How to tie flagpole ropes

Owning your own flagpole allows you to fly your college colours or display your patriotism. There's no need to wait for a national holiday to raise the Stars and Stripes. Know how to tie the ropes -- the halyard -- on your flagpole to enhance the durability of your flag and keep it securely in place, even in the strongest winds. When your halyard has surpassed its usefulness, you'll know how to replace it.

Measure a length of flag rope to approximately twice the height of your flagpole. This rope will become your new halyard. Splice an end of your worn halyard to an end of your new rope. Wrap the ends together with electrical tape.

Pull the spliced rope up the flagpole and allow it to feed through the stationary pulley at the top. Bring the spliced ends back to the bottom Detach the old rope end from your new rope. Cut the new rope so the two loose ends reach two to three feet below the cleat on your flag pole.

Tie a knot to join the two ends of your new rope, forming a continuous loop. If your rope is made of polyester, briefly expose the raw ends to a flame to prevent the rope from fraying.

Raise the knot to the top of the flag pole, making sure the knot travels up the side closest to the pole. Stop when the knot reaches just below the top pulley.

Attach a snap hook near the bottom of the rope loop. Use the outside line to feed a loop through the eye of your snap hook, pulling it over the hook and tightening it.

Attach the top grommet of the flag to the snap hook you attached. Raise the flag slightly and use it as a guide for attaching the bottom snap hook to the halyard. Attach the bottom hook in the same way you installed the first one.

Fasten the bottom of the flag to the bottom hook. Raise the flag to the top of the pole. The halyard knot will come down to the bottom.

Wrap the knotted end of the rope upward, catching the bottom cleat on the flagpole. Pull it over the top cleat and back to the bottom, forming a figure eight. Wrap the rope around the cleats several times until the rope is secure. Tuck the remaining rope under your final wrap to secure the flag.


If you attach your snap hooks by looping the halyard through them, rather than tying a knot, you can easily adjust the hooks to accommodate flags of different sizes.


Pull the halyard tight against the pole before you tie down the raised flag.

Things You'll Need

  • Rope
  • Electrical tape
  • Snap hooks
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Judy Petro began her writing and editing career in 1986. Her business profiles and feature articles appeared in "West Michigan Profile" and "The Grand Rapids Press." Petro enjoyed a 13-year career as a financial adviser. She takes pleasure in researching and writing personal finance articles for eHow Money and holds a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications from Calvin College.