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Jay Crawford DIY: Protect your mailbox from plow truck damage this winter

It's cheaper than replacing your entire mailbox!

GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — If you live on a rural road, chances are you have dealt with a mailbox that has been damaged by a snow plow truck in the wintertime. There is a way to avoid that from happening, though. 

Here's what you will need:

  • Two 4x4s
  • The Simplay3 Total Defense Mailbox Shield Protector, available online
  • Post hole digger
  • Quikrete
  • Water
  • Drill

The steps to install the mailbox shield are fairly simple: You start off by digging two holes with the post hole digger. The holes need to be 16 inches away from the side of the mailbox, and seven inches apart from each other. They also need to be 20 inches deep.

Once you have dug your holes, you will want to put the 4x4 pieces of wood into them. When you have them situated in the holes, use a level on top of the 4x4s to make sure that they are level. Also, measure again between the wood to ensure they are the correct distance apart.

When you have completed that step, it is time to pour some of the Quikrete into the hole to stabilize the 4x4s. Do this one at a time so that you can ensure the posts remain straight, level and the correct width apart.

Once your Quikrete has dried around the posts, you can install the plastic shields on to the posts, using a drill and the screws provided in the Simplay3 kit. Then, the final step to the project is to put the adhesive numbers on for the address.