This weekend, we’ve decided to tackle a long overdue project: replacing the worn out, rusted out flag pole in the front yard with a new one.  The flag pole’s never looked great, but since the new landscaping work in the front yard, it’s really started to stand out … and not in a good way.

Replacing the flag pole actually wasn’t our first thought about how to fix it up.  We had originally planned to wire brush it, paint it, fix it up with new hardware and re-use it, but we just couldn’t find a good solution to how you’d go about painting a 20′ tall flag pole that can’t be taken out of the ground and that has a little more sway to it than we felt comfortable with when it comes to supporting a ladder.  We were pondering all of that when we went to a local store that sells flags and banners and saw a telescoping flag pole there that solves so many of the problems we have with this one – it’s shiny and new, it collapses to a manageable size, it comes out of the ground for easy storage … all good things.  So, we decided maybe this one was beyond its useful life after all and decided it was time to get a new one.

We bought the new flag pole and flag about a week ago … and this weekend’s project is to replace the rusty old one with the nice new one.  We got a head start tonight by cutting the old flag pole down to a manageable height and digging out a little around the concrete at the base.  After looking over the concrete situation a little more closely, we’re thinking the project to dig out the old pole may not be as simple as we’d originally thought … guess we’ll find out for sure tomorrow.

Anyone ever replaced a flag pole before?  Any tips on how to make this a painless job?  Or were we silly to think it had to be replaced in the first place – any great ideas on how one would go about cleaning up and painting a non-removable 20 ft. tall pole?

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2 thoughts on “Preview of Our Old House’s Weekend Project

  1. Jan says:

    Flagpole removal is on our list for this fall. We will wait and see how you do it….LOL

    I think we are going to have a 20ft aluminum flagpole installed. I have no idea how you get a flagpole straight while installing it. Our current old rusty flagpole is crooked and it drives me nuts.

  2. Sarah says:

    Yeah, I’m kind of worried about that, too. We’re planning to use a post level when we set the plastic sleeve in concrete, but even if we’re a little off, it’ll show up a lot more when we put the pole in, which I’m sure will drive me nuts! Argh. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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