Installing A Flag

Flags are good accessories for houses, churches, gardens, and also organization establishments. No other decorations can provide off the mood that is given off by a flag flying energetically in the air.

Mounting a flag is very easy if you know just what it requires to finish the project. You have to have all the products and also tools prior to you start with the task. You need a flagpole set that contains the post and all the various other flag accessories like halyards and pulleys. The package typically has all the information and guideline for its setting up.

The initial step installing the flag building the foundation. You have to dig a hole with measurements of advised in the flag kit. The opening is normally regarding 50 centimeters vast and also 90 centimeters deep. Taller flagpoles may need broader as well as deeper openings. A pipeline is put in the center of the hole. The pipeline is where the flagpole will be put. As soon as the pipe is centered, concrete is put right into the hole. The concrete is allowed to set over night.

While waiting for the concrete to establish, the flagpole is constructed adhering to the instructions from the flag firm. The flag as well as various other accessories like pulley-blocks and also halyard are set up. Other accessories like a ball are mounted on the top end of the flagpole.

Once the concrete has actually dried, the pole can be inserted into the pipe. This maintains the flagpole in position. The entire job is extremely uncomplicated but needs some initiative.

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What To Do With Rusted Flagpole?

Exposure to rain and humidity can cause any metal flagpole to rust. Even the ones with anti-corrosion finish will inevitably succumb to rusts as the protective finish deteriorates. Flag owners are advised to regularly check the flagpole for rust. The reason being that rust can weaken the flagpole. It would not be able to endure wind speeds it was originally rated for. This increases the likelihood of the flagpole failing during powerful winds.

What to do with a rusted flagpole depends on the severity of the corrosion. Minor surface rusts are nothing to worry about as far as structural strength is concerned. They can cleaned off with a metal cleaning solution. There are many metal cleaners available on the market. When working on a bare metal flagpole, find a cleaner that also provides protection. The difficulty of cleaning depends on the length, type of the flagpole, and foundation. Old painted flagpoles with worn paint can be repainted after cleaning to restore the protection and also the aesthetics.

For more serious corrosion, the flagpole can be reinforced. A sheet metal can be shaped and welded on to strengthen the affected areas.

A corrosion so severe that it has penetrated through the interior of the flagpole only has one solution. The flagpole must be scrapped entirely. Penetrating rusts turns sections of the flagpole dangerous brittle. In order to prevent injuries and damages to properties, the pole must be taken down and disposed of.

Flag, Nationalism, And Respect

Anything that happens in the United States resonates across the world.  A very heated debate is currently ongoing involving the National Football League (NFL) and the comments made by the US President Donald J. Trump criticizing athletes from the league that he claims are disrespecting the flag. The athletes from different teams who are protesting the deaths of black people on the hands of the police knelt during the singing of the US national anthem before games. The POTUS did not respond too kindly to the kneeling gesture. He went as far as to say that those athletes should be fired by the team owners. The league and its athletes did not respond nicely to his criticisms. Other athletes from other sports jumped in on the discussion.

Being a self-proclaimed nationalist and patriot, it is easy to see why the off-the-cuff POTUS said what he said. And while this incident has brought out some negative emotions amongst many and even if people will continue to have different sides regarding the matter, the issue has brought up the seldom talked about subjects of respect for flag and the what nationalism means.

The national flag is more than just a piece of fabric stuck on top of a flagpole. It is also more than a representation of a country. It represents not only the country as a territory but of its people and their entire history. The flag represents the camaraderie and sacrifices, both in the form of sweat and blood, that led to the existence and persistence of the country. It represents both the past struggles and future aspirations of the people.

Nationalists are people who cherish the entirety of what the national flag represents. They see themselves as having the responsibility to protect what previous generations have struggled for. That is why when they see the flag being disrespected, they cannot help but feel hurt. To them, it is like having your loved one insulted and disrespected because that is how they feel for the country.

Safety When Installing a Flagpole

It doesn’t take an experienced handyman to install a flagpole. Companies specializing in flag products often also have flagpoles that are designed for easy installation that even a single person will be able to accomplish the task. However, there are certain safety measures that need to be followed to avoid accidents and injuries.

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This is no rocket science. Overhead power lines are dangerous. There are experienced installers that have lost their lives just because of a slight contact between the pole and the power line. When installing a flag, make sure that there are no wires nearby that the flag can tangle with.

Do the installation during calm weather

Don’t install the pole when there are strong winds. Although flagpoles nowadays are made of light material, its length will give you a leverage problem and will make it difficult to balance when raising it. Strong winds will only make it much harder.

Keep kids and pets inside

An accident can happen no matter how careful you are. Make sure that no kids are near you when installing the flagpole. Keep the kids inside the house or the building. This is also true if you have pets. Pets tend to be playful which is great and all. But you don’t want your pet tugging
your legs while you are trying to raise a 10 meter pole.

Make sure there are no underground pipes and wires

A flagpole requires cement foundation which necessitates some digging. Before you dig, make sure that you won’t be hitting any wires or pipes. Some places require you to call the authorities before doing any digging.