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Reference guide for first-time flag owners

Many homeowners have decided that there is no better way to show their American pride than to proudly display a US flag in their yard.

Flagpole experts offer some items to consider before flying the Stars and Stripes.

Choosing the right flagpole

For a single-story home, decks or docks or for traveling purposes, a 13-foot flagpole will suffice. A 17-foot pole is recommended for mid-size homes or two-story structures and a 21-foot pole is recommended for large homes or areas.

When judging the quality of a flagpole, choose an American-made flagpole that uses 16-gauge aluminum to prevent the pole from bending or breaking during severe weather.

Finally, there are different types of flagpoles. Choose between a sectional pole, which comes in pieces and needs to be assembled, and a telescopic flagpole. Telescopic poles are more expensive than sectionals but are much easier to use.

Want to take a flagpole on the go to the marina or the campground? An above-ground mount or tire mount is easy to transport and can be installed in minutes.

How to install a flagpole

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1. Check for underground sprinkler water lines and electrical lines before digging.

2. Dig a 22-inch hole with a tapered diameter.

3. Put two inches of gravel under base of sleeve, which allows for drainage, and tamp stone.

4. Place aluminum sleeve (bead down) with bottom section of pole in place so cement won’t fill bottom of sleeve.

5. Mix 40-pound bag of cement and pour into hole.

6. Mound up concrete around sleeve to allow for water runoff. (Add rocky fill to increase concrete volume.)

7. Use level to square vertical. Stabilize for 24 hours. Insert remaining sections.

Flagpole landscaping

Adding a flagpole to a yard offers a great opportunity for creative landscaping. Stonework is often popular around the base of a flagpole and can be combined with a variety of flowerbed arrangements.

Many people also choose to add a light fixture to their pole to enhance the flag’s presence at night.

Flag etiquette

It is customary to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset. The flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated. Also, the flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is used.

For a full list of regulations and flag-flying holidays, see the United States Code (Title 4, Chapter 1: The Flag).


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