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Publication numberUS3675338 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 11, 1972
Filing dateAug 31, 1970
Priority dateAug 31, 1970
Publication numberUS 3675338 A, US 3675338A, US-A-3675338, US3675338 A, US3675338A
InventorsMaki John O
Original AssigneeMaki John O
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Drip dryer for drip dry clothing
US 3675338 A
Abstract
A drying rack for supporting drip dry type of clothing, the device comprising an assembly formed of a pair of upstanding inverted U-shaped metal tubings that are interconnected by horizontal tubes, the frames supporting in an upper portion a horizontally extending plastic mesh upon which sweaters can be supported, the interconnecting tubes supporting drip dry clothes that can be hung, a lower end of the assembly being enclosed by vertical splash shields and the bottom of the assembly having a drip pan for collecting dripping water from the clothing.
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United States Patent Maki [451 July 11,1972

[$4] DRIP DRYER FOR DRIP DRY CLOTHING {72] Inventor: John 0. Maid, 4657 Frontenac, 8., Seattie, Wash. 981 18 [22] Filed: Aug. 31, 1970 211 Appl. No.: 68,218

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,473,047 6/1949 Bershad ..2ll/l.3 3,263,692 8/1966 Questietal........................2ll/l82X FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 925,l96 5/1963 Great Britain ..34Il5l 1,467,884 l2/l966 France ..2ll/l77 1,327,890 8/l963 France ..34/l5l Primary Examiner-Frederick L. Matteson Assistant Examiner-Harry B. Rarne y ABSTRACT A drying rack for supporting drip dry type of clothing, the device comprising an assembly formed of a pair of upstanding inverted U-shaped metal tubings that are interconnected by horizontal tubes. the frames supporting in an upper portion a horizontally extending plastic mesh upon which sweaters can be supported, the interconnecting tubes supporting drip dry clothes that can be hung, a lower end of the assembly being enclosed by vertical splash shields and the bottom of the assembly having a drip pan for collecting dripping water from the clothing.

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DRIP DRYER FOR DRIP DRY CLOTHING This invention relates generally to drying racks.

A principal object of the present invention is to provide a drip dryer used specifically for supporting drip dry type of clothing during a drying action.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a drip dryer which eliminates the inconvenience of using a bathtub or shower when drying drip dry type of clothing.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a drip dryer comprising an assembly that can quickly and easily be assembled or disassembled for easy storage purpose.

Still another purpose of the present invention is to provide a drip dryer which includes a horizontally extending plastic mesh upon which sweaters and other clothing that pull out of shape can be supported during drying action.

Other objects of the present invention are to provide a drip dryer for drip dry clothing which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.

These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:

FIG. I is a front elevation view of the present invention shown partly in cross section,

FIG. 2 is a side elevation view thereof shown likewise partly in cross section,

FIG. 3 is a plan view thereof,

FIG. 4 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of FIG. 2, and

FIG. 5 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken on the line 55 of FIG. 2.

Referring now to the drawing in detail, the reference numeral represents a drip dryer for drip dry clothing according to the present invention wherein there is a dismountable assembly 11 comprised of a pair of inverted U-shaped metal tubings 12 which are maintained spaced apart by means of horizontally extending interconnecting metal tubes 13 at the upper end thereof. Near the lower end of the frame 12 there are secured a plurality of plastic clips 14 which are bonded to the frames 12, the plastic clips serving to removably retain a removable plastic splash shield 15 in vertically upstanding position and located on each of the four sides of the assembly.

Intermediate the vertically extending portions of the frames 12 there are removably mounted four plastic blocks 16 which are securable to the vertical leg 17 of the frame 12 by means of a screw 18, each block 16 having a seat or shoulder 19 upon which one corner of a plastic mesh plate 20 is supported.

The lower ends of the inverted U-shaped members or frames 12 are each open so as to receive therein the upper end 21 of a leg 22, the leg 22 accordingly having a shoulder 23 upon which there can be supported a drip pan 24 provided with an opening near each corner thereof so that the upper end 2] of the leg is receivable therethrough and thus supports the drip pan in an elevated position above a floor.

The drip pan includes a centrally inclined bottom wall 25 which is integral with an upstanding side wall 26 that extends up to the bottom edge 27 of the splash shields 15.

