Installing Asset Protection Bollards
Reliance Foundry’s Asset Protection Bollards can be easily installed on existing concrete surfaces
Reliance Foundry’s Asset Protection Bollards are designed for indoor use in warehouse and retail environments. They are often used to protect fridge corners, warehouse racks, entranceways, and exposed fixtures. With a mounting system held in place by anchor bolts, asset protection bollards are easily installed and provide the perfect solution for preventing dents and dings at businesses.
Asset protection bollards are intended to act as low-impact traffic deterrents that safeguard equipment and merchandise from carts and cleaning equipment. It is important to note that, with this installation method, the bollard will offer little impact resistance.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
- 1⅛" Carbide-Tipped Masonry Drill Bit
- Small Masonry Chisel
- Can of Water for Cleaning Drill Bit
- Chalk Line
- 1½" (38mm) Wrench
- 7/16" Wrench
- Hammer (optional)
- Masonry Nail (optional)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
- Ensure that underground utility lines and pipes pose no risk:
Because installing bollards requires penetration of the concrete surface, it advisable to check for water pipes, gas lines and underground wiring. It is advisable to check the building plans. Taking the proper safety precautions can help to eliminate expensive “down time” and prevent accidents.
- Clean surface:
Dirt and debris can affect the line of sight and disrupt placement of the bollards. Use a broom to clean the surface on which the bollard will be placed.
- Study 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.
- Measure the placement of each bollard:
Use chalk to mark the centre point of each threaded mount. Asset protection Bollards are generally placed near corners. If asset protection bollards are to be situated in a straight row, many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line to achieve a uniform look.
- Designate your hole-markings:
Place a threaded mount over each chalk marking so that bollard’s middle coincides with the centre line. Use chalk or a pen to create drill-markings for each bolt. If the concrete is exposed below where the threaded mount will sit, you may wish to use the masonry chisel to create small pilot holes. This will prevent the rotary hammer from drifting while boring the hole.
Drilling the holes
- Set the depth control on the Hammer Drill (or Rotary Hammer) to 4”:
Most hammer drills have a depth setting or depth control bar. If depth control is not available, use masking tape to mark 4”on the masonry bit.
- Drill the hole:
Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole with a ?” 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.
Securing the bollard
- 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.
- Set the threaded mount over the concrete anchors:
Insert the screws and tighten the threaded mounting. Ensure that the threaded rod sits flush with the floor’s surface.
- Place the bollard over the threaded mount:
Set the bollard over the threaded mount and turn in a clockwise motion until the base of the bollard touches the floor’s surface. Hold a level against the bollard and ensure that it is plumb.
- Inspect the installation:
At a distance, examine the plain of view. All bollards should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete.
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.