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Chas8008  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 10:59:28 AM
I want a Sturdy mailbox.


Some guys are Hurricane Harding power poles near my work. They are removing the 7,000volt lines from one pole and putting them on another slightly larger pole. The older poles are were installed in 2005. They are leaving the comcast and telephone lines on the older poles. They are cutting the top 15-20 ft off the poles.

I asked if I could grab 3-4 poles when they are done to make a bad ass mailbox. The guy laughed and said sure.

So ARFCOM I like the look of 3 pilings tied together rope.




Should I cut them flat on the bottom and just let it sit on the grass?

Should I bury one palling 2-3' deep, fill in the hole and tie the other two pilings on?

Should I bury all three?


Should I cement them in for the extra FU I am not moving look?
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Trippinmyrlinn  [Member]
9/21/2011 11:14:43 AM
bury the full tele pole till you get the desired height.....THEN concrete
Chas8008  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 11:27:53 AM

Originally Posted By Trippinmyrlinn:
bury the full tele pole till you get the desired height.....THEN concrete



Bury them till I hit water?
FB41  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 12:03:41 PM
Originally Posted By Chas8008:
I want a Sturdy mailbox.


Some guys are Hurricane Harding power poles near my work. They are removing the 7,000volt lines from one pole and putting them on another slightly larger pole. The older poles are were installed in 2005. They are leaving the comcast and telephone lines on the older poles. They are cutting the top 15-20 ft off the poles.

I asked if I could grab 3-4 poles when they are done to make a bad ass mailbox. The guy laughed and said sure.

So ARFCOM I like the look of 3 pilings tied together rope.

http://www.downeastnauticalsalvage.com/MooringrowN.jpg

http://www.downeastnauticalsalvage.com/Mailboxweb.jpg

Should I cut them flat on the bottom and just let it sit on the grass? No

Should I bury one palling 2-3' deep, fill in the hole and tie the other two pilings on? No

Should I bury all three? Yes


Should I cement them in for the extra FU I am not moving look? Abso-fucking-lutely; but be aware some municipalities forbid cementing mailboxes in place. I'd put the mailbox on top of one of the posts, instead of on the side.


zaskar017  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 1:18:45 PM
Originally Posted By Chas8008:
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I would do this except put the box on the middle pole.
And because I would want the option to get it back out, I would only cement one in the ground and cut the rest to a few inches below the grass line
Chas8008  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 1:22:52 PM

Originally Posted By zaskar017:
Originally Posted By Chas8008:
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http://www.downeastnauticalsalvage.com/Mailboxweb.jpg


I would do this except put the box on the middle pole.
And because I would want the option to get it back out, I would only cement one in the ground and cut the rest to a few inches below the grass line

I should add that I need to put two mailboxes in the pillings
zaskar017  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 1:28:30 PM
quick and dirty

EAB  [Member]
9/21/2011 1:30:44 PM
I always like the ability to remove something if I needed to. I recommend you install the longer post into the ground (then install the two shorter ones to it) using the same method we install the really large commercial flagpoles with.

I would install a sleeve in the ground, 2'-3'. I like to use corrugated culvert pipe for sleeves, just make sure it is a couple of inches large in diameter than the pole. When you bury the sleeve you can add a little mortar or concrete around the outside - I don't think this is necessary if you compact the ground really well around the outside of the sleeve though. Once the sleeve is in, insert the longer pole, use some pieces of PT wood to shim it plumb, then pour really fine silica sand or playbox sand around it and fill up the sleeve. Once the sand gets wet and compacted, it will be as strong as concrete. If you ever need to remove it, put a nozzle on your garden hose to make a jet, then shoot it into the sand and eventually you can pull the post out.
Trippinmyrlinn  [Member]
9/21/2011 4:30:33 PM
Originally Posted By Chas8008:

Originally Posted By Trippinmyrlinn:
bury the full tele pole till you get the desired height.....THEN concrete



Bury them till I hit water?


not water ...OIL!
Chas8008  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 4:39:14 PM

Originally Posted By zaskar017:
quick and dirty

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/6601/mailboxweb11.jpg


You would do five?

I think that wouldover power the house a little
zaskar017  [Team Member]
9/21/2011 9:42:51 PM
Originally Posted By Chas8008:

Originally Posted By zaskar017:
quick and dirty

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/6601/mailboxweb11.jpg


You would do five?

I think that wouldover power the house a little


It was more of a joke. I have only seen one mailbox mounted
Chas8008  [Team Member]
9/22/2011 8:11:25 AM

Originally Posted By zaskar017:
Originally Posted By Chas8008:

Originally Posted By zaskar017:
quick and dirty

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/6601/mailboxweb11.jpg


You would do five?

I think that wouldover power the house a little


It was more of a joke. I have only seen one mailbox mounted

oh, ok I would make a wall/fence out of them if I cound


I too have only send single boxes never were two..
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