Flagpole Repair: How to Re-Rope a Flagpole

Posted by Accent Banner on Dec 18, 2017 6:30:00 AM

How to Re-rope a Flag Pole

Over time a flagpole rope (or halyard) can become frayed, or even break. You can avoid this problem though! Be sure to inspect the halyard and connecting hardware when raising or lowering the flag. Make sure to check the connecting points of snap hooks as hardware can create friction on the halyard. If you notice fraying or discoloration of the halyard it’s time to make adjustments or replace the halyard entirely. If damage is minimal you can prolong the life of your halyard by moving the snap hooks to a new location. However, if you need to replace the halyard its best to do so while the halyard is still attached to the pole. Below is a step-by-step DIY flagpole repair guide to help you re-rope your flagpole.

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*If the halyard is no longer threaded through the pulley at the top of the pole and you are unable to reach that height on your own you will need to call in professionals such as Accent Banner’s Field Services team to resolve the issue. Contact us for a Quote

Note: Do not attempt to re-rope your flagpole if the halyard is wet. The moisture in the halyard will prevent the electrical tape from sticking.

 cut.pngStep 1: Cut a new halyard to the appropriate length. To make sure you have enough length multiply the height of the pole by two and add 10’. (Height x 2 + 10’ = X). If you need to cut your halyard to size be sure to wrap a small amount of electrical tape around the halyard at your cut point. Doing so will prevent fraying.






Step 2: Remove the flag and flag connecting hardware from the existing halyard.







 11-1.pngStep 3: Untie or cut the existing halyard creating two free ends. Tie one end of the halyard to the flagpole cleat to prevent the halyard from slipping through the pulley (truck) at the top of the flagpole.








Step 4: Using electrical tape connect the freely hanging end of the existing halyard with one end of the new halyard. Run a strip of electrical tape length wise across both pieces making sure each halyard meets in the middle. Squeeze the electrical tape around the halyards. Repeat this step with another piece of electrical tape creating a fully covered connection.






Step 5: Rub the taped connection between the palms of your hands to make sure both pieces of halyard are securely connected.








Step 6: For added security wrap electrical tape around the ends and middle of the connection (as shown with black tape). Note: be sure to not use to much electrical tape that the connection won’t fit through the pulley (truck).







Step 7: Untie the existing halyard from the cleat. Pull the existing halyard toward you raising the newly made connection upwards and through the pulley (truck). Continue pulling until the connection point returns to your position. If done properly you have just threaded the new halyard through the pulley (truck).






break.pngStep 8: Separate the connection by pulling the two halyards apart or cutting them apart if necessary. In the image to the left Vinny is separating the connection by stepping on the existing halyard and pulling the new halyard free.






L.jpgStep 9:Tie both ends of the new halyard together using a square knot. For an instructional video on tying square knots Click Here.








Step 10: Wrap electrical tape around the square knot being sure to cover both loose ends of the halyard. This will secure the knot and give the halyard a clean and professional look. Note: this knot will become your guide when installing the flag connecting hardware.






Step 11:Secure the halyard to the flagpole by wrapping it around the cleat in a figure 8 motion.







You are now ready to install the flag connecting hardware. Click here for instructions on how to install a snap hook and cover to your halyard! If you're unsure or want help from a flag and banner specialist contact us today. We'd be happy to provide you with a custom quote for your residence or business. 



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Topics: flag care, flag repair, Installing a Flagpole, flagpole repair, re-rope a flag pole

3 Tips for Maintaining Outdoor Flags

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Nov 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

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. 


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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Topics: flag care, flag repair, Installing a Flagpole, flagpole repair, outdoor flags, flagpole maintenance

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?


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.   

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.



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.



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.



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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