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June 18, 1963 M. KAPLAN ROOM SPRAY DEODORIZER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed June 9, 1961 27 INVENTOR.
MART l KA PL AN %a/% ATTORNEYS June 18, 1963 M. KAPLAN ROOM SPRAY DEODORIZER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed June 9, 1961 INVENTOR. MARTIN KAPLAN ATTORNEYS United States Patent Filed June 9, 1961, Set. No..116,020.
1 Clainb. (Cl. 4-228) This invention relates to room spray deodorizers. and more particularly to spray deodorizers for use in conjunction with conventionaltoilets.
One of the objeets of my invention is the provision of. a roomspray deodorizer which is adapted to be mountedwithin the water tank: ,of a conventional toilet and is actuable upon the operation of. the flushing mechanism of the toilet to discharge a spray.of,deodorant into the ambient air.
Another object ofnmyflinvention is the provision of means. for monntingwithin the water tank of a conventional toilet anaerosol type container containing deodorizing fluid and connecting the discharge, valve. of the. container to the flushing mechanism of the toilet whereby with each fiushingof the toilet a spray of .d eodorizing material is ,discharged into the ambient. air.
Still another object of my invention is the provislon. of an arrangement of the foregoing character which is simple in construction economical to manufacture and readily installed.
Other and further objectsand advantages of my 1nvention will become apparent from the. following description whenthe same is considered in connection with the. accompanying drawings in which;
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary perspective view show ng the tank portion of a conventional toilet and showing my invention applied thereto, the cover of the tank being removed.
-FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1 and showing an embodiment of my invention prior to installation within a toilet tank.
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of another embodiment of my invention, showing the same applied to the water tank of a toilet.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 3 and showing the same prior to installation.
'FIGS. 5 and 6 are modified embodiments of aerosol spray actuating means, and
FIG. 7 is another modified embodiment of aerosol can supporting means.
Referring to the drawings, the numeral 10 indicates a conventional aerosol container or can containing a suitable spray deodorant, the said can being equipped with a conventional discharge valve stem 11 of the type which is actuated by displacing the stem laterally from its normal axis. conventionally, in order to effect a discharge from the can, the user merely applies a finger to the valve stem 11 which when moved from its normal position effects a discharge of the contents through the stem 11 which is hollow. In accordance with my invention the aerosol can is intended to be mounted within the confines of a water tank 21 of a conventional toilet and, accordingly, I provide a pair of rubber suction cups 12 each of which may be suitably attached to a wire band 13 encircling the container 10.
Mounted on the valve stem 11 is a cylindrical cap 14 having an axial bore in the top end of which is received a flexible plastic tube 16. Preferably the tube is formed of suitable plastic material and has a relatively thick wall adequate to prevent collapse of the tube at points of bending. It will be apparent that the tube 16 communicates with the valve stem 11 so that the contents as discharged from the can 10 in the form 3,093,835 Pat nted June 18, 1963.
2 of a time spray will pass through the tube 16 to be discharged at the end thereof outwardly into the ambient air. The end of'the'i tube 16 is retained in a'wire clip member 17 whichincludes a substantially inverted U-shaped. portion arranged to rest on and embrace the top edge of the toilet tank, 'as illustratedin FIG. 1. Preferably the end of the tube 16 is turned upwardly, as illustrated. in FIGS. land 2. Suitably secured to the capmember 14 isan actuating ,arm 18 which may be formed from wire. andextend's laterally from the cap member "14. terminating in an 'inVerted-U Shaped portion 19... It.will" be. apparent that. slight rocking movement of the arm.18 in an. upward direction will displace the valve stern 11.and effect adischarge of the contents of the can 10 in the forrnof a spray throughthe tube 16. Accordingly, the can 10 is installed inside thetank 21 preferably .in close proximity to the lever 22 of the ball lift assembly. The suction cups 12 are caused to befadhcred against the inner surface of the tank 21 and thecan 10is" disposed a position substantially as. illustratedjin FIG; '1' wherein the arrn 18 preferably liesparallel to the lever 22fwith the inverted U-shaped.
portion 19 overhanging the lever 22. Thetube 16'is held in positionas illustrated in FIGZ l by the bracket 17 which rests on the rim of the tank 21.
It will be understood that the bracket 17 may. be placed on the rim of the end .wall of tank 21 instead of on .the. rear wall. When the,cover of the tank 21 is placed in position, the end of the tube 16 projects beyond'the cover, and .extends'into the room area so that any contents from the can 10 are discharged directly into the room area.
