What Should We Pay Attention to Bollard Installation?

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Bollards control traffic to protect vehicles, workers, pedestrians and buildings from danger. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a variety of bollards and barriers. Consulting with a professional and considering why you will be using the bollards will help you find the best product to ensure safety for your site. Before you learn how to install bollards, you need to learn how to prepare for the installation. For any type of bollard, you will need to prepare the site so your bollard will stand up straight and function properly. However, what should we pay attention to bollard installation?

Bollard Installation

Check for Hazard

Before digging, check for underground hazards, like pipes, gas lines and wiring. Usually, site plans provide this information, if not please contact a professional before you do any digging.


Drill the Holes for Bollard Bolts

Center the drill bit. Mark centers with a smaller drill. Drill to the full depth of the drill bit.


Clean the Site

After drilling holes and mixing cement, you may find dirt and debris has infiltrated your worksite, blocking your vision and interrupting the placement of your bollards. Use a broom, pressure washer or blow-out pump to clean the concrete surface before you begin installing the pipe bollard. Vacuum any water or debris that may be on site.


Make Concrete Base

If you're installing a bollard in any surface other than concrete, you need to create a concrete base. Concrete is least affected by changing weather and less likely to deteriorate. Your bollard needs a stable platform that only concrete can provide. Follow these steps to create a concrete base:

· Cut the tubing for the base: The tubing must have a diameter equal to or larger than that of the bollard base. Cut the concrete base to the correct length, so when it's installed on the site, its top will be in line with the finished surface.

· Leave space for landscaping: When installing a decorative base in a landscaped area, leave enough space at the top of the current surface for landscaping material to be added on later. Discuss the plans with your landscaper to figure out how much space is needed.

· Make the concrete: Next, create concrete with water and concrete mix. Use the manufacturer's directions on the label as necessary. The goal is to have a similar texture to moldable clay. Add a half-gallon of water to make the mix a little moister. Doing this will cause the concrete to flow smoothly and fully pack the hole.

· Pour concrete evenly over the base: Fill the hole completely until it's level with the surface.

· Place the anchor casting inside the concrete form: Cover the bottom hole with duct tape, so debris does not infiltrate the area. Lower the anchor casting into the concrete form. Continue pouring the concrete until the form is filled and level with the surface.

· Let the concrete cure: Allow two to three days for the concrete to cure before continuing. In case of moisture or cool temperatures, you may have to wait longer. Apply landscaping material as desired around the concrete form after the curing period is complete.

Make Concrete Base

How to Find Bollard Installation Contractors Near You

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