Nail Holder

Nail Holder

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20060096875, Nail holder.

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] The present application derives priority from provisional patent application No. 60/625,262, filed Nov. 5, 2004.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] 1. Field of the Invention

[0003] The present invention relates to nail holders, and in particular to a nail coil holder and nail strip holder for attachment to a belt.

[0004] 2. Description of the Background

[0005] Nails are necessary tools when performing construction work. Regardless of the degrees of nails used, or whether they are rolled in a coil, or hanging vertically from a strip, builders will carry around nails while working so they are accessible when needed. Accessibility of the nails allows the builder to avoid constantly going back and forth to the tool kit, truck, or wherever else the original supply of nails are stored. Oftentimes, builders will carry the nails in their pockets. This however, is not a good solution to having the nails accessible, because not only do the nails cause discomfort while stored in the pocket but they also pose a risk of injury if they poke through the pocket and into the builder’s skin. These risks increase especially when working with nail coils or strips which are oftentimes, simply too large and cumbersome to fit into a pocket. Nail coils consist of nails that are wire collated together and wrapped around in a ball/coil. Nail strips consists of nails that are wire collated together, side-by-side in a short strip. Nail coils typically carry many more nails than nail strips and are preferred in rapid-fire applications like running sheathing or remodeling applications where there can be many single nail shots. Nail strip guns are preferred during smaller construction or roofing projects. Of course, certain guns accept only nail coils while others only accept nail strips, depending upon make and model. In either case, fast and ready access to spare nail coils/nail strips is essential for efficient working with a nail gun. It is most common to stuff nail coils and strips into pants pockets, but the protruding nails inevitably bite into the fabric, making removal quite difficult. Thus, there remains a significant need for a nail coil holder and nail strip holder that attaches to a belt, and holsters the nail strip/nail coil, thereby providing easy accessibility to both while performing construction work.

[0006] The present inventor is not the first to attempt to improve upon nail holders. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,932,576 to Ashley discloses a nail and screw pouch and tool holder assembly which includes one or more slidable belt-attached pouch holders with slots through which a belt passes, worn by the user. Each pouch holder, which may be of leather so as to be relatively stiff, has a pouch hanger member formed of a generally horizontal rigid bar or rail with a plurality of depending U-shaped sections, each for supporting and locating a clip from which a pouch or tool holder hangs. Unfortunately the Ashley ‘576 apparatus and other prior art apparatuses fall short of the optimum configuration for a nail coil and nail strip holder. The Ashley apparatus is stiff, heavy, and expensive to manufacture. Thus, it would be greatly advantageous to provide a nail coil holder that (1) has substantially rounded sides to facilitate holding a nail coil, (2) has a belt slot molded onto the back, (3) possesses a simple, yet scalable, design fabricated of durable, lightweight, flexible materials, and (4) may be economically manufactured and sold to provide for widespread use. Also, it would be greatly advantageous to provide a nail strip holder that (1) is parallelogram-shaped to allow different degrees of nails to be held, (2) has slots cut into the bottom of the holder to allow debris and/or water to drain out of the holder, (3) has a belt clip attached at the back, (4) possesses a simple, yet scalable, design fabricated of durable, lightweight, flexible materials, and (5) may be economically manufactured and sold to provide for widespread use.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide nails holders for easy accessibility to nails while working.

[0008] Still is another object of the present invention is to provide a nail strip holder that possesses a simple and scalable design.

[0009] Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a nail strip holder that is fabricated of lightweight materials providing an appropriate degree of flexibility, durability, and longevity.

[0010] An additional object of the present invention is to provide a nail strip holder that may be economically manufactured and sold to provide for widespread use and disposability.

[0011] It is an object of the preferred embodiment of present invention to provide a nail coil holder that has substantially rounded sides for holding a coil of nails.

[0012] Yet another object of a preferred embodiment of the present invention is to provide a nail coil holder that has a semi-circle cut out from the top of front side of the holder for easier insertion of the coil of nails.

[0013] Still another object of a preferred embodiment of the present invention is to provide a nail coil holder with a slot molded onto the back of the holder for passing through a belt loop.

[0014] It is an object of an alternate embodiment of the present invention to provide a nail strip holder shaped in the form of a parallelogram to facilitate holding and storing different degrees of nails.

[0015] It is yet another object of an alternate embodiment of the present invention to provide a nail strip holder that has slots cut into the bottom of the holder to allow debris and/or water to drain out of the holder.

