Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2910711 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 3, 1959
Filing dateMar 28, 1958
Priority dateMar 28, 1958
Publication numberUS 2910711 A, US 2910711A, US-A-2910711, US2910711 A, US2910711A
InventorsMizelle Merrimond B
Original AssigneeMizelle Merrimond B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Gutter cleaner
US 2910711 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Nov. 3, 1959 M. B. MIZELLE 2,910,711

GUTTER CLEANER Filed March 2a, 1958 Merrimond B. Mize/le g 4 INVENTOR B BY United States Patent M This invention relates to a device for cleaning gutters, for example eave troughs and more particularly to a device which may be used by a single individual standing on the ground and reaching the gutters.

The gutter cleaner in accordance with the invention is for the purpose of cleaning gutters in one-story houses where the operator can stand on the ground or some other safe low place and move the cleaner along the gutter and flush it with water. Leaves and other accumulations are propelled by the water pressure toward the down pipe. The accumulation can be washed over the gutter or down the drain depending on the size of the particles.

The gutter cleaner has an elongated handle through which water under pressure is adapted to be conducted. A stilf conduit of any type, preferably lightweight metal or plastic serves the purpose of a handle and conductor. An ordinary garden hose is attached, for example by a coupling, to the lower part of the handle, and there is a special nozzle head at the upper end of the handle that is adapted to seat on the bottom of the gutter as it is moved along at a reasonable rate of speed by the operator. The water under pressure being discharged from the nozzle performs an effective cleaning job on the interior surfaces of the gutter.

The head of the gutter cleaner is of special construction. One end has a nozzle on it while the other end has means for dislodging particles which are incapable of being removed by water pressure alone. These means can be of simple construction, for example a spring with a limited flexure to reach around and over curves and in tight spaces and to effectively agitate the lodged particle so that it can be dislodged and then removed by the water under pressure at the other end of the head.

The nozzle on the spray head is adjustable so that the water can be directed slightly to the right or slightly to the left or straight ahead or higher or lower depending on the desires of the user.

The invention has a valve at the lower end or at an intermediate part of the handle to facilitate the use of the invention by the operator. This valve is optional inasmuch as it will add to the unit cost of the gutter cleaner. stalled therein, while the economy models can omit the valves and depend on the nozzle on the head for water control or on the valve at the water supply.

The chief advantages of this invention are the ease with which the gutters can be cleaned and the speed with which this job can be completed. Moreover, these accomplishments are achieved by an inexpensive, light weight and practical appliance.

Accordingly, it is an object of the invention to provide an improved gutter cleaner of the type which a single operator may use when standing below the gutters.

Other objects and features of importance will become apparent in following the description of the illustrated form of the invention.

Figure 1 is a fragmentary sectional view of a house The more expensive models have the valve in- 2,910,711 Paten'tecl Nov. 3, 195$ that has a gutter being cleaned by a gutter cleaner constructed in accordance with the invention.

Figure 2 is a sectional view taken on the line 2 -2 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional view of the head of the gutter cleaner.

Figure 4 is an enlarged sectional view taken on the line 4--4 of Figure 1.

In the accompanying drawing there is a typical gutter 12 that is to be cleaned by a gutter cleaner 14. Cutter 12 schematically represents any elevated gutter such as an eave trough on a bungalow or rambler or on a porch of a taller house. It makes no difference where the gutter is located or what type of gutter is involved. However, the illustrated appliance 14 is chiefly intended for the home owner who has gutters that can be reached conveniently by appliance 14.

The applicance is made of a handle 16 that is sectional. There are sections 18, 20 and 22, although this number of sections can be increased or decreased inasmuch as each section is connected together by a standard coupling 24. Coupling 26 attaches the lowermost section 18 with a garden hose 28. However, if it is found desirable or necessary further sections may be included either at coupling 26 or at one of the couplings 24. Moreover, the length of each section can be varied in accordance with manufacturing desires. Valve 30 is shown in section 18, although this valve could just as easily have been placed in any other section. In addition, the valve 30 is an optional feature andin the more simplified versions of the invention, the valve 30 can be omitted. When. used, valve 30 is selected from the group of con- 'ventional gate or other types of standard valves.

