Moving to mbxs.wordpress.com

This blog has sat with no activity for so long and it was easier to simply build a new blog. We will be closing this blog shortly and hope you will hop on over the join us at mbxs.com

You might wonder why we changed our name. We didn’t really, we just got tired of typing out the whole name. We trade marked our name: Mailbox Solutions but it seems a trade mark doesn’t count for much if every person who sells or rents mailboxes has “mailbox solutions.” At least McDonalds was smart enough not to call themselves Best Burgers. No one messes with their trade marked name. In the same token every burger place in the country cooks/broils/grills and serves the “Best Burgers” this side of where ever.

How DID we come up with the name?? Well, ummm we’re lazy and we don’t love l-o-n-g addresses.

MailBoX Solutions, llc is so much faster. We even have a cool new logo. Our license plates are MBXS1 and MBXS2 because you can only put 6 characters on a license plate.

The new blog is still fledgling, but you will be amazed at the stunning photos of mailboxes we will be posting.

Bookmark our new blog and follow us over. We welcome questions from customers or shoppers about our products. Besides, it gives us something to post. YEA a NEW POST!!

Have a wonderful, safe day. We wish you Peace of Mind.

Sincerely,

mbxs.com

or if you love to type use mailboxsolutions.com either one works

follow us at mbxs.wordpress.com,  please?

Peace of Mind Is Worth It

Image

It’s worth everything to know your mail is safe and secure inside a Mailbox Solutions, LLC locking mailbox. In stock.

2012-12-05 14.33.42

Looking for the perfect gift? Your loved ones will appreciate a beautiful MADE IN USA locking mailbox. No more worries about being home when the mail arrives in order to make sure a person’s ID doesn’t disappear with their mail.

Just a thought…it’s also a great gift for the person who has everything.

Happy Holidays

Old NBU vs New CBU

Why are the new CBUs better than the old NBUs? Here’s a short list.  LOOKS, SPACE, FUNCTION, SECURITY, HEAVY WEIGHT, NO RUST

DSCN3979These before and                  

 

after photos do showcase some of the issues. 

DSC01067

 

LOOKS > This is quite evident in the photos. Dark Bronze color was selected by this apartment complex to blend in with the natural settings.

SPACE > Four units were needed to replace the six units in the before photo. They are set at the back of the sidewalk freeing up the sidewalk for tenant use without dodging the boxes and people picking up their mail.

FUNCTION > The new mailbox compartments are 12″ wide so the mail is no longer folded and arrives undamaged. At 3″ high each mailbox holds packages such as books, medications and small packages. For oversized packages there are package boxes built into each unit. These tenants went from 4 package boxes to serve everyone to a total of 7 package boxes. The old mailbox compartments were so small very few packages actually fit in a mailbox compartment.

Also there is a large outgoing slot built into the frame of each unit so mailing 10″ x 12″ envelopes is easy, they slide right in.

SECURITY > The mailboxes have extra thick mailbox doors, non-twistable locks, heavy-duty locking bars that hook into the frame. There are no pry points. The outgoing mail is built into the frame and has a fishing guard on the inside. The mail drops out of sights.

NO RUST > The units are fully constructed of stainless steel and aluminum and have a full powder coat finish so there is nothing to rust, ever.

It’s no wonder the USPS de-certified the old style box in 2000 and do not allow them to be installed. In the past 12 years all repair parts were long ago used up.

SAFETY> I know this is not on the list, but it is important to note that the new mailboxes sit at the back of the sidewalk so they do not get damaged by people packing out of tight parking spots.

If your mailboxes are looking horrible or are falling apart in your neighborhood, the post office no longer replaces them. Call us for an estimate for upgrading to the new, strong, handsome, safe and practical CBU, which by the way stands for Cluster Box Unit.

 

 

Flush Your Lock

The weather turned on us, and the calls are coming in, “My lock won’t work.” It happens every fall. The cool air; the dampness; the condensation on metal; and the key won’t go in the lock and/or turn.

Blame it on the moisture that just condensed in the lock and turned the accumulation of pollen, dust and pocket lint all being turned into goo or glue or goop.

The inside of the lock has little pins about the size of a pencil lead that are held into place with tiny springs. The wire on the springs is about the size of a human hair and there are many turns per spring. It takes very little gunk to jam the lock.

