Overview

toh master carpenter Norm Abram raising a flag on the installed in-ground flagpole
Photo: David Albanese
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To install a flagpole, the first step is deciding where in the yard to put it. You can do this by assembling a mock-up with PVC pipe and couplers. One person should hold up the pole in various spots so a second person can judge the effect from afar. A grassy spot in a prominent place by the front door of the house is ideal.

To choose a pole's height, consider the height of the house or building: 18 to 25 feet for single story building, 25 to 30 feet for two stories, and 30 to 40 feet for three stories.

For this project, This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram installed a pole with a linchpin assembly, which allows the pole to be lowered easily for painting or major storms.
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    Tools List

    • post hole digger
      Post hole digger
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • pointed shovel
      Shovel
    • four-foot level
      Level
    • sawhorse
      Sawhorses
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 11/16-inch bit
    • socket wrench
      Socket wrench

    Shopping List

    Flagpole

    Gravel (optional) for drainage. Get one 1/3-cubic-foot bag.Concrete Get 8 sacks of dry mix to fill the hole.

    Silicone caulking rated for exterior use.