[0016] Yet another object of an alternate embodiment of the present invention is to provide a nail strip holder that has a belt clip for easy attachment to a belt.

[0017] These and other objects are accomplished by the present invention, which is a nail holder. The preferred embodiment of the present invention is a roofing nail holder, which has a flat base with substantially rounded sides. The top is open so that the nails can be inserted therethrough. A semi-circle is cut out from the top of the front side of the holder, for easier insertion of the roofing nail coil. The points of the nails in the nail coil can be oriented toward the front or back of the holder, depending on the preference of the user. A slot is molded onto the back of the holder for passing through a belt loop. An alternate embodiment of the present invention is a nail strip holder, which generally comprises a parallelogram-shaped receptacle with an open top, and slots cut out of the bottom surface. The nail strip is inserted into the receptacle through the open top. The nail strip rests within the receptacle at a 30-degree angle. A belt clip is attached to the top edge of one side of the receptacle. The belt clip allows for attachment of the holder to a belt worn by a user. The holders may be integrally molded.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0018] Other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment and certain modifications thereof when taken together with the accompanying drawings in which:

[0019] FIG. 1 is a rear perspective view of the nail coil holder 100 according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0020] FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of the nail coil holder 100 as in FIG. 1.

[0021] FIG. 3 is a rear end perspective view of the nail coil holder 100 as in FIGS. 1-2.

[0022] FIG. 4 is top end perspective view of the nail coil holder 100 as in FIGS. 1-3.

[0023] FIG. 5 is a side perspective view of the nail strip holder 200.

[0024] FIG. 6 is a back perspective view of the nail strip holder 200 as in FIG. 1.

[0025] FIG. 7 is a top view of the nail strip holder 200 as in FIGS. 1-2.

[0026] FIG. 8 is a bottom view of the nail strip holder 200 as in FIGS. 1-3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0027] The preferred embodiment of the present invention is a roofing nail coil holder 100. FIGS. 1-4 are rear perspective, top perspective, rear end perspective, and top end perspective views, respectively of the roofing nail holder 100. The holder 100 has a flat base 1 with sides 2 substantially rounded toward the bottom (near base 1). The flat base 1 is especially useful in placing the holder 100 down on a surface to load/unload nails or simply rest as a freestanding holder. The rounded sides 2 open upward and are widest at the middle. The degree of roundedness loosely conforms to the coil/ball of roofing nails. The holder 100 has an open top 11 so the coil/ball of nails can be inserted therethrough. A semi-circle 3 is cut out from the top of front side of the holder 100, for easier insertion of the coil/ball of nails. Because of the rounded sides 2 of the holder 100, the points of the nails in the nail coil can be oriented toward the front or back of the holder 100, depending on the preference of the user. An offset yoke 4 comprising a flat section with inwardly angled ends is molded onto the back of the holder 100 for a belt to pass through the offset yoke 4.

[0028] The roofing nail holder 100 as illustrated in FIGS. 1-4 is 4.35 inches wide and 4.00 inches long so it can hold an average-sized coil/ball of nails. The preferred embodiment shown in FIGS. 1-4 may be integrally-molded, and in this regard the dimensions are fixed. However, the relative dimensions may be varied to fit coils of any desired length and width. Thus, it is envisioned that different models of the roofing nail holder 100 will be made available for differently-sized coils.

[0029] FIGS. 5-8 are, respectively, side perspective, back perspective, top, and bottom views of a nail strip holder 200 of an alternate embodiment of the invention. The holder 200 generally comprises a parallelogram-shaped receptacle 5 with an open top 6, and two slots 7 cut out of the bottom surface 8. A nail strip is inserted into the receptacle 5 through the open top 6. The nail strip rests within the receptacle 5 at a 30-degree angle. A belt clip 9 is attached to the top edge 10 of one side of the receptacle 5. The belt clip 9 allows for attachment of the holder 200 to a belt worn by a user. The belt clip 9 can be composed of a variety of materials, including for example, hard and soft metals, such as aluminum and stainless steel, hard plastics, flexible plastics or combinations thereof, such as a metal clip having a plastic sheath. Two slots 7 are cut out of the bottom 8 of the receptacle 5 to allow water and/or debris to drain out of the receptacle 5, thereby allowing the nails to be free and clear of any material that may invite rust or obstruct construction in any other way. A long-parallelogram shaped receptacle 5 is preferred because different degrees of nails can easily be held in place at an angle, although the receptacle 5 may also take a different quadrilateral shape such as a rectangle.

