When it comes to your outdoor fitness equipment, look for manufacturers that offer truly tamperproof products. When talking to equipment companies, ask how their equipment is tamperproof and what type of hardware is used.
Tip for a tamper-proof installation:
No matter what equipment you choose you will have to bolt equipment into concrete. Some outdoor fitness equipment manufacturers will supply anchoring hardware, while some will have a spec that is required to secure and support the unit. Many times with supplied hardware, “tamper-resistant anchors” are provided. These anchors come with a plastic or thin metal cap that covers the anchor bolt. Like with the equipment itself, these caps or covers are easily removed and once removed the hardware is exposed. With anchor bolts, anyone with a socket set can remove nuts, and therefore remove or damage equipment.
Regardless of the anchor used; wedge anchors, threaded rod with epoxy, sleeve anchors, etc. this tip will help secure your outdoor exercise equipment.
With your equipment in place and on the anchors, you will need to fully tighten a washer and nut to secure the unit. (We always recommend using stainless steel locking nuts or nylock nuts for your anchors). With all the nuts fully tightened down, there should be some thread from the anchor showing. With a metal chisel and hammer, damage the thread that is showing. This will cause what is known as thread galling or cold welding. Once a fastener has seized up from galling it is impossible to remove without cutting the bolt or splitting the nut.
You can't control what vandals will do, but by sourcing tamperproof outdoor fitness equipment, you can help prevent against malicious damage and mitigate additional costs and headaches typically associated with vandalism.
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