Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Halyard is broken down and ready to fracture. They changed the weight and the retainer ring, but replacing the rope on this deluxe flagpole can be a difficult job. That's why we made step by step instructions to help: http://www.flagdesk.com/post.cfm?postid=5762935635586039831

Just as flags wear out, parts wear out too. Wire-center halyard has a galvanized steel center. While it is difficult to break, it does happen. Depending on the weather, position of the flagpole, and the size or number of flags you are flying, you can expect your hardware to break-down at different rates. While there is an average life expectancy on parts, you can never really know.

Just last week, we went to work on some flagpoles with this same cam cleat device. Three flagpoles stood in a row, right next to a large body of water. Completely identical, installed at the same time, the flagpole to the most north was considerably in worse condition. The rope needed to be replaced, as well as snap hooks. The other flagpoles were virtually untouched. Part of the problem is the location of the flagpole in relation to it's two companions, the other problem was the pulley direction which faced into the prevailing winds. These small adjustments will make a huge difference after a year of abuse.

To see this flagpole, well attended with new parts, shows the flyer's commitment to keeping the flag flying. The next step is to dig in and replace the rope. Not as easy as it seams. But once you understand the concept, it is doable without equipment or an expert.

Quick tips to cam cleat rope replacement:
  1. Before you begin, you are working fromt he outside, in.
  2. Cut the end of the old rope above the crimp, tape the bottom of the new rope to the old rope end
  3. Test the rope so it doesn't come apart, gently guide the section up through the truck and back down through the cleat.
  4. Cut the taped section off. Cap the end of the halyard.