The Flagpole Project

Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:50 pm

I'll bet there's one on eBay! :lol:

http://home.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from= ... acat=11700


That's a beefy pole there Richard! I can't imagine how heavy that thing was - must've been some work to get that thing upright. My neighbor had one in his yard laying in a junk pile that wasn't even close to half that thickness ... and it still weighed about 150 lbs at least.

Your dad see it yet?
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:58 pm

SMITTY wrote:I can't imagine how heavy that thing was - must've been some work to get that thing upright.


It's aluminum so the pole itself can't be that much. The concrete and steel casing made it heavy. I couldn't tell you how heavy it was because my younger but much beefier brother handled that end. I grabbed it in the middle. The two of us didn't have much trouble handling it but when we tipped it out of original hole we didn't think we were going to do it by the looks of it.

My Dad has been home since last week so he's seen it. Wish I could of had it done but at least it was planted.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:09 pm

Yeah at least it's done. 8-)

Actually I think where you put it works out better. Less distance to travel to take it down, raise it up, or light it. When there's a couple feet of snow on the ground that makes all the difference. :cheers:
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: offcoursey On: Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:39 pm

Here is a picture of my father in laws flag pole and the coal trailer.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: coal berner On: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:16 pm

Richard S. wrote:Apples and oranges....... That's like saying I should of bought a Smart Car instead of a Shelby Cobra. :lol:


Shipping Weight: 9.62 lbs.


The top section (and only section) with the eagle probably weighs that much. Similar poles are in the $600 range. A replacement eagle cost more than that junk you linked too.

This pole probably sat where it was at for 30 or 40 years, I really have no idea. There is nothing wrong with it and it's going to sit where it's planted until someone digs it out of the ground.

Well you where saying how much money flag poles are you did not state what type you where looking for or what you wanted to spend you just said How expensive they are BTW my neighbor has one of them so called junk ones up for 20 years
looks like the day he put it up new because it is aluminum alloy pole now he has to replace the cheap China made flags quit often As well as American made ones but not the cheap pole Oh also the cheap China rope also was replace with nylon rope
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: oros35 On: Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:23 am

I'm putting up a flag pole myself right now. The pole is an old stoplight pole, still had the brackets and wires inside of it. About 25' tall. Base is probably 8" diameter top is about 3".

I live on a traingle piece of property. I'm putting the pole right in the corner where two roads meet. It will be surrounded by a 4' cut rock wall and landscaped with river gravel and large rocks (1000#). (think pizza slice shaped where the crust is the rock wall) I plan to put solar spot lights on it. I have a few in my landscaping and I think they will work well. I'm going to mount them around 6' up on the pole, 3 or 4 of them pointing up.
So far it's only cost me the fuel for the truck and bobcat loader.

I'll have to get some pictures.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: offcoursey On: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:39 am

AA130FIREMAN wrote:Richard, that is a nice location for the flag pole, looks great there. I also have a ranch house and would do a flagpole with a light, the only problem is I have LARGE oak trees all around my house and would detract from it, except in the fall :lol:
offcoursey wrote:I have a flagpole story....
We hand dug a 5'x5'x5' hole and had a bunch of people and a long rope to pull the pole into place then hand mixed 80lb bags of concrete until the hole was full.
WOW, I would hate to guess how many bags that took, I remember their were trucks that would sell cement by the yard.

I remember those trucks! There was just something about hand digging and hand mixing the cement that made it fun... felt more patrotic.
When you hurt from the digging and mixing, you have to think how our military personel feel when they are doing their work or the victims of 9-11 and it wasn't so bad.
I know it was a couple of skids worth of cement. Those funny looking cement trucks sure can make mess of a yard too!
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:24 pm

Well ,we're all done. I polished up up with Mothers. Clened up the Eagle and used some boat/ aeronautical wax on both. I was going to clear coat both of them but I figured there was so much oil on it that I might end up having a mess in a few years. Least with the wax if oxidizes again it will all oxidize. I'll see what it looks like next year and if it's still good I'll put more wax on it.

I did clear coat the copper but it had some kind of reaction and turned a milky clear, took it off with the electrolysis in an hour and waxed it too.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:26 pm

Looks real good Richard ;)
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:30 pm

The water lays on that front sidewalk and frankly it looks like *censored*. :P The patio behind the wall is in great shape though, actually looks great because it has that nice weathered look. I'm going to rip the sidewalk out and make a much wider one around the poll. I'll add a base out of rock to match the wall behind it.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:51 am

OK, OK-----REPHRASE---the Eagle looks real good Richard--GEEEEEZE-UM :clap: toothy
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:20 am

Oh the pole is fine, the sidewalk looks like *censored*.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:44 am

From here, every part of that looks 200% better than this place. The pole came out MINT!! Nice job!
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:49 am

SMITTY wrote:From here, every part of that looks 200% better than this place. The pole came out MINT!! Nice job!


It's a nice house, as I mentioned in my other thread it's just never had anything done to it in 60 years other than paint. Probably some insulation and some siding on the outside next year.
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Re: The Flagpole Project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:52 am

Well if it makes you feel better, nobody has done anything with my house for about 90 years. :lol: Except the siding ... but that's growing fungus on the north side, & cracking to pieces on the south side. No kin to leave this place to, so the wife & I will take it with us to the grave. :D
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