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lMarch 22, 1938., M. HANEY ET AL GARBAGE CAN HOLDER Filed Jan. 9, 1956 2 Sheets-Sheet l red March 22, 1938. MHANEY ET' AL 2,112,155
GARBAGE CAN HOLDER Filed Jan. 9. 1936 2 Sheets-Sheet 2' 3mm M Hazme Piggy/(El erw/ogre Patented Mar. 22,1938 v l UNITED STATES amiss GARBAGE CAN HOLDER Mack Haney and Fred E. Lempke, Pontiac, Mich.
Application January 9, 1936, Serial No. 58,377
. 2 Claims.
This invention relates to an improved device for holding a garbage can so as tov prevent acci-- dental upsetting thereof, as by means of dogs and cats attempting to gain access to the contents of the garbage can.
'Ihe primary object of the present invention is to provide a garbage can holder of the above kind which is extremely simple and durable in construction and eicient in use.
A more specific object of the present invention is to provide a device of the above kind which is readily adjustable for use with garbage cans of different sizes, both in horizontal cross section and vertical height.
A further and more specic object of. the present invention is to provide a device of the above kind embodying hold-down elements having hook members adapted fto engage over the upper edge of the body of a garbage can to prevent upsetting of the latter, and constructed to frictionally engage the lid of the garbage can to prevent accidental displacement or removal of the latter.
Other objects and features of the invention will become apparent from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is an elevational View of a garbage can holder constructed in accordance with the present invention, and showing the same as it appears in use.
Figure 2 is a horizontal section on line 2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3l is a fragmentary vertical section on line 3-3 of Figure 2.-
Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary perspective view of one of the hold-down elements forming part of the device Shown in Figure 1; and
Figure 5 is an enlarged perspective view of one of the securing sleeves used to maintain adjustments of the connecting straps of the hold-down elements.
Referring in detail to the drawings, the present garbage can holder is illustrated as embodying a horizontal base upon which the garbage can is adapted to be placed as indicated by dotted lines at 5, such base having a plurality of rigidly connected radial arms 6 disposed in uniformly spaced relation. Slidably connected with 'each arm 6 of the supporting base, for adjustment longitudinally'of said arms or horizontally, is a hold-down element including a hook member 1 adapted to engage over the upper edge of the body of the garbage can 5. The hold-down elements are thus adjustable laterally or horiaontally with respect to each other so that the holder may be adapted to garbage cans of varying diameters in horizontal sectionfand it will be seen that when the hook members 'I of all of the hold-down elements are engaged over the upper edge of the garbage can body, said garbage can will be securely held down upon the support-V ing base and effectively prevented from being accidentally upset. Y y
The supporting base is shown as constructed of two elongated members crossed intermediate their ends and firmly secured together at the point where they cross each other, so that each base member provides two of the arms 6. Each elongated base member is preferably constructed of apiece of, relatively stiff wire in the form of an'open elongated loop having spaced parallel side portions connected at their outer ends by transverse connecting portions 8. The parallel side portions of each base member are lconnected intermediate the ends of the latter by means of a metallic plate 9' having' its ends rolled around said parallel side portions of the base member as at lll, the plates 9 being firmly bolted together in superposed relation as at II. c
Each hold-down element consists of an elongated strip of thin highly flexible metal I2 having one end overlapped upon and secured to the shank of the associated hook member 'I by welding or the like, the other or lower end of the strip I2 being attached Yto a slide member I3 adjustable longitudinally on the associated arm 6 of the supporting base. Each slide member I3 preferably consists of a piece of wire bent intermediate its ends in the form of a U-shaped loop and having the ends thereof bent in the form of closely wound tubular helical coils I4 loosely engaging the side portions of the associated arm E of the base. The lower end of metal strip I2 is bent around the intermediate loop of slide member I3 and then flatly disposed against the adjacent intermediate portion of said strip I2 where it is secured by a securing sleeve I5 slidably arranged on the strip I2. 'Ihe strip I2 thus forms a connecting strap between the hook member 'I and the slide member I3 of the hold-down element, said connecting strap being adjustable in length to vary the height of the hook member I so that it may be engaged over the upper edges of garbage cans of various heights, Obviously, by simply sliding the sleeve l5 upwardly olf of the return-bent lower end of. strip I2, the latter may be pulled or slackened to effect this adjustment; When the hook member 1v has been brought into engagement Wijh the upper edge of the garbage can with the latter tightly held down upon the base, the securing sleeve I5 may be slid downwardly to maintain the adjustment of the strip I2 as shown in Figure 1. Prior to this, the slide members I3 are of course adjusted radially of arms 5 so as to occupy positions close to the adjacent sides oi the garbage can 5. When the straps I2 are adjusted and secured by the sleeves I5, they will exert an upward pull upon the intermediate loop portions of the slides I3 and thereby prevent outward horizontal displacement of said slide members I3. Obviously,
an upward pull on the intermediate loop portions of slides I 3 causes the tubular coiled end portions I4 of said slide members to be canted for binding engagement with the parallel side portions of the arms 6 so that accidental displacement of said slide members I3 longitudinally of the arms 6 is prevented.
