|Publication number||US3233857 A|
|Publication date||Feb 8, 1966|
|Filing date||Sep 11, 1964|
|Priority date||Sep 11, 1964|
|Publication number||US 3233857 A, US 3233857A, US-A-3233857, US3233857 A, US3233857A|
|Inventors||Schuck Frank H|
|Original Assignee||Schuck Frank H|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (6), Classifications (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
F. H. SCHUCK BATHTUB SUPPORT Feb. 8, 1966 Filed Sept. l1, 1964 'INVENTOR n64/VK /f sc/yacue,
United States Patent O 3,233,857 BATHTUB SUPPORT Frank H. Schuck, 722 Alice St., Novato, Calif.
Fiied Sept. 11, 1964, Ser. No. 395,810 2 Claims. (Cl. 248-300) This invention relates to the general field of support devices and, more specifically, the instant invention pertains to a bracket support for bathtubs.
One of the primary objects of this invention is to provide a bathtub supporting bracket which may be formed of a metal stamping.
Another object of this invention is to provide a bathtub suport bracket which may be easily connected with building studs for adjustment thereon to insure the proper leveling of the bathtub, whereby the drainage thereof is assured.
A further object of this invention is to provide a bathtub support bracket with means operable to prevent the vertical shifting thereof on a building stud member after installation.
This invention contemplates, as a still further object thereof, the provision of a bathtub `support bracket which is non-complex in construction and assembly, inexpensive to manufacture and maintain, and which is durable 1n use.
Other and further objects and advantages of the instant invention will Ibecome more evident from a consideration of the following specification when read in conjunction with the annexed drawing in which:
FIGURE l is a perspective View of a bathtub support bracket constructed in accordance with tihis invention and illustrating the appplication thereof in the support of a bathtub;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged side elevational view of the bathtub support bracket shown in FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a front elevational view of the bathtub support bracket;
FIGURE 4 is a rear elevational view of the bathtub support bracket; and
FIGURE 5 is a top plan View of the metal blank from which the support bracket is formed.
Before explaining in detail the apparatus involved in the instant invention, it will be understood that tihe invention is not to be limited in this application to the details of construction and in the arrangement of parts i1- lustrated in the accompanying drawing, since it recognized that the invention is capable of other embodiments and is also adaptable for practice in various ways. Further, it is to be understood that the phraseology or terminology employed herein is for the purpose of description only, and is not one of limitation.
Referring now more specifically to the drawing, reference numeral designates, in general, a bathtub support bracket constructed in accordance with the teachings of this invention. The bathtub support bracket 1t) may be formed of any suitable sheet metal and is seen to comprise a central body portion or front plate 12 having a substantially rectangular configuration and which is vertically elongated. From each longitudinally-extending, laterally-spaced marginal edge of the front plate 12 upwardly extend, respectively, a pair of sidewalls 14, 16 having a substantially nhomboidal configuration. Each of the sidewalls 14, 16 terminates in a pair of substantially rectangular flanges 18, 20 and 22, 24, respectively, with each pair of flanges being bent laterally and inwardly toward one another to lie substantially in a common plane. As is seen in tihe drawing, the sidewalls 14, 16 and the flanges 18, 20, 22 and 24 are all provided with nail or screw-receiving openings 26 for vthe reception of nails or screws 2S.
extending studs 46 (only one being shown).
3,233,857 Patented Feb. 8, 1966 Fice From the upper end of the front plate 12, and at substantially right angles thereto, forwardly projects a substantially rectangular weight-bearing platform 3i). VFrom the outer end of the platform 30 and integral therewith downwardly-depends a substantially rectangular strut 32, the angle of inclination between the strut 32 and the platform 30 being substantially 45. As is seen in the drawing, the lower end of the strut 32 `terminates in a .downwardly-extending, substantially rectangular lip 34 which is in faoe-to-face contact with the plate 12 to which it is spot welded as at 36.
Reference numeral 38 designates a conventional joist for a building or edifice (not shown) to which is fxedly connected, in the usual manner, a plurality of vertically- Two or more bathtub support brackets 10 are engaged around, respectively, two or more of the studs k40 and are held thereon by the nails or screws 28 with the weight-bearing flanges 3i) thereof facing toward a conventional bathtub 42 having a longitudinally-extending, outwardly-extending lange 44 beneath which the weight-bearing platform of the support brackets 10 engage.
