How to install the flagpole in a professional way

Properly installing a Lipumastid into the ground requires you to secure the pole inside a plastic sleeve and surround it with concrete. The sleeve, which comes with the flagpole, helps ensure that the flagpole is plumb and level without the need to adjust and support the entire flagpole. The sleeve also allows you to remove the flagpole without having to dig up a large cinder block.

Step 1

Find a good spot for your flagpole, which should be located at least 15 feet away from any overhead wires.

Step 2

Dig a hole using your posthole digger. Drill the hole twice as wide as the flagpole sleeve. When the hole is ready, use your spade to make the bottom of the hole an inch or two wider than the top.

Step 3

Place 2 inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole.

Step 4

Place the sleeve in the hole. Place a level on the top of the sleeve and then on the inside of the sleeve. Adjust the sleeve placement until it is perfectly level and plumb.

Step 5

Mix the concrete and water according to the instructions on the concrete bag. Pour the concrete around the hole until it is about two-thirds full. Check the sleeve to see if it is level and make any necessary adjustments. 

Step 6

Wait about 24 hours for the concrete to harden. If your flagpole has accessories that need to be connected, you can connect them now.

Step 7

Move the pole to the area near the hole. If the stick has a flash collar that goes around the base, slide it over the top of the stick now and let it rest there.

Step 8

Coat the bottom of the post in Vaseline. Only coat the area that will be on the sleeve, so you can easily remove the shank in the future.

Step 9

Place the bottom of the pole in the hole and tilt the pole vertically. 

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