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Oct. 22, 1946. 1
F.‘ A. DOSTAL
BUILDING BLOCK LIFTER
Filed June 20, 1945
2,409,932
Patented Oct. 22, 1946
2,409,932
“*UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,409,932
BUILDING BLOCK LIFTER
Frank A. Dostal, New Ulm, Minn.
Application June 20, 1945, Serial No. 600,483
4 Claims.
(01. 294-15)
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My invention relates to means for lifting build
thereto in a direction under said handle'portion 3,
is a stop lug 5.
ing blocks, and the like, which have vertical
openings therein, and has for its object to pro
Operation
vide a simple and effective device for the lifting
and carrying of such b1ocks.~
When it is desired to carry a block with this
Another object of my invention is the pro
novel lifter, it is ?rst advisable to turn the block
vision of such a device which is simple, strong,
so that the openings thereof are in a vertical
durable and can be inexpensively constructed.
position as illustrated in Figs 1 and 2. The shank
Another object of my invention is to provide a
portion I with the gripping plate 4 secured
device for the above‘ purposes which can be 10 thereto are then inserted into opening B to a
readily inserted into the openings of the block I
and which may be readily removed from said
opening after the block has been lifted or car
depth where the stop lug 5 rests upon the top sur
face of the block as illustrated in Fig. 2. To
facilitate insertion of the shank and gripping
ried to the desired position.
plate 4 into the opening B, the extreme outer end
Another object of my invention is to provide 15 of handle portion 3 is lowered, thereby tending to
a device for the purposes above described which
put the gripping plate 4 in a position more nearly
will grip the block in such a tenacious manner
approximating the vertical, thus bringing the
upon lifting of the handle, that it is impossible
forward and rearward edges of the gripping plate
for the block to slip away while being carried.
away from the sides of the opening B.
The above and other objects of my invention 20
When the outer end of handle 3 is then lifted
will become apparent from the following speci
up, the gripping plate 4 tends to straighten out,
?cation and the attached drawing.
more nearly approximating the horizontal, to
Referring to the drawing, wherein like char
the point where the extreme forward and rear
acters indicate like parts throughout the several
edges thereof come into contact with the side
views:
Fig. 1 is a top plan view of my novel device,
inserted into one of the openings of a conven
tional building block;
25 walls of the opening B of the block A.
It is obvious that the greater the weight of the
block A, the more ?rm will be the grip of the
gripping plate 4 against the sides of the block.
Fig. 2 is a side view of the block and lifter
It will be readily appreciated that under such
illustrated in Fig. 1, partly in elevation and partly 30 circumstances, it is virtually impossible that there
in section, a portion thereof being broken away;
be any tendency of the block to slip away from
and
the gripping plate while the block is being
Fig. 3 is a rear elevation of my novel device.
transported.
Referring with more particularity to the draw
Furthermore, the width of the‘gripping plate 4
ing, the letter A indicates a building block of 35 provides a su?iciently wide gripping surface
the conventional type having a plurality of
against the walls of the opening B to assure
vertical openings B therein.
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freedom of lateral rocking motion of the block
My novel lifter has a shank portion I which
A during the carrying operation.
is bent substantially at right angles at 2 to pro
While I have shown and described a commer
vide a handle portion 3. Fixed to the lower
cial structure of my invention, it is obvious that
end of shank I is a gripping lug in the form of
the same is subject to certain changes and modi
a- rectangular plate 4.
?cations all within the scope of the appended
As will be observed, the shank I is secured to
claims.
approximately the center of gripping plate 4' so
What I claim is:
that a portion thereof projects downwardly and 45
1. In a lifting device for building blocks and
backwardly under said handle at an obtuse angle
the like, having vertical openings therein, a
with respect to said shank, and a portion thereof
shank bent substantially at right angles to pro
extending upwardly and forwardly at an acute
vide a, handle portion, and an enlarged gripping
angle with respect to said shank I.
plate ?xed to the lower end of said shank and
Fixed to the intermediate portion of said shank 50 extending backwardly under said handle at an
I and projecting substantially at right angles
obtuse angle to said shank.
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2. In a lifting device for building blocks an
the like, having vertical openings therein, a
shank bent substantially at right angles to pro
vide a handle portion, an enlarged gripping plate
?xed to the lower end of said shank and extend
ing backwardly under said handle at an obtuse
angle to said shank, and a stop lug ?xed to the
intermediate portion of said shank and extend
ing outwardly under said handle portion.
portion of said plate extending backwardly under
said handle at an obtuse angle to said shank and.
a portion thereof extending forwardly and up
wardly at an acute angle to said shank.
4. In a lifting devise for building blocks and
the like, having openings therein, a shank having .
its upper end bent at substantially right angles to
provide a handle, a rectangular stop plate ?xed
to the lower end of said shank, a portion of said
3. In a lifting device for building blocks and 10 plate extending backwardly under said handle at
an obtuse angle to said shank and a portion
the like, having vertical openings therein, a
thereof extending forwardly and upwardly at an
shank having its upper end bent at substantially
acute angle to said shank.
right angles to provide a handle, a rectangular
stop plate fixed to the lower end of ‘said shank, a
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FRANK A. DOSTAL.
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