Flagpoles are the standard for displaying our nation’s flag. You can buy a flagpole from a number of different manufacturers or you can build your own. Building a flagpole is easier than you might think. This method requires very little specialized labor.
Build the flagpole
- Buy one 5 foot length each of 1”, 1 ¼”, and 1 ½” diameter galvanized pipe. You will also need one 1 ¼” x 1” galvanized reducing coupling, one 1 ½” x 1 ¼” reducing coupling, and one 1 ½” ips threaded flange. You can buy these materials at your local hardware store or plumbing company. As an alternative, you can purchase one 21’ length of 2” galvanized pipe but you will need to make the base proportionately larger.
- Screw the couplings and lengths of pipe together and screw the threaded flange on the 1 ½” pipe end.
- Obtain a square of ½” or ¾” mild steel plate and have it welded on the flange. Make certain the pole is centered on the steel plate.
- Burn or drill a ½” hole in each corner of the steel plate.
- Paint the steel plate with a good primer and at least one coat of galvanizing.
- Buy the pulley and rope assembly, known as a single pulley truck and halyard, for the top of the flagpole and have it welded in place or buy the type that is bolted in place.
- At this point, you can also install an ornament like an eagle on the top of the pulley truck.
- You can also paint the flagpole with multiple coats of exterior paint at this point, if you wish. An oil based paint will serve you best.
Building your own flagpole is fun and easy
- While you are waiting for the paint on the flagpole to dry, you can start on the base. Choose a location for your flagpole that is suitable and visible.
- Dig a square hole at least 12“ deep and several inches larger all around than your steel base.
- Build a square frame that projects above the ground at least 3 ½”.
- Buy enough cement mix to fill the hole and add water to make a concrete base.
- Pour the cement into the square form and trowel it off.
- Cut a square of ¾” plywood that is larger than the steel base.
- Clamp the plywood to the steel base and drill out the four corner holes.
- Install 4 – 3/8” x 4” or ½” x 4” quick bolts or concrete anchors in the holes in the plywood, locking them in place with nuts and washers on each side of the plywood.
- Press the bolts and plywood into the wet cement and level the plywood with a torpedo level.
Show your patriotism; fly our nation’s flag
- After the cement hardens and cures, remove the plywood.
- Leave the bottom nuts on each bolt the same distance from the surface of the cement.
- Raise the flagpole and install it over the bolts.
- Install washers and nuts.
- Plumb the flagpole in all four directions.
- Attach the flag.
- Play reveille or our national anthem while you raise your new flag.
Check with your local community building and codes division for flagpole ordinances. You can plumb your new flagpole by adjusting the top and bottom nuts on all four bolts at the base.
Learn the rules for properly displaying our nation’s flag.
Unfortunately, Independence Day is over. All the celebrations, parties, picnics and the long weekend became history. Now it seems there is no occasion to show your patriotism. The soonest one is on Thanksgiving Day. Haven’t you got a flagpole in your yard? It would take a while to select, buy, and install it. Sometimes, it’s not easy to make a decision. How tall should a flagpole be? You are to consider multiple factors. They include locations, sturdiness, materials, and a number of sections. Height also matters. You are to meet your local regulations. Meanwhile, our honorable American flag visibility is essential. I hope, this selection guide helps you to choose a durable item that lasts for years.
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Epidemic and Climatic Concerns
Do you think the celebrations in your city were not hilarious this year? Perhaps, they were not as spectacular as always. The way each American citizen uses his or her best residential flag pole remains the same. We display our most beautiful, durable, and sophisticated American flags with national pride.
In 2020, in Midland, authorities have canceled firework shows and festivals. So, our celebrations were more private than usual. We had to set off our own fireworks at our yards. Due to hot and dry conditions in Midland County, it might be dangerous. I think if you observe basic safety precautions, it’s completely safe.
I hope, you haven’t forgotten to visit a party store, make delicious barbeque and pasty. Likewise, I believe also, nothing prevents you from arranging a patriotic display in your yard. Of course, if you’ve got all the necessary stuff to do it. Do you sit on the fence, hesitating to select a suitable support structure? Let’s solve the knottiest issues.
How Do I Choose a Flag Pole?
Haven’t you got and installed it before Independence Day? It might happen if you’ve moved to a new house recently. Has a tropical storm like Edouard damaged your available flagpole? It’s a pity. Anyway, you may want to replace it due to some aesthetical or pragmatic reasons.
A new one should be sturdy, heavy-duty, and intuitive to use. Beauty, look and design are unchallenged. What is the Proper Height of a Flagpole? It depends on several factors, such as:
- Your house size.
- Distance from the road.
- Number and dimensions of flags to fly.
- Flagpole application and location.
Don’t forget about your community requirements and standards. What do the residential flagpole rules determine? Please, don’t forget to check your local zoning code.
For example, in Midland, flagpoles should not be higher than 28 feet. You have the right to locate the structure in your yard. Distance from your neighbor’s fence or the nearest lot line is to be 6 feet, at least.
Written by: HeatherG
Written on: July 14, 2020
Sometimes there’s nothing worse than the sound of a wind-whipped flagpole grating on the nerves. The noise is produced by flag snap hooks and halyard, or flagpole rope, forcibly blown against the pole. Government offices, conference venues and schools, for example, are guilty of hosting noisy flagpoles.
Building occupants and even passersby regularly suffer the pain of pole noise. Insomnia is almost guaranteed when staying in a conference hotel room overlooking a regimental row of flagpoles. Some homeowners association rules forbid freestanding flagpoles.
Push the halyard rope through the small hole of the snap hook cover. Pull the halyard so that a loop is formed from inside the open end. Thread the loop, through the eyelet of the swivel hook downward, away from yourself. Loop the halyard back over the hook, toward your body. Pull gently to tighten the loop around the hook. Pull the halyard toward yourself so that the hook is safely inside the cover. Open each snap hook inside its cover and attach to each flag grommet or eyelet. Repeat the process to secure the other hooks.
- Sometimes there’s nothing worse than the sound of a wind-whipped flagpole grating on the nerves.
- Pull the halyard toward yourself so that the hook is safely inside the cover.
Attach a flag clasp to the pole to secure the external halyard. It will prevent the halyard from hitting the flagpole in windy weather. No damaging marks will be left on the pole.
Buy a new or replacement flagpole such as a telescopic model. It is made up of several parts linked by bushings. Bushings are small metal cylinders designed to fit one inside the other. They move freely up and down and around, reducing friction and noise. A telescopic pole allows a hoisted flag to turn 360 degrees without hindrance and, most importantly, silently. There are no halyards or hooks involved. Purchase a flagpole with an internal halyard. As well as providing extra security, silent flag flying is achieved as the wind cannot reach the halyard.
- Attach a flag clasp to the pole to secure the external halyard.
- It will prevent the halyard from hitting the flagpole in windy weather.
Wrap a foam bumper designed for outdoor use around the pole where the halyard strikes the flagpole. It may be a temporary measure and your sleep-deprived neighbours will appreciate its use.
