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June 15, 1943. F; LA GROTTA 2,321,671
WALL GLI? Filed Jan. s1., 1941 INVENTOR F24/VK .4 @earn ATTORNEY Patented June 15, 1943 WALL CLIP Frank La Grotta, New York, N. Y., assignor to Conver Steel & Wire Co., Incorporated, a corporation of New York Application January 31, 1941, Serial No. 376,819
This invention relates to a wall clip.
An object of the invention resides in the provision of a clip that may be secured to the floor, and that is provided with means for supporting a wall base board, which means may be bent into supporting andrlocking relation with the wall base board after the wall board has been engaged with the supporting means.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a clip that is adapted to support two wall base boards with the parts in the positions that they occupy when the wall base boards are engaged with the clip but before the clip has been bent into the supporting and locking position;
Figure 2 is a horizontal sectional view of the clip with the wall base boards assembled thereon and partly broken away; Y
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the clip in its supporting and locking position with which is assembled two wall base boards and a studding;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary sectional view showing the parts in the positions that they occupy during the assembly of the wall base boardsf-on the clip.
Figure 5 is a section on line 5 5 of FigurerZ;
Figure 6 is a section on line 6-.6 of Figure 5; and Y Figure 7 is a fragmentary verticalseotion.y
In the form of the invention illustrated in the drawing the 'clip' includes' a base I and a web 2. y
The base I is provided with openings 3 for the reception of means for securing the basevto the floor, such as nails. It is also provided with a tongue 4 having an elongated slot 5 therein through which a nail may pass for 'securing the tongue to the floor. With this arrangement the clip may adjust itself to the unevenness o f the floor because of the ability of the tongue ll to move as the base of the clip is bent.
Integral with the web 2 are ears 6 which carry supporting flanges 1. These flanges 1 are beveled as at 8 and have flange projections 9.
The ears also are provided with locking flanges I0. The distance between the upper edge of the iiange 9 and the lower edge of the flange I0 is slightly 'greater than the distance between the channels formed between flanges II and I2 on the upper and lower edges of the wall base boards I3, so that when the clip is forced into its locking position it' will firmly secure the wall base boards thereto.
Of course if only one wall base board is to be Cil supported by the clip,` one ofthe ears 6, flanges 'I, flanges III may be omitted.
At the junction I4 between the web 2 and the ears 6 orices I5 are provided and slightly g above these orifices are located orices I6. The
ears are strengthened by ribs I'I and the angular junction between the base I and the web 2 is also strengthened by the ribs I5.
The clip in its originalcondition, before the wall base boards are assembled therewith, has the ears 6 bent as illustrated in Figure 1 of the drawing so that the ears 6, the flanges 'I and the flanges 8 will lie diagonally in respect to lthe Vertical dimension of the wall base board.
In this condition the upper flange II of each wall board is engaged with the adjacent ange 'I and the outer surfaces of the flanges 9 and I0 lie against the inner surface of the wall base board. It is only necessary then for the operator to exert pressure on the ear 6 and bend it about the line I4 into a substantially vertical position. This action will force the lower edges of the anges ID into engagement with the flange I2 on the lower edge of the wall vbase board and Y because the distance between the upper edge fof the flange 9 and the lower edge of the flange I0 is slightly greater than the distance between the flanges II and I2 of the wall base board, the wall base board will beloeked to the clip. In this position the bevelled edge of each of the ears will engage with the corresponding surface ofthe upper flange II and the lower edge of each of the anges Iwill engage in the channel formed by the flange II on the lower end of the adjacent wall base board.
Thus thev wall base' boards will be supported on the fianges 'I and will Vbe locked on theclip because ofthe cooperation between these flanges 'I and the flanges III. The strengthening ribs I1 and I8 will prevent accidental bending of the web on the ears and will insure its bending along the line I4 at which point the material of the ears has been weakened by the orifices I5.
Thus, when the wall base boards are once positioned on and locked by the clip, there will be no likelihood of disengagement because there is no tendencyfor the-sears to bend bacl; into their initial positions, the material from which this portion of the clip is made being bendable but not' resilient.
Moreover, the inwardly turned edges I9 at the lower ends of the flanges I0 will engage the flanges I2 on the'lower edges of the wall base boards and further assist in holding the wall base boards in position, and will prevent any outward movement of the lower edges of the wall base boards.
The base I is provided with upstanding fingers 20 and 2l, the fingers 2| being of greater width than the ngers 2G. Thus the studding 22 may be engagad with the fingers 2l, and either of the ngers 2U, to hold the studding in place and to position it closer to one or the other of the wall base boards, depending upon the side of Y the studding on which it is desired to place the metal lath.