[0030] The nail strip holder 200 as illustrated in FIGS. 5-8 is 2.5 inches thick, 3 inches long, and 0.25 inches wide. The holder 200 may be integrally-molded, and in this regard the dimensions are fixed to hold four nail strips. However, the relative dimensions may be varied to accommodate a different number of nail strips. Thus, it is envisioned that different models of the nail strip holder 200 will be made available to hold a different number of nail strips.

[0031] The holders 100, 200 are preferably fabricated from polypropylene, polycarbonate, or other flexible, resilient, commercially available plastic. The holders 100, 200 may be integrally molded. One skilled in the art will understand that any material possessing an appropriate amount of flexibility and resiliency may be used, and other suitable manufacturing methods may be employed such as an injection molding process.

[0032] As is evident from the above disclosure, the holders 100, 200 of the present invention possess a simple, yet scalable, design that may be economically manufactured and sold to provide for widespread use. The holders 100, 200 utilize lightweight materials chosen to provide the appropriate degree of flexibility, resiliency, durability, and longevity required by the nature of its usage, and yet its cost is minimal to allow ready disposal.

[0033] The holders 100, 200 are very easily accessible while working because they fit through and attach to a belt, respectively and thus they provide a great deal of convenience. The holders 100, 200 are a very convenient storage medium for nails even when they are not attached to the belt.

[0034] Having now fully set forth the preferred embodiments and certain modifications of the concept underlying the present invention, various other embodiments as well as certain variations and modifications of the embodiments herein shown and described will obviously occur to those skilled in the art upon becoming familiar with said underlying concept. It is to be understood, therefore, that the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically set forth in the appended claims.

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A nail holder having nail holding jaws mounted on levers pivoting at a position such that good leverage can be applied for gripping a nail, the undersides of the jaws providing a cavity receiving a ridge of corrugated roofing, the tool being formed in a manner for economical manufacture from materials sufficiently malleable as to withstand hammer blows, some of the levers being formed of steel bars twisted for ease of pivotal attachment.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

During the nailing of corrugated roofing sheets onto a roof, nails frequently glance away from the convex ridge, rather than driving straight through the ridge as is desirable.

When a nail glances in this way it can even penetrate the metal in a valley between the ridges where rain will cause leaking.

Nail Holder

A glancing nail can cause the hammer to strike a person’s thumb, resulting in a very badly bruised "black" thumb.

Even though corrugated roofing has been popular for the greater part of a century, no tool to my knowledge has ever been marketed for solving this problem. I am aware of a proposal made in U.S. Pat. No. 1,688,445, issued to I. N. Williams on Oct. 23, 1928, titled "NAIL HOLDER". In this patent the levers were shaped in a curved manner and the jaws were of one piece with the respective levers, so that the only way that would be suggested for making the tool would be to make it by casting the parts. However, cast parts will break quickly when hit with a hammer as would often occur. In my opinion, this is probably a reason why I have not seen the tool of this patent on the market.

It is an object of this invention to provide a nail holding tool, the under surfaces of which are adapted to snugly fit corrugation, ridges, but having the features that the tool is adapted to economical manufacture from materials that can withstand hammer blows, rather than having the problem of being cracked by hammer blows as in the case of cast metal.

I conceive for economical manufacture that the levers of a nail holder could be made of steel bar stock which is economically available and that the forward ends of the levers could be twisted into horizontal planar positions for effective pivotal attachment of the levers together, while yet permitting a bending of the levers transversely of their width in positions for achieving a desired shape and supporting nail holding jaws. Such steel could receive a hammer blow and the blow would tend to be withstood, because the blow would hit the steel bar stock edgewise, although I prefer that the jaws protrude above the levers so that the jaws receive all normal and accurate hammer blows.

I propose that the jaws themselves be made of malleable material, capable of withstanding hammer blows, and I have found that lead is a good material for this purpose. Lead can be cast to a desired shape and yet is malleable, which cannot be said for cast iron.

A further object of this invention is to provide jaws which can be easily held in place by metal screws for economical fabrication.

A further objective is to provide the concept of attaching the jaws to the levers in a manner such that when a vertical set of nail receiving notches in the jaws are in upright nailing position, then the handle ends of the levers will be spaced from adjacent parts of the roofing for accommodating the fingers between the levers and the roofing.

