Poles most commonly are ground mounted. There are a number of options available for erecting a ground mounted pole.
This mounting requires an embedded sleeve usually set in sand and concrete. As a rule, 10% of the total pole height must be set in the ground sleeve to provide adequate support. A pole with an overall length of 40 feet will have 4 feet in the ground and 36 feet exposed. This mounting is more common in southern climes where the issue of ice and snow is not a factor.
Counterbalanced Tilt Anchor Shoebase
This mounting allows the pole to be usually lowered by two people. The mounting sleeve contains a pivot pin and counterweights to balance the weight of the pole. This helps to reduce the cost of maintaining ropes and accessories. The anchor bolts are galvanized and embedded in concrete with minimum ultimate pullout strength of 20,000 pounds.
Tilt Hinge Anchor Shoebase
This mounting allows the pole to be lowered, although not with the ease of a counterbalanced tilt anchor shoebase. The anchor bolt strength is the same as for the counterbalanced and fixed anchor shoebases.
Fixed Anchor Shoebase
A new modern fixed anchor shoebase, complete with galvanized anchor bolts is the most economical mounting.
In many large metropolitan centers and high traffic areas, the use of ground set poles is not practical. This problem has been solved by the use of wall mounted poles. There are two main types of wall mounts.
Vertical Wall Mount
The pole is fastened to brackets that are affixed to the side of a structure, usually a building in a high traffic area. The spacing of the brackets is recommended at intervals of a minimum of 10% of the overall pole height. For poles 40 feet or more, additional brackets must be used.
Outrigger Wall Mount
Outrigger poles are displayed well above high traffic corridors and are normally used to enhance the appearance of a structure. The pole usually is displayed at a 45 degree angle and lends a striking overall effect to the building.