By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
To see Old Glory waving in the wind always brings a sense of pride. If you're considering adding a flagpole to your yard, a good choice is a telescoping pole with aluminum sections that slide up and down and snap in place.
A contractor will charge $932 to install a 25-foot pole in concrete, which includes the labor and material. You can buy a flagpole kit for $565 and install it yourself. The kit includes a 25-foot pole with installation sleeve and gold ball top, a 3-foot-by-5-foot flag and swivel rings and harness that allows the flag to fly freely. Another cost is $25 for concrete mix and gravel for its foundation.
To install a pole, dig a round hole approximately 28 inches deep and 12 inches round, and place 6 inches of small gravel for drainage in the bottom of the hole. Insert the bolt in the sleeve and fill in the area around it with concrete. Use a carpenter's level to make sure it is level.
For more information about installing a flagpole and flag etiquette, go to http://www.uncommonflagpoles.com.
To find more DIY project costs, and to post comments and questions, visit http://www.diyornot.com and http://www.m.diyornot.com on smartphones.
Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$932 -- $565 -- 7.8 -- 9.5 -- $367 -- 39 Percent
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