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April 2, 1957 J. F. DlEDERlcH 2,787,432
TOILET BRUSH SUPPORT Filed Nov. 24, 1953 gNVENToR.
United States Patent TUILET BRUSH SUPPORT Joseph F. Diederch, La Grange, Ill.
Application November 24, 1953, Serial No. 394,159
1 Claim. (Cl. 24S-110) The present invention relates to toilet lush tank accessories, and is particularly concerned with improvements over the ydevices shown in my prior application, Ser. No. 158,236, tiled April 26, 1950, for Toilet Flush Tank Accessories, now Patent No. 2,701,702, dated February 8, 1955.
One -of the 4objects of the invention is the provision of animproved accessory for toilet flush tanks by means of which a supply of deodorant or disinfectant may be supported in a tlush tank, from the overflow pipe, in such manner that the vapors resulting from the lsupply may be mixed with the air which comes into the flush tank every time the toilet is flushed and the water runs out, and the air mixed with vapors is dispensed into the bathroom and into the bowl through the overllow pipe by the water coming into the flush tank to iill it with water, which 4drives out most of the air.
Another object of the invention -is the provision of an improved accessory for ilush tanks which may be supported by means of the overow pipe, which may also be used for supporting the toilet brush in the flush tank above the water level and below the cover so that this brush, which is an eye sore if exposed in the bathroom, will be stored in a convenient and accessible, 'but enclosed, space.
Another yobject of the invention is the provision of an improved supporting device for -deodorants, toilet brushes, and deodorant containers, which ris equally adaptable to all sizes of ush tanks, and which requires no modification of its structure to be installed in any type of flush tank having an overow pipe.
Another object of the invention is the provision of an improved supporting device for deodorants and toilet brushes to be used in the upper part of a toilet flush box below the cover, which is sturdy, simple in construction, capable of economical manufacture, and adapted to be used for a long time without necessity for repair or replacement of any of its parts.
Another object of the invention is the provision of improved flush tank accessories which are economical to manufacture, simple in construction, sturdy, which will hold all of the Various types of toilet brush when adapted to this particular type of support, and which is also adapted to support deodorants or disinfectants.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings, in which similar characters of reference indicate similar parts throughout the several views.
Referring to the single sheet of drawings accompanying this specification,
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary view in perspective, showing the open top of a flush tank equipped according to the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the toilet brush, shown in connection with the ush tank overflow pipe, a deodorant, and my supporting bracket;
Fig. 3 is a framentary side elevational view in partial section, on the plane of the line 3--3 of Fig. 2'
Fig. 4 is a front elevational view of my supporting 'ice ` bracket in expanded position;
Fig. 5 is a side elevational view of the same.
Referring to Fig. l, 20 indicates a liush tank of box shape, the open top of which is provided with a cover, not shown. The flush tank has the usual ush tank valve 21 controlled by a oat 22; and the level 23 of the water is usually below the upper end 24 of the overow pipe 25.
The toilet brush 26 is shown supported upon a `bracket 27 mounted in the overflow pipe 25 at its open end. In addition to supporting the brush 26, the bracket may support a body of disinfectant 28 and a body of deodorant 29.
The present arrangement is adapted to support toilet brushes of various types, such as those shown in `Fig. 2. The toilet brush of Fig. 2 is of the type having a wooden handle 30, a double shank comprising a pair of legs 31 and 32 of twisted wire, and a brush structure 33 comprising a multiplicity of bristles secured midway between their ends between the twisted wires, which form the shank and frame of the brush.
This provides the brush formation with spiral, outwardly projecting lines of bristles carried 'by a frame 34, which is formed into an oval loop, round at one end and tapered to a point at the other end.
The brush is preferably provided with a pair of sheet metal clips 35, 36 clamped about the two legs 31, 32 of the shank, and having their ends depressed into the space between the legs 31, 32 and soldered, brazed, or welded in place. The clips 35, 36 hold the legs 31, 32 of the brush `shank in definite spaced relation, providing a slot 37 for receiving the bracket.
The slot is bounded on both of its sides by the legs 31, 32 and at its ends by the metal clips 35, 36.