So here’s what you do to fix it:

Flush your lock!

What you need:

Be warned it is a messy job, take lots of paper towels, be patient. We use WD-40 or any other brand of penetrating oil  (I don’t know what that is either, but your local hardware store will be able to advise you). You need the one that comes in a spray can with the tiny straw.

How to flush:

Attach the straw to the spray can. Insert the tip of the straw into the lock. Flood the lock with the inside of the lock with the penetrating oil. Let it sit 5 to 10 minutes. Flood it again and try inserting the key.

Work the key in and out, try turning it. Add spray lubricant as needed. Clean the dirty mess off the key each time you pull the key out. Keep spraying and inserting key until the key comes out clean.

Don’t be afraid to use a little force, after all you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain if you can get it working. A small hammer and gentle taps on the end of the key are sometimes necessary.

Lube Your Lock!

Use a Teflon or Silicone based lock lubricant. Again you will be using a spray can with a tiny straw. You will again be inserting it into the lock and spraying but this time use only a small amount. Just enough to lightly coat the working parts inside the lock.

A word of caution:     <<<< DO NOT USE GRAPHITE>>>>   Graphite is thick and gummy, it completely freezes up the springs and stops the lock from working. It is hard to clean out of the lock. It is also black and messy. It gets on the key and ends up in your pocket or in your purse.

Different types of mailbox locks.

Mailboxes made in the USA by Mailbox Solutions, LLC have a EuroLock on them. It is shown second from the left. The lock with the large double cut keys. The other locks in the photo are for various other types of boxes.

Check Your Lock!

Now that you have the door open, check the back of the lock. Most locks have a nut on the back of the lock that holds the cam (the lever part that holds the door closed) Check to make sure the nut is tight.

Congratulations! 

You are done. Just remember to lube it again in six months. Clean if necessary first.

Call us if you need additional help or want to replace your lock (if for instance you lost your wallet and keys).

ph: 503-486-5575

PS Gift giving season approaches and a locking mailbox for someone who has everything is always a thoughtful and welcome gift.

 

 

Customer Photo

We do get photos from customers on their finished projects. This customer had designed a column for his mailbox. He had carefully researched and found the exact stone he wanted. He was adamant that he had to have a locking mailbox that would protect his mail and last as long as the stone.

He chose a Skyline Locking mailbox and matching newspaper in Dark Roast to perfectly compliment the stone.

Skyline Locking Mailbox and newspaper box in a stone column.

Skyline Locking Mailbox and newspaper box in a custome built stone column.

This is one very sweet mailbox setup. It is surely an awe-some way to greet his guests and to dress up his yard. Thank you Larry, you totally understand that the mailbox sits as a sentinel in front of your house. Well done!

Sincerely, all of us at Mailbox Solutions, LLC 503-486-5575

PS The only sad thing about this is we will not ever see Larry again. Unless the mailbox is hit by a truck or our customer moves to a new house, it will be the only mailbox they will ever need.

 

 

 

Time to Spruce Up?

For some reason, an old mailbox brings a smile. People balk at changing to the new (USPS required for ALL locking mailboxes) rectangular shaped mailbox. “But the others are so CUTE!” are the words I hear over and over again.

Take a close look at Lilly Green’s photo. Please someone, explain to me exactly what you find “cute” about these. (Use the COMMENTS below to share your views.)

It’s not that I love the looks of the ones we build, but then I never loved the looks of the old ones, especially as they get old, rusty and filthy. What I do love about the new style is they work for the letter carrier and they work to keep your mail safe from mail thieves.

So I like them because they are easy to clean, efficient and are not being broken into. Our thousands and thousands of customers love them. They tell me they look so much better than the old ones and they can be gone for a few days and come home knowing their mail is safe.

Three NW Series locking mailboxes on a single post

One Columbia, one Gorge, and another Columbia NW Series locking mailboxes on a single post. Clean, neat, efficient and keeps the mail safe from theft.

So what do you think? Are these really ugly?

Skyline Mailbox in the Dark Roast Color

Skyline Locking Mailbox

Here is a photo of the mailbox you all have been waiting to see in color. This is the Skyline Locking Mailbox manufactured in Oregon by us. Mailbox Solutions, LLC.

After being introduced last summer, this box has proved to be one customers really love. It is the smallest mailbox in our line and has the decorative curved front edges.

