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Publication numberUS3185418 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 25, 1965
Filing dateNov 24, 1961
Priority dateNov 24, 1961
Publication numberUS 3185418 A, US 3185418A, US-A-3185418, US3185418 A, US3185418A
InventorsAppleton Arthur I
Original AssigneeAppleton Arthur I
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hanger for pipe and conduit
US 3185418 A
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May 25, 1965 A. I. APPLETON HANGER FOR PIPE AND CONDUIT Filed NOV. 24, 1961 INVENTOR. ARTHUR. I ,APPLETaN U 1} M {m0 I A'rTYs United States Patent 3,185,418 HANGER FOR PIPE AND CONDUIT Arthur I. Appleton, Northbrook, Ill. (1713 Wellington Ave., Chicago 13, Ill.) Filed Nov. 24, 1961, Ser. No. 154,698 1 Claim. (Cl. 248-72) The present invention relates to devices for attaching pipe, conduit, tubing and the like to fixed supports such as overhead beams or other structural members. The invention finds particular, but not necessarily exclusive,

. utility as a hanger for both thin wall and heavy wall electrical conduit.

One object of the present invention is to provide an improved hanger for pipe, conduit or tubing capable of being conveniently and quickly applied to a support member having a hanger mounting screw previously mounted thereon and in position for immediate tightening.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved hanger of the foregoing type which, when engaged with the support is retained in place and is held against accidental release until it is tightly fastened to the support.

A further object of the present invention is to provide an improved hanger for pipe, conduit or tubing, of the character set forth and fabricated of light, inexpensive material capable of being mass produced on an economical basis.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent as the following description proceeds taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of an improved pipe or conduit hanger illustratively embodying the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary elevation view of the hanger shown in FIG. 1 as it is being mounted in place on a support.

FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 but showing the hanger fixed to the support and in position for receiving a pipe or conduit.

FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 3 but showing the pipe or conduit clamped in place.

FIG. 5 is a front elevation view of the hanger shown in FIG. 1.

While the invention is susceptible of various modifications and alternative constructions, a certain illustrative embodiment has been shown in the drawing and will be described below in considerable detail. It should be understood, however, that there is no intention to limit the invention to the specific form disclosed, but on the contrary, the intention is to cover all modifications, alternative constructions, equivalents and uses falling within the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.

Referring more specifically to the drawing, the invention is there exemplified in an illustrative hanger adapted in the present instance to secure a section P of pipe, conduit tubing or the like to a rigid support. In general, the hanger is fabricated as a relatively light but strong sheet metal stamping which comprises a generally U-shaped strap formed by a web 11 having a pair of spaced legs 12, 13 depending from opposite edges thereof. The legs 12, 13 are formed intermediate their ends with bowed portions 15, 16, these portions being convex outwardly so that the concave portions of the legs face each other for receiving a pipe or conduit P as shown in FIG. 4. The web is provided with an aperture 18 for receiving a mounting screw 19 which is threaded into a tapped hole 20 in the support for fastening the hanger to the support. For clamping the conduit P the free ends 3,185,418 Patented May 25, 1965 of the legs 12, 13 are each provided with a clamping screw aperture 21 through which a threaded clamping screw 22 is passed, after the conduit has been inserted into the hanger as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. When the conduit is inserted in place and the clamping screw 22 is passed through the apertures 21, a nut 24 is threadably mounted on the screw and tightened so as to draw the legs 12, 13 together to securely clamp the pipe or conduit P in the hanger. In the present instance the rigid support shown happens to be the lower flange 25 of an overhead I-beam and a substantially C-shaped beam clip 26, of malleable iron or the like, is secured to the beam flange 25 by means of a set screw 28.

Provision is made for quickly attaching the hanger 10 to the clip 26 by a simple lateral motion. For this purpose the clamping screw 19 is first threaded into a tapped hole 20 in the C-shaped beam clip 26. This can be done either before or after the beam clip 26 is secured to the I-beam 25 by the set screw 28. In the present instance, the hanger 10 is formed with a slot 30 in the web for receiving the shank of the fastening screw 19. In order to mount the hanger on the screw, this slot opens into the aperture 18 for passing the shank of the screw 19, and in order to pass the head of the screw, one leg 13 is provided with an enlarged T-shaped slot 31 opening into the narrower slot 30. As illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 5, the slot 31 is of inverted general T-shape with a laterally enlarged portion of sufiicient dimensions to pass the head of the screw 19.

