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Stupid Chain Question

I need to figure out what size chain I have in order to purchase the right size anchor hook. I realize that chain comes in obvious sizes like 5/16" and 1/2" and such, but what exactly is that measuring? The thickness of the metal? Length of the links? Size of the holes? Believe it or not, I search all around the web for an answer and found nothing, so I had to swallow my pride and just ask.
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one of the rotating ads here in sailnet is 1st chain supply. Chain, Chain Supplies, Binder Chains, Lifting Slings and Hooks. Go there, they have a lot of info on chain and sizing
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The short answer is that the size of the chain is the diameter of the "wire" the chain is made of. 1/2" chain is made of material 1/2" in thickness.
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The metal "wire" of the chain link should be the nominal diameter of the chain's size. Be sure to measure it where the weld isn't, since the weld increases the diameter slightly.
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Soulfinger, great question, thanks for asking it. I am one of those who didn't ask...
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Chain has 3 measurements, wire size (1/2"), link size/shape, and material (SS, galvanized, and rusted.)
If you're not using a windlass, you don't care about the size/shape.
If your are using a windlass, the types must match!
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Thanks for the info....now does anyone know where my micrometer is?
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