Meter box lock assembly

  • US 6,763,691 B1
  • Filed: 02/28/2001
  • Issued: 07/20/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/28/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. For use in combination with a utility box having a bottom, a side wall, and a cover which may be opened to gain access to the interior of the box, and which when closed, overlaps an upper edge of the side wall, a lock assembly for maintaining the cover in its closed position, said lock assembly comprising:

  • a bracket having first and second mutually spaced flanges integrally joined by an intermediate web;

    a jaw mechanically interengaged with and carried by said bracket for movement between said first and second flanges, said bracket being configured for removable mounting on said side wall, with said intermediate web interposed between said cover and the upper edge of said side wall, and with said first flange and said jaw respectively located adjacent exterior and interior surfaces of said side wall;

    force exerting means for urging said jaw towards said first flange to thereby clamp said side wall therebetween;

    a cap having a lip configured and dimensioned to overlap said cover; and

    interlocking means for securing said cap to said bracket.

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