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Tailgating Flag Pole

In a continuing series of "build your own" GT football things, I present to you, the do it yourself tailgate flag pole. Any hardcore fan knows that you're not SHIT unless your 'gate has this. Its important to let everyone know where you are, that America rocks, Georgia Tech (or whatever team you like) demands respect, and what your favorite beer is. The problem is, they are fairly expensive and/or sucky. This being the case, I took it upon myself to design a -fairly- decent pole you can build and use at your tailgate for 30 bucks and only an hour or so of building. The weakest part of this flag pole, I believe, will be the joints. I didnt build one yet, but I designed it up and think it should work pretty good.

Lets get started...

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.

Anchoring the pole into the ground is another consideration. The method you choose will depend on where you use your new flag pole. If you are in a parking lot with just a car, I think lashing it to a rearview mirror with a bungee cord that has plastic hooks would work just fine. If you have a tent, lash it to that. If you are on soft ground, staking it to the ground with some rope and some make-shift stakes would be the best bet. Attach the rope by drilling two holes in the pipe about halfway up and all the way through. Two 30 ft. pieces of rope and put each halfway through. Now you have four 15 ft sections of rope. Remeber to drill one hole higher than the other to avoid weakening the pipe. The stakes are makeshift merchandise display hooks you can buy.

"Did somebody say STAKE?"

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.

Take that length of rope, and tie a snap hook on about 1 ft from the end. You will use this to hold the top of your flag. Figure out how long your flag is and tie the second snap hook this distance away from the first snap hook on the long end of the rope. If you plan to fly a second flag below the top flag, just get more snap hooks and do the same thing.

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.

how do you balance this pole on concrete, since most GT lots are lots and not grass or soft turf you can stake into?

Using a pole on conrete is actually mroe stable than grass, if you have a car right there.

Use a metal base, which you will roll a tire onto. The base should leave a couple inches clearance fo the pole. The sheet needs a... screw hole thing (can't think of the right term) on top, which you'll screw the pole into.

You can add stability by bracketing the pole onto a rearview mirror on the car or jury-rigging a bracket to go above and behind the tire.

Anything you need for a tire mount should also be available at the Home Depot.

Id be remiss if I didn't point out that the term is "Jerry Rigged" not "Jury," out of the term for German soldiers during WW2.

"Jury rig" is the most common accepted term. Per wikipedia:

Sometimes the phrase is pronounced "jerry-rig", which is often (although incorrectly) thought to be derived from the slur "Jerry" or "Gerry", a derogative reference to Germans that gained notoriety during World War II. In fact, "jerry-rig" derives from the phrase "jerry-built", which has the same meaning and predates the use of "Jerry" as a slur. "Jimmy-rig" has also been used.

In your FACE, McKinley.

Well pee on me I guess.

Think its derivative's from the term jerrymander. (devisions of populace for voting advantages by ruling party)

No, It's actually gerrymander.

"The gerrymander takes its name from Gov. Elbridge Gerry of MA, who in 1811 created a peculiar salaMANDER-shaped district north of Boston to benefit his Democratic Party."

Gerry+Mander (from salmander)=Gerrymander

I don't believe calling any country that declared war on The United States derogatory at all. Currently, you can hear "islamofacist", "dune coon", "haji", and "midevil arab cave dweller" in my dialog as well as many other Americans. I think a cast concrete stand 2-3 feet in diameter will support the pole sufficiently.

Great post. Thanks for this and keep posting.

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