The Hidden Fastener is a means to securely fasten objects to a vertical surface such that the attachment means are not readily seen by the observer. The Hidden Fastener also allows no defacing on the viewable side of the object to be hung and all installation is accomplished from the viewing side of the vertical mounting surface. In its simplest form, this novel design incorporates a plate featuring two oppositely directed tapered holes in conjunction with standard hardware to effect a reliable and secure attachment, yet one that is easily removed and reinstalled. Additional photographs of prototype installation are available.
Novelty and Benefits
The Hidden Fastener presents a tamper-resistant attachment means that incorporates standard hardware that can be installed with common tools and proper know-how. The Hidden Fastener accommodates attachments of planar as well as various shaped objects to various mounting surfaces from smooth planar to irregular, highly reliefed. Because of the swing action of the design in capturing the head of utilized common hardware, there is no shift of the object from the intended mounting spot as the object is secured. Conversely, minute adjustments in positioning the attached object is possible by the swing-action design. The application of the Hidden Fastener is broad; anywhere there is a need to secure a hung object beyond just the action of gravitational forces. Therefore, signage, artwork/sculpture installations, indoors, outdoors, wall attachments in mobile environments such as land and marine transportation vehicles, and any attachment orientation other than vertical, etc. With further variation in plate shapes dictated by the application, the Hidden Fastener can offer easily remove and replace attachment means in such automotive applications as dash panel mounting or enclosure assembly during manufacturing of cabinet panels, as well as providing tamper-resistant panel attachment for maintenance/servicing requirements.
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