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Sleeved Letter Plate Gold Effect 306 x 70mm (17381)

306 x 70mm. Suitable for wooden and uPVC doors. Brush seal.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 46 reviewers.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Good quality High quality item, easy to fit and easy to trim to fit a slimmer door. 26 Mar 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Letterbox a pefect fit Product was good build quality and fitted my door no problem. Hold the inner flap back with some tape or a mate while you screw the fixings together as the spring is pretty strong. No more flappy post box!!! Reliability only rated as GOOD as only just fitted it so only time will tell... 3 Feb 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not convinced Good looking and practical product spoiled by one of the tubes not being threaded to accept the screw which made it difficult to install 30 Jan 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Flapping annoyed Terrible! Fitted to a upvc door. It comes with no template but no problem as I'm good with measuring and fitting. So slot is made and holes drilled and it slots in without rubbing. Fitted ghe screws and hey presto....the darn thing is bowed in the centre just enough to stop the flaps closing flush to the seals! Took it apart and checked and sure enough the plastic is distorted. I didn't have time to take it back so put it in boiling water and wedged a piece of wood in it to reform it. 22 Jan 2016
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18 Jan 2016
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Hi Cbear,

the sleeve would need to be trimmed to the correct depth to fit in your door if it is too thick. But there are different styles of boxes that have different sleeve depths.

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21 Apr 2016
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there are 2 screws in 2 different sizes, which ones do I use where?
Is the part with the brush on for the inside or the outside of the door?

any help will be appreciated, I am a woman without a clue what to do!
8 Dec 2015
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The 2 different length set of screws are to accommodate different door thicknesses. The inside and outside letter plates are sleeved and telescopic allowing for a door thickness range of 37mm min. up to 78mm max. (you could go wider but then there would be a gap between the 2 halves and your mail could snag or even worse disappear inside the door if hollow PVCu door). Select the screws which best match your door. If needs be the longer ones have 2 'waisted' sections allowing you to cut these shorter with a hacksaw or bolt cutters (make sure the screws threads are not damaged before screwing in to the bush)

The half with the double brush strips goes on the inside of the door.

A simple guide to installing would be as follows:

Tools required:
a. Jigsaw or hand/padsaw
b. Ruler/tape measure
c. Pencil
d. Drill
e. 8mm dia drill bit
f. optional - hacksaw or bolt cutters if you need to shorten the longer waisted screws.

1. Mark the centre line of the door.
2. Mark out for the aperture required 262mm x 42mm check this against the larger of the 2 sleeved letter plates before cutting (remember the old adage - 'measure twice, cut once', to avoid irreversible mistakes!)
3. Drill starter holes in the four corners.
4. Cut out the aperture using a jigsaw or padsaw and clean up the hole to ensure the sleeves pass through. Protect the surface of the door during cutting if needs be e.g. use masking tape.
5. Mark out for the 2 No. holes for the fixing bushes at approx. 280mm centres, hold the outer plate in place and mark the position of the bushes on the door. (note: if preferred you could cut a slotted opening from the main aperture to go round the bushes, but I prefer the drilled holes as easier to do and holds the letter plate in position better).
6. Drill a min. 8mm diameter hole right through the door to suit the 2 No. bush positions
7. Fit the outer plate into position.
8. Fit the inner plate (with the brushes) into position, ensuring the gasket is in place and flat.
9. Open the inner flap, insert the suitable length screw through the centre hole and screw this into the bush on the outer half, repeat for the other side and tighten both screws.
10. Job done - easy and with minimal DIY skills and tools!
15 Dec 2015
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I'm seeking to replace one which looks the same and has 270mm centres. Thanks
7 Dec 2015
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Further to my earlier answer and having checked/measured back at home:

Distance between hole centres is 275mm

As suggested previously, you may be able to get this to fit your existing holes (on your 270mm centres), or possibly if you widen the holes it should just about go. Remembering that this item uses steel through bushes so you will need 2 No. 8mm dia. holes right through the door, to take the bush from the outside and the machine screw through from the inside.
17 Dec 2015
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Answer: 
The overall/outer width of the larger sleeve is 262 mm and the bushes are approx. 8-9mm out from that, so I make the bush/hole centres to be approx. 280mm between centres. I didn't measure directly between the holes so this is a close approximation. These letter boxes are usually made to the same standard sizes +/- a tolerance so you may find it just about squeezes in with your existing 270mm centres with a bit of fettling.

As mentioned in my other Q&A reply on how many holes/fixings - this item uses a tapped bush one side and machine screw the other to clamp the 2 halves together, so your holes will need to go right through the door.

The bushes are 7mm dia. so would need a though hole of 8mm dia or larger.
15 Dec 2015
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Here's a bit more info having got home and measured it:

The opening required in the door would be a minimum of 262mm wide x 42mm high, to suit the larger of the 2 telescopic sleeves.

The internal sleeve dimension (i.e. the maximum size package that will pass through) is as the product description (255 x 37mm).

The telescopic sleeve can accommodate a door thickness between:
37mm min. with both halves fully together
78mm max. with both halves just engaged by 1-2mm.
You could go wider but risk your post getting snagged on the sleeve edges or disappearing inside the door if hollow PVC type!

There are 2 alternative length screws to accommodate different door widths and the longer of these are 'waisted' in 2 places to allow them to be cut shorter with a hacksaw or bolt cutters if needs be.

You will also require 2 No. 8mm holes on 280mm centres approx. (please check against your outer half of the letter plate) for the screws/bushes to pass through the door.
15 Dec 2015
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Answer: 
If I've understood your question correctly, the sleeve dimension is the same as the aperture size specified by SF, i.e.:

Aperture size (W x H) 255 x 37mm

If you need the external dimensions of the sleeve (e.g. to know what size hole to cut), I don't have these to hand but it's a telescopic sleeve so if you allow an extra 3mm all round (to cover the thickness of the inner and outer halves of the 2 telescopic sleeves) - that should cover it.

(The overall size of the complete itemis 306 x 70mm as listed in 'view more information').
14 Dec 2015
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It has a 2 screw fixing on approx. 280mm wide centres. One half has a threaded steel bush x2, the other a through hole x2. Machine screws are provided and these pass through the hole and into the bush to clamp the 2 halves together. The inner and outer plates are therefore fixed to each other and not screwed/fixed to the door itself. I found it best to cut a square aperture for the aperture sleeve only and then drill 2 through holes say 8mm dia to suit the bushes and their screws. There are 2 different lengths of screw provided to allow for a thin door at the shortest setting or thicker doors at the longest setting possible.
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Specification
Colour Gold Effect
Fixings Supplied Fixings supplied
Pack Size 1
Pack Size 1
Pieces in Pack/Case 1
Product Height 70 mm
Product Length 306 mm
Product Type Sleeved Letter Plate

Aperture size (W x H) 255 x 37mm. Fixings supplied.