US 1865736 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
A. E. ASTLEY Jufly 5, 1932.
INT CANS OR THE LIKE Filed Nov. 1. 1930 Patented July 5, 1932 UNITED. STATES PATENT OFFICE ALBERT E. ASTLEY, OF DES MOINES, IOWA ATi'AC'HMENT FOR PAINT CANS OR THE LIKE Application filed Hovember 1, 1980. Serial No. 492,771.
that increases the capacity of the same there- 1 by making it possible to add additional material or substance to the material, liquid, or
substance already in the can container.
A still further object of this invention is to provide an attachment for a paint can or like that takes the place of the lid original- 1y on the can and permits and facilitates the pouring of the material from the can without loss or waste of material from spilling during the pouring process. 4
A still further object of this invention is to provide an attachment for a paint can or like that prevents material from the can from soiling the outside of the can and one that is capable of removing the excess material or paint from a paint brush.
These and other objects will be apparent to those skilled in the art.
My invention consists in the construction, arrangement and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained as hereinafl ter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claim and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which:
Fig. 1 is a side view of my invention in use on an ordinary container such as a paint can or like.
Fig. 2 is a side sectional View of my device on a can container and more fully illus- 0 trates its construction.
for can containers, detached from a container. Fig. 4 is a top plan view of my invention and shows the flange for removing excess material from a paint brush or like.
When one opens a can of paint for painting purposes, it is necessary to stir up the contents until the same is thoroughly and properly mixed. This is due to the fact that the solid material tends to separate from the liquid material after the can has been Fig. 3 is a side view of my attachment inert for some time. As the new can is completely fullof material it is impossible to stir the same without spilling some of the material, thereby necessitating the pouring of a art of the material into an auxiliary contamer-which may or may not be at hand. Also the material may be too thick for successful painting and it will be necessary to add a thinner. Again it is impossible to pour a part of the material from sucha can without the same spilling and running down the side of the can. I have overcome all these difficulties by providing an attachment that takes the place of the lid of the can and increases the capacity of the can.
I have used the numeral 10 to designate the usual can container for holding paint and the like. Such cans are grooved 11 at their upper marginal edge, as is well known for receiving a lid (not shown) which encloses the top and which may be easily removed by prying off with a screw-driver or like and as easily replaced. After the lid is removed my attachment takes the place of the lid on the can as is shown in the drawing. I have used the numeral 12 to generally designate my attachment which is in the form of a short length of tubing. This tubing has an endless -circular projection 13 formed on its lower marginal edge, which is designed to enter and frictionally engage the circular groove 11 in the can 10 as shown in Fig. 2. When the device is thus placed on a can it will be rigidly secured thereon, but may easily be pried ofi in the same manner that the lid was removed. After my device is removed the lid may be replaced in the usual manner to enclose the can and my attachment may be saved to be replaced again on the same can at a later date when it is desired to again paint with the contents in the can, or my attachment may be placed on another can having the same groove and diameter. In other words my invention may be used indefinitely as there is no part to wear out.
When on a can the tube portion of the invention extends upwardly as shown in the drawing, thereby becoming a part of the can 10 and not only increasing the capacity of the same, but providing a sharp upper marginal ed e that facilitates the pouring, if desired, 0 any of the material from the can.
This pouring is also facilitated by tapering the wall of my attachment slightly inwardly as it progresses upwardly, as shown in the drawin This tapering also tends to hold the liquid material in the device by preventing slopping of the material and also prevents the paint or like from running down the side of the can.
The numeral 14 designates a flange formed on the upper marginal edge of the attachment 12, extending inwardly as shown in Fig. 2. This flange may be used as a scraper for removing excess paint from a paint brush. The paint thus removed falls back into the can 10. By the projection 13 entering the groove 11, the can 10 will be in a very clean condition when the attachment is removed for the replacing of the lid. Although I have described my invention as applied to paint cans, it may be used to equal advantage on other cans containing different material or materials.
Some changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of my improved attachment for paint cans or the like, without departing from the real spirit and purpose of my invention, and itis my intention to cover by my claim any modified forms of structure or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included within their scope.
In a. device of the class described, a tubular member designed to be detachably secured to an open top receptacle for increasing the capacity of said receptacle: said tubular member having its circular side wall extending upwardly from said receptacle, and a flange in said tubular member positioned at a height above the highest elevation of said receptacle designed to serve as a scraper for removing excess liquid from a paint brush or like.
ALBERT E. ASTLEY.