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My mailbox is gone. Will I still get mail delivered to me while I am waiting for it to get replaced?

Asked by keobooks (12521 points ) February 10th, 2014

A neighbor of ours was driving home and she slipped on a patch of ice. Her car is fine, but it shredded our mailbox. There is nothing but a little stump coming out of the snow.

Will the postal carrier just stop giving us mail? Will she leave it at the door? What happens in this situation?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

The post office requires a “Box or receptacle” for mail. Read the LAST LINE.
Contact the post office to hold your mail until a replacement is put in by your neighbor or their insurance company.

keobooks's avatar

Thanks. This is exactly what I wanted to know. It JUST happened a few hours ago and the first thought in my head was “Does this mean we won’t get mail anymore?” Apparently, it does!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Mailboxes are destroyed by the plow all the time here but, thankfully, our carrier is very tolerant. She will leave the mail if make an attempt at fixing it. It is OK to prop your box up on some concrete blocks or even stick it in the deep snow. That is all fine. The ground is frozen until the middle of March so they don’t expect us to dig out a new hole in this weather.

WestRiverrat's avatar

It really depends on your mail delivery person. Some will work with you, some won’t.
I find it helps if I leave an occasional gift for my mailwoman.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

My post person would work with me, a $ 20 tip at the end of the year and cold water in the box on days that are over 100 *F. He already delivers to the door any large packages that don’t fit in box at curb-side.

ibstubro's avatar

I agree that it depends on the carrier and your relationship with her. They left ours [someplace] at the house when our box was run over.

What kind of stump is left? If it’s something like a wooden 4×4, you might be able to screw or drive something into the wood and erect a temporary replacement. Or, if you know your neighbor well, maybe you could add your address to her box temporarily and have all mail left at her address.

jca's avatar

My friend had teens hit her mailbox with a baseball bat (or something similar) but the horizontal wooden support was still strong, so what she did temporarily was take a big giant rubber band and attach the mailbox to the wooden support that way. Or maybe it took two rubber bands, not sure, but it worked.

JLeslie's avatar

Just call up your local post office and they will connect you to your mail carrier. You can discuss with him/her leaving it in an aternate place. If he isn’t willing to do it, it will be kept at the post office.

keobooks's avatar

We stuffed the mailbox in the snow. It’s sticking up and looks like a little short mailbox. We still get mail in it.

ibstubro's avatar

I guess if you had enough snow, you could build a snowman and imbed the box in it. lol. That would be cute!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Get a “5 gallon bucket” from Lowe’s or Home Depot. Put a a couple of half cinder blocks one on top of another and fill with “pool sand” a couple of bags should do.

The snow is going to melt before the ground thaws out.

keobooks's avatar

This weekend we are going to drill holes in the old stand and bolt on the mailbox. Our HOA is supposed to be getting us new mailboxes this summer. So we aren’t going to get too fancy in fixing it.

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