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Do you have an in-ground flagpole at your home or business? If you do, it's helpful to keep all the parts working properly so you can always fly Old Glory with pride.

Here's what some of your flagpole's hardware is called and how it wears out:

  • The TRUCK is the pulley assembly at the top. It allows the halyard or cable to raise and lower the flag. Over time the pulley wears out or corrodes which makes it difficult to raise and lower the flag.
  • HALYARD is the rope that holds, raises, and lowers the flag. Usually it's on the outside of the pole. CABLE has the same function but is usually concealed inside the flagpole. Halyard and cable both fray over time and should be replaced before breaking completely.
  • SNAP HOOKS or CLIPS attach the halyard to the flag's grommets to secure the flag to the halyard. The constant motion and tugging of the flag eventually wears the hooks or clips down.
  • The WINCH mechanism works on poles with cable inside and is used to raise and lower the flag. Winches are very solidly-built devices but, over time, the cable's tension wears on the winch's bearings causing the winch to freeze up.
  • At Elmer's Flag and Banner, we have several thousand years of experience servicing, repairing, and installing flagpoles. If your pole isn't working like it used to, or if you have any questions, please give us a call and we'll be happy to help you.

    Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too!

    1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

    (503) 282-1214

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