The bracket 10 tits snugly around the stud 40 and the to the weight placed on the weight-bearing platforms 39, the lower edge 46 of the front plate 12 tends to pivot inwardly toward the adjacent edge 48 of the stud 40 and to become wedged therein to prevent downward shifting of the bracket 1).
The brackets 10 may be easily installed on the studs 46 through the simple expedient of exing the sidewalls 14, 16 away from one another a sufficient distance to permit the free edges of the flanges 18, 20 and 22, 24 to clear the opposed sides of the `stud 40 after which the sidewalls 14, 16 are released to snap against the sides of the stud 40.
The brackets 1t) may be, optionally, finished with the flanges 18, 26 and 22, 24 bent in the manner described above, or if desired, they may extend in the same plane as their associated sidewalls 14 and 16, respectively. The latter case provides the mechanic with a little greater degree of exibility in the hanging of the bracket 10 since, in this case, the sidewalls 14, 16 and the front plate 12 may be engaged on the stud 40 proximate their installed positions after which the flanges 1S, 22 may be bent over and loosely secured to the studs by the bolts 28. Final positioning of the bracket 10 is then performed after which the franges 20, 24 may be bent over the stud 40 and secured in place. The sidewalls 14, 16 may then also be anchored in place. It will be understood, of course, that .the above steps may be varied in sequence to the liking of the artisan.
The bathtub support bracket 1i) may be formed from a blank of sheetmetal 50 indicated in FIGURE 5. The blank 50 may be stamped in in a single operation to provide the front plate 12, the sidewalls 14, 16, the flanges 18, 20, 22, 24, the weight-bearing flange 30, its associated strut 32, and the lip 34. In the stamping operation, the anges 18, 20 and 22, 24 are, respectively, separated from one another by the severance lines 52, 54.
After the blank 50 has been formed, the same is folded on the fold lines 56, 58 and 60, 62 to define the front plate 12, the sidewalls 14, 16, and the anges 18, 20 and 22, 24, and thereafter, may be bent on the lines 64, 66 to define the .platform 30, strut 32, and lip 34.
Having described and illustrated one embodiment of this invention in detail, it will be understood that the same is offered merely by way of example, and that this invention is to be limited only by the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A support bracket comprising a normally verticallyextending elongated substantially rectangular front plate, a pair of rhomboidal sidewalls each having a pair of opposed ends, one of the ends of each of said sidewalls being xedly connected with said front plate at, respectively, a longitudinally-extending marginal edge thereof, said sidewalls projecting laterally from said front plate and being disposed substantially parallel with respect to one another, the other ends of each of said sidewalls terminating in an inwardly-turned ilange with the free ends of said anges being disposed in confronting relation relative to one another, a substatially rectangular platform 'having one of its ends iXedly secured to one end of said front plate and its other end projecting therefrom in a direction opposite to said sidewalls, and a substantially rectangular strut having one of its ends xedly secured to said other end of said platform, and the other end of said strut extend-ing toward and engaging said front plate, and means xedly securing said other end of said strut to said front plate.
2. A support bracket comprising a normally verticallyextending elongated substantially rectangular front plate, a pair of rhomoidal sidewalls each having a pair of opposed ends, one of the ends of each of said sidewalls being xedly connected with said front plate at, respectively, a longitudinally-extending marginal edge thereof, said sidewalls projecting laterally from said front plate and being disposed substantially parallel with respect to one another, the other ends of each of said sidewalls terminating in an inwardly-turned flange With the free ends of said flanges being disposedrin confronting relation relative to one another, a substantially rectangular platform having one of its ends fixedly secured to one end of said front plate and its other end projecting therefrom in a direction opposite to said sidewalls, and a substantially rectangular strut having one of its ends xedly secured to said other end of said platform, the other end of said strut extending toward said front plate, said other end of said strut terminating in an oflset substantially rectangularY lip disposed in face-to-face engagement With said front plate, .and means fxedly connecting said lip to said front plate.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,458,666 6/ 1923 Stoppello 304--40 1,757,321 5/ 1930 `MacDonald 248-235 X `1,938,818 12/1933 Erickson et al 4-173 2,884,670 5/1959 Garrison et al. 20-92 3,148,857 9/ 1964 Hutchison 248-247 CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.
FRANK L. ABBOTT, Examiner.
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|U.S. Classification||248/300, 248/248, 52/35, 248/250, 52/714, 4/538, 248/245, 248/218.4|