Steel poles can used for many purposes such as flag poles or post markers. In most cases, you should dig a hole and set the pole in concrete to stabilize it. This presents new challenges, however, if you are mounting a pole on a surface that is already concrete. The task is essentially the same, but you are now digging into concrete instead of soil. This requires special tools, and consulting a professional beforehand is recommended.
Things You'll Need
- Hammer drill
- Carbide tip
- Protective clothing
- Face mask
- Air hose
- Concrete mix
Drill a hole in the concrete up to a foot or two wider than the pole itself and as deep as a third of the pole's length. You need a hammer drill with a carbide masonry tip; drill straight down and slowly.
Clear away all concrete dust from the hole using an air hose.
Mix quick-drying cement according to the exact instructions on the concrete bag.
Fill the hole with the wet cement.
Insert the steel pole into the hole and concrete, positioning it straight up. Smooth and scrape away the cement that comes up the hole using a trowel.
Wait for the concrete to dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear gloves, a face mask and other protective clothing when handling machinery such as a hammer drill.
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