US 1276702 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. R. ANDERSON.
CLOTHES LINE STRETCHER.
APPLICATION FILED OCT. 29. 1915.
Patented Aug. 27, 1918.
on sans rannr carton.
JOHN R. ANDERSON, OF MOLINE, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF T0 JOHN MORD- I-IORST, OF ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Aug. 2'7, 1918.
Application filed October 29, 1915. Serial N 0. 58,559.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JOHN R. ANDERSON, a citizen of the United States, residing at Moline, in the county of Rock Island and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Clothes-Line Stretchers, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a clothes line stretcher and has for its object the provision of a simple and inexpensive device which may be applied to the line at any convenient point and which is readily operable to remove the slack from the line.
Various objects and advantages of my invention will be apparent as it is better understood by reference to the following specification when read in connection with the accompanying drawing, illustrating a preferred embodiment thereof, in which Figure 1 is a plan View of the device according to my invention and Fig. 2 is a side elevation thereof.
As is well known considerable difficulty is experienced by the average person in stretching clothes lines so that they will not sag, and particularly where lines are fixed permanently in position, they vary in length owing to atmospheric conditions, so that it is frequently desirable to remove the slack therefrom.
I have, therefore, devised the present structure which, referring to the drawing, comprises end members 1 and 2 connected by the rods 3. Rotatably mounted in the yokes 4, formed preferably integral with the end member 2, are rollers 5 adapted to be engaged by the line 6 and to form guides therefor. A screw 7 is rotatably mounted in the end members 1 and 2 and provided with an operating handle 8, a nut 9 being preferably disposed on the screw 7 adjacent the end member 1 to retain the screw in operative position. Slidably mounted on the rods 7 is a member 9 having a hook portion 10 preferably formed integral therewith the portion 10 being adapted to engage the line 6 between the rollers 5 so that as the member 9 is moved longitudinally of the frame along the rods 3 a loop 11, consisting of the slack portion of the line, will be formed. The member 9 threadedly engages the screw 7 and as the screw 7 is rotated by the operatmg handle 8 the member 9 may obviously be moved in either direction along the rods 3.
The operation of my device should be apparent without further description of the structure thereof. When the line 6 has been placed in position the member 9 is moved by means of the screw 7 to a position adjacent the end member 2 and the line 6 is disposed over the rollers 5 and around the hook portion 10 of the member 9. The handle 8 is then operated to move the member 9 toward the end member 1 so that the loop 11 is formed as previously described.
In practice the device is constructed so that the member 9 has a movement of approximately six inches, whereby a slack portion amounting to twelve inches may be quickly and effectively taken up. Obviously, however, the exact dimensions of the device are immaterial since it may be made larger or smaller as the conditions under which it is to be used vary.
It will be readily appreciated that I have devised a simple and inexpensive structure which is admirably adapted to accomplish the desired results with a minimum of effort, particularly since the device may be applied to the line at any point in the length thereof.
It will be apparent that various changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, or sacrificing any of its material advantages, the form hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.
In a clothes line stretcher, the combina tion of aframe comprising end members and a pair of separate rods disposed therebetween and secured thereto, a slidable member provided with openings embracing said rods and having a medially disposed hook formed integrally therewith to engage the line midway between said rods, a screw journaled in said end n'lem'bers and threadedly engaging said slidable member nut 011 said screw bearing against one of said end members to retain said screw in operative position, in operating handle connected to said screw whereby the latter may be mtated to move said slidaoly mounted member longitudinally of "the frame, and guic'ling Tellers on one of said end members t0 support the line on both sides of said hook.
JOHN R. ANDERSON. Wfitnesses HARVEY E. BROWN, VERNON G. SWANSON.
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