How are pop-up bollards installed?

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So you’ve just purchased your first remote control parking bollard. Now what? Bollard installation may seem daunting, but it’s actually easy to do yourself!

If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of drilling into your parking spot yourself or simply don’t have the time, feel free to get in touch with us regarding your parking bollard installation. But if you’re feeling confident, or still need some convincing, read on. This article covers how to install your new bollard with ease.

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Tools Required:

Your automatic parking barrier comes supplied with just about everything you need for installation, namely the bollard and 3 hextop ankascrews. All you’ll need is a concrete drill with a 10 mm diameter drill bit.


Where can I install my pop-up bollard?

It is recommended you install your bollard in concrete. Concrete is resistant to weather changes, provides ample stability and is unlikely to deteriorate. You may be able to create a concrete base on other surfaces with a few more steps.


 Considerations before bollard installation:

There are a few things to keep in mind before installing your automatic bollard.


Legal Requirements:

For the sake of safety and to avoid bollard installations that interfere with susceptible underground pipes or wiring, there are a few building codes that regulate drilling depths. In Australia, this means drilling a hole just 50mm deep into the concrete to remain BCA compliant. This is all the depth you’ll need to ensure your That’s My Spot bollard is stable and secure and ready to protect your parking space.


Bollard Spacing:

Predetermining where your bollard will be relative to the parking spot or other bollards is important for two reasons. The first is merely for aesthetics and professionalism. A neatly aligned bollard in its parking spot is visually pleasing for motorists to drive up to.

The second is that there may be a few compliance factors you should take into consideration depending on how you use your bollards. For example, when bollards are thronged in a row to separate pedestrians from vehicles, they will need to be spaced apart such that wheelchair users can easily get through them.

To ensure accurate bollard spacing, you will need to measure and mark off the ideal spot your bollard should be installed relative to the parking spot it will be protecting, and any other adjacent bollards.


Potential Hazards:

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Before drilling into the ground, you should confirm what lies below. A quick glance at the location’s site plans should help you decide whether the location is safe to drill into.


Bonus for our automatic bollards:

What you won’t need to worry about is proximity to power sources, as all of our automatic bollards are battery powered!




Step by Step Automatic Bollard Installation:


Step 1:

Measure where you want the bollard installed relative to the parking spot or other bollards. Mark this spot. We usually recommend approximately one-third of the way into the car space, which in a typical parking space is approx. 1.2 metres from the entry point. But adjust according to your own parking space – if its super tight entry and exit, you might want to place it a touch further back.


Step 2:

Take the cover off the bollard, and place the base in your desired location. Mark where each of the three holes will go, either with chalk or a smaller drill bit. Use a concrete drill equipped with a 6mm diameter-wide drill bit to drill each hole to a depth of around 50mm, keeping you BCA compliant.


Step 3:

Give the holes and their immediate vicinity a quick clean to rid the area of debris.


Step 4:

Fit the three hextop ankascrews supplied with your automatic parking bollard and secure your bollard in place.


Easy! You’re all done. No one will ever park in your spot unless you want them to again.


Can I move my automatic bollard after installation?

Of course you can!



How do I uninstall my That’s My Spot bollard?

Remove the three ankascrews and you’re good to go. If you need to, you can fill the drill holes in with a bit of epoxy filler from your local hardware store to leave the spot as good as new.


Still need help?

Leave it to us! Our team installs bollards on a regular basis and would be happy to help get yours up and running.


Get in touch for a quick quote, or simply to get some advice on how to install your bollard DIY style.

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