US 3682426 A
A wire hanger having spring biased members mountable to a peg board. Each member has a downwardly extending support rod and an upwardly extending rod parallel with the support rod and perpendicular to the end of the member. The end portions of the members extend outwardly cooperating with the support rods and upwardly extending rods to secure the hanger to the board. Various configurations for the hanging portion of the members are disclosed.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent [151 3,682,426
Owen [4 1 Aug. 8, 1972  PEG BOARD HANGER FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS or: James J. Ow n, 3107 Midvale 1,320,420 1 /1963 France ..248/DIG. 3 lndlanapollsylnd- 46222 892,834 3/1962 Great Britain .2] H59 22 F1 d: A ril9, 1971 l 1 l e p Primary Examiner-J. Franklin Foss 1 pp 132,658 Attorney-Woodard, Weikart, Emhardt & Naughton 52 US. Cl ..248/225, 211/88, 248/DIG. 3 ABSTRACT  Int. Cl. ..A47g 23/02 A wire han er havin s i biased members mounta 581 Field ofSearch...248/223, 224, 225, 220.5, 302, ble to a g beam 5,, ,f has a downwardly 248/303 3; 2l1/l06* 88 extending support rod and an upwardly extending rod parallel with the support rod and perpendicular to the  References cued end of the member. The end portions of the members UNITED STATES PATENTS extend outwardly cooperating with the support rods and upwardly extending rods to secure the hanger to 3,532,318 10/ 1970 Lloyd ..248/31 1 the board Various configurations for the hanging Pop 3,141,937 7/ 1964 Edward ..248/DIG. 3 tion of the members are disclosed 3,031,161 4/1962 I-Iawie ..248/DIG. 3 3,310,271 3/1967 King ..248/225 9 Clains, 8 Drawing Figures PATENTEDAU: 8 m2 3.682.426
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INVENTOR L/nmas J. Owe BY u/MMMM,M f'WzJ-M ATTORNEYS PEG BOARD HANGER BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention is in the field of hanging devices.
2. Description of the Prior Art Peg boards and wire hangers are well known. Three such devices are disclosed in the following US. Pat. Nos.: 3,031,161 issued to l-lawie; 3,241,799 issued to Terlinde; and, 3,339,871 issued to Larson. A similar hanger is disclosed in the US. Pat. No. 2,926,442 issued to Reimel.
Some of the prior art hangers are not particularly stable when force is applied to the outermost portion of the hanger with respect to the peg board. If the hanger is mounted to a single hole in the peg board, then the hanger will tend to rotate in the hole and will therefore be unstable. It is therefore desirable to have a hanger which is connected to at least two of the openings in the peg board. Suitable supporting flanges should be provided in the hanger adjacent to each peg board opening so as to properly support the hanger. The hanger should be inexpensive to produce and allow for quick and easy mounting to the peg board. The hanger disclosed herein is a spring biased wire having ends insertable through the peg board. All portions of the wire hanger are formed by bending including the support portions for increasing the stability of the hanger. The hanger disclosed herein is therefore less expensive to produce as compared with the prior hangers. In addition, the hanger provides more stability while still having a quick and easy mounting capability.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention is a hanger mountable to a peg board comprising: first and second members connected together and having ends spring biased apart, said members having downwardly extending support rods adjacent said ends and a hanger portion extending outwardly from said ends and above said support rods, said support rods abutting said board and supporting said hanger portion when said ends extend through said board. I
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved peg board hanger which is stable when mounted to a peg board.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a peg board hanger which is inexpensive to produce and which may be quickly and easily mounted to a peg board.
Related objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following description.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a front view of a hanger incorporating the present invention shown mounted to a portion of a panel.
FIG. 2 is a top view of the hanger of FIG. 1 with the panel shown in section to more clearly illustrate the mounting of the hanger.
FIG. 3 is a top view of a V-shaped hanger incorporating the present invention.
FIG. 4 is a top view of another V-shaped rod incorporating the present invention.
FIG. 5 is a view looking in the direction of arrows 5 5 of FIG. 4.
FIG. 6 is a top view of a U-shaped hanger incorporating the present invention.
FIG. 7 is a side view looking in the direction of arrows 7--7 of the hanger of FIG. 6.
FIG. 8 is a fragmentary front view of a panel having pegorations different from the perforations shown in F1 1.
DESCRIPTION or PREFERRED EMBODIMENT For the purposes of promoting an understanding of the principles of the invention, reference will now be made to the embodiment illustrated inthe drawing and specific language will be used to describe the same. It will nevertheless be understood that no limitation of the scope of the invention is thereby intended, such alterations and further modifications in the illustrated device, and such further applications of the principles of the invention as illustrated therein being contemplated as would normally occur to one skilled in the art to which the invention relates.
Referring now more particularly to FIG. 1, there is shown a portion of a peg panel 20 having a plurality of perforations 21 extending therethrough. The perforations are horizontally spaced apart a distance 22 with each perforation being circular in configuration. FIG. 2 shows panel 20 in section illustrating the mounting of a hanger 30 to the panel.
