FLAGPOLE

Feeling patriotic? Consider installing a flagpole.

A sense of pride and patriotism stirs in most of us when we see Old Glory waving in the wind. That's reason enough to add a flagpole to your yard, and if you're considering the addition, a telescoping pole, with aluminum sections that slide up and down and snap in place, is a good choice.

A contractor will charge $960, including labor and material, to install a 25-foot pole in concrete. You can buy a flagpole kit for $350 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 $200 for concrete mix and gravel for its foundation.

To install a pole, dig a round hole approximately 28 inches deep by 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 www.uncommonflagpoles.com.

To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.

Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$960 -- $550 -- 8.5 -- 10.0 -- $410 -- 43 Percent