The snowplow- a mailbox's worst enemy.

United States
January 17, 2008 12:39pm CST
I was driving home today and noticed that a lot of mailboxes have suffered the wrath of the snowplow. It's a regular thing. It snows. The plows come to clear the roads. The take out mailboxes everywhere they go. When spring arrives, people go to great lengths trying to create a plow-proof mailbox. I see many contraptions, some more creative than others- some more effective. Then when winter rolls around again, they are put to the test. It's a challenge to see whose design will stand up against the bully. If your mailbox is still standing come spring- you win! Do you have this problem where you live? How do you try to protect your mailbox? What are some of the designs you've tried or seen people try?
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
17 Jan 08
not only is a snow plow a mail boxes worst enemy, i find that is the lawns worst enemy as well. i live in southern ontario canada (an hour or so from the ny USA border) and we get our fair share of snow...we had a good snowfall way back in the middle of december and since then, it all has melted, so you can see exactly how much of the yard the snow plow chewed up! (we live in a condo unit and snow plowing is part of our condo fees) have you put tires around your mail box? may look goofy, but hey, if it helps, why not?
• United States
17 Jan 08
Actually, mine has been spared, as it is set back from the road a bit. But I have seen people use tires, as well as buckets of cement, and all sorts of things. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. I've seen people picking shredded tires up from around their mailboxes. Those plows take no prisoners. Youa re right about lawns, too. They wreak havoc.
• United States
24 Aug 10
try PUSHME Impact Resistant Mailbox Post
• United States
24 Aug 10
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• United States
24 Aug 10
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Whats a snowplow? Oh yeah, I remember seeing one on TV once. You poor thing, you live in one of those snowy states don't you? That's ok, stay there. Florida is full now! Its a shame you can't figure a way to run a cable from one telephone pole to the next and suspend the mailboxes from that. I'll bet the snowplow wouldn't dare knock down a telephone pole!
• United States
17 Jan 08
I am perfectly happy where I am. A friend of mine in Florida sent me a picture of herself catching some sun- alongside a very large Iquana climbing a tree in her backyard. I'll keep the snow, thanks. I don't think the utility companies would appreciate that too much, although it would probably work.
18 Jan 08
Wow where I live we dont have snow ploughs. A handful of nights a year the council staff come out and throw some grit and salt around in case it ices over but that is it. To be honest I think if they didn't do it all the ice would be gone by 10am. You should find us some pictures of some of these mailboxes.
• United States
18 Jan 08
We've had our mailbox hit on several occasions by the snow plow and by tractor trailers (as we live across from a small saw mill). So, we've taken to moving our mailbox back a few more inches and we bought a new mailbox and made the base of the mailbox a lot sturdier than the old one was. So far, so good.