US 2564031 A
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Aug. 14, 1951 L. R. RICH AUTOMOBILE AND WINDOW WASHER Filed DeC. l5, 1947 /NVENTOR M ./..l.l,` M an w l; M fi n 21,1 2 @by Patented Aug. 14,@1951 2,564,031 AUTOMOBILE AND wlnpow WASHER e Lloyd R. Rich, iiayvar, Calif.' 4application December 13, 1947, serial No. 791,599
This Vinvention relates Ato improvements in means for washing automotive vehicles, windows,
and the like, and provides a novel Washer to be operated by hand, in remote relation to the, object being washed, and in which the supply of water is under constant control, so that the clothing of the person operating the device will not be subjected to splash or spray of water.
It also provides a novel brush or washing'element which can be removed or replacedat will, one which is easily applied or removed, and to which water is delivered directly and in which the pressure of the water is relieved to maintain a substantially vconstant pressure irrespective of the volume of Water delivered. p i y The Washing element is encased 'overa flexible head member to prevent marring `and to permit the Washing element to conformto the shape or curvature of the surfaces being washed.
Automotive bodies are conventionally 4washed with Sponges or rags, holding a hose in one hand while operating the sponge `or rag with theother. This requires that the person doing the-.washing must stand close with hisclothing exposed to the flow, splash and spray, and when the water is exceptionally cold, the hands are subjected to practically freezing temperatures` continuously.
With my invention it is nevernecessary to get the hands or clothing wet, so-that car washing canV be carried out relatively comfortably irrespective of the temperature of the water, and, if desired, hot water can as readily be used `Where a supply is available.
The objects and advantages of the invention are as follows:
First, to provide a remote control device for washing automotive bodies and the like.
Second, to provide a device as outlined in which Water is delivered directly to the washing device.
Third, to provide a device as outlined in which the supply of water is under constant control, so as to limit delivery to the most desirable ow.
Fourth, to provide a Ydevice as outlined with a flexible head to prevent marring of the surfaces being cleaned.
Fifth, to provide a device as outlined with a flexible head provided with passages to relieve the pressure between the head and the washing element.
Sixth, to provide a device as outlined with an easily replaceable washing member to be supported on the flexible head.
Seventh, to provide the washing member with small apertures to pass Water in restricted amount through the Washing member for direct applica- 2 claims. (c1. 154,128)
tion while passing additional water freely throughA the passages in the head to overflow to provide a rinse for the surface about the washing mem-r ber. Eighth, to provide a device as outlined which is simple in construction and economical to,
In describing the invention reference will be made to the accompanying drawings, in which:`
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the invention. I
Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional elevation through the brush and head.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged bottom View of the head.
The invention includes a conduit I0 which simultaneously functions as a handle and which may be of any desired length, about three to four-v feet being most desirable for automobile wash?,- ing, Aand is preferably formed of aluminum, av magnesium-aluminum alloy or of suitable plastic material, and iscurved at one end as indicatedA at I I to form the head portion I2 at right angles to the handle portion II). This head portion is flared out as indicated at I3, and to which the flexible head III is attached and which is made considerably larger in diameter than the fiange I3 so as to extend therebeyond. This head is formed of any suitable flexible material, such as live rubber, rubber or leather belting, or a flexible plastic, a vinyl resin plastic or, rubber being particularly suitable for the' purpose, and this head is Vprovided with a plurality of equally spaced passages I5 to relieve the water pressure within the Washing element and provide an overow over the top to provide a rinse for the surface Washed. This head may be secured to the flange I3 by any suitable means such as by means of rivets I6.
Attached to the end of the handle portion is a valve I1 with integral handle I8 to which a hose I9 is attachable and which in turn is connectable to a suitable source of either hot or cold Water as may be desired, and this valve is preferably of the pushbutton type, having a button 20 depression of which opens the valve, and instead of the conventional cumbersome lever, for ease of operation and minimum span for the fingers of the user, and for lightness. a leaf spring 2| is secured at one end to the valve housing as indicated at 22 under just sufficient tension to keep the spring against the button and flexible -to return to its initial position when released.