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Flags kept indoors can be kept in flag stands, much as they are when they are set up outside. While you can purchase already built flag stands from stores, homemade flag stands aren’t terribly difficult to construct, as all you need is something with an opening big enough to fit a flagpole and strong enough to hold the flag up on its own.
Use a Fireplace Tool Set
Taking an old fireplace tool set which is meant to stow the shovel, brushes and picks for a fireplace can become a perfect homemade indoor flagpole stand. Fireplace tools sets with ball-topped handles which are meant to wrap around the fireplace tools are well-sized for many flagpoles to fit in them. As these fireplace tool set stands are made of iron or another heavy metal, they are strong enough to hold most flagpoles and attached flags, as long as the flagpole fits into the metal clip.
Bottom of a Desk Chair
By separating the top chair portion from the bottom of an old desk chair–the part where the wheels are attached–you can create a homemade indoor flagpole stand. This all depends on if the flagpole can fit into the hole on the desk chair bottom, of course. If the hole in the middle of the desk chair bottom doesn’t go all the way through, you should cut or drill out the center area so the flag pole can go all the way to the floor when you insert it. This will give your flagpole stand more stability.
Pile of Weights
By piling up pancake weights used on dumb bells or a bench press bar, a natural homemade flag stand can be created that will work indoors. The holes in the middle of all the pancake weights should be aligned so the flag pole can fit through smoothly. These pancake weight pieces can be glued together with a strong adhesive meant to bind metal or tied together with wire by simply wrapping a lot of wire through the hole around all the weights and tying it off. You may want to do this a few times to make sure the weights are securely connected to each other. One downside of this homemade flagpole stand is that it may be a hassle to move.
A Large Planter’s Pot
You can create a flagpole stand by simply taking a large planter’s pot and turning it upside down. Most planter’s pots have holes in the bottom of them that are big enough to fit a large flagpole. If the hole is not big enough, you can widen it by sanding or filing down the clay of the planter’s pot. The upside-down pot can also be painted to be more decorative.
The flagpole is used as a kind of symbol for various enterprises, institutions,port, stations, customs terminals, schools, stadiums, high-grade hotels, city squares, etc. The flagpole can be divided into tapered flagpole.，aluminum flagpole, stainless steel electric flagpole, stainless steel tapered flagpole, indoor flagpole, banner flagpole, wall mount flagpole, etc. Many people buy flagpoles only as a decorative effect, perhaps not knowing how the flagpoles are made.
So What are the steps when making a flagpole
With the improvement of people’s living standards, the flagpole has been upgraded from the past wood and iron to stainless steel and aluminum. At present, the popular flagpoles on the market are divided into two types: stainless steel tapered flagpoles and aluminum alloy flagpoles.
As the name implies, the tapered flagpole is cone like a conical shape from bottom to top. As a manufacturer of flagpoles, I will now briefly introduce the production of stainless steel flagpoles (taper).
First, according to the length of the flagpole, shear the plate. Most of the selected stainless steel materials are 316L and 304, and the thickness is between 2.5mm and 6.0mm. If the position of the flagpole is installed on the coast area or in a relatively humid area, it is recommended to use a 316L or aluminum alloy pole for corrosion resistance and rust resistance.
In the process of cutting, a large shearing machine is needed. When cutting the stainless steel panel, the material can be reserved a little more, but it must not be smaller than the actual specifications of the flagpole. First, the stainless steel sheet can be cut into an isosceles trapezoid. According to the geometric principle, it is rolled up to be tapered.
Second, bend the pole shaft. Next, to bend the isosceles trapezoidal material into a conical shape, this step is very critical and it is very likely that irregular conical shapes will occur. Yaolong’s bending workers have more than ten years of work experience and are already very familiar with this step. Place the isosceles trapezoidal board on the bending machine for curling and we must keep the pole shaft with a Taper uniform.
Third, plasma automatic welding. The stainless steel plate is bent into a taper pole shaft, and use a machine to close the gap of the pole shaft.After automatic and sewing, seamless welding is next step, we often use argon arc welding technology to weld the welding line. The welding must be done without gaps and burrs, laying the foundation for the next polishing pad. Yaolong’s welding workers have an average welding experience of more than 20 years. We pay great attention to the welding and weld details and make the best quality at the most reasonable price.
Fifth, straighten. The welded flagpole is placed in a straightening machine, and the alignment and bending of the welding are performed using a straightener and a hydraulic mechanism. This step is to ensure that the flagpole is evenly tapered, so this step is also essential.
Sixth, polishing. This process requires polishing with a professional sander. Apply even force and continue to polish until the weld is flattened and not visible. Such a flagpole is basically made.
Seventh, after the completion of the pole of the flagpole, there is a final step of welding a panel with four screw openings at the bottom of the pole shaft，to facilitate the fixing with the flagpole embedded part. The embedded part of the flagpole is equipped with an adjusting bolt, which can freely adjust the verticality of the tapered flagpole.
You can purchase flagpole hardware to make your own flagpole and to replace worn parts or to give your existing flagpole a whole new look. We have quality parts available for you to choose from in a variety of price ranges.
How to Choose the Right Hardware for Your Flagpole
The hardware that you need will depend on the type of flagpole that you have. Internal halyard flagpoles have some different parts than external halyard poles do. External halyard poles are those that have the mechanisms for raising and lowering the flag on the outside of the pole, while internal halyard poles have the mechanisms on the inside. In addition, some of the hardware for different types of poles, such as fiberglass and aluminum, will also be different.
Before purchasing any hardware or decorations, be sure to click on the link for your type of flagpole to ensure that you are purchasing parts that will fit your needs.
Decorative attachments are mounted on the top of the flagpole.
Balls are available from 3 to 12 inches in a variety of spindle threading sizes. These balls are silver satin or gold anodized in color and are made of spun cast aluminum. Whichever you choose, the ball will give your flagpole a nice traditional look.
Eagles are designed to replace the traditional ball on top of your flagpole. These attachments feature an eagle taking off in flight from the top of a round ball and are a very decorative addition for your flagpole. Our eagles are made of cast aluminum and can be purchased in 12 or 24 inch sizes, and gold anodized or natural painted eagle colors.
The hardware listed below is common to both internal and external halyard flagpoles.
The truck is the pulley device that is placed over the top of the pole that the halyard threads through. You will need to purchase the diameter that fits your particular flagpole.
Halyards and Halyard Covers
Halyards are the ropes that are used to raise and lower the flag. The halyards that are used on flagpoles are generally made of either multi-braided nylon, nylon wire cored or stainless steel aircraft cable. As a general rule, the length of your halyard should be twice the height of your flagpole. For example, if your flagpole is 30 feet tall, you will need 60 feet of halyard.
Snaps and Covers
Snaps are connected to the halyard and used to attach your flag. We carry nylon snaps, solid brass, rubber coated, nickel plated zinc and chrome plated swivel snaps as well as stainless steel spring clips in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.
Snap covers are designed to fit over the flag snap. The covers help reduce the noise made from metal snaps clanging against the flagpole when it is windy and help protect the pole’s finish. Our covers are available in gray or brown.
