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US3520988A
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
    • B65H75/00Storing webs, tapes, or filamentary material, e.g. on reels
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
    • B65H75/00Storing webs, tapes, or filamentary material, e.g. on reels
    • B65H75/02Cores, formers, supports, or holders for coiled, wound, or folded material, e.g. reels, spindles, bobbins, cop tubes, cans
    • B65H75/34Cores, formers, supports, or holders for coiled, wound, or folded material, e.g. reels, spindles, bobbins, cop tubes, cans specially adapted or mounted for storing and repeatedly paying-out and re-storing lengths of material provided for particular purposes, e.g. anchored hoses, power cables
    • B65H75/36Cores, formers, supports, or holders for coiled, wound, or folded material, e.g. reels, spindles, bobbins, cop tubes, cans specially adapted or mounted for storing and repeatedly paying-out and re-storing lengths of material provided for particular purposes, e.g. anchored hoses, power cables without essentially involving the use of a core or former internal to a stored package of material, e.g. with stored material housed within casing or container, or intermittently engaging a plurality of supports as in sinuous or serpentine fashion
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V27/00Cable-stowing arrangements structurally associated with lighting devices, e.g. reels
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02GINSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES
    • H02G11/00Arrangements of electric cables or lines between relatively-movable parts
    • H02G11/02Arrangements of electric cables or lines between relatively-movable parts using take-up reel or drum
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
    • B65H2701/00Handled material; Storage means
    • B65H2701/30Handled filamentary material
    • B65H2701/34Handled filamentary material electric cords or electric power cables
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
    • Y10TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
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    • Y10T24/39Cord and rope holders
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R. H. BALLO'CK, SR

CABLE SUPPORT July 21, 1970 Filed July 10, 1968 INVENTOR. RAL PH H. BAL LOCK, SR.

United States Patent O 3,520,988 CABLE SUPPORT Ralph H. Ballock, Sr., Lake Road H20, Lampe, Mo. 65681 Filed July 10, 1968, Ser. No. 743,784 Int. Cl. H011) 7/28; A44b 2] /00; B65d 85 02 U.S. Cl. 174--135 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A device for supporting a length of electric cable or cord and for temporarily reducing the overall length thereof whereby tangled excess lengths are eliminated. The device includes a hollow tube having an extension at each end that has laterally extending teeth for engaging the cord.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION My device includes a straight hollow tube open at both ends which is adapted to receive an electric cord which can be folded upon itself, one or more times to reduce the effective length thereof, the opposite ends of the cord extending through opposite ends of the tube.

First and second means are each secured to a corresponding end of the tube and extend outward therefrom. Each means is adapted to detachably hold a corresponding end of the cord in place.

Thus the cord can be placed into or removed from my device easily and quickly and the effective length can be varied as required.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a side view of my invention in use;

FIG. 2 is a similar view of my invention per se;

FIG. 3 is a top view of the invention of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a view of a folded cord as inserted into my invention; and

FIG. 5 is an end view of the invention of FIG. 2.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now to FIGS. 1-5, there is shown a hollow rigid straight tube open at both ends 12 and having a uniform circular cross section.

Each end 12 has extending from a section thereof a thin slightly curved extension strip 14 which extends in the same direction as the axis of the tube, both extensions lying along the same line. Each extension has upwardly inclined parallel spaced apart teeth 16 separated by gaps or spaces 18.

In use an electric cord 20 having a plug 22 at one end and a socket 24 at the other is folded upon itself as many times as necessary and is inserted into the tube, with the portion of the cord adjacent plug 22 extending on opposite surfaces of adjacent teeth of one extension through the gaps therebetween whereby this portion is detachably held in locked position in enlarged bottom portions 18A of these gaps. The portion of the cord adjacent socket 24 is held by the other extension in like manner.

The tube and extensions can be integral and formed for example of molded plastic or other materials.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, my protection is to be limited only by the terms of the claims which follow.

