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December 1st, 2016

Things NOT to do to your flagpole

There are a few precautions we like to give our customers when they buy a flagpole, here are some things not to do to your flagpole.

1. Do not climb your flagpole

When climbing a flagpole, you are putting yourself in danger. You can get seriously hurt (or worse!) from falling off a flagpole.  If there is a problem with the pole, (rope stuck in pulley, flag stuck on flagpole, flagpole topper fell off, or any other reason) give us a call. The height of flagpole, diameter of the flagpole, and type of work needed determines how we will access the top to help you out. The options include steeplejack, bucket truck, and removing the flagpole then reinstalling the pole after repair…..Each case is different and will need to be evaluated case by case.

Speeplejack climbing flagpole

2. Do not overload your flagpole

Flagpoles are manufactured to withstand a certain load or weight. When using an over sized flag that adds pressure to the flagpole and could result in a bent flagpole. This theory also applies when attaching balloons, streamers, or other objects to your flagpole, the extra weight can cause damage to the flagpole.

Overloaded flagpole

3. Do not ignore your flagpole

Flagpoles are essentially maintenance free. However, it is a good idea to check the components annually, at the minimum. Look at the rope. Is it frayed or showing signs of wear? If so, re-roping a flagpole from the ground is simple and the cost is minimal. Waiting for the rope to break requires accessing the top of the flagpole, resulting in time without a flag and additional cost. Is the truck (pulley) sticky? Are the snap hooks wearing? How does the ball or eagle at the top of the pole look? If it is a steel flagpole, is it beginning to rust? Early detection of problems can keep your flag flying proud at all times.

4. Do not lick your flagpole

I know this first hand! One of my youthful “fond” memories includes licking the rod-iron hand rail at her friend’s house every morning on my way to elementary school. Totally disgusting, I know, I have no good reason why I would do this except the rail was the perfect height!  This was my daily ritual until a cold front moved in. Yup, you guessed it, my tongue stuck to the handrail.  I learned that day, don’t lick a cold flagpole or any other metal object

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  • Alice Carroll

    April 8, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    You made a good point that no matter how light, flagpoles should still not be overloaded with too many flags. I would like to have a flagpole installed in my yard so that I can raise a piece of cloth on it and determine the speed and direction of the wind of the day. Its pretty windy where I live and I would like to take advantage of that one day by flying a kite.

  • Kate Hansen

    May 1, 2020 at 10:17 am

    It was helpful when you said to check on maintenance for it annually. My husband is wanting to get a flagpole to put in front of his office building in a couple of weeks, and he wants to make sure that he takes care of it correctly. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to him once he gets a flagpole for his office building.

  • T Kershevich

    May 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Our flag is stuck at the top of the pole. We put a new flag with two new brass lanyerds? to hold the flag to the rope one year ago, but there is alot of wind by Lake Erie and the bottom one broke and the flag is flying by the top only and the rope is stuck so we can’t lower it. Enough force will do it right? Back and force pulling gets a metal knocking sound up there. Thanks.

  • wanda nigro

    June 30, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Nice article. It is a very needy and well-covered article. I enjoyed reading it. A flagpole is something that carries the flag of the nation or a team or any big things which must get respect and here are the points covered very well thank you for sharing this fantastic article.

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