Friday, May 2, 2014

Retainer Ring
For some flag flyers, the flexibility in the rope or halyard can be a hassle for the flag display. If the flagpole is in heavy wind, the flag can look as though it is flying off the pole, rather than controlled and stately. We get asked whether, as a flag flyer, there is something you can do. The answer is a bit unorthodox, but for many people, it has done the trick. If you have a standard external flagpole with ropes on the outside, this is a good place to start.

What you are looking for is a called a retainer ring. The retainer ring fits to the circumference of your flagpole. Note, the retainer ring is designed to have a bit of slack in order to disperse the tension at the location it rests on the pole. We can make any size retainer ring you would like. Contact us here.

Many flag flyers with external flagpoles are satisfied with the retainer ring alone. However, there is an additional item, as shown above in the picture. This is the weight you see attached to the bottom snap hook of the flag. Officially known as the counterweight, this keeps the flagpole header taught. Make sure the header shares the stress with the line. For the external set up, you do not want the weight to snap the line of header of the flag. It is best to keep an eye on your parts and see if there are any complications.