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Publication numberUS2220366 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 5, 1940
Filing dateAug 26, 1939
Priority dateAug 26, 1939
Publication numberUS 2220366 A, US 2220366A, US-A-2220366, US2220366 A, US2220366A
InventorsPaul C Fly
Original AssigneePaul C Fly
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Line adjuster
US 2220366 A
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P. C. FLY

LINE ADJUSTER Nov. 5, 1940.

Filed Aug. l 26, 1939 [N VEN TOR.' Ey."

A ToieNEY Patented Nov. 5, 1940 UNlTED STATES PATENT OFFICE 4 Claims.

My present invention relates to an adjuster or adjusting means for adjusting the links of clothes lines, and the like.

One of the .principal objects of this invention 1s to provide an adjuster or adjusting meansl of this class which may be directly placed upon or against a clothes line, or against any other slightly taut line, and slightly rotated for tightening .the same or taking up the links thereof.

Another very important `object of this invention is to provide an adjusting means of this class whereby the links of a clothes line, or the like, may be taken up or shortened either a small or a large amount.

An important object also is to provide a device of this class which may be easily removed from the clothes line, or the like, when desired.

A further important object of this invention is to provide an adjuster or adjusting means of this class which is extremely simple and economical to make so that one of the adjusters or devices may be used on every line which may need adjustment.

A still further object of this invention is to provide simple and economical means for applying exterior force for operating the adjusting means.

With these and -other objects in view, as will be presented hereinafter, I have devised an adjuster or adjusting means of this class, having certain novel features of construction, combination, and arrangement of parts and portions, as will be hereinafter described and particularly set forth in the attached claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing and to the characters of reference thereon, which form a part of this application, in which:

Fig. 1 is a side view of my adjuster, in a preferred form of construction, as applied to a clothes line takeup means;

Fig. 2 is an edge view thereof taken at approximately 2-2 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken through 3 3 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 is a view .taken from the opposite side from that shown in Fig. 1; and,

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary sec-tional View taken through 5--5 of Fig. 3.

My adjuster for taking up the links of clothes lines, and the like, as shown in the drawing, is preferably punched from a single piece of sheet metal of preferably 16 gauge, or heavier. This sheet of metal I shall hereafter refer to as a disc. From this disc are pressed or punched two ears l and 2, preferably in alignment with each other (Cl. 2li-71.2)

but radiating in opposite directions from the center of the disc. These ears are formed as hooks, and provide with each other a Winding reel between the hooks and the face of the disc, as shown best in Figs. 2 and 3.

At the periphery of ithe disc is a ratchet consisting of Iteeth 3 which are made by pressing the peripheral portion of the disc towards the same side at which the ears or hooks l and 2 are located. These teeth, shown best in Figs. 1 and 2 are located in substantially the same plane passing through the reel formed by the hooks l and 2. These teeth 3 are preferably considerably undercut, as indicated by 3a in Fig. 2, so as to retain conveniently a clothes line, or thelike, recessed therein.

The disc, designated lgenerally as A, is placed against the clothes line B with the clothes line passing between the hooks I and 2 and between pairs of teeth 3. The device is then rotated in a counterclockwise direction, as shown and indicated by the arrow in Fig. 1. This causes the line to be wound on the reel and to pass over successive diametrically opposed .teeth 3, and to be recessed and held in the notches in the ends of the teeth, as shown in Fig. 1.

In order to facilitate the retention of the device on the line, after merely a slight rotation of the device, the portions of the hooks, adjacent the plate portion of the disc are notched out, as indicated by 2a in Fig. 5.

In order further to facilitate the winding of the line upon the reel, the outer ends of the hooks are slightly twisted and bent outwardly, as indicated by lb and 2b, as shown best in Figs. 1 and 5.

It will be noted that the inner portions of the hooks are substantially in the plane -of the ratchet teeth 3, and the outwardly bent portions of the outer ends of the hooks direct the line inwardly and into such plane.

To facilitate the twisting or turning of the device when placed upon a clothes line or the like, particularly when the line is quite taut, I have provided hooks 4 and 5 at the back side of the plate or disc. These are also pressed from the plate portion, and are positioned at the opposite sides of the hooks I and 2. The hooks 4 and 5 also extend in opposite lateral directions. This permits a nail, or1 other instrument 6, to be placed between the hooks 4 and 5, as indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 4, and then rotated in a clockwise direction until it assumes the full line position, in which position the nail, or other instrument,

Will be held by or under the hooks 4 and 5. In this manner the adjuster, or the disc, shown in Fig. 4, may be readily rotated in a clockwise direction, for winding up the line, or taking up the slack thereof, as shown in Fig. 1.

Though I have shown and described a particular construction, combination, and arrangement of parts and portions, I do not Wish to be limited to the same, but desire to include in the scope of my invention, the construction, combination, and arrangement, substantially as set forth in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. In an adjuster of the class described, a sheet metal disc having a pair of spaced ears pressed from the middle portion thereof toward one side, said ears being in the shape of oppositely positioned hooks and provide together a reeling means, and a ratchet a-t the periphery of the disc.

2. In an adjuster of the class described, a sheet metal disc having a pair of spaced ears pressed from the middle portion thereof toward one side, said ears being in the shape of oppositely positioned hooks and provide -together a reeling means, and a ratchet pressed from the periphery of the disc towards the same side as the ears.

3. In an adjuster of the class described, a sheet metal disc having a pair of spaced ears pressed from the middle portion thereof toward one side, said ears being in .the shape of oppositely positioned hooks providing With each other a reeling means, a ratchet at the periphery of the disc, and a pair of other spaced lhooks pressed from the disc toward the opposite side, the latter hooks being off-set from each other and extended in opposite lateral directions.

1. In an adjuster of the class described, a sheet metal disc having a pair of spaced ears pressed from the middle portion thereof toward one side, said ears being in the shape of oppositely positioned hooks providing with each other a reeling means, a ratchet comprising a iiange having teeth at its edge, pressed from the periphery of the disc towards the same side as the ears, and a pair of other spaced hooks pressed from the disc towards the opposite side, the latter hooks being olf-set from each other and extended in opposite lateral direc-tions.

PAUL C. FLY.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification242/388.2, 24/129.00B, 24/910
International ClassificationD06F53/00
Cooperative ClassificationD06F53/00, Y10S24/91
European ClassificationD06F53/00