How to replace a bricked in mailbox


My in-laws have a Mailbox that's a normal looking metal mailbox that's in a brick enclosure. It appears that when it was built, someone just put down mortar, set the mailbox in it, covered the mailbox in mortar and then bricked around it. Fifteen years on the box is rusting and the door has broken off. Any hope of replacing this mailbox somehow or do we just need to tear down the whole brick column and put in something new for a new mailbox?

Best Answer

Is it rusted enough that you can pull the old one out? If so, you might be able to find a similar model that could slot right back in the hole, possibly with a little modification. A plastic one might be a good candidate, both for ease of modification and for weather resistance.

If you do manage to do this, I wouldn't try to mortar the new one in, but instead hold it in with Tap-Cons or similar self-tapping concrete screws. A few of these could be driven into the inside brick surface through the mailbox shell, just to keep things from rattling around too much when you open the door.