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How to Hoist your Flag up a Flagpole

corporate flagWe are regularly asked by clients the different ways you can fly a flag from a flagpole. So we've created this short flag flying guide on the most popular ways to fly a flag. However, before the blog post gets going we just wanted to clear up any confusion about the word "halyard", as we are often asked what this is. Essentially,  a "halyard" is just a term for a rope that is used to hoist a flag or banner, it's as simple as that.

Flagpole with External Halyard
The most common fixing method is a rope and toggle sewn into the heading tape on the flag. The toggle is always at the top of the flag and this fits through a prepared loop in the end of the halyard (it is sometimes recommended to pull the halyard through the loop to create a "hang-mans noose" which will then tighten around the toggle.)

The other end of the halyard is then tied securely to the rope at the bottom of the flag. With the flag tied on, the halyard now becomes a complete loop and the can be hoisted to the top of the flag pole.If the flag does not have a rope and toggle but has clips or eyelets then simply tie each end of the halyard rope to the clips/eyelets on the pole.

Flagpole with Rotating Arm
If your pole has a rotating arm, the pole should be lowered and the sleeve on the flag fitted to the arm. The flag should be pulled completely onto the arm and plastic ties fitted through the eyelets on the to hold it snug to the pole. The lower eyelet on the should be attached to the weight to hold down the bottom of the . The poles can then be raised back up and the flag will fly freely.

Flagpole with Internal Halyard
The flag is attached to the end of the halyard as above but the bottom of the is attached to a weighted collar. The halyard and is then raised by pulling the rope through the access hatch at the bottom of the pole or by the crank handle (If fitted).

By Joanne Morley