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Old John    Posted 07-09-2004 at 06:16:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi Y'all,


That was sorta tongue in cheek.

The mailbox was on the ground, this morning.
Somebody got it last night, with a 2x4. It
was a big mailbox but it's kinda flatter now.

It happened last year, before we'd bought the place and I'd bought a new plastic mailbox.
But, I was able to straighten the old one out. This time it's irrepairable.
So, I'll put that new one up as soon as Sharon gets it lettered with the address.

She called from work to tell me there were about 7 or 8 more down, between here & IN-46.
Kids with nothing to do, I guess.
They've been blowing them up with pipe-bombs and fireworks, up in Hendricks County.

Hey, any suggestions on what'd be a vandal-proof, indestructible mailbox? A neighbor said one time it got so bad they took off with his, post & all.

Y'all have a good day, and a Great Weekend.
'Til Later.........
Old John


Hillbilly    Posted 07-09-2004 at 10:15:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
John T., I went to great lengths to sink a big piece of a utility pole in the ground about 4' in this mountain rock, encased it in concrete and put my mail box on it. I was warned that I could be held responsible for damages and injuries if some innocent person drove into it in an accident because it set on the state highway ROW. With the litigation society today we most likely would be sued because we caused harm to somebodies innocent angel when they were in the process of destroying our property. My insurance agent friend did not recommend a damage proof mail box,as new mail box is cheaper than a lawsuit.


Bkeepr    Posted 07-09-2004 at 09:05:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine is 3/8" steel, welded and put up on 4x4. The box itself weighs about 100 lbs. Guaranteed to hurt if somebody tries to hit it with a ball bat or 2x4. Has been hit by snow plow a few times, so I've had to replace the 4x4 post, but the box itself has never had more than a scratch.

Tom A


deadcarp    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:12:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years ago it was halloween pranks and cornshocks. Some of the boys decided to drive my grampa's shocks down with their jeep one year. The next morning grampa went over and talked to their dad and those boys worked 2 weeks for nothing setting the shocks back. And in the process, lotsa ears came off so they piled them in the granary. Real nice of them! :)

Another thought - i'm towing my new paddleboat in this weekend's parade. To satisfy safety requirements, i'll be strapping a double-barrel shotgun pointed at the gas motor. There will be a string running up to where i sit. They're right - it should have a kill switch. :)


VADAVE    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:55:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Years ago the neihbor got in a little tussle with the kids. They would push his box, hit it with a bat etc. He wrapped it with barb wire then they just drove up against it real slow and pushed it over--finially decided it was so much fun they advance to mine.
I went a got a 3 inch square length of steel tube. Dug a hole big enough for tow small garbage cans. Put the biggest diameter one on the bottom and the smaller onwe on top. that concrete was 2 foot in diameter and 4 foot deep. Put the steel post all the way in and full of concrete. Steel box with a door on top and that was 4-5 feet above ground. No trouble.
Watch a guy hit that doing 10-15mph post didn't move and the car stopped. Ten years later when the new neighbor wanted to move the post he got to rent the backhoe.
You can vandal proof mailboxes if you want to, it just takes a little effort. I think that only cost a little more then a new box and post.
Cause I had the garbage cans with no bottoms and the steel was used.


Ron/PA    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:46:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We sunk a piece of 6 inch " walled pipe in the ground and filled it with concrete. Mounted a 5/16" plate on top and mounted the box on top of that, then built an enclosure out of 5/16 diamond plate to cover the box. Let em hit it!!
We did this because we had some smart kids that would come by every week with they're yuppy 4WD pickups and hit the garbage cans with their grill guards. The first week all we did was sink the pipe and fill it with concrete. Then I cut out a plastic garbage can and set it down over the pipe. Just like magic, it grew a ford ranger out of the side of the pipe, produced 4 kids, 2 in the cab, who delighted in mashing the windshield with their heads, and 2 in the back, wielding base ball bats for mailboxes, these two elected to pop out over the cab and booger up some skin and bones upon impact.
The most important deterent was that we not only refused to apologize for the damage to their pickup, we pressed charges against all 4, and called the post office and pressed charges through them.
Somedays ya just gotta be a miserable SOB to get the point across.
Ron


Grove r    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:10:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin' all...like your retaliation, Ron..... we have the same problem around here...mine was not targeted because we could see it from the house, but when we opted to go with the group mailbox at the "T" intersection at the end of the quarter, it suffers a 'tip over' every once in awhile....funny thing is, the post office is very adamant about the whole thing...almost as if they expect us, the users, to suffer the aggravation.....I notice that quite a few have gone to building their own "bullet proof" mailboxes...most look quite good....R.E.L.


New-Gen    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:23:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
What I did on mine was take a piece ot 1/4" wall 4X4 box tubing and weld a chunk of 10" 1/4" wall pipe on top, the same length as a mailbox. Then weldeda piece of barstok to the backside, drilled a hole in the middle, dilled a matching hole in the back of a mailbox and bolted it in.
The most anybody can do now is punch the door in with their fist, and those cheap aluminum doors pop right back out! And if it doesn't, all I need to replace is the el-cheapo mailbox, ratner than the whole shootin' match!


~Lenore    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:23:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do they drive off the edge of the road to reach the mailbox?
I was sort of imagining some of those throw down spikes between it and the road edge.
Might not protect the mailbox but it might help identify the vandal.


SusanMo    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:10:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have seen several in our area surrounded by brick or rock they look really nice


DigitalMat    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:02:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a big mailbox like you have. Lay it on it's back with the lid open. Put a piece of masonry chimney flue, drain pipe, or whatever you want centered in the middle. Pour concrete around it and let it dry. It will take a heavy post to handle this, but the next time you see an impact mark, just call up the local hospital and see who has a broken right arm! hehehe!


Gary    Posted 07-09-2004 at 06:39:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get some 4 inch iron pipe about 6 feet long, bury as much as possible in a hole filled with concrete. Build a box of 1/4 inch plate steel and weld it to the top of the post. I guarentee, next time the 2x4 will break or the shoulder of the holder will.


JDK    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:03:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are "vandal proof" mailboxes on the market,usually made of 3/16 steel in standard box shape and size.Supposed to me virtually dentproof,fireworksproof etc,One would have to build a good solid stand to really secure it.


Pitch    Posted 07-09-2004 at 14:22:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fellow round these parts got tired of replacing boxes and Built himself one mounted on a length of railroad rail mounted in cement and the box itself surronded by more rail. Town hit it with the wing plow, tore the wing right of the truck. Fella bought the town a new one.


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