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United States Patent Application 20170227037
Kind Code A1
DeCosta; Thomas August 10, 2017

RAPID MOUNT WALL ANCHORING SYSTEM WITH CABLE PASS THROUGH

Abstract

A rapid mount wall anchoring system and cable pass through for securing devices to a wall and routing device cables through a wall. The wall anchoring system includes a rigid frame with mounting fasteners for securing the frame to a wall. The frame includes an opening for fitment of either a load bearing plate for securing objects to a wall or a grommet when only cable pass through is desired.


Inventors: DeCosta; Thomas; (Westport, MA)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

DeCosta; Thomas

Westport

MA

US
Family ID: 1000002618190
Appl. No.: 15/460114
Filed: March 15, 2017


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
14120287May 14, 20149611879
15460114

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: F16B 13/0808 20130101; F16B 13/0833 20130101
International Class: F16B 13/08 20060101 F16B013/08

Claims



1. A wall anchoring system, comprising: a rigid frame, comprising: at one end a lip extension, said lip extension having a closed perimeter defining a central opening , said lip extension having a front and rear surface, said lip extension further including a sidewall, said sidewall having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to the rear surface of said lip extension, the sidewall extending away from said rear surface to said second end, said second end of said sidewall defining a peripheral edge; at least two guide members each having a middle section extending between first and second distal ends, said first distal end of said at least two guide member secured to said sidewall, said middle sections of said at least two guide members extending away from said sidewall to said second distal end of said at least two guide members, said at least two guide members including a cross-member therebetween, and a mounting arrangement for securing said rigid frame to a wall.

2. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall, as in claim 1 wherein said cross-member is secured between said second distal ends of said at least two guide members.

3. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall, as in claim 1 wherein said first distal ends of said at least two guide members is secured to said peripheral edge of said sidewall.

4. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall, as in claim 1 wherein said cross member includes a first threaded bore, said first threaded bore in substantial alignment with said central opening.

5. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall, as in claim 4 further including a fastener for securing said object to said frame, said fastener having a middle section extending between a first and second end, said fastener second end engaging said first threaded bore.

6. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall, as in claim 5, further including a plate insert positioned within said central opening, said plate insert including a second threaded bore therein, said fastener first end engaging said second threaded bore of said plate insert.

7. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall as in claim 6 wherein said plate insert includes an opening for cable pass through.

8. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall as in claim 6 wherein said plate insert includes means for securing said plate insert within said central opening.

9. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall as in claim 1, wherein said mounting arrangement further includes: a mounting boss integral with said first distal ends of said at least two guide members, said mounting boss positioned rearward from said lip extension front surface; and an aperture in said mounting boss.

10. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall as in claim 9 wherein said mounting arrangement further including: a mounting fastener extending through said aperture in said mounting boss; and clamp arms in engagement with said mounting fastener.

11. A wall anchoring system for securing objects to a wall as in claim 1 wherein at least two of said at least two first and second guide members are 180 degrees apart.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] The present application is related to, claims the earliest available effective filing date(s) from (e.g., claims earliest available priority dates for other than provisional patent applications; claims benefits under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) for provisional patent applications), and incorporates by reference in its entirety all subject matter of the following listed application(s) (the "Related Applications") to the extent such subject matter is not inconsistent herewith; the present application also claims the earliest available effective filing date(s) from, and also incorporates by reference in its entirety all subject matter of any and all parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, etc. applications of the Related Application(s) to the extent such subject matter is not inconsistent herewith:

[0002] U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/855,370 entitled "Grommet Assembly for Wall Panels", naming Thomas DeCosta as inventor, filed May 14, 2013, U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/956,528 entitled "Grommet Assembly for Wall Panels", naming Thomas DeCosta as inventor, filed Jun. 10, 2013, U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/960817 entitled "Grommet Assembly for Wall Panels", naming Thomas DeCosta as inventor, filed Sep. 28, 2013, U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/962,115 entitled "Grommet Assembly for Wall Panels", naming Thomas DeCosta as inventor, filed Oct. 31, 2013, and U.S. utility patent application Ser. No. 14/120,287, entitled "Rapid Mount Wall Anchoring System With Cable Pass Through," naming Thomas DeCosta as inventor, filed May 14, 2014.

1. FIELD OF USE

[0003] The invention generally relates to a rapid mount anchoring system that can be used for either mounting of electrical devices on walls and in buildings or for cable pass through, the anchoring system hardware hidden behind the wall providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance at the wall area.

