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Buy a chain breaker they are not expensive from a bike shop

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How can I shorten the chain on a Polaris 3900 pool sweep

Curious to know why it needs shortening. The machine should have an automatic tensioner inside that keep the chain right. I am unaware of any way, or any need, to shorten the chain.
Get on YouTube or a Polaris site to see if all your internal parts are present and functioning correctly.

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I need to take out some links in the chain on a liftmaster garage door opener. How do I do this? It is about 20 months old.

Two ways!

On the cable section of the chain use a cable shorten-er.

On the chain remove excess chain and install a master link/

26357047-x15jo43ndspuozxlydbahatb-3-2.jpg Master link/ You would need to go to a bicycle shop to have the chain shortened.

26357047-x15jo43ndspuozxlydbahatb-3-5.jpg Check to make sure you can not extend the rail before cutting chain. The cable shorten-ers will likely be available at an auto parts store. They are used to adjust the parking brake!

HJope this helps?

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How to Shorten a Bike Chain?

You need to buy a link extractor, really really cheap.
Check the chain for a fast release link, they look different from the other links and pop it open or remove the sliding clip.
Figure out how much chain you want to remove then lay it in the link machine, lining up the link pin with the tip of the screw plunger and turn the screw plunger pin (it may be difficult at first but pile on the pressure and it will push the pin out)
Reattach the fast link to both ends of the chain and it's done.

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Yard king snowblower, drive chain keeps coming off gear

one of 2 things.if your spockets are worn the travel distance has shortened and where the master link connects replace the link that connects it with a half link.also is there chain tighteners on it?if so and they are on both sides of a spocket or just 1?if there are 2 they must be tightened together in unison and not 1 side or the other as that will throw the correct alignment on the chain and it will jump the spocket.also check the spocket alignment to make sure that is correct.

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Removing a link to shorten...stretched

It is never a good idea to shorten a chain, if it has stretced that bad you need to replace it, or it will snap, the chain does not have a joiner, you would need to break the chain, and re rivet a new pre set tie strap.

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Replace bicycle chain

A BMX bike should have a master link. Look for one link that looks different from the rest. It should slide off the pins, which will allow the pins to be removed from the other side. Another style of master link requires both pins to be pushed towards each other to unclip the two pins on both sides of the chain simultaneously.

When you get a new chain, you will either have to ask the shop to shorten it to the correct length for you (keep the one you took off for reference) or buy a chain tool to remove the extra links.

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Need to know how to tighten the chain, keeps falling off

I am not familiar with the Kett Car but I'll assume you've tried to see if there was an adjustment of some sort and you couldn't find one....So have you tried removing a link of the chain to shorten the chain? Chains can be shortened by taking one link out. Just realize that if you remove a link the chain may then be too short. So I'm not sure how much slack you actually have?
But to remove a link:
1) Find the master link where there will be little clip on the outside of one side of the chain and remove that clip and save it. It should slide off with a little pressure.
2) The Master link with the clip removed (mentioned above) can be taken out and the chain will no longer be in a loop. Save the master link because you'll need to put it back together after.
3) To remove a link, using a file or a grinder...grind off the last link on eather side of the chain. Use your Master link to see how far or how many links you'll need to remove. Remember, the master link will have to go back in to make the chain a loop again so you want to remove the link in the right place and not remove any more links than you need to.
4) Once you find where you want to remove the link, If you can visualize the letter "H" as a chain link, where the cross bar is there will be a silver piece on each side of the outside of the chain. This is what you want to grind off just on one side of the chain.
5) You'll see how the chaing is put together and using a punch, you can tap out the center cross piece. What you should be left with is (if I could put these sideways it would be easier to show) an 8 on one end of the chain and an 8 on the other side.
6) The master link will go back into the ends of these and rejoin the chain. Master links and chainds can be bought at most hardware stores so if you cut off too much you can replace the chain or master link.
7) If you do need to get a new chain, take the old one with you so you can get the right size.

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I would like to be able to remove a link from my chain saw chain

Take the saw to a servicing dealer who will have the necessary riviting tools to shorten the chain (and will properly advise you if extreme chain wear is the reason you need to do this). Good luck!

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How do you shorten the chain on a garage door opener chain

If chain is too long just take out links. You DO NOT have to go out and buy a chain breaker. If you have a Dremel or grinder, just grind off the top of the pin and punch it thru and you are all set.

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Changin chain on 2002 honda shadow ace

Unless you are changing sprocket sizes you can not shorten the chain because removing even one link would not allow the ends to connect. Are you adjusting the chain as needed? Why do you want to shorten it?

Even if the factory chain has no master link (some are continuous these days) you can still grind off two pins carefully and push out a link to remove the chain, or simply cut it. That is what you must do when replacing the chain.

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