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. A device for eliminating tangled electric cords and effectively reducing the length thereof when in use while permitting lengthening thereof when desired, said device comprising a hollow tube open at both ends and adapted to receive an electric cord which can be folded upon itself several times inside the tube with opposite ends of the cord extending out of opposite ends of the tube;

first and second means integral with said tube, each disposed at a corresponding end of the tube and extending outward therefrom in the same direction as the axis of the tube;

each said means being in the form of a strip slightly curved laterally, each said means including a plurality of spaced apart generally L-shaped gaps along a longitudinal edge forming spaced apart teeth, each cord end adapted to detachably engage the gaps between adjacent teeth in the corresponding means and extending around said teeth on opposite surfaces of adjacent teeth.

2. A device as set forth in claim 1 wherein said tube is rigid and straight.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 902,406 10/ 1908 Huber.

947,111 1/1910 Lorentz 24-129 1,383,665 7/1921 Rohan. 2,418,885 4/ 1947 Houston. 2,533,341 12/ 1950 Alfano. 2,823,610 2/1958 Frazer. 3,068,316 12/1962 Witt 174-135 3,310,623 3/1967 Vaughan '206-46 BERNARD A. GELAK, Primary Examiner U.S. Cl. X.R.

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US3626495A (en) * 1970-03-05 1971-12-07 John A Bastian Jr Tangle free wire holder
US3942637A (en) * 1975-04-28 1976-03-09 Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company Package for endless belts
WO1983003173A1 (en) * 1982-03-09 1983-09-15 Karel Slais Core former
US4477948A (en) * 1983-03-21 1984-10-23 Isaac Sachs Dead-end messenger wire holder
GB2180585A (en) * 1985-08-08 1987-04-01 Krane Services Ltd Rope fastening
US4942964A (en) * 1988-08-22 1990-07-24 Shirley S. Lan Storing box for booster cable
US4979614A (en) * 1989-10-31 1990-12-25 Ruhaut Robert C Storage container for an article
US5017144A (en) * 1990-05-29 1991-05-21 Michael Waidhofer Radar detector adaptor
US5071095A (en) * 1990-04-04 1991-12-10 Newby G Michael Utility clamp apparatus
GB2270109A (en) * 1992-08-29 1994-03-02 Michael John Hooper Rope holding device
US5308253A (en) * 1992-10-27 1994-05-03 Maki Philip J Plug holder
US5439109A (en) * 1993-12-28 1995-08-08 Bag-It Products Corp. Line storage device
FR2728732A1 (en) * 1994-12-26 1996-06-28 Legrand Sa Fixture to support multi-block mains connector on display
US5582524A (en) * 1995-06-14 1996-12-10 Woods Industries, Inc. Cord lock
US5906507A (en) * 1997-08-07 1999-05-25 Howard; James R. Foldable electrical cord
US6402547B1 (en) * 2001-01-18 2002-06-11 Courtesy Products, Llc Anti-theft ironing system
US6802471B1 (en) 2003-05-12 2004-10-12 Michael G. Gambrell Cord-attached wrap-up device
US20070051662A1 (en) * 2005-09-02 2007-03-08 Jeff Millar-Sax Packaging for electrical extension cord
US20070157438A1 (en) * 2006-01-10 2007-07-12 Judd Brian T Cable organizer
US20070268010A1 (en) * 2006-05-22 2007-11-22 Fan Tsai Voltage regulator with a wire arranging structure
US20090050754A1 (en) * 2007-07-03 2009-02-26 Thomas William D Cord caddy
US20100022106A1 (en) * 2007-09-04 2010-01-28 Dominic Kan Nam Lee Extension Cord Lock and In Line Tap
US20100147554A1 (en) * 2008-12-12 2010-06-17 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Power supply unit/ac power cord coupler securing device
US20100159733A1 (en) * 2007-09-04 2010-06-24 Dominic Kan Nam Lee Extension cord lock and in line tap
US20140151263A1 (en) * 2012-12-05 2014-06-05 Natasha Braz Apparatus And Method For Storage Of A Cord
US20160137369A1 (en) * 2014-11-14 2016-05-19 Warren E. Dennis Flexible electrical cord retaining sheath
USD758320S1 (en) 2014-08-12 2016-06-07 Yummy Designs, Inc. Holder for holding wires and cables
US20170088392A1 (en) * 2015-09-30 2017-03-30 Apple Inc. Cable Retainers for Packaging and Methods of Packaging a Cable

