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Hanging Mailbox on Metal Railing

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Hanging Mailbox on Metal Railing

I'd rather not drill into the stone or mortar to hang a mailbox.
I've seen a few mailboxes that are mounting to the metal railing on the front porch.
I can't seem to find any products designed specifically for this. Has anyone else seen such a product.
Or any ideas on how best to go about doing it with a standard mailbox.
Many thanks.
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If you want something that isn't going to out a permanent mark in the metal railing zip ties might work. Otherwise you could go get some brackets at the hardware store and maybe "hang" it on the railing.
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I'd suggest posting a pic of your railing/setup. There's many ways to skin this cat.

My mailbox is simply bolted to my metal railing, but that apparently isn't an option for you for some reason...

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CNeufeld wrote: I'd suggest posting a pic of your railing/setup. There's many ways to skin this cat.

My mailbox is simply bolted to my metal railing, but that apparently isn't an option for you for some reason...

C
Here's a picture. The zip ties worked pretty well. Thanks for the tip @fusion2k2k
https://imgur.com/cyxZFLL

I'm not sure how I could bolt into this railing.
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Mine is an "old school" mailbox, something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Salsbury-Industr ... XDT6K?th=1

The previous homeowner drilled holes up through the flat metal railing, and through the bottom of the mailbox. Then ran a bolt through the holes, and bolted it in place. It's not terribly sexy, but it works. :)

So if your mailbox is already hanging on there, what is it you're trying to do differently/better?

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CNeufeld wrote: Mine is an "old school" mailbox, something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Salsbury-Industr ... XDT6K?th=1

The previous homeowner drilled holes up through the flat metal railing, and through the bottom of the mailbox. Then ran a bolt through the holes, and bolted it in place. It's not terribly sexy, but it works. :)

So if your mailbox is already hanging on there, what is it you're trying to do differently/better?

C
Ok, thanks. I just put it up using the ties today after I posted yesterday.

It was just sitting on the porch before and the mailman left me a note saying I had to mount it or my service would not continue. I guess they don't like bending down :)
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NotRobot wrote: Ok, thanks. I just put it up using the ties today after I posted yesterday.

It was just sitting on the porch before and the mailman left me a note saying I had to mount it or my service would not continue. I guess they don't like bending down :)
Weird. I don't know how much effort it would save them to have it raised up at all... You may want to phone whatever number is probably on the notice to find out what the mounting regulations are.

I know there's this:
https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... ines_e.pdf

But that's rural mailboxes.

According to Wikipedia (and subsequently this):
https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/reg ... l#h-881254

Your mailbox has to have an opening not more than 125 cm and not less than 60 cm from the floor level. And it has to be securely attached.

You could try to either catch your mailperson when they drop off your mail or leave a note asking for clarification, I guess.

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CNeufeld wrote: Weird. I don't know how much effort it would save them to have it raised up at all... You may want to phone whatever number is probably on the notice to find out what the mounting regulations are.

I know there's this:
https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... ines_e.pdf

But that's rural mailboxes.

According to Wikipedia (and subsequently this):
https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/reg ... l#h-881254

Your mailbox has to have an opening not more than 125 cm and not less than 60 cm from the floor level. And it has to be securely attached.

You could try to either catch your mailperson when they drop off your mail or leave a note asking for clarification, I guess.

C
They wrote the note in pen on the front of a letter addressed to me. I thought it was kind of weird too but I wanted to mount it anyway. I'll ask them if I see them.
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NotRobot wrote:

It was just sitting on the porch before and the mailman left me a note saying I had to mount it or my service would not continue. I guess they don't like bending down :)
600 houses, ~30lbs on shoulders, is a recipe for injury.
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You've got it - zip ties.

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