Our two piece poles are amazing! They allow you to get an extra tall sign without paying a fortune in shipping. However, those suckers can be pretty tough to get connected when you are ready to install your sign. I will try to shed some light on how you can merge the two pieces together without even breaking a sweat!
The connector that holds the two pieces together is designed to be very tight so as to ensure strength and durability. In fact, it is very common to see shavings come off the connector while you are hammering the two pieces together. Do not worry! You did not break the connector. You are just forcing the connector to shed a little excess bulk so it will fit as snug as a bug in a rug. That is, if bugs and rugs were poles and connectors.
Before getting started: Please make sure you are resting the bottom of the pole on a hard and durable surface. You will be hitting it hard, and the angled tip at the bottom of your pole can tear up softer surfaces. You do not want to damage your beautiful wood floors or rip your carpet!
To get started, you will first want to hammer the connector into the top of the bottom pole piece. Place the bottom of the pole on a hard surface, place the connector into the opening at the top of the bottom pole piece, and hammer away! It should take a bit of force to tap the connector into the bottom pole. Again, do not worry if you see shavings come off the connector. You are doing just fine! Continue tapping until pole is barely touching the ridge at the middle of the connector.
Once the connector is in the bottom pole piece, place the top pole over the connector and tap until the pole tips touch at the ridge on the connector. Again, do not be afraid to use force when hitting the top pole piece. We generally include an extra decorative finial in most boxes, so don't be concerned about breaking it. Plus, those finials are tougher than you may think!
If you are having difficulty getting the connector into either pole piece, I would suggest a little automotive grease. Just a small amount of grease should do the trick if you are not able to get the connector into one end of the pole.
Once you have hammered the poles to where they barely touch the middle ridge of the connector, then you are done! Do a happy dance as you walk on out to install your sign in your front yard.
If you are having any trouble or have any questions after reading this, just let us know! One of our friendly team members will be happy to help. One way or another, we want to make sure you are pleased with your sign for many years to come. Just let us know how we may help!