US 2187671 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 16, 1940. L. J. SUDDARTH 2,187,671
APPLICATING DEVICE Filed March 4, 1938 INVENTOR. L Lovo J. SuoonRTH ATTORNEY.
Patented Jan. 16, 1940 UNITE-D STATES PATENT OFFICE 4 Claims.
This invention relates generally to liquid wax applicators and particularly to an applicator 'comprisinga' head and a handle, a liquid wax container receivable on'the handle, conduit means between the container andthe head and means for controlling the flow of liquid through the conduit. 7
In the application of liquid wax, little or no polishing or rubbing is required and therefore the principal object of my invention is to provide a device of the class described which will flow an even coat of wax'ontothe floor by controllingthe How of wax to the applicator head. Second, to provide a waxing device of the class described which employs the original container in which the waxis marketed, means being provided to support the container on the'handle and means for conducting the wax from the container to the applicator head.
' Third; to provide'a novel conduit valving means which includes a sliding member secured to the conduit and adapted to kink same to shut off the flow of liquid therethrough, the sliding member being operable at will by the user of the device.
Fourth; to provide an eflicient and easily operated pad holding means whereby the pad may be quickly and expeditiously applied to or removed fromv the applicator head.
Fifth; to provide an applicator head adapted to evenly distribute the liquid wax to the pad carried thereon.
Sixth; to provide means in the container for relieving the vacuum caused by removal of wax from the container.
The construction and operation of my invention as well as further objects and advantages will be readily apparent by reference to the following description in connection with the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective assembly view of the wax applying device comprising my invention.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary side view, partly in section and partly in elevation of the lower end of the applicator assembly.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary detail view of the wax container retaining lever in engagement with the container.
4 is a detail top plan view of the applicator head showing the pad retainers.
Fig. 5 is a detail bottom plan view of the applicator head showing the distributing channel therein.
Referring now to the drawing by numerals of reference I designates a handle of suitable mate- 55 rial, carrying at the lower end thereof an applicator head 2, with longitudinal groove or channel '3 in the bottom thereof, an opening 4 connecting with the groove at approximately the center "thereof, and extending upwardly to the top of the applicator head.
The container 5, which may be the original container in which the wax is sold is adapted to be secured to the handle I by means of hooked member 6 securely positioned "in the handle I and adapted to engage the rim or peripheral edge In] I of the container 5, a pivoted lever 8 being adapted to engage the edge 8' of the container to firmly support same in proper position.
' A cap 5!, preferably of a resilient material, may
be applied to the spout I 0 on the container and 315 may have flexible conduit II leading to opening 4 in the applicator head.
A vent I2 may be secured to the cap 9 and extends into the container 5 to a point adjacent the upper end of the container which is mounted in an inverted position on the handle I.
The Vent 'may be of' a flexible material such as rubber or the like, the end It being open to the atmosphere and the end I4 being closed, a slit I5 being provided adjacent the end I4, the operation of which will be hereinafter described.
A groove I6 extends longitudinally of the handie I and slidably carries therein a rod I'l, held in position by retainers I8 and. terminating in a loop I9, adapted to firmly hold the conduit II without obstructing the flow of liquid therethrough. The upper end of the rod ll has an ofiset portion 20 to form a finger piece for operation by the user of the device. i
Secured to the handle, adjacent the loop I9 of rod I! is an eye 2| also carrying the conduit II without pinching same, the conduit extending downwardly to the opening 4 in the actuator head. The purpose of the sliding rod and the stationary eye 2I is to provide means for valving the flow of wax as will be hereinafter explained.
The head 2 carries a suitable applicator pad or cloth 22 which may be doubled, the loop 23 being carried. by supporting rod 24 having ends 25 pivoted in the sides of the head 2. The cloth passes down and across the face 26 of the actuator head and up and across the upstanding rib 21, a retainer 28 being adapted to be forced down to securely hold the end of the pad 22 by pressure against the edge 29 of the rib 21, the retainer having ends 30 pivotally secured to the sides of the head 2.
In using the wax applicator comprising my invention, the pad 22 is applied. to the head 2 and held in place by retainers 24 and 28, the cover on the spout I is removed and the cap 9 with the flexible conduit II and vent I2 is forced onto the spout, the cap having sufiloient resiliency to hold itself securely to the spout.
The peripheral edge 1 of the container 5 is positioned on the hook 6 and with the lever 8 in the dotted line position as shown in Fig. 3, the container is held against the handle I while the lever B is swung to clamping position.
As shown in Fig. 2, the conduit ll carries the liquid wax from the container 5 to the groove 3 in the head 2, the wax being distributed evenly throughout the length of, the groove to evenly saturate the pad.
When it is desired to restrict the flow of liquid through the conduit, the rod IT is moved downwardly carrying loop l9 toward the eye 2|, kink ing the flexible conduit as shown by dotted lines in Fig. 2, to shut oil the flow of wax through said conduit.
As the liquid wax leaves the container, a vacuum would result if vent means were not provided. The vent I2 is normally retained in extended position by the fluid surrounding it, this same fluid forcing the slit I5 into closed position. However when the pressure in the container is reduced by the vacuum created therein, the atmospheric pressure is sufiicient to open the slit I5 in the vent l2, the slit closing immediately when the pressures are equalized.
It will be seen therefore, that I have provided a novel liquid wax applicator, simple in construction, eflicient in operation and possessing novel features, which, as far as I am aware are not present in the prior art.
Obviously, changes may be made in form, proportion and details of construction which will not depart from the principles and spirit of my invention.
What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In a wax applicator of the class described employing the container in which liquid wax is normally distributed, a handle, a head carried by the handle, means for removably mounting the liquid wax container to the handle, a cap removably secured to the container, a conduit opening into the cap and connecting with the head for conveying wax thereto, a vent secured to the cap and positioned in the container, and conduit constricting means for controlling the flow of wax through said conduit.
2. .A Wax applicator comprising a handle, a head carried by the handle, a reservoir for liquid .wax, a flexible conduit between the reservoir and the head for conducting liquid wax to said head for distribution therefrom, and conduit kinking means for regulating the flow of liquid wax through said conduit, said last named means comprising a conduit retaining member supporting the conduit to the handle, and a sliding member secured to the conduit and movable toward and away from the retainingmember.
3. A wax applicator comprising a handle, a head carried by the handle, a reservoir for liquid wax, a flexible conduit between the reservoir and the head for conducting liquid wax to said head for distribution therefrom,- and conduit kinking means for regulating the flow of liquid wax through said conduit, said conduit kinking means comprising a conduit retaining member supporting the conduit on the handle, a sliding member seemed to the conduit and movable toward and away from the retaining member, and elongated sliding member control means operable from the end of the handle opposite the head.