Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Install a Letterbox

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does it Cost To Fit a Letterbox?


Cost/Price For Fitting a Letterbox

With you doing the painting, he will charge half a day labour so expect to pay about

Or try it yourself and make a monster mess of it.

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Cutting and Fitting a Letterbox

There are two reasons why you would want a new letterbox. One, your Sunday newspapers are nothing short of informative confetti. Two, your wife has come home with a new brushed stainless steel letterbox to replace the brass one with the big central knob just above it, that she loved twenty years ago but now she insists it says as much about her, as those sad brown elephant cords you still wear say about you!

One thing is for certain, the new one doesn’t fit the old hole does it? You are going to need a “chippie” then as it's not really a DIY job.

Firstly he will have to take the front door off so all the paint will come away around the hinges which will mean the frame will need re painting. If you’re doing the frame, you can’t not paint the door as well can you? Secondly he will need a bit of space outside to do the job and a dry day to do it.

Two Things

Make sure the new hole for the letterbox is central and that he cuts it from the
inside face. He will probably use a jigsaw and front doors are quite thick so the blade will distort as he cuts. Even if his eye is perfect and his cut is smack on his guide line, when he turns the door over the hole on the other side which should be another perfect rectangle will look like a flattened shoe box! Hopefully the small rim on the letterbox casting will cover this.

Now, here’s a perfect example of a case where the bloke who designs things, never actually fits them. I’ve fitted dozens of letterboxes and with every single one of them, the position of the two fixing lugs which take the threaded bars which actually secure the thing are always sited about a hair's breadth from the “letter hole”. This makes drilling the two holes, which take the bolts a complete nightmare. Cool Hand Luke would need two dozen boiled eggs before attempting it.

So, when the chippie’s gone and you rush to make that intricate inspection that everyone does after any works been done, don’t be too critical if one of his attempts has burst through. He should have filled it though!

Be happy if the letterbox flap actually opens fully without “touching the sides” and that he has fitted the washers under the domed back nut. You can bother fitting the back flap if you must but it
will fall off and after the tenth time you’ll end up putting it on that shelf under the stairs. After all, you will have time to fix it on properly one day won’t you!

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