US 399898 A
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iinirign. Srarns vliter-univr @trice SAMUEL GEORGE UOSACK, OF ANN ARlOR, MICHIGAN.
SPECFCATON forming part of Letters Patent No. 399,898, dated March 19, 1889.
,To @ZZ whom it may concern,-
Be it known that LSAMUEL GEORGE HO- sACK, a citizen of the United States, residing at Ann Arbor, in the county of Tashtenaw and State ot Michigan, have invented new and useful Improvements in SidingeGages, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to improvements in sidinggages, having for its object to provide a simple, cheap, and easily-operated device which may be quickly and safely secured to the side oli' the building without the use of a hammer or other tool, thereby oconomizing the time of the operator.
Th e invent-ion consists in a certain novel construction and combination of devices, fully set forth hereinafter in connection with the accompanying' drawing, wherein the iigure is a side view, partly in section, of the same applied in the operative position to the siding.
Iwe'ferring to the drawing, A designates a transverse bar, which is provided with a longitudinal slot, B, extending inward from its outer end, and C represents a spring-rod comprisin g the short vertical arm D, affixed rigidly at its upper end to the inner end of the bar A, the long vertical arm E extending through the slot 'B in the transverse bar, and the spring-coil F connecting the lower ends oi' the said arms and normally pressing the upper end of the longer or movable arm outward. The arms D and E are preferablyY formed inte gral with the opposite ends of the sp1-in g-coil, as shown clearly in the drawing. A small iiat spur, G, is arranged flush with the inner end of the transverse bar,which is inclined or beveled slightly to bear flat against the `face otl the siding. The siding is inclined outward slightly at its lower edge, and the said spur is adapted to be introduced between the lower edge of the last-nailed beard and the face of the board justbelow, as shown in the drawing.
H represents an adjustable linger, which slides vertically on the arm E, and is adapted to be secured at the desired point by the thumb-screw Lwhich impingcs at its inner en d against the said arm, and the inner end of this finger is sharpened to a point to enable it to engage readilyin the last-nailed siding board. A cam-le ver, K, is mounted on a transf, milieu filed June 21, 1888. Serial No. 277,726. (No model.)
verse pivot, 7s, in the outer end of the slot B and is adapted to impinge against the outer side of the movable springactuated arm E, whereby when the outer or free end of the lever is drawn down the cam k on the inner end of the lever forces the arm inward and causes the finger H to engage in the surface of the siding.
rlhe operation of the improved gage will new be clearly understood. The distance between the upper side of the adjustable finger and the upper side of the transverse bar A regulates the weather or exposed surface of the siding, and having adj usted the finger to show the desired weather the spur G is introduced by a pressure of the hand under the lower edge of the last-nailed siding-board, (the camlever being previously arranged in the raised position, as shown in dotted lines in the drawing,) and then the lever is drawn down, thereby causing the pointed end of the iinger to penetrate into the surface of the last-nailed siding-board- The next siding-board is now rested on the upper side of the iinger and nailed in the ordinary manner.
it will be seen that the gage is secured lirmly in place simply by the engagement of the spur and the downward motion of the cam-lever without the use of a hammer or other Vparate tool, and when the cam-lever is raised the spring at the lower end of the movable arm draws the point of the finger out of the siding-board, thus enabling this tool to be very rapidly operated.
Having described my inventioml claiml.. In a siding-gage, the combination of the slotted ba-r A, having an inclined or beveled inner end and provided with the spur iiush with the said inner end, the sprii'ig-actuated arm passing upward through the slot in the said bar and provided with a pointed finger, and the cam-lever mounted in the slot and adapted to bear against the said arm, substantially as speciiied.
2. In a siding-gage, the combination, with the transverse barA, having a slot, B, therein, and provided with a spur, G, of the movable arm E, passing through the slot B and provided at its lower end with a spring-coil, F, connected to the under side of the transverse IOO bar, the adjustable nger arranged on the said arm, and the cam-lever mounted in the slot B and bearing against the arm, substantially as specified.
3. The herein-described siding-gage, oomprisingl the transverse slotted bar A, having an inclined or beveledinner end and provided with the iiat spur G, iiush with the said end, the spring-rod C, provided with the short depending arm D, affixed at its upper end to the inner end of the bar A, the movable arm E, passing upward through the slot in the bar A, and the spring-coil F, connecting thelower ends of the arms D E and serving to press the movable arm outward, the adjustable inger H, mounted on the movable arm and provided with a thu1nb-so`r`ew to clamp it in the desired osition, the inner end of the said finger be ng pointed to engage the siding, and the Cam-lever mounted on a transverse pivot in the outer end of the slot in the bar A and adapted to bear against the movable arm E to force it inward against the strength of the spring-coil and engage the inner end of the iinger in the siding, substantially as specified. In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signature in presence of two witnesses.
SAMUEL GEORGE HOSACK. Witnesses:
O. L. MATTHEWS, JENNIE RUSSELL.