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June 8, 1937.
A. o; JoHNsToN
Filed June 21. 1935 l
2 sheets-sheet 1
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June 8,
Filed June~ 21. 1955
2 Shee--ts-Sheet 2
Patented J une 8, 1937
Alexander 0. Johnston, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Application June 21, 1935, Serial No. 27,699
2 Claims.
(C1. 248-327)
_ This invention relates to supports for clothesllnes and more particularly to adjustable hang-
ers for supporting clothes-lines in the basement
of homes and 1ike places,
.The main object of this invention is to pro5 vide means of simple, eiiicient and durable nature for supporting clothes-lines in the basements
0f homes whereby such lines may be readily
in the basement of a home of the usual con
J‘ustably mounting clothes-line hangers in the
basements of homes and the like where additional
head room is often required whereby such hang115 ers and the line supported thereon may be readily and easily raised and moved to out of the
way position when not in use without discon-
necting such line from the hangers.
A further object is to provide a hanger hav20 ing means associated therewith for drawing taut
or stretching the line supported thereon in such
a manner as to eliminate the exertion and dif-
ficulty encountered in the usual method employed
to accomplish this purpose.
A further object is to provide a set of clothes-
Fig. 7 is a plan view of the hanger shown in
Fig. 6 with the supporting bar shown in sec
Fig. 8 is a front elevation of the brackets for
supporting the hangers; ’
Fig. 9 is a top plan of the bracket shown in
Fig. 8;
Fig. 10 is a section taken on line X-X of
Fig. 8;
Fig. 1l is a side elevation of a modified type
of hanger and another form of supporting brack- l .
et; and
Fig. 12 is an enlarged View partially in section
illustrating the detail construction of the hanger
shown in Fig. 11.
Referring to the drawings in detail A represents
line hangers one of which forms an anchor for
a wire or rope line suitable for use in the dry- 25
one end of the line and another an anchor for
the other end of the line and having means associated therewith for drawing the line taut and
releasably holding it in its stretched condition.
A still further object resides in an anchoring
ing of laundered articles, having one end there
of anchored to a hanger or support B and ex
tending aroundone or more intermediate anti
friction hangers C that are spaced from the hang
er B, and from each other, with its opposite end 30
means for one end of a clothes-line whereby the
attached or anchored to a hanger D which is
line may be readily stretched or drawn taut to
provided with a suitable mechanism for tight
remove sagging in the line either before or aft35 er the clothes have been hung thereon.
Fig. 6 is a side eleVatîOIl 0f the hanger fOl‘
anchoring the other end of the clothes-line and
for stretching -or tightening the line and also
illllstï‘ates the bracket ÍOI‘ sllDlJOl‘tiDg the hang
ers from the ceiling beams or floor ioists found
strung or erected and drawn or stretched to the
desired degree of tautness.
Another object is to provide means for ad-
Fig. 5 is a front elevation of the hanger illus
trated in Fig. 4;
These and other objects which will be hereinafter made apparent to those skilled in this particular art are accomplished by means of this
C invention, one embodiment of which is described
ening or Stretching the line as will hereinafter
be more fully explained.
