US 2545320 A
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March 13, 1951 R. A. TILSON ET AL 2,545,320
SANITARY BASE FOR REFUSE CANS Filed Nov. 15, 1948 INVENTORS Hossou M. GARNER Y RICHARD A. TlLsoN,
5 ATTORNEK Patented Mar. 13, 1951 SANITARY BASE FORREFUSE CANS Richard A. Tilson and Hobson M. Garner,
Application November 15, 1948, Serial No. 60,084
1 Claim. (01. 248--346) This invention relates to an improvement in receptacle bases and has particular reference to a base for the support of trash and garbage cans against displacement by'animals or high winds.
- It is an object of the present invention to provide a support for trash or like refuse cans molded into a single unitary structure adapted to support the can in upright position against abnormal conditions, being weighted to such an extentthat animals or winds will not upset or otherwise displace the can from an upright position.
The invention further contemplates a base member cast or molded as a unitary structure,
having corner posts with means to maintain the can in slightly elevated position to permit free is provided with a cut-out, indicated at 9, arcuateposts being so formed as to properly center the can upon the elevating means.
The invention further contemplates positive attaching means between the can and the base, whereby the can and the lid thereof will be securely held upon the base, including a flexible member attached to the base at one end and passing through the handles of the can and the bail of the lid, with the opposite end being detachably connected to the base.
A further object of the invention resides in the novel and ornamental appearance of the base support, having a pleasing appearance calculated to present a more desirable means of supporting a refuse can in upright position, will increase the life of the can by supporting its bottom from contact with the ground, thus minimizing the rusting thereof, is cheaply formed from concrete, will last indefinitely and is highly convenient and desirable in use.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be readily apparent during the courseof the following description, reference being had to. the accompanying drawings, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several figures.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a supporting base constructed in accordance with the invention and,
Figure 2 is a similar view illustrating the device in use. 7
Referring specifically to the drawings, the numeral 5 illustrates a baseportion, formed generally square in top plan, having a flat upper wall 6 and straight vertical side walls I. Preferably formed integral with the base portion .5 and projecting upwardly from each corner, are corner posts 8, the outer side walls of which are formed flush with the side walls 1. Each corner post 8 in top plan and tapering outwardly to terminate in a ledge l0, serving as a rest for the base of the can II. The tapered cut-out 9 and ledges m are directed toward the center of the base and the posts 8 are rounded from their straight outer walls. At the junction of the cut-out 9 and the ledges I0, the posts 8 are formed on the arc of a true circle, corresponding to the outer diameter of the base of thecan ll. As clearly shown, the ledges If are elevated a sufiicient distance above the top surface of the base 6, so that, when a can. is in'position of rest thereon, it will be elevated sufliciently high to permit a free circulation of air beneath its bottom. Two diagonally opposite posts 8 are provided with preformed apertures I2, passing from one outer face to the other and provide means for attaching connector rings l3.
One ring I3 has permanent connection with a link M, of a flexible device, here illustrated as a chain I5, while the opposite end of the chain is provided with a hook Hi.
In the use of the device, the base& normally sets upon the ground. The can l l is placed therein, with its bottom resting upon the ledges [0. Under normal use, the chain may be folded upon the base surface 6 or wrapped therearound, where it will be out of the way of the user. or when there is a threat of a Windstorm, the chain is passed upwardly through one handle of the can,-then passes through the bail of the lid I 1, across and down through the other handle and then passed through the opposite ring I3,
after which the chain is doubled upon itself and the hook l6 engaged in a selected link, as illustrated. Thus, the can is firmly held against tilting or overturning by wind or animal. The base 5 is relatively heavy and will withstand extremely high winds or the attempts of dogs or other animals to overturn the can. The tapered portions of the corner posts 8 and the ledges lil jointly form a tapered socket that facilitates the entry of the can therein, accurately guiding the can to a position of rest upon the ledges. Thus the can is held against shifting and is maintained in elevated position at all times, free from corrosive or rusting contact with the ground. While the base and corner posts are formed square upon their outer corners, it will be understood, that these corners could be rounded, without effecting the operation of the device. A cable could likewise be substituted for the chain.
It will be seen from the foregoing, that a very efiicient and desirable base has been provided At night for garbage and trash cans. The tapered socket leading to the ledges facilitates the placing of the can therein, since it is self-centering, with just sufficient clearness to permit the can to firmly seat upon the ledges, but not enough clearance to permit the can to shift to one side for disengagement with the ledge and a resulting tipping. The device is adapted to be molded in a simple and economical manner from; cor'ic'retez and can be" produced in large quantities at a relatively low cost. While the device has been described as being formed of concrete, it will be apparent that other materials may'beemployed with equal success.
It is to be understood, that the invehtion-i's 'rioti- 1=5' limited to the precise arrangement shown, but that it includes within its; punvieavt,v whatever changes fairly come within either the terms or the spirit of the appended claim.
Having described our invention, what we claim Ar cast: concrete base: for: the support: oft: refuse cans;haviiig handles; a lid and'a bail, said baseformed square in: top: plan; vertically arranged integral-a corner postsformed: onthe ba-se wit'h 25 DE -148106 thefibase; the rsaidfirounded sides of the pdsts being 30 concave and tapering outwardly from the ledges, the said tapering concave at its point of meeting with the ledges being formed on an arc corresponding to the arc of the can bottom, said tapering concaves serving to guide the can to a seat upon the ledges, two diametrically opposite posts being provided with preformed holes passing from one outer face to the other, rings positioned in the lfole's, atchain connected -to oneoff tlie rings and adapted to be" extended through the handles and bail of the can, said chain adapted to be passed through the other ring and a hook carried by the free end: of the chain for securing the chain through the second named ring for retaining: the can upon the base against displacement.
RICHARD A. TILSON. HOBSO N M. GARNER.
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