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Publication numberUS3263260 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 2, 1966
Filing dateOct 21, 1964
Priority dateOct 21, 1964
Publication numberUS 3263260 A, US 3263260A, US-A-3263260, US3263260 A, US3263260A
InventorsFiller Ben B
Original AssigneeFiller Ben B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Self-supporting paste applicator for wallpaper
US 3263260 A
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B. B. FILLER Aug. 2, 1966 SELF-SUPPORTING PASTE APPLICATOR FOR WALLPAPER Filed Oct. 21, 1964 INVENTOR BEN 5. F/LLE/E BY 25% ATTOENEY United States Patent 3,263,260 SELF-SUPPORTING PASTE APPLICATGR FQR WALLPAPER Ben E. Filler, 3844 Berkeley Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio Filed Oct. 21, 1964, Ser. No. 405,437 2 Claims. (Cl. 15230.11)

This invention relates to adhesive applicators, and particularly to a device for applying wallpaper paste, or other adhesive substances, to sheet materials lying on a horizontal surface.

Conducive to a better understanding of the invention, it may be well to point out that the usual practice in applying paste to wallpaper, or other sheet-material wall coverings, is to use a large =bristle brush which is hand held and manipulated to both apply the paste, and then work it into the paper surface by a twisting, sliding motion.

When loaded with paste, such a brush is heavy to hold and in addition the bristles offer considerable frictional drag on the paper surface as they are twisted and turned to work the paste into the paper.

The use of such a conventional paste brush takes a great deal of wrist and arm strength, and is tiring to the workman, since the bristle brush must always be supported by the hand.

The primary object of this invention, therefore, is to provide a paste applicator that uses rollers to both apply and work the paste in, in an effortless manner.

Another object is to provide an applicator that is selfsupporting on a horizontal surface, thus relieving the user from the strain of constantly sustaining its weight.

A further object is to provide a device of the type stated, having its hand grip centered directly over the axis of rotation of its roller, and intermediate the ends thereof, whereby, the user may effortlessly roll or twist the applicator, as desired, to properly work in the paste.

These, and other objects of the invention will become apparent from a reading of the following specification and claims, together with the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the wallpaper paste applicator, that is the subject of this invention, showing it in its paste applying position on a sheet of wallpaper supported on a table top;

FIGURE 2 is a right end view of the applicator, taken along the line and in the direction of the arrows 2-2 of FIGURE 1; and,

FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the applicator, having a single roller.

Referring more particularly to the drawing, there is seen in FIGURE 1, the wallpaper paste applicator, that is the subject of this invention, broadly indicated by reference numeral 10, positioned on top of a sheet of wallpaper 12 spread out on a conventional paperhangers table 11 in a horizontal plane, as it appears being used to apply paste to the back face of the wallpaper 12.

The applicator has a frame formed of wire bent to provide a horizontal saddle 25 having spaced and parallel depending arms 23 and 24 which are bent at their lower ends laterally of the saddle and at 90 thereto to define two spaced and parallel horizontal sections 21 and 22 which are bent downward at their far ends, 90, to define two vertical spaced and parallel sections 19 and 20, which are in turn bent inward, in parallel spaced'relation to the upper horizontal sections 21 and 22 to define two spaced and parallel axles, or roller shafts, 17 and 18.

Each roller shaft has a roller cage, or spindle journalled thereon through freely rotatable end bearings 16, as is seen most clearly in FIGURE 2.

Each roller spindle 15 has a replaceable roller sleeve 13 and 14 mounted thereon, as seen in FIGURE 1.

The sleeves 13 and 14 are covered with a suitable material such as lambs wool, having a high degree of resiliency, to provide a resilient paste retaining and distributing surface for the roller.

The roller assembly is similar to that used with paint applicators and no novelty is claimed for the rollers 13 and 14, as such.

Reference numeral 27 indicates a hand grip which is mounted on the saddle 25 between the dependent arms 23 and 24.

The hand grip 27 is positioned directly above the rollers 13 and 14 and between the center points of the axles 17 and 18. r

A second hand grip 28 is mounted on the saddle in alignment with the first hand grip 27. Hand grip 28 extends outwardly from a point immediately above the center of the axle 18 and its supported roller 14.

Reference numeral 26 indicates a turn-buckle mounted between the saddle arms 23 and 24.

The rollers 13 and 14 are normally spaced apart, so that they are free to rotate independently of each other on their respective shafts 17 and 18.

However, by tightening the turn-buckle 2d the arms 23 and 24, and their associated roller axles 17 and 18 can be drawn toward each other until the rollers 13 and 14 contact each other firmly, to prevent rotation on their axles 17 and 18, thereby creating a wide stationary surface which can be used to work the paste into the wallpaper 12, more effectively.

In use, the applicator 10 is lifted by its handle 28 and the rollers 13 and 14 dipped into liquid paste until they are saturated with the paste.

