How to Install a Flag Lanyard

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How to Install a Flag Lanyard
Some flagpoles are very high. (Washington flag image by Yevgeniy Zateychuk from

A flag lanyard, more properly called a halyard, is the rope from which the flag flies. The rope installs easily, but reaching the truck pulley requires a crane or a ladder on taller flagpoles.

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Rope
  • 2 flag snaps

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  1. 1

    Thread the rope through the truck pulley at the top of the pole using the ladder to reach the pulley. Start near the pole and thread the rope up through the pulley and down on the outside. Finish installing the rope from the ground.

  2. 2

    Tie the first flag snap to the loose end of the rope dangling from the top with an overhand knot. Leave a tail of rope about the height of the flag.

  3. 3

    Tie the second flag snap to other end of the rope with an overhead knot leaving the same length of rope tail.

  4. 4

    Tie the two ends of the rope together using a square knot.

  5. 5

    Clip the flag onto both clips. Adjust the distance between the two clips by loosening the knots and sliding the knots along the rope so that the clips lie even with the grommets when the flag is spread out.

  6. 6

    Raise the flag and tie off the rope tautly, wrapping it around the cleat at the bottom of the pole.

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