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Old 06-23-2013, 09:24 AM
Location: St.Charles, Missouri
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Well we finally made the move from St.Louis 3 weeks ago to Cape Coral. We are going to build a home on Pine Island it should take about 8 months to finish. One of the things we would really like is a nautical 3 post piling with rope around the bottom.

They use these to put an address on it or mailbox on it.

My question is this, does anyone know where I can buy one or know someone who makes these?

Thank You, Tim

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Old 06-24-2013, 12:04 PM
Location: North Central Florida
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Tim, Go to Home Depot or Lowes, perhaps Shoreline lumber on Kelly Rd near Ft Myers Beach. I think Shoreline also has a location on Viscaya in the Cape, might be closer for you.

Purchase a pressure treated "piling". approx. 11'-13' feet in length.

You want one post about 30"(2'6") in length, another about 42"(3'6") in length and a third around 66" (5'6") in length. You can almost certainly have the lumber supplier cut the piling to your desired lengths for a small fee.

Get one bag redi mix concrete.

Get about 30' of rope that is desireable in aesthetics to you.

Dig a hole about 18" (1'6") deep where you want your mail box located.

Throw wet redi mix into the hole, place the three sections of piling into the hole.

Working from the bottom position, to tie the three sections together....nail one end of rope(henceforth called "line" to the backside(inconspicuous place) of the shortest piling and wrap to your desired height. End the wrap on the backside of the tallest piling, and place a nail (I prefer decking screws myself) there. Do the same to tie the two taller pilings together.

Using a level, and the help of a second person to position the pilings, make certain they are strait (vertical) by checking with the level on all four sides of the assembly. Backfill the hole with the material you removed to make the hole. Make certain that the redi mix has set, or, at least that the whole assembly is stable enough before you trim the top of the tallest piling to fit your chosen mailbox. (Unless of course you mount the mailbox to the side of the piling as in the picture you posted) Postal regulation states that the mailbox must be mounted between 41" and 45" from the ground.

You should be able to do this in an afternoon with modest mechanical skills. If I had to guess at cost, I'd say under $60.00 for materials.

Hope this helps.


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Old 06-24-2013, 04:37 PM
Location: St.Charles, Missouri
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Thanks so much for such I wonderful answer Very cool, I will most likely do just that
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