Explore the internal cam cleat flagpole with parts and accessories broken down to help you understand how the system works and why it is right for you.
Flagpole Ball Ornament
Flagpole ball ornaments finish the top of the flagpole. They are an aesthetic choice designed to complement the tapered appearance of the aluminum shaft. They have no bearing on the integrity of the flagpole and are thus made with a thin aluminum held be a spring mechanism. Care should be taken during installation as they can break more easily than the other flagpole components. The ball ornament diameter should match the butt diameter of the flagpole. Flagpole ball ornaments come in a variety of colors and it has become more common to have the ball ornament match the flagpole finish for a more dynamic look. Make sure the threaded spindle (at the bottom) matches the female opening at the top of the flagpole truck.
Flagpole Internal Truck
The Internal Flagpole Truck houses the pulley which allows the halyard assembly to pass from the center of the flagpole up through the top and outside, where the flag, retainer rings, and counterweight are attached. This internal truck system can be revolving or stationary. We highly recommend revolving. The assembly for cam cleat poles is usually at a thinner diameter. if the truck is stationary, shifts in wind and even flag motion can wear the rope assembly quickly. The revolving truck minimizes this wear on the housing of the rope. Make sure the top of the truck female opening matches the spindle of the ornament. Also, the bottom threading of the truck should match the top opening of the flagpole.
Flagpole Halyard (Rope)
The rope on an external (standard) flagpole is unique for the outdoor elements. It is unilaterally woven so the rope expands and contracts uniformly throughout the line. The halyard is woven and designed to tear over time, but never unravel. For peace of mind, wire-center halyard is a good idea. This rope has a cable center. A pulley may be able to wear through the halyard over time, it is much less likely to cut through the cable; unless heavily neglected. Wire-center halyard is more difficult to tie, but we believe the ends justify the means in this case.
Flag Attachments: Step 1
Snap hooks are clipping devices designed to attach a flag to rope. A common issue in the past, was constant clanging when this metal snap hit the flagpole. This would also cause marks in the flagpole shaft. Rubber snap covers were developed to help solve this problem. Take the snap hook and slide it into the snap hook cover.
Flag Attachments: Step 2
Pinch the rope and punch it through the hole which passes through the rubber snap cover and the snap hook eyelet. Pull the line through so there is a loop long enough to pass over the snap and cover.
Flag Attachments: Step 3
Take the halyard loop that you just punched through the opening and pass the loop over the snap hook and the snap hook cover.
Flag Attachments: Step 4
Pull on the halyard so the cinched loop ends up on the side you first poked the snap hook and snap hook cover through. Measure the distance of the flag header and repeat the process for your second snap hook and snap hook cover untill all attachment points on the flag are accounted for.
Flagpole Retainer Ring
The retainer ring is a necklace-like divice with pearls made of plastic. Th beaded retainer ring should never be too tight around the pole. The idea being more relaxed the less stress. If the retainer ring is too tight, the pole iwll have no give and the stress will all go into the flag.
Internal systems conceal the rope. This adds security and a cleaner finish. But internal does not mean the ropes are all on the inside. Rope comes from the bottom anchor on the inside of the flagpole, up through the truck top pulley opening and out to the flag. To protect the flag, rope is used to hold the weight of the stress when a flag is flying in wind. In order for the flag to stay close to the pole, it has to be tied to the pole. The counterweight adds mimics the taught line on a classic external halyard flagpole.
Flagpole Cam Action Cleat
The cam cleat is a manually locking mechanism anchored to the inside of the flagpole. The rope or halyard of the internal cam cleat flagpole passes through this device. You can manually lock the halyard or release the halyard to raise and lower a flag. This is a significantly less expensive alternative to the internal winch while maintaining the deluxe internal halyard appearance.
Flagpole Flash Collar Cover
The flash collar finishes the base of the pole, concealing the foundation. But in additional to concealing the the foundation, it also acts to protect and facilitate water run-off. Water is a critical component to a flagpole. The foundation should be designed to encourage water away from the base. There is no way to water-proof a flagpole. Bugs, water, and debris will find a home inside the shaft and parts. But hardware like the flash collar can help the system cohabit with these elements.
Flagpole Steel Foundation Sleeve w/ Lightening Spike
Many building codes require the foundation of a flagpole include grounding. The steel foundation sleeve is a clever way to incorporate a lightening rod into the foundation materials. The ID of the steel foundation sleeve shoudl be at least three (3) inches larger than the OD of the flagpole butt (base) diameter. The length of the sleeve shoudl be 10% the total exposed height of the pole (or larger). Steel foudnation sleeves are highly recommended for all commercial flagpole installations and commercial locations.
PVC Foundation Sleeve
for shorter flagpoles and residential applications, PVC is an excellent and cost effective alternative for the steel founation sleeve. The PVC sleeve is a rigid plastic tubing acts the same as the steel foundation sleeve without the grounding spike.