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. 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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!!