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After 3 years of laboring and 1 year of apprenticing I've got my first side job this weekend. A friend of a friend's mailbox was ran into and needs to be fixed. I told her I could do it this Sunday. I was thinking about using a chipping hammer to take down the top 5 courses, replacing the metal box, the laying the brick back ( I'm going to talk to the local brick supplier tomorrow to see if he has the right brick I need to replace the couple that are broken and to buy the mortar). Any constructive criticism would be appreciated ( such as is that how you would do it).

P.s. I've been on this website a lot in the past year and really enjoy looking at the pictures y'all post.
 

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do your client a favor.....


take it all the way down.....

have the mail box fabricated out of 1/2' plate.....

mount it to a 6x6x1/2 sq tube 4' in the ground.....

then add the brick.....:thumbsup:
 

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And while you're at it move it over, it looks haphazardly placed being partially on the driveway as if the bricks were just placed around the existing mailbox..
 

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Matching those "builders Crap" sized brick will be tough, were they used on the house? there 'might' be one or two laying around.....

No hammer, use a large saw, cut off the mortar and relay. worst case use the ringer in rear, and stain them.

Don't forget the colored mortar...

A totally new one with a news paper hole (legal for the daily paper/adverts) would only be a few hundred more....

You can build these in your heated garage during layoffs and set them like a stone on a frost footing.....
Brick coping NOT RECOMMENDED...
 

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The mailbox was moved when it was hit.. I went over to her house when I got off and beat the box out so it would open and close until I can fix the whole thing Sunday. the homeowner said she found 6 bricks in the garage but they don't look the same? Your right fourth generation I'm going to try and talk my boss into letting me borrow the quickie saw over the weekend and take it down that way. The brick and mortar are really dirty, I'm pretty sure it's just regular grey mortar. I just left the hardware store with her new mailbox I'm putting in.
 

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The mailbox was moved when it was hit.. I went over to her house when I got off and beat the box out so it would open and close until I can fix the whole thing Sunday. the homeowner said she found 6 bricks in the garage but they don't look the same? Your right fourth generation I'm going to try and talk my boss into letting me borrow the quickie saw over the weekend and take it down that way. The brick and mortar are really dirty, I'm pretty sure it's just regular grey mortar. I just left the hardware store with her new mailbox I'm putting in.
So the mailbox was moved when hit onto the driveway but yet there was green grass under it?
 

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On second thought I'd take it apart as little as possible relay just the damaged joints. and whip some brick colored patch mud for the one missing piece, or just saw a tile brick face piece that is close in color and texture.

WHERE IS THE INSURANCE MONEY, unless the homeowner hit it or the Mailperson?
 

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And while you're at it move it over,

it looks haphazardly placed being partially on the driveway

as if the bricks were just placed around the existing mailbox..
Look at picture #2, the mailbox is not on the edge of a driveway, it's on the edge of a sidewalk leading to the front door.
 

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1. You're not going to find those brick anywhere, you might find something close but not those exact brick.

2. Your chances of tearing the existing brick out and cleaning them enough to be relaid are slim and none unless you cut them out with a saw/grinder and grind the mud off each brick individually. You might get lucky and they filled the inside with the same brick and just stacked them in there dry, might be able to get enough to relay the top of the mailbox.

3. Looks like faded black mud to me.
 

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1. You're not going to find those brick anywhere, you might find something close but not those exact brick.

2. Your chances of tearing the existing brick out and cleaning them enough to be relaid are slim and none unless you cut them out with a saw/grinder and grind the mud off each brick individually. You might get lucky and they filled the inside with the same brick and just stacked them in there dry, might be able to get enough to relay the top of the mailbox.

3. Looks like faded black mud to me.


I agree, for a the hassle of trying to match bricks you are better off tearing it down and rebuilding it anyway. But looking at the pictures i would guess the bricks clean easily. It doesn't look like there are any damaged bricks

If bricks are damaged you can take the top bricks off, clean them and install a limestone cap in place of the bricks..

Personally I would tear it down and replace it with something more appealing because its ugly


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...good time to buy your own saw so you can start building your own tools:thumbsup:..this way you can claim it on your taxes:thumbup:
 

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I agree, for a the hassle of trying to match bricks you are better off tearing it down and rebuilding it anyway. But looking at the pictures i would guess the bricks clean easily. It doesn't look like there are any damaged bricks

If bricks are damaged you can take the top bricks off, clean them and install a limestone cap in place of the bricks..

Personally I would tear it down and replace it with something more appealing because its ugly


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The problem is they're 5 hole brick, hard fired, next to impossible to get them out without them breaking, especially with just a hammer and chisel.
 
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