US 1972434 A
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Sept. 4, 1934. 4 w YERK 1,972,434
HAND LINE CARRIER Filed 001;. 22, 1951 anon-Jot Mam Patented Sept. 4, 1934 PATENT OFFICE UNlTED is STATES 1,912,434 HANDLiNE CARRIER William J. Yerk, Tiffin',, l1io Application October 22, 1931,: serial No. 570,479 9 Claims. (01. 24-3) My invention relates to handline carriers, and
particularly to carriers used by linemen for carrying wire and the like. v An important object of my invention is to provide a safety handline carrier which is adapted to be fastened to a linemans belt for hauling a A further object is to provide a combination handline carrier and safety clamp.
A still further object is to provide a handline carrier which comprises a one-piece clamping element arranged within a housing, and which is simple, cheap to manufacture, and very efiicient in use.
In the drawing, in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts in all views,
Fig. 1 is a perspective View of my device.
Fig. 2 is a top plan View.
Fig. 3 is a front elevation.
Fig. 4 is a right-end elevation, and
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary view of a belt showing the handline carrier as applied to the same and carrying a loop of wire.
In the drawing, wherein for the purpose of illustration, is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral 5 designates the housing of my handline carrier in which 6 designates the base thereof and which is made of fiber or other suitable insulating material, but not limited to such. The base 6 is provided at one of its ends with an aperture 7 which is adapted for connection to a suitable fastening means upon a linemans belt, such as is indicated at 28 in Fig. 5. At the opposite end of the base 6 an inwardly sloping cut-out portion 9 is provided which forms an abutment 9'. As will be noted, the base is also provided with spaced recesses 10, 11 and 12 for receiving suitable fastening elements. The recess 10 is adapted for receiving the tension adjusting screw 26.
Mounted upon the base 6 is a vertical member or wall 13, also of fiber or the like, and secured thereto at 14 is a longitudinal bar 15 extending lengthwise of the base 6, the free end of which overlies the cut-out portion 9. The bar 15 is .also of fiber material or the like and has a bump or curved portion 16 and the numerals 1'7, 18 and 19 designate openings for receiving fastening elements.
As will be seen, the portions 6,13 and 15 form the insulating holder 5. In this holder is ar ranged the clamping member 20 which is made of one piece and'is preferably formed of spring steel so as to be yieldable. The end 21 of the member 20 is adapted to be disposed within the cut-out portion 9, the end being slightly bent downwardly to conform to the portion 9 so as to neatly fit therein and to form a slightly raised guide plate. The purpose of this guide plate is toeasily feed and urge a portion of a loop of wire 29 through the mouth formed by portions 24 and'zl'of the clamp. Thus the loop of wire easily slides past the mouth of the clamp.
f The member 20 is further bent or looped at 22, the bend of which rests against the wall 13. The member 20 thenreturns upon itself and forms a hump or curved portion 23 which conforms to the contour of the curved portion 16 of the bar 15 so as to be properly fitted thereto for forming tensioning means. 24 designates the U-shaped element arranged at the opposite end of the member 20 and is adapted to be held normally closed and rests against the opposite free end of the member 20 at the portion 21" and forms the clasp type fastening element for holding a loop of wire or the like within the clamp formed by the member 20.
25 designates the securing means for attaching the member 20 to the holder 5, while 26 designates a screw for adjusting the tension of the clamp member 20 and the bar 15.
In Fig. 5 my device is shown in use and is secured to a belt 2'? by the fastening element 28, the loop of wire 29 being held within the clamp by the U-shaped portion 24.
As will be noted, the spring steel member 20 is insulated by the holder 5 formed by the portions 6, 13 and 15 which makes the handline carrier safe to use around high voltage lines.
In use, looped wire or rope, or the like, is placed within the clamp by urging a portion of U the loop between the U-shaped member 24 and lot] the portion 21, the portion 21 acting as a guide .plate for feeding the wire into the mouth of the clamp. This feeding causes the tension of the clamp to be broken, allowing the U-shaped element to raise up to allow the loop of wire to pass 1615 through. After the wire passes beyond the element 24 the clamp resumes its normally closed position as shown in Fig. 1, and a portion of the loop of wire is held within the space formed by the element 24 and the bend 22. The device may where linemen work on poles upon the streets Where the trafiic is heavy. Should a portion of the uncoiled wire get entangled about a moving" vehicle while the lineman is up the pole, the pull resulting therefrom would automatically release the portion of the wire carried by the clamp,
thus saving the lineman from being pulled off.
the pole and from possible injuries.
It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as a preferred embodiment of the same and that various change in the shape, size and arrangements of parts may be resorted towitha out departing from the, spirit of my invention and the scope of the subjoined claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
1. A handline carrier comprising a resilient clamp, said clamp located within a holder and wholly confined therein, and means whereby said clamp is held in a normally closed position and adapted for retaining a loop of wire or the like.
'2. A handline carrier comprising a base, a
yieldable clamping element located upon said base, said clamp provided with a normally closed substantially U-shaped portion for retaining a loop of wireor the like within the clamp, a wall located rearwardly of said clamp and a forwardly extending member connected to the top of said wall.
3. A handline carrier comprising a holder having an elongated base, a vertical wall and an elongated upper horizontal member, and a resilient clamp located within said holder, said clamp having a normally closed substantially U-shaped front portion.
4. A handline carrier comprising an insulated holder, a one piece resilient clamping element located wholly within said holder and secured thereto, and said element provided withmeans for retaining a loop of wire or the like.
'5.A handline carrier comprising a holder, a
one piece resilient clamping element located within said holder and secured thereto, said element provided with means for retaining a loop of wire-or the like, and tensioning means provided for said clamp.
6. A .handline carrier comprising a holder, a resilient clamp located within said holder and secured thereto, a guide plate formed at one end of said clamp, a substantiallyU-shaped portion.
located opposite said guide and normally resting'upon said guide plate for retaining a loop of wire or the like within the clamp.
7. The structure er claim 6 characterized by said base having means for attaching the carrier to a belt or, the like. v
8. A handline carrier comprising a holder, and means located within said holder and wholly confined thereby for retaining a loop of wire or the like, said means being yieldable and normally held in a closed position.
9. A handline carrier comprising" an insulated holder, resilient means located within said holder and wholly confined thereby, and said means provided with a substantially U-shaped portion for retaining a loop of wire and the like.