|Publication number||US2802645 A|
|Publication date||Aug 13, 1957|
|Filing date||Dec 3, 1954|
|Priority date||Apr 16, 1954|
|Publication number||US 2802645 A, US 2802645A, US-A-2802645, US2802645 A, US2802645A|
|Inventors||Rice Winston C|
|Original Assignee||Rice Winston C|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (14), Classifications (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
W. C. RICE METHOD OF CONVERTING A WIRE FENCE- Aug. 13, 1957 Original Filed April 16, 1954 FIG. 5.
Winston 6. Rice, BY
' fl-h ATT METHOD OF CONVERTING A WIRE FENCE Winston C. Rice, Shreveport, La.
3 Original application April 16, 1954, Serial No. 423,642,
now Patent No. 2,760,759, dated August 28, 1956. Divided and this application December 3, 1954, Serial No. 472,839
11 Claims. 01. 25634) The present invention is directed to an improved wire fence. More particularly, the invention is directed to a method and apparatus in which a chain link wire fence is converted to a fence providing privacy. In its more specific aspects, the invention is directed to a wall comprised of a wire fence and structural members.
This application is a division of U. S. Serial No. 423,-
Fig. 4 illustrates a fence with parts broken away in accordance with the invention of extended height; and
Fig. 5 is a view with parts broken away of another fence in accordance with my invention.
Referring now to Fig. 1, numeral 11 designates gen erally a chain link wire fence composed of a wire fabric 12 defining diamond-shaped openings 13. The upper and lower ends of the fabric are formed by twisting the ends of the wire 14 together to form the twists or barbs 15. The fabric 12 is secured to the fence posts 16 which are arranged in the ground 17 and preferably ,cemented in place with cement 18. A horizontal supporting member 19 runs from one post 16 to another to 642, filed April 16, 1954, now Patent No. 2,760,759 entitled Conversion of Wire Fence.
fence providing both privacy and protection which comprises a chain link wire fabric rigidly or firmly fixed or connected to upright posts and having a horizontal bracing member extending from one post to another adjacent the top edge of the fabric. Slats are arranged, inserted or interwoven in the fabric and extend from the top edge to the bottom edge of said fabric adjacent the ground. A horizontal supporting member is inserted or interwoven in the fabric adjacent the lower edge of the fabric to provide a support for the lower end of the slats.
The chain link wire fence may be supported suitably on metallic posts secured in the ground in cement and may have a horizontal member adjacent the topedge of the fabric. The fabric is of the usual chain link type with diamond-shaped openings formed by interweaving the wire to form chain links. These openings are adjacent such that one isimmediately above the other and slats may be inserted and/or interwoven in the openings either in a vertical or diagonal position. The openings are of suificient size that the slats may be arranged, inserted and/or interwoven in one opening beginning at the top of the fabric and another slat arranged, inserted and/or interwoven in an adjacent opening and occupy the next lower diamond-shaped opening in the fabric.
The invention also contemplates a method for converting a chain link wire fence to a vision-obstructing wall to insure privacy which comprises inserting and/or interweaving flexible strips in the openings in said chain link wire fence to fill substantially completely said openings and then supporting said strips on the lower end of said strips.
It is contemplated that the slats may be constructed of material such as flexible wood slats and the slats may be of a size slightly less than approximately one-half the width of the diamond-shaped openings so that two of said slats may be arranged and/ or interwoven in a single diamond-shaped opening. It is to be understood that other types of slats may be used and flexibility is not required in all instances.
The invention will be further illustrated by references to the drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a view with parts broken away showing the conversion of a chain link wire fence to a vision-obstructing wall;
Figure 2 is a view partly in section looking downward on Fig. 1 showing the insertion of slats in the chain links; Fig. 3 is a view with parts broken away similar to Fig. 1 Showing slats arranged on the bias or on the diagonal;
provide rigidity to the structure.
In accordance with the present invention the chain link fence 11 is converted to a wall insuring privacy by inserting a plurality of slats or strips 20 into the openings 13. By inserting or arranging and/or interweaving the slats 20 in the openings 13, it is possible to fill substantially completely the openings 13 and to provide a wall which will secure privacy within a yard or enclosure as desired.
The slats 20 are threaded, inserted, or interwoven in the openings 13 and may extend from the top 21 of the fabric 12 to a point adjacent the bottom 22.
Horizontally interwoven or inserted in the fabric 12 is a horizontal slat or strip 23 which serves as a supporting member for the vertical slats 20 and providing a pleasing, finished appearance to the converted fence.
The top edges of the slats 2t) serve to conceal the barbs or twists 15 and present a smooth eflect.
Referring now to Fig. 3, it will be seen that the openings 13 in the fabric 12 are substantially completely filled with slats 30 which are arranged on the bias or diagonally to fill substantially completely the openings 13. In this particular instance, the upper and lower ends 31 and 32 of the slats 30 are cut to make a smooth fit with the upper end 21 of the fence and lower end 22. It will be seen that the lower end 31 is arranged to be supported on the horizontal slat member 23 which is arranged or interwoven in the lower end of the fabric 12.
Referring now to Fig. 4, slats 411 are vertically inserted or arranged in the openings 13 similar to the slats 20 in Fig. 1. In this particular instance, the slats 40 have a length of greater height than the height of the fence 11 and serve to extend the height of the fence 11 besides providing a wall or fence affording privacy as well as protection. Like in Fig. 1, the slats 40 will rest or be supported on a horizontal slat 23 interwoven or inserted in theopenings 13. In this particular instance, slats 40 of extended length will be provided with a horizontal rigid connecting member 41 which will serve to give rigidity to the upper section of the fence of extended height. It is understood, of course, that like in the embodiment of Fig. 3, the height of the fence may be extended by employing slats arranged on the bias or interwoven diagonally.
