US 3201075 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
A11g 17, 1965 o. H. sxEvERs 3,201,075
GARBAGE GAN HOLDER Filed June 27, 1963 /A/z/E/vra@ OTTO H. 5ml/m5 Arron/V595 3,201,075 GARBAGE CAN HOLDER Otto H. Sievers, Storm Lake, Iowa Filed .lune 27, 1963, Ser. No. 291,081 2 Claims. (Cl. 248-147) This invention relates to a garbage can holder and in particular to an improved base structure and means for mechanically opening and closing a garbage can.
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder which is mechanically operated by a foot lever.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder which has a lid support arm spring biased towards a closed position wherein the lid is on the garbage can.
It is another object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder which has means for holding the lid support arm in an open position with the lid removed from the can.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder having a linkage means between the lid support arm and the foot lever which is fully enclosed.
It isstill another object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder having a weighted base.
It is an object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder comprising a metal base structure having space partially occupied by concrete or zonolite and cement.
It is another object of this invention to provide a garbage can holder having a lid support arm which may be used in connection with garbage cans having varying dimensions.`
A further object of this invention is to provide a garbage can holder which is simple in design, economical to manufacture and rened in appearance. t
These and other objects, and other features and advantages of this invention will become readily apparent upon reference to the following description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 is a side perspective view of the garbage can holder with the garbage can lid shown in both its open and closed positions;
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional elevation view of this invention taken along line 2 2 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the base structure of the garbage can holder of this invention; and
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of one of the two similar clamping means for connecting the lid to the lid support arm.
The garbage can holder of this invention is shown in FIG. 1 and referred to generally by the reference numeral 10. A garbage can 12 having a lid 14 is positioned on a base structure 16 of the holder 10. The holder 10 also includes a standard 18 `and a lid support arm 20.
As illustrated in FIG. 3, the base structure 16 comprises a concrete or zonolite and cement slab 22 having a central opening 24. The peripheral side edges of the slab are all at right angles to each other except for one side which is formed by a pair of equal in length, outwardly tapering portions 26. Extending completely around the peripheral edges of the slab 22 is a length of angle iron 28 having an upstanding tiange 30 in mating engagement with the outer edges of the slab and a ange 32 which supports and protects the peripheral portion of the bottom face of the slab. At the point where the tapering edges 26 terminate, end portions 34 and 36 of the length of angle iron 28 meet and extend in parallel relationship outwardly from the base structure 16.
Extending transversely of the base across the opening 24 and perpendicular to a plane through the end portions 34 and 36 are parallel support and strengthening rods 38 lUnited States Patent O and 40 (FIG. 3)'. These rods are spaced sufficiently to provide the necessary stability for the garbage can 12. Each of the rods extend through and have their ends embedded in the peripheral portions of the slab 22. Each rod is welded to the angle iron member 28 at one end and secured by a nut to the angle iron on the otherend.`
Referring to FIG. 2, the standard 18 is shown to comprise a pipe 42 tixedly secured at its lower end in bearing engagement between the angle iron end portions 34 and 36. The side flanges 30 provide horizontal support and the horizontal flanges give vertical support to the pipe member 42. A slot 44 (FIG. 1) is formed longitudinally of the pipe member 42 and receives one end of a foot lever 46 which is pivotally connected to the pipe member internally thereof. A second longitudinal slot 48 is provided at the upper end of the pipe 42 and receives one end of the lid support arm 20 which is pivotally secured to the pipe therein. A linkage arm 50 is provided `in the pipe 42 and connected at one end to the foot lever between its free end and its pivotal connection to the standard 18. The other end of the arm 50 is connected to the support arm 20.
Secured at one end to the lid support arm 20 on the same side of its pivotal connection to the standard 18 as the linkage arm 50 is a spring 52. The other end of the spring is attached to the inside of the pipe above the support arm 20.
Also above the support arm 20 is provided a spring clip 54 having free ends 55 extending outwardly and downwardly towards the support arm. Below the clip 54 and on opposite sides of the support arm 20 are a pair of semicircular guide elements 56 atlixed by their free ends to the outside face of the pipe 42. These elements serve to limit horizontal movement of the support arm 20 about the standard 18.
