|Title:|| Positioning & locking hanging system|
|Abstract:||Picture frames and frame bases attached to pictures that are able to be mounted flush against a wall are described. Special recessed areas and frame connections make contact with one or more special wall brackets. The wall brackets are anchored into the wall and are connected to the frame in a number of ways. One of the ways is with the use of a screw that has a threaded bar moving on it. The screw goes through the top of the frame and is locked to the inside face of the frame so that it remains in place when the screw is turned. When the screw is turned the threaded bar moves into a recess in the wall bracket and pushes the picture up until the picture bottom hits a second wall bracket. This second bracket locks the picture onto the wall. The embodiments presented demonstrate various other means of locking the picture flush against the wall, as well as, means for leveling and adjusting the position of the picture.|
|Inventor(s):|| Lemire; Robert (Kings Park, NY) |
|Filing Date:||Oct 02, 2001|
|Claims:||1. A combination of an adjustable positioning and locking system and a picture frame that allows the picture frame to be locked flush against a wall and removed from the wall, the system comprising: at least one upper wall bracket separated from at least one lower wall bracket, the wall brackets comprising respective upper and lower lips; top and bottom apertures in top and bottom portions of the picture frame and spaced inwardly from a back wall of the picture frame, each of the apertures extending-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the object; top and bottom screws respectively located within top and bottom apertures, each of the screws having a hook threaded thereon; wherein the hooks are adapted to be separated by a first distance; wherein the at least one upper and at least one lower wall bracket are adapted to be separated by a second distance; whereby in order to mount the picture frame flush against the wall: a) the first distance is made smaller than the second distance via the screws, b) the bottom screw hook is placed over the lower lip, and c) the first distance is made substantially equal to the second distance via the screws so as to respectively lock the top and bottom screw hooks on the upper and lower lips; whereby vertical adjustability of the frame is provided via adjustment of the top and bottom screws; whereby horizontal adjustability of the frame is provided via loosening the top screw, moving the frame sideways on the lower lip, and subsequently tightening the top screw. |
2. An apparatus for locking a picture frame flush against a wall, the apparatus comprising: at least one top wall bracket separated from at least one bottom wedge-shaped wall bracket, the at least one upper wall bracket having a ledge and a space, and the at least one bottom wall bracket having an outer bottom edge; a base having a top portion with an aperture and a bottom portion with a beveled recess, the base adapted to be screwed into the back of a picture frame; a support screw located within the aperture; a t-bar threaded onto the screw; wherein the wall brackets are adapted to be separated by a first distance; wherein the t-bar and the beveled recess are adapted to be separated by a second distance; whereby in order to mount the picture frame flush against the wall: a) the base is screwed onto the back of the picture frame, b) the second distance is made larger than the first distance via the screw, c) the screw is placed through the slot so that the t-bar rests on the ledge, and d) the screw is turned until the bottom edge locks into the beveled recess.