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Hay Net Hardware
The Lowdown on Stainless Steel Anchor Shackles...
Some reasons I use anchor shackles to close the top of my small-mesh hay nets:
1-They eliminate any chance of having a leg get caught in a tie string.
2-Its horse shoe shape is pretty easy to thread through the top loops of the nets. (Easier shape than a locking oval chain link.)
3-The stainless steel is smooth against the loops and doesn't abrade them like the tie rope does, or like galvanized hardware would.
4-The closed bolt is stable and can't get pulled sideways to break like a carabiner might. (Locking carabiners should work, too, but are more expensive and not horseshoe shaped.) I use double-end snaps to clip the shackle bolt to a post.
5-If I have difficulty unscrewing the bolt with my hands because it freezes or was too tight, I use a tiny screwdriver or large nail for easy leverage.
6-If the bolt comes unscrewed (happened to me once once from not tightening it enough), there are no sharp edges.
7-Stainless steel is non-toxic and resists rust.
8-Husbands like hardware. It elevates the lowly small-mesh hay net to 'mechanical farm implement' status. ;-)
February 22, 2009
Note: The largest s.s. anchor shackle in the chain/fastener section of Lowes (3/8") works well for me on the Miller's/Dover/SmithBros smhns. It's a comfortable size to handle.
The Roma nets require the next size down, as the $7.87 shackle is too large to fit through the metal rings at the tops of its loops.
Click here (then scroll down) to see additional safe methods of closing your SMHN!
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Home Again From the Wild Blue Yonder
So it's January 12. I finally jumped through the computer hoops to get more pictures uploaded.
It's a long story involving expired PC anti-virus software, a crashed Mac, and the end of a deployment. (Welcome home!)
Someone asked about the hardware I use to close up the hay nets.
Pictured below is the stainless steel shackle bolt with a spring clip.
Hmmn, "spring" -- looking forward to it... ;-)
Safety Note: Avoid spring clips and non-locking carabiners. Use double-ended snaps instead. (more info)
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|missyclare||Alternative for closing and hanging bags||0||Mar 8 2012, 10:34 AM EST by missyclare|
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I don't trust either of these pieces of hardware. I used to tie the dog up with the locking carabiner and it would let lose also. A dog loose in the bush somewhere getting caught up in 15' of dragging chain is not a good thing. I used a length of electric fencing rope for a draw string. Its slippery and works like a charm. The leftover length that is available after closing the bag up, I use to tie the bag just about anywhere,...trees, posts, to a snap on a pulley system to haul it up to the barn ceiling, or stuff the excess in the bag when throwing the bag on the ground. I tie it with regular knots, not slip knots and it never binds. No need to put the carabiner through all the loops everytime to close it....just pull and go. Been working well for me for 7 years now. So are the same hockey net bags I made back then, including the large round bale feeder on this site. It also has a draw string that's still going strong.
|tangledmanes||locking carabiners and gravity||1||Nov 5 2009, 2:45 PM EST by luvmytwh|
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I've started using a locking carabiner to attach one of my NibbleNets to its tree string. My husband retired it from his climbing gear, and it's just so easy to slide it through the top center rings, as well as making a nifty handle for carrying the NibbleNet.
However, this morning I noticed that the "lock" on the carabiner -- a threaded barrel that twists up over the point where the carabiner opens -- had worked its way down and was in fact not locked. It was closed, but not locked.
I'm figuring that gravity and the vibration of horses pulling hay from the NibbleNet caused the lock barrel to work its way down. Tomorrow I'll make sure to flip the locking carabiner so that its opening points down instead of up, which should put a 'lockdown' on the lock barrel's travels.
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