The support arm 20 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 is bent in the center of its lid engaging end 5S. The portion of the support arm 20 on the other side of its pivotal connection to the post `42 will be referred to as the lever end 60.
A pair of lid clamps 62 are provided on opposite sides of the bend in the lid end 58 of the support arm 20. Each clamp 62 comprises a bolt 64 (FIG. 4) secured at one end to the support arm 20 and has mounted adjacently thereon an adjustable U-shaped clip 66. A clip 68 with an upstanding ange at its outer end is provided on each of the bolts 64 below the clips 66. As shown in FIG. 2 these clamps 62 engage dametrically opposite sides of the lid 14 along its upper and lower peripheral portions. A third clamp 70 is provided in the center of the lid end of the support arm and holds the circular in cross-section support arm 20 in mating engagement with the concave handle 72 on the lid 14 of the garbage can 12.
Thus in operation it is seen that by the linkage 50 being connected to the lever end of the support arm 20, any downward movement of the foot lever 46 will cause the arm 2t) and lid 14 to rise from the can 12. This upward movement will be against the spring action 52 tending to pivot the support yarm towards a closed position with the lid 14 on the can 12. Sufficient downward movement of the foot lever 46 will move the support arm 20 into engagement with the spring clip 54 as shown by the broken lines in FIG. 1. In closing the can the lid or support arm may be manually moved from engagement with the clip 54 or the foot lever 46 may be moved upwardly which will also free the arm 20. Once the arm 20 has been released from the clip 54 the spring 52 will pivot the arm and lid downwardly to their closed position.
Some changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of my garbage can holder without departing from the real spirit and purpose of my invention, and it is my intention to cover by my claims, any modified forms of structure-or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included within their scope.
I claim: 1. A garbage can holder comprising, a base member of concrete material having a central opening formed therethrough, a lengthv of angle iron having one flange extending along the peripheral outer edge and the other flange extending along the adjacent bottom side of said edge, said angle iron terminating in a pair of parallel end portions extending outwardly of one side edge ofisaid concrete member, at least two rod members extending across said opening below the top surface of said concrete member, said rod members being embedded in said concrete material at the sides of said opening and secured at their ends to said length of angle iron; Y an upright pipe standard secured at one end 'between said pair of parallel end portions, the bottom end of' said standard being in supporting engagement with each of the other flanges of said end portions;
means closing the upper end of said pipe,
a lid support arm adapted to have one end secured to a garbage can lid, the other end of said arm extending through the side of the upper end of said pipe member where it is pivotally secured to and disposed at all times within said pipe member;
a foot lever extending through one side of the lower end Aof said pipe member 'where it is pivotally secured to and disposed at all times Within said pipe member;
a linkage arm extending within said pipe member between said lid support arm and said foot lever, one end of said linkage arm pivotally connected Within said pipe to said foot lever between its pivotal connection to said pipe and its free end, the other end of saidl linkage arm pivotally connected Within said pipe to the other end of said support arm on the opposite side of its pivotal connection to said pipe from said first support arm and, whereby upon moving the free end of said foot lever downwardly a lid may be raised from a garbage can, and
said rst end of said support arm having means forV engaging a'garbage can lid at points on the periphery of said lid which are diametrically opposite each support arm and extending downwardly therefrom, each of said bolts being provided with a pair of perpendicular spaced apart clips adapted to engage the upper and lower periphery of a garbage can lid, and said clips being adjustable along the length of said bolts; and said first end of said support arm being bent centrally thereof and having its adjacent portions on each side thereof extending downwardly therefrom to conform to the rounded top face of a garbage can lid. i 2. The structure of claim 1 wherein a pair of guide elements are provided 0n opposite sides of said pipe, each of said guide elements `being semi-circular iny shape and having their ends secured to said'pipe, Veach of said guide elements extending outwardly from said pipe along said support arm and being adapted to limit horizontal movement of said support arm in either direction about'said pipe member.
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CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.