Spring Engaging Securing Means Patents (Class 411/342)
  • Patent number: 10390808
    Abstract: A device for closing an aperture in a vessel wall comprising a covering member having a longitudinal axis and positionable inside the vessel against the internal opening of the aperture and having a dimension to prevent egress of fluid through the aperture and having a first opening. A first retainer is positionable external of the vessel. A flexible connecting member operatively connects the covering member and the first retainer, wherein the first opening of the covering member is configured to restrict movement of the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Rex Medical, L.P
    Inventors: James F. McGuckin, Jr., John D. Leedle, James S. Tarmin, Thanu Anidharan, Stephan A. DeFonzo
  • Patent number: 10364556
    Abstract: A mechanical-coupling device is described. The mechanical-coupling device includes a toggle bolt with a fixture in a bolt head that remateably mechanically couples to an attachment tool. The device may further include an anchor nut having an anchor wing or tab. During mechanical coupling of the anchor nut to the bolt with a mounting material, such as a wall, countertop or sink, between the bolt head and the anchor nut, the fixture may convey a pulling force, from the attachment tool, that results in fixing a position of the anchor nut with the anchor wing or tab in a deployed position. Moreover, the fixture may convey a rotational torque, from the attachment tool, about a symmetry axis of the bolt that rotates the bolt relative to the fixed position of the anchor nut so that a distance between the bolt head and the anchor nut decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel S. Zavodnick, Alan Zavodnick, Matthew Patrick Coughlin
  • Patent number: 10180157
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a connector device and a base part provided with a mounting face that defines a throughhole having a forming wall structure for receiving a bolt and for receiving and retaining the connector device. The connector device has a rear portion and a front portion engaged together for movement relative to one another, the rear portion defining a threaded bolt hole for engaging the bolt extending through the throughhole and having a driven element positioned thereon. The front portion defines an access opening for receiving the bolt. Engagement of the driven element moves the rear portion relative to the front portion such that the bolt hole is aligned with the access opening and receives a threaded end of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob Glickstein, Douglas John Martell, Westin W. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10130958
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that may be utilized for chemical vapor deposition and/or hydride vapor phase epitaxial (HVPE) deposition are provided. The apparatus includes a showerhead assembly with separate inlets and manifolds for delivering separate processing gases into a processing volume of the chamber without mixing the gases prior to entering the processing volume. The showerhead includes a plurality of gas distribution devices disposed within a plurality of gas inlets for injecting one of the processing gases into and distributing it across a manifold for uniform delivery into the processing volume of the chamber. Each of the gas distribution devices preferably has a nozzle configured to evenly distribute the processing gas flowing therethrough while minimizing recirculation of the processing gas within the manifold. As a result, improved deposition uniformity is achieved on a plurality of substrates positioned in the processing volume of the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Tam, Anzhong Chang, Sumedh Acharya
  • Patent number: 9675353
    Abstract: A surgical fastener and a related deployment device as well as their methods of use are disclosed. In one embodiment, the deployment device includes one or more surgical fasteners including a head and a distally extending coil body attached to the head. The head includes a through hole with an internal thread. The deployment device also includes a mandrel including a threaded portion located at a distal end of the mandrel. The threaded portion is engaged with the internal thread of the one or more surgical fasteners. A rotator is associated with the one or more surgical fasteners such that the rotator can selectively rotate the one or more surgical fasteners relative to the mandrel to displace the one or more surgical fasteners in a distal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Saurav V. Gupta
  • Patent number: 9616800
    Abstract: The current invention concerns a method and device for securing cargo load in a container. In an embodiment of the current invention, such method comprises: providing a wall securement device comprising two or more apertures allowing the passage of securing means such as straps, which wall securement device is attached to an inner rigid structure of the wall; and lashing the cargo load with securing means by use of the wall securement device, whereby the wall securement device is located at the corner post of said container. In a second aspect, the current invention provides for a wall securement device for securing loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cordstrap B.V.
