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REPLACING THAT MAILBOX OR POST

 WOOSTER, Ohio, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blizzard of '93 will long be remembered for the force of its destruction. Many people were still suffering the effects of the storm a week or more after it hit.
 On top of the ice and snow, one of the necessary evils of digging out from a storm of this magnitude is the damage inflicted by snow removal. Mailboxes, and their posts, are often an unavoidable casualty.
 As the ground thaws, homeowners attempt to repair the damage. "It's definitely a peak season for our mailboxes and mounting posts," stated Mark Watson, senior product manager at Rubbermaid. "We designed our Roughneck(TM) Mailbox Post and Mounting Kit to be especially easy to install. No digging, cutting or drilling."
 The Mounting Kit includes a Mounting Bracket, Mailbox Post and steel stake. Consumers simply drive the stake into the ground, then the post slips over the stake and bolts in place, and the mounting bracket bolts to the post. The Roughneck(TM) Mailbox then snaps into the bracket without any tools. You can purchase the Mounting Bracket separately and it works with other standard mailboxes, not just those made by Rubbermaid.
 Plastic is gradually replacing metal as the choice for mailboxes and toolboxes, just as it has for refuse containers. Rubbermaid's Roughneck(TM) Mailbox line is made to withstand high heat and sub-zero temperatures. Made of high-impact plastic, the models designed for post mounting come in small, medium and large sizes.
 The two larger sizes will hold magazines flat and feature a bright yellow flag to alert homeowners when mail has arrived. (The flag pops up when the door is opened). A large, easy-grip door with a wide overhang helps keep contents protected from inclement weather.
 All three mailboxes have a red flag you can place in the up position if you wish to alert postal carriers there is mail to pick up.
 All three mailboxes come in black and white; the two larger sizes also come in colonial blue. Expected retails run about $14.99 for the Small Mailbox (Item No. 7271), $22.99 for the Medium (No. 7272) and $24.99 for the Large (Item No. 7274).
 A little tip from Rubbermaid to help out your postal carrier: Avoid planting roses or other plants with thorns near mailboxes. Similarly, extremely fragrant flowers which attract bees could also be a problem. Nasty dogs-- Keep them in the house. Some postal carriers carry dog biscuits to assist with uninvited encounters.
 -0- 3/25/93 R
 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Mailbox photography is available from Blue Heron Communications, 800-643-3490/
 /CONTACT: Linda L. Whyte, of Rubbermaid Incorporated, 216-264-6464, ext. 2364/
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CO: Rubbermaid, Incorporated ST: Ohio IN: HOU SU: PDT

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