Flagpoles are subjected to severe conditions such as rain, extreme heat and strong winds. As such, they are bound to weaken over time. Consider these tips if your flagpole is in need of maintenance or repair.
The flagpole truck is the pulley assembly mounted at the top of the pole. Over time, it wears out or gets damaged. If this is the case, it will become difficult to hoist and lower the flag. Conduct a visual inspection to determine the extent of the damage. For example, it could be that the defect is a result of missing or rusted screws. In severe cases, you may need to replace the pulleys or thread spindle.
There are several reasons why the flagpole becomes weak. It could range from poor workmanship, a damaged flash collar or foundation tube. Strong winds and rust could also weaken it. You will need to remove the entire flagpole to conduct repairs. Ideally, the foundation tube should be deeply fixed to the ground. Further, you will need a deep hole if the flag pole is long. The flash collar should be wide enough to protect the tube from water and dirt. If the flash collar and foundation tube have extensive damage, cut the elements and weld in a new collar and tube. You will need a new flag pole if you have a rusted or bent pole. In addition, you may need to use concrete to strengthen the flagpole's foundation.
Other flagpole repairs could include:
- A bent or rusted cleat. Cut off the cleat and weld in a new one. The cleat should be a few feet above the ground. It helps prevent damage caused by dirt.
- A weak flag rope (halyard). You may need a new one if it becomes weak due to weather damage, wear and tear. The halyard should be manufactured from durable materials such as polyester and nylon. These materials are resistant to weather and UV damage.
- Broken or bent snap hooks that will make the flag loose. A replacement is your best repair option.
Proper flagpole maintenance will help you avoid expensive repairs. For instance, you should clean the base of the flagpole to get rid of dirt and rust. Additionally, you could also repaint the pole to prevent rusting. Replace damaged halyards and snap hooks to prevent the flag from sticking at the top.
As a rule, you should hire an experienced and reputable flagpole installer to conduct flag pole repair and maintenance. Your installer should have safety equipment such as scissor lifts and a fall prevention system. Besides, they should have adequate insurance, reasonable terms and pricing. Contact a company that works with flagpoles for more information.