Installing Bike Lockers
Reliance Foundry’s plastic bike lockers feature an interior flange that allows them to be easily installed on concrete surfaces.
Reliance Foundry’s model R-8285 bike locker provides the optimal level of bicycle storage protection. Perfect for areas where there may be a heightened need for extended storage and additional security, its rugged, box-like construction protects cycles from the elements and thwarts the efforts of would-be thieves and vandals. It is composed of recyclable plastic and designed in a style that will compliment every streetscape. With an interior flanged-base, the model R-8285 can easily be installed in existing concrete surfaces in a matter of minutes. The one-of-a-kind design also allows the lockers to be interlocked or stacked, if needed. Five model R-8285 bike lockers will fit perfectly into a 90 degree corner while ten units will make a perfect circle and 20 a full circle. If needed, the lockers can even be stacked on top of one another.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
- 7/8” Masonry Drill Bit
- Small Masonry Chisel
- Can of water for cleaning drill bit
- Masonry Nail (optional)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
- Ensure that underground utility lines and pipes pose no risk:
Because installing bike lockers requires penetration of the concrete surface, it advisable to check for water pipes, gas lines and underground wiring. A core drill, in advance of an x-ray, may be required. Taking the proper safety precautions can help to eliminate expensive “down time” and prevent accidents.
- Clean surface:
Dirt and debris can affect the line of sight and disrupt placement of the bike locker. Use a broom, an electric leaf blower or a pressure washer to clean the surface of the concrete on which the bike locker will be placed.
- Study site plans:
Site plans are generally created by the architect of the project. The architect will mark the intended location of the bike locker on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended position of the bike locker.
- Place the bike locker in its designated location:
Create drill-markings for each bolt that will be used to secure the locker in position. There are no set positions for where the bolts must be placed but, for the most secure results, it is recommended that the markings be placed near the front, rear and middle of the lockers longest walls. The markings should also be made far enough away from the wall to allow for the use of a rotary hammer and wrench.
Drilling the holes
- Set the depth control on the Hammer Drill (or Rotary Hammer) to 3⅝”
Most hammer drills have a depth setting or depth control bar. If depth control is not available, use masking tape to mark 3⅝”on the masonry bit.
- Drill the hole
Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole that has a one inch diameter and a depth of 3⅝”. Drill on high speed, using the hammer function if available. Check the masonry bit often to ensure it remains debris-free.
If the masonry bit becomes clogged with concrete dust, rinse it in the can of water. If an overly hard patch of concrete is encountered, it can be broken with a masonry nail and hammer.
Securing the Bike Locker
- Tap a concrete anchor into each hole:
Ensure that perforated side faces down and use a hammer to drive the anchor until its top sits flush with the surface of the concrete. This will set the anchor in place.
- Begin securing the bike locker:
Place fender washers over the holes and set the bolts into place. Then, use a ¾” wrench to tighten the bolts.
- Inspect the installation:
At a distance, examine the plain of view. The bike locker should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete.
Care and Maintenance
Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Model R-8285 bike lockers are created from a highly-durable, recyclable plastic that is exceptionally easy to care for. They will not fade and, in most environments, they will maintain their original appearance form of twenty years. In most cases, the model R-8285 bike locker can be simply rinsed with hose water to remove dirt and other debris. For more difficult-to-remove dirt, a mild soap can be used along with a cloth. It is important to rinse the rinse the soap after washing to avoid staining the bike locker. Many users have also found Windex to be an effective agent for removing set-in stains. Bike lockers should be washed regularly as required by the specifics of each site and dirt and debris should be removed whenever it is noticed.