US 3399783 A
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Sept. 3, 1968 Filed March 9, 1967 S. G. INJESKI RETRACTIBLE CLOTHES RACK 2 Sheets-Sheet l ,INVENTOR STANLE G. INJESKI ATTORNEY Sept. 3, 1968 5. 5. INJESKI RETRACTIBLE CLOTHES RACK 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 FiledvMarch 9, 1967 INVENTOR STANLEY G. INJESKI ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,399,783 RETRACTIBLE CLOTHES RACK Stanley G. Injeski, Milwaukee, Wis., assignor to Worldsbest Industries, Inc., Cudahy, Wis), a corporation of Wisconsin Filed Mar. 9, 1967, Ser. No. 621,911 2 Claims. (Cl. 211-103) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE There is disclosed herein a support tube with resilient bearing members insertable at each end of the tube for receiving a rod that is rotatable and vertically movable within the bearing members for positioning an arm serving as a clothes rack. The bearing members and a plug in the end of the rod are of particular configurations for facilitating assembly and retention of the rod in its raised position.
Background of the invention The invention pertains to a rack for supporting clothes that can be mounted on a clothes dryer, a washing machine or similar device, or the invention may find use in other fields, for it pertains more particularly to a novel support for a rod that is to be raised and lowered for the purpose of selecting a position for the rod.
It has been the practice to provide clothes racks with telescoping rods that may be raised and lowered. The rods mount an arm from which clothes hangers may be hung, and the rod may, be fully lowered to an inactive position for storage, or it may be elevated to a level from which clothes can be hung. The rod is usually held in position by a wedging action of a ball or roller that engages the side of the rod. To lower the rod the ball or roller must be held away from the rod. This requires ready access to the ball or roller. In the present invention a ball, or roller, is not employed and the mounting for the rod can be'in a location behind an appliance, such as a dryer, that is not readily accessible. Hence, the invention provides an improved means of mounting a rod type clothes rack.
Summary of the invention The invention more particularly resides in the provision of a hollow support tube, a bearing member of resilient material at one end of the tube having a sleeve portion insertable into the tube that is split lengthwise into at least two inwardly deflectible segments for facilitating assembly of-the bearing member with the tube, a second bearing member also of resilient material at the opposite end of the tube having a sleeve portion insertable into the tube that is split lengthwise into at least two inwardly deflectible segments for purposes of assembly, a clothes rod extending through the tube that is in bearing engagement with the bearing members for both rotational and longitudinal translation of the rod, and a plug in the lower end of the rod having a radially extending tongue that is received by and slidable through a slot in one of the bearing members, such tongue overlaying the bearing member upon lifting the rod to pass the tongue upward through the slot and then turning the rod. When the tongue is in the upward position overlaying the associated bearing member the rod is held in a raised position for supporting clothes hangers, or the like.
It is a particular object of the invention to provide a support for the rod that can be readily assembled.
It is a further object to provide smooth bearing surfaces for the rod of the clothes rack.
Another important object is to provide a support for a rod that is comprised of parts that can be assembled ice by simple manual insertion of some of the components into other components of the assembly.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will appear from the following description of the drawings and a preferred embodiment asillustrated therein.
Brief description of the drawings FIG. l is a side view in elevation of a retractible clothes rack embodying the invention being shown as attached to the body of a dryer or similar appliance,
FIG. 2 is an exploded view in perspective of parts of the clothes rack shown in FIG. 1,
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary view in perspective of parts of the clothes rack assembled with one another,
FIG. 4 is a view in vertical cross section of parts of the clothes rack,
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary view in vertical cross section taken on the plane 55 represented in FIG. 4,
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary view in vertical cross section of parts of the clothes rack,
FIG. 7 is a view in horizontal cross section of the clothes rack taken on the plane 7-7 represented in FIG. 6, and
FIG. 8 is a view in horizontal cross section also taken through the plane 77 represented in FIG. 6, but with parts of the clothes rack oriented in a different position.
Description of the preferred embodiment The retractible clothes rack of the invention has a support tube 1 with brackets 2 and 3 suitable for mounting of the tube 1 on the body of a dryer, washing machine or similar device, the manner of attachment being illustrated in FIG. 1. The support tube 1 has a set of retaining openings 4 puncturing its circular cylindrical body near its lower end and another set of retaining openings 5 near its upper end, such openings 4 and 5 being most clearly shown in FIG. 2.