In order to prevent the hanger from accidentally slipping laterally or sidewise off of the screw 19 before the latter can be tightened, abutment means are provided for engaging the head of the screw 19. One illustrative abutment means embodying the invention is shown in the drawings and comprises a depending tongue or lug 32 integrally formed on one side edge of the slot 30 and depending downwardly at substantially a right angle to the web 11. If desired, a similar tongue or lug 33 can be provided at the opposite side of the slot 30 as shown in FIG. 5 so that a pair of lugs depend from the web intermediate and generally parallel to the clamping legs 12, 13. By lifting the hanger and thereby passing the head of the screw underneath the depending tongues or lugs 32, 33, and then allowing the hanger to drop so that the web 11 rests on the screw head 19, the head will be trapped between the pair of lugs and one leg of the hanger. Should the hanger shift laterally, the lugs will engage the screw head and thereby prevent the hanger from accidentally dropping or slipping off of the screw before the screw can be tightened. The lugs further serve to guide the hanger and center it on the screw as the screw is tightened. It will also be observed that the lugs 32, 33 are sufficiently short to permit the head of the mounting screw 19 to pass through the laterally enlarged portion of the slot 31 upon installation of the hanger, and also to avoid getting in the way of the pipe or conduit which is to be mounted in the hanger. When the hanger has been tightened in place, a pipe or conduit can be inserted between the legs 12, 13 and clamped into place by means of the clamping screw 22 and nut 24.

In order to strengthen the engagement between the hanger 10 and the screw 19 notwithstanding the slot 30, the hanger is desirably formed with a strengthening rib 35 surrounding the hole 18 which receives the clamping screw 19. One form of such rib as shown in the drawings comprises a downwardly embossed ridge having a diameter slightly smaller than the head of the clamping screw formed in the web surrounding the hole. This rib can be conveniently formed at the time the hanger is shaped and the hole 18 and slot 30 are punched out. As the screw is tightened in the hanger, the rib metal is deformed to the shape of the screw head thereby increasing the grip of the screw on the hanger.

It will be appreciated that hangers embodying the present invention as described above and claimed in the appended claim, while simple and easy to use, afford the substantial advantages of ease of mounting and a safe installation in that the hanger is prevented from slipping off of the clamping screw when the screw is loose.

I claim as my invention:

A hanger for sections of pipe, conduit, tubing and the like, adapted for attachment to a rigid support by a headed mounting screw threaded in said support, said hanger comprising, in combination, a generally U-shaped strap adapted for engagement with the section to be supported, said strap having a web portion joining a pair of legs adapted to grippingly support said section, means defining an aperture through said web for receiving said mounting screw, a rim surrounding said aperture for engagement by the head of said mounting screw when the same is tightened against said Web, means defining a slot of inverted general T-shape in one of said legs with a laterally enlarged portion adapted to pas the head of said mounting screw, said slot extending into said web and opening into said screw aperture for passing the shank of said headed mounting screw, and a pair of spaced abutment lugs integral with said web and depending therefrom one on each side of said slot intermediate said legs, said lugs being sufficiently short to permit the head of the mounting screw to pass through the laterally enlarged portion of said slot on installation of said hanger, said lugs being of sufficient length to engage the head of said mounting screw when the latter has been positioned in said aperture whereby accidental disengagement of said hanger from said mounting screw before said screw is tightened into the rigid support is prevented.

References Qited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 508,914 11/93 Cain 24862 1,730,911 10/29 Bateman 24862 2,375,513 5/45 Bach 248-62 CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.

FRANK P. ABBOTT, Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/72, 248/74.1
International ClassificationF16L3/24
Cooperative ClassificationF16L3/24
European ClassificationF16L3/24
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Aug 20, 1982ASAssignment
Owner name: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO., A CORP. OF MO.
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:ARTHUR I. APPLETON;REEL/FRAME:004043/0926
Effective date: 19820322