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 Lost mailbox key! What do I do?
unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/25/2010 2:38:05 PM
I lost my mailbox key this morning. We rent a house and I called our landlord to see if he has an extra, no joy. This is the first key I have ever lost in my 35 years and I feel like an idiot. What do I do? I can't find anything specifically on the USPS page. A Google search turns up answers from hiring a locksmith to calling the post office. Has this happened to anyone else here?
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payo72  [Member]
7/25/2010 3:04:41 PM
I had to call a locksmith to put new lock on it. If it a PO Box, I heard the clerk tell a guy he had to call a lock smith because he is responsible for it.


Be careful when you get a locksmith because some charge for the replacement and charge by the hour. I called 5 places & each said about 200 bucks. Then I found a guy in Queen Creek that only charged $55.

unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/25/2010 3:27:33 PM
I'm gonna call the post office tomorrow. I did finally find some info on the USPS website saying if there is a USPS logo on it they would be able to get a new key, which ours' does. But I have to wait until tomorrow to talk to someone. I'm pretty pissed at myself for losing it.
payo72  [Member]
7/25/2010 3:40:16 PM
You know what's going to happen, you'll get the new key & find your old one! That happens to me all the time!!
unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/25/2010 3:49:49 PM
Most likely that will be the case with my luck too.
Diggs91  [Member]
7/25/2010 5:15:03 PM
When I moved in, They told us not to lose our keys because you'd have to call the postmaster and have usps come and switch out the locks and its like 59 bucks or something.
But that's cause we have those damn cluster boxes.
With not GD outgoing slot.
How convenient. Then they wonder why they lose 30 mill a year.
victorgonzales  [Team Member]
7/25/2010 5:43:15 PM
when i bought my house i had to go to the post office with my mortgage papers to get a new key.
SurvivingAZ  [Team Member]
7/25/2010 5:45:07 PM
South ord imo.
unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/25/2010 6:22:59 PM
Well I just talked to a buddy of mine that had a similar incident a few weeks ago. He had to go down to the post office with a copy of his lease, pay like $50 and it took a week to get it replaced...
AZdrifter  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 12:18:58 AM
My key broke off in the lock a few years ago - USPS replaced the lock for free but I had to go the post office to get the keys.
XM15_Owner  [Member]
7/26/2010 1:38:17 AM
when I moved here in the beginning of June from the dreaded state to our west, the mail box keys were no where to be found. Went to the post office with a copy of my lease and paid $40 to have them re-key, they had it done in two days and left the keys in an envelope on my porch I got three of them.

Forgot to say I am in Chandler.
Winston_Wolf  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 2:08:14 AM
... mail, WTF?

I check my mailbox, maybe twice each month.
Mostly to empty it of advertisements.
unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 9:08:19 AM
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... mail, WTF?

I check my mailbox, maybe twice each month.
Mostly to empty it of advertisements.


We check it about once a week. And it's mostly to toss junk mail!
Winston_Wolf  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 10:42:40 AM

Originally Posted By unforgiven5150:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... mail, WTF?

I check my mailbox, maybe twice each month.
Mostly to empty it of advertisements.


We check it about once a week. And it's mostly to toss junk mail!

... last year, the USPS threatened to curtain delivery on Saturdays to save coin.
Opponents posed a lousy case against it, citing some people "needed" delivery 6-days a week for survival.
I say bullshit, cut service to 2-days per week and save even more money, or divest as a government entity and let the private sector run it (like FedEX or UPS).
Winston_Wolf  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 10:43:45 AM
TP
unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 11:05:09 AM
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By unforgiven5150:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... mail, WTF?

I check my mailbox, maybe twice each month.
Mostly to empty it of advertisements.


We check it about once a week. And it's mostly to toss junk mail!

... last year, the USPS threatened to curtain delivery on Saturdays to save coin.
Opponents posed a lousy case against it, citing some people "needed" delivery 6-days a week for survival.
I say bullshit, cut service to 2-days per week and save even more money, or divest as a government entity and let the private sector run it (like FedEX or UPS).

I remember reading that too. I'd be ok with a couple of times per week. Maybe have some post offices open every day if I have to mail something, but I don't remember having to ever have anything so urgent it couldn't wait a few days to be picked up.
unforgiven5150  [Team Member]
7/26/2010 12:34:21 PM
Update: just talked to the post office. It costs $40 and they do lock changes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So if I go down there today or tomorrow I can get it done Wednesday and pick up the new keys Wednesday afternoon.
mjrowley  [Team Member]
7/28/2010 12:53:39 AM

Originally Posted By unforgiven5150:
Update: just talked to the post office. It costs $40 and they do lock changes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So if I go down there today or tomorrow I can get it done Wednesday and pick up the new keys Wednesday afternoon.

Is it a mail box on the side of the street?

If so Home Depot has a new lock for like $10.00

Take a cordless drill and drill out old lock and install new lock.


wildearp  [Team Member]
7/28/2010 4:38:18 PM
USPS gave me a new lock and keys. I installed it myself. It matched my old key. Sometimes you get lucky. You can easily drill out the old lock if necessary.
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