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Aug. 30, 1932. c SUSS 1,874,828
PORTABLE FUSE BOX AND OUTLET BOX Filed June 5, 1931 5 7 'harZesfi uss INVENTOR Patented Aug. 30, 1932 UNITED STATES CHARLES SUSS, OI GLASSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA PORTABLE FUSE BOX AND OUTLET BOX Application filed June 5, 1931.
My present invention has reference to a portable fuse box and outlet box designed especially for use in connection with electric sweepers, irons, washing machines, toasters and other portable electrical appliances used by a housewife, the object being the provision of a device for this purpose that will obviate the danger incident to the short circuiting or the blowing out of the fuse and will permit the housewife to safely substitute a new fuse for a burnt out fuse.
To the attainment of the foregoing the invention consists in the improvement hereinafter described and definitely claimed.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the improvement.
Figure 2 is a top plan view thereof.
In a suitable preferably rectangular and metal casing 1 I arrange a body of bakelite or other non-electric conducting material 2. The casing 1 is closed by a removable cover 3 and preferably rests on compressible feet 4. One of the sides or ends of the casing is 2 formed with a hollow boss 5 which communicates with the block 2 and which provides a passage for the covered conductors whose outer end is connected to a plug 6 to be attached to a wall socket. The electric wires or conductors are indicated for distinction by the numerals 7 and 8 and the covering therefor is received in a pocket 9 in the block 2. The conductors are connected by binding posts 10, respectively, to angle metal plates 11 whose ends are directed longitudinally through the block 2 and are connected to the bottom of a metal threaded sleeve 12. The connecting elements are in the nature of screws 13 and the said screws serve as contacts to engage the contacts of the removable fuses 14 which pass through openings and are screwed in the sleeve 12. The metal sleeves 12 have connected thereto metal strips 15 and 16, respectively, each having angle ends. The inwardly directed angle ends of Serial No. 542,354.
the metal strips 15 and 16 terminate in contacts 17 and 18 which are arranged in the bottom of a round opening 20 in the block 2. The opening 20 alines with a similar opening in the cover plate 3 and these openings receive therethrough a socket 21. The socket is screwed in the opening 20 and the openings or passages 22 for the prongs on the plug end of a cord have contacts 23 and 24 therein, or at the bottom thereof disposed to engage with the contacts 17 and 18 of the strips 15 and 16.
The device is, of course, portable and is, therefore, light in weight. The plug 6 engages the socket of the house source and the source of electricity will flow through the wires 7 and 8 to the contacts 13. These contacts, as stated, are engaged by contacts on the ends of the metal bodies of the fuse plugs 14 so that the current will be directed from the sleeves 12 through the metal plates 15 and 16 to the contacts 17 and 18 and from thence to the contacts 23 and 24 carried by the socket member 21. The plug connected to any electric household device is plugged in the socket 21 so that the current is directed therefrom to the appliance. Should one of the fuses 14 blow out the same can be removed and replaced without danger of shocks or other injuries to the housewife and it is thought the foregoing description will fully and clearly set forth my improvement and the advantages thereof so that further detailed description will not be required.
Having described the invention, I claim:
A device for the purpose set forth, comprising a casing having a block of insulating material therein, said block having a pocket, threaded metal sleeves embedded in the block, angle metal plates embedded in the block and having one of their ends arranged beneath the bottom of the sleeves and secured thereon by screws, and encased conductors having an outer plugged end and the opposite end received in the pocket in the block,
2 I i 1,874,828 r and binding posts connecting the conduetors with the V outer angle ends of the respective strips, other angle metal strips embedded in the block having one of their ends secured to the sleeves, and their other ends terminating in contacts, a socket member received through the casing and screwed in the block, and having contacts to engage with the contacts on the end of the angle plates, and said sleeves designed to have fuse plugs screwed therein. In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.