Each of the hangers B, C and D is secured to 35
the web of a channel bar 2 that are supported
for vertical movement in brackets 3 which are
attachedV to the ceiling beams or iioor joist E
in the following speciñcation and illustrated in
usually found in the basements of homes. While
Figure 1 is a plan view of a clothes-line supported on hangers of my improved construction
and illustrates one arrangement oi such hangers, portions of the line and the frame to which
the beams or joist E present a most convenient 40
form of support for the brackets 3 it is obvious
that other supports located elsewhere than in a
basement may beemployed for supporting the
hangers B, C and D without departing from my
4 O the accompanying drawings wherein:
4? the hangers are attached are broken away for
’ Convenience 0f îllllstl‘atíOD;
Fig. 2 is a view in side elevation of one of
the intermediate hangers .used in supporting the
50 clothes-line;
Fig. 3 is a plan View of the hanger shown in
Fig. 2 with its supporting bar shown in section;
Fig. 4 is a view in side elevation of the hanger
forming- the anchor for one end of» the clothes55 une; Y
Each of the brackets 3 comprises a back Wall
4 which is adapted to abut against and to
be secured to the face of the beam or joist E
and a bottom wall 5 at right angles to the wall 50
4 which is adapted to be secured to the under
edge of the beam or joist E. The outer face
of each bracket 3 is provided, at its top and bot
tom, with outstanding lugs 6' and 'l which are
apertured to» form an opening for receiving the 515'
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channel'bar 2. The channel bar 2 is yieldably
held in place in its respective bracketv 3 by a
bowed spring 8 which has its ends attached to
the clevis I1 isprovided with rearwardly pro
the lugs 6 and 1 and is bowed so that the cen
tral portion projects toward the Wall 4 and bears
against the Web of the bar2 whereby the bar is
bracket 25. A pin 'lllY is mounted in the base of
pressed and frictionally held against the Wall
of notches 33~formed in the outer end of the
bracket 25 by a spring 32 that is mounted in a
slot SI in the pin 29 and'has one end secured to
a pin 30 Whichfextends through the s1ot;3| and 10
jecting spaced apertured lugs 21 through which
extends a pin` 28 that secures the clevis to the .
the clevis I1 between the lugs 21 and is normally
and yieldingly in engagement with one of a series
4. Thus it is apparent that Whenthe lineis
not in use each of thechannel bars 2 together
10 withits respective hangers B', C or >Dmay be
individually pushed upwardly through the brack-v
anchorsthe pin 29 in the clevis I1. The pin .29 ,
et 3 until the lower ends of the bars and the
line supported von the hangers Vcarried therebyY
are substantially fiush with-thev bottoms of the
tive to the bracket 25.
15 beams> orjoist E and, as a result, thelline and
its supporting hangers are movedrintoan out
of the Way position.
' '
yieldingly prevents the clevisvfrom turning rela
`Bracket 25 provides a means for supporting the `
tighteningv mechanism in such other places as an .l5
' attic or- outdoors where it may be’used either in
lcombination with hangers B, C or D, or in com-„ ~
»'I'he’hanger B to which one end ofthe lineAV
bination with the ordinary means of supporting
' is anchored or secured when it is desired to string y the line at the end and intermediate points and
20 or erect the line'comprises a hook III'Whichv is
where it 'might be desirable to remove the tight 20
riveted to the web of one ofthe channel bars 2.` g_ ening mechanism when not> in use, leavinglthe
Each of the anti-friction hangers.v C, which ‘ vbracketk 25V as a permanent fixture.
supports the lineA intermediate of'its ends, is . "
of similar construction and each includes a hori
zontally positioned groove VWheel or sheave II
thatis journaled on an upstanding pin’I2 formed
onra bracket I3 that is secured to the web of an
other of the channel bars 2.
The hanger D comprises a grooved wheel or
30 pulley I4 having an upstandingpin I5 on the
grooved surface thereof to which. the opposite
end of the line A is adapted to >be secured. This
From the >foregoing description it is apparent
that I have produced a series of hangers for sup
porting a clothes~line rwhich may be readily ati-‘ 25
Yjusted to the desired height andveasily stretched "
or drawn to the desired tautness and when the
line is not in use the hangers may be readily
moved Vto an out of the Way'position after the
tension in the line has been released. This is 30
accomplished by raising the dog 22 and'allowing
the wheel I4 to turn.
