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Forum topic by MrRon posted 05-12-2012 10:24 PM 1211 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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05-12-2012 10:24 PM

I’m sure this happens all across the country; kids drive around at night and knock over mailboxes. My last mailbox got knocked down; steel post and all. I got my son to dig a hole with an auger attachment on his tractor; set a railroad tie in the hole and placed the mailbox on top. You could hit it with an 18 wheeler and it would survive. Looking forward to the next kid who wants to challenge my mailbox. Some of my neighbors had mailboxes built into all brick columns, but they didn’t stand up to the vandals.


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#1 posted 05-12-2012 10:35 PM

Its been a teen favorate for years MrRon. The neighborhood kids got mine a couple times and left me alone after they learned that I was OK. Errrrrrrr…..... what ever that means.

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MrRon

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 10:46 PM

I did some stupid things also when I wasa teen, but I hope they grow up

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 03:16 AM

Happens all the time where I live. Best solution I have seen is a stout pipe post mounted on a BIG spring. It will fight back! My mailbox is a piece of 7” pipe casing welded to a 3” pipe post. It’s pretty vandal proof.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 03:22 AM

That spring idea is one of the best I’ve heard!!! Was it pulp fiction where they said it’d be worth them doing it if you caught them doing it? The side mirrors in my truck seem to be a favorite.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 03:25 AM

When I was a teen it was trash cans. I like you Ron I also stuck a railroad tie in the ground along with 3 bags of cement. At least if another drunk hits it, it’ll still be there.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 03:26 AM

My dad caught some kids trashing his and chased them all the way home then kicked their door in. Their parents weren’t pissed about the door at all and I’ll bet they broke these kids of that habit.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 12:34 AM

I had mine on a 4×4 when some kid came sliding across the lawn on dry roads and took out the post and 2 Saturns parked in the driveway. Those Saturns saved the people in the kitchen.

I planted a 6×6 in there now and it has been good for 10 years now!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 03:40 AM

I’ve trieda steel post, a 4×4 post, a 6×6 post. I don’t know what to try next.
The problem at my house though isn’t teen.
Its that I live on a narrow road right on the edge of a hill.
These idiots won’t slow down. They get to the edge of the hill and realize another idiot fast drive is coming up the hill, swerve, and out goes my mailbox.
I’ve replaced it six times in the last four years.

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 02:14 PM

I am going to give a bit different perspective on this subject. It is not meant to criticize.

First, I will say that there is no excuse for these teens that intentionally hit your mailbox, and the frustration you feel is quite understandable. As far as I am concerned they need to go to jail for a while, but catching the ones involved can be difficult.

That being said, I wanted to point out that, here in Arkansas at least, if you live on a state highway, mounting a mailbox in some of the ways described here would be illegal. Since a mailbox is usually so close to the road that it can often be hit in an accident, it must be mounted in a way that will break away easily if struck by a vehicle. In fact, if a homeowner provides the mailbox, the state highway department will install it free of charge. If they find an improperly installed mailbox they will require that it be removed (and yes it does happen, they are very picky about this and do enforce it, at least in my area).

A look at my avatar will tell you what I do for a living, and I can tell you from first hand experience that when a vehicle strikes a solid object at highway speeds there is great potential for injury or death. That and the fact that mailboxes are mounted so close to the traffic lanes (unlike utility poles, for example, which are usually mounted well away from the traffic and normally outside the highway right-of-way) is why mailboxes must break away easily.

A person who lives on a county road or city street here in Arkansas is not subject to the highway department’s rules, but if it is a roadway where traffic can legally travel at “highway speeds” then the same standards apply. I believe in fact that mounting a mailbox in a way that is a hazard to traffic could actually open a person up to liability in the event someone is injured when striking the mailbox in an accident.

Of course, roads and streets that are not subject to higher speed traffic, such as a city street, might operate under different rules and expectations. I know that my neighbor’s mailbox is frequently struck and bent over when vehicles back out of his driveway. He could probably mount it more securely if he wanted, since traffic rarely moves over 20 mph on our quiet city street.

