Most of houses have a mailbox in front of the buildings. In order to maintain its durability, the mailbox should be built using stacked stones. Moreover, besides the durability, a stacked stone mailbox will add an appeal to the front of your house. For the basic building of a mailbox, the laying blocks become a foundational and important part. These following lists are the tips on how to build a stacked stone mailbox by laying blocks first:
#1. Determine a Design
Because stone mailbox is permanent so you should consider a right design before you start making it. You can search any designs and styles using programs on your computer.
#2. Space Preparation
You need to clear the space and make sure the ground has a surface without slopes. Then, you can measure the ground off a square of 30 inches for 6 inches all around. Mark the square using fluorescent marking paint and dig the footer 6 inches deep.
#3. Building the Footer
You need to mix the concrete. Then, you should place one non-metallic building electrical wire end into the footer. Now, you can pour half the concrete into the footer and install the rebar with a pattern of criss-cross, and then pour the rest concrete and spread it.
#4. Building the Blocks
You need to place the block in the center and be careful not to make a leaning mailbox. Then, you can place the next block in place and press down tightly. After that, you should insert wall ties to support the stones and make sure the blocks are all level. 12 x 16 x 12 cap block is set to be the base for holder of mailbox and newspaper.
#5. Installing the Newspaper Holder
You need to measure the newspaper holder after it is set in the middle of the cap block. You can use round ceramic chimney flue to be the newspaper holder.
#6. Placing the Boxes and Holder
You need to cut the blocks to make place for the boxes by notching the ends to the paper holder.
#7. Making Stacked Base
You can set the mortar up to be the sturdy base where the stones will be set around.
By following these steps you can build your stone mailbox easily. Moreover, you can make it more appealed and stacked in front of your house.