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What others say.....
Here is the first one I've heard of that lets you
replace a missing halyard without getting up to the top of the pole: I
just got a call from some guy out in North Dakota who says the following
idea works great for him and he wants to help others so that flags can be
kept flying. If you have a short pole, say 20', this could work for you.
He takes what he called 1/2" "CPVC" pipe and places one
end up to the pulley wheel up top. That is, he places the pipe opening
right at, or right below the pulley wheel in such a manner that whatever
were to come out of the pipe would be introduced right where the halyard
needs to be on the pulley wheel. Then he uses weed eater string to snake
the new halyard through the pipe. He tapes the new halyard to the weed
eater string and uses the weed eater string like a plumbers snake to push
the new halyard up through the pipe.
He said that if you pick a firm enough weed eater
string, it has enough mass not to bunch up as you push it through the
If you have the opening of the pipe that you've placed
up in the air at the pulley wheel at the proper angle, the new halyard
will exit the pipe and seat itself into the groove of the pulley wheel,
follow the wheel out through the pulley, and come down out the other side.
If you keep fishing it forward, it will come down the pole far enough to
This method sounds pretty ingenious to me. I have never
tried it myself and I imagine you need a good steady hand and lots of
patience. Maybe have someone hold that long pipe in place. He said he has
done it successfully multiple times and wants to share it because he and
his son are both veterans and he wants to keep flags flying.
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 on re-roping a flagpole 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 when reroping a flagpole
>>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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