Recently a repairman accidentally backed into my brick mailbox. The good news is that he seems to have merely tapped it (there is no damage to any bricks, and the structure of the mailbox is sound). The bad news is that the force of impact has caused my mailbox to lift (foundation and all) out of the ground. I would estimate that my mailbox is leaning at roughly a 120-130 degree angle.
What should I look for in having this mailbox repaired? What sort of suggestions for repair will a reputable contractor give me?
Thanks for your help,
Welcome to the boards. This question would be better put in the remodeling section. The HoH board doesn't get a lot of traffic and none of it is from Mike Holmes himself.
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If the mailbox structure is completely intact I'd probably start by digging in front of the box to allow you to push it back upright. I would probably backfill with a bag or two of readi-mix concrete.
As to contractors to hire, I'd probably look at a decent handyman. A mason would be a good bet as well.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Just drive your car into the other side of it. That usually does the trick
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