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Publication numberUS2477378 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 26, 1949
Filing dateMay 20, 1948
Priority dateMay 20, 1948
Publication numberUS 2477378 A, US 2477378A, US-A-2477378, US2477378 A, US2477378A
InventorsJurinak Joseph J
Original AssigneeJurinak Joseph J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Buffer for water closet seat covers
US 2477378 A
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July 26, 1949 J. J. JURINAK BUFFER FOR WATER CLOSET SEAT COVERS Filed May 20, 1948 1N VEN TOR. dost-PH JUR/NAK ATTQR/YEY Patented July 26, 1949 ED ems arrears climate Fontvnrea ctoslzrsalmooysns Joseph J. Jurinak, strpng yille Application May 20, 1948;, Serial N0.

1 :Qlaiin. 01. 4 2518) This invention relates to buffers and particularly to buffers for water closet seat covers.

The primary object of this invention is to provide a seat cover buifer for a water closet that can be mounted in place without requiring the use of any tools.

Another object is to provide a seat cover buffer for a Watercloset that can be mounted on or removed from any Water closet without defacing the device or the water closet.

Still another object is to provide a device of the type stated that is both low in cost and well adapted to the use intended.

These and other objects of the invention will become apparent from a reading of the following specification and clai mtogether with the ac companying drawing in which like parts are referred to and indicated by like reference characters and wherein:

Figure 1 is a front elevation of the assembled buiier in its flat condition;

Figure 2 is a side elevation of the same;

Figure 3 is a side elevation of the buffer in its shaped condition;

Figure 4 is a perspective view of a portion of a conventional water closet showing the buffer mounted on the water tank; and

Figure 5 is an end view of the same, partly in section, showing the seat cover in alternate open and closed positions.

A seat cover bufier made in accordance with this invention is shown in the Figure 1. The bufiet comprises a body member, broadly indicated by the reference character It and a bumper member indicated by the reference character iii.

The body ill is stamped or otherwise cut from a single piece of sheet material that embodies strength with flexibility such as light gauge galvanized sheet iron. The body is cut in the shape of a ladder having side rails [2 connected by spaced and parallel rungs l3. The side rails have the contour of a series of connected and inwardly facing Vs. The opposing legs of the V's of each rail being connectedat their ends through the rungs I3 and M.

The body is bent sharply at the second rung from the bottom when viewed as shown in the Figures 1, 2 and 3. As a result the terminal rung M is eccentrically displaced at an angle of approximately i5 from the plane of the balance of the body as shown in the Figures 1 and The terminal rung I6 is bent upon itself to form an axle for the hereinafter described bumper member 28. The terminal rung M is split at its center point as shown in Figure 1 sari Reference character 29 indicates a cylindrical bumper member. The bumper 20 is made of any suitable resilient material, such as soft rubber and has an axial bore 2!. The bumper is rotatably mounted on the axle-like terminal rung it by springing the two halves of the rung apart at the split I5, after which the two halves are again aligned inside the bumper bore 21 as shown in the Figures 1 and 2. i

The Figures 4 and 5 show the bufier mounted on a conventional water closet having a water tank 38, a tank lid 3|, a seat 33 and a seat cover it.

The upper portion of the body member is shaped into a concave hanger or hook it as shown in the Figure 3. The buffer is positioned against the front wall 32 of the tank 3b with the hanger it seated on the top edge of the tank as shown in the Figures 4 and 5.

When the buiTer I0 is suspended from the tank edge in this manner the bumper 2B is normally spaced from'the front wall 3! by the eccentrically positioned terminal rung Hi. The tank lid 3! rests on the hanger I6 and anchors the buffer in place.

When the seat cover 34 is raised to the position indicated by the reference character eta in the Figure 5 its top surface 35 strikes against the bumper 2t and the terminal rung supporting rails are flexed. under the force of the blow to move the terminal rung i l toward the front wall 32 of the tank until the bumper 20 comes intocontact with the tank wall 32 as indicated by the reference characters Ida and 28a respectively in the Figure 5. The energy used to flex the terminal rails and to slightly compress the resilient rubber bumper cushions the blow, so that the seat cover is brought to a gentle stop against the bumper 2R.

Since the bumper 2!] is free to rotate on the rung Hi, all contact between the bumper and the seat cover is accompanied by a rolling action. Therefore there is no scufiing or marring of the seat cover by the bumper no matter how many times the buifing cycle may be repeated.

As can be readily understood from the foregoing, the device can be easily and quickly mounted on or removed from any water closet without the use of tools and without impairing the appearance of the water tank or seat cover.

It will now be clear that there is provided a device which accomplishes the objectives her tofore set forth. While the invention has been disclosed in its preferred form, it is to be understood that the specific embodiment thereof as rung, the said bumper member being engageable with the opposing surfaces of the aforesaid seat cover and water tank when the seat cover is in its raised condition.


REFERENCES CITED The following referenlces are of record in the 7 file of this patent:'

tanl: and an eccentrically positioned terminal rung portion flexibly supported at the lower end thereof, the said terminal rung being, bent upon itself to form an axle and a cylindrical resilient bumper member rotatably mounted on the said axle and normally held in spaced relation with the aforesaid water tank by the said terminal UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 930,105 Terrell Aug. 3, 1909 1,599,475 Kozminski Sept. 14, 1926 1,614,845 Mobley Jan. 18, 1927 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country I Date Great Britain Dec. 29, 1932

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US4887322 *Apr 1, 1987Dec 19, 1989Lydon Michael JAutomatic toilet seat lowering apparatus
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U.S. Classification4/248, 16/86.00A
International ClassificationA47K13/00, A47K13/04
Cooperative ClassificationA47K13/04
European ClassificationA47K13/04