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Rope or cable securing device

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Clyde Hillier

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A device for securing a rope or cable that may be easily mounted to an object or supporting structure. The device includes a base having a socket for receiving a plunger. A coil spring is located at the bottom of the socket and exerts an upward bias against the bottom of the plunger. Both the upper portion of the base and the plunger have circular apertures that may be selectively vertically aligned by depressing the plunger to permit horizontal passage of a rope through the aligned apertures. By releasing the plunger, a shearing force is applied to the rope due to the misalignment of the apertures, thereby frictionally securing the rope or cable within the device. A foot operated mechanism may be employed to assist the user in depressing the plunger. The plunger may also be selectively and/or releasably locked in a depressed position to maintain alignment of the apertures, facilitating insertion of the rope without the need for maintaining a downward force on the plunger.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In order that the invention may be more clearly understood, preferred embodiments thereof will now be described in detail by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a rope or cable securing device;

FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of the rope or cable securing device of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a rope or cable securing device having a foot pedal;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a rope or cable securing device having a foot operated mechanism; and,

FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of an embodiment of a rope or cable securing device having a locking means.

Claims

1. An apparatus for securing a rope to a structure, the apparatus comprising:

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the structure is a dock and the apparatus is used for mooring a boat to the dock.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein each locking tab comprises a triangular shaped wedge having an upper face for engagement with an uppermost portion of the recess.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the locking tabs are flexible.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the biasing means is a coil spring.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the second aperture is aligned with the first apertures by depressing the plunger using a foot operated means.

7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the foot operated means is a foot pedal on top of the plunger.

8. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the foot operated means is a foot operated mechanism comprising a lever.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the plunger is lockable in a depressed position by a locking means, the second aperture and first apertures concentrically aligned in the depressed position.

10. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein the locking means is selectively operable.

11. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein the locking means comprises a second pair of opposed interior recesses beneath the first pair of recesses and wherein the pair of downwardly extending locking tabs is complementary to the second pair of opposed interior recesses and engaged therewith to lock the plunger in the depressed position.

12. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the plunger is locked in the depressed position by engagement of the upper face with the uppermost portion of the second recesses.

13. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein the locking means is releasable.

14. The apparatus of claim 13, wherein the locking means comprises an opposed pair of spring loaded pins through the upright portion for engagement with the locking tabs.

15. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the pins are squeezed together to move the locking tabs inwardly, thereby disengaging the upper face from the uppermost portion of the second recesses.

16. An apparatus for securing a rope to a structure, the apparatus comprising:

17. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the foot operated means is a foot pedal on top of the plunger.

18. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the foot operated means is a foot operated mechanism comprising a lever.

19. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the structure is a dock and the apparatus is used for mooring a boat to the dock.

20. An apparatus for securing a rope to a structure, the apparatus comprising: