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Leveler Mechanism for Machine Housings and Cabinets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084208D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Oney, ES: AUTHOR

Abstract

This leveler mechanism is used for supporting and leveling housings, cabinets, supporting frames and other structures which contain therein or support or have mounted thereon machinery, electrical equipment, data processing apparatus or the like. For a typical housing or cabinet, four such levelers are used, one being placed or located under each of the four corners of the housing or cabinet. This leveler makes it much easier to get the wrench on the level adjusting nut.

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Leveler Mechanism for Machine Housings and Cabinets

This leveler mechanism is used for supporting and leveling housings, cabinets, supporting frames and other structures which contain therein or support or have mounted thereon machinery, electrical equipment, data processing apparatus or the like. For a typical housing or cabinet, four such levelers are used, one being placed or located under each of the four corners of the housing or cabinet. This leveler makes it much easier to get the wrench on the level adjusting nut.

Fig. 1 shows an elevational view of the leveler and its manner of use. Fig. 2 shows a partly cross-sectional elevational view of the leveler alone. Fig. 3 shows a top view of Fig. 2. And Fig. 4 shows a top view of a stop washer located inside the leveler.

The leveler includes a vertically extending threaded metal stud 10 which is welded to a circular metal base plate 11. The stud 10 is threaded its entire length. A snap-on rubber pad 12 is slipped over the base plate 11 and provides a slip-resistant pad for the underside of the base plate 11. Threaded onto the stud 10 is an elongated hexagon-shaped nut 13. The nut 13 has a cylindrical interior chamber 14 having an inwardly extending shoulder 15 at its lower end. This shoulder 15 is provided with internal threads which engage and cooperate with the threads on the stud 10.

Only the threaded shoulder 15 engages the stud 10, the diameter of the remainder of the chamber 14 being sufficient so as to provide some clearance between it and the stud 10. The nut 13 also has a reduced diameter cylindrical collar portion 16 located at the upper end thereof, such collar 16 having a center passage 17 which extends inwardly into the chamber 14. The flat space at the top of the nut body provides a support shoulder 18 for engaging the underside of the housing or cabinet to be supported.

The elongated nut 13 is prevented from being screwed completely off of the stud 10 by a stop washer 20, which is fastened to the top of the stud 10 by a small retaining screw 21. As indicated in Fig. 4, the stop washer 20 is shaped like a circular washer, but with two sides thereof shaved off. The longer dimension "x" of the washer 20 extends outwardly from the stud 10 a sufficient distance so as to be able to butt against the upper end of the shoulder 15, to prevent the nut 13 from being screwed off of the stud 10. The shorter dimension "y" of the washer 20 is such as to enable the washer 20 to be inserted into the nut chamber 14 through the t...