The Presidential pole comes fully assembled. The base of this pole is 2.50” with sturdy 16 gauge wall thickness. These poles have NO Ropes, NO Chains, NO Pulleys so you do not have to worry about knots and tangles. Also, this makes our flagpoles virtually NOISE FREE. The Telescoping flagpole is anodized finish making this flagpole MAINTENANCE FREE, no need to worry about rust or painting.