2. DESCRIPTION OF PRIOR ART (BACKGROUND)

[0004] Grommets have been used in interior space divider panel systems and standard walls for granting access through a wall to provide computer cables, data connection modules, electrical wires, plug outlets, jacks, and the like. to workstations or other locations/equipments.

[0005] For example, in numerous office environments, a multi-wall arrangement divides a space into individual, personal workstations that often require numerous electrical conduits, receptacles, computer connectors and telephone lines to be within easy reach at each of often differently configured work areas.

[0006] Grommet assemblies for the routing of cables are known in the art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 8,357,853 is a rapid mount electrical cable entry device with a flexible slotted insert for routing low voltage cables through walls. The cable entry device includes a rigid low voltage frame with a plate having an opening therein, a rearward extending sidewall surrounding the opening, and a flexible insert within the opening. The flexible insert is removable to provide access to mounting fasteners on the inner periphery of the plate opening. All that is required for preparing the wall for installation of the cable entry device is a simple circular hole, which can be rapidly made in the sheet rock by a simple hole saw.

[0007] It would greatly improve these wall systems to allow for the rapid mounting of an electrical device (Speakers, cameras, televisions) to the structure without requiring a second mounting device.

[0008] A field installed rapid mount wall anchoring system usable in horizontal ceilings and vertical walls for the mounting of structures, including electrical devices, having the capability to support the weight of such structures, and allow cable pass through and strain relief protection would be desirable.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0009] The invention is a rapid mount wall anchoring system and cable pass through for securing devices to a wall and routing device cables through the wall. The wall anchoring system includes a rigid frame with a lip having an opening therein, a rearward extending sidewall surrounding the opening, rearwardly extending guide members extending rearward from said sidewalls, and a rigid mounting plate within the opening. The rigid mounting plate is snap fit into the opening and includes a center positioned threaded bore.

[0010] The rigid mounting plate is removable to provide access to mounting fasteners integral to the guide members and positioned on the inner periphery of the plate opening. All that is required for preparing the wall for installation of the wall anchoring system is a simple circular hole, which can be rapidly made in the sheet rock by a simple hole saw. To secure the rigid frame to the wall, the mounting fasteners with attached clamp arms on the frame, and the guide members are passed through the hole in the wall and the clamp arms are rotated to draw the clamp arms toward the mounting plate.

[0011] After the frame is secured to the wall, the rigid plate insert is reinserted within the plate opening and thus provides a load bearing support for devices mounted on the plate. A cable pass through hole allows for the passage of cables from the mounted device through the wall. The center positioned threaded bore of the rigid plate is in alignment with a second threaded bore further rearward of the plate. The second threaded bore is formed within a cross member that rigidly connects the guide members at their distal ends. The first and second threaded bores accept a fastening screw for securement of a device to the plate, and allows for the load of the attached device to be distributed throughout the rapid mount anchoring system. Alternatively, a grommet could be placed within the opening where the plate is only used as a wire pass through.

[0012] Several advantages are achieved with the rapid mount wall anchoring system of the present invention, including: (1) The wall anchoring system provides a support base for mounting electrical devices and structures to a wall (2) The wall anchoring system can be secured to a wall in less than a minute as wall preparation requires only a standard size hole saw. (3) The wall anchoring system can accommodate 1/4-inch to 1.5-inch wall thicknesses (4) The wall anchoring system can safely secure weights of up to 90 lbs (8) The cable entry device can be used to provide an aesthetically pleasing cable entry port on any wall.

[0013] These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will be better understood by reading the following description along with reference to the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0014] The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention are apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

[0015] FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the rapid mount wall anchoring system employing the principles of the present invention;

[0016] FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1;

[0017] FIG. 3 is a top front view of the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1;

[0018] FIG. 4 top rear view of the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1;

[0019] FIG. 5 is a left side view of the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1;

[0020] FIG. 6 is an exploded perspective view of the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1, showing the mounting plate and fastening screw separated from the rigid frame;

[0021] FIG. 7, 8 illustrates the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1, having a grommet insert;

[0022] FIG. 9 illustrates the rapid mount wall anchoring system of FIG. 1, mounted to a wall.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0023] In the following description, the same numerical references refer to similar elements. The embodiments, geometrical configurations, materials mentioned and/or dimensions shown in the figures or described in the present description are preferred embodiments only, given for exemplification purposes only.

