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What are Flag Poles?

10/25/2013 9:27:17 AM | by Anonymous

Flag Poles

Flag poles are also known as flagstaff or staff and they are simple support made of wood or metal. Usually, they can be easily reached to raise the flag. A cord is used for looping around a pulley at the top of the pole with the ends tied at the bottom. The flag is fixed to the lower end of the cord and then raised by pulling on the other end. The cord should be tightened and tied to the pole at the bottom.


Flag poles are usually topped by a flat plate or ball called a “truck” which is originally meant to keep a wooden pole from splitting or in a more complex shape. They are typically high flag poles that may require more complex support structures than a simple pole such as wires or can be built as a mast. They are designed in multiple pieces to make them expand or can be made with one piece of a steel taper.


A flag pole truck is an assembly that mounts to the top of the flag pole and has a single or double pulley. The pulley allows the stainless steel cable or rope to move up and down the pole which is also known as halyard. On the top of the truck, there is a threaded opening to accept an ornament with a 5/8” or ½” spindle threading.


These flag poles are used to hold flags that come in a variety of different designs. Some poles are attached to buildings while others have a historical purpose. The types of pole is chosen because to help create a distinctive appearance on any commercial or residential property. There are several different types of flag poles:


The most commonly seen outside of businesses or outside of residential homes with large front yards are freestanding flag poles. Freestanding poles are mounted in the ground and do not rely on attachments from any other structures for support. They have two different configurations for the hardware that are used to raise and lower the flag but the internal halyard is hollow. The cleats, rope and other hardware are located inside of the flag pole and are accessed through a locked door at the base. These poles are quiet and can discourage vandalism. However, the external halyard poles can be use with the same mechanism to raise and lower the flag. The only difference is that cleats and rope are hanging down the side of the pole for maintenance and easy access.


Wall mounted flag poles comes in two different varieties and the most common used is an outrigger design. The outriggers are mounted to the side of a wall and the pole is seated in an angled base. The base is usually angled at 60 or 45 degrees. Some outrigger mounts can be adjusted to different angles and these are commonly seen above the street level on the sides of buildings. The other option for wall mounting is a vertically mounted pole that uses two or more brackets to hold a hollow tube parallel to the side of a wall. Poles that sit in the tube can run up the side of a building usually ending above the roof and the both types of wall-mounted poles are used for external halyard systems.


Nautical flag poles are similar to freestanding poles that have extra arms for additional flags and has a horizontal bar across the center called a yardarm. A yardarm is the outer quarters of a horizontal spar attached that are equipped with blocks for signal halyards. These flag poles are designed to include an angled pole that comes out perpendicular from the yardarm and the gaff is similar to an outrigger that can hold a flag as well.


As for telescoping flag poles, they are made from several sliding segments. These segments can be fully extended to form a freestanding pole. They also can be slide down so that the flag pole is compact and hidden within the property. They are commonly used as part of the commercial properties or in public areas where large displays of multiple flags are assembled during special events. They are also used in busy areas where the pole must be folded down in order to allow equipment to move through the property.

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