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aquageek
August 1st, 2007, 04:00 PM
Anyone ever replaced a mailbox in brick? Any tips?

SwimStud
August 1st, 2007, 04:02 PM
Anyone ever replaced a mailbox in brick? Any tips?

Make sure the first course is level (set it on some gravel and crete at least halfway in the ground) and check for level every course, and tamp it with a mallet if not. Don't rush. Leave the mortar slightly proud so you cand easily trim it to shape.

aquageek
August 1st, 2007, 04:08 PM
I should have been clearer, the mailbox already exists and is inside the brick structure. It is roughly the size of one of those roll-to-the-street trash containers. I found a youtube video but it would require me to buy a grinder and a $130 mailbox door.

SwimStud
August 1st, 2007, 04:12 PM
I should have been clearer, the mailbox already exists and is inside the brick structure. It is roughly the size of one of those roll-to-the-street trash containers. I found a youtube video but it would require me to buy a grinder and a $130 mailbox door.

Post the video, it might help...is this curbside or attached to you home?

aquageek
August 1st, 2007, 04:17 PM
Curbside.

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Hs9pFWKnQ

SwimStud
August 1st, 2007, 04:28 PM
Curbside.

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Hs9pFWKnQ

Hmmm short of removing the top few courses and rebuilding it. I think that is the best way to do it. You can rent the grinder at Home Depot or Lowes. If you try to mullah the mailbox with a crowbaw/chisel you might get lucky but you'll probably damage the brickwork and end up rebuilding partially anyhow.

I assume the current mailbox is significantly damaged that you wish to replace it?

you could try this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0pe5fYILPI&mode=related&search=