Tailgating Flag Pole
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A flag pole needs to be high so that it catches the wind, and makes it easier to see from a distance. Therefore your flagpole should be a good 20 ft. high. For this, you can buy two 1/2" conduit pipes at Home Depot for $2.00 each. I tested them for flexibility, and have to say they seemed nice and sturdy, even when you link two together.
Portability is a major issue when it comes to designing a usable flag pole. Commercial poles are telescoping, which is nice, but not necessary. It's up to you, but I would cut the two pipes into at least two 5 foot sections (four sections total), depending upon how large the trunk of your car is. To connect the pipes sections together, I searched around, and decided that what you see below would be the easiest way to put up and take down the pole. I still don't like it though, and would welcome suggestions on alternatives. As you can see, a five pack was $1.75.
If you drill your holes at say 11 ft. this will ensure the top half of your flagpole stays put. As an added assurance that the bottom won't fall, get a solid metal rod, and shove that halfway into the ground, putting the flag pole over it.
Attaching the flag or flags: Buy two screw eye hooks and put one almost at the top of the highest pole by drilling a hole and then bolting it on, and attach the second one closer to the ground at about four feet high. (Be smart about this, and drill your hole so that it wont interfere with your stake ropes) This is how you will lower and raise your flags. To attach the flags to the pole get yourself a piece of rope that is at least 20-25 ft long.
Putting it together at the tailgate:
First you'll want to put together your lengths of tube, making sure the two eye hooks are lined up. The ropes for the stakes can already be strung through and the stakes attached to the ropes. Tie the flag rope to the top screw eye first, then pull it fairly taught and tie it to the bottom screw eye. If you are using it, push the foundation rod into the ground, and slip the flag pole over it. Now just push the stakes into the ground and, as usual, enjoy liberally.
The final cost based on the prices I saw today was:
Pole - $4
Pipe couplers - $1.75
Rope - $5.50
Eyehooks - $4(aprox)
Snap hook - $8 if you have two flags
Stakes - $2.50
Foudation rod - $3.50
Total maximum cost: $29
I hope to have one of these up for the ND game, and if I do, I will take pics and post them on the blog.
You can get an American flag at Home depot for 10 dollars (I'm sure just about anywhere else as well). And GT flags can be found at tailgater's alley I presume, or on the web by searching for em. They cost about 30-35 dollars. I was doing some searching, and you can get all kinds of other cool flags as well including beer brands, beer mug flags, jolly rodgers, ect.
Please feel free to improve upon the design or ask questions if you have no idea wtf I was talking about in my directions.