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Feb. 8, 1938.v
w. s. FOTSCH
Filed Jan. 27, 1936
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Passed Feb. 8.193s '
' 2,107,859
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William G. I'otsoh,
m, asaignor to lie-3
Ill» a corporation.
Application January 27, , 1m. Serial Ho. 01.031 '
f ‘a Claims; (01. m-zes) ' '
This invention .relates to electrical'connecters ' ‘of 1088 'I and I between which conductors such
and more particularly to clamps for. securing to ' as I and Il may be laid in parallel relation.
_ conductors in parallel relation to each other. -
vIt isthe principal purpose of this invention to
provide a- device of this character. which is simple
in structure‘and economical .to manui’acture‘ and _
which at the-same time may be readily assem- ~
bled on a pair of conductors without danger of
The body 6 has a base'll in whicha clampingv
screw it is screw threaded, the base being formed
with a cylindrical ilange ll to'give additional 5
threads for the screw ii. The legs ‘I and l are
provided with apertures II and II which ap
ertures are-adjacent the-free ends of the legs 1
and. 8. These apertures are substantially rec
- vany ofthe parts falling off.
To the men working with electrical conductors, tangular and are of the same dimensions lon- 1:) v
it is vessential to have a connecter which ei- ' gitudinally of the legs. The vaperture it how
fectively holds all of the parts in one unit. It is
also highly advantageous to havea device of this
tinuous conductor so‘ that it will stay in place
while another conductor is inserted parallel to
- The present invention'contemplat'es a struc-_
ture which is capable of producing the above re
_ .
versely-oi' the legs and it‘further has the side
faces at It and I‘! directed at an angle to each
- character that can be readily hung upon a con
the continuous conductor.
ever, is not as wide as the aperture 14 ‘trans
Theinvention further contemplates the struc
other so that they approach more closely to each 15
‘other toward the outside of the leg ‘I. The metal
isalso pressed out beyond the outer surface of
the‘leg ‘I as shown at II and II so as to provide
means for holding a cross bar 2. from dropping
completely out of the aperture ll.
.The cross bar 2| is adapted to extend across _
ture of this character consisting of a U-shaped. the channel between the legs ‘I and 8 and serve
body form by bending, up a strip of sheet metal. Pas a stop against which the conductors 9 and
‘Mean be pressed by the screw II. This cross
a clamping screw, and a cross bar that is per
vmanently attached to the U-shaped body but is bar has an intermediate curved portion 2i and. 25
‘movable to clear the channel of the U-shaped has upturned end portions 22 and 23. The end _
body for inserting a continuous wire and to ‘tie portion 22 is longer than the dimension of the
openings I4 and II in a direction longitudinally
the ends of the legs of the U-shaped body to
gether after the wire, is inserted. The top wire of the legs so that it cannot pass through either
can‘ then be inserted.
openings M or Ii. T
‘Theobjects and advantages of the invention.
will more clearly appear as the description pro
ceeds in connection with the accompanying draws
’ ving. It is to be understood. however, that the
The width of the cross bar' 20 is slightly less
than the smallest width between the projections
II and II at the sides 01‘ the aperture ii. The
end I! of the cross bar 2| is shorter than the
35 drawing anddescription are illustrative only and
are not to be taken as limiting‘ the invention
dimension of the apertures I4 and II lengthwise '31-,
of the legs ‘I and 8 and the widthloi' the portion
except insofar as it is. limited by the claims.
_ In the drawing—‘
II is less than the width of the opening ll.
However, the portion 23 is held by projections
Fig. l_ is a view'in side elevation of a connec
. 'l. and it after the cross bar is inserted through
the openings Ii - and It. The portion 2! has 40
r .Fig. 2 is a sectional view on the line‘ 2-2 of cars at 24 and II to make the total width of the
40 shown ‘in- clamping position;
portion 28 somewhat in excess of the distance
between it and I0. The ears 24 and 2! ?t be
tween the side faces It and ll of the opening it
to permit the cross bar to be moved to the'posi- 45
45 bar in one limiting position;
1 Fig.4 is a fragmentary sectional view like Fig. . tion shown in Figs. 4 and 5 so that the upturned
13- showing the cross bar withdrawn to clear the portion II is completely out of the channel be
_ ‘tween the‘legs ‘I and I. The cars 2'4 and 25 are
channel of the u-shaped body; and .