    Inventors: David John Parrin, Remco Cornelis Willemse, Scott D Loudon, II
  • Patent number: 9415647
    Abstract: An adjustable height hitch apparatus for a trailer includes a base having opposite first and second end portions. An elongated shaft extends outwardly from the base first end portion, and an elongated height adjustment member is attached to the base second end portion. A coupling apparatus, such as a lunette ring, is supportable by the height adjustment member via one or more fasteners at any of a plurality of elevations. The height adjustment member is configured to provide height adjustment for the coupling apparatus of at least about eight inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: TeleSwivel, LLC
    Inventor: William David Woolf
  • Patent number: 8943653
    Abstract: A hinge has at least one hinge part which can be mounted in an opening in a thin wall such as a sheet-metal cabinet door, a head part, such as a flange or hinge leaf, which overlaps the rim of the opening of the thin wall on its (outer) side, and a body part which proceeds from the head part and can be pushed through the opening in the thin wall, and a holding part which is carried by the body part, supported on the other (rear) side of the thin wall, and is separate from the body part. The holding part is formed by holding elements which project in a flexible manner from the body part in the direction of its outer surface and whose free end has an inclined surface for supporting the body part on the rim or edge of the opening without play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 8517652
    Abstract: A winged wall anchor having wings pivotally connected with a rivet and spring biased to an open position. The wings pivot about the rivet axis so that they can open parallel to the wall which allows the wings to open even when they are adjacent an obstacle and requires substantially less backspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Jozsef Sternbach
  • Patent number: 8388290
    Abstract: A mounting system, comprising an insertion component configured to be partially inserted into but not through a hole in a first panel of a wall assembly with an elongated anchor having a hub and at least one anchor tab. An elastic holding member is configured to connect the insertion component and the anchor and the anchor located on a first side of a first panel is configured to be inserted through the insertion component opening defining the hole in the first panel. The holding member pulls the insertion component and the anchor toward each other when the insertion component and the anchor are located on opposite sides of the first panel and separated by approximately a first panel thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Wiggins, Curtis Taylor
  • Publication number: 20130031771
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to the improved construction, assembly, and installation of a duplex toggle bolt used for securing an object by hanging or mounting to a support, and more particularly, to a duplex toggle bolt wherein the bolt shaft contains a fixed stop-spacer ring. This invention ensures a snug fit of the bolt between the wings of a spring nut fastener and a washer or stop spacer and head and the support structure and an attached object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: John Henneberry
  • Publication number: 20120328392
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a toggle-bolt fastener for mounting various objects on a hollow mounting surface, the toggle bolt fastener having a single toggle piece, or clamping member, attached to one end of a spring, the other end of the spring attached to a hollow securing nut, the spring allowing the clamping member to be folded back and inserted into the securing nut for insertion of the fastener through the mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Agostino Difante
  • Patent number: 8303225
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, described herein is a wall anchor system includes an insert that is positionable within a hole in a wall. The wall anchor system further includes an anchor that is insertable into and passable through the insert. Additionally, the wall anchor system includes an elastic member that couples the insert and anchor. The insert and anchor remain coupled via the elastic member as the anchor is inserted into and passes through the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Lifetime Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Kearl, Lynn Vandyke, Matthew Wiggins, Curtis Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110123291
    Abstract: An anchor bolt assembly includes a sleeve affixed to a first plate member and having a locating groove extending around the inside wall thereof, a retaining member having a shank and a head provided with a retaining ring and movable in and out of the sleeve, a spring member adapted for forcing the retaining member out of the sleeve to a locking position to lock a second plate member to the first plate member and a pull cap connected to the distal end of the shank for pulling by the user to move the retaining member away from the locking position to an unlocking position where the second plate member is unlocked from the first plate member and the retaining ring is engaged with the locating groove to hold the retaining member in the unlocking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Ming-Chung CHIU
  • Patent number: 7828501
