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Publication numberUS1210197 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 26, 1916
Filing dateJul 6, 1916
Priority dateJul 6, 1916
Publication numberUS 1210197 A, US 1210197A, US-A-1210197, US1210197 A, US1210197A
InventorsJames F O'connor
Original AssigneeEl Reno Foundry & Machine Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Water-meter box.
US 1210197 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented nee. 2e, 191e.

Application led July 6, 1916. Serial No. 107,749.

To all whom t may concern.'

Be it known that I, JAMEs F. OCONNOR,

acitizen of the United States, and a resident of El Reno, in the county of Canadian and State of Oklahoma, have invented a newk and Improved l/Vater-Meter Box, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

This invention relates to safety covers for water meters or the like and has particular reference tol a new form of casing for inclosing either a water meter alone or a water meter in connection with an adjacent cut-ofi' valve for the water.

Among the objects of the invention is to improve this type of devices by rendering the same not only simpler' and cheaper in construction, but of a more reliable nature in practice.

`Among the features of novelty of this improvement is the improved form of locking cover for the casing, the tool for locking the cover serving also as a lifting handle when the cover is unlocked.

With the foregoing `and other objects in view the invention consists in the arrangement andcombination of parts hereinafter described and claimed, and while the inventionis not restricted to the e-xact details of construction"disclosed Or suggested herein, still for the purpose of illustrating a practical embodiment thereof reference is had to the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate the same parts in the several views, and in which- Figure 1 is a vertical sectional view showing the relation of the casing to the meter and valve, the casing shown being of the combined type; Fig. 2 is a plan view with parts of the covers broken away; Fig. 3 is a vertical section on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2

indicating the key inserted and showing iny dotted lines the position of the key after it is turned to unlock the cover; Fig. 4L is a detail in front elevation indicating the form of joint for the main portion of the casing; Fig. 5 is a vertical sectional detail on a plane at right angles to Fig. 3; and Fig. 6 is a transverse sectional detail on the line 6-6 of Fig. 1.

Referring now more particularly to the drawings, I show a water pipe P having a cut-off valve V and also a meter M having an upwardly projected dial D.

The casing is indicated as a Whole at C,

the body of the casing comprising two main vertical parts 10 and 11, preferably tapered upwardly, and each of these parts being provided with an extension 10 or 11 respectively,` each of the extensions being shown as semi-cylindrical. Each `vertical half of the casing body` is so formed that the main portion and its extension are conn ected by an inwardly proj ecting, vertical rib 12, this form making an exceedingly stiff f and strongjstructure. I provide a central rib 18 lying 1n a horizontal yplane substantially midway between the top and the bottom of the casing. This rib with its extenrsionl in the casing extension provides a stiener for this portion of the casing. Cooperating* lugs 14 areformed on both the front and the rear sides of the casing,

ythrough which bolts or fasteners 15 are adapted to pass in locking the parts together. I also provide cut-outs 16 to accommodate the pipe.

The upper end of the casing is provided with an inwardly projecting horizontal flange 17, 17 which serves two functions, first, to stifen the upper edge of the casing and secondly, as a means to interlock with the cover elements. j

`Each portion of the `body ofthe casing kis provided with itsown cover adapted to Lbe manipulated independently of the other cover, but in general construction and operation the covers Vare similar in character.`

