Step 6: If desired, add top chain to keep things taut
On my chains, I decided to add a top chain to keep things taut. I tightened one side of the chain to the bungee and the other side the link left open ...
Some winters we get cabin fever and really need to get out. This winter was such a winter, and when we tried, we found the hike was quite icy. Solution, shoe ice chains. Unfortunately, when one has a large family, commercial shoe ice chains are unaffordable. I priced out each pair between $20-50 US. I decided that they weren't so difficult to make, and headed down to my local home improvement store to obtain some supplies. I ended up spending about $5 US per pair.
Step 1: Observe commercial chain construction
Take a few moments to observe how commercial ice chains are put together. Notice they have an outer ring with cross linked chains.