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Publication numberUS1849811 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 15, 1932
Filing dateMar 1, 1930
Priority dateMar 1, 1930
Publication numberUS 1849811 A, US 1849811A, US-A-1849811, US1849811 A, US1849811A
InventorsJr Samuel Smiley
Original AssigneeGlobe Wernicke Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Partition and post construction
US 1849811 A
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March 15, 1932. s. SMILEY, JR


This invention relates to apartition or wall construction and is particularly directed to the fabrication of a sectional post or a ilaster for joining sections of a partition.

he sections of'the post or pilaster are similar to those disclosed and claimed in the copending application Serial No. 333,588, filed January 19,1929, the invention in the present instance residing in improved devices for connecting and locking the sections together and spacing them as well as the cooperative construction of the post sections in combination with the locking devices.

It is, therefore, an object of this invention to provide efficient and conveniently applied spacing and connecting devices for joining the sections of a pilaster or post and to pro- J vide that these devices may be inserted into position between the set-up and spaced sec.- tions of the post at any point along the length thereof and in any number.

Other objects and certain advantages will be more fully set forth in a description of the following drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a sectional view-takenvertically and longitudinally of the wall through a post or pilaster, illustrating the devices in position.

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a section of a post or pilaster apart from the wall further detailing the manner of mounting the devices. I

Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line 33, Figure 1. a

Figure 4 is a face view of one of the connecting and spacing devices showing it in insertable p'o'sltion priorto swinging movement of the spreader element thereof for locking the post sections together.

The post to which the improved clip and spacer devices are applied is fabricated of a pair of uprights or sections 5, 5 assembled in spaced relation The placement along the post length and number of the connecting and spacing devices 6, is purely arbitrary depending on the arrangement required to efliciently attach the sections.

The uprights or sections 5 of the post are assembled in various ways. In some instances one SQCt-lOILOf a particular post is attached to an assembled section of wall and the other to .a second wall section, These Wall sections, with the post uprights attached along apart from the wall by simply inserting the devices, c,

The devices 5 accomplish the appropriate spacing of the post uprights and the setting of the spacer means 8 in each instance interlocks the sections in a clip element 9. The condition of the post is extremely solid since the spacers act as struts throughout the length of the post. Once the struts or spreaders have been set, it is impossible to dislodge the clip and a sturdy durable connection is accomplished.

Panels 10 of the wall sections are suitably joined horizontally and draw pieces llextend interiorly of the horizontal seams, these draw pieces being slightly shorter in length than the horizontal extent of the panels, so

that tightening of the hook bolts 12, hooked in the'ends of the draw pieces and passing through apertures 13 in the sections or up rights of the post, by means of nuts 14 within the post draws the post sections firmly upon the vertical edges of the wall sections, (see Figure 1).

The means for joining the panels and the means for connectingthe wall sections "and post sections together are described and claimed'in a copending application, Serial No. 427 ,7 7 7 filed February 12, 1930. For this reason the structure of the wall is not described in detail it being suflicient for the pur poses of this invention to set forth that the respective post sections are capable of being attached along the-adjacent edges of partition or wall sections.

, Each section or upright 5 of the posts is of channel form. generally. A longitudinal depression or groove 15 is formed in the outer face of each section. Inwardly turned flanges 16 are provided, extending, from the side fl anges or walls of the channel shaped uprights. The uprights of a post are disposed with the general channel forms thereof facing inwardly. The tying together or connecting of these upright's is accomplished by means of the clips 9 of the devices 6 cooperating with the longitudinally and inwardly disposed flanges 16 which are adjacent in the assembled structure.

In order to securely interlock the sections or uprights together the clip has its engaging ends flanged outwardly and slightly inwardly toward each other to hook about the flanges 16 which are also slightly turned back relative to the respective channel shaped up-- rightsof which they constitute apart.

I As shown in Figure 3, elongated cover plates 18 are sprung into-position over the space between the post sections, these plates having outwardly turned flanges slightly turned back and away from each other to hook about and between the flanges 16.

The grooves or depressions in the faces of the channel uprights are of dovetail form whereby the side walls 19 thereof function to receive the cover plates in the same manner as the correlated spaced flanges of the respective post sections the groove being the same width as the space.

The cover plates are used entirely around the post when it stands alone or are disposed on those sides which are not abutted by wall sections. The

I frames 20 of the wall section panels 10 are adapted to seat -within the depressions or grooves as illustrated in Figure 3.

To prevent inward movement of the post sections which would tend to loosen the clips 9 the spacer element or strut 8 is pivoted to the clip for spreading the sections on the clip. Apivot pin 21 is disposed centrally of both clip and strut or spacer. The pivot pin is riveted into position in the clip as shown and has an extending stud portion passing through a longitudinal slot 22 in the spacer which stud terminates" in-a head 23. The spacer is a flat piece generally and is adapted to be-rotated on the set clip after the parts of the post are drawn together. The slot permits, the spacer to shift on the clip longitudinally to accommodate for variation in the depth of the channel shapedpost sections. If a floating rotative connection such as the. slotted structural provision were not made the bracing or spacing action might be entirely confined to one section and the opposite end of the spacer unen'gagedand inoperative.

As shown in Figure 4 those corners 24: of

"the spacer plate edges adapted *to primarily engage the inner walls of the respective post sections for spreading the same on the clip as the spacer is rotated are rounded and inclined to a central point of the respective edges. The engagement ofthese edges with the post sections provides a camming action for easily spreading the sections. The spacer plate for manipulation purposes is provided with short lugs 25 formed inwardly and away from the clip from the upper and lower edges of the plate respectively and toward.

the opposite ends I of the respective edges. These lugs or flanges may also be described as being toward those ends of the top andboterative edges of the spacer plates engage the post sections in the corners thereof at each side of the depressions.

The connecting and spaomg dev ces 6 are readily and arbitrarily applied as needed .and it is unnecessary to provide any attaching means on the post sections. of any form other than the hook flanges. These longi-,

tudinal hook flanges of the post sections are continuous and the devices. therefore applicable at any point. 7

Having descrlbed my invention, Iclaim:

1. In a device of the class described, a pair of spaced post sections providing opposing longitudinal hook edges, and locking and spacing devices, each comprising, a hook element disposed between and about the opposing hook edges of the sections and a spread ing element pivoted to the hooking element and adapted to be swung into alignment with the hook element whereby its outer ends engage and spread the respective sections and firmly engage the hook in position.

2. In a post ofthe class described, a pair of spaced and facing channel uprights, said channel uprights having inwardly formed hook flanges disposed along the side flanges thereof, a clip for engaging the adjacent hook flanges for connecting the uprights, a spacer plate rotatably mounted on said. clip, said plate having its diagonally opposite edges rounded for primarily engaging the uprights in cam actiondas the plate is rotated into alignedposition relative to the clip and means for rotating said plate. p

3. A device of the class described, comprising, a clip plate having hook flanges at its end edges, a spacer platepivotally attached to the clip, said parts disposed flat against each other, and said spacer plate providing diagonally opposite rounded corners and means for rotating cli plate.

n witness whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name. 1


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U.S. Classification52/696, 52/775, 52/238.1, 52/481.2
International ClassificationE04B2/78
Cooperative ClassificationE04B2/78
European ClassificationE04B2/78