Does this work with the Economy Dive Flag 14" X 16" (DF06) item (without buying accessories)?
I have two of the 2 piece flag floats, and like them a lot. However, I have made the following improvements to them:
1. If you just slip the dive flag over the top of the shaft, wind or water can slip it right back off, and you can lose the flag, which is expensive, irritating, and unsafe. I have devised a simple and cheap way to attach the flag to the shaft which still allows the flag to rotate with the wind, by doing the folloiwing: (a) I slide a 1 inch long piece of plastic hose which is bigger than the shaft onto the shaft, and loop a cable tie through the hose. The hose needs to be big enough in diameter so it slides easily, even with the cable tie through it. (b) I slide a second 1 inch long piece of plastic hose which is barely big enough to fit over the shaft down the shaft to a point below the bottom of the flag. I have to lubricate the shaft to slide this hose onto it. This piece of hose keeps the larger piece of hose from sliding off the shaft. (c) I remove the plastic snap clip from a fastex webbing attachment and thread it through the grommet on the lower cormer of the flag next to the shaft. Then I slide the flag onto the shaft, and clip the snap clip onto the cable tie. Then the flag can swivel freely, but it can't come off the shaft. If this is confusing, e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll send you a picture. It only takes a couple minutes to to the whole thing.
2. The upper end of the shaft isn't attached to the float, so you can lose it. I attach the two parts of the shaft together with about six inches of nylon cord. You can attach the nylon cord to the shaft in various ways. Again, I could send you pictures of the way I attach the two parts of the shaft together.
3. I attach an anchor weight to the flag float with 3mm nylon cord. To havea way towind up the cord, I attach "U" shaped plasti hooks to the shaft with hose clmps. Again, I can send you pictures. I'd explain it in detail, but I'm out of space.
I am pretty sure that is the flag that I bought for the float. After sliding the flag onto the top, I secured it from potential wind with standard binder clips for paper.
Niles the item dfo1 dive flag heavy duty vinyl 7.95 is the one I use
I have the flag that has a metal wire on it to keep it flying and visible. I put it on with zip ties which work great. When it is separated I put a small bungie around both pieces for travel to dive site and storage. I hope this helps.
Thanks for all the reply's! Does Economy Dive Flag 14" X 16" (DF06) have a wire on it? And then you just remove the zip ties when you are done diving? How do you keep it from sliding up and down the pole?
Nils the pole is fiberglass and it has a slight rough texture but I leave on the flag all the time and the zip ties hold really well. there is an end cap on the pole to keep it from coming off but it does not move. Yiu did get the email about the heavy duty vinyl flag with the wire and that is the one I find works the best and it is a 14"x16" flag.
Yes but I couldnt find that flag you mentioned... do you by any chance have the link? That would really help(: Thanks so much Russel!
type" flags" in search on leisurepro site. Trident Vinyl flag (DF01),
I don't know about the flag you are speaking of but this float will compress considerably at depth and will occasionally not rise to the surface until you get shallower.
It works fine. I made a couple of stoppers on the shaft by wrapping electrical tape around the shaft and then zipped tied the flag just below the stoppers so that it can't pull off.
yes...at least it did on the 2006 model. option #1 there is a sleeve to the left of the gromets in which the pole will slide into. option #2 you can use the gromets and cable ties.