Flag Parts 101: What are Snap Hooks?

Posted by Accent Banner on Sep 27, 2017 9:19:23 AM

When it comes to flying your flags properly and securely, you will want to make sure you have the best parts. The following article is about a small but highly important piece of equipment for any flag; the snap hook. 

 

What are Snap Hooks?

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Snap hooks attach your flag to the halyard, or rope. You can find them in nylon, brass or stainless steel. Nylon hooks are most commonly used in residential areas as they produce less noise when they hit against your flag pole. Brass and stainless-steel are more often found in commercial areas because they will last longer and withstand the wear and tear from the weather. Stainless-steel snaph ooks are by far the most durable of the three. If you buy a brass or stainless-steel snap hook, you should add snap hook covers to protect them and cut the amount of noise they create. Checkout our step by step article on how to attach a snap hook cover for more information. 

 

 

How to Attach a Snap Hook?

1.) Pinch your halyard between your thumb and forefinger to create a loop.   
 
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2.) Next poke this loop you've just made through the eyelet of the snap hook.

NOTE: do not tie your snap hook to the halyard. Doing so eliminates the ability to adjust your snap hook position according to your flag size. Make sure you adjust the snap hooks as you clip your flag in the last step, because if you have the snaps too far apart or too close together, it will cause your flag to fly improperly.

 

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3.) Pull your loop up and over the snap hook then fold it back towards the halyard. You want to pull a large enough amount of slack through so that you can wrap the halyard loop over the snap hook. An easy way to adjust the snap hooks on the halyard is through the loosening and tightening of the slack.

 

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4.) Finally, make sure you tighten the rope so that the snap hook is secure. After the halyard loop is over the snap hook you need to take up the slack so the snap hook is stable. If done correctly, the more the wind blows, the tighter and more anchored the snap hook becomes. After finishing this step, repeat the process for the second snap hook and attach your flag.

 

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We hope this article has helped explain an often overlooked yet incredibly important piece of hardware for flying flags properly. If you are inneed of snap hooks or want to request a quote on custom flags, flagpole installation, or anything else flag and banner related please contact us today!

 

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3 Tips for Maintaining Outdoor Flags

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Aug 29, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Whether you're flying national flags, advertising flags, or custom banners, these three tips about proper upkeep will ensure that your flags are as respectable as whatever they symbolize. 

 

1.) Prevent Flag from Fading    

The sun can be your outdoor flag's worst enemy. Protect your flags and banners with the same vigilance you would protect your own skin, and be sure to spray your new flag with UV fabric protector. While fading is unavoidable, applying fabric protector can slow down the fading process. The spray not only protects your flag from UV rays, but it also creates a protective layer against dirt and debris so that it can be easily removed, which makes cleaning your flag that much simpler. While you can't block your outdoor flag from light while it's hanging, you can do so when storing your flag. When in storage, keep the flag or banner somewhere blocked from both natural and artificial light.

 

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2.) Flagpole Maintenance

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Because of the nature of outdoor flags and their exposure to the elements, it is essential to keep up with any small rips and tears that accumulate over time. It's also important to keep an eye on the condition of your flagpole. Flagpole installation and flagpole care goes hand in hand with maintaining the flag itself.  If you notice any deterioration, be sure to contact a flagpole specialist to make sure your flagpole is safe. Depending on the material the flagpole is made out of you may experience rotting or rusting that can make your flagpole a hazard. If you're considering installing a flagpole yourself we recommend downloading our free guide to installing a flagpole first. This guide will help insure that you complete the project safely. 

 

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3.) Pay Attention to the Weather

High winds and rain can cause damage to your flag. Because of this, it is advisable to lower your flag during times of inclement weather. While you can't always anticipate damage, any winds over forty miles an hour can cause significant damage, so it is recommended that you lower your flag when high winds are possible. It is also recommended that you lower your flag overnight or whenever you are away for long periods of time, as you will be less able to monitor the weather and act accordingly during these times.

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How to Display Multiple Flags

Posted by Accent Banner on Jul 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM

If you have several flags you wish to display, it's important to display them properly. The basic rules for displaying multiple flags in the United States take the following order from left to right:

  • National flags first, followed by
  • State flags, followed by
  • Territory flags, followed by
  • Military flags

 

Here are the basic rules for displaying each of these flags:

 

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If you are displaying several national flags, you should display the United States flag first, followed by any other national flags in alphabetical order. For example: if you have flags for Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and the United States, you would put them in the following order (again from left to right when viewing the flags): United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Ireland. The United States flag is put in the most prominent position. If you are flying flags from several different countries during peacetime, all other country flags must be the same size and flown at the same height.

If the flags are to be flown in a circle or group of poles, the United States flag is always in the center and higher than any other flag, other than national flags. If you are displaying several flags on one pole (no other national flags are allowed), the United States flag must be in the highest position. If you wish to display the United States flag on something other than a flag pole, it needs to be displayed flat in a prominent place with the stars on the viewer's upper left hand corner.

 

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Displaying State and Territory Flags

The most prominent state flag should be the state the flag is flying, followed by each state, and then each territory, as they were admitted into the Union.

 

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Displaying Military Flags

Military flags are displayed in the order when that branch of service was founded. The order should go:

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Any other group

 

To learn more about the correct ways to display and maintain flags and banners take a look at our other flag care and flag maintenance pages and posts at www.accentbanner.com. Our specialists are happy to assist you with any flag care questions you may have.

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