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    Mailbox grate.

    Just a simple project and a simple less than a minute YouBoob video I finished off.

    Mailbox Grate - YouTube
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    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    How is your mail getting wet inside the mailbox??
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    Several weeks ago it rained 10”. I remember getting the mail and it being completely dry. I guess all mailboxes are not created equally waterproof.


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    Same here - never wet mail. And my mailbox takes a beating as it is along a state paved road - the plow trucks are pretty wound up when they go by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Same here - never wet mail. And my mailbox takes a beating as it is along a state paved road - the plow trucks are pretty wound up when they go by.
    Same here. Ive got an old Rubbermaid box thats been put back together too many times, but unless the door is left open, it stays dry inside.
    Those plow trucks do their best, it seems sometimes, to find a way in the Winter to either destroy it or pack it with snow, but its still plugging along!
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    I have not had problems with wet mail either. But if you are, that looks like a nice solution using parts on hand. Why buy a new mailbox if you don't have to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Just a simple project and a simple less than a minute YouBoob video I finished off.

    Mailbox Grate - YouTube
    Good idea, someone else must have a mailbox like mine. The heavy steel one I put up years ago to thwart the mailbox-baseball players had one drawback, the door is so heavy it's just flat and does not seal well. To make things worse, the box faces north, which is the wind direction for most of the bad weather. But the mail doesn't get nearly as wet as when the boxes were torn up and laying on the ground.

    But anymore we get very little non-junk mail anyway and one of us is usually here to pick it up before it stays in there very long. And the would-be sluggers leave it alone.
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    Our mailbox faces north, and the wind drives water inside since it's just a sheet metal Home Cheapot special. The raised ribs on the bottom aren't raised enough to do any good at circulating air beneath the mail.

    Also, our mail service is so spotty that we never know when the mail carrier will show up; so it's not uncommon for mail to sit in the box a couple of days since I'm not going out to check a second time unless I know for certain the carrier has delivered that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Our mailbox faces north, and the wind drives water inside since it's just a sheet metal Home Cheapot special. The raised ribs on the bottom aren't raised enough to do any good at circulating air beneath the mail.

    Also, our mail service is so spotty that we never know when the mail carrier will show up; so it's not uncommon for mail to sit in the box a couple of days since I'm not going out to check a second time unless I know for certain the carrier has delivered that day.
    Maybe one of these would help - a mailbox alert flag. When you close the mailbox you set the flag down. When the box is opened by the mail carrier it pops up and tells you that it has been opened. I would have one but I can’t see our mailbox from the house - have to walk half way to it before I can see it. I’m already dressed to be outside by then so I just finish the hike.

    Amazon.com: Mail Time! Yellow Mailbox Alert Signal Flag for Long Driveways: Home Improvement

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    Pony express only delivers to the post office miles away. No mail delivery out here in the wilds so no problem. I do have a mailbox to install someday if civilization shows up.
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