Cleats are metal devices that are attached to the flagpole and used to tie off the ends of the halyard. They are available in a variety of styles so that you can choose the type that will match your flagpole. Cleat covers with locks are also available to help protect against theft of your flag.
Flash collars rest around the bottom of the flagpole and cover your foundation sleeve. The inside diameter of the flash collar must match the diameter of the butt, or bottom, of your flagpole. These are used to help with water runoff and to give your flagpole a finished look.
Foundation sleeves are made of galvanized steel or PVC. The sleeve is designed to be installed in the ground and used to hold the base of the flagpole. The size that you need will depend on the butt size of your pole.
We have all the hardware that you will need to make your own flagpole or replace parts on your existing flagpole. If we do not have the particular item that you are looking for, we will be happy to find it for you. Our experienced flagpole staff is standing by to help you with all of your flagpole needs.
It’s pleasant to think about a great holiday coming soon. If there is no occasion to display the honorable American flag yet, take heart. Now you have some time to install a new flagpole. You are to ground it properly to ensure complete construction security and durability. How deep should a flagpole be in the ground? It depends on several factors. A flagpole and your house height matters, as well as your climate and local rules. So, let’s discuss important installation and security issues. Understanding these finer points, you prevent your flagpole from breaking and binding. It should resist any outdoor conditions and high winds.
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How Do You Install a Flagpole in the Ground?
You shouldn’t make substantial improvements in your yard very often. A good, reliable flagpole lasts for many years. A structure that comes with a long warranty might serve to your grandchildren. It’s durable and attractive.
Thus, there are several reasons to install a new flagpole. If you have recently moved to a new house, you’d prefer to change everything. Unfortunately, natural disasters also happen. For example, flooding was ongoing by the end of May in Michigan, near Midland. It caused damages that require repair.
So, you might have to install your best residential flag pole now. Therefore, you are to follow several essential steps.
- Buy and prepare the necessary materials and tools.
- Select a suitable location.
- Dig a hole.
- Create reliable foundation.
- Set the sleeve.
- Assemble the flagpole and fasten it.
Will you need a building permit to install a flagpole in your yard? According to the International Building Code (Chapter 105.1), you might have to obtain it. As soon as your structure or flagpole exceeds 15 feet in height, it’s necessary.
How Deep Should a Flagpole Be Buried?
Do you feel like having no reason to visit a party shore now? You can cook something delicious and make a barbecue any weekend. Only your good mood and some food are necessary. Meanwhile, before installing a pole, visit your local hardware store. Don’t forget to wear a mask in any public space.
You’ll need some gravel, concrete and clean river sand to secure the flagpole. How deep is the hole? As soon as I know how tall should my flagpole be, it’s easy to calculate. Your climate also matters. Coastal areas may survive high winds and hurricanes.
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The hole for the flagpole foundation should be 4-6 times deeper than its butt diameter. In a windy region, or if the ground in your area is sandy, dig a larger hole. Commonly, a flagpole comes with a plastic ground sleeve. Add 6” to its length to accommodate some gravel on the bottom.
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Do I Need to Ground a Flagpole?
Your structure is to be sturdy and wind-resistant. So you are to prepare a hole that is large enough in diameter and depth. The soil should drain well. 6 inches of gravel or a bit more enable it. Additionally, 6 inches of concrete create a reliable foundation.
How long should concrete cure for a flagpole? Let it set for 24 hours. Then it would be possible to insert a pole into the sleeve. Mix 3 parts of sand, 1 part of top-quality cement and 3 parts of gravel or stone. Quite naturally, you’ll need also some tools. They include a standard shovel, level and a mixing tray.
As to the pole, steel ground spike, anchor belts and the soil itself protect it from lightning. Initially, you are to find a suitable location for your flagpole. It might be a daunting task. The structure should be far enough from:
- overhead wires;
- your house;
- fences and stands;
- pipes, TV and telephone cables.
Don’t forget to check your local zoning code. Thus, in Lansing that is the capital of Michigan, hedge height should not exceed 3 feet. Flagpole height and distance to the nearest buildings may also differ.
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Materials also matter. The table above refers to aluminum flagpoles. Fiberglass structures are more wind-resistant and lightweight. They are perfectly weather-proof. It would be easier and faster to ground a structure of this kind. Nevertheless, don’t install a flagpole in windy conditions.
The same concerns the American flag. Raise it only when the weather is good. What is the best rope for a flagpole? It contains durable materials like nylon or polyester. Top-quality US flags also consist of polyester or nylon fabrics. Cotton is not common, as it’s prone to shrinkage and fading. Sewn stripes and embroidery are optional.
So, when the pole is in its location, you can raise the flag. But you’ll still have to:
- assemble the pole;
- attach its ornaments, halyards and trucks;
- add the flash collar on the bottom;
- lift the pole, insert it to the ground sleeve and secure it.
To tighten the sections, twist them. Cover the edges by silicone caulk to create a waterproof seal. It’s necessary to seal the ground sleeve too. Fill it with a compound that keeps water out. Now, install the bolts and tighten them.
The next occasion to proudly display the American flag is in the middle of September. Constitution Day is a great national holiday. So, you have some time to install your flagpole now. Do it properly to ensure its safety and durability. Don’t forget about illumination. Direct light to make the flag visible. The foundation is to be deep and reliable enough. Let your yard and all structures inside it be safe and beautiful. In this case, nothing, even high winds or a flood don’t overshadow your festivity.
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Expert knowledge. Recent research data. That’s all you need to select the best yard accessory. Outdoor cooking is fun. It’s attributed to great holidays and a friendly atmosphere. It will be even more pleasant and easy with a perfect fire pit or smoker.
Choosing a flagpole is not as simple as choosing the first one you see! There are choices that you will need to make to ensure that you will be satisfied with the finished product and proud of the patriotic look it adds to your home. In this blog , yaolong flagpole company have outlined some of the options that you should consider.
Flagpole size / height
To determine the required height of the flagpole, first determine the position of the flagpole. Ideally, the aluminum flag pole should be visible from all angles, not disturbed by bushes, trees or other obstacles, and be too big or too small for your house. The typical height of a residential area is 20
40feet. If your house is 2 to 3 storys high, you may want to consider a 25-foot-high flagpole.
Material and structure of flag pole
Yaolong Flagpole’s materials used to construct flagpoles include aluminum and stainless steel. Aluminum flagpole is sturdy, lightweight, and does not require much maintenance to maintain a new look. Stainless steel flagpoles can be used in areas with high wind speeds and near seaside, with strong corrosion resistance and high wind resistance. Once the materials used to make the flagpole are decided, a style needs to be selected.
Options include one-piece, segmented and telescopic. However,one piece aluminum flagpoles tend to be stronger than some segmented or telescopic poles, and may be more suitable for high wind areas.
After choosing the material and structure of the flag pole, you will need to choose whether to use internal or external ropes. A halyard is a rope used to lower, raise, and hold the flag in place on the flagpole. Outer rope means that the rope is on the outside of the flagpole. The internal halyard flagpole looks neat and beautiful because the halyard is hidden inside the pole. It is fitted with a door that allows it to enter a halyard to raise and lower the flag. For security reasons, some internal sling flagpoles have locks on access doors to prevent vandalism and theft.