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism is provided for securing an article to a wall. The mounting mechanism can include an insertion member, a base member, and a tab member. The insertion member has at least one hub formed thereon. The base member has a flange and at least one arm depending from the flange. The flange defines an insertion hole, and the at least one arm includes a guide. When the insertion member is provided in the insertion hole, the guide receives the at least one hub. The guide directs movement of the insertion member relative to the base member. The insertion member and the base member include a ratchet mechanism for maintaining the position of the insertion member relative to the base member. The ratchet mechanism can include a pawl formed on the at least one hub and at least one indentation provided on the guide. The pawl can interact with the at least one indentation. The tab member can be removably coupled to the insertion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan M. Bauer, Micah K. Thau
  • Publication number: 20100232904
    Abstract: An arrangement for attaching a bar of a hand-held motor driven tool, such as a chain saw, to a body of the tool includes at least one first engagement device, a cover portion adapted to bear against a bar such that the bar is arranged between the cover portion and the body, and at least one second engagement device is adapted to engage the first engagement device for securing a bar between the cover portion and the body. The second engagement device is arranged to move a first distance along the first engagement device in a direction of the rotation axis of the second engagement device for securing a bar between the cover portion and the body. The second engagement device is captively attached to a spring biasing member having an undistorted position and a distorted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Pär Martinsson, Dag Edlund
  • Patent number: 7690083
    Abstract: The description is directed to a snap fastening for fast mounting of fittings such as socket wrench latches, swivel lever latches, hinge parts in openings in a thin wall, comprising a head part which is to be arranged on one, outer side of the thin wall and which overlaps the outer rim of the opening, and a body part which proceeds from the head part and projects through the opening in the mounted position, and holding elements which project from the body part and are flexible in direction of its outer surface, the free end of these holding elements being provided with a first inclined surface (run-in bevel) such that the holding element is pushed back in a spring-loaded manner by the opening edge and with a second inclined surface (stop bevel) for supporting the body part without play on the rim or edge of the opening of the other, inner side of the thin wall, which second inclined surface is substantially perpendicular to the first inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 7600956
    Abstract: An anchoring device for insertion in a hole provided in a structure such as a wall (hollow or solid) comprises proximal and distal sections. The proximal section includes a head defining an aperture for receiving a fastener, and the distal section includes a pair of expandable wings displaceable between collapsed and expanded positions. Each wing is biased towards its expanded position such that the wings can engage the structural material delimiting the hole or a distal surface of the structure. The distal section comprises, proximally of the wings, a variable-length flexible portion for allowing the wings to engage the distal surface of the structure for various structure thicknesses. The distal section comprises, distally of the wings, a tip section adapted to spread outwardly when engaged by the fastener. The proximal section comprises a pair of legs each having a toothed rack for engaging the structural material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Cobra Anchors Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Pierre McDuff, Alexandre Pollak, Lang Nguyen, William A. Crossley
  • Publication number: 20090103999
    Abstract: An improved toggle bolt assembly consisting of a toggle nut 100, collar 200, and screw 300, wherein the toggle nut 100 consists of an internally threaded cylindrical sleeve 110, a first winged member 120, and a second winged member 130. The cylindrical sleeve 110 of the toggle nut 100 engages with a collar 200, acting to center the assembly, hold the toggle nut 100 and collar 200 in place without engagement of the screw 300, and eliminate the need to apply tension to the screw 300 during installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Dominick Joseph Fucito
  • Publication number: 20080131230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening system (2), especially for a heat exchanger, which comprises at least three fastening units (6), substantially configured by screws (3) that are inserted through corresponding openings (8, 16) in a first structural component to be fastened on a second structural component. The fastening system is characterized in that exactly one fastening unit (6) is configured as a fixed hearing (6a) and the other fastening units (6) are configured as floating bearings (6b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Ralph Burgstein, Simone Edelmann, Dirk Meier, Andreas Rick
  • Publication number: 20080080949
