Feb 092015
 
By this point, all of you are probably sick of clearing your driveway after every storm and plow passes.  Then, after you’ve already moved roughly six metric tonnes of frozen hell just for the pleasure of being able to drive to work, you get an extra kick in the tenders by having to shovel out your mailbox so your bills can be delivered.  This lifehack isn’t as cool as an RC snowplow, but for less than $20 and 10 minutes of your time, it’s well worth it.

Here is the approximate location of my mailbox:



Even if it weren’t severely squished by the sheer bulk of snow on top of it (it is), there is still a good 5 horizontal feet of snow in front of it that needs to be removed before the mailman can get to it.  If he can’t reach it from the mail truck, I don’t get mail, as the whole “neither rain nor snow…” thing is way more optional than it sounds.  Once the snow is removed, a plow will undoubtedly be along in minutes to re-bury the entire thing worse than it was before.  Or, if the driver is low on coffee, snap it off entirely and fling it down the road into a neighbors yard, then bury it where it will remain hidden until spring. 

Here’s the solution:
  1. Go to your favorite hardware store and buy the cheapest plastic mailbox you can find.  These are usually $12-15. You’ll also need wood roughly 3 feet long and 6″ wide – I chose a short 2 by 4 chunk and a couple pressure treated balusters I had laying around, and four 2-3″ long screws.

  2. Attach the mailbox to the wood.  This is what the screws are for.


  3. Jam the whole thing into the snowbank wood end first.  It may help to sharpen the ends, but this is purely optional.


That’s it!  If another storm comes, just pull it out, wait for the plows to finish wrecking stuff, then stuff it back into the now even more ridiculously huge snow pile.  In July, once the berms have receded enough to reveal your original mailbox, just toss this one in the garage, shed, attic, whatever, and save it for next year.

 Posted by at 4:55 pm