Garbage cans usually are provided with loose tting covers as generally indicated by dotted lines at I6, in Figure 1. In order to prevent accidental displacement or removal of such loose fitting covers, the hook members 'I are preferably of the special specific construction shown in Figures l and 4. As shown, each hook member 'I is constructed from a single strip of relatively stiff spring metal to provide one end portion in the form of a straight shank attached to the upper end of strip I2, the other end being returnbent and shaped to provide a bill I'I to engage over the upper edge of the body of the garbage can 5, and an outer free terminal I8 spaced from the upper end of the shank and normally tensioned to spring outwardly into frictional engagement with the inner surface of the rim of cover I 6 to rictionally hold the latter in place upon the top of the garbage can. Trie gripping action of terminal I8 may be reinforced by means of a resilient block of rubber or the like arranged as at I9 between said terminal 8 and the opposed portions of the shank Vof hook member l. The block I9 may b'e held in place in any preferred or suitable manner.
The use of the present holder, insofar as engagement thereof with the garbage can is ccncerned, has been clearly explained above. When the sleeves I5 are slid upwardly so as to release the return-bent lower ends of straps I2, said straps may be extended for engagement with a can of greater height. However, in the normal use of the device with a particular can, the hook members 1 may be simply manually sprung out of engagement with the'upper edge of the can without releasing the sleeves I5 and extending the straps I2. As the supporting base is made relatively large so that the arms 6 project considerably beyond the sides of the larger sized garbage can, it will be seen that said base will properly serve to prevent upsetting of the can when held down thereon.
It will be seen that the present holder is of simple construction, easy to manipulate or place in use, and economical to manufacture. While We have described the preferred embodiment of our invention, it will be. obvious to one skilled in the art that certain minor changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed. For instance, a simpler and satisfactory device may consist of a single base member and two hold-down elements, the other base member and its associated hold-down elements being omitted. Also, the strips I2 and hooks 'I of one base member'may be omitted, the slide members I3 of that base member being merely adjusted against opposite sides of the garbage can at the bottom of the latter to aid in holding said can in place on the base.
What we claim as new is:
. 1. Ina garbage canv holder of the character described, a supporting base, slides adjustable radially of said supporting base in a horizontal plane, flexible metallic straps connected at their lower end portions to said slides so that the length of the straps may be adjusted, and hooks permanently attached to the upper ends of said straps for engagement over the upper edge of a garbage can, said'supporting base comprising a pair of centrally crossed members fastened together at the point wherethey cross each other to provide a plurality of spaced radial arms each crossed member consisting of an elongated Wire loop having parallel side portions, each vof said slides comprising an .open wire loop having ends in the form of tubular helices loosely engaged with the side portions of an arm of said base,
V2'. In a garbage can'holder of the character described, a supporting base having a plurality of spaced radial arms, slides adjustable radially of said supporting base in a horizontal plane, said supporting base comprising a pair of centrally crossed members fastened together at the point where they cross each other and each consisting of an elongated wire loop having parallel side portions, each of said slides comprising an open Wire loop having ends in the form of tubular helices loosely engaged with the side portions of an arm of said base, and can-engaging holddown elements attached to said slides.
MACK HANEY. FRED E. LEMPKE.