Installing Metal Decorative Bollard Covers using Threaded Rods

Protect your pipe bollards while enhancing their aesthetic appearance. Metal decorative bollard covers add a sleek, contemporary design element to pre-installed pipe bollards. In this installation method, decorative bollard covers are installed using threaded rods secured into new concrete inside the pipe bollards. Please note that this method is only usable for steel pipe bollards without any pre-existing fill so be sure to check this before proceeding.

It is important to note that Reliance Foundry’s bollard covers are primarily decorative. Adding bollard covers to existing pipe bollards will not affect impact resistance. The level of impact resistance is directly related to the original installation.

PARTS LIST

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1Decorative Bollard Cover1
2Decorative Bollard Cap1
3Threaded Bar 1″1
4Washer 1″1
5Hex Nut 1″2
6Hexagon Socket Set Screw3
7Plastic Plug3

Installation Equipment

3/16″ Hex Key1-1/2″ Wrench
ShovelMeasuring Tape

NOTE

  • To protect the finish, keep bollard covers in original packaging until the exact moment of installation.
  • Handle with care to avoid scratching or damaging bollard cover surfaces as abrasions will lead to rust.
Diagram showing the parts list

Before installation

  • Inspect the pipe bollard

    Examine the pre-installed pipe bollard for signs of damage. Any rust should be removed, and abrasions should be covered as soon as possible. If the damage is beyond repair, a new pipe bollard may need to be installed.

    Ensure the pipe bollard does not have any pre-existing concrete fill. Hold a level vertically against the side of the pipe bollard and ensure that it is plumb. If the pipe is not plumb, it may need to be reinstalled, or the cover will not sit properly.

    Note: Any damage or tilting of the pipe bollard can affect the performance of the bollard cover.

Diagram showing a level vertically against the side of the pre-existing pipe bollard to ensure it is plumb

Clean and dry the pipe bollard
Brush or wipe the surface of the pipe bollard. Debris can offset measurements and the placement of the bollard cover.

Fill the pipe bollard with concrete
Mix the concrete. Ensure that the proper ratio of water and concrete mix is used. The concrete should have a similar texture to moldable clay.

Using a shovel, fill the pipe bollard with concrete leaving approximately 1″ of the top clear.

Create a flat surface at the top of the pipe bollard.

Pipe bollard is filled with concrete leaving 1" of the top clear

Clean the surface of the pipe bollard
Use a cloth to clean off any residue, dust, or debris.

Install the bollard cover

There are two options for installing the bollard cover and inserting the threaded rod. Option 1: Insert the threaded rod after bollard cover placement, or Option 2: Insert the threaded rod prior to bollard cover placement.

Option 1 (insert threaded rod after bollard cover placement)

Prepare the bollard cover for installation
Keep the bollard cover in its protective packaging and place near the installation site.

When ready to install, remove its protective packaging.

Set the bollard cover
Lift the bollard cover and carefully lower over the pipe bollard so that the pipe bollard is centered in the bollard cover’s shaft.

Note: Metal bollard covers can be heavy—to prevent accidents and injuries, ensure the proper resources are available to lift bollard covers into place or onto their mountings.

Diagram showing the bollard cover lowered over the pipe bollard

Prepare the threaded rod
Fix the 1″ nut to the bottom portion of the threaded rod.

Lower the threaded rod
Push the threaded rod into the concrete down the center of the pipe bollard—leaving an allowance at the top for the washer and 1″ nut to be applied later.

Note: If the threaded rod will not fit through the center hole of the bollard cover, remove the 1″ nut from the bottom, then insert the rod through the center hole. Once the rod is partially inserted, apply the 1″ nut to the bottom of the rod through the opening of the bollard cover.

Diagram showing the threaded rod lowered into the pipe bollard

Measure the total distance from the surface grade to the top of the threaded rod. Ensure that this total distance does not exceed the maximum bar height in the product drawing.

Note: The maximum bar height differs based on the bollard cover model. Refer to product drawings to determine specific measurements.

Option 2 (insert threaded rod prior to bollard cover placement)

Prepare the bollard cover for installation
Keep the bollard cover in its protective packaging and place near the installation site.

When ready to install, remove the protective packaging.

Prepare the threaded rod
Fix the 1″ nut to the bottom portion of the threaded rod.

Lower the threaded rod
Push the threaded rod into the concrete down the center of the pipe bollard—leaving an allowance at the top for the washer and 1″ nut to be applied later.

Check that the threaded rod is centered and ensure it is plumb.

 

Threaded rod is shown inside the center of the pipe bollard with an allowance at the top

Place the bollard cover over the pipe bollard
Lift the bollard cover and carefully lower it over the pipe bollard and threaded rod.

Ensure the pipe bollard is centered in the bollard cover’s shaft and the bollard cover is plumb.

Note: Metal bollard covers can be heavy—to prevent accidents and injuries, ensure the proper resources are available to lift bollard covers into place or onto their mountings.

Diagram showing the bollard cover lowered over the pipe bollard and threaded rod

Measure the total distance from the surface grade to the top of the threaded rod. Ensure that this total distance does not exceed the maximum bar height in the product drawing.

Note: The maximum bar height differs based on the bollard cover model. Refer to product drawings to determine specific measurements.

Secure the bollard cover and cap

Apply the washer and nut
Place the washer over the threaded rod so that it rests on top of the shaft of the bollard cover.

Apply the 1″ nut to the threaded rod and hand tighten.

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 cover
Use a wrench to further tighten the 1″ nut until the bollard cover is secure.

Diagram showing the washer over the threaded rod and a 1 inch nut applied and tightened with a wrench

Secure the bollard cover cap
Remove the bollard cover cap from its packaging.

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

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

Diagram showing the bollard cap secured onto the base with three set screws

Place the plastic plugs over the set screws.

Diagram showing the plastic plugs placed over the set screws

Inspect

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

Ensure the bollard is plumb.

Check the bollard cover 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.

Diagram showing a metal decorative bollard cover fixed onto a pipe bollard using a threaded rod
Metal decorative bollard covers can be installed onto pipe bollards using a threaded rod.