US 1597503 A
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Aug. 24 1926. 1,597,503
' J. C. ANDREWS SCREEN FOR EAVES TROUGHS AND THE LIKE Filed D60. 24, 1924 /NVEN7'0F?. JAMES C. ANDREWS.
' ATTORNEY Patented Aug. 24, 1926.
UNITEDSTATES PATENT OFFICE.
JAMES C. ANDREWS, OF DAYTON, OHIO.
SCREEN FOR EAVES TROUGHS AND THE LIKE.
Application filed December 24, 1924. Serial No. 757,892.
' This inventionrelates to screens for eaves troughs and the like.
It has been proposed heretofore to use screens of various kinds to prevent leaves and 5 from entering eaves screens have not, as a rule,
.other foreign matter troughs but these been satisfactory,-
either because they were expensive to build or diflicult to install, or because they were of such a character that they would become clo ged with leaves ne object/of the a screen for an eaves very slmple in its construction, stall and which can stalled at a low cost A further object or other matter.
invention is to provide trough which will be easy to in-' be produced and in of the invention is to provide such a screen which will be of such a character and so arranged that it will not become clogged by an accumulation of leaves or other matter thereon.
Other objects of the invention will appear as the device is described in detail.
In the accompanying drawings Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a portion of an eaves trough showing my Fig.
self; of portions of two showing the means embodiment of 2 is an end elevation of Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view screen applied thereto;
the screen itsectlons of the screen for connecting the same. In these drawings my invention and have I have illustrated one shown the sameas applied to an eaves trough of standard be understood, however,
construction. It will that the invention may take various forms and may be applied to eaves troughs of various klnds.
As here shown the eaves U shaped in cross section and has stantially trough, 1, is subthe upper portion of its outer wall offset,
as shown at 2, and
provided at its upper edge with an inturned flange 3. The trough is secured to-the su porting structure 4: by
suitable fastening shown, comprise nails evices, which, as here 5 which extend through the outer and inner walls of the trough and into the supporting structure and which have mounted thereon spacing devices, such as tubes 6, which maintain the inner and outer walls of the trough in proper-spaced relation one to the other.
The screen may be formed of foraminous material of any suitable character but I prefer to employ a small mesh wire fabric,
as shown in the drawing. The screen is formed in sections prlses a strip of f and each section comoraminous material, as
shown at 7, the lateral portions of which are bent downwardly toprovide vertical portions 8 and 9 to'extend into the upper portion of the eaves trough and to rest upon suitable supports therein. lVith the type of caves trough here shown I utilize fastening devices for the trough as the support for the screen and the lower edges of the downwardly turned, or vertical, portions 8 and 9 of the screen rest upon these fastening devices. The screen is sprung into position in the upper portion of the trough with its inner portion beneath the overhanging edges of the shingles and will be retained in position therein without fastening devices. If
desired, the vertical portions 8 and 9 of the screen may be arranged at such angles to the .body or transverse portion of the screen sition, will extend between the fastening devices and the flange 3 at the upper edge of the front wall of the trough, thus positively preventing the vertical displacement of the trough. The resiliency of the material permits the screen to be readily sprung into position and when released the flange 6 will engage beneath the flange 3 of the trough.
I also prefer to so support the screen that it will extend downwardly and forwardly across the open upper side of the eaves trough, in an inclined position. This I accomplish by making the downwardly turned or vertical portion 9 at the inner edge of the screen of greater width than the corresponding portion 8 at the outer edge of the screen, thus when the two vertical portions rest on the fastening devices he transverse portion of the screen will be in an inclined or sloping position and any thereon will tend to slide off the screen or be washed ofl the same by-the water which flows off of the shingles onto the screen.
In this manner the leaves are prevented leaves or other material which may fall from accumulating on the screen and inter-- fering with the passage of the water from the roof to the eaves trough.
The several sections of the screen may be connected one to the other, if desired, and this may be readily accomplished by extending a part of the longitudinal wires of one section beyond the end of the screen proper and turning the same down, as shown at 11, to form hooks which may be engaged through the end meshes of the adjacent section, thus holding the two sections against longitudinal displacement with relation one to the other.
While I have'shown and described one embodiment of-my invention I wish it to be understood that I do not desire to be limited to the details thereof as various modifications may occur to a person skilled in the art,
Having now fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. A screen for an eaves trough, comprisa sect-ion of foraminous material having lateral portions turned downwardly and arranged to be inserted in said eaves trough, one of said down turned portions having an outwardly turned flange to extend beneath a part extending inwardly from the upper edge of the adjacent wall of said eaves trough.
2. A screen for an eaves trough, comprising a section of foraminous material having its lateral portions turned downwardly to engage supports within said eaves trough, said down turned portions being of such relative width that thetransverse portion of said screen will slope. downwardly toward the outer wall of said eaves trough.
3. The combination with an eaves trough, comprising front and rear walls, and fastening devices extending through said walls and spaced from the upper edges thereof, of a section of foraminous material having its lateral portions bent downwardly and arranged to enter the upper portion of said eaves trough and to engage said fastening devices. i
4. The combination with an eaves trough, compmsing front and rear walls, and fastening devices extending through said walls and spaced from the upper edges thereof, of a section of foraminous material having its lateral portions bent downwardly and arranged to enter the upperv portion of said eaves trough and to engage said fastening devices, the inner downturned portion of said screen being of greater width than the outer downturned portion thereof to cause the body of said screen to slope toward the front wall of said trough.
5. The combination with an eaves trough, comprising front and rear walls, the front Wall having its upper edge turned inwardly to form a flange, and fastening devices ex tending through said front and rear walls to secure said trough to a supporting structure, said fastening devices being spaced from the upper edges of said walls, of a section of foraminous material having its lateral portions turned downwardly and arranged to enter the upper side of said eaves trough and to rest upon said fastening devices, that downturned portion adjacent to the front wall ofsaid trough having at its lower edge an outwardly extending portion to engage beneath the flange on said front wall of said eaves trough.
In testimony whereof, I afiix my signature hereto.
JAii'lis o. ANDREWS.