Cable Guide Apparatus

The cable apparatus is a simple device which clamps to a metal tee bar of a hung ceiling. This enables any person pulling wire or cable through that ceiling to do so quickly and easily without the hassle of the wire binding on the metal tee bars. It will be a time saver for electricians, telephone wire and cable installers. The device will be made of durable rounded plastic with the clamping section made of metal.

FIG. 1 is a top front perspective view showing a preferred embodiment of the cable guide apparatus of the invention installed on two perpendicularly intersecting inverted T-shaped ceiling supports.

FIG. 2 is a partial end view of the embodiment of the cable guide apparatus shown in FIG. 1 taken along line 2--2 of FIG. 1.

The cable apparatus will be clamped to one corner of the tee bar ceiling attaching to at least one main runner on one side for a sturdy connection. It most likely will be placed as close as possible to the sourse of power.

FIG. 3 is a top of the embodiment of the cable guide apparatus of FIG. 2 taken along line 3--3 thereof.

FIG. 4 is a side view of the embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 3 taken along line 4--4 thereof.

The cable to be installed can be placed on the floor, or otherwise, and the end of the cable extended over the rounded apparatus. Installers can then pull the wire through the ceiling with ease, thus eliminating the problem of binding and damaging the metal tee bars.

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 2 taken along line 5--5 thereof.

FIG. 6 is a top rear perspective view showing the embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 1 removed from the ceiling supports.

DESCRIPTION

A cable guide apparatus that is mounted on a first ceiling support includes a first clamp portion for clamping onto the first ceiling support. The first clamp portion extends along a first longitudinal axis. A first curved guide portion isconnected to the first clamp portion, wherein the first curved guide portion extends in a direction parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The first curved guide portion includes a first curved surface which is curved in a direction circumferentialwith respect to the first longitudinal axis. A first end fence is connected to a first end of the first curved guide portion. The first end fence includes a first riser portion which extends up above the first curved surface. The cable guide apparatusis used to guide a cable over the first curved surface to prevent the cable from being blocked by flat surfaces on the first ceiling support.

For both the first ceiling support and a second ceiling support which is perpendicular to the first ceiling support, a second clamp portion is provided for clamping onto the second ceiling support. The second clamp portion extends along a secondlongitudinal axis which is perpendicular to the first longitudinal axis. A second curved guide portion is connected to the second clamp portion, wherein the second curved guide portion extends in a direction parallel to the second longitudinal axis andincludes a second curved surface which is curved in a direction circumferential with respect to the second longitudinal axis. A second end fence is connected to a second end of the second curved guide portion. The second end fence includes a secondriser portion which extends up above the second curved surface. An intermediate fence is located between the first curved guide portion and the second curved guide portion. The intermediate fence is oriented at a forty-five degree angle between thefirst curved guide portion and the second curved guide portion. The cable guide apparatus is used to guide a first cable over the first curved surface and to guide a second cable over the second curved surface to prevent the respective cables from beingblocked by flat surfaces on the first ceiling support and the second ceiling support.

For more information about manufacturing, Licensing or purchasing this patent contact please:

Name: Angelo DeRaffele
Phone: 914-2350736
Email: aderaff@juno.com