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Re: Chain galvanizing
You might both be saying the same thing. Environmental restrictions may have put the small shops out of business. I'm good with not putting toxic chemicals in the earth or air, but wouldn't be surprised that smaller shop couldn't afford to upgrade to the safety standards. They are often draconian and based upon zero tolerance, not smart science.
I'm not sure if re-galvanizing anchor chain is the way to go. Used chain loses some of it's strength, just by using it. If the galvanizing has come off, perhaps it's lost a bit more, due to corrosion. Unfortunately, chain is a wear item and needs to be replace after a while. I think rinsing the locker down with fresh water helps significantly extend chain life. Eventually, you have to bite the bullet.
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