Pretend this rope is in your pole. Cut your old rope, but don't
let it come out of the pulley up top. Old rope on left, new rope on right. Line
them up end to end.
I take a a piece of electrical tape and begin to make a splice by
running it lengthwise along the ropes on the back side across the joint....
Then I do the same across the front side.....
Then squeeze it all together making it tight......
Then take the role of tape and begin about 4 inches above
the joint to wrap the rope like a mummy in a spiral motion. Wrap it like
you would wrap an ankle. Continue across the joint where the two ropes
... then clear across the other side of the joint to a point
about 4 or 5 inches beyond the joint.
You get the idea. Wrap it back the other way for good
measure. How much do you wrap it? That is the million dollar question.
Wrap it too much and it will be more difficult to pull the splice through
the pulley wheel up above. Don't wrap it enough and it could separate up
above when you try to pull it through the pulley.
So here you go. You're on your way pulling the new rope up
through the pulley................
At this point, when the tape and then the splice meet the
pulley wheel, you will begin to feel some resistance. The smooth gliding
sensation of a normal rope sliding through a pulley wheel will begin to disappear........
At this point you are at the moment of truth. The fat thick
spliced joint meets the pulley wheel. You'll feel it stop. The rubber
meets the road. Everything you have trained for your entire life comes
down to this one moment. Go nuts and yank the thing through with all your
might and you risk using more force than you need. Yank too hard and you
could cause the two ropes to separate leaving you with NO rope in the
pole. Then you're a guy on the phone asking what the bucket truck guy charges
you show up.
.......so DON'T do that! Just slow down, trust the nice
firm splice you made, and continue to pull with only the least amount of
force you need to ease the splice through the pulley wheel. Feel the
force, Luke. In all the
years I have been re-roping flagpoles, I have never once lost a halyard.
Victory! Your new halyard is through your pulley.
Meanwhile, down on the ground, you have the splice back in
your hand. Take it apart. Here I have cut it apart and in doing so, I have
frayed the end of the new halyard we shipped you. When we ship you cut
halyard, we cut it with a hot knife that melts the fibers on the end so
they don't unravel.
New halyard to the left represents the new halyard coming
down from the top of your pole. The old halyard to the right is still good
for lots of uses around the house.
You don't have a hot knife so use any flame. CAREFUL. Blobs
of hot molten polyester will drip like lava. They make quite a nasty
The end on top is halyard that has been melted at home with
matches. The end below is halyard we melted with our hot knife. Ours looks
prettier, but both methods yield the same benefit. They both stop the
halyard's braid from coming apart.
So now you have the new halyard through the pulley up top and
two loose ends in front of you down at the ground. TIE THE ENDS TOGETHER.
THE HALYARD SHOULD BE TIED TO ITSELF FORMING ONE CONTINUOUS LOOP.
So now you are left with a knot in front of you.
I like to send the knot up to the top of the pole before I
attach a flag. That way when I hoist the flag up, the knot will come down.
Hoist the knot up to the top of the pole before you attach
a snap hook for the flag.
Now with the knot up top, I loop the first snap hook on at
the bottom and attach the flag.
Just loop the snap hook on. How to rig a
snaphook Make NO knots. Knots become
like rocks after being tightened with use out in the weather.. Plus if you
only loop the snap hook on, they are very easy to adjust up or down the
halyard when you change flags some day.
Raise the flag a bit so you can add the second snap hook.
Guess what? As you raise the flag, the knot comes down.
See what I mean? Hoist the flag all the way up. Now the
ugly knot is down below where you can wrap it around the cleat which I do
not show in these pictures.
One more thing. Take a look at what it looks like where the
top snap hook meets the pulley wheel....
See how the snap hook grinds the halyard against the pulley
wheel and/or the truck. This action creates a wear point on the halyard.
For this reason.................
How to spot worn out halyard
........once I feel the top snap hook butt up against the
pulley, I back it back dow an inch or so to reduce the wear on the
|Hi Flag guys!
