There are a number of different ways of attaching a flag to a flagpole and how it is done usually comes down to the attachment type the flagpole has. When using a tree or a branch to hang a flag from, it is usually easiest to tie a pulley on it since this is the simplest way of running a flag up and being able to unfurl it ceremonially from a halyard (the flag's rope). For regular flags and banners, such as those being used to promote a brand at a convention, usually do not require halyards. All that is needed is for the flags to be attached securely in an already unfurled state. None of the methods involved requires specialist knowledge or skills.
Methods for Attaching a Flag to a Flagpole
Before attempting one of the methods below, it is a good idea to check the type of flagpole and flag that will be attached together so that the flag is kept in good condition by using the best method possible. Generally speaking, these methods are good for attaching banners as well as flags to flagpoles.
Flags and Flagpoles with Grommets
If the flagpole has a grommet at the top of it, which is basically nothing more than a hole through the center, then a cable tie may be all that is needed to attach the flag. Many flags have an eye, or metal ringed grommet, at the top and bottom corner. Place a cable tie of sufficient length through the upper eye of the flag and into the grommet on the flag pole. Return the cable tie to itself and secure. To keep the flag looking good in the wind, place a second cable tie through the flag's lower eye and wrap it loosely around the flagpole which will allow the flag to fly freely. The cable ties can be snipped apart with a pair of cutters when the flag needs to come down.
The Snap Hook Method
Tying a knot is never a good method for attaching a flag's halyard to a flagpole since the wind will make the knot progressively harder to undo. Instead, loop a section of the halyard through the eye of a snap hook and pull the loop over the top of the hooking section. Draw the loop back tight. Now clip the flag, through its upper eye or grommet, to the snap hook and allow the hook to spring back in place. The halyard can now be threaded through the flagpole's truck or pulley. Once this is done, the flag can be hoisted onto the flagpole easily.
The E-Z Mount System
Designed for places where lots of flags need to be mounted quickly and easily, this system is a specialist flag mounting one which requires the operative to be able to reach the top of the flagpole easily. With a flagpole that is fitted with an E-Z Mount system, there is a plastic screw in the pole which can be removed by hand with a few turns. This screw is then passed through the flag's eye and screwed back into its mounting, thus attaching the flag.
When hanging flags from flagpoles indoors, Velcro makes for a good system. Simply stick one side of the Velcro to the flag pole and the corresponding section of Velcro to the flag. The flag and flagpole can then be attached with ease and switched around with no fuss. This sort of approach is used extensively in exhibition centers where banners and flags need to be changed regularly.
Key Components Explained
A flagpole truck is usually installed on top of a flagpole such that the wheel housing part of it extends outwards. Usually pinched into position with a grub screw, they are available in differing sizes to suit different diameters of flagpole. The wheel housing is then threaded with a halyard to allow flags to be raised and lowered.
Flagpole pulleys perform a similar function to trucks but they often have a more basic design. Some are simple wheels which are attached to an eyebolt assembly that can be screwed into a flagpole grommet. Others are screw mounted themselves and bolt onto the outside of a flagpole or a wall.
When a flag has been hoisted up a flagpole, via a truck or a pulley, the halyard can hang down unceremoniously which creates an unfinished look. This is particularly so if the flagpole is not vertical, perhaps wall mounted at an angle with a bracket. In such cases, tying the halyard off around a flagpole cleat is the best way of making the look as neat as possible.