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  • True Value DIY Squad Project #3: Installing A New Mailbox

    It was gorgeous here in Alabama today. A sunny and crisp 50 degrees.

    The perfect day to replace a broken-down mailbox that’s located in the most peculiar place…

    Isn’t that weird? How it’s just sitting out there in the middle of our yard? I’ve never understood why it’s not next to the driveway.

    There’s no telling how long this old guy has been standing here…

    But I do know that the door finally rusted off sometime last month…

    Every time it rains our mail gets soaked. :-(

    Anywho…Kevin started “Project Install-A-New-Mailbox” by raking the leaves in the front yard.

    And by “started”, I mean moved the rake in a sweeping motion one time before it decided to pull a “Mr. Mailbox Door”…

    No biggie. Kevin didn’t really feel like raking anyway. :-)

    Instead, he got right to work on installing the new mailbox we got at True Value.

    First, he had to pound a long, metal stake into the ground…

    That’s when Mr. Hammer decided to pull a “Mr. Rake”…

    Poor Kevin couldn’t help but smile…

    So he made another trip to True Value to pick up a new hammer, and eventually he was able to drive the stake all the way into the ground…

    Then he slid the first part of the post onto the stake…

    Then he secured the second part of the post to the first part…

    Then he attached two brackets to the post…

    Next, he used the four nuts and bolts that came with our post kit to secure the mailbox to the brackets…

    First he screwed each nut onto the end of each bolt. Then, while holding the nut snug against the inside wall of the mailbox, he used our electric screwdriver to tighten them all up…

    Finally, once Kevin had the new guy in place…

    …it was time to remove the old guy…

    And when I say “remove” I mean barely push on one time.

    Kev was still pretty proud of himself though. :-)

    So long Mr. Rake, Mr. Hammer, Mr. Mailbox Door and Mr. Mailbox!

    Hello new mailbox conveniently located right next to our driveway!

    (move your mouse back and forth over the picture above to see me move faster than a speeding bullet, and to see how really far away our old mailbox used to be.)

    We’ve had this project at the bottom of our mile long to-do list for the past couple of years because there is SO much work left to do on the inside of the house. So we want to send a big thanks to True Value for creating an opportunity for us to get a mailbox earlier than expected. We look very forward to receiving our issue of The Nest magazine in it this week!

    Layla :-)

    PS…There’s still time to enter our True Value Giveaway #2!

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