FLAGPOLE INSTALLATION TIPS & INFO
is to show just how easy
installation is. It is easy for one
or two people to install commercial
flagpoles up to 30 ft tall. After
that, there is a bit more involved.
Residential flagpoles are even
easier, as footing sizes are smaller
and poles are lighter.
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Click Images To Enlarge Them. How
Replace Flagpole Line.
Locate your best location for your
new flagpole. Look for underground
utilities. Look for over head wires.
Stay Clear of
overhead wires, stay back 15 feet.
Plan your site location.
A broken sprinkler line is
easy to fix cutting a cable
or electric line can cause
serious trouble or injury.
a shovel, cut out grass in a 30"
diameter circle. Larger if you want
a pad to stand on, but for
this pole and location a 30"
pad will be fine.
Dig you hole to proper depth to fit
sleeve (this pole, 3' deep
30" diameter hole at top 24"
diameter at bottom).
Digging with a shovel is not all
that difficult. The entire job may
look like a daunting task but one
step at a time is goes quickly.
Look: Note the shadow in the
first image it is cast from a near
by light pole.
the foundation sleeve to a depth
that leaves 2 inches of the sleeve
above the ground level. This is
important, if the footing finish is
too low water will lay around you
sleeve and can leak into the
Now the fun part, mixing the
concrete. As you can see, I have a
tool. Mixing with a hoe and in a
wheel barrow might be a bit strenuous to
those who are not very active, but
other wise a good work out and
NO, you do not
put dry concrete in hole and wet it.
I have mixed thousands of bags of
concrete by hand over the last 35
years. Often when only mixing 5 to
10 bags I leave the mixer back at
the shop as small jobs are finished
quicker by hand than loading and
toting all the other equipment.
Cover top of foundation sleeve to
prevent spill inside sleeve, and
fill all around sleeve. This size
footing requires 12 to 15, 80
pound bags of concrete. ( 30 ft pole uses a bit more
|| 6 -
As you get near the top of
hole with concrete, take a
break and place a level
inside the sleeve, leave it
stick up out of the sleeve
so you can see bubble, and
plumb the sleeve while
concrete is still wet. Now make a form for
the finish. For small holes
like this we could use a
square form made of 2x4s or
as chosen here I
dug a circle so we will use garden
edging material, ours is 4" wide
fiberglass. We use this as we can
reclaim it when done and use it
again. Form a circle 30" diameter.
We use duct tape to hold it to the
diameter we want. Now
set your form so sleeve is
in center and finish filling hole
with concrete to top of form. Check
again for plumb.
Fill form and hole, at this point
you will need to work concrete and
lift or lower form to allow finish
height of concrete to be 1/2" below
the top of for the metal sleeve. You
can add some concrete or take some
away. Center the form around you
center sleeve after you plumb
sleeve. If you need to move form
just dig a little dirt grass
away from the side you need to move
At this point your sleeve should be
in center of your form and you
sleeve should be plumb. The finish
of the concrete should be an inch or
so above grade and a 1/2 below the
top of sleeve.
Finish concrete to give a pleasing
finish. You can remove your form
when you return to place pole.
Clean up site, when site is clean
check your finish one more time and
pray no little buzzards do any
carving of initials or names before
you get back in a day or two with
final setting of flagpole.
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to Setting The Flagpole, With Images
On return, remove the form. Install
your flagpole. This pole is
is also protected from the lawnmower
guy, as the footing is raised a
bit above the lawn and will protect the flash
collar and pole. Unlike some other
installations I have seen where the
concrete is at ground level or below and has
no particular shape other than
Completed 2-16. Your job can look
this good too with just a little
installation instructions with your
pole or click here for general
Notice position of shadow in first photo
and # 9, from previously
mentioned. You could call this
a sun dial that shows how long
digging & concrete work took. This job was completed
from arrival on site to departure in
1 hr 45 minutes. Yes it would have
taken longer to mix by hand. And yes
you come back a few days later to
install the flagpole. But the actual
time spent to dig a 3' deep by hole
by hand wasn't long.
A bit about me, My name is Alan
Koch, I am 58 as of 2007, I am
the president of Anchor Flag INC., I
still install locally but no longer
travel to install. While many of the
larger jobs we do are dug with a
large auger, all residential jobs
and many 25' & 30' flagpole
footings are still dug by hand. It
is often a better choice where
equipment might tear up a yard or
landscaped area. I am not to proud
to dig a hole with a shovel. It's a
good work out & (it
pays well) Although many times I
wish I were in my 30's again.
I took photos above and dug
hand, mixed concrete for the
job described here and also
set one additional
foundation when I left this
job. I was the only person
on both sites other than on
You Can Do It Too!
AK on Job site 1985