Building and Installing a Flagpole

For visual impact, a flagpole is often used to pole a street or sidewalk flagpole. The flag should be hoisted to the flagpole from the ground or a vehicle on a temporary foundation. A flag should not be hoisted without the support of the flagpole and the pole. Flagpoles for indoor use are usually smaller and hold only three, four, or five flags. They are typically placed on the ground floor of a multi-story building.

 

A small aerial flagpole with one or two flags can be erected on any floor of a multi-story building

In some cases, the flags could be hoisted with the support of an existing structure, but this practice is usually limited to commercial buildings. Commercial use flagpoles have to meet local requirements for height, Canton angles, and material. An aerial flagpole of this type will not be supported by a conventional building’s wind tower or by the home’s main electrical supply.

 

Flagpoles can also be manufactured using telescoping poles

These structures have the same basic principles as those of the flagpole with a pole sleeve. The pole is placed in a central area such as the main door jamb. The pole sleeve is fastened to a supporting structure such as the building’s foundation or a steel support rod. The sizes and design of telescoping poles are similar to that of flagpoles.

 

Flagpoles may be designed to carry an official flag or to display a flag unusually

In these cases, the flagpole may be of unusual size, have an unusually long height, or be extremely lightweight. In some cases, the hoist will need to be specially trained for both purposes, as flagpoles are typically much higher than most buildings. However, many people find the aesthetic value of a well-placed, high-quality flagpole to be worth the extra effort and expense involved in constructing it.

 

special care should be taken to ensure that it will remain strong through inclement weather

In cases where the flagpole will be used as a freestanding structure, special care should be taken to ensure that it will remain strong through inclement weather. First, the fly end of the pole must be securely attached to the structure to avoid it blowing over during strong winds. Next, the fly end of the flagpole must be securely attached to sturdy support like the building’s foundation so that it will not tip or blow over. In addition, the flagpole nail must be carefully fitted into the nailing plate to ensure that it is firmly pressed into the pole and does not come loose during high winds.

 

When installing a flagpole, it is important to determine the height at which the hoist will be mounted

The average flag pole hoist will be four feet high but will vary depending on the type of flagpole and the building’s specifications. The length of the hoist will also be determined by Canton size; the smaller the canton, the shorter the pole should be. A standard flagpole will provide about forty feet of vertical height from the ground to the top of the hoist, and the smaller ones will provide approximately twenty-five feet of height. The best type of flagpole to use for a structure is one with a little over six feet of Canton height for high buildings and around four feet for low buildings.

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