11 Steps to Relocating a Flagpole
Although moving a flagpole is a relatively simple procedure, it does require a little planning.
Step 1 – Obtain a New Flagpole Holder
Most flagpoles are erected with a holder that is the right size for the base of the flagpole and the right length to provide sufficient lateral support. You can use a mathematical formula, but most holders will indicate the height or length of flag pole they can accommodate.
Step 2 – Inspect the New Site
Before you attempt to install the new holder, thoroughly check the selected site to ensure it is sound and strong enough to take the extra weight and stress a pole could create. Make sure the pole will not be in the way.
Step 3 – Install the New Pole Holder
If you will secure the flagpole to your house's siding, ensure the hardware actually penetrates into the wall of the building for extra strength. This is also a good time to install any flagpole accessories (like a cleat to secure the halyard to, if your flag will be hoisted and lowered). Fit cleat to the pole as low as possible.
Step 4 – Remove the Flagpole
Remove the flagpole from the original position. If the flag is on a halyard, lower and remove it before moving the pole.
Step 5 – Thoroughly Check the Pole
Check the condition of the pole. Make sure it shows no signs of rot or mold. Pay particular attention to the foot of the flagpole, which has possibly sat in a small pool of water after every rain.
Step 6 – Clean the Flagpole
If the pole is painted or varnished, use a solution of a non-abrasive cleaner and water to clean the pole thoroughly. If the foot of the pole shows distress, you can cut off the bottom inch to remove the damaged area.
Step 7 – Clean Any Fittings
If your flag is on a lanyard, check that the truck at the head of the pole is secure and clean and runs freely.
Step 8 – Paint or Varnish
When the pole is dry, apply a fresh coat of paint or varnish if the surface does not look as clean as it should. Seal the foot of the pole if you have cut any off.
Step 9 – Install
Once the paint or varnish dries, check the pole again, then install it into the new holder.
Step 10 – Decide Whether to Remove the Old Holder
You can leave the original holder in place. (You might use it for special celebrations.) You can also remove it.
Step 11 – Fill Any Holes
If you remove the old flagpole holder, fill all holes with a filler like plastic wood. Let the filler dry, smooth it down to the surface and paint it to match the surrounding area.