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No. 669,495: Patented Mar. 5, 190|. F. BABCDCK. EAVES TBUUGH SCREEN PROTECTOR (Abpucaeiop' med my 13, 1900.)
(Nu Model) .y UNITED STATES PATENT OEETCE.
FRED BABCOOK, OF DES MOINES, IOWA.
EAVES-TROUGH SCREEN PROTECTOR.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 669,495, dated March 5, 1901.
Application iiled May 18l 1900.
To all whom, it may concern,.-
Be it known that I, FRED BABcocK, a citizen of the United States, residing at Des Moines, in the county of Polk and State of Iowa, have invented a new and useful Faves-Trough Screen Protector, of which the following is a specification.
Heretofore wire screens have been fixed on the top edges of eaves-troughs so that water could drop therefrom outside of the trough.
` Downwardly-curved perforated sheet metal has been supported upon curved transverse ribs fixed in a trough in such a manner that the parallel edges of the sheet metal contacted with the inside faces of the trough. Wire frames have been covered with wire screening and placed loosely in troughs.
My object is to provide wire screens made complete from screen material in such a manner that their parallel edges will overlie the inside faces of troughs and also extend above said edges and to adj ustably combine fastening devices therewith, so that the screens and fasteners can be jointly handled and readily placed in position as required for practical use.
My invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and combination of parts, as hereinafter set forth, pointed out in my claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure l is a perspective view of a section of my attach mentmade of woven wire. Fig. 2 is a modification of Fig. 1, showing the screen made of perforated sheet metal. Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a piece of eavestrough, showing the screen adjustably and detachably fastened to the trough as required for practical use.
The letter A designates a section of screen bent downward at its parallel edges and preferably stiifened by doubling the edges backward, as shown in Fig. l, to produce flanges B and C. Pins D, having hooks H on their outer ends, are extended through meshes or openings in the flanges, and by the resiliency of the metal they are retained in place and detachably connected with the screen.
It is obvious the width of the screen A may vary to suit eaves-troughs of different size,
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and when a little wider than a trough they can be narrowed by arching them, so as to allow the iianges B and C to enter the trough and overlie the inside faces of the parallel upper portions thereof, as required to prevent any water from dripping from the screen over the outside of the trough. After sections of the screen are thus placed in a trough the pins D are detachably fastened to the trough by simply pressing them inward until the hooks H on their outer ends engage the bead at the outer top edge of the trough, while the inner ends are extended over the inner bead of the trough. Any length of trough may be thus securely and advantageously covered by sections of screen fitted and fixed thereto, and it is obvious sections of screen thus connected to the trough may be moved longitudinally to overlie each other at their ends, as required to produce lap-joints. It
.is also obvious by forming mating flanges on the pieces of screen, so that the flanges are adapted to overlie the inside faces of a trough and also to extend above the edges of the trough, the fastening devices can be adjustably fastened in the flanges for fixing and supporting the body portion of the screen in an arched and advantageous position above the trough. It is also obvious that by the simplicity of construction and manner of application material and labor and cost will be reduced..
Having thus described the purpose, construction, and applicat-ion of my invention, the practical utility thereof will be readily understood by persons familiar with the art to which it pertains, and what I claim as` new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent therefor, is-
1. An attachment for eaves-troughs consisting of a screen cover having flanges projecting downward at its parallel edges adapted to overlie the inside faces of the top portions prising screen-sections having flanges at their trough, in combination with an eaves-trough parallel edges adapted to overlie the inside having a, bead at its outer top edge, for the faces of the parallel top portions of a trough purposes stated.
and also to extend above the trough, pins ex- FRED BABCOCK. tended through the said flanges and provided Witnesses:
with hooks on their outer ends adapted to R. H. ORWIG,
engage the bead at the outer top edge of the THOMAS Gr. ORWIG.