How to Make a Flag Holder Stay Put in Stucco | Ep. 172

An American flag flying from a flag holder on a stucco home.
Epoxy keeps a flag holder installed in stucco secure. (Adobe Stock)

Want to display your patriotism, team pride, or personality? Fly a flag on the front of your home! But first, you’ll need to install a flag holder.

If you live in a house with wood siding, it’s pretty straightforward to do. But what about stucco homes?

Bob DeHuff, in Reno, Nev., wants to do just that at his stucco home. He’s wondering if he could just use adhesive, not screws, to attach it. 

To install a flag holder on stucco, you’ll need to use both. 

  • First, drill lead anchors into the stucco. 
  • Next, put two-part epoxy on the back surface of the flag holder and in the anchors. 
  • Then, screw the flag holder into the anchors. 
  • Use some painter’s tape to keep the flag holder in place while the epoxy dries overnight.

Because it’s stucco, you’ll want to caulk around the flange of the holder to reduce any chance of water getting into the anchor holes. 

I recommend getting a good-quality metal flag holder and not a plastic one. The plastic flag holders I’ve had in the past have gone with the wind.

With a higher quality flag holder, you’ll have more surface that attaches to the wall. So, you’ll have more space to apply epoxy. 

A marine supply house should have a nice brass flag holder that will hold up to strong winds. 

Skip to [6:19] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Podcast.

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Simple Solutions 

Make longer cuts on a miter saw with this Simple Solution.

Framing Square Stop Block — A power miter saw is ideally suited for making accurate repetitive cuts to all the same exact length. All you need to do is position a stop block at the desired distance from the saw blade and then clamp it to the saw’s fence.

The only drawback is that miter saws have relatively short fences, so you can only make repetitive cuts that are 8 to 10 inches long.

Here’s how to use a framing square to extend the repetitive-cutting capacity of the saw. 

Use two spring clamps or short bar clamps to secure the framing square to the saw’s fence.

Position the square with its narrow tongue facing down.

Extend the square out to the length of the desired cut and clamp it to the saw fence. With this technique, you can make repetitive cuts ranging from about 16 to 23 inches long.  

Once the square is clamped in place, carefully slide the board up against the square’s tongue and make the cut.

Repeat to make repetitive cuts of all the same exact length.  

Watch: How to Make a Stop Block For Longer Wood Cuts

Recycle a rain gutter to create a hanging flower box.

Rain Gutter Planters — Use a plastic rain gutter to make an attractive planter for deck and porch railings.

Cut them about 3 feet long, slipped on the mounting brackets and end caps, and drilled 1/4-inch holes in the bottom for drainage.

Then, fasten them directly to the railing with a couple of decking screws.

Line the bottom with landscaping fabric before adding soil and flowering plants.

Watch: Using Platic Rain Gutters as Flower Boxes

dead grass
Droughts can severely damage grass, but there are precautions you can take to salvage it. (Supersmario/Getty Images Signature)

Question of the Week

Q: Last summer, we had one of the longest droughts on record, and our lawn got burnt to a crisp. What can we do to help our lawn survive this summer?

A: The first step to protecting your lawn during a drought is to install an efficient home irrigation system.

Efficiency is key here. Many people set their sprinklers to turn on early in the morning, so they don’t see where the water is spraying. Make sure they’re spraying only your lawn, not the street and driveway.

Here’s what else you need to do during a drought:

  • Dethatch your lawn
  • Aerate
  • Continue to mow as necessary (Don’t bag clippings — this will give your lawn extra moisture and nutrition.)
  • Stay off the lawn as much as possible

Skip to [26:36] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Podcast.

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