    Abstract: A spring toggle includes an outer wing, an inner wing, a spring and a bolt. The outer and inner wings each include a limb, a clipping flange and two sidewalls. The limb has a proximal end, a distal end and two edges. The clipping flange is formed on the proximal end of the limb. The sidewalls are formed respectively on the edges of the limb. The spring is mounted in the inner and outer wings. The bolt is inserted through the spring, extends between the clipping flanges of the inner and outer wings and has an outer thread. The outer thread of the bolt is clipped by the clipping flanges when the inner and outer wings are expanded by the spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Jinn-Yi Deng, Shwu-Fen Hwang
  • Patent number: 7226261
    Abstract: A toggle assembly is provided for use with a fastener to engage a supportive structure. One or more teeth are positioned adjacent a lower peripheral edge of one or both of the toggle wing members. The teeth are oriented to engage a rearward surface of the supportive structure once the toggle assembly is passed through an opening formed in the supportive structure and the toggle assembly moves into an open position. One alternate embodiment provides inserts that may be selectively disclosed within recesses of the toggle wing members and provides one or more teeth for engagement with a rearward surface of a supportive structure to substantially prevent rotation of the toggle assembly while a fastener is passed therethrough and tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Steven L. Bristol
  • Patent number: 6884012
    Abstract: A toggle bolt fastener assembly comprises a tubular toggle housing body within which a coaxially disposed nut member is guidably moved in a translational manner. The nut member includes lug structure for preventing relative rotation or pivotal movement of the nut member with respect to the toggle housing body, and a pair of toggle wing members are pivotally mounted upon the nut member between radially contracted and radially expanded positions. A pair of compression sleeve members are also provided upon the toggle housing body for forcing the toggle wing members to their radially contracted positions, or for permitting the toggle wing members to move to their radially expanded positions depending upon the disposition of the nut member within the toggle housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Cheryl L. Panasik
  • Patent number: 6779316
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides an anchor for providing an attachment point on a surface. In one embodiment, the anchor includes a center shaft having a first member and a second member pivotally coupled thereto. The center shaft has an attachment end and a piercing end. The piecing end is driven through the surface allowing the first and second members to pass therethrough. Once through the surface, the first and second members rotate away from the center shaft to an open position, thus preventing the anchor from disengaging the roof. A collar may be slidably disposed on the center shaft. The collar may be slid against the surface to lock the members in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth Carroll
  • Patent number: 6764261
    Abstract: A locking device and method for securing a cover as for a catch basin or manhole in position including two elongate members pivotally connected together end to end so as to be able to articulate. The members are held aligned while being inserted through a cover opening suspended in said opening on a flange on the upper member, the lower member then released to be angled by a spring force to wedge against sidewall and an edge of the cover opening. A bolt extending through the top threaded into a trunnion extending across an intermediate space of the lower member draws the lower member up to create a powerful wedging action to prevent cover removal. The bolt head is recessed into the flange and configured with a special shape engageable only with a special tool to be tamper resistant. A protective plastic cap covers the bolt head and has protrusions sheared off when the cap is removed to provide a tamper indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: David Stadler
  • Patent number: 6709212
    Abstract: A fastening device is disclosed, which has a slotted shaft, a toggling mechanism, which deploys from within the slotted shaft, and which is adapted to couple the slotted shaft to a supporting structure, a detent mechanism disposed about the slotted shaft to deter its rotation, and a tightening mechanism adapted to couple to the shaft. The tightening mechanism binds the fastening device securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Craig Lauchner
  • Patent number: 6588543
    Abstract: A mounting bracket comprises a plurality of spring-loaded dog assemblies for retaining a bezel to a ceiling or wall of a building structure without having to use external attachments. Each dog assembly has a dog tower which is molded to the rear the bezel. The dog tower has a spiral slot opening on one side which enables a dog member to be placed therein and rotated down or up within the dog tower to clamp to the material of the wall or ceiling. A notch is provided on the spiral slot opening to fix the dog member in a pre-mounting position. The dog member has a dog post that fits inside of the dog tower, where a clamping dog leg extends from the side of the dog post and has a bump that mates with the notch on the dog tower to fix the dog member in the pre-mounting condition. A coil spring is inserted inside the dog tower and between the dog post and a bottom of the dog tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Audio Products International Corp.