Again, I want to say I am not criticizing what anyone has done out of frustration. As I said, I just thought I would add a little something to the conversation from a different perspective.

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MrRon

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 04:35 PM

Thank you Mr Lifesaver2000 for your perspective. I live in a rural area; paved road, but no sidewalks or shoulders. My mailbox is well off the road. The postal carriers have to get off the road in order to put mail in the box. When our mail boxes get run over, it is intentional, not accidental. Down here in Mississippi, our rules are a bit different, if you can call them rules at all. We have speed limits, but they are rarely observed or enforced. People here drive pretty good. The police leave you alone as long as you don’t present a menace or danger to others. They concentrate on DUI’s and reckless driving, not chicken $hit infractions. If you get caught here, it’s because you really went outside the boundaries of acceptable behavior. I’m sure there are similar areas in this country like mine. I haven’t seen them all. Just a bit from my own perspective.
PS. I was born aned raised in the “Big Apple” and lived in large cities up until 20 years ago when I discovered the serendity of rural living. Ain’t never going back.

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Howie

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 04:42 PM

I remember my ex mother in law having her mailbox installed to deter people running over it. So the little beggars used a cherry bomb on it and blew it all to hell. This was before the feds made the fireworks people tone down the cherry bombs and m-80’s.

-- Life is good.

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MrRon

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 04:46 PM

I’ve trieda steel post, a 4×4 post, a 6×6 post. I don’t know what to try next.
The problem at my house though isn’t teen.
Its that I live on a narrow road right on the edge of a hill.
These idiots won’t slow down. They get to the edge of the hill and realize another idiot fast drive is coming up the hill, swerve, and out goes my mailbox.
I’ve replaced it six times in the last four years.

Is your mailbox far enough from the roadway? You may have to contact the highway department where you live. Maybe they can do something to eliminate this hazard. As Lifesaver2000 pointed out, there could be liability at issue in your case. I would check with the highway dept to see what the distance is from the centerline of the road to where private property begins. As long as you are within your boundary, you should be OK. I don’t know if highway signs would work. Drivers just ignore them.

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Brad_Nailor

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 04:48 PM

Around where I grew up people pile up the leaves in the fall at the curb for the vac trucks to remove. We used to drive our cars through the leaf piles spreading them all over the place…until one of the neighbors buried a few concrete blocks in the bottom of a leaf pile..One of my buddies hit it going leaf ramming speed, and all I remember was it did a lot of damage to his car…and we all stopped driving through leaf piles…

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Bertha

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 04:51 PM

And how, Mr. Ron. Where I’m from, you put up whatever kind of mailbox you darn well please. Even saw one once shaped like a squirrel…crazy World I tell ya. I don’t need Uncle Sam telling me what kind of mailbox they can screw up my mail in. I’m a physician, so I see my share of injuries. I’d sleep pretty good at night with a 500 lb mailbox and a punk with some ringing ears.
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Go get em, Brad! I had a friend that used to hit garbage cans in his truck until he hit one filled with tar. Funny how some lessons stick with you.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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MrRon

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#15 posted 05-15-2012 05:06 PM

I’ve trieda steel post, a 4×4 post, a 6×6 post. I don’t know what to try next.
The problem at my house though isn’t teen.
Its that I live on a narrow road right on the edge of a hill.
These idiots won’t slow down. They get to the edge of the hill and realize another idiot fast drive is coming up the hill, swerve, and out goes my mailbox.
I’ve replaced it six times in the last four years.

Is your mailbox far enough from the roadway? You may have to contact the highway department where you live. Maybe they can do something to eliminate this hazard. As Lifesaver2000 pointed out, there could be liability at issue in your case. I would check with the highway dept to see what the distance is from the centerline of the road to where private property begins. As long as you are within your boundary, you should be OK. I don’t know if highway signs would work. Drivers just i

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