Make Your Mailbox Flag More Visible With a Simple Modification!
I can't see whether the mailbox flag is up or down from inside house!
Since we send a letter or two every day, it's easy to tell if the mail has arrived by the position of the flag... up or down. However, our flag is hard to see against the woodsy backdrop of our neighbor's front yard. I'd often walk half-way down the driveway before realizing that my eyes we playing tricks... the dang flag was still up!!
What to do? I could use my binoculars, but I would have to find them every day... more difficult than walking! I also considered getting an electronic gadget (such as MailAlert) that warns you with a tone when the mailbox is opened, but the remote unit inside the mailbox needs batteries and costs over $50.00. Nice if the mailbox was not visible from the home... but I wanted a cheap/free solution.
Time to improvise...
So I decided to improvise a little fix to make the flag more visible from the house. The first thought was to add a second flag at 90 degrees to the first for increased visibility. But that would require purchasing a replacement flag and riveting it to the existing flag. Flag plus trip to the hardware store. Try again!
Don't overheat the flag or it may 1) melt completely 2) turn black 3) catch on fire or 4) all three!!
The results... a nice 90 degree twist with no discoloration! This procedure can also be done with a heat gun, but I decided it would be easier to use a "cordless"propane torch than running 120 feet of extension cord to the mailbox. (Notice how the theme of this article is "easy". Must be my "maturity".) Also, the plastic "clip-on" mechanism holding the flag in place made removal of the flag iffy. If the clip broke I would have no flag at all! So I had to do it on-the-spot!