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Publication numberUS2968810 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 24, 1961
Filing dateSep 15, 1958
Priority dateSep 15, 1958
Publication numberUS 2968810 A, US 2968810A, US-A-2968810, US2968810 A, US2968810A
InventorsYoung Raymond L, Young Wash P
Original AssigneeIrene Becker
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toe kick clearance hammer for carpet layers
US 2968810 A
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Jan. 24, 1961 R. L. YOUNG ETAL 2,968,810


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Filed Sept. 15, 1958, Ser. No. 760,997 1 Claim. (Cl. Iii-47) This invention relates to tack hammers and the principal object of the present invention is to provide a specially constructed hammer assembly adapted to tack in place. wall to wall holding carpet strips, especially in inaccessible places, such as in the low toe kick alcoves generally found under the front wall of restaurant bars, cabinets and kitchen sinks.

Another important object of the invention is to provide a readily mobile hammer for driving tacks in normally inaccessible difficult to reach places.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a carpet holding strip tack driver, which can be readily set in place for accurate driving of tacks in such strip, and which can be moved from point to point along a strip in a prompt and labor-saving progress.

A further object of the invention is to provide a toe kick alcove tack hammer, which can be readily operated and which will be durable, positive acting and of low cost to manufacture.

These and various other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent to the reader of the following description.

In the drawing:

Figure 1 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view through the front wall of a cabinet, and also the toe kick offset wall and a floor, showing, in side elevation, the present invention.

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the structure shown in Figure 1.

Figure 3 is an enlarged section taken on line 33 of Figure 1.

Figure 4 is an enlarged section taken on line 44 of Figure 1.

Referring to the drawing wherein like numerals designate like parts, it can be seen that reference character A denotes the front wall of a cabinet, bar, or sink structure. Reference character B denotes the bottom of such structure, while C denotes an inwardly off-set toe kick wall. Thus a toe kick alcove D affords room for persons standing or sitting in front of the wall A.

Reference character E denotes a floor, and reference character F denotes a conventional carpet holding strip having the slanting pins G over which one edge of a carpet is to be placed to hold that edge in position against the adjacent wall C. Tacks H are employed and driven down through the strip F and into the floor E to hold said strip definitely in place, and it is the difiiculty in driving such tacks H in a low toe kick alcove D that not only has required dexterity, but patience and time consuming effort.

It is the principal object and purpose of the present invention to provide an assembly whereby the tacks H can be readily driven in place.

The present invention is generally referred to by numeral 1t) and consists of a base plate 11, a swingable arm 12, the arm 12 being connected to the base 11 through the medium of a tube 13, to which one end of the arm 12 is welded as at 14 and screws 15, 15 which are disposed through side walls 16 at one end of the base plate 11 and are fed into said tube 13, the latter being internally threaded to accommodate these screws. The screws can be of the Allen type, if desired, preferably countersunk with their heads flush with the outside of said walls 16.

Said walls 16, 16 actually form a part of a housing, which has a top 17. Actually this top 17 is a portion of the base plate 11, bent upwardly and over the side walls 16, 16.

The upper edges of the side walls 16, 16 are curved downwardly as at 18, along with the top 17 to form a depression in this housing, which readily permits engagement of this end of the hammer structure for the purpose of placement or carrying.

The forward end of the top 17 acts as a stop for the elevation of the arm 12.

The forward end of the arm 12 is provided with a depending enlargement 20, serving as a hammer and this hammer projects forwardly from the forward portion of the base plate 11, so that when the base plate 11 is abutting the carpet retaining strip F, the hammer 20 is located immediately over the head of a tack H to be driven.

The base plate 11, inwardly of the free end thereof has an upstanding boss 21 and a corresponding boss 22, depends from the bottom side of the arm 12, directly above the boss 21. These bosses are to prevent displace ment of a compression spring 23 and project into the end convolutions thereof, as is apparent in Figures 1 and 3. Thus, the arm 12 is normally held elevated, so that the structure can be readily positioned, as shown in Figure 1, with the hammer 20 directly over a tack H.

Inasmuch as force must be imposed sharply upon the arm 12 in order to drive the hammer 2i) downwardly, against the tack H against the resistance of the spring 23, a knob 24 of some resilient material, such as rubber is provided and this is suitably adhered to a disk 25, provided with a depending threaded member 26, which depends through an opening in the arm 12 rearwardly of the spring 23. A nut 27 is provided on this threaded member as so as firmly hold the resilient knob 24 at a definite and fixed place at a medial point on the arm 12.

It can be seen now, that any force, such as a heavy object or a large hammer can be used in hitting the knob 24 and driving the arm 12 downwardly, with the result that the hammer 2t} acts against the tack H. This may be repeated until the tack is fully driven.

Obviously this device can be moved from one tack position to another. As a matter of fact it can be slid along by the workers foot or actually lifted and replaced.

The housing at the rear end of the structure serves to act as a handle so that the workman will not catch his fingers in the mechanism of the assembly.

While the foregoing description sets forth the invention in specific terms, it is to be understood that numerous changes in the shape, size and materials may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed hereinafter.

Having described the invention what is claimed as new is:

A hammer assembly of the character described comprising a base, an arm pivotally mounted at one of its ends on one end of said base, the free end of said arm extending beyond the other end of said base, a hammer formed on said free end of said arm, a compression spring positioned between said arm and said base at an intermediate point, and a resilient impact receiving knob on the side of said arm remote from said base located between said spring and said pivotally mounted one end.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 327,131 Brandon Sept. 29, 1885 463,746 Keogh Nov. 24, 1891 654,696 Willey July 31, 1900 1,194,183 Keiifer Aug. 8, 1916

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US327131 *Sep 29, 1885Himself And Egbert PGeoegb m
US463746 *Jan 16, 1891Nov 24, 1891 Carpet stretcher and tacker
US654696 *Sep 25, 1899Jul 31, 1900Charles W WilleyCombined carpet stretcher and tacker.
US1194183 *May 25, 1915Aug 8, 1916 Nail-leather-heading pbess
Referenced by
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US3166757 *Jan 8, 1962Jan 26, 1965Charles H Glass DrOffset driving tool
US4714186 *Apr 22, 1986Dec 22, 1987Williamson Reno SFastener driving tool
US5651490 *Jul 1, 1996Jul 29, 1997Hack; CharlesVinyl Stapler
U.S. Classification173/30, 173/100, 173/121
International ClassificationA47G27/04, A47G27/00, B25C7/00
Cooperative ClassificationB25C7/00, A47G27/0487
European ClassificationA47G27/04E, B25C7/00