Some helpful tips on how to look after your telescopic poles and windsock displays
Care and Use of Telescopic Poles
Extending Your Pole
Remove the rubber bung from the top of the pole, gently tilt the pole until the sections inside begin to appear. Locate the smallest section with the metal ring on top and start pulling this section out. As the pole is telescopic each section will be pulled out by the one above it. When you get to a join pull it tight and give it a little twist to secure it.
Take care when handling your spike. Each spike is cleaned before leaving us, but occasionally people with sensitive skin are susceptible to the odd loose fibre. You need to get the spike about 30cm into the ground, if you are using more than one spike group them together. If you put a little block of wood over the top you can very often just push them in using your body weight, if not use a rubber mallet.
Then extend your pole, unscrew the cap on the bottom and put the pole over the spike(s). This allows your pole to be freemoving which helps stop flags/windsocks tangling.
Tying your pole to a fixed structure.
If you choose to tie your pole to a fixed structure or object take care not to tie it so tight that the hollow fibreglass tube collapses under the pressure excerted on it, also try to use a little padding to protect against rough or abrasive surfaces . It is better to use shock cord or large button bungees rather than electrical tie wraps which will cut into the pole, also the elasticated cord spreads the load more evenly around the pole.
Button Bungees for Flags
Put the loop of the bungee through the eyelet on your flag, if you want your flag on a thin part of your pole you may need to go around and through the eyelet again. Take the flag to your pole, put the remaining loop one side of the pole, the ball the other and loop the loop over the ball. Repeat with the second bungee.
Care of Poles and Windsocks
Obviously your poles and windsocks are predominately for summer use and are not designed to stand up to harsh conditions. All poles should be collapsed during any extreme wind or storm conditions. If you are camping and suspect the weather might change overnight it is better to collapse the pole before going to bed than spend the next morning searching the campsite for your windsock!
The swivels and ball bearings on the windsocks do a lot of work spinning hard through a summer. Small metal parts need some maintenance to prolong life and avoid seizing up, apply a small amount of light oil to swivels, ball bearings and moving parts at regular intervals.
Care for your flags and windsock displays
Windsocks are a fun way to mark your territory on the campsite, at a festival, on the beach, or just to watch and relax while sitting in the garden. For caravans, campavans, and motorhomes. For beach shops, outdoor restaurants, or even garage forecourts, your windsock will create attention wherever fly it. A fun way to mark your territory on the campsite, on the beach, or just to watch and relax while sitting in the garden!
Your flags and windsock will add a splash of colour wherever they live, and can be changed with the seasons or the holidays.
Proper care will help to extend their life, and provide more enjoyment for you and your family.
Remember that both direct and reflected sun can fade your display over an extended period of time.
Be prepared to invest in new flags and windsocks every year if left in an intensely sunny location or extreme wind conditions.
Unless acidic, rain should not harm your flags and windsocks.
If you live near salt water, or in a dusty location, you may occasionally rinse your flags and windsocks out in cool clear water, or use a very gentle soap.
Extreme wind conditions can also affect the lifespan of your wind ornament
All wind displays & poles should be moved to a safe location during any extreme wind or storm conditions.
Small metal parts need some maintenance to prolong life and avoid seizing up.
Apply a small amount of light oil to swivels, ball bearings and moving parts at regular intervals.