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         wedge assembly 100, and extend back out through aperture   may be uniformly tapered from narrow end 316 to wide end
         508. Wedge assembly 100 may include an outer groove on its   314. Similarly, second wedge 400 may have a wide end 414
         outer periphery for receiving the rope 504. The outer groove   and a narrow end 416 opposite wide end 414, in which wide
         of each wedge assembly 100 may be configured to hold and   end 414 has a greater width than narrow end 416. Slider
         compress the corresponding  rope  504 against an interior   200 may also be an elongated tapered wedge.
         surface of the corresponding socket 502, which may secure   Slider 200 may have a wide end 214 and a narrow end 216.
         the corresponding rope 504 to the corresponding socket 502.  Wide end 214 may have a greater width than narrow end
           Figure 19 is a perspective view of the wedge assembly 100   216. In addition, slider 200 may have a first side 206 and a
         of the hoist assembly of figure 18 according to an embodi-  second side 208 opposite from first side 206. First wedge 300
         ment of the present disclosure.  Wedge assembly  100 may   and second wedge 400 may be assembled onto either side of
         include a first wedge 300 (sometimes referred to as a first   slider 200. Moreover, first wedge 300 and second wedge 400
         outer wedge), a second wedge 400 (sometimes referred to as   may be slidably engaged to slider 200.
         a second outer wedge), a slider 200 (sometimes referred to as   In some embodiments, first wedge 300 and second wedge
         an inner wedge), and a fastener 150. In some embodiments,   400 may each have a receiving feature, such as inner groove
         first wedge 300 and second wedge 400 are identical. First   304.  The  receiving  feature  of  first  wedge  300 and second
         wedge 300 and second wedge 400 may each be an elongated   wedge 400 may each engage a guide feature of slider 200,
         tapered wedge. First wedge 300 may have a wide end 314   such  as  first  guide  feature  202. The receiving features of
         and a narrow end 316, in which wide end 314 has a greater   first wedge 300 and second wedge 400 and the guide fea-
         width than inner narrow 316. The body of first wedge 300   ture of slider 200 may slidably secure first wedge 300 and
                                                              second wedge 400 to slider 200. Additionally, the receiving
                                                              features of first wedge 300 and second wedge 400 may allow
                                                              the guide feature of slider 200 to slide along the length of
                                                              the corresponding receiving feature. Further details of the
                                                              engagement of first wedge 300, second wedge 400, and slider
                                                              200 will be discussed in figures 20 and 21.
                                                               Figure 20 is a cross sectional view of the wedge assembly
                                                              100  of  figure  19  taken  along  line  III-III.  As  shown  in  the
                                                              figure, fastener 150 may be positioned between first wedge
                                                              300 and second wedge 400 and inserted into slider 200. Fas-
                                                              tener 150 may be a threaded fastener, such as a screw or
                                                              bolt. In some embodiments, fastener 150 is a double shoul-
         Figure 19: Perspective view of a wedge assembly of the hoist assembly.               continued on next page

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