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1. (WO2018014071) SYSTÈME DE CONNECTEUR DE POTEAU DE CLÔTURE
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Claims

1. A fencepost connector system comprising:

a crosspiece tubular section defining opposite open ends for receipt of distal ends of substantially inline crosspiece posts therein in use; and

a stem tubular section adjoining a midpoint of the crosspiece tubular section, the stem tubular section defining at least one opening for receipt of a distal end of a stem post therein in use, the stem tubular section being substantially orthogonal to the crosspiece tubular section, and wherein the stem tubular section has a portion having a diameter greater than that of the stem post and crosspiece tubular section.

2. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the stem tubular section defines a distal portion and a proximal portion, the proximal portion being towards the crosspiece tubular section and wherein the proximal portion has a diameter greater than that of the distal portion.

3. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 2, wherein the distal portion as a circular cross-section.

4. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 3, wherein the proximal portion has an oval cross-section.

5. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 4, wherein the oval cross-section has a lengthwise axis in line with a lengthwise axis of the crosspiece tubular section.

6. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 5, wherein the distal portion has a diameter of approximately 100 mm.

7. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 6, wherein the proximal portion is a diameter of approximately 140 mm.

8. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the fencepost connector system is of modular construction, comprising at least two shell sections each partially defining the crosspiece tubular section and the stem tubular section.

9. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 8, further comprising fasteners penetrating the shell sections for securing the shell sections to the respective distal ends of the posts.

10. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 9, wherein the fasteners comprise a pair of fasteners for distal ends of each of crosspiece tubular sections of the shells and a fastener for a distal end of each of a stem tubular section of the shell sections.

11. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 8, further comprising locking rings for distal ends of the shell sections.

12. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 11, wherein the shell sections define distal locking ring engagements for engagement of the locking rings in use.

13. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 12, wherein the locking ring engagements and the respective locking rings each define a clip-type mechanical interlock.

14. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 13, wherein the clip-type mechanical interlock comprises the distal locking ring engagements comprising a rim configured for catching by a corresponding catch of a respective locking ring in use.

15. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 12, wherein the locking ring engagements comprises a constriction mechanism.

16. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 15, wherein the constriction mechanism is configured for constricting against the respective distal ends of the posts under compression.

17. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 16, wherein each constriction mechanism comprises a V-shaped cross-section portion and wherein, under compression, the V-shaped cross-section portion is configured to compress such that an apex of the V-shaped cross-section portion moves inwardly.

18. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 17, wherein the locking rings each defines a channel configured for accommodating a distal end of the V shaped cross-section portion.

19. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 17, wherein the constriction mechanism comprises constriction allowance cutouts.

20. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 8, wherein each shell sections comprises a crosspiece tubular section transition through approximately 180° and a stem tubular section transitioning through approximately 180°.

21. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 20, wherein the at least two shell sections are two shell sections for engaging the stem post for forming a three-way connection in use.

22. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 8, wherein each shell sections comprises a crosspiece tubular section transition through approximately 90° and a stem tubular section transitioning through approximately 180°.

23. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 22, wherein the at least two shell sections are two adjacent shell sections defining two openings for engaging orthogonal posts for forming a four-way orthogonal connection.

24. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 23, further comprising a quarter round tube section between the two adjacent shell sections.

25. A fencepost connector system as claimed in claim 22, wherein the at least two shell sections are two pairs of adjacent shell sections defining at two openings for engaging opposite posts for forming a four-way coplanar connection.