Peace of Mind Is Worth It

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

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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

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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!!

Jan 4 Building a Better Mouse Trap

Building a better mouse trap takes time. Building a better mailbox takes even more time: they are much bigger and represent a show piece for in front of your home. Have  you looked at yours lately? Is it time for a new mailbox?

Mailboxes cost more, weigh more, use lots more metal, and they are designed to protect your mail, not kill it.

They have to look good in front of your house. They have to work, for both the mail and the letter carrier. They also have to work for you, the end-user.

What’s cool about buying one, besides the facts that now your old rusty mailbox is gone and your mail is now safe, is that they last for years and years. We really don’t know how long, we know the ones we sold 15 years ago still are working well and that was before we redesigned our boxes to be stronger and sleeker and work properly.

Just in case you think we aren’t well-rounded since the mailboxes are all square cornered boxes, here are a couple of other cool things we sell.

Wow, key safes. Never get locked out again.

What’s really cool about these is they unobtrusively mount to the door jamb so there are right there beside the door. This model does need batteries to make the monitor work, but with or without the battery the key safe part is completely mechanical. It never fails. The battery-powered monitor keeps track of who uses and they times they enter your house. You can assign a code for several different people.

If you are looking for a little “bling,” we have brass house numbers. Or you might want to use your favorite number as a pendant or attach it to gold french wires to flaunt your style. At 6″ tall each, trust me it will be quite the attention grabber.

Ooooo...Brass House Numbers!

We will be happy to check to make sure we have your number in stock! 😉 Every woman can be a perfect ten by wearing a “1” on one ear and a “0” on the other. Just don’t get them on the wrong ears by looking in the mirror or you’ll be a zero one. 😀

Give us a call, we are here to help:

Portland Metro: 503-486-5575 or out of area 1-800-630-3344

Shop on-line: http://mailboxsolutions.com

Frosty Tricks

Frosty the Snowman is up to his tricks, surprising us by hiding around the office. We never know where he will show up next.

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We close in 45 minutes, so you probably won’t have time to come by and get a last-minute gift. But do keep us in mind for your next gift giving opportunity. Or look at your own Welcome that advertises your own address. What kind of statement does your mailbox make about you?

Before we leave for the weekend the staff at Mailbox Solutions,LLC want to wish you and your loved ones a beautiful, safe, and lovely holiday.

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

Peace of Mind the Perfect Gift

A locking mailbox makes a surprising, awesome, and appreciated gift for someone you love… or the person who has almost everything.

Christmas Selection includes Black, Green, Red, and White

It’s true, needing a locking mailbox is a sad commentary on today’s society. It bothers me daily. It bothers me even more to hear the stories of the hardship and hours required when someones’ mail has been stolen. Sometimes the damage is immediate and sometimes it takes a bit of time to figure out a bill has gone missing.

Have you ever been surprised because you expected a card from a friend and it never arrived? It could have been to cheer you up when you were sick, a congratulations on graduation or wedding or baby, an invitation, or a sympathy card. Did you ever think that they did send the card, but it was stolen from your mailbox? You wouldn’t know if the thieves left your junk mail. They don’t want junk mail either. The junk is usually on the bottom, the good stuff is on the top. It makes their life easy.

Top to Bottom: Juniper Green, Pearl Taupe, Black

So what do you do when you are out-of-town? Instead of stopping it, you can protect your mail in one of our MADE IN OREGON mailboxes. With 4,500 possible keys, you can rest easy.

Top to Bottom: Dark Roast, Stone Grey, White

We recently added Dark Roast as a new options that people love.

A customer came in yesterday and ordered a Juniper Green box with cheerful red address numbers. The numbers are set up on a computer and cut from an exterior sign vinyl. They do give the boxes a very handsome look. Here you can see a bit of the process, which is fast and you do not need to wait for more than 5 to 10 minutes.

Carefully peel off the transfer tape

Removing the guide line tape

All finished and ready to go home

Stop in tomorrow to find Frosty. 

Next up on our blog, different locking options.

Have a Happy and Joyous season. There is still time to add PEACE.

Mailbox Solutions, LLC Web Store is here:   http://mailboxsolutions.com