The location and system used to set up your flagpole will have a significant impact on its stability. Although most commercial buildings and government offices have engineers on staff to assist them in properly installing flagpoles, most homeowners are on their own when it comes to installing residential flagpoles. Of course, these flagpoles come with directions for putting them up, but there isn’t much detail to assist them in preparing the site where the pole will be placed. Why not look here lighting
And no, it’s not as easy as digging a hole and sticking the pole in it. There are a few things you must do, the first and most important of which is to call “Call Before You Dig” – dial “811” on your phone – to ensure that the location you will be digging is suitable for the flagpole. This is to ensure that you don’t accidentally damage any underground utilities you aren’t aware of. During the digging process, pipes, electrical wiring, and other items that are usually run underground can be affected. No matter how appealing the idea of erecting a residential flagpole might be, you do not want to disrupt the entire neighborhood’s plumbing or electricity, not to mention the potential for personal injury or death if these services are disrupted.
You’ll need to dig a hole deep enough to keep the pole in position until the area has been determined to be safe for digging. Engineers who instal these flagpoles follow the rule of thumb of digging up to ten percent of the pole’s total height. In terms of width, the whole should be about 4 times the diameter of the pole – more if you’re working in soft soil or in a very windy place.
A 22-foot flagpole, for example, would fit comfortably in a 2-foot-deep hole. This is what you’ll need to increase the pole’s sturdiness. Going any further won’t make a difference, except that it would make the flagpole seem shorter, which defeats the intent of making such a tall pole in the first place. Furthermore, all of the extra digging is a waste of time and resources.
However, you might need to do a little more digging if you come across underground obstructions such as rocks, buried concrete, or even the former foundations of old residential flagpoles. These obstacles must be cleared, which necessitates digging around them before they can be removed. You should dig your hole in such a way that it tapers slightly at the bottom. After that, you can pour a concrete footing and instal your flagpole.