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June 26, 1962v
3,040,402
v. E. RIBLE
CABLE SPLICING DEVICE
Filed Feb. e, 1061
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Patented June 26, 1962
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ameter will be reduced when extended and increased
when contracted. The grip 21 differs from the conven
CABLE SPLICÍNG DEVICE
tional type of grip in being provided with discrete lock
rings 25, one each of such ringsV being secured at each
end of the body portion 23.
Vincent E. Rible, 1320 Holly Lane, Spring Lake, NJ.
Filed Feb. 6, 1961, Ser. No. 87,503
1 Claim. (Cl. 24-123)
(Granted under Title 35, U.S. Code (1952), sec. 266)
For the manner in which the spreader 11 and the grip
21 are utilized to accomplish a secure splice, attention is
The invention described herein may be manufactured
directed to FIGS. 3, 5 and 6 of the drawing. FIG. 3
and used by lor for the Government for governmental
shows the spreader 11 in position between the -two folds
purposes without the payment of any royalty thereon.
of the rope 27 wherein it can be seen the successive
'I‘he present invention relates to clamps and a cable 10 knobs formed by the rope strands of both folds- of the
or rope splicing device for use »in connecting the ends
rope 27 fit snugly and interdigitate into the channels
of heavy rope, cable or the like, such as three ply manila
15 on both faces of the spreader. FIG. 5 shows the com
or nylon rope.
pleted splice, with the loop portion of «the rope 27 not
being shown, and with all the components in assembled
position which is accomplished in the following menner.
The rope 27, in single elongated form is iirst threaded
The primary object of the present invention is to pro
vide in novel form, a simple and eiiicient clamp for the
purposes referred to, the same including a new and novel
spreader used in conjunction with an expansible and con
tractile grip composed of interlaced wire strands that ter
through the grip 21, which in its contracted form, Áas in
FIG. 4. The free end of the rope is then also threaded
20 lthrough the grip to form a loop, as shown in FIG. 3.
for the purposes intended.
At this time the spreader 11 is .placed between the Vfolds
The practice `of joining two ends of discrete ropes or
of the rope and spaced at any desired distance from the
cables by a short splice, or the making `of yan eye splice
bend of the loop. The grip 21, still in contracted form
wherein one end of a rope is looped about itself, is con
is placed over the folded section of the rope within which
ventionally accomplished by separating the strands of
the spreader 11 is coniined. The grip 21 is then extended
the individual cables to be spliced and lacing or tucking 25 and the hook members 17 of the spreader 11 are placed
such strands together to form a secure juncture of the two
into separate engagement with the lock rings 25 of the
sections of rope to be secured. The completion of such
grip 21 as shown in FIG. 5. In such elongated form,
splices, that is by lacing, requires a considerable skill
the diameter of the grip is substantially reduced through
minate in lock rings which cooperate with the spreader
and furthermore is time consuming. While such splices
out its length and in this position tightly grips the two
can be made with manila or hemp ropes, it has been fur 30 folds of rope to formthe desired splice. Since the elon
ther found that considerable difliculty is encounterd in
gation of the grip 21 is held constant by the engagement
attempting to splice sections of nylon rope which has
of the hook members to the end lock rings of the grip,
The reason for such
there is no possibility of any slackening of the grip to
diñiculty in splicing nylon rope lies in the fact that when
diameter and loosen the splice.
such rope is separated into separate strands for lacing, 35 increaseits
In
the
utiliz-ation
of the splicing device herein described,
the discrete strands tend `to unravel thereby making it
-it will be apparent that ropes or cables of varying thick
extremely diiiicult to lace with other strands of nylon
ness will require a specific size spreader having channels
recently come into extensive use.
rope.
to accommodate rope -of a certain thickness, and a grip
Another object of ths invention is to provide a cable
having a maximum Alongitudinal stretch length, and re
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splicing means that can be used by those having no skills
sultant Esmall diameter, and lock rings of certain size to
in that art.
accommodate such sized rope.
The above and other objects and features of the inven
While there has been described what is at present con
tion will be apparent from the following description of
sidered to be the preferred embodiment of this inven
the clamping means when Aread in connection with `the
45 tion, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that
following drawings in which:
various changes and modilications may be made therein
FIG. 1 is a side elevation of the novel spreader form
without departing from the invention, and it is, therefore,
ing part of my invention;
aimed in the appended claim to cover all such changes
FIG. 2 is a top View of the spreader;
`and modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope
FIG. 3 shows the manner in which the spreader of
50 of the invention.
FIG. l is used in making a splice;
What is claimed is:
FIG. 4 is a side elevation of the gripping device used
A cable splicing device comprising in combination a
in conjunction with the spreader;
ñat bar having its opposite surface faces provided with
FIG. 5 shows a splice accomplished with the spreader
ya series of obliquely disposed channels to position and
and grip in locked engagement; and
confine the successive knobs formed by the strands of
FIG. 6 is a diagramma-tic end view of »the assembled 55
spl-ice of FIG. 5.
said cable when said bar is between adjacent »folds of
said cable, and wherein the discrete ends of said bar ter
minate in llanged extensions, and a grip of woven strands
in tubular form that can be longitudinally extended to
reduce the diameter of said grip and contracted to in
crease the diameter of said grip, said grip being pro
vided with 1discrete lock rings at either end thereof that
.
Referring to the drawing, there is shown in FIG. 1 the
spreader, which is generally designated by lthe reference
number 11, and which comprises a relatively short ilat
rod-like body 13, the opposite `faces of which are sepa
rately grooved with series of obliquely disposed channels
15. The ends of the rod 13 terminate in identical hook
members 17. Each of the hook members 17 comprises
engage the ñange portions of said bar when said grip
is fully extended and in position over said folds of cable
with said bar between said folds.
with notches 19 formed within the extended portion and 65
adjacent to respective edges of said extended portion.
References Cited in the file of this patent
The clamp or gripping component of this invention is
UNITED STATES APATENTS
shown in FIG. 4 and is designated generally as 21. The
1,257,981
Cole _______________ __ Mar. 5, 1918
body portion 23 of the grip 21 is similar to conventional
Dowd ______________ __ Aug. 17, 1926
gripping devices of the type in which strands of wire or 70 1,596,818
an extending widened flange-like portion and provided
other suitable material are woven into tubular form for
longitudinal extension and contraction whereby the di
.
1,686,250
Page _______________ _.- Oct. 2,
1,994,674
Van Inwagen _________ __ M-ar. 19, 1935
1928
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