How to Re-Rig (Rope) an Internal Cam Cleat Flagpole

This guide, we take you through replacing the rope (halyard) on your internal cam cleat flagpole. This will look at the steps involved if the rope is still up through the top pulley or if the rope has broken and the rigging has fallen.


Internal Flagpole Rigging
Cam Cleat Internal Flagpole Rigging
Cam Cleat Internal Flagpole Base

This is a FlagDesk.com flag flyers guide to replacing roped cable on internal halyard flagpoles. How do you know if your flagpole is internal halyard and has a cam cleat? An internal flagpole keeps the rope on the inside of the pole shaft. The diagram above shows a flagpole with an internal stationary truck with a cam cleat system. We will be focusing on cam action cleat systems and how to replace the roped cable in this How-To article.


Replace Roped Cable (Old rope is intact):

  1. You are going to be working from the outside, in. With cable cutters, cut the wire-core rope above the thimble. (Tip: you want to find a way to secure the line so it doesn't get away from you, fly up and off the pulley at the top.)
  2. Tape the bottom of the new assembly (loose end without the thimble) to the just-cut old rope.
  3. Gently pull the old rope from the cam cleat until the new rope is through the cam cleat device.
  4. Clamp cleat down on new rope, cut above the taped section. Take a match or lighter and melt the end of the rope to prevent fray.
  5. Attach weight, links, snaps, retainer rings accordingly.

Install Roped Cable (Rope no longer runs through pulley):

  1. You are going to be working from the outside, in. With a bucket truck go to the top of the pole.
  2. Remove the truck at the top. (Tip: if you can't remove the truck top, you can always cut the top of the pole off and use a PTA or Pole Top Adapter. Just know the top diameter of your flagpole.)
  3. Feed bottom of roped cable assembly through the truck and drop it down the center of the flagpole shaft.
  4. An additional person should be on the ground at the hand hole looking for the cable. When the cable reaches the cam cleat, the person on the ground should feed the rope through the cleat device and lock it.
  5. Person at the top of the pole should re-attach the truck. Make sure it is secure. Then come down.
  6. Attach weight, links, snaps, retainer rings accordingly.