In sailing a halyard is a rope that is used to hoist a sail or yard which was once part of the running rigging made of hemp or other natural fibers.
For our purposes a halyard is a rope used to raise and or lower a flag. This rope can be external and operated manually or internal where you can have a winch (crank) to operate the halyard.
Most often flag pole rope is made of solid or double braid polyester which is tough. It isnít easily damaged by sun exposure, resists moisture, stretching U.V. rays, sunlight, mildew or abrasions. Usually it is purchased by the foot and you can usually have it cut to order.
Wire core rope is available, however some prefer non-wire rope since it is thought to be easier to work with. Use your old rope to pull the new halyard to the top through the pulley.
Do not use flag pole rope for a safety device. It should only be used for raising and lowering the flag.
The external halyard is infinitely simpler and easier, especially if you follow the directions for rigging your flag pole with the halyard.
Go online to e-how and get easy to follow step by step instructions on how to rig your halyard so that you can raise and lower your flag appropriately.
If you are expecting to fly your flag on a daily basis PLEASE educate yourself about the etiquette expected when displaying your flag. Check out flagguy.com.