US 2635841 A
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Patented Apr. 21, 1953 GUTTER HANGER Titus Bauhammer and Roy G. Bruesch, Perry, Mich.
Application November 29, 1950, Serial No. 198,186
(Cl. 24S- 48.1)
This invention comprises novel and useful improvements in a gutter hanger and more specifically pertains to a mounting bracket for securely and conveniently detachably gripping a roof gutter and anchoring or mounting the same upon a roof.
The primary object of this invention is to pro vide a roof hanger capable of being fabricated from an inexpensive and light weight material such as strip metal and the like, and yet which shall be so constructed as to have adequate reinforcement at necessary locations thereon.
A further object of the invention is to provide a gutter hanger in conformity with the preceding object in which a clamping member is pivoted to the hanger for detachably securing the hanger in locked and gripping engagement with a box gutter and for simultaneously reinforcing and strengthening the top, horizontal leg portion of the bracket.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a gutter hanger in conformity with the preceding objects which shall have an improved releasable, gripping engagement for embracingly retaining a box gutter therein, and wherein the clamping means and the supporting strap are secured to the hanger bracket by a common fastening means.
Yet another object of the invention is to pro vide an improved gutter hanger in which the supporting strap is provided with a rain stop for preventing the passage of rain or the like across the bracket.
These, together with various ancillary objects and features of the invention, which will later become apparent as the following description proceeds, are attained by the present invention, a preferred embodiment of which has been illustrated, by way of example only, in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing one suitable embodiment of the improved gutter hanger incorporating therein the principle of this invention;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary bottom plan view of the underside of the hanger of Figure 1, parts being broken away and shown in section, and an alternative released position of the gutter clamp being indicated in dotted lines therein;
Figure 3 is a vertical central longitudinal sectional view through the gutter hanger of Figure l, the same being shown applied to one form of box gutter in operative and clamped position thereon; and
Figure 4 is a vertical transverse sectional detail view taken substantially upon the plane indicated by the section line 4--4 of Figure 2.
Referring now more specically to the accompanying drawings, wherein like numerals designate similar parts throughout the various views, it will be seen that the gutter hanger, shown in perspective view in Figure l is indicated generally by the numeral il), while in Figure 3 this hanger is Shown in operative position in association with a conventional form of box roof gutter indicated generally by the numeral l2.
In order to more fully comprehend the exact manner in which the novel and improved gutter hanger is specifically adapted to be associated with the gutter I2, attention is directed to Figure 3 wherein it will be seen that the gutter includes a vertical inner wall I4, a bottom wall. I6, an ornamentally contoured and outwardly curving outer wall 18, which at its upper end is provided with'a horizontally disposed inturned strengthening flange 2i! which is employed for the purposes of this invention as a means for clampingly retaining the gutter in the gutter hanger.
The gutter hanger itself is preferably constructed of some inexpensive, economical and light weight material such as sheet metal in the form of strips or straps, and the hanger comprises an L-shaped bracket indicated generally by the numeral 22, which bracket has horizontal and `vertical leg portions 24 and 2 which at their outer ends are provided with perpendicularly disposed, angulated flanges 23 and 30, respectively. The horizontal portion 24, adjacent its outer end is provided with a laterally oifset portion 32 for a purpose which will be later set forth.
Fixedly secured to the bracket 22 is a supporting means in the form of a strap 34 having suitable apertures 35 at its outer end by means oi which the strap may be nailed or otherwise secured to the roof on which the gutter is to be mounted, it being understood that this strap is of a bendable nature so that the gutter and strap may be positioned at any desired angle to most effectively mount the gutter upon the roof.
At its other end, the strap is secured as by a pair of rivets or the like 38 and 4D, to the top surface of the horizontal portion 24, the end of the strap having an upturned flange 4t2 which is disposed closely adjacent the laterally oifset portion 32 of the horizontal leg portion to provide a rain stop as set forth hereinafter.
A clamping means is provided for releasably but securely fastening the hanger upon the box gutter l2. This clamping means preferably comprises a bar 44 in the form of a U-shaped or channel member, this bar being secured to the underside of the horizontal leg portion 24 and being pivotally secured thereto by the previously mentioned fastening rivet 33. The outer end of the clamping bar is thus disposed in slightly spaced relation with respect to the laterally offset portion 32, the bar being pivotally slidable upon the undersurface of the horizontal leg portion and within the connes of the same.
The rivet 40, however, merely extends through the strap 34 and the horizontal leg portion 24 for xedly securing these members together as will be readily apparent from Figure 3.
It is to be understood that the dimensions oi the hanger are appropriately proportioned to accommodate the particular size and type of box gutter for which the hanger is designed. The manner of employing the hanger for releasably securing a box gutter to and within the same is clearly illustrated in Figure 3,
In this gure it will be seen that the horizontal leg portion 24 overlies the open top of the gutter with the laterally offset portion 32 resting upon the gutter flange 20, while theterminal or hooked portion 23 of the horizontal leg portion embraces the outer wall i8 of the gutter. At the same time, the vertical leg portion 26 of the hanger engages the vertical inside wall I4 of the gutter, while the hook portion 30 underlies and embraces the bottom Wall I 6.
The clamp bar or clamping means 44 may be pivoted upon its pivot pin or rivet 38 between the full line position shown in Figure 2 and the dotted line position shown therein, the arrangement being such that when the clamp bar is pivoted to its dotted line position, the flange 20 of the gutter may be disposed above the clamp bar and below the laterally oiset portion 32 of the horizontal leg portion of the bracket. When the gutter has been so placed and positioned within the L-shaped bracket, the clamping bar is then pivoted from the dotted line to the full line position in Figure 2, whereby the horizontal ilange 20 of the gutter will be clamped and retained between the laterally offset portion 32 and the adjacent end of the clamping bar 44. The U- shaped or channel bar 44 thus serves the dual function of releasably clamping or locking the bracket upon the gutter and further stiiening or strengthening the horizontal leg portion of the bracket. This horizontal leg portion is, of course, further stiiened and strengthened by the end portion of the strap 34 which is secured thereto by the rivets 38 and 40. When the device is so positioned, rain tending to run from the roof upon the strap 34 and across the gutter is preventing from completely crossing the gutter and forced to drop into the same by means of the upstanding flange 42 constituting a rain stop for the device.
From the foregoing, it is thought that the construction, operation and advantages of this invention will be readily understood and further explanation is, therefore, believed to be unnecessary. However, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art after a consideration of the foregoing specification and accompanying drawings, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction shown and described, but all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the appended claim.
Having described the claimed as new is:
A gutter hanger comprising a bracket adapted to partially embrace, support and retain a roof gutter, a clamp on said bracket for securing the latter to a gutter, a strap secured to said bracket for mounting the latter on a roof, said bracket including an L-shaped strip having a horizontal leg portion adapted to overlie the top of a gutter and a vertical leg adapted to engage the side of a gutter, said leg portions having hooked ends for embracing the front and bottom of a gutter, said strap being positioned upon the top of said horizontal leg portion and having an upturned end terminating on said horizontal portion and constituting a rain stop, said upturned end being located within the confines of the extremities of the horizontal leg portion.
TITUS BAUHAMMER. ROY G. BRUESCH.
invention, what is References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 390,122 Green Sept. 25, 1888 2,636,704 Shea et al. Jan. 2, 1951