Hanger 30 is produced from wire and is formed by bending. The hanger has a pair of members or portions 31 and 32 integrally joined together with the ends 33 and 34 projecting through holes 21. Ends 33 and 34 are spring biased apart a distance greater than the distance 22. Thus, members 31 and 32 may be squeezed partially together so as to allow insertion of the ends into the panel. The members may then be released so that ends 33 and 34 are forced against surfaces 28 of holes 21. The tip portions 42 and 43 of ends 33 and 34 extend outwardly in opposite directions contacting the rear surface 26 of the panel. Ends 33 and 34 extend through the front surface 27 of the panel and are integrally connected to downwardly extending support rods 37 and 38 which abut against surface 27. Each support-rod extends outwardly and then inwardly along surface 27 forming generally closed circles 47 and being integrally attached to upwardly extending rods 40 and 41 which also contact surface 27. The upwardly extending rods 40 and 41 are in the same plane as support rods 37 and 38 and are perpendicular to horizontal ends 33 and 34. It is to be noted that support rods 37 and 38 are adjacent ends 33 and 34 and are positioned between the ends and the upwardly extending rods 40 and 41.
Members 31 and 32 form a hanger portion 49 which may be circular as shown in FIG. 2, V-shaped as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 .or U-shaped as shown in FIG. 6. Of course, hanger portion 49 may be configured in a variety of different shapes. The outwardly turned tip portions 42 and 43 cooperate with support rods 37 and 38 to stabilize the hanger when downward force is applied to hanger portion 49. The tip portions are generally parallel with and spaced apart from the support rods a distance approximately equal to the thickness of panel 20. In addition, rods 40 and 41 converge from support rods 37 and 38 to hanger portion 49 contacting surface 27 thereby providing further stability to the hanger. It is to be noted that the distance 44 (FIG. 6) between the ends when unbiased is greater than the horizontal distance 22 between the panel perforations. Thus, the hanger may be squeezed and then the ends may be inserted into the panel perforations. The distance 22 between the perforations may be varied greatly as long as it is smaller than distance 44. Thus, the hanger disclosed herein may be mounted to a variety of panels having difierent spacings between the perforations.
As previously mentioned, hanger portion 49 may be configured in various shapes depending upon the application. The hanger of FIG. 2 shows a generally circular hanger portion which may be used as a guide for encircling a bottle or container which is resting atop a second hanger such as the hanger shown in FIG. 3. The hanger of FIG. 2 may be also utilized to hold the handle of a screwdriver or other similar tool. The hangers of FIGS. 3 through 7 are identical to the hanger described and shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 with the exception of the configuration of hanger portion 49.. The hanger shown in FIG. 3 has a generally V-shaped hanger portion 49 with members 31 and 32 being spaced apart at all times but converging along the length of the hanger portion and being integrally connected together at the outermost point of the hanger portion. The hanger of FIG. 4 has converging members 31 and 32 which touch at a location 51 approximately one-third to one-half the length of the portion extending outwardly away from the panel. FIG. 5 illustrates a side view of the hanger of FIG. 4 and illustrates that the hanger portion 49 has a generally horizontal section 53 and an upward turned section 52 which is configured as a hook for receiving an object such as a coat. The hanger shown in FIGS. 6 and 7 has a generally U-shaped hanger portion 49 which has a horizontal section 54 extending a short distance away from the panel being joined to a downwardly and upwardly extending section 55 configured as a book. The hanger of FIGS. 6 and 7 may thus be utilized to hang an object, for example, which has a closed rope handle.
FIG. 8 shows a portion of a panel having perforations different from the perforations shown in FIG. 1. Each perforation has a horizontal slot 23 with a circular opening 24 bisecting the slot. The hangers previously described and illustrated may also be mounted to a panel such as is shown in FIG. 8 as well as panels having a variety of different sized and configured holes. The hangers being made from wire may be bent and reconfigured thereby allowing for the adjustment of the spring force.
While the invention has been illustrated and described in detail in the drawing and foregoing description, the same is to be considered as illustrative and not restrictive in character, it being understood that only the preferred embodiment has been shown and described and that all changes and modifications that come within the spirit of the invention are desired to be protected.
The invention claimed is:
l. A hanger mountable to a peg board comprising:
first and second members connected together and having ends spring biased apart, said members having downwardly extending support rods adiitffwrfiif iflo ie iifi 'iiiiii' 532% 5%.??? direction away from said ends, said support rods abutting said board and supporting said hanger portion when said ends extend through said board said members having upwardly extending rods adjacent and perpendicular to said ends and parallel with said support rods,
said ends having outwardly turned tip portions and said tip portions and said support rods being spaced apart a distance approximately equal to the board thickness and cooperatively securing the hanger to said board.
2. A hanger of claim 1 wherein said hanger portion extends horizontally from said upwardly extending rods and thence downwardly and thence horizontally.
3. The hanger of claim 3 wherein:
said support rods are each configured in a general closed circle and are positioned between said ends and said upwardly extending rods which converge toward said hanger portion.
4. The hanger of claim 1 wherein said hanger portion forms a circular guide.
5. The hanger of claim I wherein said first and second member are spaced apart and converge at the outermost segment of said hanger portion.
6. The hanger of claim 1 wherein:
said first and second members converge in a generally V-shaped configuration, said first and second member are in contact fromthe outermost end of said hanger portion to a point approximately located midway to said board, and said first and second members extend outwardly away from said board andupwardly into a hook configuration.
7. The hanger of claim 3 wherein:
said hanger portion extends horizontally from said ends and then downwardly and upwardly in a hook configuration.
8. The hanger of claim 3 in combination with a peg board wall panel having a pair of perforations spaced apart a distance less then the distance between said ends in the unbiased position, said panel having a rear surface contacting said tip portion and a front surface contacting said support rods and upwardly extending rods.
9. The hanger combination of claim 9 wherein:
said perforations each have a horizontal slot with a circular opening bisecting said slot; and,
said hanger is a single formed wire.