If the chain pictured was yours, you would have four choices as to what to do with it. As far as Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue University Pesticide Programs is concerned, there are three right answers and one wrong answer.
Number one: You could donate it to Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as an antique. However, Mauri Williamson probably wouldn't get too excited about a rusty chain bolted together. It is definitely a farm relic, but he's more excited about Huber tractors these days after receiving four of them as a donation from Robert Stwalley, Crawfordsville.
Number two: You could leave it hang there, and either let your son or the next owner of the property deal with it someday. After all, as long as it hangs on the wall it isn't hurting anything.
Number three: You could throw it on the next load of scrap headed for the scrap yard. It won't weigh much so you won't get much for it, but it would be a good way to dispose of it.
Number four: The next time a vehicle gets stuck, throw it in the back of the truck and use it to pull the vehicle out.
Whoa! Here's where lights go off and sirens flash. You just picked the wrong answer. Whtiford says that's the one thing that should never be done with this chain. He found it in a real barn, and suspects the farmer would opt for number four, but he believes it could be a costly choice.
When you use chains that are worn, stretched or bolted together, the weakest link likely can't bear the weight of what you're trying to pull out, he notes. If you use it and it breaks during the pull, the best thing that can happen is that you can get aggravated and have to find another chain. The worst thing that could happen is that part of the chain flies back and shatters a tractor cab or pickup window. People have been seriously injured or even killed when that happened.
Stay with the odds. Pick choice one, two or three. Don't use it to pull someone out, Whitford urges.