Mailbox Installation

How to Set Up & Mount a Mailbox

Follow U.S. Postal Service® guidelines for installing and placing a new mailbox at your home. Get tips on the best materials to use to set up a curbside mailbox and how to keep it in good condition. Make sure that your mail carrier always has a clear path to your mailbox whether it's by the street or mounted on your house.

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Mailbox Size & Construction Standards

A mailbox with the Postmaster General's (PMG) seal of approval meets USPS size and construction standards. If you build your own mailbox or buy a custom-made one, it must meet the PMG standards. Show your local postmaster your mailbox plans or your custom-made box for approval.

To get drawings and measurements for building your own mailbox, write to US Postal Service Engineering.

Want to buy a mailbox big enough for packages? See Buzones de Próxima Generación.

Where to Place the Mailbox

Here are some helpful guidelines to follow when placing your mailbox:

  • Position your mailbox 41″ to 45″ from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry.
  • Place your mailbox 6″ to 8″ back from the curb. Si no cuenta con un bordillo elevado, consulte con su administrador de correo local.
  • Coloque el número de su casa o apartamento en el buzón.
  • Si su buzón se encuentra en una calle que no es la de su casa o apartamento, coloque su dirección completa en el buzón.
Mailbox installation requirements. Coloque el buzón de 6 a 8 pulgadas del bordillo. Dig the post hole so you can bury the mailbox post with 41 to 45 inches of mailbox post showing above the ground. Touch or click to open modal.

Installing the Mailbox Post

Los mejores soportes de buzones son estables, pero están diseñados para doblarse o desprenderse si los golpea un automóvil. La Administración Federal de Carreteras recomienda lo siguiente:

  • A 4″ x 4″ wooden support or a 2″-diameter standard steel or aluminum pipe.
  • Evite los soportes que no ceden, como tubos de metales pesados, postes de hormigón y equipos agropecuarios (p. ej., latas de leche rellenas con hormigón), ya que son potencialmente peligrosos.
  • Bury your post no more than 24″ deep.

Door Slots & Wall Mailboxes

Ranura de Puerta para Cartas Aprobada

Some homes and apartments have a slot in the door for receiving mail instead of a mailbox. Las normas para una ranura de puerta para cartas aprobada son las siguientes:

  • The opening must be at least 1 1/2″ x 7″.
  • The bottom of the slot must be at least 30″ above floor.
  • Las ranuras horizontales deben tener una tapa con bisagra en la parte superior.
  • Vertical slots must be hinged on the opposite side from the door's hinges.

For greater privacy, you can also install a mail slot hood on the inside of your door to prevent someone from seeing into your home. The standards for door slot hoods are:

  • The hood should not project more than 2 1/16″ beyond the inside of the door.
  • En el caso de ranuras horizontales, el recogecartas no debe extenderse más allá de la parte inferior de la placa externa.
  • On a vertical slot, the hood should not extend beyond the side of the outside plate on same side as the door's hinges.

Wall-Mounted Mailboxes

  • To replace your curbside mailbox with a wall-mounted mailbox, you must get your local postmaster's permission.
  • Choose from a variety of mailbox sizes and styles; mounted mailboxes are not required to have a PMG seal of approval.
  • Get a wall mailbox that can hold a normal day's mail volume, including letter-sized envelopes, postcards, and catalogs.*
  • Place the mailbox near the main entrance so your mail carrier can easily see it.

*Nota: Wall-mounted mailboxes may only be used for items with postage. Newspapers may not be placed in the mailbox.

Mantenimiento

Los buzones están sujetos a las inclemencias del clima, así que recomendamos una revisión anual del buzón para evitar que el correo se dañe o que resulte difícil identificar su dirección.

  • Cambiar las bisagras de la puerta si están flojas
  • Ocuparse de las piezas oxidadas o sueltas
  • Volver a escribir los números que falten o que se hayan despintado
  • Mantener despejada la vía hasta su buzón
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