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Old 19-01-2013, 17:17   #1
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Joining Anchor Chain ---The Options?

Will be joining our two pieces of 12mm short link galv chain together and am looking at options. Strength and shape are important so the Gypsy doesn't jam.

Favouring cutting and welding a link using Low Hydrogen rods or MIG and crack testing both before and after galvanising...

Don't like the chain joiner that you essentially pein together. Anyone seen better methods?

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Old 19-01-2013, 17:37   #2
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Re: Joining Anchor Chain ---The Options?

I like the kind keychain type of link but I don't know if they come in galvanized. If they do, they are the same size and shape of your chain link so the would be no worries with the gypsy. There would also be no worries with a weld cracking/breaking or pins coming out, etc
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Old 19-01-2013, 17:43   #3
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Re: Joining Anchor Chain ---The Options?

Do you have a internet supplier link?

'Tis funny that people are concerned with a quality weld yet all links of a chain have a join in them as part of manufacture.

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Re: Joining Anchor Chain ---The Options?

No sorry, can you visualize what I'm talking about? I'm not sure what exactly they're called but they are a link that you would insert between the last links of each piece of chain by prying apart the joining link and then bending back to shape once the chains are joined. I've used them lots on non galvanized chains but can't remember if I have ever seen a galvanized version. They work really well.
I agree about the welding thing but when chain is used in critical applications, here in Canada, it is often not allowed to weld chain. That's just government regulation though.
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:09   #5
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Re: Joining Anchor Chain ---The Options?

Yes they are a common style here in Australia but wouldn't be strong enough on a Rode.

Should be no concerns with a weld i guess, the heat from galvanising will normalise the welded link. We have 2 pieces 60 metres and 20 metres in the locker but is joined by a common, un-galvanised riveted link, i just don't like it.

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Try a Crosby missing link, they come in galvinized & work fine on a windlass, it does on my Muir cougar anyway. I used one to join a 50' & 250' pieces of 5/16 bbb chain.
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