Received in the lower end of the support tube 1 is a resilient bearing member 6, which is most clearly shown in perspective in the exploded view of FIG. 2. The member 6 is normally assembled in the lower end of the support tube 1 in a fixed position, and for retaining the member 6 in such fixed position it is provided with a pair of rectangular bosses 7 that match the retaining openings 4. The bosses 7 protrude from a sleeve portion 8 of the bearing member 6 that is split into two segments 9 and 10. The number of segments is not critical, and they each integrally merge at one end with an annular collar portion 11 having an outer diameter that matches the diameter of the support tube 1, so that upon insertion of the bearing member 6 into the support tube 1 the collar portion 11 will abut the end of the tube.
It is preferable to form the resilient bearing member 6 of a moldable material such as a synthetic that has naturally resilient properties. Then, each segment 9, 10 of the sleeve portion 8 is resilient, so that it may be deflected radially inward as the bearing member 6 is inserted into the tube 1 to accommodate the bosses 7. The bosses 7 will snap into engagement with the retaining openings 4 as the bearing member 6 is moved into its fully inserted position. The material selected for the bearing member 6 should also provide a smooth bearing surface for the inner face 12 of the segments 9 and 10 of the sleeve portion 8. As is shown in the drawings, the outer face of the sleeve portion 8 snug-1y fits with and matches the inner surface of the support tube 1, so that the resilient bearing member 6 will positively seat within the tube 1 with a minimal play between parts. The resilient bearing member 6 also has a par of slots 13 that run the full length of the member 6, so as to pass through both the annular collar portion 11 and the sleeve portion 8. The purpose of the slots 13 will be discussed more fully hereinafter.
A second resilient bearing member 14 is received in the upper end of the support tube 1, and is shown in perspective in FIG. 2. The member 14 has an annular collar portion 15 that is of a diameter that presents a flange that abuts against the upper edge of the support tube 1 when the member 14 is in assembled position. Integral with the annular collar portion 15 is a sleeve portion 16 that is inserted in the tube 1 and which is split lengthwise into a pair of oppositely disposed segments 17 and 18 that are separated by V-shaped notches 19. The inner face 20 of the member 14 provides a smooth bearing surface, and the outer face 21 mates with the surface of the tube 1 to have a firm fit. The second resilient bearing member 14 may be formed of the same material as the bearing member 6, and similarly it is preferable to be of resilient nature so that the segments 17 and 18 can be deflected inwardly, whereby bosses 22 protruding from the outer faces of the segments 17 and 18 can snap into engagement with the retaining openings in the upper end of the support tube 1.
Extending through the support tube 1 and in bearing engagement with the inner faces 12 and 20 of the resilient bearing members 6 and 14 is a hollow rod 23. As shown in FIG. 1, the upper end of the rod 23 turns to the horizontal to form an arm 24 that can support clothes hangers, or other devices. The rod 23 can be raised and lowered in the support tube 1, and also rotated to lock the rod in its raised position.
For holding the rod 23 in raised position there is provided a plug 25, shown in perspective in the lower part of FIG. 2, that is inserted in the lower end of the rod 23. To hold the plug 25 in position it is provided with a forked upper end 26 having bosses 27 that fit within openings 28 in the rod 23. It is desirable that the forked upper end 26 be of resilient material, so that the bosses 27 will engage with the rod 23 similarly as the bosses 7 and 22 of the bearing members 6 and 14 fit within the tube openings 4 and 5. For this purpose the plug 25 is preferably formed of the same material as the bearing members 6 and 14.
The lower end of the plug 25 presents a flange portion 29 that will strike the collor portion 11 of the resilient bearing member 6 to limit the upward travel of the rod 23. Between the flange portion 29 and the forked upper portion 26 of the plug 25 is a center portion 30 that is of slightly larger diameter than the forked upper portion 26. The upper edge of the center portion 30 abuts the lower end of the rod 23. Immediately above the center portion 30 there protrudes from the forked upper portion 26 of the plug 25 a pair of diametrically opposite tongues 31 that are of a size and configuration to be received within the slots 13 of the bearing member 6. Directly beneath the tongues 31 are flats 32 on the center portion 30, and in alignment with the flats 32 and the tongues 31 are notches 33 in the flange portion 29. The purpose of the notches 33 and the flats 32 is to facilitate the construction of the dies from which the plug 25 is made, whereby the upstanding tongues 31 can be formed without resort to necessarily complex die and die insert configurations.
