Wednesday, May 15, 2019
I went to the Mailbox Guidelines website and the first thing you see is the image shown above.
If we are to believe the image, the United States Postmaster General wants me to place the bottom of the box 41-to-45 inches, plus the height of the curb above the surface of the road. Visually scaling, that adds another four inches to the height of the box.
The Fine Print
In the fine print we learn that the United States Postmaster General wants me to place the bottom of the box 41-to-45 inches above the height of the road surface.
Due to the crown of the road, the tires closer to the mail box will be four inches lower than the tires closer to the center of the road. What part of the road surface does the Postmaster want me to use? The average? The outboard portion. To extrapolate based on the vehicle's overhang?
I installed the bottom of the mailbox 46" above the lowest portion of the road. Our postal delivery person may be a petite gal but she drives a tall vehicle. I also wanted to account for the inevitable snow buildup that occurs in the winter.
From working in the factory I believe that most people find it ergonomically friendlier to reach up a little bit rather than having to bend over.
I left a note on the door of the box. I wrote "Is this too high? I can lower it."
She indicated that she was good with 46". If she is happy then I am happy.