Do You Need Bollards Installed in Sacramento?

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Do You Need Bollards Installed in Sacramento?

 

You may not know what a bollard is by name, but you have surely seen them around town. In Sacramento, we can see many different types and styles installed for a variety of reason. They do serve many purposes, you may have a need for one yourself.

A bollard originated as a post on a ship for mooring. We see it today as a post to block autos from passing into an area, we see them as a protective obstruction to light posts and electronic equipment or to protect areas in a warehouse from forklift and heavy machinery damage. We see them used also as a pedestrian lighting, traffic gates and playgrounds.

As you can see they can be very effective in protecting people and property from damage. We recently installed two bollards in a parking lot to protect a stucco column that holds up a carport. We didn't install them anywhere else on the property, this column is the only one that has gotten hit hard – it has happened 3 times in less than 2 years.

Rather than paying me to repair or rebuild the car port column, I convinced the management that it made more sense to install a couple of 4” galvanized steal pipes to help protect the property and save them money. After paying me several times to fix this area of carport, they liked the idea.

The stamped concrete parking lot had to be saw cut to allow the digging for the post. Each post required a 36” deep hole for strength. Once set in the concrete, we filled the post itself with concrete for additional strength. Overfilling and rounding the top prevents water from puddling on top. Of course the bollards will be painted a caution yellow and probably some reflective tape so it can be seen at night.

While this will provide a lot of protection, it probably could not withstand the force of a 25 ton garbage truck. The important thing is that it will hold up against a lot of force. You may have a need for this kind of bollard, contact a qualified general contractor before trying it yourself. In Sacramento, Tromler Construction may be able to help in installing bollards on your property.

 

 

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Laura Cerrano
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Guaranteed I would call you if I lived in Sacramento!

Aug 20, 2014 04:55 PM #1
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I would love to help you Laura, maybe one day that will happen.  :)

Aug 20, 2014 05:05 PM #2
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Judith Parker
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Good morning Tom ... now I know what those are.  They place these in garages to prevent cars from bumping the water heater.  Have a great day.

Aug 20, 2014 06:15 PM #3
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Builders forget the bollards so often to protect gas meters or AC units behind townhouses, and when I point it out they act like I'm nuts...

Aug 20, 2014 08:47 PM #4
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Perfect example Judith, I have one in my garage there too!

Aug 20, 2014 10:04 PM #5
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Great example of how the bollard can protect these assemblies that could easily be bumped and damaged by a vehicle Jay.

Aug 20, 2014 10:06 PM #6
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning Tom,

I never knew this is what they were call.

I know that when a vehicle comes in contact with one the language is unbearable at times.

Make yourself a great day.

Aug 20, 2014 10:13 PM #7
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The bollards can bring out a loud response if challenged Raymond!  :)

Aug 20, 2014 10:46 PM #8
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Tom, These are required by code in our town if a gas HVAC unit is in a garage. I never knew what the right word for them was so I do now.

Aug 20, 2014 11:07 PM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Tom. I had never heard this term before so you taught me something today.

Aug 20, 2014 11:32 PM #10
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Janell Kittleson
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I didn't know what these were called, but my parents truck sure learned how they feel when I almost took one out in bank drive through at 17.  Good thing they were there or I might have taken the teller's machine with me.  :)

Aug 21, 2014 02:54 AM #11
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Great post Tom and if I lived in Sacramento you would be the man I would call to have bollards installed.

Aug 21, 2014 03:26 AM #12
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Tom,

Thanks to you, I know know what a bollard is and for what purpose too! I haven't seen any in my area; however, I saw them in other cities. I never knew what they were for and wondered about them. Thanks to you, I"m smarter today than I was five minutes ago!

Aug 21, 2014 04:07 AM #13
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Tom, for sharing this situation and a good solution. Bollards can also be a good idea when equipment is installed near parking spaces.

Aug 21, 2014 05:59 AM #14
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Cindi t

Could these be used on a corner lot home to prevent a car into a house.....which has happened twice???? And are they permissible?????

May 18, 2019 12:30 PM #15
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Cindi t

Could these be used on a corner lot home to prevent a car into a house.....which has happened twice???? And are they permissible?????

May 18, 2019 12:30 PM #16
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Cindi t

Could these be used on a corner lot home to prevent a car into a house.....which has happened twice???? And are they permissible?????

May 18, 2019 12:31 PM #17
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There are many things to consider here Cindi, like why are these vehicles coming toward your home? This is not normal but there can be many reasons. So lets assume it will happen again.

The bollards shown in this post would do little to stop a vehicle speeding through your neighborhood. Can bollards be installed to withstand a greater force? Absolutely! You would have to decide what force are you trying to stop. The speed and weight of the vehicle that you expect to get hit with.

Let's say that you want to stop a vehicle traveling 30 mph and weighing 5,000 lb.... this what require a certain size bollard in height and diameter, with a large underground matrix of re-bar and concrete to hold the bollards upright on impact. The greater the speed and weight, the larger and stronger the design.

Is it permissible? I don't think there would be opposition from the local building department. If the design were pleasing to the eye, the neighbor would also be on-board with the idea. Think of all the commercial and government building who have high standards of protection surriunding there buildings, they are almost unnoticeable because the protection fits into the design.

So the next thing to consider, what are you willing to pay for this protection? The higher the protection and pleasing appearance, the greater the cost!

Hope this helps.

 

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