    Inventor: Meguerditch John Tchilinguirian
  • Publication number: 20020100244
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides an anchor for providing an attachment point on a surface. In one embodiment, the anchor includes a center shaft having a first member and a second member pivotally coupled thereto. The center shaft has an attachment end and a piercing end. The piecing end is driven through the surface allowing the first and second members to pass therethrough. Once through the surface, the first and second members rotate away from the center shaft to an open position, thus preventing the anchor from disengaging the roof. A collar may be slidably disposed on the center shaft. The collar may be slid against the surface to lock the members in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventor: Kenneth Carroll
  • Patent number: 6318941
    Abstract: A fastening anchor assembly and manual method for fastening an object to a hollow wall. In most embodiments a generally U-shaped mounting strap of the assembly has a central bight and parallel first and second legs extending longitudinally from the bight through a first mounting hole in the wall. A strap foot portion or separate mounting flange extends perpendicularly to the legs for engaging the wall exterior side surface. One or two anchoring blades are operably pivotally coupled to the strap for swinging motion in a single plane defined by the longitudinal axes of the blades and strap and between a collapsed position nested adjacent the strap and a swung-out expanded position wherein the blade(s) clamp-engage the wall interior surface while the leg feet or flange clamp-engages the wall exterior surface. The position and orientation of the now wall-hidden blade remains visibly indicated to the installer by the orientation of the strap exposed to view of the installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Torbett B. Guenther
  • Patent number: 6314703
    Abstract: A fastener can be inserted into a narrow space behind a wall, and can be brought into contact with the back of the wall over a wide area to sufficiently reinforce the wall even when a bolt is tightened to securely fasten an object to the wall. The fastener has a block assembly including a plurality of blocks having two longitudinal ends and coupled together at the longitudinal ends in a single line. One of the blocks is formed with a threaded hole into which a bolt is adapted to be threaded and string holes. At least one string member is passed through the string holes. The block assembly has an arrangement for preventing each block from pivoting in a first direction from a straight position, in which the block assembly is arranged in a straight line, and allowing each block to pivot in a second direction opposite to the first direction from the straight position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Wakai & Co., LTD
    Inventors: Kazuichi Ikuta, Noritaka Endou
  • Patent number: 6158937
    Abstract: A fastener for multiple layers having alignable apertures therethrough. The fastener includes a first head, a second head, and a connector. The first head passes through the alignable apertures in the multiple layers and snugs against a first extreme outermost layer of the multiple layers. The second head opposes the first head and snugs against the other extreme outermost layer of the multiple layers. The connector connects the first head to the second head and is disposed in the alignable apertures in the multiple layers and maintains the first head snugly against the first extreme outermost layer of the multiple layers and the second head snugly against the second extreme outermost layer of the multiple layers and thereby retains the multiple layers between the first head and the second head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Milton R. Okun
  • Patent number: 6023901
    Abstract: A repair device which is used to restore planarity to concave damage in a drywall board, which is quickly installed by chucking to a reversible power driver in the manner of a drill bit, thus creating its own hole. The device is inserted into the wall cavity, then powered in the reverse direction to actuate in the manner of a jack to push out a damaged drywall piece, which is still hingedly attached by the cardboard facing. Thus united, the cracks are bonded with cement, while the inexpensive device remains inside the wall, acting as a permanent prop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Jensen R&D Corporation
    Inventor: Lars Dean Jensen
  • Patent number: 6004088
    Abstract: This invention is a wall fastener to join abutting surfaces such as affixing a bracket to a wall. The L-shape arms of the fastener are attached with hinges to a shell or to a slidable nut enclosed in a shell which is inserted in a preformed hole or aperture in the wall. The fastener with arms attached to the slidable nut is adjustable for use with walls of varying widths. A screw holding the object to be attached is inserted in the shell and threaded through the nut (FIG. 4). The screw then engages the arms of the fastener and forces them to pivot into a clamping position (FIG. 5). The screw is turned until the arms are clamped against the wall (FIG. 6). The fastener with the arms attached to the shell is similar in operation to the adjustable fastener except its use is for walls or surfaces of the same width as the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: James W. Hunt
  • Patent number: 5904462
