2013 - Volume #37, Issue #6, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Do-It-Yourself "Swingaway" Mailbox
The mailbox stand is made from a short length of 1-in. ID pipe that forms the main vertical support, with another length of the same size pipe welded to it at a 45 degree angle. A pipe cap is screwed onto the end of the pipe. A 1 1/4-in. ID pipe fits loosely over the angled 1-in. pipe and is welded to another 1-in. ID angled pipe, forming a T-shaped fitting that can swing freely. The T-shaped fitting, in turn, is welded to a horizontal pipe that supports the mailbox. The mailbox is screwed to a 1/8 by 3/4-in. steel plate.
“It eliminates damage to mailboxes caused by snowplows or vandals,” says Ramsey. “I’ve bumped it twice with no damage to my vehicle or the mailbox. One time I saw a stake-bodied truck that was forced to the side of the road by oncoming traffic strike it at high speed, again with no damage. It just swings to the side and falls back in place due to gravity.
“Pipe fittings could be used instead of welding as long as the ‘T’ fitting can swing freely. The screw-on pipe cap allows disassembly without having to dig up the support post. I recommend using 1-in. ID pipe for the main vertical support because it’s strong, but is easily bent if it ever gets hit. It’s cheaper to repair the post than to repair the vehicle. You might want to plug the pipe that supports the mailbox in order to discourage wasps.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gene Ramsey, 1144 Goose Creek Rd., Raphine, Va. 24472 (email@example.com).
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