With Cord Retainer Patents (Class 248/493)
  • Patent number: 11076711
    Abstract: A self-locking device having a locking mechanism is configured to lock an object. A mounting bracket contrivance includes a guide track implement for engaging the locking mechanism. A notch implement is configured to allow said locking mechanism to rotate out into an open position and a back stop is configured to hold the locking mechanism within the notch implement in an open position. A is configured to inhibit the locking portion from escaping the guide track implement. A base plate tool is used to mount the mounting bracket contrivance to a mounting surface and elevated the mounting bracket contrivance off the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Ryan Richman
  • Patent number: 11013350
    Abstract: A wall-hanging anchor has a plurality of mounting holes located at respective peripheral ends of a main body, and has a pluralities of mounts including a sawtooth mount defined in part by adjacent first ends of the front side and the back side, the adjacent first ends being separated by a sawtooth open space configured to receive a sawtooth article. A rope mount is defined in part by adjacent second ends of the front side and the back side, the adjacent second ends being positioned symmetrical to the adjacent first ends relative to a central axis of the main body. A key-hole and D/V-ring swivel mount is defined in part by a movable peg inserted through a central hole located at the central axis of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: VKRUPA PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Govind Deshmukh, Jeetendra Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 10743684
    Abstract: An adjustable mechanical assembly system is disclosed. In some examples, the frame assembly system comprises a plurality of joining pieces having a plurality of openings in each joining piece, each of the plurality of openings having a first cross-sectional shape and framing pieces having a second cross-sectional shape, different from the first cross-sectional shape, wherein the first cross-sectional shape can be formed by an arrangement of two or more of the framing pieces, a first one of the two or more framing pieces positioned approximately perpendicular to at least a second one of the two or more framing pieces in the arrangement. In some examples, four joining pieces form four corners of a rectangular frame, and at least eight framing pieces form four sides of the rectangular frame. In some examples, the joining piece can further comprise a protruding member extending from the joining piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Lokendra Kumar
  • Patent number: 10674843
    Abstract: A wall hanger for hanging an object on a wall via a wire includes a wall mounting member having a planar rear portion for mounting to the wall, a front portion spaced apart from the rear and bottom portions. The rear, bottom and front portions define a horizontal ledge with a first keying arrangement that is accessible from above the wall mounting member. A wire retention member has lower and upper shells connected by a hinge to open and close the lower and upper shells, and receive the wire. The lower and upper shells have peripheral edges with a second keying arrangement corresponding with the first keying arrangement. The first and second keying arrangements are configured to engage with each other when the wire retention member is in its closed position. A plurality of locking members engages and locks the wire retention member in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Brian Kaffee
  • Patent number: 10228088
    Abstract: A support frame and a display assembly are provided in the present disclosure. The support frame includes a connection frame, a first support plate at a top of the connection frame, and a second support plate and a third support plate respectively at two branches at a bottom of the connection frame. When the display device is on a support plane, the first support plate is connected to a bottom plate of the display device, and the second and the third support plates are connected to the support plane. When the display device is suspended on a suspension wall, the second and the third support plates are connected to a back plate of the display device, and the first support plate is connected to the suspension wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongda Ma, Jianbo Xian, Yuxin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140183325
    Abstract: A picture-hanging device for hanging an object such as a picture or mirror that allows a picture to be adjusted vertically after securing the picture-hanging device to a wall. The device has an elongated adjustment member, an adjustable locking head that slideably engages with the elongated adjustment member, and a cable secured to either the elongated adjustment member or the adjustable locking head. The cable secures the picture to a picture-hanging device, and the height of the picture can be adjusted relative to the position of the picture-hanging device even after the picture-hanging device has been secured to a wall. This adjustable picture-hanging device allows the user to fine tune the placement of a picture without having worry about the precise placement of the picture-hanging device, or studs in a wall. The device also prevents unnecessarily drilling new holes in a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Morris Azad
