Installing Removable Bollards with Premium Retractable Mounts

Reliance Foundry’s decorative bollards can be made removable with premium retractable mounts. 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 bollard’s base. Once the bollard is removed, the mounting system conveniently retracts to become flush with the concrete surface. The premium removable mounting kit allows for both access control and aesthetic value.

With this installation method, the bollard is intended to act solely as a visual traffic deterrent to restrict or limit access to particular areas. It is important to note that the bollard will offer little impact resistance.

PARTS LIST

#PARTQTY
1Bollard Base1
2Bollard Cap1
3Retractable Removable Mount1
4Hexagon Socket Set Screw3
5Plastic Plug3
6Lock Pin1
7Padlock (optional)1

Installation Equipment

AugerDirt Tamper
LevelChalk/Marker
Measuring Tape3/16″ Hex Key

NOTE

  • 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.
Diagram showing the parts list

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. Choose this or 7-1/2″, whichever is greater. Then add a minimum 6″ for holding the drain rock.* This is your total digging depth.

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

Note: If the recommended digging depth below the frost line is greater than 7-1/2″, be sure to provide adequate drainage by piping through the concrete and connecting to the drain rock layer underneath.

Diagram showing a digging depth of 7-1/2 inches and an additional depth of minimum 6 inches for holding drain rock

Dig the site
Center the auger on the installation mark and bore 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.

Add the drain rock
Add the drain rock to the installation site.

Prepare the retractable mount for designated location
Place the retractable mount in the designated location and ensure that the top edge of the outer housing is flush to the surface grade.

Diagram showing the retractable mount in the site

Lift the handle of the inner housing and turn it to rest the lid in an upright position.

Orient the opening window to desired lock pin position.

Rest the lid of the inner housing in a closed position.

Pour the concrete

Mix and pour the concrete
Note: If the recommended digging depth below the frost line is greater than the depth of the receiver, be sure to provide adequate drainage by piping through the concrete and connecting to the drain rock layer underneath.

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. Concrete should be slightly raised up towards the top edge of the receiver to create a slight berm. Avoid disrupting the retractable mount.

Diagram showing the concrete poured in 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

Prepare the bollard
Ensure the concrete has cured.

Keep the bollard in its protective packaging. Carefully set the bollard near the installation site.

When ready to install, remove the protective packaging.

Set the bollard on top of the retractable mount
Lift the inner housing of the retractable mount and turn clockwise so it rests in an upright position.

Diagram showing the outer housing of the retractable mount

Place the bollard on top of the retractable mount.

Diagram showing the bollard on top of the retractable mount

Insert the lock pin
Align and insert the lock pin through the bollard base and through the outer housing window. Twist the bollard in a clockwise motion to secure into position. Fasten the padlock.

Diagram showing the lock pin through the bollard base and secured with a padlock

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.

Diagram showing the bollard cover cap aligned to the base with three set screws and tightened with hex key

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

Diagram showing the set screws covered with plastic plugs

Note: The bollard cap can remain intact when replacing or removing bollards in the future.

Inspect

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

Ensure the bollard is plumb to the surface, and the surface is flat.

Check the bollard for any signs of surface damage
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.

*Recommended depth for drain rock is a minimum of 6″. Depth will also depend on local soil conditions, weather conditions, and engineering requirements.
**Dirt tamping is not required if working on undisturbed soil.

Diagram of a removable bollard installed using a retractable mount
Removable bollards can be installed using retractable mounts.