    Abstract: A locking bolt for helping make connections between beams and columns of a building under construction includes an elongated body having a rear threaded section. This threaded section connects with a smooth toggle section having a rounded front end. An inverted L-shaped slot in the toggle section includes a deep front recess that connects with a shallow rear recess. A toggle bar is carried in the slot by a pivot pin that extends loosely through an opening in a base of the toggle bar. Connecting with the toggle base is a rearward extending locking arm. When the toggle bar locking arm seats in the slot, the front end of locking bolt may readily pass through bolt holes in a beam and a web of an adjoining column. Once the toggle bar is clear of the column web, the toggle bar locking arm is free swing from the slot and into a locking mode where held by interference fits between edge segments of the toggle bar base and walls of the slot deep recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Maximo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 5716179
    Abstract: A toggle member comprising an elongated cylindrical tube having a slot from one end to approximately the center of the tube, defining an opening and channel to receive a fastening bolt; a pivoting threaded bolt engaging with a round ball, the ball threaded to engage the bolt, the ball acting as a pivotally mounted system to allow the bolt to pivot in a manner relocating itself inside and parallel with the tube, said ball being attached to an elastomeric spring bias material tongue fixably seated within the tube so as to exert a spring bias in a direction to force the bolt perpendicular to the tube. The toggle member is meant to be used with a threaded bolt or screw. The elastomeric spring being thinner in the direction facing the bolt entrance allows the bolt to swivel or pivot parallel and into the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Lester Smith
  • Patent number: 5697797
    Abstract: A device for grounded securing of an element (1) at a hole (9) in a metal plate (10) comprises members (6, 13) movable on both sides of the plate towards each other and the plate for securing the element to the plate and means (12) adapted to establish an electrical connection between the metal of the plate and the element, These means (12) are arranged to enter into radial abutment on the circumferential wall (27) of the hole while establishing said electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: RTB AB
    Inventor: Lars Wendel
  • Patent number: 5570549
    Abstract: A house is anchored to the ground by extending a plurality of metal rods from anchors buried in a foundation to the upper framework of the house and clamping the house to each rod by a pair of spaced clamps, which includes a washer in each device around the rod jammed at an angle against the rod so as to be immovable in the tensile direction between the spaced clamps. The lower clamp is threaded onto the buried threaded anchor extending through the sole plate. A bolt extends through at least one top plate of an outer wall adjacent at least the outer corners of a building and threads into the upper clamp beneath the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventors: Jimmy R. Lung, Wayne E. Lung
  • Patent number: 5412848
    Abstract: This invention most generally relates to a clip mechanism assembleable to the back-side of an ornament member, most preferably jewelry objects or fanciful buttons and the like, to be displayed by removable attachment to clothing mainly through "button-holes" and used, for example, as tuxedo-studs, cuff-links, lapel-pins, etc. The clip mechanism may also be used with hooks or posts upon which may be placed, or hung, tools, pictures, or articles for display. The clip mechanism is removably insertable into a mounting hole or peg-board hole and because of the particular design of the clip mechanism will support the article hung on the hook or post. The clip mechanism is removable with a pulling force in a direction opposite the direction of insertion of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Leach & Garner Company
    Inventor: Ronald E. Precourt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5366332
    Abstract: A fastener is provided which is particularly suited for joining two or more panel members together, such as a circuit board with the internal support chassis of an electrical enclosure or casing. The fastener is configured with a compliant lower portion, such that the fastener can be installed and secured with a simple push-through action which requires only a moderate force. Because assembly of the fastener does not require a rotational motion, assembly costs for automated assembly operations are reduced, while physical demands on an assembler are significantly reduced for manual assembly operations. The fastener is reusable, in that the fastener can be readily removed without being plastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Morgan D. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5236293
    Abstract: An anchor assembly for retaining an elongated fastener member within an opening defined by a support wall having at least one concealed side. At least two elongated wire-like legs are positioned in parallel relation and a threaded apertured anchor member is slidably movable along the wire-like leg members and adapted to assume a first position parallel to the legs when the legs are in a first orientation and a second position generally perpendicular to the legs when the position of the legs is rotated to a second position. A connecting member in the form of a collar is attached to the proximal ends of the legs and is configured and dimensioned for positioning within the opening of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Titan Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. McSherry, Steven D. Townsend
  • Patent number: 5226767
