Notes from Windward: #69


Painting Chains

one way we keep tools from getting lost in the forest


     Earlier this week we needed to move a panel truck out of storage and across a two foot deep, two feet wide trench. We bridged the ditch with rail road ties and then used lots of chains and a heavy-duty "Come Along" to get the truck to the other side. It was a good opportunity for the crew to practice using hand equipment to move something weighing a couple of tons uphill. It was a slow process, but we got it done.

     Afterwards, as we collected our equipment, it was easy to spot the chains which had previously been painted yellow. The value of painting chains bright colors was brought homw to me when two of our chains seemed to literally disappear into the duff and brown leaves. We knew generally where they had tobe, and after some diligent searching we found them again, but it was easy to see how easily work chains like that could get lost. And so, I took the unpainted chains down to the workshop and treated them with a coat of Sunburst Yellow Rustoleum Paint.

a length of chain due for a touch-up

     Painting our equipment helps protect it from the weather and reduces rust, but perhaps most importantly, it keeps tools from moving into what we've come to call "deep storage"-–lost somewhere on our property.

bright yellow and easy to find

Notes From Windward - Index - Vol. 69