US 32436 A
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ORAMEL B. SCOFIELD, OF EAST STOUGHTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
Specification of Letters Patent No. 32,436, dated May 28, 1861.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ORAMEL B. SGOFIELD, of East Stoughton, in the county of Norfolk and State of Massachusetts, have invented an Improved eather-Strip for Doors; and I do hereby declare the same to be fully described in the following specification, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, of which Figure 1, denotes a front view: Fig. 2, a rear elevation, and Fig. 3 a transverse section of such strip.
It is constructed separately from the door to which it is to be affixed and is to be secured to either the outer or inner surface, and near the bottom thereof by means of four or any other suitable number of screws passed through the clamp bar of the said strip and screwed into the door until the heads of the screws may be brought close up to the clamp bar.
In the drawings, A, denotes the said clamp bar which is made with a rabbet or recess, a, for the reception of an auxiliary bar, B, to the rear side of which an elastic flap, D, of india rubber or'other suitable material is fastened in such manner as to cause the said flap along its entire lower edge to project beyond the lower edge of the said bar, B, in manner as shown in the drawings.
Between the upper edges of the bar B, and its recess, two or any other suitable number of springs C, C are arranged. The said bar is bent or sprung against these springs, and besides at or near its ends the bar is fastened to the clamp bar A, by means of two screws, a, a, see Fig. 1, such figure also representing the holes b, 6,1), Z), for reception of the screws by which the said bar A, is to be secured to a door. Furthermore, there are two or more other screw holes 0, 0, made through the bar A, and between the screws a, a and in front of the auxiliary bar B. They, (the said holes 0, 0,) are intended to receive screws which are to enter and screw into the bar B.
It is well known that the threshold of a door generally becomes worn more in its middle than at its ends, so that the upper surfaces of most thresholds are generally found to be curved rather than straight.
My improved weather strip contains a means by which while the strip is aflixed to a door the lower edge of the flap may be so bent or curved longitudinally as to be made to closely fit the threshold, when so curved,
,should be tightly screwed against the bar A,
so as to cause it to clamp the bar B, and the flap thereof closely to the door.
Now, after the strip has been made and applied to a door substantially as above described, we can readily adjust the flap to 'a proper bearing on the threshold as either may become worn, for to do this we have first to loosen the screws which confine the bar, A, to the door, and next so unscrew the screws which enter the holes, 0, c, that they may be entirely unscrewed from the strip B. This having been done, the springs, (J, C, will be free to act and will force the bar, B, downward until the flap and the threshold are brought into close or proper contact which having taken place all the screws should be again set up closely.
I do not claim arranging the elastic flap carrier or bar within a groove made in the bottom part of a door and providing such carrier with clamping and adjusting screws to respectively extend through slots made in the door, the whole being as represented in the United States Patent, No. 13121. Nor do I claim affixing the elastic flap to a bar separate from and screwed or nailed to the outer surface of a doorbut WVhat I do claim is- The combination and arrangement of the auxiliary bar, B, and its springs, C, O, or their equivalents with the flap, D, and the clamp bar A, to be affixed to the door and to operate therewith substantially as specified.
OBAMEL B. SCOFIELD.
R. H. EDDY, F. P. HALE, Jr.