US 1728498 A
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P 1929- L. T. MART 1,723,493
LOUVER POST Filed Oct. 28. 1927 INVENTOR Leorz T'Marfg,
Patented Sept. 17, 1929 UNITED STATES LEON .T. MART, OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI noovnn, Pos'r Application filed. October 28, 1927. Serial No. 229,430. I
, terial expended, and in a wood construction it is practically impossible to dismantle the louvers and posts without so injuring the parts that they cannot be used a second time.
One of the objects of the invention, there- ,ZO fore, is to produce a post possessing the general characteristics outlined which may be readily dismantled and re-used as often as desired, the strength and durability of the posts being practically unlimited and the louver boards not being injured in use.
Another object of the invention is to provide a construction by which a louvered fence may be readily transformed into a solid fence or vice versa, or into a combination solid and louver fence to meet structural or exposure conditions, the louvered portion of the fence being either above or below the solid or closed portion thereof.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a construction in Which the louvers may be quickly and easily placed in or removed from position and which are of simple, strong, durable, eflicient and inexpensive construction; and in order that it may be fully understood, reference is to be had to the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a fragmental perspective view of a cast iron post of L-shape which is particularly designed for 5 use as an end post against a wall or the like, embodying the invention and having a louver board in operative position.
Figure 2 is a section through the board and indicates a post of T-shape for use intermediate the ends of a fence.
Figure 3 is a fragmental front elevation I of the structure as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a section through a corner post embodying the invention,
Figure 5 is a fragmental view .of a slightly modified form of construction employing a number of spaced lug's instead of a flanged construction. i 7
' Figure 6 is a fragmental front elevation of asection of louvered fenceembodying the invention. j I r ,i I
In the said drawing, where a number of posts intended for use under various conditions are illustrated, it being understoodthat the customary practice isto form rectilinear towers made up in fence sections of any desirable length, lindicates a T-shaped louver post which is the preferable form for all posts intermediate'theends of a fence, F
although it will be evident that the L'-shaped members 1 may be arrangedin pairs toproduce an equivalent intermediate post, if de: sired. I Formed integrally with the lower end of each post is a foot or base 2 whereby the post may be readily secured by bolts 7 or otherwise to the foundation 3 of a tower, and commencing at the desired point above the base 2 and continuing in regularly spaced relation for the full length of the stem of the T-shaped member or of one of the angles of the L-shaped member, are a series of projecting lugs 41, said 'l ugs preferably being arranged-in pairs, each pair having their upper faces inthe same inclined plane according to the angle the louver 8 boards are to assume. Spaced from the lowermost of each 'of'the pairs of studs 4, adis-r I tance slightly greater than the thickness of the louver is a stud 5, the studs t and 5 thus providing slots for the reception 4 of the boards 6, said slots being of suchzwidth as to snugly receive the boards to hold 'them against vibration or displacement by the wind, the lower edges of the boards being in abutment with the cross head of the T- shaped posts or with the other angle or flange of the L-shaped posts, the flanges of the posts thus constituting stops'or abutments for the edges of the louvers to prevent them from sliding inwardly beyond a predetermined point.
As it is frequently desirable to construct a solid or closed fence, or a combination solid and louvered fence, the lowermost lugs 4 and their adjacent lugs 5 are spaced from the abutment flange of the post a distance slightly greater than the thickness of the louver boards. Thus, if desired, a closed or solid fence may be built up from any point intermediate the height of a louver section by placing a series of boards in vertical position as shown in Figure 2 and permitting the lowermost board to rest on and be supported by one of the inclined louvers, it being evident that if desired, the fence may be built solid from the foundation or base for the full height of the posts, or atany desired height the fence may be modified to provide a louver construction. Under certain conditions it is the practice to remove the louver boards during the winter months, but with the construction of this invention the boards maybe placed, during the winter months, in
a vertical position for the ready shedding of water and to prevent the pocketing of snow between the louvers, without necessitating their complete removal and storage.
Figure 4 illustrates an X-shaped corner post which in effect comprises a pair of intersecting L-shaped posts, said corner posts having lug equipped flanges 7 and stop or abutment flanges 8. The flanges 7 are formed integrally with the studs as abovedescribed and they cooperate with flanges 8 in all respects similar to that described in connection with Figures 2, 3 and 6.
Figure, 5 illustrates a louver post of the general character above outlined, but in which pairs of spaced lugs 9 and 10 have been,
substituted for, the customary abutment flange. The spaced lugs 9 are adapted to form abutments for the louvers when in inclined position and are so spaced and arranged that in conjunction with the lugs 10 they will cooperate with lugs 4 and 5 to sup.- port louvers in vertical position, substantially as outlined hereinabove.
From. the above description it will be apparent that while I have described and illustrated the preferred form of the invention possessing all of the features of advantage set out as desirable, it is to be understood that I reserve the right to make all changes properly falling within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
1. A louver fence comprising a louver post formed of an upright, a series of spaced louver-supporting elements on said upright,
a louver board supported by said elements in an inclined position, and abutment members formed on the edge of said upright and in contact with the louver boards, said support ing elements and abutment members being so spaced that they are adapted to receive vertically arranged louver boards between them.
2. A louver fence comprising a louver post formed of a pair of flanges extending at right angles to each other, a series of spaced louver-supporting elements on one of said flanges, and a louver board supported by said elements and having one of its edges in abutment with the other flange of the post, said supporting elements and flange being so spaced that they are adapted to receive vertit-ally arranged louver boards between them.
3. A louver post formed with a vertical guide adapted to receive and retain vertically arranged louver boards, and a transverse guide adapted to receive and retain inclined louver boards.
4.. A. louver post formed of a pair of flanges extending at right angles to each other, and louver board supporting elements on one of said flangesadapted to receive and retain louver boards in inclined position, said supporting elements being spaced from the other flange of the post to provide a guide adapted to receive and retain vertically arranged louver boards.
In testimony whereof I afliX my signature.
LEON T. MART.