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Old 06-28-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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Easy Flag Pole Holder

I try to avoid drilling or nailing anything into my TT when possible, so I took an hour or so to rig a flag holder in preparation for Independence Day. Nothing great, but thought I'd share it anyway.


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You'll need: 2' PVC Pipe, marking pen, drill, 2.5" bolt with nut, black paint (optional), weather strip or similar, dremel with plastic cutting blade and sanding tip, two strips velcro, glue.


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2' PVC picked up at hardware store for $2.45

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1.5" internal diameter, but you'll want to make sure you can fit your flag staff and leave room for the ladder rung

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Place the bottom of the PVC pipe on the second to highest lader rung. Take a marking pen (in this case my daughter handed me some nail polish she was playing with) and mark the bottom and top of the highest rung, about half way up the pipe.

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Used the dremel to cut out the section of pipe between the marks. You can see the nail polish. Nothing in this project has to be perfect.

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Don't cut more than a third or the way through the pipe.

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Drill a hole about half way between the cut and the bottom of the pipe. The hole should be slightly bigger than the bolt you are using.

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Drill through the opposite side of the hole. Don't worry if you're not on center.

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Insert nut and bolt.

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Paint to match if you want. I used black head paint from my fishing box.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:37 PM   #2
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:28 PM   #3
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Cut a piece of weather strip to fit between the cut and the top of the pipe.

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Glue the strip to the actuall flag staff ensuring you compensate for the portion that will slide below the cut to the bolt. You want your weather strip attached above the cut in the pipe.

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I had an issue with my weather strip and had to tape it down while the gorilla glue I used dried. The painters tape did not come off easity and the result was ugly, but it will be hidden.

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Attach pipe to ladder ensuring you have a good fit where the top rung inserts into the notch. I used two velcro strips to secure the pipe, allowing me to remove easily during transport. Insert flag and the weather strip should be snug enough to keep the flag upright.

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Old 06-28-2016, 04:56 PM   #4
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Wow great mod!
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:18 PM   #5
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Nice pictures. Explained that well! Thanks TravelinMan. Leave it to a Veteran! Happy 4th!
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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Nice and simple. That looks great!
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Much appreciated. I'll be spending the weekend in Long Beach, WA. We'll see how the Velcro holds under the ocean breeze. Hope everyone has a safe holiday.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:47 AM   #9
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The flag buddy seems like a good product, but I'll pocket the $150 I saved and stick to my flag pole holder for less than $10. I guess to be fair, it was $30 will the flag pole.
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