Salvatore A. Uccello - Glastonbury CT
Barry M. Weinbaum - Manchester CT
Lok-Rak Corporation of America - East Hartford CT
A storage rack has vertical posts with vertically spaced apertures. Rails extend horizontally between the posts and are locked onto them by means of mounting plates on the ends of the rails. Each mounting plate has a pair of contiguous perpendicular planar surfaces that receive the edge margin of the post in the corner that they provide. The rail extends from one of the planar portions of the mounting plate, while the other planar portion has apertures through it that are aligned with apertures through two parallel walls of the post. The free ends of the legs of a generally U-shaped connector extend through these holes and are fastened at the exterior surface of the apertured mounting-plate portion by nuts. Exteriorly of the opposite post wall, the U-shaped connector has an offset web portion that extends perpendicularly of the leg portions beyond the edge margin of the post and around a narrowed tongue portion of the mounting-plate portion from which the rail extends. The connector web portion bears against the mounting-plate tongue portion at the same time that the nuts bear against the apertured mounting-plate portion, so tightening of the nuts causes fastening force on the mounting plate in two directions.