Flagpole accessories options
Most flagpole options offer a choice of color finishes and decorations. The color will depend on the type of building material you choose. In general, options include satin aluminum; white, dark bronze, black, and dark green powder coatings; and so on.
Aluminum Flagpoles usually have golden ball decorations, called gold ornaments, located on top of the pole. On most shots, you can choose Eagle instead of the ball accessory at an additional cost.Yaolong flagpole company provided six choices of flag pole finials ,both make from high standard aluminum or stainless steel.
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Yaolong Flagpole company has more than 16 years of experience in the flagpole industry. We have the expertise to help you make the right choice for the purchase of flagpoles, flags and accessories. Our products are made in China and durable.
Finally, if you are looking for the top of the production line, the independent model flagpole is our premium flagpole. The stand-alone model is equipped with a stainless steel lanyard instead of the rope used on other poles and has the highest rated air volume. It comes with a locked door to reduce the chance of theft and / or someone breaking the rope. You can raise and lower the flag using a hand crank and gearless internal winch system.
For residential customers, we recommend the use of a aluminum residential flagpole. All flagpoles come with everything you need to install, including detailed instructions, golden aluminum balls, anchor bolts for mounting on the ground, clips flying flags, ropes (if applicable), and studs (if applicable). If you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you. You can call us at 86-757-83131237 or send email at [email protected]
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Flags engender pride! Flying ’em high is great for Scout spirit, and making a flagpole is really easy. All you need are straight sticks (Scout Staves work great), rope for round lashings, rope for guylines, and three stakes.
Scout Stave Flagpole with a Halyard in the Pioneering Village at the 2017 National Jamboree
The key to making a simple flagpole out of shorter poles is round lashings and knowing where to tie them. The space where the two poles are joined, gets two tight round lashings—one on either side of the overlap and right near the ends of each pole. The length and thickness of the poles being lashed together will determine how much they need to overlap, and how many tight wraps need to be taken. Using 5-foot Scout Staves, you can simply overlap them about 10 inches with a couple of 6-foot lashing ropes. With practice, a Scout patrol can make a 15-foot flagpole out of four Scout staves in a few short minutes.
15-Foot Scout Stave Flagpole without a Halyard
The key to lifting and securing a simple flagpole is tying on three guylines about 3/4 of the way up, and extending them out equidistant from one another. The stakes should form an equilateral triangle, and should ideally be hammered in a distance away from the flagpole of at least twice the height of where they’re tied. So, if the flagpole is 15 feet, and the guylines are attached 11 feet up, the stakes should be 22 feet from the pole for optimum stability. NOTE: Under many circumstances, this distance can be much shorter and still provide the support to hold the flag up, even during lengthy periods of use.
Quick Lash and Attach
While the flagpole is being lashed together, a Scout or Scouts can be putting the stakes in the ground, pacing out the proper distance and hammering them in to form that equilateral triangle.
Before raising the pole, the three guylines should be tied at about 3/4 the way up using roundturns with two half hitches or rolling hitches. Then when the flagpole is being held erect, three Scouts can each take a guyline and attach it to a stake with a tight taut-line hitch, or for taller, heavier flagpoles, a rope tackle.
If the flag is not to be ceremoniously raised and lowered, or with shorter flagpoles, a halyard is not necessary.
The flagpole has taken on many forms, from a simple de-branched tree to ornate metal piping with elaborate scrollwork. You can make your own flagpole with materials available at your local home improvement center.
Step 1 – Measure the Bucket Height
Measure the bucket height with the tape measure. Mark the same height up from the bottom of the PVC pipe.
Step 2 – Wrap the Pipe
Wrap the bottom of the PVC pipe up to the mark with plastic wrap. Secure the plastic wrap with tape. Cover the wrap with petroleum jelly; make sure you cover the whole surface area of the plastic wrap. You must cover all the plastic so you can easily pull the pole out from the cement.
Step 3 – Mix the Cement
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to mix the concrete cement. Once you have thoroughly mixed it, fill the 5-gallon bucket with 2 inches of concrete. Let it sit for a short time, then place the plastic-wrapped end of the PVC pipe into the 2-inch layer of concrete. Use the level to make sure the pipe stands straight when you place it in the concrete.
Step 4 – Pour in More
While you hold the PVC pipe straight, get a helper to pour in more quick-drying concrete about halfway up. Do not fill the bucket completely with concrete because it will become too heavy for you to easily move. The concrete will dry quickly, so hold the pole straight until it can stand on its own. Make sure the pole is level before the concrete hardens too much to allow the pole to move.
Step 5 – Allow Drying Time
Let the concrete dry overnight to make sure it hardens properly. Remove the PVC pipe from the concrete. It will come out easily if you applied the petroleum jelly properly. You may decorate or paint the flagpole to give it a more personal look. Allow adequate drying time before you replace the pole in the cement.
Step 6 – Attach the Rope Cleat
You should position the rope cleat about halfway up the flagpole. Drill pilot holes before you attach the cleat with screws. Make sure the holes are set evenly so the cleat sits balanced.
Step 7 – Place Wood Insert
Place the wood insert inside the PVC pipe so it sits flush with the opening at the top. Attach the pulley to the wood insert using some heavy-duty eye screws.
Step 8 – Thread the Rope
Once you have attached the pulley firmly, thread the flag rope through it and attach the flag hooks. You are now ready to locate the flagpole in your yard and fly your flag proudly. You may need to use a hand truck to move your flagpole to your selected location.
With the fourth of July coming up you might be looking at showing pride in your country or you might want to support your favorite sports team by flying their colors up high. Adding a flagpole is a perfect way to make a statement in your yard. We have put together this simple guide on how to install a flagpole to ensure that you install it properly and it does not fall.
Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of installing a flagpole.
Before you put up your pole you will have to prep the area. Dig a hole where you plan on putting up your pole. The size of the hole will depend on the pole that you bought but around three feet deep and 1 or 2 feet wide should be enough space.
If you buy a flagpole farms titan flagpole just check what their recommended hole size is for installation before you begin digging.
2. PVC Pipe
Next, you will want to use a hacksaw to cut a PVC pipe that’s about 2 1/2 feet long. Put the pipe in the hole you dug and fill all around it with soil. Make sure to add the soil slowly to ensure that the pipe stays level at all times.
You will want to frequently check the vertical alignment of the pipe with a carpenters level against the side of the pipe in two different locations. The last thing you want is a crooked pipe.
Continue to pack the soil down firmly but do not get any soil into the pipe. Once you have around 8 inches of the pipe exposed then you can stop filling the hole with soil.
3. Flagpole Time
Now it’s time to put up the flagpole. Tip up the pole and slide it into the PVC pipe. This will require more hands-on-deck, make sure to have a few helpers on hand.
Once the flagpole is inside the PVC pipe, make sure that it is straight and level.
Last but not least, you will want to add some cement into the hole you dug. You can use something like a Redi-Mix cement bag (just follow the directions to mix it found on the bag) and cover over the PVC pipe.
Stop filling when the cement is flush with the ground around the hole. Make sure to give the cement enough time to dry before you start using the pole to avoid it falling or moving out of place.
