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Installing Solar Bollards using Anchor Castings

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Reliance Foundry bollards can be installed by embedding anchor castings in new concrete. Anchor casting installation is recommended for decorative applications to create architectural perimeters and aesthetically enhance environments.

It is important to note that with this installation method, the lighting bollard will offer little impact resistance. The function of the bollard is primarily for lighting, and architectural or landscape highlighting. Solar bollards are self-contained devices and require minimal ongoing maintenance.






Bollard Base



Bollard Solar Light Cap



Anchor Casting 1″



Threaded Rod 1″



Washer 1″



Hex Nut 1″



Hexagon Socket Button Head Cap Bolt



Special Hex Key

Dirt Tamper

1-1/2″ Wrench


Measuring Tape

Duct Tape


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 frost line in your area.

You will be digging below the frost line; the new concrete footing must reach beyond this frost line.

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 should extend to a minimum of 10″.

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

Diagram showing an auger digging a hole

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.

Diagram showing a dirt tamper on the site

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.

Diagram showing the anchor casting in site and its top is flush with the grade and that the plug (A) is covering the hole

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.

Diagram showing concrete 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.

Diagram showing the threaded rod lowered through the bollard base

Continue to thread the rod into the anchor casting.

Tighten(1) the threaded rod by hand until it is secure in the anchor casting.

Diagram showing the threaded rod tightened in the anchor casting

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.

Diagram showing the nut applied to the threaded rod

Install the solar light cap

Connect the battery
With the lighting assembly still in its packaging, locate the battery’s wire plug and connect to the 2-pin socket attached to the light fixture.

Once connected, the lighting fixture will run a test pattern and flash for 3–5 seconds.

Note: If the light does not flash, please stop installation and contact Reliance Foundry’s sales department for assistance.

Secure the solar light cap
Remove solar light cap from its packaging.

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

Secure the solar light cap to the bollard base with the three bolts and tighten equally.

Note: For asymmetrical lighting, consider the lighting pattern. When attaching the solar light cap, twist it to the desired lighting pattern before bolting down.

Diagram showing three bolts securing the solar light cap to the bollard base


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
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.

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

Diagram of a solar bollard installed using anchor castings
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