  • Patent number: 8695936
    Abstract: A supporting device to a display apparatus to prevent a wire from separating from a wire hanger. The supporting device to fix the display apparatus to a wall includes a wire part coupled to the display apparatus, a wire hanger mounted to the wall, the wire hanger to hang the wire part on the wall, and a separation protector provided at the wire hanger, the separation protector serving to prevent the wire part from separating from the wire hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoo Park, Boo Keun Yoon, Sang Hak Kim, Jin Sung Kim, Woo Sung In
  • Publication number: 20130068913
    Abstract: A flat panel display mounting system and method for hanging a display on a wall or the like. The mounting system employs at least two outrigger spindles attached to the back of a display and by flexible wire to a central core element which is removably and slideably attached to a wall. The wire passes from the spindles to the core where it is tensioned within a one way sliding lock using a wedge element which traps the wire between the wedge and a housing Another embodiment includes additional spindles with a kick stand to tilt the panel away from the wall for connection access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Premier Mounts
    Inventor: Michael F. Bouissiere
  • Patent number: 8297571
    Abstract: A display hanging structure hangs a display on the wall. The display has a rear portion, and the display hanging structure includes at least two hangers, a shaft and at least one fixing block. The hangers are disposed at the rear portion, and each hanger has a hole disposed at an identical altitude comparative to the other hole. The shaft is axial shaped and is disposed in the holes. The fixing block is disposed on the wall and contains a slot for receiving the shaft. Whereby, the display may be firmly stuck on the wall by placing the shaft in the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Top Victory Investments Ltd.
    Inventor: Embay Xue
  • Patent number: 8282062
    Abstract: A tilting device is disclosed. The tilting device may include: an arm, on which a tilt-shaft is formed; a tilt-base coupled to the tilt-shaft in a manner that allows tilting; a pulley rotatably coupled to the tilt-base; a wire, which is wound around the pulley, and of which either end is coupled to either side of the arm on opposite sides of the tilt-shaft; and a driving unit, which drives the pulley. An embodiment of the invention enables tilting operations using a smaller driving device, and also allows manual operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sentronix Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Woo Jun, Han-Jin Park, Tae-Ho Yun, Dong-Su Moon, Kyung-Su Park, Jung-Kyu Yim, Dong-Won Choi
  • Patent number: 7891616
    Abstract: An assembly for securing an article with a support member affixed or integral thereto to a mounting surface. The assembly includes first and second members having means for detachably coupling together the first and second members through magnetic field interaction therebetween. The ffirst member includes means for detachably coupling to the support member of the article. The second member includes means for securing to the mounting surface, and a hook portion that receives the support member of the article. During use, the first member is coupled to the support member of the article, and the second member is secured to the mounting surface at a desired position. The first and second members are guided and coupled together by magnetic field interaction therebetween. The support member is then decoupled from the first member and moved such that it engages and is supported by the hook portion of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Room-D Products LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Pinchuk, Leonard Pinchuk
  • Patent number: 7883069
    Abstract: A lifting device used to fix the display apparatus to a wall. The display apparatus can be formed in a rear surface thereof with a plurality of holes. The lifting device includes a wire having both ends coupled to any one pair of holes of the plurality of holes, and a wire hanger fixed to the wall and used to hang the wire on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Jae Hoo Park, Boo Keun Yoon, Sang Hak Kim, Gi Hyun Tae, Bong Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 7657976
    Abstract: A hanger allows a height position of an object to adjusted easily after the object is hung when hanging the object using wire rope. The hanger includes wire rope inserted through a lock case and has a wire grip mechanism and a hook, wherein a height position of the lock case with respect to the wire rope can be adjusted after the object is hung on the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Takiya Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Nobuo Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20090278018
    Abstract: A lifting device of a display apparatus to allow for an upward/downward movement of the display apparatus and to improve a utility in installation space. The lifting device includes at least one wire coupled to the display apparatus, a lifting unit connected to the wire to move the display apparatus in a first direction or a second direction using a first force acting on the display apparatus. The lifting unit includes a position retainer to apply a second force counter to a weight of the display apparatus in order to maintain the display apparatus at a position, if the first force is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoo PARK, Boo Keun Yoon