Now You Know How to Install a Flagpole
As you can see adding a flagpole to the outside of your home is not too difficult. You can follow our simple how to install a flagpole guide above and show off your favorite flag without worrying that it will fall down or touch the ground.
Discover the complete guide to installing a flagpole to let your patriotic spirit fly from your front lawn this weekend here.
Installing a flagpole is a fun DIY project you can do to at your home, business or any other buildings you may own.
Flying a flag is a great way to show support and allegiance to your country, home team, organization, causes or just a fun way to celebrate holidays and participate in fun activities. With a few tools and simple instructions, you can have your flagpole installed within a matter of days.
Step 1: Prepare
The first step for how to install a flagpole is to make sure you are fully prepared. Most flagpole kits come with a list of the tools you will need for a successful installation and you’ll want to make sure you have all of the tools you need before you get started.
Step 2: Select Your Location
The next step in your flagpole installation is to pick the location where you want to install the flagpole. You’ll need to consider:
- The height of your home compared to the height of the flagpole
- How even the ground is
- Overhead and underground powerlines
You should also consider sightlines when choosing a location to install your flagpole.
Step 3: Dig a Foundation Hole
Next, you’ll need to dig the hole where you will install your flagpole. If you are wondering how deep should a flagpole be in the ground, it depends on the size of the pole. The general rule of thumb is the hole should be 10% of the height of the pole and 4-6 times as wide as the diameter of the pole.
Note: If you are digging in an area with poor drainage, you should add a few inches of gravel to the hole.
Step 4: Set the Ground Sleeve
The next step is to set the ground sleeve in the hole and secure it with concrete.
To do so, place the ground sleeve in the hole and use a level to ensure it is even. Pour concrete into the hole to secure the ground sleeve, smooth and level the concrete and then let the concrete cure for 24-48 hours.
Step 5: Install the Pole
Next, you will assemble the flagpole, making sure to follow all instructions and directions. How you assemble the flagpole depends on what pole you purchased so make sure to check the box for instructions. Once you have assembled the flagpole, you can place it in the ground sleeve. If you are wondering how to put up a flagpole, it’s simple as that!
Step 6: Attach Your Flag and Let It Fly
The final step to install your flag and flagpole is to attach the flag and let it fly! The size of the flag you buy should match the size of the pole you have for aesthetics as well as functionality. Flag retailers, like Flagpolefarm, can help you choose the correct size.
Installing a Flagpole: The Bottom Line
By following these instructions for installing a flagpole, you’ll be able to raise your flag and let it fly in no time.
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Want to create a pole for a medium size sport banner (hangs horizontally) in the ground.
Hi Judy. You could make an “L” shape using PVC pipes. It would be easy to glue it together with corner connections. I recommend taking a walk thru your local home improvement store to see what connections you will need. PVC is usually white but you could paint it with the color of your choice. Good luck Judy.
Yep. PVC plumbing pipe is the way to go. 3/4′ PVC pipe should work.
You could also use electrical conduit pipe or plumbing pipes. Both have joints so that you can make whatever shape you want. And both paint well.
Hi Judy: This site should help:
Judy: this should help you!
Hi Judy, I am not sure how big you want it but these may help, you will just need to scale them down to the size you like
Take a look at this:
If you want something more substantial than PVC, then I would use treated 4×4’s and sink the post in a 5 gallon bucket of concrete, trim off the top 6- 8” of exposed bucket plastic and then put the post in the hole in the flower bed.
I’d either make a knee brace out of the scrap 4×4 or I’d buy a decorative angle bracket for bracing the cantilevered 4×4 horizontal member.
I would also run a galvanized or stainless steel carriage bolt down through the horizontal piece into the post.
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Give your tailgating camp a true mark of distinction—and make sure your friends can find you as they file into the party—with this do-it-yourself PVC flag pole and custom flag. We made a stencil with our very own logo using a simple computer printout. You can get crafty customizing your own tailgating logo—so let your imagination be your guide.
Materials you’ll need
- A plain flag, like a tailgate safety flag
- Spray paint
- Poster board
- 2 screw eyes, at least 2 inches long
- 2 anchor shackles
- 4 PVC elbow connectors, 1 ½-inch thick
- 3 PVC “T” connectors, 1 ½-inch thick
- 1 PVC coupling, 1 ½-inch thick
- 1 PVC elbow, at 45-degree or 90-degree, 1 ½-inch thick
- 1 2-foot piece of PVC, 1 ½-inch thick
- 2 10-foot pieces of PVC pipe, 1 ½-inch thick, cut to the measurements below
(Your local Home Depot store can help you make these cuts. Just ask an associate.)
- One 8- to 10-foot piece (or any custom height you would like for your flagpole)
- One 4-foot piece
- Six 6-inch pieces
- Two 13-inch pieces
Make the flag
Print a logo or slogan out on regular printer paper. We used a collegiate looking A for Apron, of course. Enlarge the logo to the correct size for your flag. Cut out the interior of your design. A simple design usually turns out better.
Trace the design on posterboard then cut out the interior again so you have a stencil.
Tape your flag to the posterboard stencil to keep it in place. Tape any center pieces, such as the center of an “A,” down as well.
Flip the design over and spray paint the flag using your handmade stencil. You may have to hold down the stencil to keep the design crisp (but a little spray around the edges gives it the feel of a stamp, which we think looks cool).
Make the PVC flag pole
Assemble the base, using this picture as your guide. You may also use PVC cement for a more secure fit, but we don’t recommend it for the taller portion of the flag, as you’ll likely want to take it apart for transport.
Measure your final, dried flag against the 2-foot piece of PVC pipe. Mark the two locations where you’d like to attach the flag to the pole. Centered on the 2-foot piece of PVC is usually best.
Drill a hole straight through the PVC pipe the size of the screw hooks.
Place the screw hooks through the PVC pipe at the holes. Make a small incision in the flag for the anchor hooks. Loop the anchor hook through the screw hook then attach it to the flag.
Attach the 2-foot piece with the flag on it to the 4-foot piece, either with a 45-degree coupler or a 90-degree coupler, as is shown. Attach that to the 10-foot piece with the coupler (or use a shorter piece if desired). Place the 10-foot piece of pipe into the “T” connector on the base, turning in 1/2-inch rotations as you push to get a secure fit. You’re flying high now!
Optional: Fill the bottom of the base with sand to make the structure more secure in a windy location. Or just fill some bags with sand and sit them on the base when needed.
And now that you have your PVC flag pole and homemade flag, head to The Home Depot for everything you need for tailgating.
ESPN’s College GameDay was built by The Home Depot, and now The Home Depot’s Facebook page has a College GameDay app. The app features tailgating DIY projects, including how-tos for a tailgate table, ladder golf and cornhole game. It also helps fans find great tailgating products at great prices. For even more tailgating ideas and inspiration, follow The Apron blog’s two-week Tailgating series. We’ll gear you up for game day with tips, like a sweet tote for tailgating essentials, and more awesome DIYs, like a custom flagpole for your tailgating camp.
