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Remember that old ditty about the knee bone's connected to the leg bone? Well, it's the same with flagpoles! All the working hardware is connected, and proper maintenance will ensure your flagpole will work as intended while extending its longevity.

These are the main parts to keep free of debris and moving properly:

• The HALYARD is the rope that holds, raises, and lowers the flag. Usually, it's on the outside of the pole. CABLE is made of metal, functions like the halyard, and is concealed inside the flagpole. Halyard and cable both fray over time and should be replaced before breaking completely

• The TRUCK is the pulley assembly at the top. It allows the flag to be raised and lowered on the halyard or cable. Over time the pulley wears out or corrodes which makes it difficult to raise and lower the flag

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 wear 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. However, never lubricate a winch!

At Elmer's Flag and Banner, we have the parts and the know-how to keep your flagpole flying Old Glory properly. Call us if you need information, flagpole service, or any of the specialized parts that keep it working smoothly.

Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too

1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

(503) 282-1214

www.elmersflag.com

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