  • Patent number: 7607631
    Abstract: A frame leveler is disclosed that automatically levels picture frames, and mirror frames. A pivotable, weighted bob is used as a gravity reference to control a lock that unlocks the extension of a cable on the side of a frame that is tilted up with respect to the other side, when the frame is not level. The extensible cable is let out until the frame is once again level, at which point the extensible cable is locked and prevented from extending further. When the frame side is tilted down with respect to the other side, or the frame is level, the extensible cable is locked and prevented from extending on that side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Arnold L. Newman
  • Patent number: 7513477
    Abstract: A device for hanging an object on a surface. The device includes a body portion, a channel, a locking member and an attachment member. The channel passes through the body portion and is configured to receive an elongated connecting member. The locking member protrudes into the channel and is configured to releasably engage the elongated connecting member and prevent the elongated connecting member from passing through the channel when engaged. The attachment member is connected to the body portion and is configured to attach the body portion to the object to be hung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Todd Lampert
  • Patent number: 7373750
    Abstract: A convenient frame has a stand the use of which can be selected between use in a state that the frame is hung on a wall and use in a state that the frame is stood on a table surface for displaying pictures, photos, diplomas, certificates and the like. A folding stand is formed by a turning base plate and a ground seat pivotally joined to the turning base plate via an opening and closing hinge positioned on a straight line parallel to one side of a rectangular frame main body so that the ground seat can be freely operated to open and close to stand up and down to the turning base plate, and the stand is shaped into a size the whole of which is hidden behind the frame main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Michio Kohama
  • Patent number: 7222833
    Abstract: The hanger of present invention comprises of an integral hook and anchor sections in the upper and lower parts of hanger respectively. The hook section forms an U-hook for suspending and retaining the hanging wire of a picture frame. The anchor section guides a fastener such as a nail to drive through the anchor section and into the wall in inclined position. The hanger of present invention allows the hanging wire of the picture frame to directly engage into the U-hook without interference when a person holds the picture frame against the wall, and slides the picture frame downward to approach the hanger from the top of hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: David Yang
  • Patent number: 7025320
    Abstract: A wall article hanger and method of hanging a wall article that uses a d-ring assembly comprises providing a prong-containing hanger device that attaches to the d-ring assembly and remains in a relatively vertical position after being attached. With the hanger device in place, the prongs are angled towards the wall surface that the wall article is to be hung on. The wall article can then be pushed toward the wall, such that the prongs penetrate the wall and support the wall article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Renny Barnes
  • Patent number: 6966534
    Abstract: A wire system for use with picture frames and other items to be hung from or mounted to a vertical support. The wire system includes a base that includes a plurality of openings and rotatable levers that include respective internal passageways. Wire is installed through the various openings and the internal passageways of the levers in a manner where rotation of the levers causes the wire to be bent at various locations. With the wires appropriately bent, the wire is secured within the wire system. To adjust the wire, the levers are rotated to their respective open positions to unbend the wire thus allowing it to be freely movable within the wire system. Generally, the wire system is for use on the back of picture frames and other items to be hung from a wall, where the wire system enables a user to easily tighten or loosen the wire in a simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventors: Peter Kamenstein, Joseph P. Opramolla, Robert Howitt
  • Patent number: 6832446
    Abstract: Pictures and picture backs are improved with the use of an easel back that is fashioned to be a double hook for hanging the picture on a wall. The double loop hanging system described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,405,466 is improved with the use of this device. The easel flap supports the picture on a surface and allows for the fastening of the picture onto the surface. When it is removed from the picture the easel flap provides a side adjusting means for hanging a picture level on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Robert J. Lemire
  • Patent number: 6820853
