Halyard Replacement and Maintenance

The rate of halyard wear depends on several factors including flag size, wind conditions, climate and usage. For these reason we recommend monthly inspections of the halyard for wear. Worn halyard should be replaced before complete failure so that it can be used to pull the new halyard through the truck.

Polyester and nylon rope halyard should be replaced if there are signs of fraying, tearing, or other visible damage. Stainless steel cable halyard should be replaced if there are any signs of kinking, fraying or other visible damage.

Size of halyard

The size of halyard depends primarliy on two conditions. The height of your flagpole and the size halyard that your flagpole truck (pulley) will allow. This is also known as a sheave (pronounced  "shiv"). The sheave is the rotating, grooved wheel inside of the truck (pulley). This is the piece that the rope fits into.

The most common types of flagpole halyard sizes are:

  • 3/16"
  • 1/4"
  • 5/16"
  • 3/8"

What size halyard do you need?

1/4" halyard is used for most residential flagpoles up to 20'. 5/16" halyard is for commercial and residential flagpoles up to 50' and 3/8" halyard is used for commercial flagpoles up to 80'.

Internal flagpoles with a cam cleat sould be ordered by the height of the flagpole and are pre-made in our factory. These come with a thimble already crimped onto the end for ease of installaation and are known as rope assemblies

Most Internal Fiberglass flagpoles require 3/16" halyard. Please consult your flagpole manual for more information.

Note: For internal halyard flagpoles with a winch, see Winch Operation, Care and Maintenance, and Wire Cable Replacement Instructions for Internal Halyard Flagpoles.

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