Telescoping flag poles are becoming more popular as they are lightweight and easy to assemble. They have no halyards that rattle against the pole in the wind. Follow the installation instructions that came with your pole for the best results.
Step 1 – Select a Suitable Place to Install Your Flag Pole
Install your flagpole at one end of the driveway or in the lawn. Ensure that the soil is very firm if you are installing in the lawn.
Step 2 – Locate the Sleeve
The flagpole will stand in this sleeve, so it must be fitted so that the top of the sleeve is level with the top of the soil. Measure the length of the sleeve and add 2 inches.
Step 3 – Dig the Hole
Dig a hole about 8 inches in diameter and as deep as the sleeve plus 2 inches. Pour about 2 inches depth of gravel into the hole, and level it off.
Step 4- Mix the Concrete
Mix the concrete on a strong plastic sheet near the hole. Do not use too much water.
Step 5 – Prepare the Sleeve
To stop your flag pole going right to the bottom of the sleeve, you will have to insert an inner sleeve or fit a bolt across the sleeve. The sleeve should also be closed at the bottom.
Step 6 – Stand the Sleeve in the Hole
This will confirm that the depth of the hole is correct. The sleeve needs to be held central and upright in the hole. You can do this by pushing sticks into the sides of the hole.
Step 7 – Insert the Concrete
Pour the concrete into the hole around the sleeve. Be careful not to move the sleeve while doing this. Let the concrete dry thoroughly, dampening it occasionally.
Step 8 – Insert the Pole
A collar will secure the flag pole to the sleeve. This collar prevents the flag pole from being lifted out of the sleeve.
Step 9 – Attach the Flag
Because there is no halyard, the flag will be attached to clips fitted to the pole. Make sure you connect the top of the flag to the top clip.
Step 10 – Raise the Pole
Most telescoping flag poles will either lock into position when they are raised or will need to be twisted. In either case, make sure the sections are locked.
Telescoping flag poles are very reliable and are built to withstand very strong winds. The lack of halyards gives them a very clean appearance.