[0024] In Referring to FIG. 6 there is shown a preferred embodiment of the present invention, a rapid mount wall anchoring system 10 with a rigid frame 25 and a load bearing plate insert 30. As illustrated in FIG. 6, the rigid frame 25 can be installed without bearing plate insert 30, where plate insert 30 is separate and removable. In this embodiment the system 10 may be used for cable pass through only. The opening may also include any grommet type insert known in the art as illustrated in FIGS. 7 and 8. One such insert is illustrated in U.S. Pat. No. D719,521, dtd Dec. 16, 2014 to DeCosta. The rigid frame 25 includes a lip 25A having an opening 25B therein and an inner periphery 25C on the lip 25A surrounding the opening. Extending rearward from inner periphery 25C is a sidewall 25D extending to an outer periphery 25E. As illustrated in FIG. 4 and FIG. 6, two guide members 25F aligned opposite each other, and integral with the plate 25, extend rearward from outer periphery 25E. The two guide members 25F include mounting bosses 25G include a face 25H including apertures therein (not shown). The lip 25A includes a front surface 25A1 and the faces 25H of the mounting bosses 25G are recessed away from the front surface 25A1 of the Lip 25A. Although two guide members are illustrated, a single guide member having a threaded bore arrangement in alignment with bore 30B could be utilized with reduced load bearing characteristics. Further, the guide member and mounting arrangement may be a single element or arranged separately without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

[0025] Substantially long threaded fasteners 35 extend through mounting bosses 25G apertures and engage clamp arms 38. Clamp arms 38 include a threaded bore for engagement of threaded fasteners 35 to rotate clamp arms 38 between an extended position and retracted position as desired. The clamp arms 38 may also be rotated inward so they are confined within the perimeter of lip 25A. Referring to FIGS. 2 and 9, the wall anchoring system 10 can then be inserted into a circular hole in a wall, the hole having a diameter less than the diameter of lip 25A and preferably a diameter equal to the distance between guide member edges 25F1. This will allow for lip 25A rear surface 25A2 to engage the wall surface as illustrated in FIG. 9. The clamp arms 38 are then rotated outward and each threaded fastener 35 can be easily rotated within its aperture as desired by turning the head of the respective fastener 35 with an appropriate tool such as a screwdriver (not shown), causing the clamp arms 38 to pull rear surface 25A2 against wall 50.

[0026] Referring to FIG. 6, and in the preferred embodiment guide members 25F are situated 180 degrees apart having at one end mounting bosses 25G and opposite ends 25G1 connected via cross member 40. Cross member 40 includes a threaded bore 40A and wire hang 40B. Referring to FIG. 2 and FIG. 6, Load bearing plate insert 30 includes a circular sidewall 30A and a threaded bore 30C positioned in alignment with threaded bore 40A. Threaded bores 30C and 40A accept threaded mounting fastener 70 for securement of devices to plate insert 30. Plate Insert 30 further includes connection means for securing plate insert 30 into opening 25B. In the preferred embodiment, the connection means are resiliently flexible tabs 30B having a lip 30B1 that engages outer periphery 25E locking plate insert 30 in place. When locked in place plate insert 30 circular sidewall 30A slideably engages sidewall 25D, allowing for plate 30 to be rotated to a limited degree up until lip 30B1 contacts mounting bosses 25G.

[0027] Plate insert 30 further includes an opening 30D for the passage of cables from an interior wall to a mounted device. In an alternative embodiment, without plate insert 30, cables can pass through opening 25B or through a grommet placed in opening 25B as illustrated in FIG. 8. As illustrated in FIG. 9, wall anchoring system 10 is shown installed within wall 50 for support and hanging of device 60. In the example, a brace 65 is screwed to anchoring system 10 by threaded mounting fastener 70 and the brace supports device 60. As illustrated in FIG. 9, threaded mounting fastener 70 engages plate 30 through threaded bore 30D and cross member 40 threaded bore 40A to support the load of device 60.

[0028] Although a separate brace 65 is illustrated any device mounting arrangement may be utilized for engagement with fastener 70, including direct mounting to fastener 70. The combination of clamp arms 38, load bearing plate 30, and cross member 40 allow for the hanging of devices of significant weight. The wall anchoring system 10 has been shown to support weights of at least 90 lbs for plates 30 being less than 2 inches in diameter. For ceiling installations cross member 40 includes a wirehang 40B that may be connected to a wire (not shown) secured on one end to an interior roof stud. The wall anchoring system 10 may be molded of various plastics including polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride, acrylonitrilebutadience styrene, and polyethylene, as well as others known in the art for the intended application of supporting a load.

[0029] It should be understood that the foregoing description is only illustrative of the invention. Thus, various alternatives and modifications can be devised by those skilled in the art without departing from the invention. Accordingly, the present invention is intended to embrace all such alternatives, modifications and variances that fall within the scope of the appended claims.

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