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Flagpole Installation Instructions

FLAGPOLE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
General Installation Instructions for Fiberglass Ground Set
External Halyard Flagpoles

IMPORTANT

  • Please read and understand these instructions before installing your flagpole.
  • It is important to select a location for your pole where it cannot be struck by automobiles, bicycles, lawnmowers, or any object that can damage it. Avoid any overhead obstructions. AVOID ANY LOCATION IN THE VICINITY OF POWER LINES.
  • Always contact your local 'DIG SAFE' service before digging or excavating the area.
  • Do not allow the pole to lie around a job site. Keep the pole straight and dry during storage and erect as soon as possible after delivery.

PARTS LIST

  1. Flagpole Shaft
  2. Ground Sleeve
  3. 7' Butt Extension (for 40' only) with Self-Tapping Screws
  4. FLAGPOLE FITTINGS:
    • a. Gold Ball (1)
    • b. Halyard (rope) (1)
    • c. Flag Snaps (2)
    • d. Truck (pulley assembly) with Self-Tapping Screws
    • e. Tube of Loctite (1)
    • f. Cleat with Stainless Self-Tapping Screws
    • g. Decorative Flash Collar (20 ' and above)

TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES REQUIRED

  • Level
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Cedar Wedges
  • Dry Sand
  • Cement
  • Drill and Drill Bit
  • Shovel/Excavating Tools
  • Crushed Stone
  • Sledgehammer (40' only)
  • Hacksaw

FOUNDATION

The foundation requirements depend on the height of the pole, the butt diameter, and most importantly the type of ground content, i.e., gravel, dirt, sand, etc.

  1. Dig a hole 3 to 4 times the diameter of the pole and deep enough for the ground sleeve to be flush with the surface. (If the ground is soft or sandy, increase the diameter of the hole.)
  2. Center the ground sleeve in the hole and fill about 2" of crushed stone in and around the ground sleeve for drainage. (See Install Step 1)
  3. Fill around the ground sleeve with cement. When the whole is about half full, plumb the sleeve by placing a level into the sleeve at two points 90 degrees apart. As you continue adding cement, be sure the sleeve remains plumb. (See Install Step 2)

FLAGPOLE AND FITTINGS ASSEMBLY

  1. Leave the plastic wrap on the pole for protection.
  2. If installing a 40 ft. pole, the extension is to be installed at this time. It is designed to protrude 3.5' - 4' from the end of the pole. It becomes the part of the pole that goes into the sleeve so the entire finished part of the pole shows above grade. Insert the extension into the butt end of the pole, making sure both the inside and outside of the pole are free of sand/debris. The extension is marked, showing which end goes in the pole. Using a 2x4 as a buffer on the bottom of the extension, strike the board with a sledgehammer, to ensure a snug fit. The extension should NOT show above grade. If the extension is too long, cut off the excess amount with a hacksaw. DO NOT force inside the pole.
  3. Slip the flash collar over the pole, if supplied.
  4. Apply Loctite to the threads of the gold ball and screw into the truck. DO NOT apply turning force on the ball. Use pliers on spindle to tighten. Tighten the lock nut.
  5. Place the ball/truck assembly into the top of the pole. Drill 2 holes with a 1/8" bit, 180 degrees apart, through the shaft and truck stem about 1.5" from the top of the pole. Secure the truck to the pole with the self-tapping screws provided.
  6. If using a revolving truck, screw the truck onto the pole.
  7. Thread the halyard through the sheave (pulley), attach the snaps (see illustration) and secure halyard ends with square knot. Adjust the spacing between the 2 snaps to match the flag grommets.

If your pole includes a yardarm or a yardarm and gaff, install it at this time, referring to the instructions in the yardarm box.

FLAGPOLE INSTALLATION

  1. When the cement is firmly set, remove the upper 2/3 of the plastic wrap from the pole, raise the pole upright, and lower into the sleeve. (see Install Step 3) Rotate the pole so the pulley faces a direction away from the prevailing wind.
  2. Cut strips lengthwise from a cedar shingle (wedges) and push them part way down between the pole and sleeve in 3 or 4 places. Double the shims, if necessary, to keep them from dropping in the space. The shims can be used to plumb the pole by sliding opposite shims up or down as necessary. Use a level to plumb the pole. Be aware, the pole is tapered and the bubble will not indicate on center but should remain in the same relative position it's placed on the pole on all sides.
  3. When the plumb is established, pack the area between the pole and the sleeve with dry sand and tamp it firmly. Break/cut off the shims level with the sleeve. (See Install Step 4) Lower the flash collar. (See Install Step 5)
  4. Remove the rest of the plastic wrap. (See Install Step 6)
  5. Drill 2 cleat holes* approximately 48 inches above grade, in line with the pulley and halyard.
    • * 1/8" bit for 15 ft. Residential
    • 5/32" bit for 20', 25' Residential
    • 3/16" bit for 25'-40' Commercial

CARING FOR YOUR FIBERGLASS FLAGPOLE

  1. Dirt on the pole comes mostly from a dirty halyard. The polyester halyard is machine washable. Replace the halyard often.
  2. When the flag is not flying, bring the flag snaps together and wrap them around the cleat to prevent them from hitting the pole.
  3. Wipe off dirt marks with soap and water using a sponge. With white poles, stains or old dirt can often be removed with a mild bleach solution. DO NOT use sandpaper or any abrasive material on the surface. The pole can be polished with a non-abrasive cleaning compound recommended for fiberglass surfaces.
  4. Proper flag etiquette precludes flying the flag in inclement weather. Furthermore, the flag should not be flown in high winds. It can damage the pole and place unnecessary wear on the flag.

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