Installing Windsor Mailbox Columns

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

  1. Exterior Grade Screws — use screws that are long enough to go through the faux column and firmly attach to the post behind the column. We recommend a narrow head screw (such as a #1 Robertson head trim head screw) to make touch-up easier and less noticeable.
  2. Construction Adhesive/Glue — we recommend either PL® Premium Construction Adhesive, PL® Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive (which has 8X faster bonding), or Great Stuff Pro.
  3. A Saw for cutting posts – a circular saw, jig saw, band saw, table saw, or hand saw, it is your preference. Any woodcutting blade used with these saws will work great and cut smooth and easy.
  4. Tape Measure.
  5. Level.
  6. Caulking gun for applying the Adhesive/Glue and Caulk.
  7. FauxPanels® color coordinated textured caulk.
  8. Lumber as needed.

Directions:

Select which style of corner you will be using:

Install Random Rock Mailbox Columns

Post Preparation- The mailbox is designed to fit over a standard 4" x 4"" pressure treated post.
Do not install in grass or lawn. The enclosure can by damaged by lawn or garden equipment.

  1. The post should be securely set over landscape material.
  2. The front and side edges of the post should be 9" back from the finished front and sides of the mailbox when installed. Allow setback from any grass.
  3. Make sure the front post face is EXACTLY parallel to the direction you want the mailbox to face. If the post is off, the mailbox will not face the desired direction.
  4. Make sure the post is plumb in both directions. If the post is not plumb, the mailbox will be crooked or skewed.
  5. Leave the post long, until the exact height has been measured. It should be at least 36" above the ground.

1.) Attach the Bottom Ring - Remove the bottom ring of the mailbox and slide down over the post with the lip facing down. Level the ring at the desired height and secure using 4 (four) 2" screws.

2.) Cut the Post to Correct Height - Measure up 35"from the top of the attached bottom ring. Use a speed square and mark a line at this height. Cut the post to this height, being careful to cut the top of the post top level.

Note: If you cut long, it is easy to backfill the bottom after the installation.

3a.) Place the Mailbox Enclosure - Slide the Mailbox assembly over the post, looking through the mailbox opening to line up the second inner ring and the post.

3b.) Seat the bottom of the assembly onto the bottom Ring. Make sure the lip seats against the rim of the assembly. Attach enclosure to rings with 2" screws.

3c.) Seat the 3rd ring firmly over the top of the post. Place 4 2" screws through the top of the 3rd ring into the top of the post.

4a.) Attach the Metal Mailbox - Tilt the mailbox so the rear top lip passes through the opening first, then slide the mailbox across the mounting block.

4b.) Slide the mailbox until the mailbox side holes line up with the preset threads on the mounting block of the 3rd ring.

4c.) Using 4 butterfly screws, hand tighten until snug.

5a.) Attach the 4th Ring - Fish both the connector and the plug wires up from the eyebrow, and set the 4th ring, making sure the lip of the ring seats firmly into the mailbox enclosure.

Note: Spoke ring is shown for instruction purpose. The ring in kit will be solid with one hole.

5b.) Secure with three (3) - 2" screws per side.

6a.) Attach the Cap - Place a small amount of clear silicone adhesive around the bottom of the solar collector and firmly press into the depression of the cap.

6b.) Plug the wire into the input of the collector.

6c.) Attach the connector from the address block lights to the connector from the cap. For best results, place the cap so the collector faces south.

6d.) Put the cap in place, making sure the cap is fully seated and level.

6e.) Use four (4) 3" screws to attach the cap. Use one (1) screw per face. Start the screw from the bottom of the cap lip, and drive the screw at a steep angle so as to pass through the rock face into the cap. DO NOT go through the top of the cap. DO NOT over tighten. Do not use sealant on the cap to secure it, as you will need to access the solar collector for battery changes. When necessary, back out the 4 3" screws and remove the cap.

7a.) Touch up - Caulk around the mailbox and also fill the ex-posed screw heads along the bottom of the mail-box.

7b.) Fill the screw heads, feathering the caulk slightly over the rock face to insure smooth transition.

7c.) After the caulk has set, use the appropriate paint (Light, Medium or Dark) to fully cover the caulk. Feather the paint out over the rock face.

7d.) Dab the paint brush into the small bag of sand and dab onto the painted surface to match the stone texture.

7e.) Finished



Install Slatestone Mailbox Column

Post Preparation- The mailbox is designed to fit over a standard 4" x 4"" pressure treated post.
Do not install in grass or lawn. The enclosure can by damaged by lawn or garden equipment.

  1. The post should be securely set over landscape material.
  2. The front and side edges of the post should be 9" back from the finished front and sides of the mailbox when installed. Allow setback from any grass.
  3. Make sure the front post face is EXACTLY parallel to the direction you want the mailbox to face. If the post is off, the mailbox will not face the desired direction.
  4. Make sure the post is plumb in both directions. If the post is not plumb, the mailbox will be crooked or skewed.
  5. Leave the post long, until the exact height has been measured. It should be at least 36" above the ground.

1.) Attach the Bottom Ring - Slide the bottom ring (#1) over the post. Keep the lip on the bottom and the front arrow facing toward the front. Level the ring at the desired base height. Shim the ring to center and plumb it on the post as necessary. Attach to the post with one 2" screw per side. Secure through the inner ring into the side of the post.

2.) Measure and Cut Post - Measure 35 5/8" up from the top of the attached ring #1. Use a Speed Square to mark all 4 sides of the post. Cut the post level at this height.