Referring to Figs. 3 5, these are views showing one form of bracket. The bracket 38 is made of resilient spring wire, which may 'be steel or spring bronze, or any other suitable metal. The bracket is generally U shaped and is formed at its upper end with a half circular wire portion 39. The thickness of the wire is such that it will pass into the slot 37; and the ldiameter of the rsemi-circular portion 39 is such that it may be received 'between the clips 35 and 36.
The bracket 38 is preferably provided with a pair of small full circular loops 40, 41 integrally joined to the upper semi-circular portion; and depending from the loops 40, 41, the bracket 'has straight diagonal portions 42, 43.
The diagonal portions 42, 43 extend inward and are integrally joined to the straight portions 44, 45, which extend diagonally outward from the bends 46, 47.
The wire is bent upward with a hairpin `bend `at 48 and 49 and has two straight portions 50, S1, which extend to the top of the pipe Z5. The wire is bent downward again at 52, '53 and has two `straight portions 54 and 55, which are to be loc'ated outside the pipe 25.
The hairpin bend at 52 and 53 is such that the wires leading to it may be located one inside the pipe and the other outside the pipe. The portions 54, 5S are preferably bent inward at 56 and 57, providing the 'diagonally extending end portions 58 and 59, which I find increase the stability of the bracket on the pipe when it is installed as shown in Fig. 3.
It will be seen that the hairpin bends 4S, 49 are inserted inside the pipe; and the legs 54, 55 are located outside of the pipe. The hairpin bends 52, 53 have their inner surfaces engaging the upper edge of the pipe. When the brush shank has its slot 37 moved over the upper semicircular portion 39 of the bracket, the clips 35, 36 rest on the loops or eyes 4d, 41 and the brush is supported above the water level, but below the cover.
The two eyes may be used for supporting disinfectant and deodorant, each of which may be in the form of a small cylindrical body 60, having a hook 61 provided with an anchoring formation' 62 embedded in' the body 60. The hook is located in a depression 63 in the deodorant or disinfectant body so that the hook is hush or below the surface; and the deodorant or disinfectant may be inserted in the tubular cardboard core of a toilet roll. Bodies of deodorant or disinfectant may thus be sold with each toilet roll.
It will thus be observed that the present flush tank accessories are adapted to support a toilet brush in the tank above the water and also to support bodies of deodorant and disinfectant. The deodorant and disinfectant are adapted to be vaporized gradually by Contact with the air; and every time the toilet is flushed a new supply of air is drawn into the box 20 through the crack around the cover.
rThis air absorbs a certain amount of deodorant and disinfectant; and as the toilet box lls up again the air and deodorant and disinfectant which it carries are forced out of the crack beneath the cover of the toilet box into the surrounding atmosphere.
lt will thus be observed thatl have invented an improved flush tank accessory in the form of one or more simple brackets which may be manufactured at a very low cost, and which may be given away with toilet brushes which they are designed to support.
Thus the unsightly toilet brush may be stored in the flush tank above the water, where the brush is kept in good condition and concealed by the cover of the tank and associated with deodorant and disinfectant that renders the brush harmless in so far as germs are concerned and prevents the egress of undesirable odors from the box.
While l have illustrated a preferred embodiment of my invention, many modifications may be made without de parting from the spirit of the invention, and l do not wish to be limited to the precise details of construction set forth, but desire to avail myself of all changes within the scope of the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention7 what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is:
A toilet brush supporting assembly comprising a toilet brush having an elongated handle provided with a rectangular through slot intermediate its ends, a toilet ush box overow tube open at its upper end, a wire bracket carried by said tube and adapted to support a toilet brush, said bracket comprising a single length of wire having a curved portion insertable in the slot in the toilet brush handle, said curved portion terminating at two loops of wire made on a small diameter, forming two stops engaging the bottom of the toilet brush handle, the wire of said bracket extending diagonally inward from each of said loops to a pair of parallel portions spaced suticiently to be received in said tube, and extending downward into said tube to engage the inside thereof, each of said parallel ortions being bent backwardly with a hairpin bend to extend upwardly to the top of the tube, and there being a hairpin bend downwardly on the outside of the tube, and having its end portion bent inwardly to grip the tube tightly.
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