How to Choose the Right Flagpole

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you're considering a flagpole installation, it can be hard to determine the best flagpole for your particular situation. In this post, we'll discuss some considerations to take into account when selecting the perfect flagpole to meet your needs.

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Choosing a Flagpole

The first order of business is to determine what type of flagpole will work best with your needs. During this decision you’ll want to consider the flagpole material, height, your personal preference as to style, flag size, and the all-important flagpole location.

 

Flagpole Material:

While wood was once a popular choice, today aluminum or fiberglass is the standard. Modern aluminum flagpoles come in large sizes, are offered in an array of colors and finishes, and are extremely durable. Fiberglass poles are also available in various colors and finishes, and are made of strong materials designed to flex slightly in the wind.

 

Flagpole Height:

If the desired pole site is near a building, the building’s height may help determine flagpole size. For a single story structure, you’ll want a flagpole 15-25’ high. A two-story structure may require a 25-30’ pole, and at three stories, a larger 30-40’ pole may be appropriate. If you are planning on flying your flag after sundown, you should consider adding lighting, which “technically” is required by U.S. law for displaying the American flag at night.

 

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Preference as to style:

While there are several factors to consider, the most important is personal preference. At the end of the day, it’s your flagpole and no one else’s. Internal halyard flagpoles, for example, are generally more expensive than external halyard poles, however they add an extra layer of security as the cable is concealed inside of the pole. With external halyard poles, on the other hand, the ropes are exposed on the outside of the pole. Discuss your needs with a flagpole specialist, like Accent Banner, to better understand the full range of options available.

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Flagpole Installation: 5 Steps to Installing a Flagpole

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Feb 2, 2017 7:30:00 AM

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Installing a flagpole is a job that a couple of people can accomplish in just one weekend. The first order of business is to determine what type of flagpole will work best with your needs. While wood is a popular choice -- and has long been the traditional one -- today you can chose from fiberglass, standard aluminum and telescoping aluminum. Each one has its own benefits that should be carefully considered before you make your choice and move on to the actual flagpole installation.


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Step 1: Call DigSafe

Once you’ve chosen your flagpole and location, it’s time to dig the hole. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the law requires that you call DigSafe before you break ground. DigSafe is a free service that lets you know if it’s a safe spot to excavate. Visit http://www.digsafe.com to learn more about their service. Other states have similar organizations and services.

 

Step 2: Dig Foundation Hole & Set the Pole Sleeve: 

flagpole installationThe dimensions of a flagpole foundation are directly related to the height of the pole. For every 10’ in pole height you must dig 1’ in depth, width, and length, i.e. 1 cubic foot. For example, the foundation for a 30’ pole must be 3’ deep, by 3’ wide, and 3’ long. While digging the hole be sure to set aside any larger-sized stones for use later in leveling the pole sleeve. Once the hole is dug to size, throw a small amount of gravel and sand into the base for drainage. Set the sonotube/ pole sleeve in the center of the hole.

Next, you’ll need to level the sleeve to make sure the sides are plumb. Keeping the sleeve level, place the stones gathered earlier around the outside cavity of the sleeve. This step provides additional support when it comes time to pour the concrete foundation. Now that the sonotube/pole sleeve is sitting securely inside the hole it’s time to mix the Quikrete. Follow the directions on the packaging, and when ready, pour the Quikrete around the pole sleeve. While pouring, use the level to make sure the pole sleeve stays plumb. This step is crucial. Any unevenness will result in a tilting pole. Continue to pour the concrete around the pole sleeve until the hole is filled to about one inch from the top. After ensuring again that the pole sleeve is level, let the concrete dry for a minimum of 24 hours. On the following day, fill the exposed edges around the sonotube/pole sleeve with earth to make the foundation flush with the lawn

 

 

 

 

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Step 3: Unwrap Flagpole and Attach Hardware

 Now that the pole sleeve is cemented into place it’s time to unwrap your newly-purchased flagpole and its accompanying hardware. Take out the hardware and start by mounting the “truck” to the top of the flagpole. The truck is the piece of hardware that is affixed to the top of the flagpole through which the rope/halyard is threaded. It acts as a pulley when raising the flag.

With the truck in place attach, an ornament to it’s top in the threaded hole provided. You may need to purchase this the ornament separately. Typically, flagpole ornaments are gold balls or flying eagles. *Side note: Eagle ornaments have been known to damage flags if the flyend gets caught up in the wings. You may be better off choosing a ball ornament or other smoothed surface option.

Included in an external halyard flagpole setup will be a cleat, which mounts to the side of the pole. You’ll want to attach the cleat firmly as it is used to secure the rope/halyard to the flagpole.

