How To Do A Rope To Chain Splice

Below are instructions on how to splice your chain to your rope. If you are using a windlass, this is essential, and even if you're not, it can still prove to be an effective substitute for a shackle.

Step 1

One of the simpler ways of splicing rope to chain is to seize the rope about 16 inches in from the end to arrest any further unravelling. Use ordinary whipping twine.

How to do a rope to chain splice (Step 1)

Step 2

Unlay the twist to the seized point. Taping the ends with electrical tape just makes it easier to splice later on.

How to do a rope to chain splice (Step 2)

Step 3

The next step is to feed 2 strands through heat shrink in one direction and one in the opposite direction. Pull all the strands tight and apply heat to shrink. Preferably a high heat hair dryer.

How to do a rope to chain splice (Step 3)

Step 4

Cut the whipping carefully. Anyone who has done an eyesplice with 3 strand twist will be able to do the rest. Over one and under the next in a typical backsplice fashion.

If you've never done an eye-twist before, there's a good example here: http://www.animatedknots.com/splice/index.php

How to do a rope to chain splice (Step 4)

Step 5

After 3 complete tucks reduce the tails by 1/3rd and with a hot knife melt flat. Continue with the tucks for about 3 more with each tail and this will give you a nice taper. Cut off remaining lengths and melt flat.

How to do a rope to chain splice (Step 5)

Final Product

Your finished product should look like the picture to the right.

How to do a rope to chain splice (Step 6)