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Old 12-01-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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Flag pole options for a Threefer?

I have a threefer (three pole) flag holder made by Sandlapper. I am now looking for options for the poles to go with it.

I know this topic has been discussed many times and yes, I have used the search function. However the majority of the threads are primarily about the holders with the poles as a secondary topic. So hopefully we can focus this one on the poles to be used in a jack mounted holder.

Looking for different options for the flag poles. I know that many buy the 6 to 12 foot painting extension pole from Lowes.

Any other options out there that merit consideration?
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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The True Value painter poles seem to be higher quality than the poles from Lowes.


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Old 12-01-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
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We have Sandpaper's excellent flag pole holder and have been using painter's poles from Ace Hardware. They're good except flex a lot in heavier wind. Shortening the adjustment helps a little.

Also over time they began to wear the pole holder's holes slightly oblong, so we found some plastic shower rod sleeves, cut it into smaller sections and put them around the bottom of the poles.
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Old 12-02-2015, 05:37 AM   #4
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I use and recommend the aluminum, telescoping ''painter's poles'' made in Missouri by MrLongArm. Part #9272. They are plenty sturdy, inexpensive...about $14, and generally available locally. Shipping on any pole can get expensive. Lowes and HD both carry MrLongArm products, although many times they don't have the 9272 in stock. Try TruValue Hdwe, Menards, and local mom/pop stores. They are worth the search. They also have a nice nylon plug in the butt end that protects both pole and holder. All things considered, they offer the best solution.

The holes in the holder itself are machined oblong due to the angle the poles must enter. The more the angle, the more oblong.

Thanks everyone for the positive reviews of my holders.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:32 AM   #5
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Has anyone used pool poles?
They telescope, but are light/thin walled.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:35 PM   #6
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flag pole size and other recommendations

Verify the diameter of the holes in the holder. Most are 1". Some painter poles are 1 1/2" and won't fit. I made my own holder and use the heavier 1 1/2" 12' poles.

Buy the cheap printed nylon flags not he more expensive sewn ones. They are lighter weight, fly well in light winds and put less stress on the poles in high winds. Shorten the pole length if it is windy and don't go to town and leave them up if it might be. Same for the awning.

We had surprise 75 mph gusts of wind at Farmington, NM this summer which came up very quickly. We had a mad scramble to take down flags and awnings for other people who had gone to town on what had been a nice calm day.
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I generally won't "go to town" with the awning out due to the unexpected.
I guess this a good "rule of thumb" for flags as well.


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Well, as can seen in my avatar, we have used John Leake's excellent 5-pole holder for many years with no issues. With regard to flag poles, we initially tried John's recommendation regarding painter's poles from wherever. HOWEVER, for us spinning flagpoles work much better, especially with regard to windy, changing direction conditions.

Yes, they are somewhat more expensive, but they come in two parts and very easy to store behind the couch in the lounge, and ours still look great after more than 6 years.
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Well, as can seen in my avatar, we have used John Leake's excellent 5-pole holder for many years with no issues. With regard to flag poles, we initially tried John's recommendation regarding painter's poles from wherever. HOWEVER, for us spinning flagpoles work much better, especially with regard to windy, changing direction conditions.

Yes, they are somewhat more expensive, but they come in two parts and very easy to store behind the couch in the lounge, and ours still look great after more than 6 years.
How about telling us a little more? In other words who makes them, is there a model number and who is the supplier? Could you share a photo?
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Flag Pole Options For A Threefer?

My son made our three flag holder & we use the Mr Long Arm telescoping poles and added the the spinning rings w/clips to hold the flags/banners. I think the rings/clips came from Amazon.
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I will look for better pics but for now this is how our flag holder it started out

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Having connection problems so pics aren't cooperating
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May sound odd, but you warm my heart talking about flag poles.
If you have poles then you have flags and one of them is called "Ole Glory"
I spent 21 years defending the right to fly our flag and the flag of our friends. We defended your rights given to us by our Fathers and while any vet served, they gave up those rights. No freedom of speech and so on, but most did it with pride in our nation and the flag that represents that nation. The first thing I had put in on my property when I retired was a flag pole. Every morning it went up and every evening it came down. There are no true laws on flying our flag but there are acceptable rules and one is "If unlit, a flag should not fly in the dark" Yet in so many of our great camp grounds I see US flags out all night. If you do this, it is your right as an American but come on, if you are going to fly the flag with pride then have enough pride to light it up at night or take it down! I would rather see you fly the flag and not bring it in at night than to do what is the accepted rule. I know this about flag poles and not flags, but you have children or grand-children or you might be defending our right to fly the flag, those serving have giving up their rights so we all have our rights a free people and those they are defending us against want more than anything to remove those rights and our flag. They are few in number compared to the number that worship the same God we do using a different name for him that means the same as our English word for a creator of all there is, there was or will ever be. Please don't confuse the many with the few who the freedom and our way of life. I have fought side by side with many and they love freedom and desire freedom as much as you and I. Just last night the news was filled with a story of 14 dead and 17 wounded by a radical couple. Radical is the key word to remember and our history is full of "radical Christians" To day much of the world judges us for what some so called Christians killing every man woman and child in the Holy City when they took it a little over a thousand years ago and so they hate to this day. Those killed were not just Muslims, but Jews and Christian living in the city. That was not Christ like at all! Today some d the same and it is not Islamic at all. OK off the soap box, but what has just taken place in Calf. upsets me and I fear many Americans will want to punish all for what some really sick individual did. Let us not do this, be angry yes, but be angry at the right people and lets support all those that will be taken the fight to them and take the fight to them we as a nation have no choice but to do this. As Barney would so, "Nip it in the bud" May God bless this nation and open our eyes to why conservative people seem to hate us and our life styles. Ray B
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Hi Al,

I recently ordered a "fivefer" (5 pole) flag holder from Sandlapper and he's bringing it to me at the Canopener. I too have been looking into poles. So far, the best option for flag poles appears to be what Sandlapper recommends - the Mr. LongArm 1" aluminum poles. I went to Lowes to look at their Blue Hawk poles and found that they are painted steel (I put a magnet to the pole). Other poles I found on the internet are not 1" in diameter but rather 1 1/4" to 1 1/2". Most of these poles are 3 piece extension or fiberglass poles and are much more expensive. True Value Hardware stores have the Mr. LongArm 1" poles - free shipping too if you have them shipped to a local store for pickup. Other sources on the internet kill you on shipping costs.

I'm in no rush, so I'll see what other comments come in on this subject before I buy anything.

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