|The pole with the flag is the one being replaced. Replacement unit is behind the white bucket.|
Casting about for tall, sturdy poles I asked my friends at coffee for suggestions. Fast Eddie suggested that I use one of the posts commonly found in portable basketball hoops. You have seen them, they have a large, hollow plastic base that you fill with sand or water.
Just so happened that Fast Eddie had one in stock. Eddie specializes in salvage. He gave it to me. It is four inch square, steel tubing and the piece is 12' long.
|U bolt on top (left) and smashed down the end and through bolt on bottom.|
I happened to have a 10' piece of galvanized, electrical conduit in my stock.
I had to buy a bag of insulators for the fence wire.
|Looking down the length of the assembled post/lightning rod. I suppose it could have been straighter and I suppose the lightning won't care.|
|The top of the whip is 19' above the ground. At least it is in this photo. I moved the location of the support so it was in line with something I already have to mow around.|