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US2418885A (en) * 1945-06-14 1947-04-15 George J Houston Rope fastener device
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US3626495A (en) * 1970-03-05 1971-12-07 John A Bastian Jr Tangle free wire holder
US3942637A (en) * 1975-04-28 1976-03-09 Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company Package for endless belts
WO1983003173A1 (en) * 1982-03-09 1983-09-15 Karel Slais Core former
US4477948A (en) * 1983-03-21 1984-10-23 Isaac Sachs Dead-end messenger wire holder
GB2180585A (en) * 1985-08-08 1987-04-01 Krane Services Ltd Rope fastening
US4942964A (en) * 1988-08-22 1990-07-24 Shirley S. Lan Storing box for booster cable
US4979614A (en) * 1989-10-31 1990-12-25 Ruhaut Robert C Storage container for an article
US5071095A (en) * 1990-04-04 1991-12-10 Newby G Michael Utility clamp apparatus
US5017144A (en) * 1990-05-29 1991-05-21 Michael Waidhofer Radar detector adaptor
GB2270109A (en) * 1992-08-29 1994-03-02 Michael John Hooper Rope holding device
US5308253A (en) * 1992-10-27 1994-05-03 Maki Philip J Plug holder
US5439109A (en) * 1993-12-28 1995-08-08 Bag-It Products Corp. Line storage device
US5586655A (en) * 1993-12-28 1996-12-24 Bag-It Products Corp. Line storage device
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US5582524A (en) * 1995-06-14 1996-12-10 Woods Industries, Inc. Cord lock
US5906507A (en) * 1997-08-07 1999-05-25 Howard; James R. Foldable electrical cord
US6402547B1 (en) * 2001-01-18 2002-06-11 Courtesy Products, Llc Anti-theft ironing system
US6802471B1 (en) 2003-05-12 2004-10-12 Michael G. Gambrell Cord-attached wrap-up device
US20070051662A1 (en) * 2005-09-02 2007-03-08 Jeff Millar-Sax Packaging for electrical extension cord
US20070157438A1 (en) * 2006-01-10 2007-07-12 Judd Brian T Cable organizer
US7882600B2 (en) 2006-01-10 2011-02-08 Judd Brian T Cable organizer
US20070268010A1 (en) * 2006-05-22 2007-11-22 Fan Tsai Voltage regulator with a wire arranging structure
US20090050754A1 (en) * 2007-07-03 2009-02-26 Thomas William D Cord caddy
US20100022106A1 (en) * 2007-09-04 2010-01-28 Dominic Kan Nam Lee Extension Cord Lock and In Line Tap
US7988494B2 (en) 2007-09-04 2011-08-02 Multiway Industries (Hk) Ltd. Extension cord lock and in line tap
US20100159733A1 (en) * 2007-09-04 2010-06-24 Dominic Kan Nam Lee Extension cord lock and in line tap
US7862385B2 (en) 2007-09-04 2011-01-04 Multiway Industries (Hk) Ltd. Extension cord lock and in line tap
US20110097923A1 (en) * 2007-09-04 2011-04-28 Multiway Industries (Hk) Ltd. Extension Cord Lock and In Line Tap
US20100147554A1 (en) * 2008-12-12 2010-06-17 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Power supply unit/ac power cord coupler securing device
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US20140151263A1 (en) * 2012-12-05 2014-06-05 Natasha Braz Apparatus And Method For Storage Of A Cord
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