A flag that is secured to a pole with a rope has grommets placed on the top and bottom edge of one side. The grommets are used to secure the flag to clips that are fastened to the rope secured to the flagpole. They prevent the wind from ripping the flag when hung. A special flagpole is needed that has a finial at the top of the pole to hold the rope and a tying cleat to tie off the rope and hold it in place. Locate facts on American Flag etiquette and flag display rules at American Flagpole and Flag Company.
Step 1 – Measure the length of the flagpole from the top to the tying cleat. Double the measurement and add 4-feet. Cut the rope to the measurement. Note: Use an extension ladder or a 10 to 12-foot step ladder to attain the measurements.
Step 2 – Remove the finial from the top of the flag pole. Thread the end of the rope through the final. Replace the final in the opening.
Step 3 – Use a square knot and tie the ends of the rope together. Pull the rope so the knot is halfway between the top finial and the tying cleat.
Step 4 – Take a snap clip to the top of the flag pole and determine the position for the top of the flag. Fold the rope in half approximately 8 inches from the finial.
Step 5 – Place the loop end of the rope through the hole on the snap clip. Pull the loop far enough out so the snap hook can be slide through the loop. Slide the snap clip through the loop and pull the loop tight. Repeat the process for placement of the second snap hook. Note: Measure the distance between the grommets on the flag to determine the distance for snap hook placement on the rope.
Step 6 – Take the ladder down and place it away from the flag pole. Pull the rope so the snap clips are at the bottom. Snap the flag to the snap clips.
Step 7 – Pull the opposite side of the rope to pull the flag up the flag pole. Stop when the flag reaches the top of the pole.
Step 8 – Tie the end of the rope to the tying cleat.