Uppermost section 22 has an approximately U-shaped upper end part 34 with a hose coupling 33 at its extremity. Coupling 38 can be rotated 360, for example, the coupling can be the type that has a hand operated part which can be loosened, the sections of the coupling rotated to the desired relative position, and then tightened in place. The U-shaped part 34 is for the purpose of fitting over the front wall 13 of gutter 12 and enabling the cleaning head 40 to be seated in the gutter 12. Cleaning head 40 has the appearance of a T whose body 42 has a short pipe 44 with which coupling 38 is operatively connected. Accordingly, coupling 38 makes it possible to adjust the head 40 to any angle. It can be turned reversing it so that the gutter cleaner can operate in either direction. The short pipe 46 of the body 42 is connected at right angles to pipe 44 and in communication therewith. The difierence between an ordinary T and T-body 42 is that one end of short pipe 44 has a wall 48 extending across it thereby closing that end of the short pipe 46. The opposite end 50 of the short pipe is opened and is externally or internally threaded. Nozzle tip 52 is threaded on the end 50 of body 42 and has a discharge orifice 54 at an angle to the axis of short pipe 46. In this way the nozzle tip 52 can be rotated to assume various adjusted positions in order to direct the spray in any direction in gutter 12.

There are means for scraping accumulations from the walls of the gutter 12. These means consist of a spring 58 or some other flexible element that protrudes from the rear of the wall 48. The spring flexes slightly and is used by agitating the entire head 40 thereby rubbing the end and/or the part of the spring close to the end over any stubborn accumulation. Thereafter the water spray discharged from tip 52 can be used for flushing the accumulation down the gutter and into the down spout.

A support 60 which can be a projection, short leg or the like, is attached to the body 42 and is adapted to ride on the bottom of the gutter 12 during normal operation. The support 60 acts to establish a known height for the principles of the invention. modifications and changes will readily occur to those nozzle tip 52 and also as a guide and fulcrum by which the appliance can be tilted and guided while it is being manually propelled in either direction as shown by the arrows in Figure 2.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the Further, since numerous skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

1. An eaves trough cleaner comprising: an elongated, vertical tubular handle for the passage of waterunder pressure, said handle including a substantially reversely bent upper end portion engageable in the trough, a substantially T-shaped discharge head on the upper end of the handle operable in the trough, said head including 'a closed end and an open end, a scraping member on the closed end of the head for dislodging accumulations from the trough, and a nozzle on the open end of the head for flushing away the accumulations dislodged by the closed end of the head for dislodging accumulations from the trough, and a nozzle on the open end of the head for flushing away the accumulations dislodged by said scraping member, said scraping member including a coiled spring having one end affixed to the discharge head and its other end portion free for engagement with the trough.

3. An eaves trough cleaner comprising: an elongated,

vertical tubular handle for the passage of water under pressure, said handle including a reversely bent upper end portion engageable in the trough, a substantially T- shaped, hollow discharge head mounted on the upper end portion of the handle and operable in the trough, a. coiled spring on one end of the head engageable in the trough for dislodging accumulations therein, a spray nozzle on the other end of the discharge head for flushing away the accumulations, and a'leg depending from the head at an intermediate point and slidable on the trough tor rotatably, rockably and slidably supporting the head thereon in spaced relation thereto.

4. An eaves trough cleaner comprising: an elongated, vertical tubular handle for the passage of water under pressure, said handle including a substantially reversely bent upper end portion engageable in the trough, a hol low, substantially T-shaped discharge head mounted on the upper end of the handle and operable in the trough, said head including a closed end and an open end, a coiled spring on the head having one end secured tothe closed end portion thereof, the other end portion of said coiled spring being free and engageable in the trough for dislodging accumulations therein, a spray nozzle threadedly mounted for rotary adjustment on the open end of the head for flushing away accumulations dislodged by said spring, and a supporting leg depending from the head at an intermediate point and engageable with the bottom of the trough.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,949,904 Guedel Mar. 6, '1934 2,246,640 Shurhay June 24, 1941 2,607,622 Doepke Aug. 19, 1952 2,623,234 Brown Dec. 30, 1952 2,710,616 Tydings June 14, 1955 2,731,300 Jansen Jan. 17, 1956 2,817,867 Bugbird Dec. 31, 1957

