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Sept. l1, 1951 E, F, LARSON 2,567,607
TOILET PIPE COVER OR SHIELD Filed June 5, 1947 'IIJ/11111111 IIIIIII l Patented Sept. 11, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENTl OFFICE TOILET PIPE COVER OR SHIELD Elmer F. Larson, Temple City, Calif.
Application June 5, 1947, Serial No. 752,690
This invention relates to a plumbing accessory and it is primarily an object of the invention to provide a device of this kind which can be readily applied to the discharge pipeline connecting a ush tank and a toilet bowl whereby the appearance of such line may be materially enhanced.
In connection with the discharge lines now generally employed in connection with the ilush tank for a toilet bowl, the same in a comparatively short period of time after installation has a tendency to corrode or otherwise become stained and unsightly. It is a further object of the invention to provide an accessory that can be readily applied to such discharge line in a manner to constitute a shield or cover for such line to maintain an esthetic visual value.
Another object of the invention is to provide a shield or cover of this kind which may be readily made of plastic material to minimize cost of production and to permit the several parts to be produced in a desired permanent color.
A still further object `of the invention is to provide a device or shield of a type that can be readily and conveniently adjusted within certain limits to accommodate discharge lines of varying lengths.
The invention consists in the details of construction and the combination and arrangement of the several parts of my improved accessory or shield whereby certain important advantages are attained, as will be hereinafter more fully set forth.
In order that the invention may be better understood, I will now proceed to describe the same in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a View in side elevation of an accessory or shield constructed in accordance with an embodiment of the invention and in applied position;
Figure 2 is an enlarged sectional View taken substantially on the line 2-2 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a view in perspective of the intermediate member or section of the accessory or shield, a portion being broken away;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary view in section through interfitting end portions of two sections or members; and
Figure 5 is a sectional View taken substantially on line 5-5 of Figure 4.
As illustrated in the accompanying drawings, L denotes a conventional type of discharge line leading from a llush tank T, to the bowl B of a toilet stool. As is well known, lines such as this 2. have a tendency to corrode or otherwise stain so that after installation in open plumbing .present an unsightly and seemingly unsanitary appearance. The line L, as illustrated, embodies a central arcuate portion I and the end portions 2 substantially at right angles although the invention is not to be limited for use with aline of this particular design.
In the present embodiment of the invention the cover or shield comprises a central member or section C and twoend members or sections E, the last named sections or members bein substantially in duplicate. l
The member or section C, is of a length substantially coextensive in length with the central or arcuate portion I, of the line Land at all points therealong is substantially rectangular in cross section although such cross section configuration may be altered as the requirements of practice may dictate.
The member or section C comprises a top wall 3 of a width in excess of the major diameter of the central portion of the line L, and of substantially the same Width throughout its length. The side marginal portions of the wall 3 are defined by the side walls II of a width` also in excess of the central portion I, of 4the line L. The opposite extremities of the section or member C have disposed thereacross at the tops thereof and inwardly of the ends, the end plates 5, the lower or outer free edge a, of each of which being disposed on an inbow or curvature of a radius substantially equal to the major radius cf the portion I, of the line L. These end plates 5 constitute saddles which seat from above on the central portion I, of the line L, whereby the section or member C, is properly and effectually supported on the line L. The plates 5, as herein embodied are substantially parallel and arranged on an angle approximately of 45 toward the center of the member or section I, although of course this angle may be varied as preferred.
The opposite end portions o-f the wall 3, outwardly of the plates 5 are provided thereacross with spaced parallel outstanding ribs or beads 6, which are at right angles to the transverse center of the wall 3. The ribs or beads 5 are also in close proximity one to the other but provide therebetween a locking or holding groove 'I for a purpose to be hereinafter more particularly set forth.
The ribs or beads 6 are continued by the outstanding beads or ribs 8, disposed transversely across the side walls 4. The ribs or beads B are also in parallelism and substantially at right angles to the transverse center of the side walls 4 with the intermediate locking or holding grooves 9, in continuation of the groove 'I.
Each of the members or sections E is also substantially rectangular in cross section and includes the top wall I and the marginal side walls I I. The side walls I I are of a transverse diameter in excess of the radius of such portion 2, of the line L.
The outer end portion of the member or section E at its top is provided with the internal cross plate I2 having its outer or free edge b, disposed on an inbow or curvature closely conforming to the major radius of the part of an end portion 2 of the line L with which the section or member E is employed. The plate I2 may be omitted without, in some instances, impairing the eiciency of the cover or shield as a unit.
The inner extremity of the member E, or that end portion of the member E, remote from the plate I2, is provided thereacross with a series of inwardly disposed ribs or beads I5 carried by the adjacent portions of the side walls II. An end portion of the member or sections C, telescopically engages Within the inner end portion of a section or member E, in accordance with the desired relative adjustment between the member or section C and the member or section E, as determined by the length of the end portion 2, of the line L, to be shielded or encased and selected ribs or beads` I4 and I5, are received in the grooves 'I and 9, respectively whereby will be maintained such relative adjustment between the sections or member E and the central member or section C.
The members or sections C and E, are preferably produced from a plastic of such color or nish desired,v which is of advantage due to plastic material not having a tendency to sweat.
It is believed to be apparent from the foregoing that the sections C and E may be readily applied to or removed from the line L from above or from the front due to the fact the bottom faces of the members C and E are open from end to end. It is also believed to be readily understood that the end sections E may each be adjusted with respect to the central member or section C, to compensate for any variation within certain limitations of the distance between an extremity of the applied central section C and the bottom of the tank T or the part of the bowl B of the stool with which the line L has connection.
It is thought to be obvious that when the cover or shield as a unit is applied to the line L, an attractive finish may be given to such portion of the plumbing assembly and more particularly to conceal against visual access any corrosion or other undesirable appearance of the line L. It is to be further pointed out that the sections or members C and E of the unit may be of a preferred color to properly merge with a desired color scheme or otherwise nished to meet with the desire of the individual.
From the foregoing description, it is thought to be obvious that an accessory or shield constructed in accordance with my invention is particularly well adapted for use by reason of the convenience and facility with which it may be applied and assembled.
A shield for a pipe line, comprising a plurality of sections substantially U-shape in cross section from one end to the other and adapted to straddle the pipe line, adjacent extremities of successive sections having overlapping relation, the intermediate and side walls of the said overlapping portions of the sections being provided thereacross with grooves and beads coacting to hold the sections in assembled relation, and spaced transverse plates in one of the sections, each plate having a free edge directed toward the open side of the section, and such free edge having a recess yformed therein providing a saddle to seat on the pipe line.
ELMER F. LARSON.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the le of this patent:
UNITED STATESv PATENTS Number Name Date 1,359,892 Hinsdale Nov. 23, 1920 1,771.00? Weaver July 22, 1930