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How to Make a Color Guard Flagpole. As far as color guard flags go, the bigger the better–and big flags need the right size flagpole. Flags make a huge impact on your show and the right pole is essential. Poles come in a variety of lengths and colors and a few tips can help you make the best decision. Read on to learn how to make a color guard flag pole.
Choose a size for your flagpole. Longer poles can handle bigger flags, but smaller poles might be better for beginners. The average length of poles used in high school is 6 feet and advanced groups typically use poles that are 7 feet long, or poles as long as 10 feet for over-sized flags.
Choose a type and color of flagpole. They are made with a variety of materials, including aluminum, PVC piping and fiberglass. Typical colors are gold, silver, black, white or clear, or you can change the color of your pole with electrical tape or contact paper. Find a selection of poles and accessories at websites such as Dance Cheer. See the Resources section below for a link.
Decide between plastic and rubber tips. Poles come with plastic tips, which can help prevent sails, but some find rubber easier to work with in a routine. Companies will often include rubber tips in addition to plastic for a nominal additional charge.
Buy enough poles for your color guard. Each student is usually given a practice flag and several show flags. Flags are attached with Velcro or taped to poles.
Weight your pole with bolts, screws or tape. Extra weight makes it easier to control flag tosses. You can buy weights for poles or you can use bolts bought at a hardware store. If you use bolts or screws, be sure to wrap them in duct tape first so they won’t rattle around. The pole should be weighted slightly heavier on top than on the bottom.
Choose your flags. Buy or design a flag that reflects the theme of your show. Find tips for flag designs at websites such as Color Guard Central and True Colors. See the Resources section below for a link.
Try a pole that is part-metal and part-PVC piping for 10-foot poles. The PVC causes a little extra drag and has a nice effect.
Don’t use visible hand markers on poles–choose tape that matches the pole.
Even if you’re interested in installing a flagpole, you might not be familiar with the proper procedure to do so.
Perhaps you’re wanting to install one in front of your home. Maybe you’ve wanted to place it in front of your business for a while now.
Whatever the case, it takes several crucial steps, but it’s not as difficult as some make it out to be. The important thing is to follow each step to a T.
Here’s how to install a flagpole properly, so that you can raise flags on it for years to come:
1. Have All the Right Materials
You won’t get far in your flagpole installation if you don’t have the proper tools to get you through each step.
You’ll need a post hole digger, a trowel, and wire brackets in order to construct the proper flagpole hole. Also, make sure you have a concrete mix, a concrete mixer, and a bucket to mix the concrete in.
Also, make sure to invest in a high-quality flagpole, such as the Titan line that you’ll find at Flag Pole Farms.
2. Ready the Ground
To get things started, use your flag pole digger to initially break through the ground and slowly (but surely) build a properly-sized hole.
Remember, if the hole is too small, you won’t have the proper amount of support from concrete to hold the pole in place. If the hole is too big, you’ll have a crooked flagpole on your hands.
Make sure the hole is 4 times wider than the size of the pole. Also, aim to dig a hole that’s around 2-feet deep or so.
3. Place the Ground Sleeve Inside the Hole
Most modern flagpoles come stationary with a ground sleeve, so you shouldn’t have any problems there. Now that you’ve dug the hole, it’s time to set the ground sleeve in place.
Once you’re comfortable with the placement, take some gravel and fill the hole.
Ideally, you want the top of the ground sleeve to be around 2 inches above the ground, so be sure to factor that in.
4. Pour the Concrete
Now that you’ve set the ground sleeve, it’s time to surround that beaut with the concrete mix that you have.
Be very diligent and aware of where you’re pouring the concrete. Don’t get any inside of the ground sleeve or else the flagpole won’t fit inside. Grab a level and make sure the sleeve stays perfectly straight.
Once you feel good about where the concrete is at, leave it be for 2 days before installing the flag pole.
5. Install the Flagpole!
Now it’s time for the moment everyone has been waiting for: installing the beautiful flagpole.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions step by step, and then place the pole inside of the ground sleeve.
Once that’s finished, place the pole upright and let your flag fly free for months to come!
How to Install a Flagpole: Be Diligent and Patient
Try to be as patient as possible when learning how to install a flagpole. Don’t move onto the next step until the ground sleeve is perfectly level.
Be sure to browse our website for more articles on installation how-to’s, as well as many other amazing topics.
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A flag is a piece of fabric containing images most commonly symbolising a country, state or commonwealth. Often rectangular in shape, flags also come in other shapes typical for catching wind such as triangles, squares or cones. Flags are often flown from a mast or pole to show support or loyalty to a nation.
They are also used as show a warning, decisions or borders. Flags are also a form of identification used for situations or environments where communication is difficult and or nonexistent.
Release the halyard ropes from the harness on the side of the pole. Unfasten the knot and remove the rope from of the cleat.
- A flag is a piece of fabric containing images most commonly symbolising a country, state or commonwealth.
- Flags are often flown from a mast or pole to show support or loyalty to a nation.
Lower the halyard ropes by pulling one side of the line with your hands. Lower the halyard until the clips that attach the flag’s grommets to the line are in front of you.
Unfold the flag that you wish to hang until the rivets are accessible. Do not let the flag touch the ground.
Use the clips on the halyard rope to connect the flag to the rope. Make sure the flag is right side up with the rivets on the right side of the flag. Secure the clips to the rivets on the top and bottom on the side of the flag.
- Lower the halyard ropes by pulling one side of the line with your hands.
- Lower the halyard until the clips that attach the flag’s grommets to the line are in front of you.
Pull the other side of the halyard rope to raise the flag into position at the top of the pole.
Secure the halyard rope by tying and knotting the line to the cleat on the side of the flag pole.
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Tips on replacing flagpole rope
I take a a piece of electrical tape and begin to make a splice by running it lengthwise along the ropes on the back side across the joint.
ADVISORY: I was at a trade show since creating this page and saw where another guy uses wire to join the two ends before wrapping them with tape. He wraps the wire around the rope in a spiral fashion like when you tape an injured ankle. This would need to be a wire thin enough to remain pliable.
. then clear across the other side of the joint to a point about 4 or 5 inches beyond the joint.
See how the snap hook grinds the halyard against the pulley wheel and/or the truck. This action creates a wear point on the halyard. For this reason.
Dear North Augusta, Thanks for writing. I’m so happy that folks discover my “how to” pages and find the photo essays helpful. I put a lot of effort into them. Thanks for letting me know this process worked.
What others say.
Here is the first one I’ve heard of that lets you replace a missing halyard without getting up to the top of the pole: I just got a call from some guy out in North Dakota who says the following idea works great for him and he wants to help others so that flags can be kept flying. If you have a short pole, say 20′, this could work for you.
He takes what he called 1/2″ “CPVC” pipe and places one end up to the pulley wheel up top. That is, he places the pipe opening right at, or right below the pulley wheel in such a manner that whatever were to come out of the pipe would be introduced right where the halyard needs to be on the pulley wheel. Then he uses weed eater string to snake the new halyard through the pipe. He tapes the new halyard to the weed eater string and uses the weed eater string like a plumbers snake to push the new halyard up through the pipe.
