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Publication numberUS3827088 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 6, 1974
Filing dateOct 24, 1972
Priority dateOct 24, 1972
Publication numberUS 3827088 A, US 3827088A, US-A-3827088, US3827088 A, US3827088A
InventorsD Arnold, R Ritzenthaler
Original AssigneeCranda Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bathtub filler and shower appliance
US 3827088 A
Abstract
A bathtub filler and shower appliance adapted to be mounted vertically on a wall adjacent a bathtub, the appliance having a tub filler spout on the lower portion, a shower head on the upper portion and a faucet means and a diverter valve between the spout and shower head. The appliance also has concealed ducts for connection to hot and cold water lines, and concealed ducts within the appliance interconnecting the faucet means, the diverter valve, the spout and the shower head.
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States Arnold et al.

1-1] 3,827,088 Aug. 6, 1974 BATHTUB FILLER AND SHOWER APPLIANCE Don C. Arnold, Palatine; Richard L. Ritzenthaler, Crystal Lake, both of 111.

Inventors:

Assignee:

Filed:

Appl. No.:

Cranda C0rp., Alden, 111.

Oct. 24, 1972 US. Cl 4/192, D23/26, 4/DlG. 7 Int. Cl. E03c 1/042 Field of Search 4/173, 145, 146, l, 183, 4/191-194, DIG. 7; 52/34, 35; D23/25, 26,

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS l/l972 Killias 4/192 Primary Examiner-John W. Huckert Assistant ExaminerStuart S. Levy Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Edward U. Dithmar 5 7] ABSTRACT 5 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures 1 BATHTUB FILLER AND SHOWER APPLIANCE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a bathtub filler and shower appliance adapted to be mounted vertically on a wall adjacent a bathtub.

Plumbing fixtures associated with a bathtub, such as tub filler spout, shower head, faucet or faucets and diverter valves conventionally are mounted individually on and in a bathroom wall adjacent the bathtub, and ducts interconnecting the aforesaid plumbing fixtures are located within the wall and accessible from the side of the wall opposite the bathtub. Such bathtub fixtures are costly to install, and costly to repair or replace. Further, installation, repair and replacement usually require the services of a professional plumber or other experienced individual.

One object of the invention is to provide a bathtub filler and shower appliance adapted to be mounted on the bathtub side of a wall adjacent the bathtub, the appliance including all necessary plumbing fixtures. The only through-the-wall and behind-the-wall installation procedure required is connection of hot and cold water supply ducts to hot and cold water lines which usually are within or behind the wall. Installation by an unskilled user is accomplished readily.

Another object is to provide a bathtub filler and shower appliance adapted to be mounted on the wall from the front, facilitating installation. The mechanism provided for mounting the appliance on the wall, following installation, is concealed from view, enhancing the appearance of the installed appliance.

Still another object is to provide a bathtub filler and shower appliance having an integral soap dish located in a position of convenience which tends to conceal a joint between two parts of the appliance.

Another object is to provide on an appliance of the character described a soap dish having a portion adapted to function as a grab bar for the convenience and safety of the user.

Still another object is to provide a bathtub filler and shower appliance having unusually pleasing appearance and structural characteristics affording significant manufacturing economy.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention contemplates a bathtub filler and shower appliance comprising an elongated panel assembly adapted to be mounted vertically on a wall adjacent a bathtub. The appliance has a tub filler spout on the lower portion of the panel assembly, a shower head on the upper portion of the panel assembly, a faucet means and diverter valve on the panel assembly between the spout and shower head, the faucet means having supply ducts adapted to be connected to hot and cold water lines, and ducts behind the front face of the panel assembly interconnecting the faucet means, the diverter valve, the spout and the shower head.

In more detailed aspect, the panel assembly of the appliance includes a mounting plate adapted to be secured to the wall, lower and upper panel parts secured to the mounting plate, the panel parts each having an opening aligned with an adjacent end portion of the mounting plate whereby means securing the mounting plate to the wall may be manipulated from the front of the panel assembly, and removable plug members for said openings. The plug members, of course, conceal the mechanism which secures the mounting plate, and thus the panel assembly, to the wall.

The adjoining ends of the lower and upper panel parts have an abutting joint, with the end of one of the panel parts being offset rearwardly to provide an overlap of the two panel parts at the joint, giving the joint a water resistant characteristic.

The appliance in preferred form has a soap dish integral with the lower panel part, the soap dish tending to conceal the joint between the upper and lower panel parts.

The soap dish, if used, is so shaped andlocated on the appliance that the front wall thereof serves as a grab bar for safety and convenience.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a bathtub filler and shower appliance embodying the invention.

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the appliance shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a rear elevational view of the appliance shown in FIGS. 1 and 2.

FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the appliance.

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary sectional view on line 55 of FIG. 1.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring to the drawing, a bathtub filler and shower appliance embodying the invention is generally designated 8 in FIGS. l-3. Appliance 8 is adapted to be mounted vertically on the bathtub side of a wall 11 (FIG. 5) adjacent the bathtub.

Appliance 8 comprises an elongated panel assembly 10, later to be described in detail, a tub filler spout 12 on the lower portion of panel assembly 10, a shower head 13 on the upper portion of assembly 10, and a faucet means 14 and a diverter valve 15 on assembly 10 between spout l2 and shower head 13. In the illustrated embodiment, faucet means 14 and diverter valve 15 are closer to spout 12 than shower head 13.

