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Old 05-09-2019, 04:30 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Funny this popped up, I was just thinking about putting up a pole on the next place we get. I had the same thought "can I just use a piece of pipe?"

Someone mentioned using larger pipe on the bottom section. Fwiw, pipe gets really expensive once you go over 4" iirc a 20' stick of 4" was ~$120 and a 6" stick was ~$650.
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:36 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Still flying my 4x6 every day.

Has had a flag on the top of it every day for at least 6 years.

Gusts were pushing 50 last night, pole had to have close to a 3' bend in it.

Was still standing this morning like always.
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:47 PM   #53 (permalink)
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.Gov job?

15k for a 32' flagpole...
Since this got bumped. Yes. School work, it pays the bills

Testing and inspections for the concrete and re-bar, couple hours of crane work and bracing as well as the finish in the area around, although pretty minimal, were included in the price.

It was definitely more than just sticking a piece of pipe in the ground to hold a flag...
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:55 PM   #54 (permalink)
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good to know, thanks for the fast response
you bet!

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Old 05-09-2019, 10:50 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Great thread as we just bought a new house and will be moving there in a month. Flag pole is one of the first items going in.
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Next town over has a 166' flag pole that was built by local rednecks.

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http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/g...0/DSCN0412.jpg

This is the pole at my familyís property.

50 gallon drum filled with concrete. Two stub poles with main pole sandwiched between them. Has been up forever. Pretty easy to put up and down and solid as well.
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Be sure to rig up a swivel on top. A stationary pulley is a pain in the ass and the flag will always be tangled around the pole.
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bump, how are these holding up? looking to order a 30 and have it up by memorial day
We had a nasty winter last year and I took mine down after the 2nd bottom clip broke after the freezing rain soaked the flag in wind. I have not ordered the parts yet but thanks for the reminder. I need to get that done and back up. Flag still looks awesome. No rips or tears. Going to get some aluminum ones this time not plastic.

https://www.amazon.com/Anley-Aluminu...22-spons&psc=1


FYI my $30 solar powered flag light is still on the pole and working awesome. Ordered June 30th of 2017.

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They put this one up down the road from me, 5th tallest in the nation at 212 feet. you can see it from 3 interstates.

https://wtvr.com/2018/11/18/american...le-along-i-95/
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bump, how are these holding up? looking to order a 30 and have it up by memorial day
I put mine in early fall, around mid August I want to say.

I left the flags on it all winter. We had some days of sleet, freezing rain and 70+mph winds and it held up find.

It is leaning a bit, maybe 2-3" out of plumb over the length of it. I think the frost did that. Annoys be a bit as I actually dug it out ~5 feet with the backhoe and placed the pipe in ~300lbs of concrete.

Irritates me a bit as I went overkill on setting it, the directions said to tap the PVC pipe into the ground or scoop out a few shovels of dirt and set it in place.
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Wind yesterday unanchored my carport and threw it 100' onto the trampoline.. Also took the 8 person hot tub that was empty under the carport and rolled it over.

Flag and pole are unscathed.
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Anyone DIY a flag pole? 30-50 Feet?

Yikes. I guess Sceeps flagpole is the new standard.


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Nothing special about it.. Just one of the 25' telescoping aluminum ones with a flag that is too big for it atop. It is supported at the base, as well as around 5' up so it has less leverage than it would if it was just set in the ground.
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Damn...over a year later and I still haven't fixed mine.

Mine's just ~1.25" sch40 pipe concreted in to the ground. The problem is the pulley on top is broken off. When I first bough the house, I used a ladder to get to the top and replace the pulley and install my weather station. It was sketchy as fuck and I'm lucky I didn't kill myself.

It only made it about a year and the pulley broke again. I need to cut it at the base and weld some type of tilt-up hinge system to it so I can just lay it down to work on the top. Which means I also need to make a longer extension cord to get the welder out in the yard.

Anyone have a good hinge design I could use. I can weld/machine just about anything that makes sense.

I'm thinking cutting both pipes at 45 degrees and welding plates on them and then having some type of hinge and locking pin system that will keep it secure. Or maybe just flat plates to make flanges with a hinge on one side so when the flanges are bolted together the hinge is no longer structural.
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cut the pipe. Drill 2 holes each in 2 pieces of flat bar. weld flat bar to top pipe with it and holes extending downwards. Drill two matching holes in bottom pipe. put bolts through both plates and bottom pipe. remove bottom bolt to pivot top pole around top bolt.
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15k for a 32' flagpole...
Union job likely contracted to the state

My union pays well too on a state contract!

Glad to be a union worker!
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Our first flag pole was a piece of probably 5 inch, maybe even 4 inch, aluminum irrigation pipe from a local farmer, one end was damaged so we buried that end. It lasted well over a decade and finally a hurricane or something took it down, so when insurance bought us a for real flag pole, the instructions for that one were to auger out a hole, stand the pole up in it, and put like playbox sand around it and wash it in every now and then. That pole is still standing to this day.
Another newer one we bought has the bolt down flange and i think it's bolted on a 55 gallon barrel of concrete or something.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:06 AM   #69 (permalink)
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Skimmed the thread, didn't read closely.

The flag pole at my fathers is black iron with couplings, theres a reducer half way up so it necks down. The base is 2 pieces of C channel, flat sides facing each other, and the pole bolts into the middle with 2 bolts. Undo one bolt and you can pivot it down.

I'll get pics because I know that's confusing to read
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The timing for this is perfect. Thanks for the feedback Sceep and MattS
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Yep. And I put a big ass 5x8 flag on it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Because I had to out AMERICA my neighbor. Also got this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Been working great since June of last year. Even had some nasty 70 mph winds. Not gonna lie it's got some flex to it. But so far so good.
posting just so I can find this later and make the wife happy.

@MattS or @sceep got any pictures of the base/mounting of the pole?
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@RedNeckRea Its a '53 willys wagon body(no frame/axles/etc). Holesaw through the roof, holesaw through the floor, insert pole.

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Its a '53 willys wagon body(no frame/axles/etc). Holesaw through the roof, holesaw through the floor, insert pole.



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@RedNeckRea Its a '53 willys wagon body(no frame/axles/etc). Holesaw through the roof, holesaw through the floor, insert pole.

@sceep well shit, I can't do that in my front yard.
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@sceep well shit, I can't do that in my front yard.
Sure you can. Put it on pintrest. Call it upcycled yard art. The HOA busybodies will LOVE it.

if not... well. you built in the wrong neighborhood.

I might be able to watch my dog run away for 3 days, but I ain't got fuck all of anyone around me to have any input on what I put in my front yard.
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