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Frequently Asked Questions
What are bollards?
Bollards are short vertical posts or pillars that are used to control vehicular, pedestrian or cycling traffic. They are often made of steel, stainless steel, polyurethane or cast-iron, and are installed in areas where traffic control is necessary. Bollards are commonly used in public areas such as parks, towns, and greenways, and they come in various shapes, sizes, and colors.
What are the different types of bollards?
There are several different types of bollards, each with its own unique features and applications:
- Fixed - As the name suggests, thease bollards are a perminant fixture, usually buried in concrete or bolted directly to the surface. "Buried" bollards have an elogated "root" section for added strength and security. "Bolt-Down" bollards have a flanged section to recieve bolts.
- Removable - Secured in a Retention Socket (sleeve) rather than perminantly fixed. The bollard can be released from the sleeve and removed to allow for easy replacement, maintenance or access control.
- Retractable/Telescopic - A retractable bollard can be lowered into the ground when not in use, allowing vehicles or pedestrians to pass over it. When raised, it serves as a physical barrier to prevent unauthorised access to a designated area. They are typically operated using a key or remote control.
How do I install a Retention Socket?
1. Prepare hole at least 75mm deeper than the overall height of the RS socket. If depth for RS socket cannot be achieved, unit can be shortened on site. Please contact us for technical support.
2. Compact at least 75mm of MOT type I granular material in base of hole.
3. Position RS socket in centre of hole. For cabled installations connect ducting from remote chamber to swivel bend on RS socket and tighten wing bolts. Leave draw cord in base of RS socket.
4. Rotate the RS socket head into the required orientation. Remove locking lid, loosen the two M 16 locking setscrews and remove the pedestrian plug.
5. Install a levelling post (stump pole) in the RS socket, fasten the locking set-screws and replace the locking chamber lid.
6. Surround with the required amount of concrete (ST4 mix or stronger).
7. Use stump pole to achieve a vertical level.
8. Once vertical level is achieved, compact concrete. Once concrete has been compacted and has begun to cure, carefully remove stump pole and lock the pedestrian plug in place.
9. Replace the locking chamber lid and secure in position. Finish footway with required surface when concrete has cured.
Are there any regulations regarding bollards?
Yes, there are regulations in Ireland regarding the installation of bollards. These regulations are aimed at ensuring that bollards are installed safely and do not pose a risk to the public. Some of the regulations related to bollards in Ireland include:
- Planning permission: In some cases, planning permission may be required for the installation of bollards, especially in areas with historical or cultural significance.
- Safety standards: Bollards must be installed to meet safety standards set by the relevant authorities. This includes ensuring that bollards are strong enough to withstand impact and that they are visible to road users and pedestrians.
- Accessibility: Bollards must be installed in a way that does not obstruct access to footpaths, cycle lanes, or other public areas.
- Signage: Bollards should be clearly marked with signs or road markings to warn road users of their presence.
- Maintenance: Bollards must be regularly maintained to ensure that they continue to function properly and do not pose a risk to the public.
It is important to consult with local authorities and follow relevant regulations when installing bollards in Ireland.
How do I choose the right bollards?
- Purpose: Determine the purpose of the bollards, such as traffic control, security, or aesthetics.
- Location: Consider the location where the bollards will be installed, such as paths, carparks, or entrances. Different locations may require different types of bollards, such as fixed or removable.
- Material: Bollards can be made of different materials, such as steel, polyurethane, cast-iron etc... Consider the level of security required and the durability of the material.
- Height and diameter: Choose the appropriate height and diameter of the bollard based on the intended purpose and the level of security required.
- Visibility: Bollards should be visible to road users and pedestrians. Consider choosing bollards with reflective markings or LED lighting for increased visibility.
- Compliance with regulations: Ensure that the chosen bollards comply with local regulations and safety standards.
- Maintenance: Consider the maintenance requirements of the chosen bollards to ensure they continue to function properly and do not pose a risk to the public.
How do I maintain my bollards?
Proper maintenance is important to ensure that bollards continue to function properly and do not pose a risk to the public. Here are some tips for maintaining bollards:
- Regular inspection: Inspect the bollards on a regular basis to check for any damage or wear and tear. This includes checking the base, the stem, and the top of the bollard.
- Cleaning: Clean the bollards regularly to remove dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can cause damage or affect the appearance of the bollards.
- Lubrication: Lubricate the moving parts of the bollards, such as hinges and locks, to ensure smooth operation.
- Repair or replace damaged parts: If any part of the bollards is damaged or worn out, repair or replace the damaged parts immediately to prevent further damage or failure.
- Paint touch-up: Touch up any paint chips or scratches to prevent rust or corrosion.
- Winter care: In areas where snow and ice are common, bollards should be cleared of snow and ice buildup to prevent damage.
- Keep records: Keep a record of maintenance activities and inspections to track the condition of the bollards over time.