Upon assembly of the plug 25 into the hollow rod 23 the tongues 31 fit into notches 34 in the lower end of the rod 23. The finished appearance, as shown in FIG. 3, is that of the plug 25 forming a lower extension of the rod 23, with the surface of the center portion 30 forming a smooth continuation of the outer surface of the rod 23. From this smooth surface the tongues 31 protrude radially, so that upon an upward motion of the rod 23 the tongues 31 can enter the slots 13 of the resilient bearing member 6. As the rod is fully raised the outer surface of the center portion 30 of the plug 25 will fit snugly within the resilient bearing member 6, to have a fit between the parts that will minimize the play of the rod 23.
The rod 23 is locked in its raised position by rotating the rod after it has been raised sufliciently to have the tongues 31 pass entirely through the slots 13. Upon rotating the rod 23 the tongues 31 will overlay the sleeve portion 8 of the resilient bearing member 6, and will rest upon the upper edge of the segments 9 and 10 to prohibit descent of the rod 23. Preferably, the slots 13 and the tongues 31 are positioned so that the rod 23 must be turned into a position that the arm 24 clears the dryer body, to which the clothes rack is attached, before the tongues 31 can be lowered through the slots 13.
The parts described in the foregoing paragraphs are shown assembled in FIG. 4, and in FIG. 4 the rod 23 is in a lower position, so that the plug 25 is well beneath the support tube 1. FIG. 4 further shows that the plug 25 is hollow to facilitate the formation of the forked upper end 26, which must be resilient in order to easily snap the bosses 27 into mating engagement with the openings 28 in the lower end of the rod 23.
FIG. 5 also shows the rod 23 in a lower position, and in this figure the tongues 31 are in vertical alignment with the slots 13, so that the rod 23 may be raised to its upper position. FIG. 6 is a fragmentary cross section view showing the rod 23 in its upper position and with the rod having been turned to bring the tongues 31 over the upper edge of the resilient bearing member 6. The corresponding position as seen in a horizontal cross section view is shown in FIG. 7. FIG. 8 shows the relative position of the parts upon the rod 23 being rotated degrees from that shown in FIG. 7, so as to align the tongues 31 with the slots 13 preliminarily to lowering the rod 23 to its lower position. The purpose of lowering the rod 23 is to lower the arm 24 so that it may be placed out of the way to the side of the dryer body.
What is claimed is:
1. In a rack the combination comprising:
a hollow support tube with retaining openings at its upper and lower ends;
attachment means on said support tube for mounting the rack;
a first bearing member of resilient material at one end of said support tube having:
an annular collar portion that abuts the end of the tube,
a sleeve portion insertable into the tube, such sleeve portion being split lengthwise into at least two segments that are inwardly deflectable, each such segment providing an inner bearing face and an outer face matching the wall of said tube, and
said first bearing member having at least one lengthwise slot running its full length;
at least one boss on the outer face of said sleeve portion of said first bearing member that fits within a retaining opening at the associated end of said support tube upon insertion of the first bearing member into said support tube;
a second bearing member of resilient material at the opposite end of said support tube providing an inner bearing face;
a rod extending through said support tube that is in bearing engagement with said first and second hearing members for both rotation and longitudinal translation of the rod; and
a plug of resilient material insertable in the lower end of said rod having:
a lower flange portion,
a center portion of a length slightly greater than the length of said first bearing member with an upper edge that is adjacent the end of the rod,
a radially extending tongue that is received by and slidable through said slot of said first bearing member, said tongue overlaying the segments of the sleeve portion of said first bearing member upon lifting said rod to pass the tongue through the slot and then rotating the rod, thereby maintaining the rod in raised position, and
a forked portion above the center portion that 5 6 presents resilient segments that are inwardly detube upon insertion of the second bearing member into fiectable and which are inserted in said rod; and said support tube. at least one boss on the forked portion of said plug References Cited that snaps into a mating opening of said rod upon UNITED STATES PATENTS msertion of the forked portlon into the rod. 5 2. A rack as in claim .1, wherein said second bearing 11199'770 10/1916 Elpllmstone 248-161XR member has an annular collar portion that abuts the 1,873,326 8/1932 Reagan 28758 associated end of the tube and a sleeve portion insertable 119511754 3/1934 Gllbert 287 58 into the tube, such sleeve portion being split lengthwise 214551213 11/1948 Ben 211 103 into at least two segments that are inwardly deflectable, 10 2,483,396 10/1949 Benson 287 58 each such segment providing an inner bearing face and 21947556 8/1960 Wenger 248 161XR an outer face matching the wall of said tube; and wherein there is at least one boss on the outer face of said sleeve ROY D 'FRAZIER P 1mm y Examl'le" portion of said second bearing member that fits within a A. FRANKEL, Assistant Examiner. retaining opening at the associated end of said support 15