water heater protectionFor many people who have their water heater in the garage, you likely have a bollard protecting it from your car. A bollard is a steel pole attached to the slab and its job is to sacrifice itself to protect the water heater.

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There are times when the bollard will get bumped with the car. It usually won’t get damaged because it is filled with concrete. It will however get scraped up and for that you can just paint the pole. If you want to get fancy, you can install a bollard cover to dress it up.

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Bollard covers are basically plastic sleeves that fit over the pole. They come in a variety of colors and can have a rounded or square top. You can also buy them with an architectural styling, which would include ridges and textures other than just a flat surface.

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These install fairly quickly. The surface should be clean and free of dirt and oils. They come with adhesive strips that you wrap around the pole in several different locations. There is a lip and the strip that is angled downward. This allows you to push the bollard cover over the bollard, but it makes it difficult to remove.

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