By Gene and Katie Hamilton
We get a pile of magazines and catalogs delivered every day and couldn't find a box large enough, so we installed a mail slot in the front door. Our carrier doesn't have to struggle stuffing everything inside the box, and when we're traveling our mail is waiting for us safely inside the house when we return. It's a good improvement we're glad we did.
Mail slots are sold at home centers, in home-related catalogs and online (type "mail slot" in any search engine). Most are made of brass, but they come in a variety of finishes, such as oil-rubbed bronze, satin and antique nickel, satin chrome, and polished brass to coordinate with door hardware. They come in a variety of sizes, but the most popular size was with a 2-inch by 11-inch opening.
If you have carpentry experience and tools, you can make the installation for $45, the cost of the mail slot, and save 46 percent. You'll need a tape measure, screwdriver, power or handsaw, and electric drill. If you use a power saw, make the cut from the inside of the door - and make it from the outside if you use a handsaw - to prevent the wood from splintering.
If cutting a hole in your door is intimidating, you can hire a handyman to do the installation in a wood door for $84, which includes the labor and material. Click here to get to
and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by Handyman Contractors in your area.
Tip: To prevent the wood from splintering when you cut with a power saw, make the cut from the inside of the door. If you cut from the outside, use a hand saw.
The average price to install a door mail slot noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.