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Posted By: Mark Hageman on: 08/21/2013 14:15:19 EDT|
Subject: RE: Signal Flags
How about those poles…
Did you hear about the guy walking around the Olympic village carrying a pole?
A lady asked him if he was a pole vaulter..
He looked very confused and said “NO, I’m German, But how did you know my name was Walter”
Anyways, 4 foot poles jointed with a ferrule to allow a tight snug for attachment. No 100% specification requirement other than it needs to be slightly flexable yet strong enough to withstand the rigors of signaling without breaking. Saplings cut to 8 foot length work just as well but a pain to transport and dry out after a while. If using torches, because of their weight I went with closed close rail (heavy, but safe when dealing with kerosene and flame)
1/2-3/4 inch 4 foot hardwood dowels ferruled with a 10” copper pipe and tapered to form fit is what I use and works very well, easy to replace and relatively inexpensive.
Photo 1: “www.civilwarsignals.org/pole/200.jpg”
Photo 2: “www.civilwarsignals.org/pole/300.jpg”
Photo 3: “www.civilwarsignals.org/pole/400.jpg”