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1949904 *Sep 19, 1931Mar 6, 1934Guedel Walter MDevice for cleaning lawns, yards, and the like
US2246640 *Nov 9, 1940Jun 24, 1941Paul ShurhayCleaning or sweeping device
US2607622 *Mar 3, 1950Aug 19, 1952Doepke Leila MHose attachment
US2623234 *Oct 23, 1950Dec 30, 1952Brown Alvin ISuction or fluid pressure gutter cleaning apparatus, including a fluid reversing valve
US2710616 *Jun 12, 1953Jun 14, 1955Otis Tydings WilliamCleaner for rain gutters
US2731300 *Mar 9, 1953Jan 17, 1956Jansen Raymond KCow washer
US2817867 *Jan 13, 1953Dec 31, 1957Bugbird Herbert CopelinApparatus for removing leaves from gutters
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3023971 *Dec 2, 1959Mar 6, 1962Samuel E MilhousCleaning device
US3041655 *Jul 26, 1960Jul 3, 1962William H EntlerEaves gutter cleaning device
US3908910 *Jun 20, 1974Sep 30, 1975Melvin F DetwilerCleaning tool for gutters and eavetroughs
US4043397 *Sep 22, 1975Aug 23, 1977Glowienke Richard AFire fighting equipment
US4150793 *Feb 3, 1978Apr 24, 1979Alberto RussoGutter cleaning apparatus
US4303348 *Mar 10, 1980Dec 1, 1981Brien Edward P OGutter cleaning device
US4319851 *May 27, 1980Mar 16, 1982Arthur Frederick MDevice for cleaning rain gutters
US4673129 *Apr 3, 1986Jun 16, 1987Kologiy George JGutter cleaner
US4750883 *Feb 9, 1987Jun 14, 1988Drake Harry NDevice for cleaning rain gutters
US4779801 *Nov 19, 1986Oct 25, 1988Donnell James W OApparatus and process for removing smoke from burning buildings
US5022586 *Jan 19, 1990Jun 11, 1991Putnam William RGutter cleaning device
US5037028 *Apr 11, 1990Aug 6, 1991Evans Richard DCombination water-directing device and method
US5386942 *Feb 9, 1994Feb 7, 1995Dietle; Carroll E.Roof gutter and downspout cleaner
US5390853 *Apr 22, 1993Feb 21, 1995Ellul; Renald J.Gutter cleaning tool and system
US5419496 *Mar 17, 1994May 30, 1995Novak, Jr.; Robert F.Water wand apparatus
US5725322 *Aug 22, 1996Mar 10, 1998Evans; Edward C.Eaves trough cleaner
US6488432 *Apr 18, 2001Dec 3, 2002Hopkins Manufacturing CorporationWash brush system with removable head
US6595712 *Nov 15, 2002Jul 22, 2003Hopkins Manufacturing CorporationWash brush system with removable head
US6925676Apr 10, 2003Aug 9, 2005Quickie Tool Company, L.L.C.Gutter cleaner
US7428799 *Jun 1, 2007Sep 30, 2008Calvin FrelierGutter drainage and debris removal system
US8409365Oct 30, 2009Apr 2, 2013Gregory Keith CoxGutter cleaning device
US8574037Jun 10, 2011Nov 5, 2013David W. KresgeMulti-purpose extended reach tool
DE4321669A1 *Jun 30, 1993Jan 19, 1995Seuthe Gmbh KunststoffverarbeiMulti-purpose suction and pressure apparatus
U.S. Classification401/48, 239/280, 401/139, 401/263
International ClassificationB05B15/00, B05B15/06, E04D13/04, B05B1/02, E04D13/076
Cooperative ClassificationE04D13/0765, B05B1/02, B05B15/068
European ClassificationB05B15/06B2, B05B1/02, E04D13/076B