Installing a mailbox can be daunting, especially if it requires digging and some concrete. There are way too many factors to consider.
Fortunately, you can install a mailbox without digging. It’s easy and affordable, and you can put it up in no time!
So, whether you need a new mailbox or fix an old one, we’ve got you covered!
What Is a No-Dig Mailbox?
A no-dig mailbox is as simple as it sounds. It’s a mailbox you can erect on your lawn without digging or buying concrete.
This option is popular for handy people or DIYers that want to save cash on materials and construction.
You can easily find no-dig mailbox kits from many hardware stores or even online. They typically come with the following materials:
- Wood post
- Metal stake
- Mounting bracket
Of course, putting up a mailbox requires buying an actual one. Kits usually only have the necessary materials for constructing the foundation.
Even so, the total amount you’ll spend on both of these will still be much cheaper than building a mailbox with concrete.
How Do You Install a Mailbox Without Digging?
Even if you’re not a handy person, you’ll be able to install a mailbox without digging. As long as you know how to handle a hammer and a screwdriver, you can have a new mailbox in about half an hour.
Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Preparation
Before anything else, it’s essential to prepare all of the materials you’ll need for this project. It doesn’t only speed up the process, but you can also make sure you’re not missing any tools.
So, here are some tools and equipment you’ll need:
- No-dig mailbox kit
- Screwdriver or a power drill with a screwdriver end
- Post sleeve (Optional)
- Any color of spray paint (Optional)
- Rubber mallet (Optional)
Step 2: Treat the Bottom of the Wood (Optional)
Now that you’re all prepared, this next step depends on what type of kit you have.
If your kit comes with untreated wood, it’s better to coat the bottom portion to create an extra barrier between the moist soil and the wood.
Generously coat the bottom of the wood post with spray paint if you’re using a post sleeve. It should be about five inches, just enough so that you don’t expose the base to harsh conditions.
If you’re keeping the wood post bare, getting a kit with treated wood beforehand is best. It could save you some time and keep your worries about durability at bay.
Step 3: Anchor the Stake
Anchor the stake at your desired location. You can use your old mailbox to reference the distance between the road and the mailbox.
If it’s a new mailbox, measure an appropriate distance between the road and the potential site of the mailbox. This distance should be enough so that any passing car won’t accidentally hit it.
Generally, the mailbox should be about 6 to 8 inches from the curb, and the mailbox door about 41 to 45 inches away from the ground. You can find more information on mailbox installation from USPS.
Then, carefully anchor the thicker side of the metal stake using the hammer. While doing so, try to pause and use your leveler occasionally to make sure that the stake is straight.
In addition, make sure that the stake doesn’t go deeper than 24 inches.
You can adjust the stake by hammering at the sides if it’s not even.
Step 4: Place the Wood Post
The wood post usually comes in 4×4 wood with a pre-drilled hole underneath. It’s where the stake goes through.
Align the hole to the stake and slowly pound the wood post down. Make sure to be careful in this step because some wood can accidentally break with too much pressure.
Alternatively, you can use a rubber mallet to tap the wood to prevent cracking or splitting. When the post is more than halfway down, you can switch to the hammer for a faster process.
You can also use the leveler in this stage to ensure a straight wood post. You wouldn’t want a lopsided mailbox, would you?
Step 5: Attach the Post Sleeve (Optional)
Depending on your kit, you can leave the wood post bare or attach a post sleeve over it.
Post sleeves can vary in construction materials, such as plastic or metal. Either way, its purpose is to cover the wood and give your no-dig mailbox an authentic look.
Simply slide the post sleeve over the wood post and fasten the screws.
If you want to keep the rugged vibe, then skip ahead to Step 6.
Step 6: Attach the Mounting Bracket
You can find the mounting bracket from your no-dig mailbox or post-sleeve kit. This bracket acts as the base where you can attach the mailbox.
In either case, it should look like a rectangular plank. Screw that piece onto the wood post or post sleeve using your power drill or screwdriver.
Step 7: Attach Mailbox to the Mounting Bracket
The final step is to attach the mailbox to the mounting bracket by bolting the screws on each side of the mailbox.
Congrats! You’ve just given yourself a new mailbox.
Are No-Dig Mailboxes Sturdy?
Most no-dig mailboxes, if not all, are sturdier than you may think.
As long as you position the foundation of the mailbox correctly, it should last for a long time.
Even if it seems like the post wobbles, you’ll notice that it always comes back to its original position. It means that the mailbox has some flexibility and can absorb pressure.
So, if a car accidentally hits your post, you can expect to see minimal damage to the structure.
Who would’ve thought that you could install a mailbox without digging?
A no-dig mailbox is a perfect way to upgrade your mailbox or install a new one without spending an incredible amount of time and money. The best part: you can do it all by yourself!
All you’ll need are a no-dig mailbox kit, a mailbox, some tools, and extra strength for hammering.
I have a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering. When I’m not constructing or remodeling X-Ray Rooms, Cardiovascular Labs, and Pharmacies…I’m at home with my wife, two daughters and a dog. Outside of family, I love grilling and barbequing on my Big Green Egg and working on projects around the house.