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Old 07-03-2009, 07:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone used those plastic 4x4 posts?

I am in need of replacing my mailbox AND post, so I went looking at Lowe's yesterday and found that standard Step 2 plastic model everyone around me has (no need for anything fancy) and while looking at the 4x4 posts for mounting I noticed that Rubbermaid makes a plastic one.

I think this could be a great idea since it isn't going to rot or rust. A good portion of it is going to be buried and the other half is covered by the mailbox support, I am thinking good things about this plastic post.

I am just curious if anyone has any experience with them or did I just get excited and ripped off over nothing?
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if this is what you have, but my parents have a split rail type fence going around their front yard that is made of hollow plastic posts and boards. They have had it about six years now, and it has held up well so far, no cracks, no splits, no warping, no discoloration. I had my doubts at first but it has been better than I thought it would be.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am familiar with the vinyl/plastic fences and decks but this is a short post that is used for mailbox mounting.

I guess it wouldn't be any different than a post used in fencing or decking, but it was the first I had seen of one for this specific application.

I cannot find it on Lowes website to show what it looks like, but it isn't a mounting pole that you actually put a mailbox on, but rather a 4x4 piece of plastic that has a gnarled bottom portion with a ground level mark so you know how deep to bury it. The top of it is smooth on all 4 sides but it is only about 2-2.5 feet above the ground so you have to slide a post/mount over top of it and screw it in, or like I did, use one of those plastic Step 2 mailboxes and mount that to it instead of a wood 4x4 post.

Rubbermaid makes a mailbox and post kit that all comes in one box that also includes a pointed end 2x4 that you pound into the ground then the post kit slides over the top of that, but this is also different from that.....and of course I buried it and set up my mailbox without taking a pic of what I am talking about
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is this the post you are talkimg about?
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That would be the post I am talking about.
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks to me like it would work as well as a wooden post. I just hate to use plastic unless it is recycled plastic.
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