[MV] Re: Tire Chains

Robert Bell (rbell@erskine.edu)
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 09:27:23 -0500

Whenever I have run tire chains, whether on a car, pickup, tractor, or
fire truck, I always made and used my own chain tighteners. Just cut a
small section out of the side of a link of chain so that you end up with
a C-shaped piece. Make at least four of these for each wheel. Then,
take an old but still pliable inner tube and, cutting across the tube,
cut out several inch or inch and a half rubber strips. Hook the
C-shaped links opposite one another on the outer side chain, then
connect the C-links with the one-piece rubber straps. I usually carry
extra C-links and rubber inner tube straps. On heavy truck chains, you
can double up on the straps used with the C-links. I've never had a
problem with tire chains coming off.


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