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Publication numberUS2794556 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 4, 1957
Filing dateDec 1, 1954
Priority dateDec 1, 1954
Publication numberUS 2794556 A, US 2794556A, US-A-2794556, US2794556 A, US2794556A
InventorsGlen Lego Hallie
Original AssigneeWorldsbest Ind Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clothes drier
US 2794556 A
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H. G. LEGO CLOTHES DRIER June 4, 1957 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Dec. 1, 1954 INVENTOR.

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. Z 0. BY L Qua/4&4 a Tmoi United States Patent CLOTHES DRIER Hallie Glen Lego, Constantine, MiclL, assignor to Worldsbest Industries, Inc., Cudahy, Wis., a corporation of Wisconsin Application December 1, 1954, Serial No. 472,306

2 Claims. (Cl. 211--178) The invention relates to clothes driers.

The main object of the invention is to provide a portable collapsible drier which may be used both inside and outside.

A further object of the invention is to provide a rack type drier having a series of clothes lines mounted thereon between tensioned cables.

The invention further consists in the several features hereinafter set forth and more particularly defined by claims at the conclusion hereof.

In the drawings:

Fig. 1 is a side elevation view of a drier embodying the invention set up for inside use;

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the drier;

Fig. 3 is an enlarged view of parts of the line carrying support;

Fig. 4 is a detailed horizontal sectional view taken on the line 4--4 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 is a detailed horizontal sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 6 is a plan view of the top fitting;

Fig. 7 is a detailed vertical sectional view taken on the broken line 77 of Fig. 6;

Fig. 8 is a detailed horizontal sectional view taken on the line 88 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 9 is a detailed vertical sectional view showing parts of the standard;

Fig. 10 is a detailed vertical sectional view showing the mounting of the standard for outside use;

Fig. 11 is a detailed view showing one of the brace connections;

Fig. 12 is a detailed view of the limit stop for one of the cable Spreaders;

Fig. 13 is an enlarged view of a'clothes line anchor;

Fig. 14 is an enlarged end view of a cable corner clamp.

Referring to the drawings, the drier includes a standard 11, a flexible line carrying cable 12, clothes lines 13 spanning opposite sections of said cable, a collapsible or foldable supporting means for mounting the cable 12 on the standard, and foldable means mounted on the standard for tensioning the cable and hence the clothes lines.

The standard 11 includes a long pipe 15 having a short pipe or rod 16 pinned to its lower end and adapted for outside use to fit into a socket 17 anchored in a cement block 18 in the ground, and for inside use to fit into an extension pipe section 19 which fits into the top and bottom collars 20 and 21 of a tripod formed by said collars, legs 22 pivotally connected at their upper ends to the collar 20 and pivotally connected intermediate their ends by pivot fittings 23 and braces 24 to the collar 21. The pipe or rod 16 is free to turn in either the socket 17 or the pipe section 19. The pipe section 19 acts to extend the height of the standard. The collar 20 in the operative position of the tripod is held to the pipe section 19 by a pin 25 extending through diametrically disposed holes in the pipe 19 and connected by a chain 26 to the collar, said pin limiting the upward movement of the collar relative to the pipe. When not in use, the tripod may be collapsed or folded up to bring its legs alongside of the collars 20 and 21, the dotted lines in Fig. 1 showing a partial collapse of the tripod.

The foldable supporting means for mounting the cable 12 on the standard includes an eared collar 27 slidably mounted on the pipe 15, four arms, in the form of pipes 28, pivotally mounted in the ears of the collar 27 and brace rods 29 for said arms pivotally connected at one end by fittings 30 to said arms and pivotally connected at their other ends to an eared collar 31 fixed to the top of the standard so that downward sliding movement of the collar 27 on the pipe 15 will collapse the arms as indicated in dotted lines in Fig. 1.

The cable 12 is strung through openings 12a in the ends of the arms, and is a continuous cable, the ends of which are suitably joined together. While the cable as strung on the arms 28 may be in a fairly taut condition when said arms are in their extended condition, it has been found desirable to provide an adjustable means for further tensioning the cable. The collar 27 in its upper position engages a stop pin 27a in the standard.

The cable tensioning means includes a collar 32 having diametrically disposed pivot ears 33 in which the inner ends of tensioning arms 34 are pivotally mounted, the outer ends of these arms being apertured or slotted at 34a to receive the cable 12. The collar 32 is vertically adjustably mounted relative to the collar 27 by providing slotted bars 35 depending from the collar 27 and threaded studs 36 on the collar 32 working in said slots and carrying thumb nuts 37. With this arrangement as the collar 32 is moved upwardly relative to the collar 27 from its full line to its dotted line position, shown in Fig. 3, it has the effect of straightening out the arms 34 relative to the cable to thereby act to push the intermediate portion of the cable span between the sets of arms 28 outwardly and thus tension the cable and consequently the clothes lines 13. In the collapsed condition of the structure, the collar 32 and arms 34 are limited in their movement by stop rods 38 pivotally connected at their upper ends at 31a to the collar 31 and slotted at 38a at their lower ends to engage pins 39 mounted in intermediate portions of said rods. In the collapsed position of the arms 28 and arms 34 the collar 32 moves down the pipe 15 toward the lower end thereof, and to facilitate carrying it the collar 32 is provided with a pair of oppositely disposed handles formed by hand grips 40 and grip supports 41.

The clothes lines 13 may be any suitable flexible cord or rope, but as shown are of nylon with their ends looped as shown in Fig. 13 and the ends of the loop secured together by a clinched metal band 42. With this type of mounting, the lines 13 may be shifted along their supporting cable sections relative to each other to any desired spacing.

The various parts of the structure when folded up or collapsed may be readily packed in a suitable shipping container.

The clothes or other articles to be dried are hung from the lines 13 by clothes pins, hangers, or in any other suitable manner.

The ends of the cable 12 are secured together by a cable clamp C. In order to hold the cable 12 in position relative to the arms 28, the cable passes through metal sleeves 43 that are disposed in the outer ends of the arms. Each sleeve is clamped to the cable 12 within each army by a set screw 44.

It will be noted that the arms 28 are diagonally dis posed relative to the line carrying frame formed by the flexible cable 12.

I desire it to be understood that this invention is not to be limited to any particular form or arrangement of parts except in so far as such limitations are included in the claims.

adjustable mounting for the foldable tensioning arms is provided 'with a pair of oppositely disposed handles.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Knowlton Nov. 14, 1871 Covert u Apr. 6, 1875 McCandless Sept. 15, 1891 Campbell June 18, 1907 Pollard Feb. 18, 1947 Midouhas Jan. 11, 1949 Griffin Nov. 4, 1952 Pierie Mar. 2, 1954

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US2851169 *Sep 24, 1956Sep 9, 1958Falco Products CoCollapsible clothesline dryer
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U.S. Classification211/197, 211/167
International ClassificationD06F57/00, D06F57/04
Cooperative ClassificationD06F57/04
European ClassificationD06F57/04