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Publication numberUS3540438 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 17, 1970
Filing dateDec 23, 1968
Priority dateDec 23, 1968
Also published asDE1919154A1
Publication numberUS 3540438 A, US 3540438A, US-A-3540438, US3540438 A, US3540438A
InventorsJacuzzi Roy A
Original AssigneeJacuzzi Research Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hydro-air jet head assembly
US 3540438 A
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. United States Patent [n13,540,438

[72] Inventor Roy A. Jacuzzi [56] References Cited I N 23.32;, California UNITED STATES PATENTS PP- 7 3297 02s 1 1 Filed Dec. 23,1968 I196 Jacuzzi 128/66 [45] Patented Nov. 17, 1970 Primary Examiner-L. W. Trapp [73] Assignee Jacuzzi Research Inc. AttorneyEdward Brosler a corporation of California ABSTRACT: A hydroair jet head assembly for installation in a HYDRO'AIR E ASSEMBLY tank wall for hydromassage purposes, involves a recessed 7 Claims 2 Draw housing, the exposed inner wall surface of which is covered by [52} US. Cl 128/66, a replaceable lining which is installable through the open end 4/180 of the recessed housing, to economically enable replacement [51] Int. Cl A6lh 9/00 f a dec rative surface, if and when such surface is adversely [50] Field of Search 128/24. 1, affec ed by chemicals inthe water with which it comes in con- 24.2, 66; 4/178, I80 tact or by frequent cleaning and polishing.

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r l 8 I HYDRO-AIR JET HEAD ASSEMBLY My invention relates to hydrotherapy equipment and more particularly to a hydroair jet head assembly for installation in the wall ofa tank involved in such equipment.

Hydrotherapy equipment involving a tank or tub having a hydroair jet head assembly flush mounted in a wall of such tank is known in the prior art. An example of such type of equipment may be found in the patent to C. Jacuzzi for Hydrotherapy Tub, US. Pat: No. 3,297,025 ofJan. 10, 1967.

The hydroair jet head assembly employed in such installations in the past, involves recessed housing having an inner end terminating in a wall structure formed to provide a hemispherical socket, and a water flow passageway, in addition to an air flow passageway, both leading to the socket. A nozzle assembly in the recessed housing, having a ball end is installed with the ball end thereof in the socket, to permit angular adjustment of the nozzle. The component parts of such prior hydroair jet head assembly were such that, when once installed with all plumbing connections thereto, it became im practical to thereafter disassemble and remove such an installation.

From a functional standpoint, the removal of a hydroairjet head assembly should never be necessary. It so happens, however, that from the view point of appearance and beauty, the interior surface of the recessed housing is customarily chrome plated, andin deluxe installations, may even be gold plated.

Such finishes when exposed to chemicals sometimes prevalent in city water, or when subjected to repeated cleaning and polishing, particularly with the use of cleansers. will become discolored or worn and require replating to restore the initial appearance.

With prior installations of the type referred to, this could not be done without dismantling the plumbing and the housing itself, and, more often than not, such plumbing was not readily accessible, being hidden behind walls or other construction.

Among the objects of my invention are I. To provide a novel andimproved hydroair jet head assembly;

2. To provide a novel and improved hydroair jet assembly which may be flush mounted in the wall ofa tank while permittin'g restoration of the polished inner surface of the recessed housing, without necessitating a dismantling of the entire jet head assembly or the plumbing connected thereto.

Additional objects of my invention will be brought out in the following description of the preferred embodiment of the same, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein FIG. 1 is a view, in section, through a hydroair jet head assembly ofthe present invention, and

1 FIG. 2 is a frontal view of the same.

Broadly speaking, the hydroair jet head assembly of the present invention is so designed and constructed as to provide for the inclusion ofa replaceable liner, which in turn will provide the inner surface of the jet head assembly. The provision of such a liner, in turn, enables radical changes in the construction and material employed in the fabrication of the entire hydroairjet head assembly,

Referring to the drawings for details of my invention in its preferred form, I provide a recessed housing 1 havingan inner end terminating in a wall structure 3 formed to provide a hemispherical socket 5 with a water flow passageway 7 for a water line 8 and an air flow passageway 9 for an air intake tube 10, both passageways leading to the socket. Bordering the open end of the housing is an outwardly directed flange ll having spaced screw holes for mounting purposes.

Installed in the recessed housing is a nozzle assembly having a ball end 17 adapted to fit into the socket, in which it is retained by means of a retaining ring 19 removably affixed to the rear wall of the housing by screws. A seal 21 between the retaining ring and the ball end of the nozzle assembly will permit angular adjustment of the nozzle assembly while precluding leakage at this point.

The specific details of design of the nozzle assemblyare not critical to the present invention, that illustrated in the drawings being similar to that depicted in the patent to C. Jacuzzi for Hydrotherapy Unit, U.S. Pat. No. 3,273,560 of Sept. 20, l966, or such nozzle assembly could be along the lines of that illustrated in the aforementioned Jacuzzi U.S. Pat.

