04757854 is referenced by 73 patents and cites 2 patents.

This invention relates to an improved tongue and groove connector for detachably fastening a stretchable fabric panel to a rigid frame which is characterized by a tongue-forming element attached along a line intermediate the side edges thereof to the panel in face-to-face relation to the latter, the tongue being of a width substantially greater than the groove is deep so as to define an insertable portion to be seated in the groove and a projecting portion extending therebeyond which defines a handhold. The invention also encompasses the novel method of making the aforesaid connection which comprises grasping the handhold to stretch the fabric to a point where the leading edge of the insertable portion lies adjacent the entryway into the groove and thereafter releasing the hold upon the projecting portion of the strap thereby permitting the stretched fabric to pull the insertable portion into seated relation in the bottom of the groove.

Title
Apparatus for detachably fastening a stretchable fabric panel to a rigid frame
Application Number
7/19438
Publication Number
4757854
Application Date
February 26, 1987
Publication Date
July 19, 1988
Inventor
Gary R Rippberger
Boulder
CO, US
Agent
Edwin L Spangler Jr
Assignee
Bestop
CO, US
IPC
A47H 13/00
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