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How to tie a flag to a pole

Updated November 21, 2016

Having a flagpole is a great way to show your patriotism. Flag poles are not limited to displaying the Union Jack. Many flagpoles display religious and team spirit flags, as well. Whatever type of flag you choose to display, tying the flag properly will maintain its longevity and keep it flying regardless of wind direction.

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  1. Create a halyard loop. Take the two ends of the rope and tie it into a firm knot. Do not include either of the snaps or the flag in the halyard loop -- this should only be rope.

  2. Tie the snaps to the halyard loop. Using your flag as the guideline, attach the first snap to the rope with a knot above the knot for the halyard loop. Again, using your flag do the same below the halyard loop knot. Both snaps should be knotted into the rope only. Do not include any extra rope in your knots for the snaps.

  3. Attach the flag to the snaps. The snaps clasp over the grommets on the flag. The flag should lay out perfectly horizontally from the halyard and the snaps. Give the flag a couple of strong test pulls to make sure all your knots are tight.

  4. Raise the flag and observe it for a day. Watch closely to make sure your knots hold. If you have not attached the flag properly, you risk the grommets tearing out if the wind becomes too strong. If your knots are not tight enough, try different types of knots to achieve your desired result.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rope
  • Snaps
  • Grommets

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