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Old 01-05-2011, 09:30 AM
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I would like to replace the mailboxes for my 10-unit building. It will be recessed in the wall. Apparently the biggest they make is 7 doors so I will have to buy two 5-door units.

I'm guessing that the process goes something like this: I buy the mailboxes. The USPS installs a master lock on the boxes. I set a date with the USPS for the installation of the mailboxes into the wall. I distribute the new mailbox keys to the tenants, telling them when the new mailboxes will be installed. Finally I install the mailboxes.
Is this correct?

Also, I believe there are USPS rules as to the positioning of the mailboxes. Is there a website which gives me a clear, simple statement of the rules?

Anything else I should know?

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Old 01-05-2011, 10:07 AM
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I've done it twice in 2 different buildings. I had to notify the USPS and the man came out to the building and looked at where I was going to put them and the position. I did not get any written information about placement. The man looked and said OK. Height was a factor. He did not want them too high for the postman to have to reach up to open and fill the boxes with mail. After they were installed, I called again and a master lock was installed for the postman.
Call your post office and make an appointment to have the boxes and placement approved. Then put them in. The rest of your scenario sounds about right.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:59 AM
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ok, so my boss wants me to look into this...so we have to buy the mailbox, and then contact usps? And where do we go to buy the mailboxes? I am new to this....
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:28 PM
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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There are mailbox companies on line. You will find choices of color, size, number of boxes per unit. The post office supervisor will give you all the directions.
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