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How to install a flagpole

23rd Feb 2017
By sarah-jane grainger |
Advice |

Since 1980, our experienced and friendly team have been working with customers to identify their flagpole requirements. Each year we produce around 15,000 flagpoles, but how are they installed and what should you be avoiding? Here’s our simple step-by-steps on how to install a flagpole!

7 basic steps to installing your flagpole

Useful tip: When choosing the location for your flagpole(s), take note of the installation area. Check for suitable drainage and avoid issues with cables, pipes or overhead obstructions such as telephone cables and trees. Once you have confirmed the area is clear and safe for installation, follow these steps for a successful install:

  • Check you have the permission to erect the flagpole and the site you are using is safe
  • Mark out and dig the foundations for the base of the flagpole to be planted into
  • Before pouring cement (use regular cement, avoid ready-mix) make sure the base is completely level
  • As the foundation is setting, assemble the flagpole and connect to the base
  • After the foundation has set, carefully walk the flagpole up to a vertical position, which may require multiple people depending on the length
  • Ensure the flagpole is straight and fasten the locking nuts to hold it securely in place
  • Use the halyard to attach and hoist the flag

3 common mistakes to avoid when erecting a flagpole

Wrong Location

A common mistake when installing a flagpole, is putting it in the wrong place. Before you even start digging the foundations, make sure you double check the location where your flagpole will stand. Are there cables or pipes under the ground you intend to place it? Also think about any buildings, vehicles or power lines it may be in radius of.

Windy Weather

Read our previous blog about what you need to consider when buying a flagpole for windy conditions. But in terms of installing one, we would strongly advise you to delay it to a day that’s a little less blustery. The last thing you want is a leaning flagpole, and once the cement has set that’s exactly what you’ll have in strong wind.

Inadequate Pole Storage

When your flagpole is delivered, they’re not the smallest of items! It can be tempting to just lay it flat on the floor, but we would always recommend you should try and and erect the flagpole as soon as possible. If that’s inconvenient, then at least ensure it remains in the protective wrapping and it stays dry.

Our most popular flagpoles

  • Garden flagpole – ideal for flying a flag proudly from your own property or holiday home
  • House builder flagpole – show off your brand on a new residential or commercial construction site
  • Portable flagpole – a practical, cost effective and easy-to-install solution to showcase your message at multiple events
  • Commercial glassfibre flagpole – part of our most prestigious range of flagpoles, available in a range of sizes

We hope you now know how to install a flagpole with ease! Why not view our entire range of flagpoles here!

Harrison Flagpoles are a leading flagpole manufacturer in the UK. Our global reputation has been crafted over 40 years, supplying to some of the biggest brands and events from around the world. We also offer a complete installation service for your flagpole(s) if this is required. Our friendly team are on hand to discuss your options, whether you need a flag or flagpole for commercial purposes, for an event or even just your own personal use. Call us on 01325 390 195 or send us a message by completing our online enquiry form.

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Lesley Burton Commented:

29/04/2021 @ 10:34

We are looking for some advice and costings to erect a flagpole at our school please.

Flagpole Rules and Regulations - Harrison Flagpoles Commented:

16/04/2019 @ 16:32

[…] The biggest change brought about by the new regulations is the permittance of up to two flags within the grounds of a building, whereas this was previously limited to just one. There are no restrictions on the size of the flag, however the flagpole must not exceed more than 4.6 metres above ground level. Without planning consent, however, check with your local council as they may be happy with you having a larger pole without consent. Also, for more information read our blog on how to install a flagpole. […]