ApplicationNo. 304970 filed on 02/01/1989
US Classes:292/336.3, OPERATORS WITH KNOBS OR HANDLES292/7Lever-operating means
ExaminersPrimary: Moore, Richard E.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassE05C 009/04
AbstractA T-handle latch in which a housing is designed for reception in an opening of an item to be latched. A shank of a handle is rotationally disposed in the housing, and an actuating member of the latch is fixed on the end of the shank. The shank may be received in a shank-receiving opening of the actuating member, the opening being elongate so that the actuating member may be fixed in any of a plurality of discrete transverse positions with respect to the shank. Keying elements on the shank and in the shank-receiving opening define the discrete positions and are useful in achieving initial adjustment of the latch, in preventing the latch from slipping out of adjustment during use, and in helping to prevent relative rotation of the shank and the actuating member. Return springs bias the handle toward a neutral, home position. The return springs may be housed completely within the body of the latch, thereby protecting them from accidential damage, dislodging or loss during use, installation or shipping.