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Publication numberUS3652781 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 28, 1972
Filing dateApr 7, 1971
Priority dateDec 22, 1969
Also published asUS3594693
Publication numberUS 3652781 A, US 3652781A, US-A-3652781, US3652781 A, US3652781A
InventorsAlfred Robbins
Original AssigneeAlfred Robbins
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Recessed waterproof electrical connection box cover
US 3652781 A
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United States Patent Robbins 51 Mar. 28, 1972 [54] RECESSED WATERPROOF ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BOX COVER lnventor:

[72] Alfred Robbins, 80 East Gates Ave, Lindenhurst, NY. 11757 Filed: Apr. 7, 1971 Appl. No.: 131,887

Related U.S. Application Data Continuation-impart of Ser. No. 887,276, Dec. 22, 1969, Pat. No. 3,594,693.

U.S. Cl .Q. ..174/67, 220/243 Int. Cl. ..H02g 3/14 Field of Search ..174/53, 66, 67; 220/242, 24.3

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,427,349 9 1947 Boynton 175 7;

Seif ..174/s3 x 3,439,108 4/1969 Zerwes 3,449,706 6/1969 Carissimi ..174/67 x Primary Examiner-Lewis l-l. Myers Assistant Examiner-D. A. Tone Attorney-James P. Malone ABSTRACT A wall recessed outdoor electrical connection box cover which is protected against rain and snow. The recessed face of the cover containing the electrical socket is angled down at a substantial angle and is recessed in the wall to protect the face from rain and snow. Snap type caps are mounted over the electrical socket or sockets.

4 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures PATEfiTEDmze i912 INVENTOR.

ALFRED ROBBINS RECESSED WATERPROOF ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BOX COVER Thisv application is a continuation-impart of my .prior copending application sert'No'. 887,276, filed Dec. 22, 1969, for Waterproof Electrical Connection Box Cover, now US. Pat. No. 3,594,693.

This invention relates to outdoor electrical connection box covers having electrical plug sockets.

More, particularly, the invention comprises a recessed receptacle cover wherein the face which contains the open electrical sockets is recessed and angled down. The receptacle cover forms a wall recessed hood or shield extending over the socket face to protect the electrical connections from driving rain or snow. I Y

Conventional electrical outlet 'box covers are generally mounted flush against a wall so that the electrical socket faces arevertical. These devices generally have snap type caps over is a possibility that a driving rain or snow will wet the electrical members causing corrosion and short circuits. g

The present invention solves the problems by providing a unitary wall hooded box cover made from a single die casting.

The face of the casting containing the socket, is angled down 1 and the recessed shape provides'a hood over the socket faces 7 connection box comprising, a flat mounting base portion, a 1

' the sockets. However, if the caps are not closed, orif there is a i leak in them, or if an electrical plug is in the socket, then there central recess in said base portion forming a hollow recessed hood portion connected to said base portion, openings in said base portion disposed on either side of said recessed hoodportion to receive means to connect said base portion to said box, the upper recessed face of said cover extending from the plane of said mounting base portion at a substantial angle, said upper recessed face being adapted to receive electrical sockets, whereby. said face. portions faces downwardly at a substantial angle when said base portion is vertical and said recessed hood portion protects said face portion from rain and snow. 1 1

These and other objects'of the invention will be apparent from the following specification and drawings of which:

2 recessed hood 3.

The face 4 of the recessed portion is angled downwardly at an angle of, for instance 45, when the cover is mounted on a vertical wall W. On the rear of the face portion is mounted one or more conventional electrical sockets, 6, 6' by means of the screw 7. g e 1 Conventional snap type caps 8 are pivotally mounted by means of mounting members 10, 11,12. The caps 8 are not shown in FIG. 2 in order to show the front of the electrical sockets6and6 g The device is installed byinsertin'g' screws or other fasteners in the wall box 9. Thecover is fastened to a conventional box set in a hole in the wall. The cover is preferably mounted with agaske't-G around its edges. 1

Therecessed face 4 of the'cover is angled downabout 45 7 when the'base of the box is'inounted in a vertical plane as illustrated in PIC Note that the recessed hood extends over the hinge'mounts l0, and preventsrain from'drippin'g into the hinges or on top of the face 4, containing the electrical sockets. The recess angle of the cover is chosen to-prpvide protection against a driving rain and still permits easy insertion of plugs into the sockets. V 1 p The face'portion 4 has openings to permit insertion of the electrical sockets 6, 6 The edges of the base portion 2 are preferablymounted on a gasket-G which extends around the edges to prohibit moisture from entering the cover. v

The recessed cover may be made to receive one or more sockets.

Iclaim: 1. A recessed outdoor cover for a wall mounted electrical connection box comprising, a flat mounting base'portion, a central recess in said base portion forming a hollow recessed hood portionconnected to said base portion, openings in said base portion disposed on either side of said recessed hood portion to receive means to connect said base portion to said box, the upper recessed face of said cover extending from the plane of said mounting base portion at a substantial angle,

said upper recessed face being adapted to receive electrical sockets, whereby said face portion faces downwardly at a substantial angle when said base portion is vertical and said recessed hood portion protects said face portion from rain, and

snow. I 2. Apparatus as in claim ,1 wherein saidface portion has at least one hinged spring loaded cap adapted to cover electrical sockets mounted in said hollow box.

3. Apparatus as in claim 1 wherein said face portion extends I from said flat mounting base portion at an angle of substantially 45.

4. Apparatus as in claim l wherein said electrical connection box comprises a flat mounting portion and a recessed hood portion formed of a single die casting.

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US5574256 *Dec 8, 1994Nov 12, 1996Cottone; Thomas E.Recessed transformer electrical outlet box with integral telephone line connection
US5731545 *Feb 27, 1997Mar 24, 1998The Whitaker CorporationProtective housing for an electrical device
US6200155Aug 9, 1999Mar 13, 2001Maytag CorporationUniversal power cord connector assembly for an appliance
US6250816Sep 29, 1999Jun 26, 2001Tyco Electronics CorporationCable connector plate and method for interconnecting ends of fiber optic cable
US6353183 *May 23, 1996Mar 5, 2002The Siemon CompanyAdapter plate for use with cable adapters
US7993158 *Sep 9, 2008Aug 9, 2011Lg Electronics Inc.Refrigerator with a connector protection function
US20110095540 *Mar 21, 2010Apr 28, 2011GXi Holdings, LLCWeather resistant portable generator with a remote electrical distribution panel
Classifications
U.S. Classification174/67, 439/954, D08/353, 220/242
International ClassificationH01R13/447, H02G3/12
Cooperative ClassificationH01R13/447, H02G3/12, Y10S439/954
European ClassificationH01R13/447, H02G3/12
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jul 14, 1988ASAssignment
Owner name: FL INDUSTRIES, INC., 220 SOUTH ORANGE AVENUE, LIVI
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:MRC ACQUISITION CORP.,;REEL/FRAME:004926/0377
Effective date: 19870619