US 3530995 A
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Sept. 29-, 1970 w. F. TREMPER TRASH CAN SUPPORT STAND ASSEMBLY Filed Oct. 24, 1968 INVENTOR Woo braow' F. TzMPeJa United States Patent O 3,530,995 TRASH CAN SUPPORT STAND ASSEMBLY Woodrow F. Tremper, 5601 Rolling Road, Springfield, Va. 22151 Filed Oct. 24, 1968, Ser. No. 770,355 Int. Cl. B65r 1/00 US. Cl. 211-71 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A support for garbage cans formed with three vertical rods connected at their upper and lower ends by triangular connector plates at the corners of the plates with the upper connector plate having three upwardly extending tabs forming hooks each positioned on one edge at the middle of one of the sides of the triangular plate and over which the handles of three garbage cans can be fitted independently and individually with the bases of the cans being positionable against the two rods between which their respective hooks are positioned equidistantly.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention is in the field of supports or stands and is specifically directed to the field of vertically extending trash or garbage can support assemblies.
The need for providing means for preventing the overturning of garbage cans by stray animals, high winds and the like and for preventing the corrosion of such cans when in contact with the ground has resulted in numerous efforts by those skilled in the art to provide stands or supports capable of holding one or more such cans in a fixed off-the-ground relationship. Unfortunately, the prior art devices, while adequate in certain respects, have all suffered from one or more various defects. For example, the prior known devices have often been complicated and included a large number of parts so as to consequently result in a high cost of manufacture. Moreover, numerous ones of the prior art devices have been capable of use solely with a single or limited range of size of cans. Additionally, other previously known devices have not pro vided adequate support for a fully loaded can or have been inconvenient in use.
Yet another deficiency of some of the previously known devices resides in the fact that they must be embedded a substantial distance in the ground and often require embedding in concrete in order to avoid overturning of the device when subjected to a heavy unbalanced load such as a single heavily loaded can.
Solutions of the above-discussed problems inherent in the previously known devices are accorded by the instant invention which provides a garbage can stand of uniquely simple and economical construction which is capable of supporting a wide variety of can sizes while remaining extremely simple to use. Moreover, the subject invention can be used with both metal and plastic garbage cans and can be easily installed with no necessity for embedding the base in concrete.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is the primary object of this invention to provide a new and improved garbage can support holder of wide versatility, ease of use and economy of construction.
Obtainment of the object of this invention is enabled through the provision of a garbage can stand formed with three vertical connecting rods that are connected to each other by an upper and lower plate welded to the ends of the rods. The plates are triangular in shape with the ends of the rods being connected to the plates at the corners of the triangle. The lower plate is embedded in the soil and the upper plate is provided with a hook located midice way on each side of the triangle and extending upwardly for receiving the handle of a garbage can. The base of the can supported by each hook engages the rods between which the hook is midway positioned. Consequently, since the two vertical rods provide the support for the hook and also provide the means for positioning the base, the device is particularly successful in accommodating a wide variety of'sizes of garbage cans, since the base can bear against the vertical rods at any position along the length thereof. The construction is such that three garbage cans can be supported at any given time with each can being individually removable with no need for removing any of the other cans. The subject inventive construction incorporates only five parts as will be seen from the following description and is particularly economical to manufacture. Moreover, the device is extremely stable when embedded in the soil and completely eliminates the need for embedding the base in concrete.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of this invention;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the preferred embodiment; and
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along lines 3-3 of FIG. 2
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The preferred embodiment of this invention is generally designated 20 and comprises a stand embedded in the earth 22 for the purpose of providing the support for a plurality of conventional garbage cans 24. Each of the cans is provided with a pivotal handle 26 that is connectable to the stand.
The device of the preferred embodiment comprises a first vertical support rod 28, a second vertical support rod 30 and a third vertical support rod 32 which rods provide support for the cans 24. The upper ends of the vertical support rods 28, 30 and 32 are welded or otherwise conventionally connected to an upper rod connecting means in the form of a triangular plate 34.
A lower rod connecting means in the form of a second triangular plate 36 has the lower ends of the rods welded or otherwise connected thereto in a fixed array. Plate 36 is embedded in the soil 22 as shown in FIG. 1.
Attachment of handles 26 to the upper triangular plate 34 is enabled by the provision of a first upwardly extending hook means 38 mounted on the side of triangular plate 34 midway between the first vertical rod 28 and the second vertical rod 30.
Attachment of a second can handle 26 to the stand is enabled by a second upwardly extending hook means 40 extending upwardly from the edge of triangular plate 34 at a position midway between the second and third vertical rods 30 and 32 respectively.
Support for a third can handle 26 is enabled through the provision of a third hook 42 extending upwardly from the edge of the triangular plate 34 midway between the first and third vertical support rods 28 and 32 as clearly illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2.
Hooks 38, 40 and 42 are in the form of tabs integrally extending from plate 34. The hooking of one of the handles 26 over one of the hooks 38, 40' or 42 is easily accomplished and enables the base of the particular can to be positioned between the two vertical rods between which the hook is midway positioned. For example, as shown in FIG. 1, the hooking of handle 26 over hook 40 causes the base rim of can 24 to engage rods 30 and 32. Consequently, rods 30 and 32 perform the dual function of providing support for the upper hook to which the handles are attached and also positioning the lower edge of the can. This dual function of these elements is extremely important is simplifying the construction and is also uniquely versatile in that a wide variety of can sizes can obviously be employed since there is no particular criticality as to the particular vertical position at which the base of the can engages the vertical rods.
Therefore, it will be appreciated that the preferred embodiment provides a uniquely efficient and economical device of wide versatility. The versatility is even more enhanced by virtue of the fact that the construction of hooks 38, 40 and 42 is such that the device can be employed with plastic garbage cans having closed-top handle constructions. I
It will be apparent that many variations will occur to those skilled in the art which will not depart from the spirit and scope of this invention. Therefore, it should be understood that the invention should be limited solely in terms of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A garbage can stand comprising a first vertical support rod, a second vertical support rod, a third vertical support rod, upper rod connecting means comprising a triangular metal plate and lower rod connecting means for respectively retaining the upper ends and lower ends of said first, second and third vertical support rods respectively connected in fixed relationship at their upper ends to an apex of said triangular plate, a first upwardly extending hook means formed of an upwardly bent tab in said metal plate extending upwardly from said plate midway between said first and second vertical support rods, a second up- Wardly extending hook means formed of an upwardly bent tab in said metal plate extending upwardly from said plate midway between said second and third vertical support rods and a third upwardly extending hooks means formed of an upwardly bent tab in said metal plate extending upwardly from said plate whereby the handle of a garbage can located adjacent the top of the can can be hooked over any particular hook so that the base of the can rests against the two legs between which the particular hook is spaced to provide a safe and reliable support for the can.
-2. The invention of claim 1 wherein said lower rod connecting means is a triangular metal plate and the lower ends of said vertical support rods are respectively connected at each apex of said lower plate.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,409,742 10/ 1946 Dougherty. 2,639,039 5/1953 Daniels 211-71 3,306,464 2/1967 Rogers 211-78 3,315,817 4/1967 Hook 248146 EDWARD C. ALLEN, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R.