 

 

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Once the hardware is mounted to the pole, unwrap the rope/halyard and thread it through the truck
(pictured to the right).

At this point you’ll want to tie the two ends of rope together. You’ll need a tight connection. Use a square knot or other self-tightening knot. Wrap the knot with electrical tape to smooth it out and add extra reinforcement. Before you continue to the next step, slide the “collar” or metal ground base halfway up the pole. You can use the rope provided to tie the collar to the cleat while standing the pole.

 

 

Step 5: Raise the Flagpole!

 

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 Depending on the size and material of the flagpole that you’ve chosen, you may need a crane or bucket truck to lift the pole into place. Typically any pole over 25ft. requires a crane or utility vehicle to help lift it. (When ordering your pole, ask about its weight. This will give you an idea of what you’ll need to raise it.) While holding the flagpole base into the sonotube/pole sleeve, lift the top half of the flagpole. Once high enough the pole should slide into place. Some smaller poles can be installed by “walking them up” until the flagpole base falls into the sleeve. While doing so, be sure to have a second person hold the base into position. With the pole finally upright check to be sure it is plumb using wooden shims inside the pole sleeve to keep it in position. Add dry sand in the space between the pole and the sleeve. As the sleeve fills, tap lightly on the pole to help the sand disperse evenly around the pole. Repeat this process until the sand has filled the sleeve completely. At this point you can pull out the wooden shims and lower the collar or metal ground base to cover the hole. Take care not to scratch the pole with the collar on the way down. Now that the flagpole is in place, snap hooks need to be attached on either side of the taped square knot. Be sure to space the snap hooks to coincide with the grommets on your flag. Thread a small loop of rope/halyard through the bottom ring of Step 4: Attach the Rope/Halyard and Thread Through the Truck Once the hardware is mounted to the pole, unwrap the rope/halyard and thread it through the truck (pictured to the right). At this point you’ll want to tie the two ends of rope together. You’ll need a tight connection. Use a square knot or other self-tightening knot. Wrap the knot with electrical tape to smooth it out and add extra reinforcement. Before you continue to the next step, slide the “collar” or metal ground base halfway up the pole. You can use the rope provided to tie the collar to the cleat while standing the pole. the snap hook. Then push the snap end of the hook through the rope/halyard loop and pull the rope/halyard tight. At last, attach your flag and hoist it with pride.

 

Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a beautiful new flag and flagpole. 

 

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The Different Types of Flagpole Trucks

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Jan 9, 2017 7:56:00 AM

A flagpole truck is one of the most important components of a flagpole. A flagpole top consists of a truck and an ornament and sometimes an adapter. There are several types of flagpole trucks you should be aware of. Each serves a different purpose and are intended for various types of flagpoles. Read our flagpole repair pages and articles to learn more about maintaining your flags.

 

flagpole capFlagpole Cap or Top Adapter

Although a flagpole cap or top adapter isn't actually considered a truck at all it is sometimes neccessary to be included in your flagpole top arrangement. A cap simply slips over the top of a flagpole and is secured with 3 stainless steel set screws. The cap is used to connect certain types of trucks to the flapole.

 

 

 

 

flagpole truckSingle Pulley Truck

A single pulley truck is the simplest system intended for raising and lowering a flag. These trucks are designed to fit over the top of a flag pole and be secured by the set screws which are typically included when you purchase it. The truck is also designed to receive an ornament to be displayed from the threaded hole located at the very top.

 

 

 


singlerevolve.pngSingle Pulley Revolving Truck

A single pulley revolving truck is similar to the single pulley truck except it has the ability to swivel around the flagpole. This additional function helps prevent the flag from wrapping around the flagpole. A revolving truck is great for windy weather where the flag and flagpole rope may change direction and get tangled.

 

 

 

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DBLstationary.pngDouble Pulley Truck (Cap Style)

A double pulley flagpole system is slightly more complex. This unit is intended specifically for larger flagpoles that include two halyards. This double sheave truck assembly is made from cast aluminum with a matte finish, a nylon pulley and accepts a threaded spindle of an ornament. 

 

 


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The double pulley revolving truck is the cadillac of flagpole trucks. This systems is used on larger flagpole with halyards and works very well in incliment weather as it revolves to avoid tangling and wrapping of the flag.  Additionally, many double pulley revoloving trucks utilize a self-lubricating ball bearing assembly for ease of rotation, product life and strength.

 

 

 

In addition to knowledge of different flagpole parts our team has extensive knowledge of flagpole repair and maintenance. If you'd like to schedule either of those services or flag repair, flag cleaning, or flag and banner installation please contact us today. We'd be happy to provide you with a custom quote or provide more information regarding the maintainance of your flag and/or flagpole.

 

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