US 3908910 A
A downwardly directed spray head is attached to a swivel connector which is disposed at the end of an elongated horizontally disposed section of hollow pipe. At the end of this section remote from the head is connected an elongated second section of hollow pipe extending downwardly therefrom, the second section communicating with a coupling to which a conventional garden hose may be attached. When water is introduced into the device through the hose, the water is forced out of the spray head. A valve disposed between the coupling and the second section allows the flow of water into the device to be cut off.
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United States Patent Detwiler Sept. 30, 1975  CLEANING TOOL FOR GUTTERS AND FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS EAVETROUGHS 72.715- 7/1951 Denmark 239/587  Inventor: Melvin F. Detwiler, l7l5 Harding Lansing Mich- 48910 Primary E.\'ami/zerlohn J. Love  Filed: June 20, 1974  Appl. No.: 481,341  ABSTRACT A downwardly directed spray head is attached to a swivel connector which is disposed at the end of an  U.S. Cl. 239/280; 239/532; 239/587 elongated horizontally disposed Section of hollow  Int. Cl. B05B 09/08 pipev At the end of this Section remote from the head  Field of Search 239/280- is connected an elongated second section of hollow 239/532 587; 222/174 pipe extending downwardly therefrom, the second section communicating with a coupling to which a con-  References Cited ventional garden hose may be attached. When water is UNITED STATES PATENTS introduced into the device through the hose, the water 921835 6/1909 Hart .1 239/587 X is forced out Of the Spray head- A valve disposed 2.816.799 12/1957 English 239/587 X tween the coupling and the second section allows the 2310]] l 1 1/1959 Mizcllc 239/532 UX flow of water into the device to be cut off. 3.023,)71 3/1962 Milhous... 239/532 X I 3.645450 2/1972 Calder 239 532 x 2 Clalms, 24 Drawmg Flgures US. Patent Spt. 30,1975
CLEANING TOOL FOR GUTTERS AND EAVETROUGHS SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention is directed towards providing a tool which may be used to clean the gutters or eavetroughs of houses by flushing a strong spray of water into them.
To this end, a downwardly directed spray head is attached to a swivel connector. The swivel connector is disposed at one end of an elongated, horizontally disposed first section of hollow pipe, and allows the head to rotate in a vertical plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the first section of pipe. At the end of this first section remote from the head is disposed a second elongated section of hollow pipe, which extends downwardly therefrom in a manner that the longitudinal axes of both sections lie in a common vertical plane.
At the end of this second section remote from the first section is disposed a valve which is connected to a coupler for use with conventional garden hose. When a garden hose with water in it is connected to the coupler and the valve is opened, water flows through the device, and is forced out the spray head. The configuration of the pipe sections makes the device easy to use when flushing out gutters or eavetroughs.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings:
FIG. 1 shows the invention in use;
FIG. 2 shows a side cross section of the spray head and swivel connector;
FIG. 3 shows a front cross section-of the spray head and swivel connector; and
FIG. 4 shows a cross section of the valve.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring now to the drawings, wherein like elements are denoted by the same identification number in all the figures, a downwardly directed spray head is connected to a swivel connector by two opposed pins 30. As can be seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, the hollow interior 40 of the connector communicates with the hollow intake slot 50 of the head throughout an angular rotation of the head about the pins, causing water flowing into the connector to be forced out the jets 60 in the head which communicate to the intake slot by passageways cut into the head. The connector is disposed at the end of a piece of right angle hollow pipe 70, which is itself attached to an elongated horizontally disposed first section 80 of hollow pipe, the pipe and the pins in the connecting head being so disposed that the head swivels in a vertical plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the first section. Attached to the end of the first section remote from the head is an elongated second section 90 of hollow pipe which extends downwardly at a 45 angle with respect to the first section, in a manner that the longitudinal axes of sections and occupy a common vertical plane. At the lower end of the section 90 is disposed a valve 100, which can turn or shut off a stream of water from a flexible garden hose connected to the side of the valve opposed to section 90. The valve has hollow interior portions disposed in the body 130, the interior portions being separated by the solid portion of a spring loaded rod shaped gate which is pressed upward by the spring 150. When the gate is pressed downward, against the force of the spring, a hole in the gate becomes aligned with both interior portions, allowing water to flow through the valve.
While the invention has been described with detailed reference to the drawings, the protection sought is to be limited only by the terms of the claims which follow.
1. A device for use in combination with conventional garden hoses to clean gutters and eavetroughs on houses, comprising:
a downwardly directed spray head;
a swivel connector connected to the spray head, the
connector allowing the spray head to be pivoted in a single vertical plane;
a hollow pipe attached to the connector and having two elongated sections fixedly attached to each other and occupying a common vertical plane perpendicular to the plane in which the spray head may be pivoted, the first section being attached to the connector and lying in a horizontal plane and the second section being connected to the first section and extending downwardly therefrom; and coupling attached to the lower end of the second section of pipe for detachably securing a conventional garden hose to the pipe and thereby introducing water into the pipe to be sprayed downwardly out of the spray head.
2. The device of claim 1 wherein a valve is disposed between the connector and the second section of pipe, the valve cutting off the flow of water through the device when and only when the valve is closed.