Referring now to Fig. 5, a shield or chain link wire fence structure, such as 40, is comprised of a wire fabric 41 defining diamond-shaped openings 42. The upper and lower ends of the fabric are formed by twisting the wire 43 to form the twists or barbs 44. The fabric 41 is secured to posts 45 which are mounted on or secured to supporting member 46 which may be the ground or a supporting structure, such as a building. It will be seen that a space, such as 47, is not covered by the fabric 41 and it is desired to fill this space. In accordance with my invention, space 47 is filled to form a wall 48 by inserting or arranging in the openings 42 a plurality of elongated slats or strips 49 having a length greater than the width of the fabric 41 to extend to support member 46 and close the space 47. The slats 49 may suitably be supported by a horizontal member 50 arranged between posts 45. A horizontal member 51 runs from one both privacy and protection. Furthermore, it is 'possible to convert a fence of the cyclone or chain link type to a wall insuring privacy without diflicul'ty. Thus the fence, after setting of the posts and fabric, may be easily assembled with minor expenditure of capital and effort. The improved wall or fence of the present invention is of pleasing appearance and covers and thus eliminates the unsightly barbs or twists at the upper and lower ends of the fence. Furthermore, the improved wall or fence is sturdy and easily constructed and considerably less expensive than a brick wall or one constructed of other masonry. The fence or wall constructed of the interwoven slats may be suitably painted to provide a decorative structure. If desired, the wood slats may be treated with a suitable preservative for resistance against attack by fungi or insects.
As an example of the present invention, a chain link fence, as described hereinbefore, was converted to a wall insuring privacy by placing cypress wooden slats of 1%. inches by inch dimensions by 4 feet and 8' inches (length) in the openings as illustrated. About 100 feet of the fence was converted to a private wall in about 8 hours.
Although I have described my invention with a specific example and by using cypress wooden slats or strips of a specific size, it is to be understood that the height.
of the fence may vary, as desired, and that the openings in the fabric may be of any size and shape so long as the slats may be arranged, interwoven or inserted therein.
Furthermore, it is contemplated that it is unnecessary for the fence or wall to extend completely to the ground since under some circumstances it may be desirable to provide a shield which does not extend completely to the ground or to a supporting structure.
Also the present invention contemplates that where a fence structure is used as a shield which does not extend completely to the ground or a supporting structure, that the opening between the fabric and the ground or structure to which the shield is attached may be filled by extending the slats from the fabric to the ground or supporting structure.
It is to be seen from the foregoing description of the invention that the fence may be converted to a Wall without employing nails and the like connecting means; In other words, the wire fabric or chain link fence acts to give support and strength to the slats arranged and/or interwoven in the openings in the chain link fence.
The slats or strips employed in the present invention may be constructed of other materials besides wood so long as they may be readily interwoven or inserted in the wire fabric. The Wire fabric, however, is substantially non-deformable and flexibility is required for the slats or strips only when the slats or strips are on the diagonal. The openings in the fabric are formed with the wire defining openings which have both vertical and horizontal dimensions, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, and thus the slats or strips may be rigid when the slats or strips are inserted in the openings vertically since there is suflicient clearance therefor without necessarily interweaving the slats by bending.
The nature and objects of the present invention having been completely described and illustrated, what I wish to claim as new and useful and to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A method for converting an erected chain link wire fence having an open weave to a wall insuring both privacy and protection which comprises inserting and arranging. a plurality of strips in the openings in the chain link fence, extending at least the height of the fence, arranging a strip extending the length of the fence below the lower ends of said plurality of strips, and then supporting said plurality ofstrips solely on said strip which extends the length of the fence.
2. A method in accordance with claim 1 in which the plurality of strips are vertically arranged wooden slats.
3. A method in accordance with claim 1 in which the plurality of strips are diagonally arranged wooden slats.
4. A method for increasing the. height of an erected chain link wire fence and converting same to a wall insuring both privacy and protection which comprises in serting and vertically arranging a plurality of strips in the openings in the chain link fence of a length greater than the height of the chain link fence, arranging a strip extending the length of the fence below the lower ends of'saidplurality of strips, supporting said plurality of strips in said chain link fence solely on said strip which extends the length of the fence, and interconnecting the upper ends of said plurality of strips.
5. A method in accordance with claim 4 in which the strips are wooden slats.
6. A method for forming a wall providing both privacy and protection which comprises inserting and arranging a plurality of flexible strips in the openings of an erected chain link wire fence having an open weave of a length greater than the height of the chain link wire fence, arranging a strip extending the length of the fence below the lower ends of said plurality of strips, supporting said strips solely on said strip which extends the length of the fence, and interconnecting the upper ends of said plurality of strips.
'/-.-'A method in accordance with claim 6 in which the strips are wooden slats.
8. A methodin' accordance with claim 1 in which the strip is' inserted horizontally in the wire fence.
9 A method in accordance with claim 1 in which the plurality of stripsfextend vertically above the wire fence.
'10. A method in accordance with claim 1 in which the plurality of strips extend vertically below the wire fence.
11. A method in accordance with claim 2' in which the strip is a wooden slat inserted horizontally in the wire fence.
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|U.S. Classification||256/34, D25/42, 256/45|