    Abstract: A wall hanging device that allows multiple arrangements of displayed items with a single mounting structure reduces damage to the wall while allowing great versatility in the display. The device includes a mounting base that is fixably mounted to a wall or other supportive surface. The mounting base includes a plurality of substantially parallel support pins. At least one hanger cord with one end that is used to attach to a display item, such as a photograph, and the other end received by a support pin. The display item can hang directly under the end that is received by a support pin or be supported by one or more support pills with the end of the hanger cord being received by an adjacent support pin. The combination of multiple horizontal placement of the cord provides a wide variation of horizontal positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Suzanne DuBarry
  • Patent number: 6715720
    Abstract: A U-shaped fixture for supporting a wire hanger has an arm portion that is sufficiently narrow to render it preferentially collapsible under nail-driving force, thereby to maintain the open condition of its arcuate back portion. The reduced dimensions of the arm portion, and/or of a transition portion between the arm portion and the back portion, also contribute to the free multidirectional swiveling of an attached hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Taco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold H. Finn
  • Publication number: 20040051022
    Abstract: A picture hanger has a metal base from which is stamped a tongue for receiving a wire of a picture frame hung on a wall. The tongue has a convex shape with respect to a front face of the base and a ledge thereof on which the wire rests bears against a protrusion extending from the base front face. The tongue has bends with progressively increasing angles as it extends away from the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Applicant: Micasa Trading Corporation d/b/a Impex Systems Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David Weck, Erwin M. Frey
  • Patent number: 6651948
    Abstract: System for hanging picture frames and other essentially panel-shaped articles. The hanging system has at least one hanger which is attachable to a picture frame and on which a support element is detachably mountable and which is able to project beyond the picture frame to which the hanger is attached in use. The hanger has at least one holding mechanism for a hanging cord by which the picture frame can be hung on the hanging cord. The holding mechanism has a clamping device which is connected to the hanger and by which the hanging cord is fixedly securable to the hanger by clamping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Hasenkamp Internationale Transporte GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Szarata
  • Patent number: 6641107
    Abstract: A device for hanging an object from a wall is disclosed. The device comprises a push plate, a lance, and a hanger. The push plate includes a front push plate surface and a back push plate surface opposing the front push plate surface. The lance extends from the front push plate surface and has a barb, which defines a barb surface, adjacent a distal end. The hanger extends from the front push plate surface. Also, the hanger is capable of receiving the object and biasing the barb surface against the wall when the object is received. At least one of the push plate and the hanger are capable of receiving a rotational force such that the hanger is positioned to receive the object. The device is capable of digital insertion into the wall. Therefore, the device can be employed to hang the object without the use of a mechanical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Peter G. Janssen
  • Patent number: 6508450
    Abstract: The hanging device accommodates transport and hanging requirements for an item such as a work of art. In both instances, the item is cushioned from rigors of motion, and both wire hung and nonwire hung articles are accommodated. When no wire is used, the device also accommodates will hanging of the item through use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: George Shandor Hayde
  • Publication number: 20020125398
    Abstract: This invention deals with a system of hanging pictures onto a wall with a number of interconnected cord loops. The loops go over supports affixed to a wall and hold the picture in a stable and level position. The interconnection of the loops provides precise leveling. The system also allows for the hanging of pictures from the bottom of the frame. The forces on the corner fasteners are removed by this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Lemire
  • Patent number: 6431508
    Abstract: An interface system supports a load from a surface. A disc-shaped base member is adapted to be secured to a supporting surface. A flexible member has one portion secured to the base member and another portion extends from the base member in a flexible loop to attach and support a tensile load. A cavity in the base member faces an inner surface thereof and contains an adhesive to secure the one portion of the flexible member, and an opening in the center of the base member extends from the cavity to the outer surface to pass the load-bearing flexible loop from the center of the base member and provide a flexible attachment for the tensile load in the center of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Billy F. Courson, Ray S. Baggett
  • Publication number: 20020092959
