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Nov. 20, 1956 J. cHovANEs 2,771,208
PAINT cAN EXTENSION COLLAR Filed June 9, 1955 FIG. l.
INVENT OR JOSEPH OHOVANES PAINT CAN EXTENSION COLLAR Joseph Chovanes, Hazleton, Pa.
Application June 9, 1955, Serial No. 514,281
4 Claims. (Cl. 220-4) This invention relates to attachments for paint cans or the like.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a paint can extension collar which may be easily inserted into the top of the paint can to facilitate the mixing of the ingredients (all paint cans when opened for the first time are filled to the top with paint which makes it difficult to mix properly).
It is another object of the present invention to provide a paint can extension collar of the above type which will prevent paint from going over the top of the rim of the paint can during the stirring process effecting an economy of material and time.
It is still another object of the present invention to provide a paint can extension collar of the above type which will prevent spillage and loss of paint when transferring the same from one can to another.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide a paint can extension collar bearing the above objects in mind which is of simple construction, has a minimum number of parts, is inexpensive to manufacture and ecient in operation.
For other objects and a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a side view shown partly in elevation and partly in section of a preferred embodiment of the present invention shown in operative use on a paint can;
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary side elevational view of the free ends of the collar prior to adjustably connecting the same; and
Fig, 3 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View taken along the line 3 3 of Fig. l.
Referring now more in detail to the drawing, indicates a conventional paint can having a rolled upper edge 11 in which is secured the ring 12 having an inverted channel 13 which continues inwardly in the horizontal portion 14, all in a manner well known to those skilled in the art.
In the practice of my invention, a collar is provided for the paint can and comprises a flat, rectangular, elongated strip 16 of metal adapted to be folded into the circular or cylindrical shape of Fig. l for insertion within the open end of the can. The upper longitudinal edge of the body 16 is formed with the outwardly and downwardly bent skirt or ange 17 for imparting rigidity to the collar, this skirt terminating short ofone free end of the body 16, as shown in Fig. 2. The body 16 adjacent this end of the skirt 17 is provided with a downwardly extending slit 18 which defines a tab 19 having a fold line 20.
The body 16 along the lower longitudinal edge thereof is formed with a second outwardly and upwardly bent flange or skirt 21 for imparting rigidity to the body, this skirt 21 terminating short of one end of the body, as shown in Fig. 2. The body 16 adjacent the end of the nited States Patent skirt 21 is provided with a slo-t 22 which defines a ap 23 having a fold line 24.
The other end of the body 16 isy provided with a pair of longitudinally extending, elongated slots 25 and 26 (Fig. 2) adapted to receive therethrough the tabs 19 and 23, which latter are then bent flat across the outer face of the body 16, as shown in Fig. l. By this means the free ends of the body 16 are connected into the cylindrical configuration required. However, the elongated slots 25 and 26 will permit the adjustment of the size to conform to the opening of the paint can, which may vary. By means of this construction, the ends may also be separated to permit the shipping of the collars in a knockdown condition for greater compactness and economy of storage. It will be noted that the skirt 21 also serves to lit upwardly against the horizontal portion 14 and outwardly against the inner face of channel 13 (Fig. 1) of the paint can whereby to limit the upward displacement of the collar in an obvious manner (Fig. l).
As shown in Fig. l, the free ends of the skirts 17 and 21 at one end of the body 16 are reduced in size relative to the free ends of the skirts 17 and 21 at the other end of the body and are adapted to be slidably received thereunder so as to permit the necessary sliding movement of the tabs 18 and 23 within the slots 25 and 26 respectively, as will be obvious.
The body 16 near its lower end is integrally formed with the frusto-conical enlargement 27 which is connected to the skirt 21 along the inwardly extending flange or bottom wall 28 which overlies the at portion 14 of the can (Fig. l). The frusto-conical enlargement 27 serves to stiften the body 16 as well as expand the latter to t the shape of the can. The enlargement 27 will also prevent the paint from spilling out of the can by trapping the same therewithin, as will be obvious. The bottom wall 28 will also prevent the collar from being pushed downwardly too far into the can by abutment with the flat portion 14 thereof.
While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention, as defined by the appended claims.
What I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Paten-t of the United States is:
l. A paint can extension collar comprising a at rectangular strip bent into a substantially cylindrical configuration upon bringing the free ends thereof together, means for securing said free ends together in adjustable relationship `to fit paint cans of varying size, means for mounting the lower edge of said strip on the open upper end of a paint can or the like, means for imparting rigid ity to the upper edge of said strip, and unitary means for preventing spillage `through the collar and for limiting the downward displacement thereof through the paint can, said adjustable locking means comprising said strip at one free end thereof having a pair of laterally spaced, longitudinally extending elongated slots, said strip at the other end thereof having a pair of oppositely disposed laterally extending slots defining a pair of tongues bent through said elongated slots across the outer face of said strip whereby to slidably connect the free ends thereof and to adjust the cylindrical formation to paint cans of varying size as well as permitting the strip to be shipped in knockdown condition.
2. A paint can extension collar according to claim l, said mounting means comprising an outwardly and upwardly bent skirt integrally formed along the loweredge of said strip and adapted to abut the inner and upper surfaces of a correspondingly shaped depending skirt provided on the open upper end of the paint can, whereby to retain said strip in cylindrical configuration and tn Patented Nov. 20, 1956 can.
3. A paint can extension collar according to claim 2, said spillage preventing means comprising a substantially frusto-conical enlargement integrally formed in said strip near the lower end thereof connected to the strip by a at bottom wall adapted to overlie the upper end of the paint can and to limit the downward displacement thereof of the collar, said truste-conical enlargement adapted to trap paint therewithin to prevent spillage.
4. A paint can extension collar according to claim 3, said Stifening means comprising an outwardly and downprevent the'upward dis-placement thereof from the paint wardlyextending skirt integrally formed along the upper longitudinal edge ofY said strip, the free ends of said upper and lower skirts being adapted to be received within one another in sliding relationship to permit adjustment of said slots and tongues.
References Citedin the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS "Fletcher Apr. 23, 1940