Patent Number: 6,292,984

Title: Load-support system employing instantaneously adjustable hook

Abstract: A load-support system for supporting a load employing an instantaneously adjustable hook which is freely slideable along a tie-down or load-support cord to any selected operative position where the hook is positively latched to the cord by turning or twisting the hook relative to the cord to a position wherein the inboard end of the cord exiting from the hook is disposed at an acute included angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the bore in the hook through which the cord extends. Such twisting or turning action serves to bias a latching element in the hook into latched engagement with the cord, preventing loosening--i.e., decrease in tension--of the effective length of the cord yet, at the same time, permitting movement of the cord through the hook in the opposite direction to increase the tension on the effective length of the cord while the hook remains positively latched thereto. The tie-down or load-support system readily permits use of the invention with take-up reels which can be either automatic or manual and of either light weight or heavy duty construction.

Inventors: Nelson; Bradley E. (San Ramon, CA)


International Classification: B60P 7/08 (20060101); B60P 7/06 (20060101); B06P 007/08 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018