    Abstract: The present invention is in the field of anchor bolt assemblies which are used as wall or ceiling mounts. The present invention includes a shaft with opposite first and second ends formed as a body and a neck joined at a shoulder. The body has a cross-section that is sized for close fitting insertion in the wall or ceiling. The neck extends longitudinally of the body to terminate in a second end. The neck cross-section is formed to have a longitudinal recess. The device also includes engagement means on the shaft for engaging a mounting element. A cross-piece having first and second arms is attached by hinge means to the shaft. The cross-piece is sized to fit within the longitudinal recess when the device is installed in the wall. Upon installation, the cross-piece snaps out of the recess and braces against the back of the wall or ceiling. The shaft maybe threaded or ratcheted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: E. W. Foerster, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5224807
    Abstract: A tubular and preferably elastomeric radial holding and centering expandable bushing having a bore sized to pass a threaded shank of a fastening bolt and having a radially enlarged flanged one end thereof. The bore tapering outwardly toward the periphery to create a conical cavity between the bushing body from the flange rearwardly. The cavity receives a tubular expansion insert having a tapered periphery and internal bore slightly larger than the diameter of the threaded shank of the fastening bolt which insert is positioned to the side of the tubular bushing remote from the head of said fastening bolt. A folding wing nut structure includes a trunion nut having a tapped bore threaded on said shank of the bolt, axially outwardly of the tubular expansion insert to the side opposite to the tubular bushing. The structure includes a pair of foldable wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Jess L. Belser
  • Patent number: 5221169
    Abstract: An anchor assembly for retaining an elongated fastener member within an opening defined by a support wall having at least one concealed side. At least two elongated wire-like legs are positioned in parallel relation and a threaded apertured anchor member is slidably movable along the wire-like leg members and adapted to assume a first position parallel to the legs and to pivot toward a second position generally perpendicular to the legs when the anchor is advanced distally or when the leg members are withdrawn proximally to cause engagement therebetween. A connecting member in the form of a collar is positioned at the proximal ends of the legs and is configured and dimensioned for positioning within the opening of the support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Titan Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. McSherry, Steven D. Townsend
  • Patent number: 5195856
    Abstract: A fastening device of the type having a stem, toggle arms at the opposite end of the stem, extending outwardly from an extended axis of the stem, a toggle hinge forming a part of the toggle arms and connecting the toggle arms to the stem and elastically biasing the toggle arms in the extended position. The toggle arms are pivotable about the toggle hinge to a closed position extending substantially parallel with the extended axis of the stem. A strap extends across the extended axis of the stem between the extremities of the toggle arms to maintain the toggle arms in the extended position. The extremities of the strap and the toggle arms are connected and a mid-hinge is formed centrally of the strap at the extended axis of the stem so that the portions of the strap on either side of the mid-hinge may pivot about the hinge to move the toggle arms and strap portions to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Titan Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. McSherry, Steven D. Townsend, Philip S. Townsend
  • Patent number: 5163796
    Abstract: A tubular and preferably elastomeric radial holding and centering expandable bushing having a bore sized to pass a threaded shank of a fastening bolt and having a radially enlarged flanged one end thereof. The bore tapering outwardly toward the periphery to create a conical cavity between the bushing body from the flange rearwardly. The cavity receives a tubular expansion insert having a tapered periphery and internal bore slightly larger than the diameter of the threaded shank of the fastening bolt which insert is positioned to the side of the tubular bushing remote from the head of said fastening bolt. A folding wing nut structure includes a trunion nut having a tapped bore threaded on said shank of the bolt, axially outwardly of the tubular expansion insert to the side opposite to the tubular bushing. The structure includes a pair of foldable wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Inventor: Jess L. Belser
  • Patent number: 5059073
    Abstract: A peg for anchoring within a hole having an undercut portion comprises a body (1) with an external end (5) for mounting an element thereon and a tapered internal end (11) widening out towards the inside of the hole, a locking ring (2) formed from segments disposed about the body and intended to pivot within the undercut portion (10). The external diameter of the ring (2) is equal to that of the hole (8). Means (4,14,19) for temporarily immobilizing the segments of the ring are mounted upon the body. Means fixed upon the body may drive the ring (2) into the vicinity of the undercut portion of the hole and radially acting means (4) may cause the segments of the ring (2) to pivot into the undercut portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Societe de Prospection et d'Inventions Techniques (S.P.I.T.)
