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Publication numberUS1246741 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 13, 1917
Filing dateSep 27, 1916
Priority dateSep 27, 1916
Publication numberUS 1246741 A, US 1246741A, US-A-1246741, US1246741 A, US1246741A
InventorsSamuel L Hancock, John J Ortner
Original AssigneeSamuel L Hancock, John J Ortner
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Switch-box stay.
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)




1,245,741. Patented N .13,1917.



swrrcn-nox STAY.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 13, 191 '7.

Application filed September 27, 1916. Serial No. 122,403.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, SAMUEL L. HAN- COCK and JOHN J. ORTNER, citizens of the United States, and residents of the city of Oakland, county of Alameda, State of California, have invented an Improvement in Switch-Box Stays; and we do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of our invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains, to make and use the same.

Our invention relates to a stay for switchboxes, an attachment used for installing and fastening a switch-box in place, and it consists in its novel arrangement and construction as hereinafter described.

The object of our invention is to provide a simple, compact and effective stay, cheap to manufacture and quickly and easily installed; thus effecting a gain in time, labor, and manufacturing cost.

Switch-boxes as a rule are installed in buildings between the studding before the walls are plastered and are then obscured from view by the plaster. Heretofore, by means of stays attached to their sides, such switch-boxes have been fastened to the laths running parallel with their two sides. It has then been necessary to add a backing at the ends of the switch-box for its further support and also to serve as a backing for the ends of the laths abutting the ends of the switch-box. The use of our improved stays makes this additional support and backing unnecessary, as our stays are fastened to the ends of-the switch-box adequately support the same, and also serve as a backing for the laths. We thereby efiect a great gain in time, labor, and efliciency.

In order that our invention may be clearly understood and readily carried into effect, the same is described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which similar numbers indicate like parts.

Figure 1 is an end elevation of our stay.

Fig. 2 is an isometric view of the same.

Fig. 3 is a plan view partially broken away to show the short side of our stay.

Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing our stays in place, with a portion of the laths broken away to better disclose the same.

In detail, our stays consist of a thin flat piece of suitable material whose central portion constitutes a back, 2, of the same length and contour as the ends, 3, of the switch-box, 4. Extensions of the said back are turned down at right angles to form ears, 5, each of which is provided with a notch, 6, adapted to receive a screw 7. Integral therewith and rising from said back at right angles are two parallel sides of different lengtl1s,'8 and 9,-the shorter side, 8, corresponding in length to the length of the back. The longer side, 9, is provided at each end with an aperture, 10, adapted to receive a nail or'screw. When in place the back and sides of each stay form a pocket, 11,

opening outward and adapted to receive and support the ends of the laths, 12.

Our device is used as follows: A stay, its longer side, 9, face up, is placed at each end of the switch-box and fastened thereto by tightening the screws, 7, which are threaded into the switch-box and received by the notches, 6. The switch-box is then attached to the laths, 13, the longer sides, 9, of the stays being at right angles to the said laths, and the pockets, 11, opening outward. The laths, 12, entering the pockets, 11, further fasten and support the switch-box in position.

Having thus described our invention,

what we desire to claim and to secure by Letters Patent, is

1. A switch-box stay consisting of an in tegral piece of suitable material comprising a back provided at each end with a turneddown notched-extension, and two parallel sides of different lengths rising from said back; said back and sides forming a pocket.

2. In a stay for a switch-box, a back provided at each end with a turned-down notched-extension. and two parallel pocket- SAMUEL L. HANCOCK. JOHN J. ORTNER.



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U.S. Classification220/3.4
Cooperative ClassificationH02G3/121