US 1955531 A
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April 17, 1934.
B. H. CHRISTOPHER; JR 1,955,531
CONTINUOUS OUTLET Filed June 16. 1932 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR, B g abuzz 8 7.
51 m 1'7 1934 s. H. cHmsToPHER, JR 1,955,531
CONTINUOUS OUTLET Filed June 16. 1952 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 J 'yJl.
Patented Apr. 17, 1934 i O v UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CONTINUOUS OUTLET Benjamin H. Christopher, Jr., Pine Bluff, Arln, assignor of one-half to Harvey S. Henning and Walter S. Henning, both of New Orleans, La.
Application June 16, 1932, Serial No. 617,664
Claims. (01. 247-3) This invention relates to a continuous outlet. Figure 11 is a view in elevation of a. standard An object of the invention is the construction plug. of a simple and efficient continuous outlet to be Figure 12 is a transverse sectional view of anplaced around a room, shop, laboratory or any h r embodiment, Showing three Sl ts 01 rooves,
5 other type of enclosure, as a convenient outlet, to be d f hr ph p w r ir lli 0 to permit the use of lights, electric cleaners, fans, Referring to th d awi y numerals, 1 (185- small motors, or any other type of electric applin t a a p y Section and 2 is the ances, t any point, about t and to per... female or auxiliary section. Each section may be mit their being moved about the room at will, of any desired length, to Suit the uc r Q to without the inconvenience of unusually long leads p r. h Section is p ovided with a longl- 65 which are unsightly and a nuisance. budinally extending Conductor 3.
Another object of the invention is the cone ry cti n 1 and near one of its struction of a continuous outlet formed preferlqngltudmallv extendm'g edge? 18 formed 11 ably of two major sections constructed of any Y extendmg 11p In approved nonconducting material and which, as 111315 SFctmn 2 near one of Its mngltudmally a completed unit, are suitably fastened to a wall extelmmg edges formed: longltudmauy f at the baseboard, chair rail or any other place tendmg grPove Whlch extends the rib 4 that the trim of the room might suggest, and said F the sectlons are assembled: as Shown continuous outlet may be secured in a vertical m or a horizontal position with the slot, or slots, Any desu'ed number of outwardly FFitendmg either to the bottom, top, or side, as convenience sfepamtors 6 formed auxlhary may demand tion 2 for spacing the two sections apart at their With the foregoing and other ob ects in view, front edges: Each separator 6 1s provlded at its my invention comprises certain novel construcouter end wlth curved edges so that no Obstme' tion will be offered to the plug 8 when being in- 25 tions, combinations and arrangements of parts as will be hereinafter fully described, illustrated serted between the sectmns' Tms rounding or bevelling of the edges of the separator is desirig ig ggggg ja ggigg xgggazgifiggzf able for the quick and easy insertion of the terminal plug. The separator 6 extends transm dr?wmgS: versely across the conductor, or conductors 3, 30 Flgure fragmentary Perspectwe .Vlew of thereby assisting in holding the same in place. my Showmg Plug m persliectlve- The conductor of the auxiliary section 2 extends Flgure 2 a fragmentary, Plan of the under the separators of said section, asindicated pr nary t l e by dottedlines 13", Fig. 3. Each section 2 is 35 Figure 3 15 a slmllal' Vlew of the auxlhary provided with an aperture 8 registering with a se l nsimilar aperture 9 formed in the primary sec- Figure 4 is a transverse section taken on line tion In these registering apertures 8 and 9 is H, 1, and IOOking in the direction Of the positioned a crew Fig. 5 The screw or arrows. screws 10 serve to fasten the sections of the out- Figure 5 is a transverse sectional View taken 1 1; together d may b u d to fasten outl t to on line 55, Fig. 1, and looking in the direction upport, By any uitable means, the outlet may of the arrows. be secured to a support or wall in any desired Figur 6 is a fra ry perspective w Of position, such as a horizontal position or a verthe primary and auxiliary sections. tioa1 position,
Fi ure 7 is a fra me ta y pe p t ve v of The groove and rib structure, as described, another embodiment of the present invention. on titut s an interlocking rib and groov means,
Figure 8 is transverse sectional view taken on preferably extending longitudinally of the outlet line 8-8, Fi 7, and l k n in the direction f and positioned at one of its longitudinal edges, the arrows. with the separating means extending trans- Figure 9 is a fragmentary perspective view of versely of the outlet, across the conductors. 05 the intermediate or auxiliary section of the em- In the embodiment shown in Figs. 7 to 10, the ibodiment shown in Fig. '7, while intermediate or auxiliary section 11 is provided Figure 10 is a fragmentary perspective view of near one of its longitudinal edges with two shoulone of the two primary sections of this embodiders 12. This is true of the auxiliary sections 11 55 ment. in Fig. 12. The width of each shoulder 12 is no indicated by the dotted line A. On each shoulder 12 (Figs. 8 and 12) is formed a longitudinally extending rib 13, and extending from the shoulder 12. transversely of the section, are separators 6, with apertures 8 therein for receiving the assembling screws 10. An opening or aperture 14 may be formed in the auxiliary section for attaching the outlet to a support, such as a wall, not shown. In this embodiment (Fig. 8) I employ two primary sections 15, each having on its inner face a longitudinally extending groove 16 (see Fig. 12 too) into which fits rib l3, and a conductor 3 is placed in the section and extends longitudinally thereof. In .this embodiment, a double slot is produced (Fig. 7) into which the blades 17 of the standard plug 18 may extend for making contact with the conductors 3.
