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Publication numberUS774114 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 1, 1904
Filing dateDec 11, 1903
Priority dateDec 11, 1903
Publication numberUS 774114 A, US 774114A, US-A-774114, US774114 A, US774114A
InventorsWilliam Spear
Original AssigneeWilliam Spear
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Weather-boarding apparatus.
US 774114 A
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No. 774,114. PATENTED Nov. 1, 1904. W. SPEAR;




Patented November 1, 1904.




SPEGIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 774,114, dated November 1, 1904.

Application filed December l1, 1903. Serial No. 184,796. (No model.)

T0 @ZZ whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, l/VILLIAM SPEAR, a citi- Zen of the United States, residing at Tyler, in the county of Smith and State of Texas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Teather-Boarding Apparatus; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description ofthe invention, such as will enable others skilledV in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to improvements in weather-boarding apparatus; and the object of the invention is the provision of an implement or device by which weather-boards may be properly spaced and held in position when applied to the walls of a building, the apparatus being also designed to properly mark the ends of the boards so that they may be accurately cut to fit the space for which they are intended.

It consists in an apparatus comprising' a bracket, means for supporting the same from a building structure, and an adjustable spacing-bar carried thereby.

It also consists in a weather-boarding apparatus comprising a bracket forA supporting a weather-board, the said bracket also forming means for marking the point at which the board should be cut.

The invention further consists in certain other novel constructions, combinations, and arrangements of parts, as will be hereinafter fully described and claimed.

In the accompanying' drawings, Figure l illustrates in perspective a portion ofthe Wall of a building, showing the weather-boarding apparatus in position for supporting one of the weather-boards. Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view through a portion of the weatherboard-supporting bracket, a portion thereof being shown in edge elevation.

In providing an apparatus for assisting in the spacing' of clapboards or Weather-boards upon the sides of a frame building it is desirable not only to be able to evenly space the boards with respect to each other, but to so mark them at the ends that they may be sawed or cut the eXact lengths for properly fitting the place for which they are intended.

' otally secured a hinged member l The apparatus forming the subject-matter of the present invention provides a simple and effective means for accomplishing these purposes.

In the drawings I have illustrated a practical embodiment of the invention, the apparatus consisting, preferably, of an end bracket or tool l and an intermediate bracket or tool 2. The end tool is made up of a bracket proper, 3, having offset end portions 4 and 5. The upper offset portion 4 is also provided with a suspending projection 6, to which is piv- The outer free end of the hinged member 7 is supplied with asharp-pointed projection or pin 8, which may be driven into the studding or other portion of the frame of a building. The space between the upper and lower offset portions 4 and 5, respectively, is designed to receive and support in positionV the clapboard which is to be cut and put into place. The tool is also provided with a spacing-bar 9, having its outer end bent inwardly at an incline to form a supporting-point 10. This point may be tapered and sharpened, if desired, so that it can be driven into the wall of a building. The upper end of the spacing-bar 9 is provided with an elongated slot l1, which is engaged by a thumb nut or screw 12. The shank of the said screw passes through the slot and engages a threaded aperture 13, formed in the bracket 3. The upper end of the spacing-bar also carries an inwardly-projecting pin or detent 14, which is adapted to engage any one of a series of apertures or holes 15, formed inthe said bracket 3. The provision of the spacing-bar 9 with the said pin 14 makes it possible lto secure a positive adjustment of the said spacing-bar. The adjustment of the said bar 9 is eifected by loosening the screw 12 until the pin 14 can be removed from the aperture in Which it is located, and the bar may then be moved in and out to secure the proper spacing width for the edges of the siding or clap boards. When the proper distance is secured between the lower supporting-offset 5 of the bracket 3 and the inturned end 10 of the bar 9, the pin 14 is inserted in the aperture l5, which it may be opposite, and the which was putin place, andthe point 8 ot' the f hinged member 7 is driven into the studding,

ing-frame which is most convenient. clapboard, which is to be next applied, is inserted in the space between the offsets L1 and 5 and rests upon the lower offset 5, as illustrated in Figs. 1 and Q. It' the clapboard is of a proper length, it is merely nailed in place in the usual manner. If the clapboard is to be cut to tit against the corner-strip of the building or against the jamb oi a door or the frame of a window, the bracketB is so placed that one edge rests snugly against the last corner-strip or jamb or frame, as the case may be, and by means of a knife, as 16, pencil, o1' any other marking-tool a mark is made upon the clapboard, the end ot' which is allowed to project through the bracket 8, as shown in Fig'. 1. By marking along' the outer edge ot' the bracket 3 the mark will be located so as to indicate the exact position for the cut which is to make the clapboard of the proper length. The board may then be drawn out a suilicient distance to saw off the end, after which it is replaced in the bracket 3 and secured in place. The bracket is then moved upwardly, the point 10 being' placed beneath the clapboard just secured, and the operation is completed for the next clapboard above. By having' offset portions at both ends of the bracket 3 it can be always brought into exact alinemcnt with the edge ot' the corner-strip, jamb, or window-frame, and the mark made along the edge o1 said bracket will always exactly register with the edge of the strip or frame against which the end of the board is put.

