7: We Got A Mailbox

MailboxWe wanted a mailbox support that would hang of the small ditch at the front of the property, but we weren’t about to pay $150 for it!  Next, we considered building one but the materials to do would cost more than buying a mailbox at a big box store.  Luckily, we found a mailbox and pole kit at the local Home Depot for just $35, so we bought it.

The pole needed to be set in concrete for support so that’s what we did.  We already had a bag of concrete on hand so we dug a nice big hole, placed a flat rock in the bottom of the hole then filled it with concrete.  We steadied the support pole in the center while the concrete set.  It took about 15 minutes before we could let the pole go and the wind would not move it.  We didn’t use a level to make sure it was exactly upright, we just eyeballed it from each side on the road.  Postal regulations determine how high the mailbox should be and how close to the road it should be.  We made sure to meet those guidelines.  Article continues below…


We attached the mailbox to the pole and added the reflective number sign that 911 would need to find us in case of an emergency.  Oddly enough, Google maps shows 177 at the wrong end of the street.  If you Google “Tabernacle Farm”, it will take you directly to us.  Tabernacle Road isn’t that long so if you drove a little bit you’d find us easily.New Mailbox

Lots more to come…

As you can see in the picture, we have not started clearing the property yet.  Any day now our guy will come and start cutting the site where the house will be built (see image) and the front field where the primary livestock pens will be.  We researching bridge construction techniques so we can gain access tot he rear of the property.  Lots to consider, lots to do and a lot of money to be spent.  Nevertheless, it is still exciting!


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