Installing Decorative Bollards with Removable Mountings in Existing Concrete
Install concrete inserts in existing concrete
With Reliance Foundry’s economy Removable Mounting Kit, most decorative bollards can made “readily removable” and classic-looking ductile iron bollards can become devices for controlling differing access needs. When installed with this mounting system, a bollard can be removed by simply unfastening a padlock and removing a pin that runs through the center of the bollards base. Once the bollard is removed, the mounting system remains but with its low height, it does not obstruct vehicular traffic. The economy removable mounting kit allows the convenience and flexibility of removable bollards to be combined with aesthetics of traditional bollards.
With this installation method, the bollard is intended to act as solely visual traffic deterrent that will restrict or limit access to particular areas. It is important to note that, with this installation method, the bollard will offer little impact resistance.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Chalk Line
- 1" Masonry Drill Bit
- Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
- Dirt Tamper (optional)
- 1½" (38mm) Wrench
- ⅜" (9mm) Allen Key
- 1" Masonry Drill Bit
- Small Masonry Chisel
- Touch-Up Paint (can be easily sourced at automotive part stores)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
* NOTE: Bollards should be left in their packaging until the exact moment of installation
- Study the 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.
- Designate where each bollard will stand:
If the bollards are intended to be installed to create a uniform-looking straight line, many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line. This will help determine the center-point of each security post that will hold a bollard. The center-point of each security post should be marked with chalk, spray-paint or a felt pen.
- Anchor Castings - Place the anchor castings in their designated locations:
Cover the threaded hole on the anchor casting with the plug that is provided. Remember that the anchor casting is 4” high; ensure that the top of the casting will be flush with the finished surface of the concrete grade. Ensure that the top of the anchor casting is level. Some contractors use a brick to create a level surface for the anchor casting to rest on (again, please remember that the top of the anchor casting should be flush with the concrete grade after it is poured).
- Concrete Inserts – Drill the hole:
Create pilot holes using a small masonry chisel. This will prevent the rotary hammer from drifting while boring the hole. Set the depth control on the Hammer Drill (or Rotary Hammer) to 4”. Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole that has a 1-1/8” 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.
- Concrete Inserts – Tap the concrete anchor into the 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.
Installing the Bollard
- Set the mounting:
Place the mounting over the threaded rod or concrete insert. Place the washer over the threaded hole on the mount and Tighten the bolt until the mounting is secure.
- Place the bollard over the mounting:
Remove the bollard from its packaging and set it over the mounting. Insert the pin through the base of the bollard. It should extend through the mounting on which the bollard is centered. Fasten the padlock. Twist the bollard in a clockwise motion to lock it into position.
- Inspect the installation:
At a distance, examine the plain of view. All bollards should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete.
- Check the bollard for any signs of surface damage:
If the bollard was scratched or scraped during installation, it can be repaired with touch up paint, commonly found at automotive stores. Abrasions must be covered to avoid rust and ensure the proper life of the bollard.
Care and Maintenance
Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Reliance’s line of bollards are finished with a long-lasting powder-coating. This powder-coated finish will protect the bollard in typical North American climates, however, proper care and maintenance is required. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that a bollard retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.