My husband and I bought a really nice, one piece, 20 foot flag pole
shortly after 9/11...it is about 15 feet from the road in the center of
grass within our circle driveway, with a spotlight on it at night. We,
unlike many of our neighbors who also put up flags in that time frame,
have kept it up and kept a good-looking flag on it. (Those sectioned poles
and flags from the front porches left long ago.) However, the last time we
changed the flag, before today, my husband said "that's it until we figure
out how the change the rope...it will not come down again without
breaking"...ugh! we thought we would have to call the guy we bought the
pole from (out of business)...a guy with a bucket truck (who has
one???)...see our dilemma? Then I found your web-site, your instructions
and HURRAY!!!!...the job this morning could not have been easier.
YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
North Augusta, SC
Dear North Augusta, Thanks for
writing. I'm so happy that folks discover my
"how to" pages and find the
photo essays helpful. I put a lot of effort into them. Thanks for letting
me know this process worked.
The Flag Guy®
What others say.....
Here is an alternative idea that seems worthy. I
have never tried it and I will be sticking to what has worked for me these
past 25 years. But I pass it on in case it helps someone who would prefer
to try their luck with "nail knots".
I just replaced my old halyard with the new one I received from you. I
read how you did it with electricians tape but I thought that could be
hit-and-miss due to the bulk of the splice. I'd like to suggest another
method which causes less bulk to the connection between the old halyard
and the new one during replacement.
Get some monofilament fishing leader, I used 30 pound test, but a lighter
material would also work. Any fishing store worth their salt should have
some, and would likely give you three feet, or so, of it free. Next, tie a
fisherman's nail knot on one end of the old halyard and another one on the
end of the new halyard. I ended up with about eighteen inches of
monofilament between nail knots. Just make sure both knots are tight so
they will glide over the roller at the top of the flag pole and not come
loose. It works slick!
By the way, use Google, type in "knots," click on "fishing knots," to
locate how to tie the nail knot.
And here is yet another idea sent in to me by a
>>Like many other customers I'm sure, I purchased your He Man Halyard as a
result of locating your on-line instructions on how to replace one, and I
thank you for that.
Unfortunately for me the 1/4 inch line I was replacing had a braided metal
wire running down the center and it had been twisted and crimped and was
poking out in several spots. (That had seemed like a good idea after some
b####### cut down my national ensign and my Marine Corps flag some years
ago) In any event, even after hammering out some of the worst offenders,
the tugging I had to do was a bit more than what you had in mind when
writing your instructions -- taped ends came apart twice. SOLUTION (which
I offer to you if you care to use it) before taping again I placed the two
ends together against the aluminum flag pole and stapled them on two sides
and then taped and sprayed the tape with silicon. Joint took all the
tugging necessary to complete the job and now I have a new halyard and
lubricated snaps and maybe even alubricated pulley wheel. All's well that
Yes I did lose an end the first time they parted. Had to put a ladder up
against the pole to retrieve it. But I'm 79 now so don't tell my bride or
I'm in big trouble. The second time I had tied a light string to the high
end of the splice and was able to use that to retrieve the end and you
might want to think about that as a standard precaution. (Experience is a
Thanks for your help and great array of products.
Wow, Thanks GP
I am glad it worked out and I will add your suggestions to my page of
An yes, NO ONE should be putting a ladder on a flagpole!<<
On switching halyard size
>>Hi - received my new rope and snap hooks and covers
and have all in place !! I upgraded from 1/4" to 5/16" so there was a bit
of a challenge making the connection not lumpy but I managed - just wanted
you to know your website and humor are awesome - and excellent
instructions and information......was a pleasure to speak with your "order
taker"........thank you !! best regards, P.K.<<
On reroping a flagpole once the rope has
>>Any ideas to re-rope a 25 ft flag pole--that
rope “broke”--without a “bucket truck”. Thought I would ask….Thanks,
That is the classic eternal question. I have no idea.
Someday pigs may fly. When they do, maybe we will all be able to float up
to the top of our flagpoles and just slip in a new rope. Until then, join
the club. Call the bucket truck guy and pay him what he needs.
The Flag Guy®
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