3.) Attach the 2nd Ring - Measure up 24 1/2” from the top of ring #1. Mark a line. Slide the 2nd ring down and secure with the top of the ring on this line, using the same procedure as described in Step 1. Use shims in any gap between the ring and the post. Make sure the front of the ring is pointing to the front of the post.

4a.) Attaching the Mailbox Enclosure - The enclosure has 9 pieces. All are marked on the inside. Attach bracket A to Panel #1 using (3) 2” screws. Be careful not to over tighten the center screw, as this will narrow the groove and bind the address plaque seating. Starting with panel #1, seat the bottom of the panel in the bottom ring. Dry fit panels #2 and 3 in place to center the front panel. (Do not screw them yet)

4b.) Attach panel #1 to the bottom ring by using (3) 2” screws through the face of the panel. Look closely near the base of the panel and locate the round screw guides in the grout line. Drive the screw in the grout lines at these points. This hides the screw head and minimizes any touch up work. Attach panels 2 and 3 to the face at the 2 screw guides located 14 1/2” up on the left and 15” on the right side of panel#1. Use a 3” screw in each of these locations to minimize gaping at the joint.

4c.) Attach the top of Panel #1 with 2 screws where indicated by guide marks into Ring #2.

Going counter clockwise, seat and secure panels #2 and 3 to ring #2. Fit the back Panel #4 in place. Make sure all joints are tight, and secure top and bottom at the indicated markers. Additionally, there are 2 screw guides at 14 1/2” up on the left and 15” on the right side of panel#4. Use a 3” screw in each of these locations to minimize gaping at the joint.

4d.) Seat the address plaque into Bracket A. Make sure and fully set the address plaque in place.

Seat the bottom of the address plaque in the groove of panel#1. Seat the bottom of panel #5 onto the top of panel 1, being careful to align the overlap between Panel #5 and Panel #1. Dry fit side panels # 6 and 7 and attach panels #6, and 7 to panel #5 at the screw indicators using the same technique. )

4e.) Attach the front pull and back latch to the face of the mailbox with (2)-3/4" nuts and bolts

4f.) Attach 3rd Ring - After panels #5, 6 and 7 are secured, place the 3rd ring on the top of the post. Make sure the arrow in facing the front. Secure with 4 screws through the top of the ring into the top of the post. Open the front of the mailbox. Angle the mailbox so the rear is higher than the front, and slide the mailbox through the opening from the back. Align the mailbox with the mounting plate. Set the mailbox so that the front is sitting about 1” forward of the rock face. Place the 4 butterfly washers and screws through the slots of the mailbox into the mounting plate of Ring #3. Do not tighten yet. Open the mailbox to make sure the front plate opens fully. Adjust the mailbox position if necessary to allow the front to open and close without binding.

4g.) Once the position is correct, tighten the 4 butterfly screws.

Place the black foam strip around the mailbox from the back to seal the space between the mailbox and the opening.

4h.) Thread the lighting wire from the address plaque up through the hole in Ring #3.

Seat panel # 8 against panels #6 and #7. Make sure the joints are tight. Secure panel #8 at the base where indicated into Ring #2. Then screw into Ring #3 where indicated.

5a.) Attach Top Ring - Bring both the connector collar and plug wire up through the center opening of the Ring #4. Move them off to one side. Place Ring #4 into the top of the enclosure.

5b.) Make sure the top seats firmly down into the mailbox enclosure. Secure the top bracket into the enclosure using 10 2”screws where indicated.

6a.) Open the solar collector from the back, and insert the 3 rechargeable batteries (included).

Switch the solar collector to “On”. Place the collector in the cap with Velcro. Firmly press the collector into the cutout of the cap to secure.

6b.) Attach the threaded male connector from the cap to the female connector of the address plaque.

Look at the wires. Connect the 2 wires with black tape together, and the 2 without black tape together. Hand tighten the plastic nut. Finally, attach the female connector from the solar collector to the male connector of the cap lights. If only one set of lights work, reverse the connectors. For maxi-mum battery charge, place the cap so the collector faces south.

6c.) Seat the cap over the enclosure. Observe the light placements and wires prior to driving screws to avoid driving screws into the lights or wires. Attach the cap by driving 4 -3" screws where indicated at a steep angle through the bottom lip of the cap into the enclosure.

Do Not drive through the top of the cap.

Do Not over drive the screws.

Do Not use sealant on the cap to secure it, as you will need to access the solar collector for periodic battery replacement.

7.) Touch Up - Optional (Paint Kit and Caulk sold separately)

Caulk around the metal mailbox with appropriate color complementing caulk if there are any gaps to keep out insects and/or moisture. Fill in any exposed screw heads.

After the caulk has set, cover with the appropriate paint color and feather the paint out over the rock face. Add more texture by using the paint brush to dab a small amount of sand onto the painted surface.



Windsor Slatestone Mailbox Contains:

  • (1) Lower Front (Piece #1)
  • (1) Lower Left (Piece #2)
  • (1) Lower Right (Piece #3)
  • (1) Lower Back (Piece #4)
  • (1) Upper Front (Piece #5)
  • (1) Upper Left (Piece #6)
  • (1) Upper Right (Piece #7)
  • (1) Upper Back (Piece #8)
  • (1) Address Plaque
  • (1) Bracket-A
  • (1) Bottom Ring (Piece #1)
  • (1) Second Ring (Piece #2)
  • (1) Mailbox Mount Ring (Piece #3)
  • (1) Top Ring (Piece #4)
  • (1) Metal Mailbox
  • (1) Cap
  • (54) 2” Screws
  • (20) 3” Screws
  • (1) Foam Strip
  • (4) Butterfly Screw and Washers


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