US 9,808,893 B2
Apparatus for aligning sections of pipe
Matthew W. McClure, South Charleston, WV (US)
Assigned to Walhonde Tools Inc., South Charleston, WV (US)
Filed by Matthew W. McClure, South Charleston, WV (US)
Filed on Dec. 18, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/575,931.
Prior Publication US 2015/0174706 A1, Jun. 25, 2015
Int. Cl. B23K 37/053 (2006.01); B23K 31/02 (2006.01); B23K 101/10 (2006.01); B25B 5/00 (2006.01); B25B 5/14 (2006.01)
CPC B23K 37/0533 (2013.01) [B23K 31/02 (2013.01); B25B 5/003 (2013.01); B25B 5/147 (2013.01); B23K 2201/10 (2013.01)] 31 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for aligning sections of pipe, the apparatus comprising:
a first clamp member comprising a first clamp jaw and a second clamp jaw longitudinally spaced from the first clamp jaw;
a second clamp member comprising a first clamp jaw and a second clamp jaw longitudinally spaced from the first clamp jaw;
a first hinge comprising an elongated portion having a first aperture and a second aperture wherein the first aperture is spaced apart from the second aperture;
a first pivot member inserted through the first aperture of the first hinge and pivotally coupling the first hinge to the first clamp jaw of the first clamp member;
a second pivot member inserted into the second aperture of the first hinge and pivotally coupling the first hinge to the first clamp jaw of the second clamp member;
a second hinge comprising an elongated portion having a first aperture and a second aperture wherein the first aperture is spaced apart from the second aperture;
a third pivot member inserted through the first aperture of the second hinge and pivotally coupling the second hinge to the second clamp jaw of the first clamp member;
a fourth pivot member inserted into the second aperture of the second hinge and pivotally coupling the second hinge to the second clamp jaw of the second clamp member;
a first plurality of turnbuckle assemblies, each one of the first plurality of turnbuckle assemblies being coupled with each one of, and adjustable to vary the longitudinal spacing between, the first clamp jaw and the second clamp jaw of the first clamp member; and
a second plurality of turnbuckle assemblies, each one of the second plurality of turnbuckle assemblies being coupled with each one of, and adjustable to vary the longitudinal spacing between, the first clamp jaw and the second clamp jaw of the second clamp member.