    Abstract: System for hanging picture frames and other essentially panel-shaped articles. The hanging system has at least one hanger which is attachable to a picture frame and on which a support element is detachably mountable and which is able to project beyond the picture frame to which the hanger is attached in use. The hanger has at least one holding mechanism for a hanging cord by which the picture frame can be hung on the hanging cord. The holding mechanism has a clamping device which is connected to the hanger and by which the hanging cord is fixedly securable to the hanger by clamping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Applicant: Hasenkamp Internationale Transporte GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventor: Matthias Szarata
  • Patent number: 6405466
    Abstract: Pictures and picture backs that provide a self-leveling picture support for a stable wall hanging. The back is designed for the easy removal of an easel flap and its holder. The back also has a series of holes for a cord to be looped through so that two loops can be used when hanging the picture on a wall. The cord is able to slide and allow the picture to be hung perfectly level. The easel flap is designed to be a template for the screws in the wall. This allows the screws to be installed at the proper location on the wall. The cord loops allow the picture to be positioned until it is level by having on loop get shorter while the other loop gets longer. The easel holder can be removed and is stored in a slot at the bottom of the back. This keeps all the components together and helps to keep the picture stable and parallel to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Lemire
  • Patent number: 6053468
    Abstract: A frame wall mounting system which includes an elongated wall mount block which has a plurality of nail or screw apertures for attaching the elongated mount block to a wall in a level position. A S-shaped mounting block wherein a lower portion of the "S" shaped mounting frame includes a resilient block having a number of nail or screw fitting apertures provided therethrough for mounting the "S" shape mounting frame to the back side of a picture frame or any other item to be hung from the elongated wall mount block. The resilient portion of the "S" shaped mounting frame may also be used to hand items in alignment from the elongated wall mount block if desired. The system provides a mechanism for hanging any number of pictures, limited only by the length of the elongated wall mount block, in alignment with each other and level with the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Scott A. Francis
  • Patent number: 6042078
    Abstract: The wall hanger of the present invention is designed to minimize the damage done to a wall when hung thereon. The wall hanger has a plurality of narrow bores angling generally downward through which pleating pins may be inserted to anchor the wall hanger. The wall hanger additionally has a support member from which may be hung an object. The bores and support member are configured to maximize a proportion of gravitational stress transferred to the wall to relieve stress on the pins. A pilot tool is also disclosed that starts a hole in the wall through the bores in the hanger and then is used to push a pin through the bore, into the pretapped hole in the wall, and further into the wall until its head is flush with the hanger. A kit is provided that consists of a wall hanger and a mounting tool. In addition, a method is provided for mounting a wall hanger to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Charles A. Donovan
  • Patent number: 5931439
    Abstract: An improved frame support permits an object being hung to be moved up and down, side to side, and/or rotated in any desired orientation and which provides improved security and safety from intentional or accidental removal from the wall. The invention includes a plate having a set of cord supports directed in a first direction towards a top edge of the plate and at least one cord support directed in a second, opposite direction towards a bottom edge of the plate. The support cord is supported by the frame and by the frame support in a unique manner which provides up and down, side to side, and rotational adjustability. The invention also provides increased security for frames supported by the device described herein. In its simplest form, the improved security device according to the present invention may be provided by "locking" the support cord into place on the adjusting hook with a nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Lemire
  • Patent number: 5803425
    Abstract: A wall hanging device comprising a backing plate having a front surface and first and second rear surfaces formed on a slot defining structure. First and second slot portions are defined between the front surface and the first and second rear surfaces. The slot portions are spaced from each other to increase friction between a cord attached to a framed work and the device. The device has a reduced dimension portion located between the first and second rear surfaces that allows the device to be separated into first and second portions. The device can be used in a first mode in which the device is left whole and employed to hang a single framed work, a second mode in which the device is separated into two portions and employed to hang a single relatively large framed work, or a third mode in which the device is separated into two portions and employed to hang first and second relatively small framed works.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Charles A. McCoy, II
  • Patent number: 5691849