He said that if you pick a firm enough weed eater string, it has enough mass not to bunch up as you push it through the pipe.
If you have the opening of the pipe that you’ve placed up in the air at the pulley wheel at the proper angle, the new halyard will exit the pipe and seat itself into the groove of the pulley wheel, follow the wheel out through the pulley, and come down out the other side. If you keep fishing it forward, it will come down the pole far enough to grab it.
This method sounds pretty ingenious to me. I have never tried it myself and I imagine you need a good steady hand and lots of patience. Maybe have someone hold that long pipe in place. He said he has done it successfully multiple times and wants to share it because he and his son are both veterans and he wants to keep flags flying.
Here is an alternative idea that seems worthy. I have never tried it and I will be sticking to what has worked for me these past 25 years. But I pass it on in case it helps someone who would prefer to try their luck with “nail knots”.
I just replaced my old halyard with the new one I received from you. I read how you did it with electricians tape but I thought that could be hit-and-miss due to the bulk of the splice. I’d like to suggest another method which causes less bulk to the connection between the old halyard and the new one during replacement.
Get some monofilament fishing leader, I used 30 pound test, but a lighter material would also work. Any fishing store worth their salt should have some, and would likely give you three feet, or so, of it free. Next, tie a fisherman’s nail knot on one end of the old halyard and another one on the end of the new halyard. I ended up with about eighteen inches of monofilament between nail knots. Just make sure both knots are tight so they will glide over the roller at the top of the flag pole and not come loose. It works slick!
By the way, use Google, type in “knots,” click on “fishing knots,” to locate how to tie the nail knot.
And here is yet another idea on re-roping a flagpole sent in to me by a customer.
>>Like many other customers I’m sure, I purchased your He Man Halyard as a result of locating your on-line instructions on how to replace one, and I thank you for that.
Unfortunately for me the 1/4 inch line I was replacing had a braided metal wire running down the center and it had been twisted and crimped and was poking out in several spots. (That had seemed like a good idea after some b####### cut down my national ensign and my Marine Corps flag some years ago) In any event, even after hammering out some of the worst offenders, the tugging I had to do was a bit more than what you had in mind when writing your instructions — taped ends came apart twice. SOLUTION (which I offer to you if you care to use it) before taping again I placed the two ends together against the aluminum flag pole and stapled them on two sides and then taped and sprayed the tape with silicon. Joint took all the tugging necessary to complete the job and now I have a new halyard and lubricated snaps and maybe even alubricated pulley wheel. All’s well that ends well.
Yes I did lose an end the first time they parted. Had to put a ladder up against the pole to retrieve it. But I’m 79 now so don’t tell my bride or I’m in big trouble. The second time I had tied a light string to the high end of the splice and was able to use that to retrieve the end and you might want to think about that as a standard precaution. (Experience is a great teacher)
Thanks for your help and great array of products.
Wow, Thanks GP
I am glad it worked out and I will add your suggestions to my page of tips.
An yes, NO ONE should be putting a ladder on a flagpole!
On switching halyard size when reroping a flagpole
>>Hi – received my new rope and snap hooks and covers and have all in place !! I upgraded from 1/4″ to 5/16″ so there was a bit of a challenge making the connection not lumpy but I managed – just wanted you to know your website and humor are awesome – and excellent instructions and information. was a pleasure to speak with your “order taker”. thank you !! best regards, P.K.
On reroping a flagpole once the rope has broke
>>Any ideas to re-rope a 25 ft flag pole–that rope �broke�–without a �bucket truck�. Thought I would ask�.Thanks, Greg
That is the classic eternal question. I have no idea. Someday pigs may fly. When they do, maybe we will all be able to float up to the top of our flagpoles and just slip in a new rope. Until then, join the club. Call the bucket truck guy and pay him what he needs.
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Now look. Here’s the deal. You only have to be mildly handy to install the type of flagpole shown on this page. But you can kill yourself too! Even guys who do it for a living have been killed installing a flagpole by touching an overhead wire with it.
So DO NOT ALLOW YOUR FLAGPOLE TO TOUCH AN OVERHEAD WIRE.
The pole weighs very little. Once you get it up in the air there is a huge leverage problem weighing against you. 80% of the pole will be above your center of gravity and behind you over your head. Also, do it on a calm day with no wind, and maybe have some help to foot it. I have never needed any help to raise this pole. But you need to judge for yourself. Also, keep the dog inside. You don’t need to be tripping over him while holding a 20′ flagpole over your head. Don’t let it fall and bean your kid.
Know where you are digging. Dig a 20″ hole where there is a pipe or wire buried 19″ below the surface and you will be in a world of hurt. Some places have laws about calling a central phone number before you dig anything. Check it out.
The rope cleat is already pre-mounted for you on the pole. No need to drill any holes.
After you raise the pole you are ready to install your snap hooks and attach your flag
- Reducing tension on the flag grommets. Your flag is an investment. You spent time figuring out what size you wanted, comparing them to get the best quality for your buck, and ensuring it was made here in the USA to support local communities. A retainer ring, by reinforcing the flag’s position close to the pole, reduces strain on the flag grommets, which can help lengthen your flag’s life. In windier areas, and on flags that fly day after day no matter the weather, the strain on your grommets can really add up. On larger commercial sized flags or flags that are in very windy areas, retainer rings are purchased for each of the grommets to provide extra individual support for the grommets, as the weight of the flag itself is also a strain.
- Aiding in lowering and raising the flag. As a retainer ring keeps your flag at an even distance from your pole, you will have to less resistance lowering and raising your flag.
You may also notice that when you see retainer rings, you also see matching cylindrical pieces dangling from it. These are counterweights. They are 2” diameter steel with eyebolts attached to one end or both, and coated in plastisol. They keep the flag taught by sharing stress with the line. If your flag is billowing in the middle even after adding a retainer ring, a counterweight could be of great help!
Find out how to find the correct size of retainer ring for your flagpole here!
Check out all of our retainer rings and counterweights, all made in the USA to order.
Flying a flag from the bed of the truck is a sign of pride in what the flag represents. If not properly mounted, when you get the truck up to speed the pole can break or you can have problems at an overpass. To show your pride, do the job right the first time so that there are not any problems down the road. Have fun with the flags; they make a great statement at tailgate parties, too.
Plan out the type of pole you want to use for flying the flag. If you plan on driving with the flag on display, you need a stronger mount and pole. Keep in mind that you don’t want the pole to be over 6 feet tall or you will have difficulty with some overpasses. For a 3-by-5-foot flag, a strong, hollow pole will suffice.
Line up the pole mount on the bed of the truck. Putting the pole closer to the cab of the truck gives you extra support while driving down the highway because less of the pole will be in the wind.
Drill holes for the pole mount and bolt it into place. For extra reinforcement, spot weld the mount to the bed of the truck.
Slide the flagpole into the the pole mount. Drill a 1/4-inch hole horizontally through the mount and flagpole (not required for a pole mount with a set screw). Slide the latch pin in place, or tighten the set screw, to prevent any lift on the flag pole while driving.
