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March 26, 1963
T. L. ROQUEMORE
3,082,472
GARAGE noon HANDLE
Filed July 25, 1961
INVENTOR.
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3,022,472
GARAGE DOOR HANDLE
Troy L. Roquemore, 5063 Bushnell, Arlington, Calif.
Filed July 25, 1961, Ser. No. 126,598
4 (Claims. (Cl. 316-112)
This invention relates to a novel pull-down handle
for overhead garage doors.
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3,682,472
Patented Mar. 26, 1963
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event that the member 20 is, as shown a tubular metal
form, the shank 40 is threaded through a nut 42, ?xed on
the inner sidewall 44 of the member and extends through
a hole 46 in the sidewall, with a lock nut 48 on the shank
bearing against the nut 42. In the case of a wooden
garage door, the eye shank 40 would be a wood screw
to be screwed into the door.
The handle 24 further comprises a lower and relatively
short Vertical bar portion 59 having, on its ends, upper
The primary object of the invention is the provision
of a simple, e?icient, and easily installed handle of the 10 and lower ?ats 52 and 54, respectively, disposed at right
angles to each other. The upper ?at 52 is positioned
kind indicated, which facilitates pulling garage doors
down to closed position, from inside garages, requires
less effort than ropes, wires, ?xed handles, and the like,
and provides better control of the doors.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a
handle of the character ‘indicated above, which is com
posed of an upper rod portion which is adapted to be
pivotally secured, at its upper end, to the inside of a
garage door, adjacent the lower end thereof, and shorter
lower rod portion which is pivoted, at its upper end,
on the lower end of the upper rod portion, and has
across bar hand grip on its lower end, whereby the
initial movement and the following descending move
ments in pulling a garage door down to closed position
are produced and accelerated or retarded.
Other important objects and advantageous features of
the invention will be apparent from the following de
scription and the accompanying drawings, wherein, for
purposes of illustration only, a speci?c form of the in
vention is set forth in detail.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is an inside elevation of an overhead
garage door, showing the same in closed position, the
between the cars 32 of the lower ‘?at of the upper bar
portion 26, and a headed pivot pin 56 extends through
the ears 32 and the ?at 52, whereby the lower bar portion
50, like the upper bar portion 26, is adapted to swing
toward and away from the door 10. It is to be noted
that, in addition, the upper bar portion 25, and hence
the entire handle 24, is adapted to swing laterally on the
loop 36 of the eye 34.
A horizontal cross bar hand grip 58 is secured to
and extends from opposite sides of the lower flat 54 of
the lower bar portion 50. The hand grip 58 comprises
a metal tube having open ends 60, and being compressed
at the middle thereof, to de?ne a central ?at 62. The
?at 62 is engaged with the outer side of the lower ?at
54 of the lower bar portion 50, and is ?xed thereto, as
by means of a pair of laterally spaced rivets 64.
In use and operation, the garage door 10 being in a
horizontal overhead position, the handle 24 being then
in a freely pendant position, the operator grasps the
hand grip 58, with one or both hands, and pulls down
wardly on the hand grip, so as to pivot the door down
wardly toward its vertical closed position. As the door
door being equipped with one or more handles of the
is thus started toward closed position, its descent can
present invention;
‘be controlled by holding onto the hand grip 5S and
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged and fragmentary view, like
FIGURE 1, showing the handle in detail;
manipulating the handle 24, so as to accelerate the
descent or to retard the descent, according to require
FIGURE 3 is a further enlarged fragmentary vertical
ments, and produce controlled closing of the door. The
transverse section taken through the garage door along
side of the handle;
FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary vertical section, on a re
duced scale, of the handle, taken on the line‘4-4 of
FIGURE 3; and,
FIGURE 5 is a horizontal section, on the scale of
FIGURE 4, taken on the line 5—5 of FIGURE 3.
Referring in detail to the drawings, wherein like nu
merals designate like parts throughout the several views,
the numeral 10 designates an overhead garage door of
the rigid pivotally supported type, although the invention
is equally applicable to the folding type of overhead
garage doors. The door 10 is illustrated as being hollow
and provided with spaced outer and inner panels 12
and 14, respectively, and provided, on its inner side,
with a bracing frame which includes a horizontal bottom
member 16, vertical side members 18, a vertical center
member 20, and downwardly converging members 22
which meet the bottom member 16, and the central
member 26.
handle 24 is installed on the door 10, so that the hand
grip 53 is suspended above the garage ?oor 66, the ver
tical length of the handle being such that the mounting
eye 34 is secured to the lower part of the door, so that
the handle 24 can be used for opening the door, from
inside the garage, by pulling upwardly on the hand grip,
so as to pivot the door up to overhead position.
