April 06, 2020, 12:53:04 pm

How do you restring a 40 foot flag pole?

Started by Holding Pattern, February 26, 2020, 06:16:50 pm

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Holding Pattern

A local business inquired; it is set in concrete, non-removable, original string gone. They'd like our flag to fly high, I thought I'd ask here for advice.

baronet68

Try calling your local power utility company and ask them if they'll donate the time for one of their boom truck operators to help.
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LSThiker

Here is a Youtube Video detailing it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI-joFx9-8E

Edit:  Never mind, saw that you stated the rope was missing.

PHall

Quote from: baronet68 on February 26, 2020, 06:21:44 pmTry calling your local power utility company and ask them if they'll donate the time for one of their boom truck operators to help.

Don't forget the telephone and cable companies. Your local city may have a bucket truck too.

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SarDragon

FWIW, that "string" is properly called a halyard.
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coudano

You probably need to get a look at the pulley or ring at the top as well...  If that's all junk a new halyard isn't going to help you a lot...  Infact if it's all a mess up there that might be the /reason/ that the old halyard is gone (shredded/broken).

SarDragon

You might also check with folks who trim trees. They have some nifty climbers that don't require a lifting device.
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NIN

Quote from: SarDragon on February 26, 2020, 08:01:09 pmFWIW, that "string" is properly called a halyard.
I knew the Navy guy would show up to talk about the rope in the "mast".

:)

But that is the correct term for that.
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PHall

Quote from: SarDragon on February 27, 2020, 07:59:46 amYou might also check with folks who trim trees. They have some nifty climbers that don't require a lifting device.


I don't think tree climbers are going to work too well on a metal pole.
But hey, give it a try and tell us how it went!

Eclipse

Believe it or not, I've actually seen a Bosun's chair rigged on this exact flagpole
for a guy who was painting the gold ball on top.



The guy wasn't there, but wish I'd seen him up there. No idea if the pole
is rigged special for that or whatever.



Slim

+1 on calling the local fire department.  If they do have a ladder truck, either a straight stick or a platform, They would probably welcome any opportunity to set it up and use it, especially if they don't do it often.

Firemen are also civic minded people who like good PR like this.  Not saying that tree trimmers and power linemen aren't...



Slim

SarDragon

Quote from: PHall on February 27, 2020, 05:15:33 pm
Quote from: SarDragon on February 27, 2020, 07:59:46 amYou might also check with folks who trim trees. They have some nifty climbers that don't require a lifting device.

Did you click the link? These are designed for smooth poles. I would be willing to give them a shot.

I don't think tree climbers are going to work too well on a metal pole.
But hey, give it a try and tell us how it went!
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PHall

I'll let you try them, you're older then me, you're expendable. ;D

MSG Mac

Since this is from a commercial business, have him contact a contractor who installs flag poles about replacing the halyard.
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