    Abstract: A rear-view assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror and an anti-dazzle adaptor which is movably mounted in front of the mirror and which includes an optical cell having at least one electrically adjustable luminous characteristic selected from the group consisting of transmissivity and reflectivity. The anti-dazzle adaptor for a rear-view device of a vehicle includes an optical cell having at least one electrically adjustable luminous characteristic selected from the group consisting of transmissivity and reflectivity; and means for movably mounting the anti-dazzle adaptor on the rear-view device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Glaverbel
    Inventors: Rene Ledroit, Jean-Fran.cedilla.ois Thomas, Andre Hecq
  • Patent number: 5542641
    Abstract: The wall hanger of the present invention is designed to minimize the damage done to a wall when hung thereon. The wall hanger has a plurality of narrow bores angling generally downward through which straight pins may be inserted to anchor the wall hanger. A variety of embodiments are provided, including hangers for pictures, plates, and curtains, and a combination frame-hanger unit. In addition, a mounting tool is disclosed that bores a hole in the wall through the bores in the hanger and then is used to push a straight pin through the bore and into the hole in the wall. A removal tool is also provided for removing pins from a mounted wall hanger. A kit is provided that consists of a wall hanger, a mounting tool, and a removal tool. In addition, methods are provided for mounting a wall hanger to a wall and for removing the wall hanger from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: Charles A. Donovan
  • Patent number: 5507462
    Abstract: A hanger for supporting objects such as pictures and mirrors is made of a bendable metal strip or from a molded plastic, having on one end a groove which is parallel to a wall and uppermost when mounted on the wall for supporting a picture. This groove is particularly suitable for fitting into and supporting a saw tooth clip installed on the top frame of a picture, mirror, or the like, but it is also suitable for supporting a picture hanger wire, without being exposed to view above the frame when supporting either the clip or the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph F. Hickey
  • Patent number: 5482244
    Abstract: A hanger for supporting objects such as pictures and mirrors is made of a bendable metal strip or from a molded plastic, having on one end a groove which is parallel to a wall and uppermost when mounted on the wall for supporting a picture. This groove is particularly suitable for fitting into and supporting a saw tooth clip installed on the top frame of a picture, mirror, or the like, but it is also suitable for supporting a picture hanger wire, without being exposed to view above the frame when supporting either the clip or the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph F. Hickey
  • Patent number: 5437429
    Abstract: A self adjusting two-piece picture hanger comprising a V-shaped spacer retainer member having angularly aligned through-holes in the respective legs of the V, for angled nail insertion. The second piece is an integral, dual hook member having an extension element, with a nail accommodating aperture. The extension element is adapted to be inserted between the legs of the spacer retainer member and the aperture thereof is brought into internal alignment between the through-holes thereof. At least one spacer element, such as a dimple or bent section, integral with the V-shaped spacer retainer member, keeps the respective legs of the V from compressively engaging the extension element, with insertion of a nail through the aligned through-holes and aperture. The extension element and dual-hook member remain free to pivot on the nail, for gravity induced alignment of the picture, mirror, clock or other item supported by the dual hook member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Jonah Atlas
  • Patent number: 5400183
    Abstract: A simple portable rearview mirror apparatus for hunters which can be used on the ground or above the ground by being attached to a tree or other object. The apparatus which can be made of wood, plastic or metal includes a hollow rectangular box frame having opposing side walls attached to a back wall and a top wall. A reflective mirror is hingedly attached at its bottom end within the frame interior to the lower interior of the side walls and is slidably mounted at its top end within opposing swivel slot arch shaped openings provided on the upper side walls surface. The mirror moves back and forth by means of attachments riding within the swivel openings to give a upper and lower view of the background. The apparatus is used at ground level by being supported by a rod inserted into the ground which is secured to a locking element releasably attached to the back wall. A fastening cord which is looped through the apparatus allows it to be tied to an object above the ground such as a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Inventor: John L. Rosser
  • Patent number: 5328140