Mount the flag onto the flagpole. To remove the flagpole, unfasten the latch pin or loosen the set screw and lift the pole up and out of the bracket.
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Although fairly bland by itself, adding a few plants — or even rocks — around your flagpole spices up the area. Whether you want the flag itself to command most of the attention or the landscaping to play a bigger part will determine your approach. The simpler your landscaping, the more eyes you’ll have on your flag.
Remove all weeds and clear the grass around your flagpole. Till the soil, and add topsoil to fill any holes and make the ground level. If you encounter clay soils, which are harder and cause drainage problems, add about 2 or 3 inches of compost into the soil.
Add one or two rows of small perennials around the flagpole in a circular fashion. Keep them snug to the pole and spaced closely together. A row or two of flowers ties in the flagpole with your yard while keeping the style simple and easy to maintain. Perennials such as impatiens (Impatiens spp.) or pansies (Viola tricolor subsp. Hortensis) work well. Both are commonly grown as annuals. To place the plants in the ground, dig a hole equal to the depth of each plant’s rootball and about twice as wide. Fill in the hole with soil, and water the plants thoroughly, enough so the soil is moist and compact, but not wet.
Combine both flowers and ground cover to create a slightly more complex look that still allows the flag to grab most of the attention. This design fills in a bit more space, which works well in larger yards. Choose groundcover that can withstand foot traffic, as you’ll need to reach the flagpole to raise and lower the flag. At a height less than 6 inches and a spread between 6 and 12 inches, mazus reptans (Mazus reptans) works well and is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 8.
Create a plant-free landscape by adding a layer of rock around the flagpole in a circular fashion. Colored rock, such as red rock, fits in well against the backdrop of green from your yard. This design creates an island-like effect, where the flag stands out significantly from the rest of your yard. The larger the diameter of the rock, the less attention the flag commands. Add stone edging for a bit more style, or include plants that enjoy living in a rock garden, such as sea thrift (Armeria maritima) and purple rockcress (Aubrieta deltoidea). Both plants mature under a foot tall and have pinkish-violet flowers. Sea thrift thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8, while purple rockcress is hardy in zones 4 to 9.
Bring more attention to the landscaping by creating a mostly full circle of perennials, leaving a small spot open for a stone path leading to the center of the flagpole. You can connect the stone path to another walkway, or leave it as a standalone.
Expand outward with shrubs to command most of the attention around the landscaping. In this type of design, the flag plays second fiddle to the plant life. Keep the shrubs about 3 feet or so away from the flagpole; you want to create a feel of space in the area. Shrubs that are snug against the flagpole look too compact and constricted. Plant compact shrubs that range 3 to 5 feet in height. If you plant rows of shrubs, keep the larger shrubs behind the smaller ones. Allow enough space between plantings so you can comfortably walk in between and reach the flagpole.
Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around each plant, spreading it out evenly across the plant’s root zone. The mulch reduces evaporation and protects sensitive roots from hot and cool temperatures.
Flags flying high in the air are generally on flagpoles. Flagpoles are fairly easy to install, but there are a few things you should avoid in order to enjoy a smooth and successful project.
1. Improper Location
One of the worst mistakes is locating your new flagpole where it can come into contact with automobiles, lawn mowers, bicycles or any other objects that could ram into it. Also, always avoid any overhead obstructions such as power lines. Check with any municipal authorities or utility companies before you dig to make sure you will not damage buried lines or pipes in your selected installation area.
2. Sloppy Pole Storage
Avoid leaving your pole lying on the ground when it is delivered. You should raise the pole as soon as possible. Until you do, leave it in whatever protective wrapping it arrives in. Avoid leaving it lying flat. Stand it up and keep it dry until you are ready to install it.
3. Small Hole Size
Don’t dig the hole for your flagpole installation too small. You should dig a hole four times larger than the diameter of the pole. It should also be deep enough so the flagpole ground sleeve is flush with the surface. Do not use sand or dirt as fill around the sleeve. Instead, use crushed rocks.
4. Ready-mix Cement
Avoid using ready-mix cement. Use regular cement that dries naturally. Never position the sleeve without making sure the filled-in concrete is level. Avoid placing too much cement in the hole so it does not overflow.
5. Extension Slip-Ups
Large poles (such as a 40-foot pole) need an extension piece you insert on the end and place into the ground sleeve. Don’t allow the extension to show above the ground. Do not force the extension into the ground. You may need to cut it to make it fit.
6. Removal of Plastic Wrap
Avoid the temptation to remove the plastic wrap around the flagpole. Keep it on for added protection during the installation process.
7. Belated Flash Collar Installation
Don’t set the pole into the ground hole before you slip the flash collar around the pole. You will not be able to place it on the top and bring it down, so save some aggravation by remembering to install it on the flagpole before you place the pole in the ground.
8. Lack of Shims
Don’t place the pole in the extension without using some shims to ensure it stands evenly. Use a wood shim that can hold up to the task. For instance, strips of cedar shingles work well for this project.
9. Wrong Drill Bit for Cleat Holes
Avoid using the wrong-sized drill bit for making the cleat holes. Use an 1/8-inch bit for a 15-foot pole, a 5/32-inch bit for a 20- or 25-foot pole and a 3/16-inch bit for a 25- to 40-foot pole.
10. Windy Weather
Avoid installing your flagpole in windy conditions. Such weather can make your task more difficult.
It’s here! Your brand new American flag and flagpole came in and it looks glorious! Then you step outside to see if any of your neighbors have a flagpole too.
Recent surveys show that about 62% of Americans display an American flag somewhere on their property. So chances are that you won’t need to look too far before you see a flagpole in your neighborhood.
If you’re trying to figure out how to install a flagpole the correct way, you’re in luck! We put together a quick guide to proper flagpole installation and rules for displaying the American flag with pride.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before you start putting up your flag.
The oldest and simplest form of a flagpole is a stationary pole that stands upright in the round and holds a flag.
You can buy poles like this from a local store, online or you could make one of your own with a plastic or metal pipe. These simple poles are the best kinds of flagpoles for patriots on a budget!
Telescopic Style Flagpoles
Another kind of flagpole that stands in the ground is a telescopic pole. This kind of flagpole collapses/extends and sits in a plastic sleeve in the ground.
These poles can get pretty heavy and cost more than the simpler versions, but if you need to move the pole from time to time, they’re a great option!
Flagpoles for Your Wall
Some people don’t have room in the lawn for a stand-alone flagpole or live in an apartment complex/condo with no lawn. Don’t fret! There’s a flagpole for you too!
Wall-mounted flagpole options allow you to display your flag without digging any holes. For those who rent, be sure to ask the landlord for permission before mounting a flagpole bracket.
How to Install a Flagpole in Your Yard
So, you already have the flag and flagpole you ordered. Now what? Follow these three simple steps to install your flagpole.
The first step in the installation process is to dig a hole where you want the flagpole to stand. The hole should measure about 12 inches across and at least 30 inches deep (deeper if you have a bigger pole).
Once you have a proper hole, put about 6-8 inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole and tap it down and level it as best as you can.
Then place the sleeve (if you’re using one) into the middle of the hole and press it into the gravel a little bit so it stands upright…
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