Do you have a home that has a mailbox with a brick or stucco surround that is over fifteen years old? If so, chances are good that you have the same problem that I recently addressed. The hinge on my mailbox door was rusted to the point that the door would frequently fall off and end up in the street. I am pretty handy at fixing things but this problem stumped me. It looked like it would be next to impossible to remove the old metal mailbox and then try to squeeze a new one in its place. I had a big problem but as luck would have it I received a flyer that offered salvation.
Paul Belford owns a business called Mailboxes PDQ that exclusively serves the Atlanta metro area. I called Paul one evening and he scheduled an installation time for nine in the morning a few days out. Let me tell you this about my experience with Paul, he is a total service professional. He called to confirm the appointment the day before, he called on the way out, arrived when he said he would and then let me watch his installation and pepper him with questions. It turns out that he was a professional writer who created technical papers for many of the largest technology companies before deciding that he wanted to own his own business. His workmanship is first class and he took great care to pay attention to the smallest of details.
The process was as follows. The first step is to cut away the lip of the old mailbox that sticks out from the brick surround. Paul then makes sure that the new door insert slides in smoothly and fits flush against the brick. He takes a grinder to even up any bricks that prevent a flush fit. Then he drills holes into the remains of the old box and uses quality fasteners and silicon adhesive to attach the new door insert. The new door insert is made of heavy duty cast aluminum which is about 1/4 inch thick. It has stainless steel hinge pins and a tough baked on finish. This product is built to last and made in the USA. It is not available in stores and Paul is the exclussive representative in the Atlanta area for this product. I was very impressed with the quality of this new door and I am not easy to please (trust me). The total price including installation for my mailbox repair was $155.
Paul will be glad to point you to installations that he has completed in your area so you can see the work firsthand. You can also call me and I will be happy to give you directions to my house so you can see my beautiful new fully functioning without falling off into the street mailbox door. For those of you that are planning on selling your home in the near future, look at your mailbox. It is one of the first impressions that
a buyer will have of your home. Look at the before and after shots of my mailbox to see how big an impact replacement can make. Trust me this is one purchase that you will be glad you made. All the best! Jeff