(Family Features) - Installing a new mailbox used to be avoided at all costs, as this type of a project could be full of hassles. Digging post holes, mixing concrete, struggling to make sure it was in the right position for the USPS - all can add up to a messy, time consuming, and frustrating project.
But now there is hope, as a new method is available that lets homeowners install a mailbox post in a fraction of the time - and at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional.
"The Liberty Outdoor Mailbox Post, featuring the patent pending Vortex 4 x 4 Post Ground Anchor, screws easily and securely into the ground - without the use of a post-hole digger, or having to mix and pour cement," said Bob Jennings, director, marketing services for Liberty Hardware. "And as an added bonus, the anchor works with an adjustable top plate so homeowners can easily orient the mailbox post toward the street."
Tips for Installation
Prior to installation, call 811 to ensure there are no underground obstacles, such as cables or gas lines.
Tools you will need:
- Tape Measure
- Socket Wrench
- Screw Driver
- Clear and level ground. Loosen the soil with a shovel, removing any turf to create a one-inch deep hole. Make sure the ground is level in all directions.
- Insert anchor. Turn the anchor in a clockwise direction, applying pressure as you turn. Once it's in place, make sure the anchor is level in all directions, oriented toward the street, and then tighten all nuts.
- Attach post. Position mailbox post over ground anchor so that the holes line up. Attach post onto the receptor, and use a level to make sure it's straight. Hand tighten bolts and washers, then use a screwdriver to secure arm.
Once your post is installed, you can add your new mailbox (sold separately).
To learn more about ground anchors and to see a complete installation video, visit www.libertyhardware.com.