A further object is to provide a nail holder that is suitable for holding nails that are being driven into concrete because the nails are firmly held by good leverage, and because the jaws are solid without openings therethrough, whereby chips of concrete cannot fly up from the point of the nail through any openings in the jaws endangering the eyes of a workman.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The main feature of this invention is to provide a nail holder having right and left elongated levers pivotally attached together at one end for pivoting about an axis, right and left jaws attached to respective right and left levers and facing each other and having nail-gripping surfaces respectively disposed in positions for gripping a nail at times when said levers are in positions for nail-gripping, the undersides of the jaws having grooves which together form a cavity adapted to receive a ridge of corrugated roofing, the jaws having notches therein for receiving the opposite sides of a nail for firmly holding the nail straight and supporting the nail so that it does not become bent while being driven, the jaws being disposed near the attached ends of the levers.

A further feature is an economy of construction accomplished by using flat pieces of material for the levers with the levers being twisted so as to have horizontal forward portions for ease of attachment, yet vertical portions for ease of mounting of the jaws thereon.

Another feature is to provide a nail holder, the forward ends of the levers and the jaws of which are formed of material sufficiently malleable and non-brittle as to withstand hammer blows like steel, the jaws preferably being of lead for ease of application and the ability to withstand hammer blows without cracking and also without damaging the head of the hammer, since hammer heads can be chipped and are very expensive.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the nail holder of this invention shown in a jaws closed position with handle covering materials thereof shown with uppermost portions broken away and the remainder shown in section.

FIG. 2 is a side elevation of the nail holder of this invention shown in nail-gripping position and nail-driving position with a nail being shown therein.

FIG. 3 is a view of two lapped pieces of corrugated roofing material shown as seen from an edge and parallel with the straight parallel ridges thereof, lowermost parts of the jaws of the nail holder of this invention being shown in position above a ridge preparatory to the driving of a nail, other portions of the nail not being shown.

FIG. 4 is a bottom plan view of the jaws of the nail holder shown in jaws-closed position.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The nail holder of this invention is generally indicated at 10 in FIG. 1, and comprises left and right levers 12, which are formed of steel bar stock, having planar vertical sides 20 and along most of the length of each lever 12, although adjacent but spaced from the forward end of each lever 12 the lever is bent at 30 toward a pivot axis 40 at obtuse angle inclination with respect to the respective straight main portion 34 of the lever, such inclining portions being seen at 40 and having at their forward ends terminal portions 44, which are disposed in horizontal planes because the bar stock material of the levers 12 is twisted 90.degree. at 50 between the flat inclining portions 40 and the forward horizontal portions 44.

The forward horizontal portions 44 are secured together by any suitable security means such as a rivet 50 for pivoting about the axis 40.

The rearward ends of the levers 12 can be provided with suitable covering 61, shown in cross section in FIG. 1.

Between the forward ends of the straight portions 20 of the levers 12 left and right jaws 60 are disposed, the jaws 60 having vertical planar flat outer edges 62 abutting inner sides 64 of the levers and to which they are secured by metal screws 70 extending through the apertured levers 12 and into the jaws 60 which are preferably formed of malleable material such as lead.

The inner edges of the jaws 60 are preferably flat and are seen at 74, but with the exception that they are provided with vertical nail receiving notches 80 which cooperate by being disposed opposite each other to form, in effect, an elongated cylindrical opening to which a nail can be received, as shown by the nail 90 of FIG. 2, preparatory to the driving of the nail through corrugated roofing materials such as an upper layer of corrugated roofing 104, and a lower layer of corrugated roofing 106, shown in FIG. 3. The under surfaces of the jaws 60 are provided with grooves 140, extending from right to left completely thereunder, and together forming a cavity 150 at times when the jaws 60 are substantially against one another. The cavity 150 is of a concave curved shape, extending from left to right, and is adapted to be snugly received against a complimentary shaped convex upper surface 160 of a ridge of the roofing material 104, as best seen in FIG. 3, whereby the nail 90 of FIG. 2 can be driven down through the opening 80, best seen in FIG. 1, while the tool is held from sliding off of the ridge 160 by the cavity 150, which latter lapse across substantial areas on both sides of the crest of the ridge 160.

Referring to FIG. 2, it will be seen that the elongated straight lever portions 20 extend at an obtuse angle with respect to the horizontal at times when the tool is held in a position such that its nail groove 80 is vertical. This is so the fingers of an operator can extend around the handle portion under the covering 61 without engaging adjacent parts of the corrugated roofing materials.

The jaws, as best seen in FIGS. 1 and 4, have a horizontal dimension as measured in a direction transverse to the length of the levers which dimension is more than the corresponding transverse dimension of the respective lever by a multiple of at least 2, as shown, and even by a multiple of at least 4, as shown.


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