Saturday, 15 October 2016

How Can We The Tall A Mail Slot

After cutting the hole in the door and hanging the door in place, my paranoid self didn't feel comfortable with a hole in a location that could allow someone to lift open the new mail slot and take a look around. Of equal or greater concern was the possibility the burglars with freakishly small hands could reach through the slot and unlock the front door. Please disregard the fact that we live on a busy street and someone would be bound to notice them finagling their arm through a mail slot just 1 1/4" tall. Also ignore the fact that we are diligent about using our security system and are installing a secondary deadbolt. No matter, I still didn't feel good about it.

After some great suggestions and inspiration from our readers, we finally landed on a solution from eBay. The solution is a cast iron mail chute slot from an old building. This is the entry point for a mail drop that you might find in an office building. You know, the glass covered mail chutes you would see as a kid and would just want so badly to see a letter fly by from an upper floor?

We figured that when inverted and affixed to the back of the door, this decorative mail chute would offer the perfect shield to obscure any would-be peepers or small handed robbers.

When we received the mail chute slot it was covered in a rich patina of rust and flaking paint. The back of the slot had a date of 1932 cast into the back of it, so it did come out of an older building of some sort. Though it was lovely, it didn't fit with the clean look of the glossy black door. So Alex cleaned it up on the wire wheel.

USPS Regulations for Wall Mount Mailboxes

Wall Mount Mailboxes are convenient in areas where postal carriers travel on foot. They are also helpful for residents who are physically impaired.

The USPS does not have specific dimension requirements for wall mount mailboxes, but local codes and regulations may apply.
Customers should seek advice from their local postmaster or mail carrier before installing a wall mount mailbox to ensure proper placement and uninterrupted mail delivery.
The flap on a wall mount mailbox should operate smoothly and reliably.
Mail carriers must have safe and unobstructed access to the mailbox.

General USPS Requirements for Curbside Residential Mailboxes

All manufactured mailboxes must meet the internal and external dimension requirements of the USPS.

Curbside mailboxes must be placed on the right-hand side of the road and facing outward so that mail carriers can access it easily without leaving their vehicle.

The box or house number on a mailbox must be represented in numbers that are at least 1 inch tall, and they must be positioned on the front or flag side of the box.

Mailboxes must be placed 6 to 8 inches away from the curb; the slot or door must be 41 to 45 inches from the ground.

Curbside mailbox posts should be buried less than 24 inches deep and made from wood no larger than 4 inches high by 4 inches wide. Steel or aluminum pipes with a 2-inch diameter are also acceptable.

Newspaper receptacles may be mounted on the same post as the mailbox, but they must not contact it directly or be supported by it.

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