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Reference Guide for First-Time Flag Owners

usflagMany homeowners have decided that there is no better way to show their American pride than to proudly display a US flag in their yard. The flagpole experts at EZPole Flagpoles, a manufacturer and distributor of 100 percent American-made flagpoles, discuss some items to consider before flying the Stars and Stripes.

Choosing the Right Flagpole
For a single-story home, decks, docks or for traveling purposes, a 13’ flagpole will suffice. A 17’ pole is recommended for mid-size homes or 2-story structures, and a 21’ 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 flagpole from bending or breaking during severe weather.
Finally, there are different types of flagpoles. Choose between a sectional flagpole, which comes in pieces and needs to be assembled, or a telescopic flagpole that expands from 9’6” up to 21.’ Telescopic flagpoles 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 are easy to transport and can be installed in minutes.

How to Install a Flagpole
1. Check for underground sprinkler water lines and electrical lines before digging.
2. Dig a 22” hole with a tapered diameter (see diagram).
3. Put 2” of gravel under base of sleeve, (allows for drainage) 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 flower bed arrangements. Many flagpole owners also choose to add a light fixture to their flagpole 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.