big old colored rubbermaid mail boxes made to withstand most abuse. They may uproot, but they do not smash easily.

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    There's a bit of a punch line here....
    My orig. post was on 5/5/06 and lo and behold,
    the OLD mailbox is still out there....

    Guess this is a 'back burner' project fer sure...

    dk


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