US 9,809,994 B1
Tensionally secured screening panel
Lawrence Millard Neff, Sapulpa, OK (US)
Filed by Lawrence Millard Neff, Sapulpa, OK (US)
Filed on Jan. 9, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/401,534.
Int. Cl. E04H 17/16 (2006.01)
CPC E04H 17/16 (2013.01) 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An integrally formed panel comprising:
an annular member defining a longitudinally extending cavity for engaging a picket;
at least a first distal panel extending away from said longitudinally extending cavity for screening;
said annular member further comprising:
a longitudinally extending slot in communication with said longitudinally extending cavity for receiving and releasing said picket;
a locking tab and an anchor lock along opposite sides of said longitudinally extending slot for releasably and tensionally securing said annular member to said picket, said anchor lock extending away from said longitudinally extending cavity and projecting angularly from the adjoining portion of said annular member, and said locking tab extending toward said anchor lock;
a prying means for receiving a lever and prying force to releasably latch said locking tab to said anchor lock; said prying means adjacent to said locking tab and extending away from said longitudinally extending cavity;
a hinge between said locking tab and said anchor lock for flexibly opening said annular member to receive and release said picket;
a corner adjacent said locking tab for cooperating with said hinge to open said annular member to receive and release said picket;
a spring between said corner and said hinge for tensioning said annular member; and
an anchor flange adjacent said anchor lock extending into said longitudinally extending cavity for anchoring said annular member to said picket;
whereby as forces are applied to said integrally formed panel, said spring, said corner, and/or said prying means, said locking tab may be deflected toward said anchor lock, and as forces and related deflections increase, said locking tab contacts said anchor lock and resists releasably latching during handling, shipping, or displaying; and
whereby said picket may be received into said annular member and said anchor flange may be engaged to said picket, and as forces are applied to said spring, said corner, and/or said prying means, said spring is deflected toward said picket and said locking tab is deflected toward said anchor lock while said anchor flange resists movement or slippage on said picket as said spring starts to tension said annular member, and as forces are increased and deflections increase and as said anchor flange continues to resist movement or slippage on said picket, the tension continues to increase and said locking tab contacts said anchor lock and resists releasably latching, and as other additional forces are applied to overcome resisting releasably latching, the tension further increases as said locking tab passes under said anchor lock to tensionally secure said annular member to said picket.