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Old 05-11-09, 10:15 PM
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She knocked off mah mailbox!

When I moved here I thought it was convenient to have the DMV (Department Of Motor Vehicle) one block away. But it turns out that my street is part of the main examination loop for student drivers. Today it was the 3rd time this year that a student driver knocked off my mailbox.

It seems that replacing the mailbox post with wooden poles is not working. I'm now on the lookout for more resistant materials. Maybe a rubber dungie (please don't google the term, NSFW) mailbox post will do the trick, bouncing off upon impact instead of breaking. Or maybe I need a steel pipe, anchored 8 feet deep into the ground, filled with concrete.

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PS: Just an observation... male student drivers seem to laugh while the females start crying upon mailbox impact.
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Old 05-11-09, 10:36 PM
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Oh yes, definitely go for the car-totaling concrete-filled sewer pipe. Make sure to wrap it in a wooden casing for effect, topped with a 1/4" steel mailbox replica. I was seriously going to do this as a trap for kids that like to knock them off with baseball bats.
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I've been through all the different solutions, because every snow storm gets me a few cars in the yard. I should open a used car lot. The best solution is the simplest: a basic metal mailbox on a 4x4 post. It's the smallest target, its small profile resists snowplows the best, and when they go, big whoop, twenty bucks later you have another one up. You should also have no problem having the insurance company of the driver de jour come out and install it.
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Old 05-12-09, 03:38 AM
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wow, doesn't it worry you that student drivers are hitting your mailbox so regularly? Must have some p*** poor drivers where you are!

Either way +1 on the concrete filled pole, that'll stop them doing it in a hurry!
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Old 05-12-09, 04:33 AM
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Well it'll stop them in a hurry, anyway
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Old 05-12-09, 04:44 AM
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ive seen this done before its called steel stocking, seen a aquaintance do it. he took the wood had it hollowed and installed a 3-1/2 inch solid steel round stock with a 5 foot deep extension. it was well build so well it took out a snow plow last winter.
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you want tank traps, aka dragon's teeth. they won't budge to 40ton tanks.
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wow, doesn't it worry you that student drivers are hitting your mailbox so regularly? Must have some p*** poor drivers where you are!

Either way +1 on the concrete filled pole, that'll stop them doing it in a hurry!
It's Florida. I take it you're not familiar with the place.
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2-man boulders? I like the tank trap idea. There's also this option. Weld some i-beams...


Complain to your postmaster too. I hope you aren't paying to replace the mailbox...

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I was working as a handy man, I got a call to replace a mail box post. I got to the house, and notice the post was broken. I talked to the home owner, he said he would take care of the old post, and to just put it behind his shed. So I pull the old post out of the ground, it's just in the dirt, slide in the new post, and pack around it with gravel. It is still a little wobbly, so I ask Mr. Homeowner if he would rather I dig a hole and place the post in concrete. "No", he said, "It will be too hard to replace next time". I ask what do you mean? "I replace it every 6 months or so." Why so often? "Look at the street, I'm right on the curve. They come flying down the street too fast, don't realize there is a curve, and take out my mail box. It's a pain in the ass" I look up the street from the mail box and realise it's like a target. So I take the old post back behind the shed, and add it to the pile of about 6 other old broken posts. Yeah, I was laughing as I drove away.

So Ruben, it's not just you.
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just put some land mines in front of it.
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12 posts and no one has suggested filling it with dynamite?
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12 posts and no one has suggested filling it with dynamite?
why bother? That would just destroy his mailbox....see post 11 for an appropriate use of explosives.
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for best results, use tank traps with land mines between them.
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why bother? That would just destroy his mailbox....see post 11 for an appropriate use of explosives.
I fail to see what dog poo in front of the mailbox would achieve.

That does give me an idea though: Rubber punchclown mailbox. Bonus points if it has a maniacal laugh track box.

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I fail to see what dog poo in front of the mailbox would achieve.

That does give me an idea though: Rubber punchclown mailbox. Bonus points if it has a maniacal laugh track box.

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Now that's a concept...placing dog poo ontop of claymores.....add insult to injury. I like it.
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Now that's a concept...placing dog poo ontop of claymores.....add infection to injury. I like it.
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you need a high tech mailbox protection device:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKVBK-0veE8
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It's Florida. I take it you're not familiar with the place.
ah the #1 bike death capital of the US! Not hugely familiar with it though.

btw what is "fify"?
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How about digging a huge moat around the yard, and suspending the mailbox from above? Sure, the mailbox may get taken out like a postal piñata, but it will be fun watching the car sink. Don't make the moat more than about 3' deep, unless you're really vindictive.
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I would suggest a pole filled with explosives instead of concrete.
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When I took driver ed years ago the person in front of us on the first driving day failed to turn leaving the school and took out a fire hydrant. Our teacher looked at the kid driving the car I was in and gave a deadpan "don't do that." We all busted out laughing...

I would go with some guard rocks around the post.
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