    Inventors: Gerard Revol, Jean-Paul Barthomeuf
  • Patent number: 5050355
    Abstract: One form of conventional earth anchor device includes an anchor which is driven into the ground as the leading element of a combination. Thus, the anchor must be streamlined to facilitate ground entry which is incompatible with the need for a curved body facilitating anchoring. Another problem is the need for anchors having large bearing areas which require considerable effort for insertion into the ground. A device providing a solution to these problems includes a tube or sleeve with a sacrificial blade releasably mounted in the bottom end thereof for driving into the ground, and a rod carrying an anchor and a spring biasing the anchor outwardly, whereby the sleeve can be driven into the ground, following which the rod is held down while the sleeve is extracted, leaving the blade, and, when the anchor and spring exit the sleeve, the spring biases the anchor into a ground engaging position. An upward pull on the rod pivots the anchor into a secure anchoring position in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Inventor: Mikhail Pildysh
  • Patent number: 5051047
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for clamping an object to a member having an opening therein and marginal portions defining, in part, said opening. The apparatus includes a first member engageable with the object and having a first threaded portion. The first threaded portion is in threaded engagement with a second threaded portion complementary to the first threaded portion, the second threaded portion being on a base member having first and second opposite side portions. The apparatus further includes engaging members for engaging the marginal portions adjacent the opening, the engaging members having distal and proximal end portions, the proximal end portions being pivotally connected to the first and second opposite side portions of the base respectively. The distal end portions have respective contact surfaces for engaging the marginal portions about the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Inventor: Karl Loncaric
  • Patent number: 4997327
    Abstract: A bushing cooperates with a bolt and a winged toggle member to form a toggle bolt assembly. The bushing has a maximum cross-sectional dimension substantially equal to the diameter of the hole in the wall or other support member to which the toggle bolt assembly is to fasten an object and an inside diameter permitting passage of the bolt therethrough. To fasten an object to a wall, the bolt is passed through an opening in the object and through the bushing and threadedly engaged in the toggle member. The toggle member wings are folded, and the toggle member is passed through the hole in the wall until the wings open. The bushing is inserted into the hole and held in place while the bolt is pulled outward until the opened toggle wings abut the inner surface of the wall, inhibiting rotation of the toggle member as the bolt is rotated. The bolt is then threadedly tightened in the toggle member, drawing the object and the wings into further engagement with the opposite surfaces of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: James L. Cira
  • Patent number: RE35358
    Abstract: A tubular and preferably elastomeric radial holding and centering expandable bushing having a bore sized to pass a threaded shank of a fastening bolt and having a radially enlarged flanged one end thereof. The bore tapering outwardly toward the periphery to create a conical cavity between the bushing body from the flange rearwardly. The cavity receives a tubular expansion insert having a tapered periphery and internal bore slightly larger than the diameter of the threaded shank of the fastening bolt which insert is positioned to the side of the tubular bushing remote from the head of said fastening bolt. A folding wing nut structure includes a trunion nut having a tapped bore threaded on said shank of the bolt, axially outwardly of the tubular expansion insert to the side opposite to the tubular bushing. The structure includes a pair of foldable wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: Jess L. Belser