View Poll Results: How should I deal with the flag illumination situation?
Bite the bullet and install spotlights 4 5.33%
Take down the flag, you don't need the hassle 22 29.33%
You should be ashamed of glorifying a racist, misogynist, imperialist nation 2 2.67%
Take advantage of the ambient lighting loophole and enjoy your flag 30 40.00%
Other pertinent flag advice 17 22.67%
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Ruken View Post
Nobody is harmed. Nobody is disrespected.
Especially not the U.S. of A. Our republic has weathered a lot more than a flag displayed "incorrectly". Which, by the way, happens with at least a quarter of all the flags people fly on the Fourth of July. I'm chuckling at the vision of a Bear of a guy knocking on the door of some old widow of a veteran, "Hey, open up! I gotta teach you how to hang your flag correctly!" Or lecturing biker gangs on why they can't wear flag t-shirts or bandanas. I look at those people as respecting the flag and our country, as I would if someone was flying a flag day and night without taking it down at dusk.

Now that I think about it rationally, what a stupid rule. Should people have to take their Stars of David or Masonic symbols in at night? Should churches take their crosses down at dusk and put them up at dawn?
Old 02-13-2020, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Senegoid View Post
OP, what exactly did this inspector tell you? Did he say you MUST install lights? Did he threaten to write you up for some code violation? Or was he just making a casual remark?
He mentioned it but didn't go any further.

I'll look into the darkness-triggered LED lamp idea, including how the hell to get it all the way up that pole without killing myself. My experience with dawn-to-dusk bulbs has been mixed so far.
Old 02-13-2020, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Jackmannii View Post
My experience with dawn-to-dusk bulbs has been mixed so far.
Luckily you'll only need bulbs that work from dusk to dawn.
Old 02-14-2020, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by BigT View Post
Since the OP is called "fun with flags", my instinct is just to replace it with various flags. The US flag is boring, and I would only use it for special occasions.
BORING? It has 13 stripes and 50 stars. What more do you want?
Old 02-14-2020, 07:21 AM
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I agree with TRC4914: good for you to want to fly the flag. But don't make it a chore. I have two neighbors who fly the flag 24/7 without illumination. If I had a pole I'd do the same without hesitation. I would periodically replace the flag when it became wind tattered or impossible to adequately clean.

P.S. I like your ide of flying the State flag.
Old 02-14-2020, 11:47 AM
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If you're going to fly a flag, do it right. Reveille in the morning, Retreat in the evening. Teach your son to be a bugler, and make a show of it twice a day. Send your wife out into the street to demand cars stop and show respect. Leave it up all night? Pshaw! That's the lazy, unpatriotic way.
Old 02-14-2020, 12:33 PM
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I'm now considering a nighttime display involving a strobe light and an amplified loop of Sousa marches (especially the Washington Post March).

Should be an effective way of getting to know more of the neighbors.


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