How to Install a Flagpole in Your Yard: A Simple Guide

How to Install a Flagpole in Your Yard: A Simple Guide
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    Did you know that there are proper ways to display the American flag?

    If you are planning on flying a flag just in time for the 4th of July holiday or to show off your patriotism, we put together this guide on how to install a flagpole.

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Keep reading to learn our step-by-step guide on installing a flagpole.

1. Location

Before you put a flagpole down in your yard, you have to choose where you want it to be. You want to be able to see it and enjoy it and also have it visible to others as they drive or walk by your home.

You also want to look for a spot in your yard that it will be able to catch the wind. If you put it too close to the house or to a tree it might not be able to catch enough wind to fly.

Something else that you want to take into consideration is lighting. Place it somewhere that will give the flag plenty of natural light while it is flying.

2. Digging Time

Once you have the perfect location you can start digging a hole with a shovel or a tool like a post hole digger. To get it done really fast you can rent an auger from a home improvement store.

You will want to make your hole around 4 to 6 times the butt diameter of the flagpole you are installing. The depth should be the length of the ground sleeve that comes with your flagpole plus 6".

You also want to double-check the recommendations of the flagpole kit you buy.

3. Foundation

Now, it is time to add some cement to create a strong foundation. Put your ground sleeve in the center of the hole and use a level to make sure the sleeve is leveled before you secure it into place. You want to make sure that it is secure enough to not move when you begin to add the cement.

You can put in a wadded piece of paper into the top of the ground sleeve to avoid the cement from falling inside the ground sleeve.

Mix the cement and gently shovel it into the hole around the ground sleeve. Do not put the cement inside the sleeve. Continue filling and packing lightly with either a shovel or a trowel.

Once you have filled the hole to 1 or 2 inches below ground level you can stop. Then you can add topsoil and grass once the cement is cured.

4. Stand Your Flagpole

Whether you buy a Titan Flagpole Kit or a different kit make sure that it is fully assembled if it comes in pieces. Once everything is in place you will want to recruit someone to help you stand up the flagpole.

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Make sure that everything is clear up above to avoid hitting anything. Move the butt of the pole near the opening and take out the paper you added earlier. Begin lifting the pole from the top end and have your helper guide the butt of the pole into the ground sleeve.

Continue to slowly push the pole upward until the flag pole is all the way down in the ground sleeve. Add sand into the sleeve and use a level to make sure the flag pole is completely leveled.

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Now You Know How to Install a Flagpole

Now that you have the exact steps on how to install a flagpole, you can get to work. As the weather is warming up this is a perfect project to start and show off your flag. Sit back and enjoy your hard work as you see your flag blowing in the wind.

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