Why is there a three inch pipe filled with concrete sticking out of my garage floor? We've ruled out the obvious explanations: missle launcher, coffee table, NSA listening post, and Mario shortcut.

So what is it, and more importantly, can it be removed?

picture of pole

Edit: Thanks, Alaska Man, for providing the name of the thing: bollard.

  • How old is house? Did it once have an oil furnace? – Wayfaring Stranger Jul 13 '13 at 20:53
  • It was built in 2000. – Patrick McElhaney Jul 13 '13 at 20:59
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    So not oil tank. Does it protect the hot water heater, or whatever that is behind it, from being whacked by an automobile? – Wayfaring Stranger Jul 13 '13 at 21:04
  • That's what I've always assumed. I'm wondering whether it could be removed, if for example, a wall closed off that part of the garage. – Patrick McElhaney Jul 13 '13 at 21:24
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    It is called a "Bollard", specifically an impact resistant bollard. – Alaska Man Mar 1 at 18:37

This is to protect vehicles from damaging gas appliances that lie beyond. This is a code requirement in many jurisdictions, probably including yours, as most builders don't do anything they don't have to.

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    "most builders don't do anything they don't have to." Including apparently making appliance protection posts cosmetically attractive. :) – Steve Fallows Jul 13 '13 at 23:30
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    Yep, somebody should have primed it and painted it at least. White or grey would have been acceptable. – Fiasco Labs Jul 14 '13 at 0:14

Mine are perfectly square and painted black. I have one which protects the water heater and one on the other side protecting the furnace. I am sure code requires them, as I do not believe a builder would add anything that is not required. Just slap some paint on it to make it a bit more aesthetically pleasing.

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  • So you have an opinion about them because you trust builders. That's not really an answer - and I suggest your faith may be a little too high... – The Evil Greebo Jul 14 '14 at 10:42

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