At the center of the bottom wall 25, the drip pan has a central opening 28 so that dripping water falling upon the drip pan can thus be drained off the drip pan and fall into a removable pan 29 located there below and which is supported below the opening 28 by means of brackets 30 secured to the underside of the drip pan bottom wall 25.

It is to be noted that each of the U-shaped frames 12 has at its center a sidewardly extending pin 31 secured thereto, the pin 31 being preferably made of aluminum so that the same can be readily bonded thereto.

The pin 3! is receivable into the opposite ends of the interconnecting tube 13 that extends between the frames 12 and which accordingly can be readily removed therefrom when the assembly is being dismounted for purpose of being stored away.

As shown in FIG. 5 of the drawing, it is to be noted that the plastic clips 14 ma each comprise a confi'gurated block that is removably attacha le to the vertical leg 0 the U-shaped frame 12 by means of a screw 32, the block or plastic clip 14 being adaptable to support the ends of the splash shields 15, as shown.

in operative use, it is now evident that when it is desired to dry clothing of drip dry type the same can be normally supported from the interconnecting tube 13 that is adaptable to hold garment hangers upon which the clothing are draped. The water from the dripping clothing will fall upon the drip pan 24 and then drain down into the removable pan 29 from which the same can be easily removed by simply pulling out the drip pan 29 and emptying the same after which the same can be refitted under the opening 28.

in case a person desires to dry items such as sweaters and other clothing that tend to dry out of shape if otherwise hung from a garment hanger, the person can simply secure the four blocks 16 to the assembly and then place the plastic mesh plate 20 thereupon so that the sweaters are supported in a horizontal position during a drying action.

It is to be noted that the assembly is made sufliciently tall so that lady's dresses and gowns may be supported from hangers hung on the interconnecting tube 13 without the lower hem of the dresses or gowns touching the drip pan 24.

What 1 now claim is:

1. In a drip dryer for drip dry clothing, the combination of an assembly comprised of a pair of frames each of which is comprised of an inverted U-shaped metal tubing, said frames being maintained in spaced apart vertical position by means of an interconnecting tube between the upper portions of said frames, the lower ends of said frames being open, a plurality of vertical supporting legs having the upper ends thereof received within said open lower ends of said frames, and means for collecting dripping water from said clothing supported upon said dryer, said means comprising a drip pan being positioned beneath said frames, said drip pan including a centrally inclined bottom wall and a peripherially upstanding side wall, said bottom wall near its corners being provided with openings, each of said supporting legs having an upper portion thereof made of a reduced diameter, a shoulder being formed on each supporting leg at the junction of said reduced diameter upper portion and a lower portion of said leg, said upper reduced diameter portion of said legs being received through said corner openings of said drip pan so that said drip pan rests upon said shoulders, and a center of said drip pan having a central opening with a removable drip pan located there below supported upon brackets secured to an under side of said drip pan bottom wall.

2. The combination as set forth in claim I, wherein a removable plastic mesh plate is supported horizontally upon said frame by means of four plastic blocks each one of which is secured to a vertically extending portion of said U-shaped frames.

3. The combination as set forth in claim 2, wherein a vertically extending splash shield is removably secured on each side of said assembly, a lower edge of said splash shields being in alignment with an upper edge of said side wall of said drip pan.

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US6116438 *Apr 22, 1999Sep 12, 2000Lovett; CharlesPool accessory storage unit
US6922911 *Apr 10, 2003Aug 2, 2005Peter Ar-Fu LamClothe drying apparatus
US7063220 *Jul 3, 2001Jun 20, 2006Jackson Angela WCollapsible clothesline
US7770305Mar 14, 2007Aug 10, 2010Leonard KraussClothes drying apparatus
EP2617885A1 *Jan 16, 2013Jul 24, 2013Antonio RizziWater storage unit for clotheshorses
WO2013143632A2 *Jan 16, 2013Oct 3, 2013Antonio RizziUniversal under clotheshorse
Classifications
U.S. Classification34/239, 211/189
International ClassificationD06F57/00, D06F57/06
Cooperative ClassificationD06F57/06
European ClassificationD06F57/06