The hinged member 7 is pivoted to the upper end ot' the bracket 3, as shown at 17, so

that the said member ma f be turned to one side or the other, where it is not convenient to secure the same to the studding of a building. In this mannerv the hinged support may be fastened to the corner-strip to one side of the bracket orto the iframe of a door or window, and the bracket can then be used as just described.

For convenience and for the purpose of always keeping a marking implement at hand I place an eye or loop 1S upon the face of the bracket 3, into which the knife or other marking-tool may be thrust after each mark is made. In this manner the marking implement is not likely to be lost and is always in convenient position for use.

rIhe bracket just described may be used at the free end of a clapboard, or two workmen can employ two of said brackets at the same time, so as to readily fit and secure in place the siding or clapboards of a building. The implement can also be employed to support the ends of clapboards which meet at intermediate points upon the side of a wall; but I usually employ for this purpose a smaller implement, as shown at 2, which consists of a bracket 19, having an offset at its lower end corner-strips, or other portion ot' the build- The `with the end tool 1.

to support the adjacent or meeting ends 2O and 21 of clapboards which are fitted together at intermediate points. The bracket 19 is also lprovided with a spacing-bar, as 22, having' a securing-point Q3 at its lower end which is driven into the second clapboard below the one, being supported. This spacing-bar 22 is formed with a slot 24, which is engaged by a thumb screw 25. The said screw passes through the slot and engages the bracket 19. The spacing-bar 22 may or may not be provided with a pin similar to the pin 141, above described. By adjusting the spacing-bar 2Q with respect to the bracket 19, so that the same distance will be secured between the clapboards at the center as at the ends thereot', the said tool 2 can be used in conjunction The upper end of thc bracket 19 prevents the clapboards from slipping from the offset portion of said bracket, as will be seen by reference to Fig. 1.

In using the bracket 1 the point 10 of the spacing-bar 9 may or may not be driven into the lower clapboard, as may be found most desirable.

It will be evident that the implement may be used for spacing various kinds of building materials with respect to each other.

r1`he device is simple in construction and can be readily putin position and used for litting and applying clapboards to the sides of structures.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

1. A weather-boarding' apparatus comprising' a bracket having an inwardly-extending projection forming a board-support, a jointed suspending member one portion of which is pivoted to the bracket while the other portion is formed with a supporting-point, and an adjustable gage projecting' below the bracket for regulating the distance between clapboards.

2. A Weather-boarding' apparatus comprising a bracket formed of a single piece of fiat metal bent inwardly at each end for forming a board-receiving space, a suspending member secured to the upper end of the bracket and extending' above the same, and a gage adjustably secured to the lower end of the bracket.

3. A weather-boarding apparatus comprising a bracket formed of a single piece of lat metal, the lower end of said bracket being turned inwardly to form a board-support, the said bracket being also provided with a series of apertures formed therein,suspending means IOO IIO

secured to one end of the bracket, and a gage mechanism secured to the other end of the bracket, the said gage mechanism having a projection adapted to engage the apertures in the said bracket for holding' it in different positions in relation thereto.

A spacing and marking implement for weather-boarding, comprising a body portion having an inwardly-turned end portion for supporting a board, a suspending hinged member movably secured to the other end of the bracket, the bracket being provided with a series of apertures near its lower end. a gage-board formed with an elongated slot and having a projecting pin for engaging the apertures in the bracket, and means for clamping the gage to the bracket for holding' it in its adjusted position, the said bracket having a straight side for facilitating the marking of the clapboards. y

5. A weather-boarding apparatus comprising a body portion or bracket formed of a single piece of flat metal bent inwardly at its ends to form aboard-receiving space, a hinged or jointed suspending member pivoted to the upper end of the bracket at one end, the other end of said hinged member being provided with a supporting-pin, a gage adjustably secured to the lower en'd of the bracket, the said gage being also formed of Hat metal, the said gage being' formed with an elongated slot, and a clamp-screw carried by the said bracket and engaging the said elongated slot for adjustably holding the gage in different relations to the bracket.

supporting member pivotally secured to the upper end of the bracket, the hinged movement of the member being arranged to secure movement in a plane at right angles to the pivoted action of the said member.

8. A weather-boarding apparatus comprising a bracket formed of a single piece of flat metal offset at each end, one end forming a clapboard-support while the other end forms a suspending means for the bracket, a suspending member pivoted to the upper end of the said bracket, the said suspending member being centrally hinged for giving the bracket a movement at right angles to the movement secured by its pivotal engagement with the said suspending member.

In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.



GEORGE W. CRoss, I. N. CRoss.

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Cooperative ClassificationB25H7/04