We have this model available in several options. The Skyline comes with the standard drill resistant lock shown above. It also comes with the keyless pushbutton option, and in the rear door locking model which is especially handy for busy street installations. No more standing in the street to retrieve you mail, it can be conveniently picked up from the back side.

The mailbox has an optional flag and clip for times when a person wants to mail a casual letter or return a DVD from your movie service. As always no individual locking mailbox is allowed per postal regulations to have locked outgoing, so it is not the safest practice to put out bound mail there. It is always best to drop it in a drop box when you are running another errand.

The Skyline is small but its hopper style door accepts small packages such as prescriptions or boxes of checks with ease. It also handles Express Mail Envelopes and a stack of magazines or catalogs with ease.

There is a full line of accessories available in matching powder coat colors. Standard posts in both one the sidewalk and in the ground styles, plain posts and decorative posts, plus two sizes of metal newspaper boxes. There are also adapter plate to hold 2, 3, or 4 mailboxes on a single post.

The Skyline. It’s AWESOME!!

We Know, You Love Them

Gallery

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Those of us in the northwest are used to the trunks of our trees growing some very interesting mosses and lichens. They are home to tiny bugs for the birds and also have some wonderful nesting materials. Photographers love the … Continue reading

Around Town

What a nice surprise to see so many Made in the USA mailboxes popping up around our town. Here is a sampling of them. They are such a nice upgrade to a neighborhood.

Three Skyline locking mailboxes and large newspaper boxes.

These mailboxes all have the keypad locks. The homeowners also decided to include the additional newspaper boxes.

Locking mailboxes continue to be needed as the poor economy tends to drive more people to theft. The resulting chaos of having your ID stolen, your bank and credit cards compromised is often a long process to re-establish your good credit and to get your funds back into your accounts. It takes time to prove fraud and ID theft and often it goes undiscovered until your credit card is decline.

Skyline locking mailbox on a NW decorative post, again with an optional large newspaper box.

Just because nothing like that has happened before, does not change the fact that the crime still exists. You can stop that from happening to you and upgrade the your landscape by buying a locking mailbox and installing this spring before you plant all your new flowers.

I’m just saying… it’s something to think about. If you decide to upgrade here is a list of things to consider when selecting a mailbox:

The answer to the this list should all be YES.

  • Does it meet USPS requirements?
  • Will your mail slide in easily?
  • Will it hold your average mail?
  • Will it hold several days worth if you are out-of-town?
  • Do your prescription medications fit in?
  • Does it have a quality lock?
  • Is it Made in the USA?

These answers need to be NO?

  • Are there easy pry points?
  • Can someone reach in?
  • Is the mail easily “fish-able?”
  • What about the door and lock are the light weight?

Additional things to consider:

  • How many keys cuts are available? Ours have 4,500 possible keys.
  • Where are the locks made? In Belgium
  • Why Belgium? They are built to our rigid specifications.
  • Everything else is made in Oregon, even our cardboard boxes.
  • We ship anywhere in the US.
  • Locally, please stop in, bring your mail, check them out.

If you have a questions about our products, please visit our web site www.mailboxsolutions.com

or send us an email: websales@mbxs.com

or phone: 503-486-5575  M-Th 9-5 Fri 9-1

We are here to answer questions and help. We do build our products. We try to always have them in stock. We can address your mailbox in ten minutes so you can expect to come in, try them out, get your questions answered, choose a style, a color, and any accessories and leave with your products. The NW post is customized for you so it is the only item we need a 24 hour notice to have it ready for you.

We look forward to serving you.

New Gallery Page Added

It seems like it takes longer than we ever expect to get our ducks in a row. It is often a case of time, weather, and opportunity for a full-scale photo shoot is limited. It is always best to simply take a photo of one of our installations. Unfortunately, the installer seldom has a camera available. Or it is raining buckets. Or the traffic is bad and there is another job to dash to. Or…..the battery needs charging.  😦  The little things we all deal with.

Today I went back into our photo archives and pulled out a few that show some of our items. The color rendering is not always accurate.

A fun job today was a customer who ordered a green box with red address numbers. To me it was such a Christmas Box, but for the customer it will match the neighbors up the street, a color combination that is fun and exciting. Here are a couple of photos of the process