In operation, itwillhe apparent that each time that the lever 23 is manipulated to rock the lever 22in an upwardly direction so as to lift the ball from the seat and effect a flushing action, the lever 22 will engage against the inverted U-shaped portion 19 effecting a corresponding movement of the arm 18 and displacement of the valve stem 11 resulting in the discharge of a spray of deodorant into the ambient atmosphere.
In the modified embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 4, a pair of suction cups 24 are mounted in spaced relation on a sheet metal strip 26 having inturned flanges 27 at both ends adapted to engage with the lip 28 and bottom bead of a conventional aerosol spray can. The can may thus be rigidly supported by the suction cups 24 on the interior wall of a tank, such as 21a. The aerosol can in this instance is of the type provided with a discharge valve stem 29 which is intended to be actuated by applying pressure directly on the top thereof. Thus, the stem is displaced slightly axially to effect a discharge of the contents from the can. The cap member 31 which is generally cylindrical in form is provided with an axial bore to receive the valve stem 29 and with a transverse bore communicating with the axial bore to receive a flexible tube 16a. The end of the tube 16a is secured in a sheet metal clip 32 which is provided with a U-shaped portion 33 arranged to rest on the upper rim of the wall of tank 21a.
A resilient clamp member 34 of generally arcuate formation and having a flange 36 at each end is adapted to clamp onto the can 25, with the flanges 36 engaging the shoulders 37 and 28 constituting parts of a conventional aerosol can. An actuating lever 38 shaped substantially as illustrated in FIG. 4 is pivotally connected to the clamp member 34 as by a wire loop 39 which is received in registering notches in the edges of the clamp member 34 and lever 38. As will be seen by reference to FIG. 4, the end portion 41 of the lever 38 overhangs the cap 31 and when the lever 38 is rocked upwardly the end portion 41 bears against the cap 31 depressing the same and effecting a discharge of the contents from the can 25. The opposite end of the lever 38 may be provided with an extension 42 to insure engagement with the lever of the ball lift assembly in the tank in the event of misalignment of the parts. 7
Referring to FIG. 3 it will be seen that the lever 38 is arranged to rest on the lever of the ball lift assembly so that when the lever 23a is actuated to effect a flushing action, the lever 38 is caused to rock upwardly with the lever of the ball lift assembly thereby depressing the valve 29 and eifecting a discharge of the contents into the ambient atmosphere.
FIGURE 5 illustrates a modified arrangement in which a clip 43 formed of resilient material is arranged to engage the lip 37a of a conventional aerosol can and remain substantially upright, as illustrated. A lever 44 is pivotally connected to the clip 43 as by a wire loop 46 which permits rocking of the lever 44 to engage cap 31a so as to depress the same and thereby effect a discharge of the contents from the can.
In the embodiment illustrated in FIGURE 6 a lever 47 is pivoted to the can 25a by a wire loop 48, the ends of which are bent upwardly and passed'through an aperture 49 in the lever and are then bent outwardly to retain the lever. In both arrangements illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6, the levers 44 and '47, respectively, are intended to overhang or to at least engage with the lever of the ball lift assembly so that any movement of such lever is transmitted to the levers 44 or 47 to eifect a a discharge of the contents from the can.
The modified embodiment illustrated in FIG. 7 shows the use of a single suction cup in combination with a substantially U-shaped clip 48 which may be adjustably secured to a clamping member 26 such as illustrated in FIG. 4. 'In this embodiment the clip embraces the top portion of the wall of the tank and supports the can in depending relation.
It will be understood that the diiferent elements herein illustrated and described wherever applicable may be used interchangeably in order to provide a complete combination. For example, any of the actuating arrangements illustrated in the drawings may be used with either of the can supporting means or with either of the clip arrangements for securing the end of the flexible tube.
Various other modifications of my invention may suggest themselves to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of my invention. 'Hence, I do not wish to be limited to the specific examples or illus trations described above, except to the extent indicated in the appended claim.
In combination with a toilet tank provided with a cover and having a ball lift assembly, an aerosol type can containing a spray deodorant and having a manually operable discharge valve, means for mounting said can within said tank, means operatively engageable with the discharge valve of said can and with the ball lift assembly for actuating said discharge valve whereby to discharge a quantity of the contents of the can with each operation of said ball lift assembly, a conduit connected to the discharge valve to conduct discharged spray, a bracket carried on the upper edge of the tank wall and having means for securing the free end of said conduit exteriorly of said tank wall whereby spray is discharged exteriorly of said tank, the conduit passing between the cover and the upper edge of said tank wall.
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