In February 2012, some Horrid Thief nicked the original brass cover plate of our letterbox.
After considering our options and procrastinating for close on a year, we finally bought a replacement cover plate from the local hardware store.
It tooks really pretty, like a quaint and old-fashioned brass plate, which is just perfect for our cosy garden cottage. Hubby installed it at the start of the New Year, with me on-hand with my trusty Canon to document the process, and give advice from the sidelines, of course.
This has been the look of our letterbox since the Horrid Thieves ripped it off in February last year, damaging the original screw holes in the process.
What you see in the picture now are the new holes that Hubbs drilled for the new screws, based on the dimensions of the new cover plate. That top hole, incidentally, was a tricky one, because it was darned close to the edge, where the concrete was a bit crumbly.
He also sloshed on some paint to cover the exposed concrete, and yes, made a bit of a mess in the process. That’s because I’m usually the painter in the household. 😉
After trial-fitting the plate, he decided that it would be a good idea to squish some silicone gel (a.k.a. sticky stinky goo) between the plate and the wall, to reduce the likelihood of water running behind and dripping into the postbox.
And I suddenly had the brilliant idea of marking the plate with our address details in some way.
Ideally, I would’ve liked to engrave our address details on the front of the plate, so that it’s really obvious to any would-be thief that This Letterbox Plate Belongs To Us: Hands Off!
But in the absence of the required engraving tools, and reluctant to disfigure the front with splotches of paint, I instead carefully painted the back of the cover plate with our address details, using white Hammerite paint. Hopefully, when (if) they pry it off, they’ll discover it’s too much trouble to remove the paint. And it should make it easier for the police to return it to us.
So, with the paint nicely dried and the silicone applied, Hubbs proceeded to screw the cover plate into the wall.
It looks rather nice, don’t you think? Quite ornate. Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s brass, or some kind of pseudo-metal-mixture made to look like brass. It’s heavy enough not to be plastic underneath.
And then, to deter – and possibly annoy – the metal thieves further, Hubbs proceeded to strip the tops of the screws, using a powerdrill. So now it’s impossible to use a screwdriver to unscrew them from the wall, because it won’t get a proper grip. Of course, there’s always a chance that the Fiendish Ones will tear down half the pillar in their rage… but hopefully the neighbours’ dogs will protest so loudly at this that they’ll wake up the entire street.
In the spirit of positive thinking, we are choosing to be filled with hope that our pretty letterbox cover will last for many years.