Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Every so often, well more often for some than others, the flag needs to be retired. Retiring a flag is part of the duty of a flag flyer. Many communities across the country have a place you can bring your flag to be retired by local VFWs, Elks, Lions, Knights, or other veterans organizations. But what about flagpole parts. Well... you have to retire them too.

When we say, retire, we only mean replace. The flagpole hardware that has served it's time upholding the flying of the flag, needs to be decommissioned and replaced with new hardware. It is not always easy to know when things should be replaced, but if you are going to the top of the flagpole to fix something, you may as well fix everything. Flagpole parts are much less expensive than a lift truck and a knowledgeable operator.

We love Ruth Chris and the Renaissance Hotel. You can tell these companies have weathered the storm of the economy for years. Just look up at the flagpoles. The flagpole hardware has done its duty to this location. In heavy winds, you can see how much torque and pressure is on the pulley system at the top. Many times, building designs, ordinances, make flagpole placement difficult. With the limited space in this garden bed in front of the hotel, you can tell the flagpoles were not given enough space. Now, in this heavy wind, you can see the flags hitting each other and fraying at the ends from snags on old parts.

Now at FlagDesk, we have a NEW tool! You can answer a few questions and find out the exact flagpole you have and see the parts that go with it. This should make replacing flagpole parts a snap. Just click here.