    Abstract: A device for hanging frames, for example picture frames, overcomes prior art problems wherein string or wire attached to the frame is easily knocked off a nail on the surface, for example a wall, on which the frame is to be hung. In one aspect this is done by providing a hole with converging edges located so that the nail fits snugly between these converging edges, for example in the upper corner of a triangular hole, due to the weight of the frame. The head of the nail overlaps the converging edges of the hole and is therefore held securely. In another aspect, the device has a surface for supporting the wire or string attached to the frame to be hung and provides a substantial area of contact with the string so as to spread the weight of the frame and thereby reduce wear and tear on the wire or string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Yin H. Wong
  • Patent number: 5269487
    Abstract: A flexible link and snap, the function of which is to limit the fall of a wall hanging if the hanging becomes dislodged from its hanger. The device is easily connected and disconnected and does not complicate the aesthetic positioning of the wall hanging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: William B. Heitzman
  • Patent number: 5267719
    Abstract: The hanger for hanging an object, such as a picture frame, or the like, that carries a laterally-extending flexible wire, has a lower body portion, provided with longitudinal slits forming prongs for snubbing the wire within the prongs, and an upper body portion having an opening for accepting a nail therethrough, or a peg for securing the hanger to an upright surface. The resilient prongs are made from a springy metal blank having two slits. The prongs snuggly receive the wire between the lower ends of the prongs to provide a sufficient resilient wedging and snubbing action on the wire by the prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Theodore F. Keller
  • Patent number: 5223984
    Abstract: The hair grooming mirror apparatus comprised of a mounting assembly for securement of the mirror apparatus to a ceiling or other overhead structure. A mirror frame is suspended from and carried by the mirror assembly such that it can be raised and lowered with respect to the mounting assembly. A mechanism similar to a mechanism used in louvered blinds of the kind which can be raised and lowered vertically is also employed in the mirror apparatus of the present invention. The mirror frame carries a pair of mirror panels which are angulated with respect to one another at an angle which is preferably an obtuse angle. In accordance with this mirror apparatus, a user can first comb a front portion of his or her hair by looking into a fixed supported mirror. The user can then lower the mirror frame and position the pair of mirror panels in front of the user and look into the mirror panels then positioned in front of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Ferdinand Schmid
  • Patent number: 5178355
    Abstract: A picture hanging device for use with or without pictures having elongate support means. The device has a curved surface for supporting a picture wire in an unstressed and even manner and adjacent thereto, and a lip and a straight, support surface for supporting a frame directly. The device is fastened to a surface and an article, such as a picture, is then fastened to the device using the curved surface, or straight, support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventor: Ernest Herzig
  • Patent number: 5112022
    Abstract: A frame hanger (1) is provided which includes a plastic element in the form of a hook which includes a base portion (13) in the region where it attaches to a wall. The frame hanger also includes a nail (2) which is frictionally engaged by a passage formed longitudinally through the frame hanger for attachment to the wall. The nail initially protrudes only from the front of the frame hanger in order that the base portion may initially be placed firmly in contact with the wall. The frame hanger is attached to the wall by driving the nail (2) through the frame hanger and into the wall until the nail does not protrude from the front of the frame hanger. An auxiliary plate (3) is provided to assist in holding the frame hanger in position against the wall during driving of the nail. The body of the frame hanger includes a cylindrical portion (11), a widened portion (13) at the base and a salient portion (12) at the opposing end of the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Colis Internacional, S.A.
    Inventor: Alberto T. Cardas
  • Patent number: 5103347
    Abstract: A mirror for attachment to an article including a frame having a reflective surface on one side and a plurality of straps including fasteners for attachment to the article with the reflective surface facing away from the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventors: Clayton Lumbra, Tracy Bazzano
  • Patent number: 5096149
    Abstract: A twist-type mounting deviced comprising a stem handle which has one or more protruding ridges encircling the stem and an elongated, corkscrew-shaped pointed pin axially extending from the center of one end of the stem handle. One or more of the protruding ridges may be crenelated or reeded to facilitate finger twisting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Irving L. Riese
  • Patent number: 5094421
    Abstract: A first bracket, which includes a base plate and side flanges which lie against the walls of a room near a corner thereof, has slots in the base plate which receive tongues on the end of a second bracket which has spaced slots in the top edge thereof for receiving a hanger wire extending across the back of a picture frame for hanging the picture frame on the second bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Samuel G. Zaccone