US 2729411 A
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Jan. 3, 1956 J. L. CAHILL ADJUSTABLE LINE HANGER Filed March 26, 1953 INVENTOR ATTORNEY JOIZJZLQWL'S CakzZZ United States Patent ADJUSTABLE LINE HANGER John Lewis Cahill, Dayton, Ohio Application March 26, 1953, Serial No. 344,829 2 Claims. (Cl. 248-59) This invention relates to adjustable line hangers, and aims to provide a hanger which is capable of being secured to a horizontal beam so that its lower end may carry a rope, wire, or the like at different elevations. Another object is to provide a hanger which may be used in portable shelters for the tying of clothes lines, also for linking two wall sections of such a shelter together, also for temporarily supporting side walls against falling during erection of such shelters. General objects are to provide a hanger which is easily manufactured from sheet metal using automatic machinery, which is economical to manufacture, is light in weight, is easily assembled and disassembled without tools, and is easily installed with only a simple tool such as a hammer, screwdriver or wrench.
In the accompanying drawings forming .a part of this specification,
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the hanger shown attached to a beam, the latter being shown fragmentarily;
Fig. 2 is an elevation of the hanger on the beam;
Fig. 3 is a section on line 3-3 of Figure 2; and
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the bracket forming part of my improved hanger.
Referring particularly to the drawings, the hanger of my invention consists of only two preferably sheet metal parts, viz., a bracket 5 adapted to be secured to the corner or edge of a horizontal beam 6, and a vertical channel member 7 adjustably suspended from the bracket. To the lower end of the channel member a short wire-supporting rod 8 may be secured, but this is not essential as the wire or rope may be secured to or supported by the channel member using means other than rod 8, or without other means as will be explained.
The bracket 5 is initially a flat piece of sheet metal cut, punched and bent to provide a base 10 with a marginal lip or flange 11, an upright or vertical arm 12 having a hook 13 struck out therefrom, and a loop member 14 lying in the same plane as the base 10. Loop member 14 has an opening 15 through which the vertical channel member 7 is passed when the parts of the hanger are assembled. Loop member 14 is preferably made by striking it out from vertical arm 12; it will be observed that the perimeter of the loop member is such that it would fit in opening 16 in vertical arm 12. Loop member 14 may be struck out at the same time that hook 13 is formed, while bending of the vertical arm 12 may be effected simultaneously with bending of lip or flange 11.
In a typical example, bracket 5 is about 2% in. long, measured between the outer surface of lip 11 and the outer edge of loop member 14, and is about 2 in. tall. Lip 11 may be /2 in. tall, while the aperture 15 of the loop member may be in. square. The vertical arm 12 may have four nail or screw holes 17 and base 10 may have two such holes 18. Nails 19 (or screws, rivets or bolts) may be used to secure the bracket on the lower edge of a beam 6 or other wood or metal support.
Channel member 7 has a longitudinal series of slightly elongated spaced apertures 20 extending through its web 711, and a pair of aligned apertures 21 at its lower end and extending through its flanges 7b. A short rod 8 may be press-fitted in apertures 21, or it may be held on the channel member in other ways; for example, by nuts screwed on threaded sections of rod 8 (not shown). Rod 8 may be dispensed with and a wooden peg (not shown) may be whittled to fit in apertures 21, or the wire or rope to be supported may be simply passed through apertures 21. When the channel member 7 is assembled with bracket 5, it is passed .at an angle upwardly through opening 15 in loop member 14 and is swung until one of its apertures 29 is engaged with hook 13. Once the channel member is hooked onto the bracket, the loop member 14 holds it against displacement. Obviously, the elevation of the lower end of the vertical channel member 7 is determined by the selection of the aperture 20 which engages hook 13; thus the line which is supported from the channel member may be raised to clear obstructions or to compensate for stretching. Adjustment of the vertical channel member 7 is, of course, a manual operation, requiring no tools.
Having described my invention, what I claim is:
l. A hanger for supporting a line, rope, wire or the like consisting of a bracket and a vertical straight channel removably carried by the bracket in depending position; a loop member forming a part of the bracket and extending out therefrom in a substantially horizontal plane, said loop member being rigid and having an opening in which the vertical channel fits when in said depending position; an upwardly extending hook rigidly fixed to the bracket above said loop; said vertical channel being rigid and having complemental hook-receiving openings arranged in an equally spaced series extending longitudinally of the web of the channel; the lower end of the channel having a pair or" horizontally aligned openings in the two flanges of the vertical channel; means for supporting a line or the like consisting of a line-supporting rod passed through and rigidly held in said aligned openings and extending horizontally for a short distance beyond both said flanges; the opening in the loop member being sulficiently larger than the cross section of the channel to permit lateral as well as vertical movement of the channel when it is being adjusted vertically by engagement of different openings which said hook to raise or lower said line-supporting means.
2. A hanger consisting of two sheet metal members, namely, a bracket adapted to be secured to a support, and a vertical channel supported by the bracket; the bracket having in integral hook for supporting the channel member in a vertical position alongside the bracket and also having an integral loop member surrounding the vertical channel; the vertical channel having a series of equally spaced openings running longitudinally of its web, one opening being engaged with the book so that the vertical channel hangs from the hook with its lower portion below the bracket; means on the lower end of the vertical channel for supporting a line, rope, wire or the like; said bracket including a horizontal base member and a vertical arm substantially at right angles to the base member; said loop member being integral with the vertical arm but struck out therefrom .and bent to lie in the same plane as the horizontal base member; the hook being integral with the vertical arm of the bracket and being bent out therefrom at a point near the upper end of said vertical arm.
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