How to Install a Flagpole: A Complete, Step-By-Step Guide

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Are you interested in setting up a flagpole in your front yard or back yard? If so, then it’s all about finding the right flagpole for the job.

They come in many different sizes and qualities, so you want to make sure and find the right one for your needs.

The flagpole installation might be detailed, but it isn’t difficult. Simply follow the instructions to a “T” and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Here are instructions on how to install a flagpole that will show off your pride for years to come. Be sure to take it one step at a time.

1. Gather the Proper Tools and Materials

This process will only be as efficient as the tools and materials that you use to install the flagpole. After you purchase a trusted flagpole, such as the Titan Telescoping Flagpole kit, you just need the right utensils to get the job done.

As far as materials go, you will need up to 240 pounds worth of pre-mix concrete, 15 to 20 pounds of pea gravel, and water.

Then, for tools, make sure you have a post hole digger, level, tape measure, and a bucket to mix the concrete inside of.

2. Choose the Right Spot to Dig

You may very well have a predetermined location for where you’re planning to put the flagpole you’ve purchased.

However, you will want to make sure there aren’t any powerlines or utilities that currently occupy that space. The hole will be over two feet deep, so dig carefully and stop if you notice any wiring or piping below.

If you want to locate the utility lines before you dig, then you can perform a landscape analysis to find out. After you’re certain that you’re clear of any lines, start by digging a post hole that’s 14-inches across and 28-inches deep.

3. Measure and Fill

After you’ve dug the hole 28-inches deep (no deeper than that), make sure to measure it to make sure it’s exactly 14-inches wide by 28-inches deep. The measurements are vitally important, so don’t shrug it off if the hole isn’t as deep as it needs to be.

Once the proper measurements have been achieved, it’s time to start filling the bottom of the post hole with 4 to 6 inches of your pea gravel.

When you install a flagpole, you want to make sure there’s proper drainage. The pea gravel will help with this process, but more on that in a minute.

4. Bolt the Sleeve, Then Install it

Since you’ve purchased a Titan telescoping flagpole, you’ll receive a bolt that needs to be installed into the ground sleeve before it’s in the ground.

Find the hole that’s already been drilled in the ground sleeve, and tighten the bolt into it.

Once you’ve accomplished that, push the ground sleeve down into the bottom of the hole with the gravel surrounding it.  Make sure to measure and check that the top of the ground sleeve is 1-inch above the ground. If not, then readjust it.

If you don’t push the sleeve deep enough to where it’s surrounded by gravel, the concrete that you pour will get into the bottom of the sleeve. It will cover the bottom hole which won’t allow for any drainage to occur (which is a bad thing).

Once the ground sleeve is appropriately in place, it’s time to start mixing the concrete that you have. Be sure to follow the concrete manufacturer’s instructions diligently for the best results.

If you have more than one person helping install the flagpole, they can start mixing the concrete while you install the sleeve. As soon as you’ve put the sleeve into position, place the red cap on top to keep anything (like concrete) from getting inside.

5. Pour the Concrete

Now that the concrete is ready, it’s time to pour the mixture into the post hole with the ground sleeve in position. Be sure to pour the concrete evenly around the sleeve, while avoiding touching or moving the sleeve from its current position.

Many people make the mistake of rushing this stage of the process, feeling as if they only have so much time before the concrete dries. Take your time, the concrete takes several hours to dry, so you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Also, don’t panic if the concrete mixture doesn’t fill up to the top of your hole. What’s important is that the sleeve stays an inch above the ground. The cement level being an inch or so below the ground won’t affect the outcome.

Wait for 24-hours before you come back and start to install the flagpole. Keep the red cap on to make sure nothing falls inside.

6. Check the Plumbing

Now that the concrete mixture is completely dry, it’s time to install the flagpole. Start by setting the bottom of your pole into the installed ground sleeve.

Clip the top and bottom of your flag to your flagpole using the spring clips that are included in the kit.

Once the flag is secure, you can raise the top section until it stops. To lock it in place, lift it a bit so that you can rotate it to the right and slide it down into place.

Continue to do this lift-and-lock process for all of the sections of your Titan telescoping flagpole, your flagpole is not installed!

Install a Flagpole in Your Yard Today!

You’ve always wanted a flagpole in your yard, and now that you know how easy it can be to install one!

Be sure to read this page on why Titan is the brand that you should trust in for your flagpole purchase.

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach out either by phone at 208-895-0463 or by email at and we’ll be happy to assist you further!

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