US 1546575 A
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" July 21 1925.
W1 EMERICK WINDOW ACCESSORY Filed Feb, 27, 1925 mmm 122 6775 li /M6072 H Ema l ck W WWW W W w Patented July 21 1925.
UNITED STATES W ILLIAM H. EMERICK, OF CHIlICAGQ; ILLINOIS.
Application filed February 27, 1925. Serial No. 11,911.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, WILLIAM H. EMERIoK, a citizen of the United States, and resident ofChicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Window Accessories, of which the following is a full, clear, concise, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification.
My invention relates to window accessories. i
More particularly it relates to a device for preventing the passage of currents of air between overlapping sash when the window is open.
' Wien the ordinary sliding-sash window is open, there is a space between the sash and an opening or passage between the glass of the upper sash and the upper rail of the lower sash. Consequently, drafts of air or gusts of wind can pass between the sash, either upwardly and inwardly into the room or outwardly and downwardly from the room, depending upon the direction of circulation. These gusts and drafts are objectionable because they vibrate and rattle the window shade and, if their direction is into the room, rain and snow'may be carried into the room and against shades and hangings.
. Une of the objects of my invention is to provide an improved windowaccessory for closing the passage between the sash of an open window. 5
Another object is to provide a portable acizessory for accomplishing the desired re; su t.
Another object is to provide an accessory,
which will prevent the rattling of the sash.
Another object. is to provide an accessbry which will produce satisfactory results with a considerable difference of spacing between the sash.
Another objectis to provide a portable and flexible packing strip adapted for insertion between the window sash to close the passage therebetween.
Another object is to provide an accessory which is easily transferred and applied and can be inexpensively manufactured.
Other objects and advantages will hereinafter appear.
Embodiments of the invention are illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherem- Figure 1 is a perspective and partial sec tion of a two-sash window showingthe application of the accessory;
Figure 2 is a side elevation of one construction of packing strip;
Figure 3 is a transverse section of the I shown partly opened by the raising of lower sash 5. -A collapsible screen or ventilator 8 of the conventional type is shown closing the opening between the lower sash and the bottom of the window frame.
When windows of this general type are opened, either by raising the lower sash or by lowering the upper sash, a vertical space 'is formed between thesash and an opening or passage is formed between upper rail 9 of the lower sash and the glass of the upper.
sash. Through this space and passage the objectionable gusts and drafts heretofore mentioned may pass. A roller shade 10 of the ordinary type is shown with its supporting brackets 11 fastened to the inner walls of the window frame near the upper corners. The gusts or drafts, particularly if theypass from the outside upwardly through the space and passage between the sash and into the room, will strike the shade, especially if it is drawn partly or fully down, and will cause the same to flutter or vibrate and rattle. R in or snow may be carried against the shad nd the window hangings causing injury is ereto. Equall objectionable results wil follow if the s ade roller brackets are secured to the top part of the upper.
sash as is often the practice.
In order to close the passage and shut off the objectionable gusts and drafts, I provide a portable and easily transferred and applied packing strip 12 which may be inserted in the passage or opening between upper rail 9 and of the'lower sash and the glass of the upper The sash, as clearly shown in Figure 1.
in the sense that it is free strip is floatin or unattached rom either sash. This packing strip may be made in various ways.
Figures 3 and 4 show the details of a strip which is formed by an envelope or casing 13 of light duck, heavy drill or other suitable fabric, and a filler 14 of Suitable resilient and compressible material such as hair or bristles. A rod 15 serves to hold the packing strip straight and, if extended beyond the ends of the casing as shown in Figure 2, may lie behind the window weather strips 7, as shown in Figure 1, and
, tudinally extending pocket for the rod 15.
Another way to form the fabric envelope or casing is to fold back the longitudinal edges of a rectangular strip of fabric and sew the edges to the body of the strip along an intermediate portion so as to provide the two parallel pockets for the packing and the supporting rod. The ends of the larger pocket may be closed by suitable stitching after the same is properly filled with the The ends of the smaller pocket, however, are left open for the reception of the rod 15.
One end of rod 15 may be formed into an eyelet 17 by means of which the packing strip may be hung on a nail or hook when not in use.
Figure 4 shows a modified construction wherein the packing strip is formed of rubber. The rubber can be molded into a strip having an enlarged longitudinally extending hollow section 18 for fitting between the sash and a smaller tubular section 19 for receiving the rod 15. The neck or web 20 between sections 18 and 19 will permit the larger section to be forced down between the sash while the ends of the rod can be anchored behind the vertical weather strips 7. The rubber construction will probably facilitate the manufacture of the proper length strips from longer lengths of stock because the rubber can be molded in any suitable length and then cut as desired. Since the rubber strip, because of the resiliency and flexibility of the rubber, will not require any packing material, the ends of the packing section need not be closed, as in the case of the fabric strip.
lVhen the accessory or packing strip heretofore described is forced into the opening or passage between the two window sash, as clearly shown in Figure 1, any appreciable current of air therethrough is prevented and the objectionable gusts and drafts heretofore mentioned will be eliminated. The strip, because it is not secured to any part of the window, may be withdrawn and moved from window to Window as desired and may be readily hung up or stored away when not in use. The projecting ends of the retaining rod will prevent the strip from being misplaced or dropping to the ground or street and becoming lost.
The strip performs a further function in that it will serve more or less as a wedge between the sash and thus will prevent their rattling together or against the separating weather strips.
1. A window accessory comprising a compressible packing strip formed to lie between overlapping window sash and substantially close the passage therebetween and to hold itself in position between the sash although unattached thereto.
2. A window accessory comprising a floating resilient and compressible packing strip adapted for insertion in and removal from the space between adjacent window sash when' the window is open, and means to limit the position of the strip between the sash.
3. A packing strip for -insertion between adjacent overlapping wijr'low sash and comprising, an elongated resilient and compressible body adapted to be inserted in the space between the sash, and a rod projecting beyond each end of the body and adapted to cooperate with a window frame to hold the body in place.
4. A packing strip for closing the opening between overlapping window sash and comprising, a resilient and compressible packing body adapted to be inserted in and substantially close the opening. a retaining rod projecting beyond the ends of the body, a pocket for holding the retaining rod, and a relatively thin web or neck joining the body and pocket and permitting the body to be inserted in the opening between the sash while the rod may remain above the top of the lower sash.
5. A packing strip for closing the opening between overlapping window sash and comprising, an elongated fabric casing which is divided into a relatively large pocket and a relatively small pocket, a filling of resilient and compressible packing material in the larger pocket, and retaining the rod in the smaller pocket and extending beyond the casing.
In witness whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name this 24th day of February, 1925.
WILLIAM H. EMERICK.