The handle permits a nger to grip Within the recess 23 without interference when the spring lever is depressed,`with another finger controlling the valve.
The washing element 24 1s preferably formed of thoroughly cleaned sheep pelt of suiiicient area to extend around the edges of the head as indlcated at 25 and is provided with a multiplicity of fine apertures 26 through the skin so that water will flow and distribute through the Wool 21 and keep it saturated and provided with excess flow under the brush as washing is carried out, and a setionvof fabric 28 is attachedto the peripheral edges' o'f ther pelt leather and has e. tunnel 29 frned at its free end 'through which a draw string 3U is threaded. A
These brushes are attached by opening the gathered inside of the fabric heading and seating the head I4 therein, and drawing up and tying the draw string 30.
When Washing a surfacekthe hose IQ is supplied with water under pressure, one hand grips the handle I8 with nger control of the lever 2If, and the other hand may grip the handle portion- 1'0 'f the conduit; f
. EDep'ression of the lever 2| depresses the plunger Nall'owig water to flow through the conduit to the space between the pelt skin 3l and the head `14. This water with sinall supply forces the Eskin away from the heard and the water passes through the apertures 26 and thence is distributed and passes through the wool, practlcally ncjinereaching 'the passages I5 because vof the pressuieappiid on 'the brush 24. with' a greater supply, the' skin `also leaves the head at the passages I5, water still passing through the apertures 26' and distributing through th Wl, with the excess passing through the passages I5 arid over thetop 'of the 'gathered tunnel tofiow therfever and over the sides of 'the brush 'to' rinse the x"rea washed. Thus washing alone, 'er Wasliigwitl'i 'sirriultaieaus rinsing is under corrtimi'is entrol by the hand .grasping the handle It, a the suppiy can be regulated te suit the spefciiic bifiiitib or requirement.
-I claim? Y i 1. Aill washing device leorn'pri"sing a hood 'type hi geleieiitgorme'dp sheep pelt; afircular r f fe' real andyhviessed p p p v bly secured uiererri` rid having' an "Xial water inlet passage, and argini-aleA ity or apertures fpr'irred Iinsererbrough in r1ateraliv spcd relatori t said weer met. passage to retrieve water 'pressure between 'the flexible head and tue washing element-te prevemwarpirfg of the flexible head under pressure of water to prevent release of the washing element, and for overflow of excess water from the space between the washing element and the head to the top side of the head and over the head and sides of the Washing element to serve as a rinse for the surface being washed; said sheep pelt having a multiplicity of spaced fine apertures formed through the skinuthereof to diffuse water through the 'sheep' Tirelt-foijcontinuous cleansing.
2'. A washing device comprising; a conduit having a flared end forming a flange; a head `f (njxned of ilegiblel material and circular in form and having 1a 'central passage communicating with said conduit; said head being fixed to said flange; a plurality of escape passages formed through said "iiex'ible head substantially midway between the peripheries of said head and said flange; a hood of sheep pelt removably secured over.. the. @geleide Ofsaid flexible head and about the r'eiznhrv the rofg 'withering a infiltiplicityjof passages iorr'nec'l` through the skin t ere'o'f to diffuse water through the wool or themenrer continuous cleansing; said 'escape p'assafg'esY communicating between the in'- sji'd'e "or said megane Ydie @op f the flexible head t relieve pressure touprevent warping of the ilegible head unclrrlfsaid pressure with corisluent 'for IIE D ftherhood 'oifr of the iiexible hieaa and ira-provide toiinuous mise beth,
over the top and periphery [of the hood.
LLOYD R. RICH.. assurances maar) The fgnowingwrefees 'are of record in the le of lthis patent: l UNITED :saw-ras APATENTS