Further, from the'con-'
wheel or sheave I4 is secured to a shaft I6 that is
journaled in the arms-of a clevis I1. The clevis
I 1 >is pivoted at its base to an angle >bracket I8
Ystruction of the brackets 3 it is apparent that '
which ,is secured to the Vend of another of the
are so'spaced apart that rotative movement of the
bars, Vdue Vto‘ the tightening ofthe line A, is pre
In order that the line- A extending'around the
wheels fII and anchored to thehorok' IOYand the
140, pin' I5 may be readily tightened or stretched to
although the bars.2 may be readily moved up
and downvwithin the brackets, the lugs 6 and. 1
Vlïhile I have described one embodiment of my
invention and illustrated the hangers in connecé
tion withY the ceiling beams or floor joist it is to
-' support the load imposed thereon, ya handle'2llv is
secured to one end'of- the shaft IG-so that the be Vunderstood that my invention may be em
wheel or sheave I4 may be readily and easily lbodied in other‘forms and used in connection
turned to shorten the line between the hangers B with other supporting means without departing
and D, and in order that the line will remain taut , frornthe spirit of my inventionV or the'scope of
Vafter it has been stretched the wheel I4 is also the appended claims. For example, other means
` provided With ratchet teeth 2I which are engaged
besides those illustrated in Figs. 7 and V12 may be
. by a. dog 22 pivoted to the clevis I1. The dog 22 is
adapted to slide over the teeth 2| when the wheel
50 I4 is turned to Vstretch the line A, and to engage
the teeth and Yprevent the wheel from turning
in the opposite direction.
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To prevent the clevis I1 from swinging about
employed for positioning the clevis i I1 on the
bracket I8, such as forming the Vclevis ’I1 with a
rearwardly projecting lug, which when the clevis 50
is positioned on the bracket I8, would enter one
of the notches on the bracket and preventing the
clevis turning relative tothe bracket. Or the
outer end of the bracket may be made of Octagon
its pivot on the bracketV I8 and at the same time
to permit the clevis to be readily adjusted to move
the wheel I4 to: any desired Vposition 'relative to
or hexagon shape and a flat surface on the clevis 55
the bracket, the outer end of the bracket is pro
cleviswould cooperate with one of the Octagon
IT.' In such construction the ñat surface on the
vided with a series of spaced notches 23 and a Y or hexagon shaped Ysurfaces when the clevis was
slotted pin'24 is slidably »mountedin the base of VonV the bracket .and prevent relative turning
60K the clevis I‘I which is adapted to be moved into‘
one of the notches 23 'when the Wheel‘or sheave ‘
What Iv claim as new and desire to secure by
isin- its proper position to lock the clevis in its Letters Patent is:
setposition andv prevent anyturning movement'> Y, l. Apparatus for supporting a clothes line at
thereof'relative to thebracket I8.
In Figs. 11 and 12 I'have illustrated a modified Y
different elevations, comprisingY a substantially
L-shaped bracket adapted to be secured to the 65
` form of supporting bracket which may be used A `bottom and side of a ñoor joist or the like and
with anyA of the hangers B, C, and D. In‘this
having unitarily formed spaced apertured'lugs
modificationl the hangers'V are securedv to a- sub
Vprojecting outwardly from one side thereof with
the apertures therein aligned, a line supporting
stantially T-shapedbracket 25, the cross'bar of
member of channel shape vertically’îslidable
through the apertures in said lugs and having a
pliñcation‘of Vmy invention I have' also shown a Vline tensioning device secured to its lowerend and
Vmodified form'of a locking device for preventing , an arcuate spring having its ends attached tothe
the clevis I1 from turning relative to its support
lugs'in the apertures thereof with the.«interme4
ing bracket .25. j In, this. modiñcation the base of diate portion thereof projecting inwardly toward u
7.0 which is adapted to besecured to ‘a suitable wall
' or other supportingf'member 26.V In'this exem
said bracket into yîeldable engagement with the
web of said channel memberto press the same
into frictional contact with said bracket where
by said member is yieldably held at different ele
vations within said bracket.
2. Apparatus for supporting a clothes-linel at
different elevations comprising a substantially
L-shaped bracket adapted to be secured to the
bottom and side of a floor joist or the like and
having unitarily formed and vertically spaced
apertured. lugs projecting outwardly from the
front face thereof with the apertures therein
aligned, a line supporting member of channel
shape slidably extending through the aligned
apertures in said lugs and having a right angle
extension on its lower end adapted to receive a
line tensioning device, and a vertically extend
ing bowed spring having its ends attached in the
apertures of said lugs with the intermediate
bowed portion projecting toward the front of said
bracket into engagement with said line support
ing member for yieldablyl pressing the same into
frictional contact With said bracket whereby the 10
member is yieldably held at the desired elevation
within said bracket.
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