How to install a mailbox in brick

Written by cameron easey
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Mailboxes come in all types that can sit on a post on the side of the road or in front of your house. You may even have a wall-mounted mailbox that attaches to the exterior wall of your house. Wall-mounted mailboxes can be attached to many types of exterior walls including brick or brick veneer. Installing a wall-mounted mailbox in brick can be done by first deciding where to locate the mailbox.

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Things you need

  • Power drill
  • Concrete or masonry drill bit
  • Plastic anchors
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Mark on the exterior wall where the mailbox will be located. The mailbox should be located close to the front door of your home but away from any edges.

  2. 2

    Place the mailbox on the wall and use a marker to indicate where you need to drill the mounting holes. Open the lid of the mailbox to find the screw holes on the inside.

  3. 3

    Pre-drill holes for the wall-mounted mailbox. Use a ¼" drill bit with a power drill and drill a hole where you marked the wall with the marker. Make sure you drill the holes into the brick and not the mortar.

  4. 4

    Place a plastic anchor in each hole. The plastic anchors will expand within the pre-drilled hole when the screw is tightened.

  5. 5

    Place the mailbox on the wall, insert the screws through the mounting holes into the plastic anchors and tighten with a screwdriver.

Tips and warnings

  • A power drill cannot be used to secure the mailbox because it is too big to fit inside to tighten the screws.
  • Anchors are used to make sure the screws do not come loose from the brick.
  • The screws will not tighten properly and the mailbox will not be flush to the wall when mounting holes are drilled into the mortar.
  • Do not place the mailbox in a location that will be difficult for the mail person to reach.

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