‘ I
prevented from passing out through opening II
' Fig. 5 is a'sectional view'on'the line 5-‘ of by bending the projections I8 and it toward 50
Fig. 4.
each other after‘ inserting vthe bar.- This is an
Referring now in detail to the drawing, the im
inexpensive way to prevent the cross bar II from
Fig. 3 is‘a sectional view-similar to Pig. 2 but
showing the conductors removed and the cross
proved connecter consists of a U-shaped. body
falling out of the opening ll.
8. which is formed of a fairly heavy. strip stock of
metal bent up into Uv-shape so asto provide‘ a pair
' The upturned portions 22' and 23, when
clamping pressure is applied to the conductors so
9 and it, are drawn inwardly against the free means comprising projections at the_opp'osite'
ends of the legs 1 and I by any bending that sides "of said other apertureiextending outwardly
takes place in the curved portion 2|‘ oi the cross
from the leg and toward each other.
4 bar. Thus any tendency that the free ends of
prising-a strip oi! metal bent into substantiallyv
the legs ‘I and 8 would have to spread due to the
conductors 9 and i0 pressing against them is op
posed by the portions 22 and 23.
U-shape and having aligned apertures in the legs '
thereof adjacent the free ends of said legs, one
of said apertures being wider transversely of the
leg than the other, a cross bar mounted in said
.One of the features of this connecter is the
ease with which it may be installed. The cross
10 bar 20 is so loose in the openings‘ l4 and ii that
.it will move to open position by force of gravity
if the connecter is tilted to bring the leg ‘I below
the leg 8. The operator can then push the con
apertures and having end portions turned par 101
allel to said legs, one of said end portions being
of greater-dimension than its adjacent aperture, ,
the other of said end portions being movable
through its adjacent aperture and into the other
aperture, the leg in which said other aperture is
necter up from below a line wire and turn it to
15 bring leg 8 underneath which will cause the cross,
bar to drop into locking position.
located having means thereon to prevent said
last named end portion from passing out through
said other aperture whereby the cross bar is per-'
From the above description, it will be evident
that I have provided a~very simple economical
unit ‘connecter.
2. A connecter for electrical conductors com
manently attached to the U-shaped strip.'
I .
> 3. A connecter for electrical conductors com 20
It is believed that the construction and opera
tion of the device will be readily understood‘
prising a U-shaped' body having aligned aper
from the i'oregoing description. _
tures in the legs, a cross bar having end portions
Having thus described onespeciiic form of my . engageable with the outer surfaces of said leg to
prevent their spreading and having an interme
invention, what I claim as new and desire to se
25 cure by-Letters Patent is:
diate portion extending through said apertures
to provide a surface against ‘which conductors
extending through said bodymay be clamped,
1. .A connecter for electrical conductors com
prising a U-‘shaped body having aligned aper-y
tures in the. legs thereof, a cross bar slidlable
means adjustably mounted in the‘hase of said
body to clamp conductors against said cross bar,
‘one of said end portions being too long to pass 30
i- said legs, ‘one of said end portions being slide through its adjacent aperture, the other. of said
ble through its aperture, and into the other end ‘portions being oi’ smaller dimensions than
aperture, means cooperating with said end por
its adjacent aperture, but being too wide to pass
tion to prevent its passing through said other out of the aperture adjacent the otherv end por
transverselyofithe body in said apertures and
30 having end ‘portions turned toward the free ends
aperture, and means adjustably mounted inkthe
.base of said
to press conductors between
said legs against said‘ cross bar, said cooperating
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