Building A Brick Mailbox
Building a brick mailbox will not only add beauty to your home, but it will also provide you with a secure and weatherproof way to protect the mail you receive. You do not have to be a skilled brick mason to build a brick mailbox, but you do need to follow the steps below.
Step 1: Plan and Prepare the Location
First and foremost plan the size of your mailbox, making sure that it meets the regulation set forth by the United States Postal Service. Measure out four different stakes in an even square to outline the concrete foundation where you will build your mailbox. Begin by digging a square hole that is approximately 6 inches in depth and use your shovel to pack dirt down firmly in preparation for pouring the concrete. Make sure that the four stakes are level.
Step 2: Mix the Concrete
Use a wheelbarrow for the purpose of mixing the concrete, taking care to follow the instructions set forth by the manufacturer. Stir the concrete, gravel and water and make and mix well. Shovel the concrete into the hole, spreading it out evenly and allow it to set overnight to create the foundation for your brick mailbox.
Step 3: Build the Mailbox Pedesal
Now you will build another concrete pad frame, which will be smaller and will serve as a footing for your bricks. Nail together some 1 by 4-inch pieces of lumber to create a 20 by 20-inch frame, then stack wood pieces until you have the proper height for your pad and lay your slats perpendicular to one another to reinforce this frame so that the weight of the concrete can be held. Place this wood frame in the center of the pad that you built and pour the concrete in, spreading it evenly before allowing it to set overnight.
Step 4: Brick Building
Once the frame has been removed, your mailbox will have a pedestal to be placed on. Place the mailbox on the pedestal properly before you begin the brick laying process. Stack the bricks first in a practice run so that you know how many you are going to need before you lay them for real.
Mix the mortar and begin the brick laying process. Start to lay the bricks out, taking care to make sure that the mortar curves into each of the spaces, filling each of the joints properly. When you get to the door of the mailbox, cut the bricks to fit with the use of a circular saw that is fitted with blades intended for masonry.