This type of outlet can be placed around a baseboard, chair rail and any other place the interior trim of the room might suggest.
The outlet will be of great value for use on laboratory tables, work benches, along the walls of shops, and any other conceivable place where electrical appliances might or would be used.
This continuous outlet is designed to permit the immediate connection of electrical appliances, at any point along the entire length of the erected continuous outlet by the simple means of plugging in". With this outlet it becomes an easy matter to move floor lamps about the room, to any location desired, without the unsightly appearance of long lead wires. It becomes an easy matter to use a vacuum cleaner in any part of the room, without any fear of tangling the unwieldy or over long lead wire, about the furniture or other obstruction. Many other uses might be mentioned and innumerable others make the continuous outlet absolutely indispensable about the home, oflice, shop, laboratory and public buildings.
Electric current is supplied to the conductors 3 in any desired or suitable manner.
While I have described the preferred embodiments of my invention and illustrated the same in the accompanying drawings, certain minor changes or alterations may appear to one skilled in the art to which this invention relates, during the extensive manufacture of the same, and I, therefore, reserve the right to make such alterations or changes as shall fairly fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What I claim is:
1. In a continuous outlet, the combination of two sections provided with a rib and groove structure only at one of their longitudinal edges and spaced apart at their other longitudinal edge, 9.
plurality of transversely positioned separators integral with said rib and groove structure on one of said sections, each separator extenmng at its outer end to the open longitudinal edge or the sections, and conductors embedded in said sections extending across said separators and held partly in place thereby, substantially shown and described.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a continuous outlet, comprising elongated sections closed together at one of their longitudinal edges and spaced entirely apart at their other longitudinal edge, a plurality of separators extending from said closed portion of said sections to the open spaced edge of said sections, said separators between said sections, conductors within said sections and extending across said separators, and said conductors exposed to contact within the space enclosed by the separated sections.
3. As a new article of manufacture, a continuous outlet comprising sections closed together at one edge and spaced entirely apart at their opposite edge, a plurality of transversely positioned separators between said sections, each separator extending to the spaced edges of said sections, conductors in said sections and extending across said separators, and said conductors exposed to contact within the space enclosed by the separated sections.
4. As a new article of manufacture, a continuous outlet comprising elongated sections closed together at one of their longitudinal edges and spaced entirely apart at their other longitudinal edge, a plurality of separators between said sections, each separator provided with a broad inner end against the closed portion of said sections and with a narrow outer end at the marginal edge of the outer longitudinal edge of said sections, conductors within said sections and extending across said separators, and said conductors exposed to contact within the space enclosed by the separated sections.
5. As a new article of manufacture, a continuous outlet comprising sections closed together at one edge and spaced entirely apart at their opposite edge, a plurality of separators between the spaced portion of said sections, each separator provided with means for allowing the easy entrance of a plug between the sections and also for easily passing by said separator, conductors in said sections and extending across said separators, and said conductors exposed to contact within the space enclosed by the separated sections.
BENJAMIN H. CHRISTOPHER, JR.