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Installing Asset Protection Bollards

Reliance Foundry’s Asset Protection Bollards can be easily installed on existing concrete surfaces

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Reliance Foundry’s Asset Protection Bollards can be easily installed on existing concrete surfaces

Reliance Foundry’s Asset Protection Bollards are designed for use in warehouse and retail environments. They are often used to protect fridge corners, warehouse racks, entranceways, and exposed fixtures. With a mounting system held in place by lag bolts, asset protection bollards are easily installed and provide the perfect solution for preventing dents and dings at businesses.

Asset protection bollards are intended to act as low-impact traffic deterrents that safeguard equipment and merchandise from carts and cleaning equipment. It is important to note that, with this installation method, the bollard will offer little impact resistance.

Installation Equipment Required

  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
  • 1/2” Masonry Drill Bit
  • Small Masonry Chisel
  • Can of water for cleaning drill bit
  • Chalk
  • Chalk Line (optional)
  • Level
  • Caulking Gun
  • Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive (optional)
  • Impact Wrench
  • 5/8” Socket
  • 24” Pipe Wrench
  • Duct Tape
  • Hammer
  • Masonry Nail (optional)
  • Shop Vac (optional)

Surface Preparation and Determining Layout

  • Ensure that underground utility lines and pipes pose no risk:
    Because installing bollards requires penetration of the concrete surface, It is advisable to check the building plans for water pipes, gas lines and underground wiring. 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 bollards. Use a broom to clean the surface on which the bollard 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 each bollard on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the bollards.
  • Measure the placement of each bollard:
    Use chalk to mark the centre point of each threaded mount. Asset protection Bollards are generally placed near corners. If asset protection bollards are to be situated in a straight row, many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line to achieve a uniform look.
  • Designate your hole-markings:
    Place a threaded mount over each chalk marking so that bollard’s middle coincides with the centre line. Use chalk or a pen to create drill-markings for each bolt. If the concrete is exposed below where the threaded mount will sit, you may wish to use the masonry chisel to create small pilot holes. This will prevent the rotary hammer from drifting while boring the hole.

Drilling the holes

  • Set the depth control on the Hammer Drill (or Rotary Hammer) to 4”:
    Most hammer drills have a depth setting or depth control bar. If depth control is not available, use masking tape to mark 4”on the masonry bit.
  • Drill the hole:
    Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole with a ½” diameter and a depth of 4”. 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.
  • Clean the Concrete Surface:
    Use a broom to sweep away the concrete dust and, if available, use a shop vac to vacuum debris from the holes.

Securing the Bollard

  • Add Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive optional:
    In less than ideal circumstances, some installers have found it beneficial to use heavy-duty construction adhesive when installing asset protection bollards to increase the bond with the masonry. To apply, place the tip of the caulking gun into each hole and fill it half way with the adhesive Heavy duty construction adhesive is not included in the purchase of Asset Protection Bollards but it can be easily sourced at most hardware stores. Ensure that the adhesive will bond with masonry. Please note that it may be difficult to remove the bollards’ mounting after it has been set with heavy-duty construction adhesive.
  • Set the threaded mount over the holes:
    Insert the lag bolts and tighten them with the impact wrench. Ensure that the threaded rod sits flush with the floor’s surface.
  • Place the bollard over the threaded mount:
    Set the bollard over the threaded mount and turn in a clockwise motion until the base of the bollard is as close the floor as possible. Cover the grips of the pipe wrench with duct tape and, near the base, use it to tighten the bollard.
  • Inspect the installation:
    At a distance, examine the plain of view. All bollards should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete. Hold a level against the bollard and ensure that it is plumb with the concrete surface.

Care and Maintenance

Reliance Foundry’s line of asset protection bollards are constructed from highly durable stainless steel. Their composition resists corrosion and allows them to perform in typical retail and warehouse environments. Proper care and maintenance, however, is required. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that an asset protection bollard retains its aesthetic appeal.