The cover 18 is provided with an Outer downwardly projecting flange 19 which lits over the top of the casing all the way around, except where the main body of the casing 1s connected to its extension. The inside of the cover adjacent its rear edge or that portion remote from the lock is provided with a pair of claws 2O which project downwardly and outwardly beneath a pair of lips 21 formed at the ends of the fianges 17. These claws positively prevent the lifting of the cover at that portion. At the front portion of the cover is provided a novel form of lock, kthe same comprising a keeper 22, see Fig. 3. Said keeper includes a plate 23 and hollow posts 24. Permanent fasteners 25 extend through these posts locking the keeper to the under surface of the cover. The lock bolt 26 extends from a hub 27 having a central downwardly projecting pivot 28 journaled in a hole in the center `of the plate 23. The hub has an upwardly projecting flange 29 bearing against the under surface of the cover 18, and thereby the lug 28 is heldin its'bearingin the plate 28. The hub, furthermore, is provided with any suitable number or form of key sockets 80, the bolts of different covers being differently formed as to these key sockets orl holes, so that no cover can'be inanipi'llated except with its own individual key. rllhe key is shown: at 31 and comprises a loo-p or handle 82 at its upper end and having prongs at its lower end adapted to pass through a slot 33 fformed in the cover', and into the sockets 80 formed in the hub ofthe lock bolt, the shoulder portion of the key being adapted to lie beneath 'the-cover slot and within the flange A29 ofthe hub, so that when the key is inserted into its place through the slot 33, it

may be turned approximately ninety degrees so as to throw'the point 26 of the bolt out from beneath the flange 17. At this 'time the fork portion of the key will lie substantially transverse to the slot 83 or will :be interlocked beneath -the cover 18, and therefore the handle 82 of the key will constitute a handle for lifting `the cover from its norntal position. Vhile this action is taking place, the cover will roll slightly around thelips 21 as a hinge. ln replacing` Athecover to its normal position, the claws tion of the cover, as might be attempted to release the same, will be prevented. The claws 20 so cooperate with these straight lips as to prevent rotation ofthe cover. I The action ofthe-bolt 2G securin'gthe cover 18 is the same in character as that described above in detail, but calling for a' different specific type of key, so that a separate key is required for each lock.

The covers y18 and 18 are preferably formed with ventilating holes 34 to prevent the accumulation of sweat on theinside of the casings. Moisture accumulating in a device of thischaracter interferes with vthe reading of the meter. lnorder to lit the twohalves of the casing body together proporly 4so that the covers 'and locks vwill operate accurately, l prefer'to employ coperating lugs 35 and notches 36 inthe body parts. l may also employV dowel pins 35 or the like extending upwardly from the flange 17 into or through holes in the cover 18 to prevent lateral shifting ormovement o-f said cover.

I claim:

Ina meter box of the'character set forth,

the combination of a rigid casingfhaving an inwardly projecting flange at its top at one side and havinginwardly projecting lips at its other side, a cover for the casing having outwardly and downwardly projecting `claws cooperating with said lips and having a downwardlyy lprojecting flange embracing the top of thecasing, a movable bolt connected to the under surface of the cover remote from the claws, :and means projecting through the cover to manipulate'the vbolt to cause the bolt to engage with or Adisengage from said inwardly projecting flange, said boltturning means comprising a handle for lifting the cover ywhen unlocked.

JAMES r. ocoNNon.4

VG'opies--ot this patent maybe obtained for ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. C.

It is hereby eertied that Letters Patent No. 1,210,197, granted December 26, 1916, upon the application of James F. OConnor, of El Reno, klahoma, for an im provement in Water-Meter Boxes, were erroneously issued to El Reno Foundry & Machine Co. as sole owner of said invention, Whereas said Letters Patent shouldv have been issued to the inventor, said OOonnor, and El Reno Foundry d' Machine 0o., jointly, said El Reno Foundry & Machine Co. being assignee of one-third interest only in said invention, as shown by the records of assignments in this oiice; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Office.

Signed and sealed this 6th day of February, A. D. 1917.


Acting Commissioner of Patents.


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US2693100 *Jun 6, 1950Nov 2, 1954Wiegel Charles BSafety manhole cover lock
US3476867 *Apr 22, 1968Nov 4, 1969Superior Continental CorpHandhole for electrical apparatus adapted for easy knockdown and reassembly
US3675807 *May 11, 1970Jul 11, 1972Markstone Mfg CoRecessed lighting fixture housing
US7975515 *Apr 3, 2008Jul 12, 2011Gianni YgnelziTamper resistant locking device for underground enclosures and method
U.S. Classification220/212.5, 292/304, 220/3.94, 292/195, 70/168
Cooperative ClassificationB65D51/242, B65F1/1615