Snowplow Proofing Your Mailbox

Work has been dried up a lot during the holidays, so I’ve been taking a lot of side jobs. One side job I had recently was to snowplow proof this dudes mailbox.

Snowplow proofed mailbox

Snowplow proofed mailbox

He said he was sick of snowplows plowing into it every year, denting it, breaking it, bending it in half… so he wanted me to make it more solid.

If you’ve got this problem too, here’s what you do.

1. Slap more reflectors on your mailbox. A lot of mailboxes have a reflector on them, but add more. Snow plows work at night a lot to get everything cleared for the commuters in the morning — reflectors mean they can see your mailbox better.

2. Change out your tiny, metal post for a thick, sturdy wooden one. That beast won’t bend in half or be broken by a plow.

3. Sink the new sturdy wooden pole about 4 feet into the ground. This will make it really solid and unmovable.

No plow is going to destroy that guy’s mailbox this year!


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Snowplow Proofing Your Mailbox — 13 Comments

  1. Solid tip! (pun intended). :)

    Unfortunately, our homeowner’s association requires us to have uniform mailboxes with metal poles. Our mailbox needs to be replaced (the flap was bent when we bought our home), but the matching mailbox costs over $100. So we just haven’t replaced it.

    We can’t permanently affix reflectors on our mailboxes either. So I added those fluorescent orange poles with reflectors that bend when you touch them. It helps for visibility, but won’t protect against the plow getting too close. I guess it’s half a solution!
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    • Yeah man, homeowners assns really can make it tough sometimes. I hate them! Sounds like you did the best you could with the rules you had to follow.

    • Lol, no mailboxes? Well at least you don’t have to worry about plows hitting it or teenagers that hang out of the car door with a baseball bat and take them out!

  2. Like your sturdy wooden pole! It’s handsome, and it sure would hold up against a lot of violence.

    Around here we’ve got no snow. But we do have vandals and mailbox thieves. People build block or brick pillars to encase their locking mailboxes — that’s about the only way to deal with the drive-by baseball bats.
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  3. I don’t understand what is different than normal installation here in northern Ohio. The plow rips the top off of ours off almost every time it goes by (except the times when I am outside watching them plow) they somehow amazingly miss my mailbox at those times. The wood pole/base is left untouched. just find the part holding the mail 30 feet away. Thinking about a rotating box..not sure what will hold up against the county plows round here. The box has been secured in every possible way imaginable, bolts, industrial glues, even tried gorilla tape, 3 in wide and it finds a way to rip it off!

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