The hand grip 58 has caps 68, secured on its ends,
preferably of rubber-like material, which provide com
fortable hand-holds and serve the additional purpose of
preventing marring of the roofs or tops of vehicles enter
ing or leaving the garage, with the door 10 in open
position. The articulation of the lower bar portion 50
to the upper bar portion 26, and the articulation of the
upper bar portion 26 to the door 10, permits the handle
24 to hang from the door, in the open position of the
55 door, so that the handle 24, if contacted by the top
of an unusually tall vehicle, will swing harmlessly out
of the way.
While there has been shown and described herein a
preferred form of the invention, it is to be understood
The illustrated handle, generally designated 24-, is
preferably installed on the center frame member 20, for 60 that the invention is not necessarily con?ned thereto,
and that any change or changes in the structure of and
better balanced operation and control of the door 10,
in the relative arrangements of components thereof are
but can also be installed on either or both side members
contemplated as being within the scope of the invention
18. The handle 24 comprises a vertically elongated upper
as de?ned by the claims appended hereto.
bar portion 26, preferably of tubular metal construction,
What is claimed is:
which has coplanar upper and lower ?ats 28 and 30, 65
1. A handle of the character described comprising an
respectively, on its ends. As shown in FIGURE 4, the
elongated upper bar portion having upper and lower co
lower ?at 30 is bifurcated to de?ne spaced cars 32. The
upper bar portion 26 is pivotally suspended on an eye
planar llats on related ends thereof, a lower bar portion
having an upper ?at coplanar with and pivoted to the
34, whose loop 36 is journalled through a hole 38, pro
vided in the upper ?at 28, and having a shank 4t} dis 70 lower ?at of the upper bar portion, said lower bar
portion having a lower end, a lower ?at on the lower
posed at right angles to a vertical frame member, such
end of said lower bar portion and disposed at right angles
as the center member 26, and secured thereto. In the
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to the ?ats of the upper bar portion, a cross-bar hand
grip having its intermediate portion engaged with and
?xed to the lower ?at of the lower bar portion, and
pivotal mounting means on the upper ?at of the upper
bar portion.
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ing means on the upper ?at of the upper bar portion,
comprising a screw eye having a shank adapted to be
?xed to the door and a loop, the upper ?at of the upper
bar portion having a hole through which the loop is
journalled.
2. A handle of the character described comprising an
4. A handle of the character described comprising an
elongated upper bar portion having upper and lower co
elongated upper bar portion having upper and lower co
planar ?ats on related ends thereof, a lower bar portion
planar ?ats on related ends thereof, a lower ‘oar portion
shorter than said upper bar portion, said lower bar por
shorter than said upper bar portion, said lower bar por
tion having an upper ?at coplanar with and pivoted to 10 tion having an upper ?at coplanar with and pivoted to
the lower ?at of the upper bar portion, said lower bar
the lower ?at of the upper bar portion, said lower bar
portion having a lower end, and a cross bar hand grip
portion having a lower end, and a cross bar hand grip
?xed to the lower end of the lower bar portion at'right
?xed to the lower end of the lower bar portion at right
angles to the upper bar portion ?ats, and pivotal mount—
‘angles to the upper bar portion ?ats, and pivotal mount
ing means on the upper ?at of the upper bar portion, 15 ing means on the upper ?at of the upper bar portion,
said lower bar portion having a lower ?at on its lower
said lower bar portion having a lower ?at on its lower
end disposed at right angles to'the ?ats of the upper bar
end disposed at right angles to the ?ats of the upper bar
portion, said hand grip having a ?at intermediate its
portion, said hand grip having a ?at intermediate its ends
ends engaged with a side of the lower ?at of the lower
engaged with a side of the lower ?at of the lower bar por
bar portion and ?xed thereto.
20 tion and ?xed thereto, said handgrip having caps engaged
'3. A handle of the character described comprising an
on its ends.
elongated upper bar portion having upper and lower co~
planar ?ats on related ends thereof, a lower bar portion
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
shorter than said upper bar portion, said lower bar por
UNITED STATES PATENTS
tion having an upper ?at coplanar with and pivoted to 25
the lower ?at of the upper bar portion, said lower bar
1,933,637
Plym ________________ __ Nov. 7,
portion having a lower end, and a cross bar hand grip
2,174,103
Dri-scoll ____________ __ Sept. 26,
?xed to the lower end of the lower bar portion at right
2,652,908
Fuller ______________ __ Sept, 22,
angles to the upper bar portion ?ats, and pivotal mount
2,973,561
Jackson ______________ __ Mar. 7,
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