How to Attach Snap Hooks (Flag Clips) onto Halyard

A great way to properly maintain your flagpole, is by replacing snap hooks and halyard when they break down. In this maintenance guide, we will break down the steps in attaching snap hooks with or without covers properly.


What are Snap Hooks / Covers and do I need them?

Snap Hooks are used to attach the flag to the halyard (or rope); sometimes called flag clips. Snap Hook Covers are recommended for all flagpoles. Covers help protect your Snap Hooks, your flagpole finish, as well as reduce noise when the Snap Hook makes contact with your flagpole. Rubber coated Snap Hooks can work, but tend to not be as effective. No all Snap Hooks have a Cover. For example, nylon or plastic Snap Hooks do not need a Snap Hook Cover. While you won't get too much noise from nylon Snap Hooks, they need to be replaced more often than their steel or brass counterparts. Be sure to keep your local weather conditions in mind when purchasing Snap Hooks and Covers.

How to attach a Snap Hook (without Cover)

There are three easy steps to follow when attaching Snap Hooks and Snap Hook Covers to halyard. We hope you find this helpful. As always, proper maintenance of your flag and flagpole will result in longer flag life and a more attractive flag presentation.


Step 1: Pinch Halyard and poke through the eyelet

It is important not to tie the Snap Hook onto the halyard. You want to be able to adjust the placement of your Snap Hook to accommodate the size of your flag. For example, a 5' x 8' flag will be about the span of your arms. This is a good place to start. But once you get the Snap Hooks on the halyard, be sure to adjust them while clipping the flag. If the Snaps are too far apart or too close together, this can effect the life of your flag. Pinch your halyard, creating a loop and thread it through the eye-lit of the Snap Hook.


Step 2: Pull the loop up and over the Snap.

Now that you have threaded the halyard through the eye-lit of the Snap Hook, pull slack through large enough so you can wrap the halyard loop over the Snap Hook. Loosening and tightening this slack can be an easy efficient way to adjust the location of the Snap Hook on the halyard.


Step 3: Tighten the rope so Snap Hook is secure

Once you have the halyard loop over the Snap Hook, take up the slack so that the Snap Hook is secure to the halyard. As the wind blows and the Snap Hook moves, this system will tighten down on the Snap Hook so it will be secure. Repeat the process for you second Snap Hook, attach your flag, and enjoy!

But let's say you are getting complaints from the neighbors about noise or you have a brand new pole and don't want to harm the finish. What you want to do is add a Snap Hook Cover...

Attaching Snap Hooks and Snap Hook Covers

These are four easy steps to follow when attaching Snap Hooks and Snap Hook Covers to halyard (rope). We hope you find this helpful. Proper maintenance of your flag and flagpole will result in longer flag life and a more attractive flag presentation.

Step 1: Pinch the halyard through the small hole of the Snap Hook Cover ...and thread it through

Pinch the halyard creating a loop and thread it through the hole of the Snap Hook Cover. Make sure you go from the outside of the Snap Hook Cover to the inside of the Snap Hook Cover. Draw enough slack to go through the device to the open side.


Step 2: Pinch halyard through eye-lit of the Snap Hook

It is important not to tie the Snap Hook onto the halyard. You want to be able to adjust the placement of your Snap Hook to accommodate the size of your flag. For example, a 5x8 will be about the span of your arms, this is a good place to start, but once you get the Snap Hooks on the halyard, be sure to adjust them once you put the flag or banner on. If the Snaps are too far apart of too close together, this can effect the life of your flag. Pinch your halyard, creating a loop and thread it through the eye-lit of the Snap Hook.


Step 3: Pull the loop up and over the Snap Hook

Now that you have threaded the halyard through the eye-lit of the Snap Hook, pull slack through large enough so you can wrap the halyard loop over the Snap Hook. Loosening and tightening this slack can be an easy efficient way to adjust the location of the Snap Hook on the halyard.


Step 4: Tighten the rope making sure the Snap Hook is secure and inside the Snap Hook Cover

Once you have the halyard loop over the Snap Hook, take up the slack so that the Snap Hook is secure to the halyard. The Snap Hook should sit inside the Snap Hook Cover. You pull the Snap Hook through the Cover to attach the flag. Once the flag is attached, the Snap Hook Covers should slightly jam between the halyard and the flag. As the wind blow and the Snap Hook moves, this system will tighten down on the Snap Hook and the Snap Hook Cover will prevent noise. Repeat the process for you second Snap Hook, attach your flag, and enjoy!


While we recommend the above type of Snap Hook Cover, there are also other kinds. Whatever you choose, make sure you buy the right stuff for your flag arrangement. A few extra dollars today can save you several extra dollars tomorrow.


*Note: If you are flying two flags, allow at least six inches between the flags. The Snap location can be adjusted as needed if the size of flag changes.