Quick-connect fitting for electrical junction box

CAFC
  • US 5,266,050 A
  • Filed: 09/11/1992
  • Issued: 11/30/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A quick connect fitting for an electrical junction box comprising:

  • a hollow electrical connector through which an electrical conductor may be inserted having a leading end thereof for insertion in a hole in an electrical junction box;

    a circular spring metal adaptor surrounding said leading end of said electrical connector which has a leading end, a trailing end, and an intermediate body;

    at least two outwardly sprung members carried by said metal adaptor near said trailing end of said adaptor which engage the side walls of the hole in the junction box into which said adaptor is inserted;

    at least two spring locking members carried by said metal adaptor that spring inward to a retracted position to permit said adaptor and locking members to be inserted in a hole in an electrical junction box and spring outward to lock said electrical connector form being withdrawn through the hole;

    said circular spring metal adaptor being less than a complete circle that is of a relaxed diameter less than the diameter of the hole into which it is to be inserted with said spring locking members extending radially outward beyond the diameter of the hole into which they are to be inserted; and

    an arrangement on said connector for limiting the distance said connector can be inserted into the hole in the junction box.

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