Whether it's the State Flag, United States Flag; flags are flying high. Betsy Ross designed the first American Flag and was it was first hung in 1777. The stars represent each state so the stars have increased over the years as States were added to the Union. Each state also has a State Flag. You can too have a flag pole in your yard.
Decide where the flagpole will be. Use the post-hole digger and dig a hole 3 feet deep. It only has to be as wide as the post hole diggers.
Place the flagpole into the ground and replace the dirt, packing the dirt as you go with the shovel.
Connect the garden edging into a circle or square of your choice around the base of the flag pole. Be sure to use the hard plastic edging that connects to each other on the sides. The sides will allow the edging to be formed into a design.
Mix the quikrete according to package directions in the 5 gallon bucket. Pour into the area around the flagpole and inside the edging. Smooth the top of the concrete with a trowel. Allow to dry for a day or two.
Remove the edging or if you wish you can leave it in place.
Like the British flag, the American flag is red, white and blue. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white stands for purity and innocence; blue means vigilance, perseverance and justice.
The 50 white stars in the blue rectangle of the flag represent the 50 states of the U.S. In 1818, President Monroe established there would be one star on the American flag for each state.
Thirteen stripes comprise the rest of the flag–seven red alternating with six white. The stripes stand for the original 13 colonies.
In 1795, after Kentucky and Maryland were admitted, the American flag had 15 stripes--one for each state. The stripes stayed that way until 1818 when President Monroe decided there would be 13 stripes permanently.
When Betsy Ross made the first American flag in 1776, it had 13 stripes and 13 stars.
Choose a spot to plant your sweet flag. It grows best as an aquatic plant in or beside a pond, although it will grow in constantly damp ground as well. Sweet flag grows best in full sun to partial shade.
Dig a hole for your sweet flag about 6 inches deep and 4 inches in diameter. Place the plant in the hole and cover with soil or mud. Sweet flag can even grow when planted slightly underwater.
Water your sweet flag every day for 10 minutes each watering, if it is not next to a water source already. The ground around the sweet flag must be constantly moist.
Divide the rhizomes of 2-year-old sweet flag to grow more plants, if desired. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, with the rhizomes planted about 6 inches apart from each other.
Slide the flagpole sections together from your kit. The top section of your pole is an unswaged piece. The middle section may be swaged and undrilled or it may be swaged and pre-drilled in preparation for the cleat, depending on your kit.
Attach the cleat using the screws that came with your kit. Screw the spindle or ball-stem tightly into the top of the truck (the aluminum piece that is a part of the pulley).
Thread the rope over the pulley in the truck and loop each hook into place mid-rope. Adjust the distance between the hooks to fit the size of your flag.
Tighten all of the screws to fasten the truck to the pole. Be sure the pulley in the truck aligns over the cleat. Set your assembled flagpole to the side.
Dig a hole using a shovel or, if available, a post hole digger. The width of the hole should be double the circumference of the flagpole for pouring the cement. The depth of your hole should be at least 10 percent of the height of the flagpole. Burying at least 10 percent of the flagpole will make the flagpole stable.
Fill the hole with about 6 inches of cement while inserting the ground sleeve that came with your flagpole kit.
Place the assembled flagpole into the ground sleeve, making sure the truck and cleat are aligned.
Place your 4-foot level against the flagpole to make sure it is vertically level, and then let the cement set up overnight.
Attach your flag to the flagpole hooks and tie off the rope on the cleat. Step back to view your waving flag.
Lay a tarp over the back of the boat. Weave a vinyl rope through the pre-fabricated grommets along the edge of the tarp, and then down and around the entire boat trailer.
Use a devise called EZ Grabbit (see Resources) to attach tarps to structures, and to fasten tarps to each other. Screw mount the bottom section of the grabbit tool, called the Dog Bone, to the sides of a truck bed, using two 3/16-inch screws. Lay the tarp over the mounted section. Slide the top piece, called the Sleeve, over the tarp and the Dog Bone, to lock it in place.
Install a product called a Grip Clip to attach a tarp to the back of a truck bed or other structure (see Resources.) The Grip Clip attaches to the tarp with a two-piece system that can withstand a 200 lb. pull.
Place the smaller circular piece of the grip clip behind the tarp. Place the larger piece over the tarp and push the smaller piece up through the hole in the top piece. The bottom piece will rest on a rim around the inside of the top piece to hold it in place. This system locks the tarp tight, so it will not slip, and it will not tear.
Use a Grip Clip over a section of the tarp where a grommet has ripped out. Because the hole is no longer usable, the Grip Clip establishes a new hole for weaving rope through, or for placing a hook.
There are a few things needed before starting this project--cement mix to make concrete that is poured into the hole holding the flagpole; two clamps that fit around the pole to hold the two rope cleats for the flag; a cylindrical ground sleeve, ground spike and flash collar that protect the bottom of the pole; a flagpole (a 2-inch galvanized steel pipe works well and is inexpensive); a carpenter's level and digging tools.
Enlist help during this project, in case of an accident, as it involves dealing with heavy objects that need to be balanced.
Creating a Place for the Pole
When digging a hole for the flagpole, consider its length because 10 percent of the pole will be underground. Dig a hole that reflects that depth, as in a 2-foot-deep hole for a 20-foot-tall flagpole. Mix cement with water in the hole to start forming concrete.
Insert the ground sleeve into the hole, making sure the sleeve is level and is properly inserted into the concrete. Feel free to separate this task into two parts by creating only several inches of concrete first, waiting for it to set a little before inserting the sleeve. Pour in the rest of the mix to make it easier to level. Use a carpenter's level to ensure the sleeve sits squarely.
Wait about a week to make sure the concrete and sleeve are stable and strong. In the meantime, use the clamps to attach the rope cleats to the flagpole. Once the base is ready, insert the flagpole into the sleeve.