Today, we are bringing you a flag story which I am excited to share because of the industrious method in which Chris made his flag display. Approximately 40 ft. out of the ground, the flagpole towers over the property. But Chris isn't flying this flag for just himself, he is flying for the lake community. Everything Chris used, was either donated or found. All he needed from us was the right rope and snaps to raise the flag.
|Might be a while before that dog digs the hole deep enough
One day, Chris is offered a 40 ft. flagpole. What now? He takes an inventory of the parts, he searches his property for the best location, and he starts to figure what foundation requirements he is going to need to pull the job off right. He explains, "When this thing goes into the ground, I am not looking at pulling it out in my lifetime at least." I think most people feel that way. A commercial flagpole is always best because it becomes a permanent asset to the home, rather than a lawn ornament (like many residential flagpoles quickly become). Fortunately, with the flagpole foundation calculator and a little coaching, Chris gets a pretty good idea of the work involved. But Chris' obstacles don't end here.
One thing for certain, Chris didn't need to add much water to the concrete mix in order to get the foundation set up. All that was required was some testing and patience for the flagpole foundation to set up. fortunately, concrete can cure in water.
So how do you raise a 40 ft. flagpole? If you are a construction company, this would require a lift or a crane. Even if you are raising a 20 ft. flagpole, you have to be careful walking the flagpole up. A flagpole is designed to take a significant amount of stress, it is not designed to handle dropping (or being hit by a truck which we will cover in another flag story).
But using a crane on Chris' location was going to be a difficult and expensive add-on to an otherwise inexpensive project. In fact, a crane can more than double to cost of a job like this. We've seen guys use back-hoes, fork lifts, trucks, and all sorts of gadgets to raise a flagpole. This is the first pictures we've received of a guy building out scaffold. When we were on the phone, it was clear Chris had more than the average amount of construction hours under his belt.
Chris graciously allowed us to share his flag story. If you have a flag story you would like to share, send us pictures or even video here. Flag flyers fly for the community. Nothing beats a flag flyer. We celebrate and honor the community of flag flyers by sharing our stories.