|Project by MalcolmLaurel||posted 06-11-2015 11:47 PM||1173 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Some years ago when I needed to move my mailbox, I stuck it on a tripod made from a mountain laurel bush. Not attached to the ground, it proved to be useful in the winter as the town snow plow crews seem to make a competitive sport out of how many mailboxes they can knock down… when it starts snowing, I just lift it up and move it back until the plows are done. Anyway, it finally rotted out, the mailbox sinking lower and lower to the ground, and needed replacing, so a walk in the woods behind the house got me a new one, which with a little trimming and bark removal (using a pressure washer) was even better than the first.
After getting it ready, I brought the old one back to the house and removed the mailbox from the board on top it was screwed to. Thinking to reuse the board, I tried to remove the screws, but they were too messed up, and then the board cracked. No big deal, but while I was holding the broken board in my hand… it started BUZZING! It felt exactly like a phone set on vibrate, to the point that I got momentarily confused on what I was holding—you don’t want to drop your phone on the ground—then I flung it to the ground and there it was, an ordinary piece of 1×6 pine… until the largest carpenter bee I’ve ever seen crawled out of a hole in the board and flew away!
Anyway, a new board screwed to the top of the post and I have a new mailbox post at the regulation height, good for some more years. The next day I happened to be in the driveway when the mailman drove by, and got a big “Thank You!” for the repair, I guess he was tired of bending over.
-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com