Something that might be overlooked when buying a flagpole is the maintenance involved. Although it is not a lot of maintenance, if it is forgotten and if something breaks, it can be costly. Over time the rope can become worn, frayed, or damaged, requiring restringing to keep your flag flying. We are going to walk you through how to restring your flagpole from the ground.
Gather the necessary tools and materials
Remove the flag, snap hooks, and rope
Before restringing the flagpole, take the flag down and completely remove the snap hooks and snap hook covers if you are planning on reusing them, otherwise you can keep them on the rope.
Locate the part of the rope that has the knot or hog rings securing the rope together. Take your scissors or knife and cut the rope right above the top snap hook. Do not let go of the rope.
Attach the old rope to the new rope
Precut a piece of tape and put it on the end of the old rope, line it up with the end of the new rope and tape them together. Do not attach snap hooks yet.
Pull the rope through
Slowly pull the old rope all the way through the pulley at the top of the flagpole, feeding the new rope through. Once the rope is all the way through and you have the part with the tape back, remove the tape and discard the old rope.
Attach the new rope together
There are two options when it comes to attaching the rope together. You can either use hog rings to marry the rope. You would just overlap the two ends of the rope and secure it together with hog rings and pliers. The other option is to tie a knot, we find the double fisherman’s knot to work best. Here is a video of how to tie it.
We typically recommend keeping the knot or the attachment of the rope between the snap hooks, which are added after the rope is connected. This way it does not get stuck in the pulley or dangle in the middle of the flagpole.
Attach new snap hooks and covers on rope
Find the first spot you would like to add the snap hook, then attach your flag and use your flag to determine where you want the second snap hook. Watch the video to see how to attach the snap hooks and snap hook covers.
Raise your Flag
Proudly raise your flag with your newly restrung flagpole.
Your flagpole should not need new rope for at least a year now. However, it is still good to take a look at it every so often to make sure it is still in good shape. If this seems too daunting, we are happy to assist in your flagpole restring. Contact us if you have any questions or need any help.