How to Mount a Steel Pole on Concrete

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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
  • Gloves
  • Protective clothing
  • Face mask
  • Air hose
  • Concrete mix
  • Trowel
  • 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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