While I have illustrated and described a par: ticular form of my invention, it is to be under'- stood that certain changes in the structure thereof may be made without departing fromV the: spirit of the invention or exceedingthe'scope 'of the claims.
What I claim is:
1. A clip for wall base boards that haveflanges at their top and bottom edges, which includesa' web adaptedto be secured tothe .floor orsimilar support, ears integral :with l andeXtendi'ng; away` from said web, theareafof the ijointbetween'the ears Aand. I the web'v beinggweakened' whereby.vv itis more susceptiblextof;being-bent:than the webf-or ears, wallbase boardzsupporting:flanges :carried by the ears and extending outwardlyvtherefrom and adapted to engage beneaththezflanges at theiupperedges .of therwalrl'base boards, and locking anges'carriedbysthe ears ::and=adapted to engage the opposite: flangesfof thecwallf-base boards.
2. Thezcombination with fwallbase boards'thaty have flangesat theirztopandibottom edges, ofa clipiincluding a web'adapted tob'e lsecu-red to the floor f" or :similar psupport; ears: integral wit'h and extending awayyfrom sai'dz:web',gthe areaof the jointbetween theiears and the @web being; wealrenediwhereby it is more susceptiblevto being ,bent
than :the web or vears,A wall-:base:boardzsupportingf angesfcarried by; the earsifand; extending out- A wardly therefrom: and, adapted to; engage bef heath theiflanges at the' upper edges of :thecwall base'.boardsgandlocking flanges carried bythe ears? and 'adapted tofY engage thefoppositeV flanges of Ithe :wall :base iboards; the;distancee betweenpthe lowei edges tof ithe: lo cking 'flanges and the-.upper edges: off the supporting: flanges:4 beingsl-ig'htly greater Lthan ,thea distance: between the ,fianges of th'e'fwall basefboards; whereby whemthesupporting anges and-:fthe lockingfangestare forced between the, flanges of. :the wall baseffboardsl they v will. .lock saidgzbasezboards'to the clip.4
3.- A'clipifor wallbasezboardsthat have; flanges at their top and bottomedges, .whichincludes a web 'adapted tobefsecured toztheioorror similar support, ears'integral with' and extending away from: saidv web', .theg junctionbetween the* web and'thefears beingweakened whereby the'ears may be bent. in resp'ectA of theifweb; wal1`lbase board"supportingflanges carriedby the ears 'and extending .outwardly therefrom: and: adapted to engage beneath ithefzilangesr at' the yupper' edges .l
of the wall basefboards, and lockinglanges carried bythe ears andi adaptedl to engage theA opposite flanges of the-wallbaseboards;
4. A--clip for-wall base boards'thathave'flanges at their top 'and 'bottom edges, which 'includes a web' adapted to be secured to the oor orsimilar support, an ear integral with and extending Vfrom the upper end of saidv web inangular relation thereto, the junction between the earand theweb being weakened whereby', the 'earmay be bent into alignment with the'web nto liefbetween the upper and lower flanges o-f- 'the wall base board,
and means carried by the ear and adapted to engage the opposite flanges of the adjacent base board for supporting said base board and locking the same to the clip.
5. A clip for wall base boards that have converging flanges at their top and bottom edges, which includes a web adapted to be secured to the floor or similar support, ears integral with and extending away from said web, the area of the joint between the ears and the web being weakened whereby it is more susceptible to being bent than the web or ears, wall base board supporting flanges carried by the ears and eX- tending outwardly therefrom and having bevelled edges adaptedv to engage beneath the flanges at the` upper edges of the wall base boards, and locking flanges carried by the ears and adapted to'engage the opposite flanges of the wall base boards.`
6'. A'clip for a wall base board that has flanges at its top-'and'bottorrr edges,jwhich-includes'a web adapted :to lie-secured -to`^thefv1loorior similar support; an ear integral with",l and. extendingfromwthe-fupper end of ,the web `in'angular 'relationthereto andfrhavingj its junctionwith-the web weakened; wherebythev ear m'ay-:be'bent' into alignment with Athe web to lie between the upper and lower flangesofthefwallI baseboard,` and means carried by the earffer-engaging betweenthe flanges-on the wall base--board-toY support and lock thewall -base board-to the'clip.l
'LA4 clip for a wally baseV board that has ilangesat its` top and. bottom edges, which in# cludes'a web adapted Ato'be secured toy thezfloor or similar support, an ear=integral with andextendingfromf the web and shaving its junction with the-'web' weakened; whereby 'the ear may be bent in respect of the zweb; and-meanscarriedsby4 the ear for engaging 'between'thezflanges on thewall. base board to support-andlock-theI wall base'board to the clip, said means including a supporting flange adapted to engage the upper.
flange of the wall basecboard, anda locking ange adapted to engage ther lower flan-ge --of the wall base board.
