Snap Hooks: A look Into the Parts of a Flagpole

Have you ever looked at a flag on a tall pole and wondered how the flag is attached to the rope?  Probably not, but now that we are on the subject let’s talk about snap hooks!

First off, what is a snap hook? 

A snap hook is a clasp (much like the end of a dog leash) attached to the flagpole rope via a simple slip knot.  Once the snap hook is attached to the rope of a flagpole it will clip on to one of the grommets of the flag—securing that corner/area of the flag to the rope.  The majority of snap hooks are usually metal (some are plastic) and typically come in nickel or brass colors.


Do snap hooks require maintenance?

Yes, even if a snap hook is made of metal it will eventually need replacing.  The metal grommet of a flag will rub against the metal of the snap hook, eventually the grommet will rub through the snap hook.  Luckily, the failure of a snap hook takes a while, but it would be a good idea to check them periodically (every 3-6 months) or after a big wind and/or storm.

One of the best things about snap hooks are their adjustability.  If you have a rope base flagpole and decided to change the size of your flag, no need to worry. All you have to do is loosen the slip knot and adjust the rope up or down to accommodate your new flag. 

Although a snap hook is a small and relatively simple part of the flagpole, it plays an important role in displaying one’s patriotism, football team allegiance, or company logo. If you realize you’re due for new snap hooks, we have them in stock! 

Posted on October 18, 2018 .