a general guideline for the flagpole, in the text the pieces will be
referred to in italics, i.e. 1.
the 1" PVC into 5 pieces; 5', 3', 4', 2'8" and 2'5". You may
want to label the pieces now to keep from mixing them up, I also put
"B" and "T" (bottom and top) on either end of pieces 1,2
Cut the 1 1/4" PVC into a 5' length with one angled end, this will be
(the angle will help when you drive it into the ground). I
cut the PVC w/ a hacksaw, a dremel would work, PVC is relatively soft
stuff so it shouldn't be difficult.
Glue connectors to the top end
of pieces 1
Brush the cement on the pipe and the inside of one half of each
connector. The cement give off a large volume of fumes, make
sure you have PLENTY of ventilation.
(the instructions for the cement may say to use primer on the PVC
before gluing, we don't need to do this as the pipe won't need to stand
up to water pressure)
Push the connectors onto the pipe, making sure they seat all the way
Glue and join pieces 4
using the "T" connector (see the blueprint above). Piece 5 is there to serve as a
counterweight to 4 which will
have the flag on it. If you want you could fly another flag on 5, or use it to hang a lightstick
to see at night.
Wait ~15 min for the cement to cure, then join but do
glue pieces 1
making sure they are pushed together as far as they will go.
Drill a hole through the connector and piece 2
The hole was drilled off center so that a cotter pin could easily be
This will hold the pieces together but allow them to be disassembled
when needed. Repeat the above procedure for pieces 2
(it may be easiest if you take 1
apart first. Then repeat with 3
and the "T" connector (in the pic below 5
is not glued into the "T" as I did steps out of order).
a hole through both ends of piece 4,
then run a string between them. This will secure the flag.
Thread the flag onto piece 4
underneath the string, then tie the sting over the flag so that the
flag can't slide off. The pieces can then be assembled.
Putting the flag
piece into the ground. Use either a soft mallet or hold
(carefully) a piece of wood on top of the base when you hammer so as
not to damage the PVC. You will want to hammer it at least
6" into the ground, going deeper will make it sturdier. Slide
the pole into the base.
I was building the pole I experimented with a taller pole stabilized
with 3 guy wires running from about halfway up, angled down and secured
with stakes. While it helped, they were scrapped as it would
take only one person falling into one at night to take the flagpole
The flag worked great at Bonnaroo! It was visible from quite a
distance and made getting back to the campsite a breeze. Lots of
people came up and said how much it helped them get their bearings as
well. The flagpole withstood the winds well, I temporarily took
it down when it really got windy. The flag did have a tendancy to
bunch up on the crossbar, next time I'll use a couple of safety pins to
keep it stretched out. I might also sew/pin a couple of metal
washers to the bottom so that it hangs down better in a breeze.
I bought the flag from Windsensations
for ~$40, they can make a custom flag from a digital photo.
Mine took about 2 1/2 weeks to come and they did a very nice job.
The flagpole, while reasonably sturdy, should probably be taken down if
possible in a storm or in high winds just to be on the safe side.
Original version posted.
5/24/05 Explained the purpose of piece 5.