Covering the inner surface of the recessedhousing is a liner 25, formed at its inner end with an inturned flange 27 adapted to abut the rear end wall of the housing,- and at its outer end, the liner is provided with an outwardly directed flange 29 coriforrning to and enclosing the mounting flange 11 of the housing.

Such liner is formed as an independent component, of metal or any other suitable material which can present a lustrous or highly polished surface, and will be installed prior to the application of the retaining ring, whereby the liner will be anchored to the rear end wall of the recessed housing by the retainer ring. Thus, by the simple act of removing the retainer ring, the.

liner itself may be removed either for replacement or for refinishing the surface thereof, should such surface become worn or discolored and call for a change.

When installing the hydrojet air head assembly, the housing is inserted from within the tank, through an opening provided therefor in a wall 30 of the tank, the housing being retained therein by screws 31 through the holes provided in the housing flange, and the water line 8 and the air intake tube 10 may then be connected at the rear of the housing in the passages provided therefor. Upon insertion of the nozzle assembly in the socket, the liner may be added and the head assembly installation completed by the application ofthe retaining ring.

The utilization of an independent replaceable liner for the I purpose indicated, permits of molding the entire housing including the rear end wall structure, in one piece and of materialas plastic, thereby enabling a considerable reduction in cost, both in material and labor. The utilization of plastic as the material for the housing offers the additional advantage of facilitating the use of plastic piping and plastic air intake tube, both of which may readily be plastic welded in the passageways provided for them.

From the foregoing description of my invention in its preferred form, it will be apparent that the same fulfills all the objects of my invention and while I have illustrated and described. the same in considerable detail, the same is subject to alteration and modification without departing from the underlying principles involved, and l accordingly do not desire to be limited in my protection to the specific details illustrated and described except as may be necessitated by the appended claims,

Iclaim:

l. A hydroair jet head assembly comprising a recessed housing having an inner end terminating in a wall structure formed to provide a hemispherical socket in part of the wall structure leaving a portion of the wall structure exposed, said hemispherical socket being provided with a water flow passageway and an air flow passageway leading to said socket, a nozzle assembly in said recessed housing and having a ball end fitting said socket, means for retaining said nozzle in said recessed housing with its ball end in said socket. and a replaceable liner fitting the exposed interior wall surface of said recessed housing and installable through the open end ofsaid housing.

2. A hydroair jet head assembly in accordance with claim 1, characterized by said recessed housing having a flange about its open end for mounting of said head assembly in the wall of a tank with the open end of said housing facing inwardly of said tank, and said replaceable liner having a corresponding flange at its proximate end, adapted to overlay said housing flange.

3. A hydroair jet head assembly in accordance with claim 2, characterized by said means for retaining said nozzle assembly in said recessed housing, including a ring affixed to said housing about the ball end of said nozzle assembly and having a friction seal bearing on said ball end. and further characterized by said replaceable liner having an inturned flange at its inner end, extending behind said ring and removably secured in its installed position by said ring.

4. A hydroair jet head assembly in accordance with claim l. characterized by said means for retaining said nozzle assembly in said recessed housing being installable through the open end of said housing and including means for retaining said replaceable liner in said housing.

5. A hydroairjet head assembly in accordance with claim 1 characterized by said housing being of plastic and said replaceable liner being of metal having a prepared surface.

t:v A hydroairjet head assembly in accordance with claim 1. characterized by said means for retaining said nozzle assembly in said recessed housing, including a ring affixed to said housing about the ball end of said nozzle assembly and having a friction seal bearing on said ball end.

7. A hydroairjet head assembly in accordance with claim 6, characterized by said replaceable liner having an inturned flange at its inner end, extending behind said ring in the installed position of said liner and removablysecured in its in stalled position by said ring.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/169, 4/541.4, 4/559, 4/541.6
International ClassificationA61H33/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H33/027
European ClassificationA61H33/02N
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jul 8, 1999ASAssignment
Owner name: JACUZZI INC., CALIFORNIA
Free format text: NUNC PRO TUNC ASSIGNMENT EFFECTIVE AS OF 6-30-98;ASSIGNOR:JACUZZI INC.( A FORMER DELAWARE CORPORATION);REEL/FRAME:010061/0874
Effective date: 19990225
Mar 30, 1999ASAssignment
Owner name: JACUZZI INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: NUNC PRO TUNC ASSIGNMENT;ASSIGNOR:JACUZZI INC., A FORMER DELAWARE CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:009866/0373
Effective date: 19880402
May 21, 1981ASAssignment
Owner name: JACUZZI INC., 11511 NEW BENTON HIGHWAY, LITTLE ROC
Free format text: NUNC PRO TUNC ASSIGNMENT;ASSIGNORS:JACUZZI WHIRLPOOL BATH, INC.;JACUZZI BROS., INC.;REEL/FRAME:003873/0510;SIGNING DATES FROM 19810424 TO 19810508