8. The combination with a Wall basel board that hasflanges. atzits topgand:'bottomfedges of a clip including a web adapted to be secured'to the floor or similar support, an ear integral with and extendingr from the web and, havingr its junction with' the--web-weakened, whereby the earmay bey bent in respect of the'web, and means carried by the ear for engaging between thefanges'on the wall"base boardv to support and lock the-wall base-board toV the clip, said means including a supporting flange :adapted to engage the upper-flange of the wall vbase board;
and a locking flange adapted to engage the lower ilange ofthe Awall base board,` the di'stancerbetween the upper edge of the supporting flange andthe lower edgeof the.` locking flange-being slightly greater than theI distance :betweeni the flanges of thewall baseboardfwhereby-when the supporting andtlocking flanges arey moved.
into positionupon fthe'bendinggof the ears the wall base board will'vbe supported ,by and Ylocked to the-clip'.l
9." A clip for a -wall base board thatrhas'langes at its top and bottom edges,'.which includes a web adapted.: to -be secured to'the floor'ox.1 similar' support, any ear integral1with and'extending awayiv fromY said web, thecjunction'v between the ear and the web" being. weakened by an orifice, a wall base board supporting flange carried by the ear 'andextending. outwardly therefrom and adapted to engage beneath the flange at the upper edge of the wall base board, and a locking flange carried by the ear and adapted to engage the opposite flange of the wall base board, whereby the wall base board is supported by and locked to the clipl 10. A clip for a Wall base board that has converging flanges at its top and bottom edges, which includes a web adapted to be secured to the iioor or similar support, an ear integral with and extending away from said web, the ear being bendable in respect of the-A web, a wall base board supporting ange carried by the ear and extending outwardly therefrom, and adapted to engage beneath the flange at the upper edge of the wall base board, a locking flange carried by the ear and adapted to engage the opposite flange of the wall base board, and means carried by the locking flange for wedglng the locking flange within the flange at the lower edge of the wall base board.
1l. A clip for a wall base board that has converging flanges at its top and bottom edges, which includes a web adapted to be secured to the floor or similar support, an ear integral with and extending away from said web, the ear being bendable in respect of the web, a wall base board supporting flange carried by the ear and extending outwardly therefrom, and adapted to engage beneath the ange at the upper edge of the wall base board, a locking flange carried by the ear and adapted to engage the opposite flange of the wall base board, and means carried by the locking flange for wedging the locking flange within the flange at the lower edge of the wall base board, said last-mentioned means comprising an inwardly turned edge of the locking flange.
12. A clip for a wall base board that has flanges at its top and bottom edges, which includes a base, a web extending upwardly from the base, means carried by the web for supporting the base board and adapted to wedge between said flanges of the base board, the base of said clip having a tongue struck therefrom and adapted to receive a fastener to secure the base to a oor whereby the clip may have movement in relation to the floor.
13. The combination with a wall base board that has flanges at its top and bottom edges, of a clip including a base, a web extending upwardly from the base, means carried by the web for supporting the base board and adapted to Wedge between said flanges of the base board, said base having three fingers extending upwardly from the base and arranged transversely thereof for the reception of the upright studding of a building construction, the distance between the remote edges of the central finger and the end nger being substantially equal to the inside measurement of the studding whereby the studding may be selectively engaged with the central finger and either of the side ngers to locate the studding adjacent one or the other of the side edges of the clip.
14. A clip for wall base boards that have anges at their top and bottom edges, which includes a web adapted to be secured to a floor, an ear integral with and extending from the upper end of and in angular relation to said web, and means on the ear adapted to engage between said flanges to support the base board, the junction between the ear and the web being made of bendable material whereby the ear may be bent into alignment with the web.
15. A clip for a wall base board that has flanges at its top and bottom edges, which includes a web adapted to be secured t0 a floor, an ear integral with the web and arranged in angular relation thereto, said ear having flanges thereon adapted to engage between the flanges on the base board and to engage the inner face thereof to support the base board, the junction between said ear and said web being of bendable metal whereby the ear may be bent into alignment with the web and the flanges carried by said ear into engagement with the ilanges of the base board.
FRANK LA GROTTA.
CERTIFICATE CF CORRECTION. Patent No. 2,521,671. -June 15, 19M.
FRANK LA GROTTA.
It is hereby Certified that error appears in the printed specification of the above numbered patent requiring Correction as follows: Page l, first Column, line Y, and second column, -line 16, for "wall board" read --wall base board; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may Conformto- 'the'reeord of the Case in the Patent Offi Ce Signed and sealedthis 16th deqpofl` November, A.. D. 1911.5.
Henry Van Arsdale,
(Seal) Acting Commissioner of Patents