The use of flags and flagpoles has roots that trace up to 2000 years ago. We started using organic materials for our flagpoles, with wood being the most common, and then eventually transitioned to using metal fixtures during the start of the industrial period. Flying a flag is a long-standing tradition which signifies a person or group’s identity, loyalty, or affiliation.
Flagpoles are essential because they are an effective yet inexpensive way to display flags and pennants. Thus, today’s article includes a practical guide to help you install flag poles correctly.
As with any piece of real estate, location is the key. Your first task when installing a flagpole is to select the best location to put it. Ideally, you should put it somewhere it will be visible and thus have a large impact. You might want to consider if that location is as visible from the windows of a building as it is visible from a pedestrian’s view. Flags are majestic when they’re being blown by the wind so putting your flagpole where it has access to the wind is another thing to consider.
Once you have identified the location, check if it’s safe to do some digging there. Aside from the quality of the soil, you also have to look into whether the spot you’re about to dig has underlying pipes or wires.
After making sure that the spot is safe for digging, you may now start your excavation. You can personally undertake this part but a more practical solution is to let the professionals do this. The team from Norcal Playworks will be more than happy to help you out in not just digging a hole for your flagpole but with the whole installation too!
The next critical thing you have to do is to lay out your foundation. After digging the proper depth, set the ground sleeve in place and prepare to add cement.
Set your ground sleeve in the center of the hole then, using shims or other pieces of wood and a level, make sure that the sleeve is plumb (level on two axes). Make sure to secure it in place, just enough so that it won’t move when you add cement to the hole. Stuff a wadded-up piece of newspaper or other paper into the top of the ground sleeve (or otherwise cover the ground sleeve opening) so that no concrete or other material falls inside the ground sleeve. Once done, you’re now ready to pour in your cement mixture.
The next steps are relatively easier. You just have to prepare your flagpole for standing. If the pole is in sections, this is where you connect each section before installing the whole thing. Once done, stand next to the pole and look upwards to check if it’s clear of any wires or other materials.
Finally, attach your flag and secure it in place. Congratulations on your first flagpole installation!