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Kenter Joining Link. The Kenter-type joining link is of alloy steel and constructed in
three parts, one of which is the stud. The two main parts and stud have matching
numbers and arrow on the stud which is lined up with an arrow on the main part for
ease of assembly (See Figure D-l). The two main parts are attached to the ends of
the chain in the vertical position and then fitted together, the stud slides in place
and locks the whole link. The stud is secured by hammering a tapered pin into the
hole drilled diagonally through all three parts of the joining link. This hole is
tapered, and when the pin is driven home, a small conical recess, called the
"Dovetail Chamber" is left clear above its head. A lead pellet is hammered broad
end first into this chamber so as to fill it completely and thereby keep the pin in
place. During the final stage of hammering the lead pellet into the Dovetail
Chamber, precaution must be taken to prevent flat, small pieces of lead from flying
off the joining link into the face or eyes. The assembly procedure is depicted on the
last two pages of this appendix.
Prior to assembly, the internal mating surfaces of a Kenter joining link should
be coated with a molybdenum disulphide grease (MIL-G-23549) or an equivalent
lithium based grease. When assembling and before inserting a lead pellet, any
remaining lead in the Dovetail Chamber must be reamed out with a reamer tool
Failure to do this could result in the new lead pellet working out. After assembly
the link is painted with anchor chain paint, MI L-P-24380 (NSN 8010-00-145-0332 an
NSN 8010-00-145-0341 for 1 and 5 gallon cans respectively).


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