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Jan. 18, 1966 w. A. GERKEN 3,229,709
FAUCET ATTACHED MIXING DEVICE Filed Dec. 26, 1962 1 Wi ii 3 l.n l J I NVENTOR.
F7770 NEY 3,229,709 FAUCET ATTACHED MIXING DEVICE Wilfred A. Gerken, 1304 N. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Filed Dec. 26, 1962, Ser. No. 247,100 1 Claim. (Cl. 137-268) My invention relates to a faucet attached device.
An object of my invention is to provide a device which can be conveniently attached to a faucet in a kitchen sink or the like, with the device incorporating an arrangement wherein several containers will communicate to the faucet, with each of the containers containing powdered tea or other substances, which will be mixed with the water from the tap or faucet, so that liquid tea or any other beverage can be obtained directly.
A further object of my invention is to provide an arrangement which will provide a complete mixing effect.
With these and other objects in view, my invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and combination of the various parts of my device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained, as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claim and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a forward elevation of my device as attached to a tap or faucet with portions thereof being taken in cross-section,
FIGURE 2 is a plan view of FIGURE 1, and
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view of FIGURE 2 taken along the lines 3-3 thereof.
In describing my invention I have used the character to designate the end of a faucet, and I have used the character 11 to indicate an end portion of my device which portion 11 is substantially cylindrical as shown and which portion 11 extends into the ears 12 which cars receive the screws 13 threadably engaged at 14 to thereby provide means for firmly clamping the portion 11 against the gasketing sleeve 15 to thereby firmly secure the entire arrangement in position and to provide a water tight joint.
The member 11 communicates to, and is integrally formed with a flat casing 16, the casing 16 including the passageway 17, and communicating with the passageway 17 are the tubes 18, each of which tubes 18 are attached to the various containers 19, the containers 19 each having the passageways 20 communicating to the tubes 18.
Received in the tubes 18 are the valve members 21 having the ports 22, the handles 23 being attached to the valve members 21.
The character 24 designates cup shaped screens positioned within the passageways 20 and attached within the containers 19 as shown.
Each of the containers 19 include the lids 25 threadably engaged with the tops of the containers, and each of the containers can contain a separate granular or powdered substance 26 which can be tea or any other substance which when mixed with water will provide the desired beverage.
The casing 16 (see FIGURE 3) includes a series of various partitions 27 and 28 extending integrally from the walls 29 and 30, the characters 31 and 32 indicating end walls, and communicating through the bottom wall 33 is a cylindrical discharge spout 34.
The character 35 indicates the top wall of the casing 16, and secured to the wall 29 is a strap 35a through which passes the stud 36 which threadably engages the knurled nut 37 with a suitable lower nut being attached to the stud 36, the stud 36 passing through the slot 38 provided 3,229,709 Patented Jan. 18, 1966 in the further strap 39, this arrangement thereby providing an adjustable arrangement which will assist in supporting the entire unit from the upper edge 40 of the sink.
The character 41 indicates an opening of smaller size than the passageway 17.
The device operates in the following manner. Assuming that each of the containers 19 contains a different type of powder or substance to be mixed with the water, it will be noted that any desired water mixture can be made by merely turning the handle 23 to the vertical position as shown in FIGURE 1, whereupon the ports 22 will be opened to allow the water from the tap 10 to flow through the passageway 20, and through the screen 24 which causes a mixing with the substance 26, the opening 41 providing a slight retarding effect to insure that the water will flow more readily through the bottom of the container; the water then passing about the various partitions 27 and 28 in the direction of the arrows 42 to provide a longer passageway which will thereby provide a more complete mixing effect, which mixed liquid will then pass through the spout 34 to the desired vessel.
When all of the handles 23 are horizonally positioned, the water from the tap only will pass through the spout 34.
It Will thus be noted that I have provided the advantages mentioned in the objects of my invention with further advantages being apparent.
Some changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of the parts of my invention without departing from the real spirit and purpose of my invention, and it is my intention to cover by my claim any modified forms of structure or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included within its scope.
I claim as my invention:
A faucet attached mixing device comprising an elongated hallow casing, a plurality of containers communicating with said casing, each of said containers being adapted to receive a water-soluble substance, a clamp attached to said casing adapted to be attached to a faucet, said clamp having a tubular portion communicating to said casing, a pair of tubes communicating from said casing to each of said containers, valves positioned within said tubes for controlling passage of water from said casing to said containers, said containers including screens positioned at the lower portions thereof, passageways in said containers communicating with said tubes, said screens being positioned across said passagesways, said casing including a main passageway, said main passageway having a partition adjacent to said faucet, said partition having a restricted opening, said casing including side walls and end walls, said casing including a plurality of partitions alternately attached to one of said end walls and to said main passageways for providing a tortuous passageway for mixed water passing through said containers, a support member attached to said casing adapted to be supported by a sink portion, a discharge spout communicating to said casing and positioned at the terminal point of flow of said mixed water, for discharging said mixed water after passing through said tortuous passageway.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,120,774 6/1938 Belmont 239-317 2,421,372 6/1947 Burke 239317 2,604,446 7/1952 Palmer 137268 2,885,271 5/1959 Kersh 137-268. 2,960,999 11/1960 Lacy 137564.5
M. CARY NELSON, Primary Examiner.