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SylvanLakeWH

Been looking for a nice sailing mast to convert to a flag pole for about a year… finally got one off CL for decent price delivered. Good shape. 23’ tall. Going to go with about 16’ tall (from grade) so I can handle it myself…

 

Looking for advice on how to anchor it. I’m thinking about 3-4’ deep hole, 18” wide, filled with concrete…

 

Sleeve will be an issue since it’s not round… should I just permanently sink it in concrete or any good ideas for a sleeve? Maybe pvc and sand / wedges?

 

Ideas / methods of getting it plumb straight are welcome.

 

Any thoughts appreciated…

 

 

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ebinmaine

Others will likely have far better ideas than mine... (Boy I hope so). :lol:

 

I like the idea of 4 (or more) foot deep permanent mount hole with concrete. 

 

Was it me I'd get some scrap lumber and use 2 or 3 short wooden "spikes" driven into the ground to hold the same number of wood supports to keep it straight/level/plumb. 

 

 

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The Tuul Crib

Find a piece of pipe that just fits 

inside the mast and sink it into the

concrete enough to slide the pole over it 

and fasten it with a thru bolt. If you 

have to take it down for any reason

you can. 

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Ed Kennell

I like Tuul's idea of finding a  pipe that fit inside mast.    But I would add 4 pieces of angle iron that would allow the pole to be tipped over and raised easily..

Pardon my hi-tec cad system

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Wheel Horse 3D
2 hours ago, The Tuul Crib said:

Find a piece of pipe that just fits 

inside the mast and sink it into the

concrete enough to slide the pole over it 

and fasten it with a thru bolt. If you 

have to take it down for any reason

you can. 

Definately! PO of our house concreted in the main mast of our flagpole. At some point the truck on top got damaged and is now sharp. In the right wind conditions the flag can flip over the top and get damaged by the truck. Now I have to cut or something to get the pole down and replace the truck.

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Handy Don

A lot of professionally installed flagpoles are mounted between two implanted posts. Two bolts through the posts and pole secure the pole permitting one bolt to be used as a hinge when raising or lowering the pole before putting in the second bolt fo fix it in place.

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Wheel Horse 3D

I had been pondering that. Do a ham radio style tip over mast. When I was in the military we had crank up masts. Sticks in my mind I've seen a design for a crank up mast somewhere. I'll see if I can locate it.

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Wheel Horse 3D

http://www.aprs.org/Antenna-Ipipe.html

 

Heres the general idea and pulley setup...Id probably go aluminum and add a "pull down" rope from the base of the highest section to the base just to help collapse it it if it binds. Maybe loop that back to the same crank I use to raise, Kinda a windlass type setup with the up and down ropes wrapped around the windlass.

 

Of course for a flagpole, 55 ft. might be a tad overkill,

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