US 1082742 A
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J. A. FOSSUM.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 27, 1912.
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JOHN A. FOSSUM, OF WAUKON, IOWA.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, JOHN A. FossUM, a citizen of the United States, residing at VVaukon, in the county of Allamakee and State of Iowa, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Wire-Clamps; and I do hereby declarethe following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
My invention relates to new and useful improvements in fence machines and more particularly to a wire clamping device adapted to be used in tensioning the longitudinal wires of a fence. v
The object of my invention is to provide a device, by means of which the wires of a fence may be drawn as taut as desired before being secured to the line posts.
Other objects and advantages will be hereinafter more clearly set forth in the specification and pointed out in the claims.
In the accompanying drawings I have shown the preferred form which my invention may take.
In said drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of my device as applied to use. Fig. 2 is a plan View of a portion of the device, the supporting standard therefor being shown in section, and, Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view through one end of the winding shaft showing the wire gripper.
Referring to the drawings by numerals of reference, similar reference numerals designating corresponding parts throughout the several views, 1 is a standard, the lower end of which is pointed so as to be readily inserted into the ground. The standard is provided with a foot piece 2 near this lower end so that pressure may be applied thereon to easily drive the point of the standard into the ground.
A sleeve 3 is adapted to encircle the standard and is provided with an arm t, the outer end of said arm terminating in a sleeve 5. A shaft 6 is rotatably mounted in the sleeve 5 and is provided at one end with a handle 7 and at its opposite end with a wire engaging device 8.
In the drawing I have shown the wire engaging device in the form of a wedge l1 adapted to fit in the substantially V-shaped notch 12 formed in the end of the shaft 6. The end of the notch 12 is enlarged in the form of a groove, as shown at 13, to form Specification of Letters Patent.
Application led September 27, 1912.
Patented Dec. 30, 1913. Serial No. 722,650.
a seat for the line wire of the fence to be tightened. The end of the wedge is formed so as to coperate with the notch or in holding a wire in place. The wedge is provided with a bore therethrough which is sufficiently wide to allow considerable lateral movement of the wedge, so that a wire may be gripped between one face of the wedge and the adjacent face of the notch in the end of the shaft.
A bolt 14 is formed integrally with or secured to the shaft 6 and extends longitudinally thereof, as clearly shown in the drawings, the bolt being disposed to extend from one of the inclined faces of the notch to one side of the groove 13, so as not to interfere with the placing of a wire therein. The bolt is threaded and provided with a wing nut 15, whereby the wedge may be moved into the notch to grip a wire disposed in the groove or between the face of the wedge and notch. A lratchet wheel 9 is pinned, or otherwise secured, to the shaft 6 adjacent the sleeve 5 and is adapted to be engaged and prevented from rotating in one direction by a dog l0, pivotally secured to the arm 4f.
In operation the standard l is forced into the ground adjacent the line wires of a fence and the sleeve 3 is slipped thereover and moved adjacent the line wire to be tightened, the wire is slipped into the groove or between the face of the wedge and the adjacent face of the notch, and the nut 15 is adjusted to clamp the wedge firmly against the wire. Said shaft is then turned until suiiicient tension has been given to the line wire. The handle 7 may then be released, as the dog 10 will hold the shaft 6 in the desired position, and the line wire securely stapled or otherwise fastened to the line posts of the fence.
From the foregoing it will be seen that I have provided a device, which is of simple and cheap construction and by means of which the line wires of a fence may be placed under the desired tension.
While I have described my invention as particularly adapted for tightening the line wires of a fence, I desire it to be understood that the vert-ical wires of a fence as well, and in fact any wires, such as telephone or telegraph wires, etc., may be tightened thereby.
l/Vhat I claim as new is:
1. A wire clamp providing a shaft having a notch in one end thereof, a bolt secured at one end in the notched end of said shaft and to one side of the center thereof, in combination with means slidable on said bolt for clamping a wire in the notch.
2. A wire clamp providing a shaft having a V shaped notch in one end thereof, a bolt secured at one end in the notched end of said shaft and to one side of the center thereof, and a V shaped block slidable on said bolt for clamping a wire in the notch.
3. A wire clamp providing a shaft having a V shaped notch in one end thereof, a bolt secured at one end longitudinally in the notched end of said shaft and to one side of the center thereof, a V shaped block slidable on said bolt provided with a bore of a larger diameter than the diameter of the bolt whereby the block is capable of longitudinal and lateral movement on said bolt, and a nut on said bolt for engaging with said block whereby a wire may be clamped in the notch.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
JOHN A. FOSSUM. lVitnesses:
HANS G. JOHNSON, A. C. LARsoN.
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