Diverter valve 15 forms the subject matter of copending US. Pat. application Ser. No. 308,805, entitled Diverter Valve for Liquids, filed Nov. 22, 1972.

Elongated panel assembly 10, as illustrated, includes a mounting plate 20 (FIGS. 3 and 5), preferably of metal and channel shaped, adapted to be secured to wall 11 by means of mounting screws 21 (FIG. 5) or the like extending through openings 22 (FIG. 3) located near the upper and lower ends of plate 20. The lower half length of plate 20 has two longitudinally spaced pairs of laterally spaced bosses 23 (FIG. 3) and the upper half length of the plate has two longitudinally spaced pairs of transversely spaced bosses 24, the bosses being inwardly offset from the face of the plate 20 adjacent wall 11, as shown in FIG. 5. Each of the bosses 23 and 24 has an opening for a purpose to be mentioned presently.

Panel assembly 10 also includes a lower panel part 25 and an upper panel part 26, preferably of molded plastic material, the two panel parts respectively having rearwardly extending bosses 27 and 28 (FIG. 5) adapted to align with bosses 23 and 24 of mounting plate 20. Suitable means such as screws 30 firmly secure lower and upper panel parts 25 and 26 to mounting plate 20, as best shown in FIG. 5.

Lower and upper panel parts 25 and 26 have an overlapping abutting relationship, there being an abutting joint 31 (FIGS. 1 and visible from the front and abutting joints 31a (FIGS. 2 and 3) visible from the side. As best shown in FIG. 5, lower panel part 25 at the top has a rearward offset 32 which overlaps the rear of the lower end of upper panel part 26, providing joint 31 with a water resistant characteristic.

Still referring to FIG. 5, and secondarily to FIG. 1, lower panel part 25 has a transversely elongated opening 33, and upper panel part 26 has a similar transversely elongated opening 34. Openings 33 and 34, when the panel parts are mounted on plage 20, are in alignment with mounting openings 22 at the ends of plate 20. Accordingly, mounting screws 21 for plate openings 22 are easily manipulated through panel part openings 33 and 34 from the front of panel assembly 10.

Removable plug members 35 and 36, respectively, are provided to close openings 33 and 34 following manipulation of the mounting screws, thereby concealing the mounting mechanism and giving the appliance a finished appearance.

Appliance 8 optionally may have a soap dish 40 located in convenient position intermediate the length of panel assembly 10. As illustrated, soap dish 40 is integral with lower panel part 25, and is so located adjacent joint 31 between lower and upper panel parts 25 and 26 that from most points of view soap dish 40 conceals joint 31, enhancing the appearance of the appliance. Forward wall 41 of soap dish 40 by reason of shape and location functions as an effective grab bar for the user, providing a safety feature of significance.

Referring to FIG. 3, faucet means 14 has rearwardly extending supply ducts 45 and 46 adapted to be connected to hot and cold water lines normally present within or behind wall 11, these two water connections being the only ones which need to be made on installation. The other ducts which interconnect the fixtures of the appliance are factory installed and are located within the confines of panel assembly 10. Thus, duct 47 extends from faucet means 14 to diverter valve and duct 48 extends from diverter valve 15 to shower head 13. Diverter valve 15 has an outlet duct 49 leading directly to tub filler spout 12.

From the above description it is thought that the construction and advantages of this invention will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art. Various changes in detail may be made without departing from the spirit or losing the advantages of the invention.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A bathtub filler and shower appliance, comprising:

an elongated panel assembly adapted to be mounted vertically on a wall adjacent a bathtub, said panel assembly having a front face portion and marginal flanges extending rearwardly therefrom to engage the wall and define a space sufficiently large to enclose the portions of the following elements disposed behind said front face portion;

a tub filler spout on the lower portion of said panel assembly;

a shower head on the upper portion of said panel assembly;

a faucet means and diverter valve on said panel assembly between said spout and said shower head, said faucet means having supply ducts behind said front face portion adapted to be connected to hot and cold water lines; and

ducts behind said front face portion of said panel assembly interconnecting said faucet means, said diverter valve, said spout and said shower head;

whereby the appliance is mountable on a wall without breaking into the wall except for an opening for said supply ducts.

2. The bathtub filler and shower appliance of claim 1 wherein said panel assembly includes a mounting plate adapted to be secured to the wall, lower and upper panel parts secured to said mounting plate, said panel parts each spaced forwardly of said mounting plate a non-adjustable distance and having an opening aligned with an adjacent end portion of said mounting plate whereby means securing said mounting plate to the wall may be manipulated from the front of said panel assembly, and removable plug members for said openings.

3. The bathtub filler and shower appliance of claim 2 wherein the adjoining ends of said lower and upper panel parts have an abutting joint, the end of one of said panel parts being offset rearwardly to provide an overlap.

4. The bathtub filler and shower appliance of claim 3 with the addition of a soap dish integral with the upper end portion of said lower panel part, said soap dish substantially concealing the joint between said upper and lower panel parts.

5. The bathtub filler and shower appliance of claim 1 with the addition of a combined soap dish and grab bar centrally located on said panel assembly, said combined soap dish and grab bar projecting forwardly of said panel assembly and said grab bar constituting the front wall of said soap dish.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification4/570, 4/695, D23/228, 4/DIG.700, 4/670
International ClassificationE03C1/04
Cooperative ClassificationE03C1/0408, Y10S4/07
European ClassificationE03C1/04E