Installing Bollards using Anchor Castings

Decorative bollards can be installed in new concrete with an embedded anchor casting. These bollards may be used to define architectural perimeters, create architectural highlights, and act as visual traffic guidance devices. By placing an anchor casting and pouring concrete around it, a bollard can be easily installed with Reliance Foundry’s mounting hardware.


1 Bollard Base 1
2 Bollard Cap 1
3 Anchor Casting 1″ (includes a plug covering top hole) 1
4 Threaded Bar 1″ 1
5 Washer 1″ 1
6 Hex Nut 1″ 1
7 Hexagon Socket Set Screw 3
8 Plastic Plug 3


3/16″ Hex Key 1-1/2″ Wrench
Dirt Tamper Duct Tape
Measuring Tape


  • To protect the finish, keep bollards in original packaging until the exact moment of installation.
  • Handle with care to avoid scratching or damaging bollard surfaces as abrasions will lead to rust.
  • Once scratched, bollards cannot be repaired to original form without re-finishing the entire surface.
A diagram of parts you will need for installing bollards in new concrete using anchor castings

Before 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.

Check for hazards
Always check for hazards such as water pipes, gas lines, and underground wiring before digging.

Prepare the site for concrete
Please consult your local Building Code Department to determine the recommended digging depth below the frost line in your area. The new concrete footing must reach this recommended digging depth.

Note: If the frost line is less than 12″ below surface level, dig to a minimum depth of 12″. This is recommended in order to create stability.

The diameter of the hole differs based on the bollard model. Refer to product drawings to determine specific measurements.

Center the auger on the installation mark and bore a hole to the required depth and diameter.

A diagram showing an auger digging a hole to the required depth and diameter

Ensure the area is properly formed to create a perimeter that will hold wet concrete.

Use a dirt tamper to compact the soil below the intended surface.

A diagram showing how to dig the area receiving the anchor, and using a dirt tamper to compact the soil

Prepare the anchor casting for designated location
If the surrounding area is quite dirty or dusty, cover the bottom hole of the anchor casting with duct tape to prevent debris from entering the threaded area. The top hole should already be covered with the plug (A).

Place the anchor casting in designated location and ensure that the top of the casting will be flush with the finished surface of the concrete grade (the anchor casting is 4″ high).

The top of the anchor casting must be level.

A diagram showing that the anchor casting is flush with the finished surface concrete. The threaded hole area is covered with the plug which is labelled, "A", on the diagram.

Pour The Concrete

Mix and pour the concrete
Ensure that the proper ratio of water and concrete mix is used—the concrete should have a similar texture to moldable clay.

Pour the concrete evenly, ensuring surface is level, and avoid disrupting the anchor casting.

A diagram showing the concrete being poured into the site

Allow the concrete to cure
A minimum of 2–3 days should be given for concrete to cure before beginning construction projects on new concrete surfaces.

Note: Moisture in the environment and cool temperatures can significantly slow the process

Secure the Bollard

Place the bollard near the anchor casting
Keep the bollard in its protective packaging. After ensuring the concrete surface has fully cured, carefully place the bollard beside each anchor casting.

When ready to install, remove the bollard’s protective packaging.

Remove the plug (A) from the top hole of the anchor casting.

Set the bollard over the anchor casting
Set the bollard base upright and maneuver it so the center lines up with the threaded hole in the anchor casting.

Lower the threaded rod and tighten
Lower the threaded rod through the bollard base.

A diagram showing the threaded rod being lowered down through the bollard base

Continue to thread the rod into the anchor casting.

Tighten* the threaded rod by hand until it is secure in the anchor casting.

A diagram showing the threaded rod being lowered into the anchor casting below and then hand tightened until it is secure

Secure the bollard
Place the washer over the threaded rod so that it rests on top of the shaft of the bollard.

Apply the 1″ nut to the threaded rod and use a wrench to tighten until the bollard is secure.

A diagram showing the 1" nut being applied to the threaded rod and tightened with a wrench until secure

Secure the bollard cap
Remove bollard cap from its packaging.

Place the cap on the top of the shaft of the bollard.

Secure and align the cap to the bollard base with the three set screws. Tighten in equal amounts to ensure that the cap remains centered.

A diagram showing a set screw being tightened with an Allen key to secure and align the cap to the bollard base

Place the plastic plugs (B) over the set screws.

A diagram showing the plastic polyethylene plugs, labelled "B", on top of the set screws


Inspect the installation
From a distance, examine the plane of view.

Ensure the bollard is plumb.

Check the bollard for any signs of surface damage
Abrasions should be covered as soon as possible to prevent rust and ensure the proper life of the bollard. For damage repair or other servicing needs, please contact Reliance Foundry’s sales department.

Care and maintenance

Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Reliance Foundry’s bollards are finished with long-lasting powder coating. In most North American environments, routine inspections and cleaning will ensure that bollards retain their aesthetic appeal. Proper care and maintenance are required to maintain the finish and ensure a full service life.

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*Recommended tightness is until the threaded rod reaches a depth of approximately 1″ in the anchor casting.

Diagram of decorative bollard installed with anchor castings in new concrete
Decorative bollards can be installed with embedded anchor castings in new concrete.