VP Corner: How to Install a Mail Boss in a Column

There are so many different types of columns you can build to hold a mailbox, and so many types of materials available, that it is hard for me to give very specific advice on the building of the column.  However, I can give you some basic tips on how to mount our mailboxes in any column.

1. Mailboxes are not designed to become part of the structure of the column.

We have built a Fast-Trak Mounting plate into several of our curbside models which allows you to mount the mailbox in the column and remove it anytime for cleaning or any other maintenance.  It is just not a good idea to mount a metal mailbox into a stone or cement column with all sides touching this wet and porous material even if the box is extremely rust resistant like ours.  Not only will you scratch the finish but there are chemical reactions that could take place and prematurely cause rust.  If the mailbox is part of the structure you are left with few if any options.

2. Make sure there is a base inside the column.

Whether it be wood or some type of brick or stone, use a structure on the base of your column where you can mount the Mounting Plate easily without having to work from within the confines of the box.  There are plenty of different hole patterns on the mounting plate, so it will attach to just about anything with the correct hardware.

3. Make sure you are within USPS regulations.

Please contact your local Post Office before you build a mailbox column to make sure you are following local rules and guidelines for a locking mailbox.

Here are some examples of column installations with Mail Boss mailboxes:
rp_Sacramento_Column2-199x300.jpgCompleted Mail Boss Column Installgallery_1Here are some good resources for building a mailbox column:


  1. Les Bowles on June 30, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Today I rebuilt my mailbox using the Mail Boss product and was able to reproduce the second example as shown on your website for column style builds. It came out perfectly and my new Mail Boss has a great column home. How do I submit a photo for you use?


    Les Bowles
    Trophy Club, TX

  2. John on January 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Just finished a column mount of your Mail Manager. Not an easy feat since this replaced a standard USPS box in a stone encased column. However i was successful and it looks great. I dont see an upload link so i can not send you a picture.

  3. Dave on December 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Great tips thank you for sharing with us, I personally have had this trouble

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