Are you tired of finding your mailbox vandalized again and again? People that live in rural areas sometimes discover a surprise when they attempt to retrieve their mail, and it is not free samples or unexpected checks. Instead of the usual bills or mail worth opening they discover a vandalized mailbox. This problem does not stop with plastic mailboxes. Even expensive vinyl varieties can be destroyed, and they will not stop vandals. In time they become brittle and can be vandalized with baseball bats and other items of destruction.
Anyone that has lived in a rural area that has not found their mailbox vandalized eventually will, but this common problem is easy to prevent. Try the following ways to stop a mailbox from being vandalized, and make it smash proof. Chances are it will last for decades, and the mailbox vandals will crack their baseball bats in half before they smash the boxes that have been cleverly protected. Stop wasting money and valuable time replacing damaged mailboxes by implementing these easy methods.
Stop it from Being Vandalized with a Hidden Cement Liner
One of the best ways to stop a mailbox from being vandalized is with cement, but the cement is not used to surround the outside of the mailbox. It lines a cleverly hidden interior mailbox and makes it virtually smash proof. Vandals will get a surprise when they whack the box and break their wooden baseball bats in half or create a clatter they were not expecting. This is will stop the destruction since it cannot be vandalized with a bat or any other instrument used to cause damage.
To make a cement-lined mailbox to stop vandals you will need two metal mailboxes, one extra-large box, and one standard-size box. Also required is a bag of cement that can be mixed in a five-gallon bucket, a large spatula, a scoop, and the tools necessary to blend it.
Begin by mixing the cement in a five-gallon bucket according to product instructions. Next, stand the larger mailbox on end, and center the smaller box inside. With the door of the smaller box closed, use a scoop and a spatula to carefully place the cement around the smaller box. When the cement hardens the mailbox will not be vandalized. This method will stop the problem for good and ultimately save money and time that would have been spent on replacing multiple boxes.
PVC Pipe will Stop Mailboxes from Being Vandalized
Another one of the best ways to stop a mailbox from being vandalized requires PVC pipe. Buy ten-inch diameter PVC piping from a plumbing retailer or home improvement store. It should be at least sixteen inches in length to fully cover the mailbox and extend beyond it. Also required is spray paint that will stick to plastic and Gorilla brand glue or strong weatherproof epoxy. Fusion paint by Krylon works very well since it is formulated to stick to plastic. It will make the piping look more like thick metal instead of PVC.
Begin by sliding a standard size mailbox into the painted, dry PVC piping. Attach the mailbox firmly to the piping using adhesive of your choice. Generously apply it along the back and the sides, but avoid the area around the door. Use two black metal straps wrapped over the top to securely mount the tubing that encases the mailbox on a treated wood post.
This method of protecting a mailbox will stop it from being vandalized once and for all. Unlike vinyl mailboxes typically sold in stores, the PVC piping will hold up to the smack of a baseball bat or whatever vandals use. Chances are they will leave it alone altogether because it will look like very sturdy metal, and they will not want to touch it with a baseball bat or a ten-foot pole.