The applicator is then removed from the paste and placed on the wallpaper 12, as seen in FIGURE 1, and moved back and forth thereon, so that the paste is transferred from the rollers to the wallpaper.

Then, by grasping the hand grip 27, between the saddle arms 23 and 24, effective control is had for twisting, turning or sliding the rollers 13 and 14, to work the paste into the wallpaper in the manner of a conventional bristle paste brush.

However, it will be noted that the entire weight or" the applicator It} is born by the rollers 13 and 14, even if the hand grip 27 or handle 28 are released.

Thus, the workman is relieved of the necessity of constantly supporting the applicator during the pasting operation.

All the workman has to do is to guide the rollers along the paper to apply the paste and then bear down on the hand grip 27 to impart the necessary twisting motion required to work the paste properly into the wallpaper.

This is relatively easy to do since the position of the hand grip 27 over the exact center of the rollers 13 and 14 gives precise balanced control in swiveling the rollers in a circle, having the handgrip 27 as its center.

All the workman has to do is press down on the ap plicator, as he works the rollers about, thus, there is no tiring of the wrist and arm, as is the case where the entire weight has to be lifted each time the motion of the conventional paste brush is changed.

If a wider sweeping action is desired, the rollers 13 and 14 may be irnmoveably combined to operate as a single wiping surface, by drawing up the turn-buckle 26, as explained hereinabove.

An alternate form of applicator, broadly indicated by reference numeral 30, is illustrated in FIGURE 3.

In this form there is only one roller 36 journalled on shaft 31 of a unitary wire frame bent to provide an upright} section 32 at one end of the roller shaft 31; a horizontal section 33 at the upper end of section 32, ex-

tending inwardly above the roller shaft 31, in spaced parallel relation thereto; a handle section 34 extending laterally of the end of section 33, at 90 to both sections 32 and 33, from a point directly over the center of the longitudinal axis of the shaft 31.

Reference numeral 35 indicates a hand grip, or handle, mounted on section 34, with its inner end positioned immediately against the horizontal section 33, at a point above the center of the paste roller 36.

This position of the hand grip 35 insures easy and precise control of the roller in movements either longitudinally of the wallpaper strip 12, or during working in motions, wherein the roller is given a twisting, or combined sliding and rolling motion.

It is of course to be understood that the rollers 13, 14 or 36 may be made in any length suitable for the use to which they are to be put. The average length being between 7 to 9".

While the applicator has been illustrated as used for applying paste to Wallpaper supported on a table top,

it is to be understood that it may be used to apply adhesives to any horizontal surface, such as a floor.

In any case, the weight of the applicator is supported by its rollers and does not require any effort on the part of the workman to hold it in its working position.

With this device, paste may be quickly worked in with an easy, non-tiring, sliding, twisting, or rolling motion, entirely without the frictional drag encountered with a bristle brush.

It will now be clear that there has been provided a device which accomplishes the objective heretofore set forth. While the invention has been disclosed in a preferred and alternate form, it is to be understood that the specific embodiments thereof, as described and illustrated herein, are not to be considered in a limited sense, as there may be other forms of modifications of the invention which should also be construed to come within the scope of the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A wallpaper paste applicator, comprising in combination, a wire frame bent to define a saddle having dependent, spaced and parallel arms, at its ends, which in turn are bent at their lower ends, laterally therefrom at 90 thereto, to define two spaced and parallel horizontal sections which, in turn, are bent both downwardly and then inwardly at 90 to define two spaced and parallel roller supporting shafts, with the saddle positioned thereabove and centered between the midpoints of the longitudinal axes of the shafts; a fibrous roller journaled on each shaft, in normally, spaced, parallel and freely revolving relation, having a high degree of resiliency to provide a resilient paste retaining and distributing surface; a first hand grip mounted on the saddle, between the dependent arms; and, a second hand grip mounted on the saddle in alignment with the first hand grip, extending outwardly therefrom at 90 to both the saddle arms and the roller axes. I

2. A wallpaper paste applicator, as in claim 1, having adjusting means mounted between the dependent saddle arms, adapted to move the dependent arms between a first position, wherein the shafts, and the rollers journaled thereon, are spaced apart to permit free rotation of the rollers, and, a second position, wherein the shafts are moved toward one another, to press the rollers journaled thereon into peripheral contact, in which position the rollers are immobilized.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 186,288 1/1877 Farrington 12026 FOREIGN PATENTS 1,057,641 10/1953 France.

18,150 of 1891 Great Britain. 11,224 of 1906 Great Britain.

DANIEL BLUM, Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification15/230.11, 492/13
International ClassificationB05C17/02, B44C7/04, B44C7/00
Cooperative ClassificationB44C7/04, B05C17/023
European ClassificationB05C17/02R2, B44C7/04