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Show support for your country and troops by building this easy flagpole.

Step 1: Buy Hardware

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All items can be bought at a major Home Improvement Store.

You will need the following items:

2  -  3/8"x10'6" 18 Guage Top Rails for Chain Link Fencing.    
         (You can find these in the garden center)
1 - 1/4" Braided Nylon Rope. (50ft)                                                
2 - #16 Pipe Clamps
2 - 5/8" Fast Eye Snaps
1 - 41/2" Rope Cleat
1 - 1/2 " Swivel Pulley
1 - Mini Solar Crackle Sphere




 
JasonM381 month ago
Jonfromelmcity made it!1 year ago

I made this yesterday with some modification. I found the hardware for fastening the flag to be easy and affordable so I used all of that. However, I felt the PVC would flex too much. I also wanted to be able to take my flagpole down or be able to move it if needed. I swapped out the PVC for two of galvanized pipes each 5' 6" long that I got at the local garden center. The pipes are for chain link fencing and I was able to find all kinds of parts, including a piece that slips inside each to join them and a cap for the top. I drilled holes in one end of the pipe and into the piece for joining the pipes, leaving enough of the joining piece out so I could slide the other piece of pipe on. Since I wasn't using concrete, I put the flagpole about 2 feet down and have a 9 foot flag pole. If needed, I can quickly take the top section off and put it away and it wouldn't take much effort to take the bottom half out. I can relocate it as long as I am willing to dig another hole.

Although it seemed silly, the solar light does really top it off.

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This was a great lead. I modified it to fit my situation.

I have an aluminum pole mast that hung at an angle. It was always getting tangled by the prevailing winds at our house. So the answer was a vertical flagpole. I have long wanted one.

I had a 5' piece of 1 1/2" PVC pipe (white), and it had an angle cut on one end. In my front yard there are brick planters. In a corner area I drove the PVC pipe down until it hit something hard. (Rock, bedrock, or ???)

I only used one 10' 6" pipe, and my aluminum mast (about 5') fit the swedged end of the rail pipe. (LUCKY ME!)

The solar light I chose fit fine, but I added a short piece of 3/4" Sch 20 sprinkler PVC to the upright. And I used some Locktite brand Gel super glue to make sure the fixture head stayed on and was glued to the PVC as well. The solar light is a fantastic idea, and I can't wait for dark to bring it on.

I followed the rope instructions, but hung my pulley from a closed up "S" hook at the top of the pole

Then the flag pole was set into the 1 1/2" PVC driven into the ground.

Worked good, and no more tangled flag!

OH, and I used bronze harness snaps like this:

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=445...

I got all my needs at my local Lowe's, but harness snaps are available at feed stores as well. I just like these type of snaps and have one on my dogs leash, too.

My 4' X 6' sown American Made Flag flies beautifully now in the afternoon breeze.

Thanks for this DIY home grown flag pole. And Happy Memorial Day!

I fly my American flag 24/7 because our troops are out there 24/7.

thejeep1 year ago

Just a thought (because I'm thinking about building this)... What if you made the pole a little more solid. For example, rip a 16' long piece of 2X4 down to 3/8 and slide it inside of the pipe. 2X4s are cheep. You could then fill the remaining space around the wood with adhesive. It would make the pipe and wood essentially a solid rigid pole. Just a thought to keep it from bending in the wind.

famlawgal (author) 1 year ago
After having this pole up for over a year strong Florida winds have finally made the pole lean. I need to use a bigger diameter pole next time.
SIRJAMES091 year ago
This is a good idea!! Thank you for sharing.

When I had my farm, I had a flag pole in the front yard...first pole was a utility pole I bought from the electric company for $2.00 then had to pay $150 to transport it, & another $200 to put it in the ground(these poles average about 1000 pounds in weight).

Next time around I went the cheaper route....I scavenged all the materials I could & ended up with about 400 pounds of concrete in the ground for a base/counter weight, followed by a truck spring sunk into the concrete(tornado could not even blow it down) with which a 1/4 inch thick pipe 25 feet long was attached to the spring.

It survived 2 tornados, numerous hail storms & some city slicker crashing his car car into it cuz he was too drunk to be driving. I left the farm in 1997 & it was still there then....by that time it had been up for about 10 or 12 yrs.
silveravnt3 years ago
I just learned that you can go to your congressman's website and get a flag that has flown over the US capitol. There are several sizes available all very affordable.
you can! I got one about 10 yers back.. you can specify the date, the size and the material... i think mine was only about 13 dollars, and it came with a certificate.
SIRJAMES094 years ago
when you put the 2 poles together, I would put the clamp there to strengthen the joint....maybe even run a doll rod inside to make it stronger yet & less flexible. It just looks like a strong wind would bring it down... :-(

Good Idea tho...very nice.

TY for sharing
billd64 years ago
Your photo looks like the pole really flexes in a wind.
Fyerfytr4 years ago
Thanks for the plans! Does it flex quite a bit in stronger wind?