Many people have the desire to be more patriotic and wish to put up their own flag right at home. The poles to post these can be bought in various sizes, strengths and qualities. Making a flagpole adds individual creativity. Do-it-yourself flagpoles are inexpensive. Depending on the size, materials could cost as little as $100.
There are a few things needed before starting this project--cement mix to make concrete that is poured into the hole holding the flagpole; two clamps that fit around the pole to hold the two rope cleats for the flag; a cylindrical ground sleeve, ground spike and flash collar that protect the bottom of the pole; a flagpole (a 2-inch galvanized steel pipe works well and is inexpensive); a carpenter's level and digging tools.
Enlist help during this project, in case of an accident, as it involves dealing with heavy objects that need to be balanced.
Creating a Place for the Pole
When digging a hole for the flagpole, consider its length because 10 percent of the pole will be underground. Dig a hole that reflects that depth, as in a 2-foot-deep hole for a 20-foot-tall flagpole. Mix cement with water in the hole to start forming concrete.
Insert the ground sleeve into the hole, making sure the sleeve is level and is properly inserted into the concrete. Feel free to separate this task into two parts by creating only several inches of concrete first, waiting for it to set a little before inserting the sleeve. Pour in the rest of the mix to make it easier to level. Use a carpenter's level to ensure the sleeve sits squarely.
Wait about a week to make sure the concrete and sleeve are stable and strong. In the meantime, use the clamps to attach the rope cleats to the flagpole. Once the base is ready, insert the flagpole into the sleeve.
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