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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How to Attach a Snap Hook & Cover

Posted by Accent Banner on Mar 1, 2016 1:09:37 PM

How to Attach a Snap Hook & Cover

Snap hooks are the pieces of hardware that attach a flag to the flagpole rope (halyard). Snap hook covers protect the snap hook and prevent them from banging into the flagpole creating unwanted noise. Below is a step-by-step DIY guide to installing snap hooks and snap hook covers.

*Accent Banner suggests using only stainless steel snap hooks as opposed to brass to avoid oxidation and corrosion.



Snap Hook

 Step 1: Purchase 2, 1" x 3.75" swivel-I stainless steel snap hooks and 2 snap hook covers (available in grey, black, and brown).







 Step 2: Locate the square knot that ties both ends of the halyard together. This knot marks the center point for attaching your snap hooks. Measure up and down from the knot equal to half the height of your flag. For instance, if your flag is a 3’H x 5’W you should measure 18” up and down from the knot. Once you have measured and identified your connection points, fold the halyard to create a loop and feed it down through the top of the snap hook cover (see left).



Replace a Snap Hook

 Step 3: Pull the halyard loop all the way through so that it extends past the bottom of the snap hook cover.







snap hook

 Step 4: Now feed the loop through the bottom ring of the snap hook.







re-rope a flag Step 5: Once the loop is through the bottom eye hold feed the top of the snap hook back through the open loop and pull the halyard tight.







 Step 6: Slide the snap hook cover over the knot leaving just enough of the snap hook exposed for attaching to the flag.







 Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 for the bottom snap hook. Once both snap hooks are attached to the flag, slide the covers down covering the hardware and knot completely.





Now that you have installed the snaphooks, covers, and secured your flag to the halyard, you’re ready to fly (the flag that is). For information on extending the life of your flag please click the button below.


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