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No. 870,165. PATENTED NOV. 5 1907. J. D. HAGLBR & M. PIGKENS.
SCREEN FOR EAVES TROUGHS.
APPLICATION FILED JUNE 18, 1907;
IINITED r a'rENT OFFICE. I
SCREEN FOR EAVES-TROUGHS.
Specification of 'Letters Patent.
. Patented Nov. 5, 1907- Application filed June 18, 1907. Serial No. 379609 To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that we, JEFFERSON D. HAGL'ER and MELL PIcKsNs, citizens of the United States, residing at Vernon, in the county of Wilbarger and State of Texas, have invented a new and useful Screen for Eaves-Troughs, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to screen s or protectors for eaves troughs and has for its object the provision of a comparatively simple and inexpensive device of this character capable of being readily placed in position on the gutter or trough and by means of which leaves, twigs and other foreign matter are effectually prevented from entering the cistern through the gutter and down spout.-
A further object of the invention is to provide a screen or protector capable of being adjusted to fit gutters or troughs of different widths and which may be adjusted to the pitch or inclination of the eaves or roof of a building.
A further object is to provide improved means for fastening the screen or protector in position on the trough or gutter, and means for suspending the latter from the eaves. I
A still further object of the invention is to generally improve this class of devices so as to increase their utility, durability and efiiciency.
Further objects and advantages will appear in the following description, it being understood that various changes in form, proportions and minor details of construction may be resorted to within the scope of the appended claims.
In the accompanyingdrawing's forming a part of this specification: Figure 1 is a transverse sectional view of a screen or protector constructed in accordance with my invention showing the same in position on an eaves trough. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the screen or protector detached. Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view partly in elevated position showing a modified form of the invention. Fig. 4 is a similar view illustrating a still further modification.
Similar numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts in all of the figures of the drawings.
The improved device forming the subject matter of .the present invention is principally designed for attachment to eaves troughs or gutters to prevent'trash and other foreign matter from accumulating in the trough and entering the cistern through the down spout, and by way of illustration is shown in position on a trough or gutter of the ordinary construction in which 5 designates the trough positioned beneath the eaves of a building 6 and suspended from the latter by one or more hangers 7 of any approved construction.
The screen or protector consists of a substantially rectangular frame preferably formed of sheet metal and including parallel side bars 8 connected by transverse end bars 9 and 10. The side and end bars of the frame are bent upon themselves and folded laterally to form an intermediate pocket 11 for the reception of the adjacent edge of the screen 12, the latter being formed of reticulated material, wire gauze or the like.
One end of each of the side bars 8 is extended longitudinally beyond the adjacent end bar 9 and bifurcated to form spaced depending attaching arms 13 and 14 adapted to embrace the longitudinal reinforcing bead 15 of the eaves trough, as shown.
The arm 14 is longer than the arm 13 and is preferably curved to conform to the correspondingly curved walls of the bead 15.
The opposite ends of the sidebarsS are extended beyond the end bar 10 and are bifurcated to produce spaced attaching ears 16 adapted to receive the adjacent longitudinal edge of the trough or gutter whereby the screen or protector may be readily positioned on the eaves trough and locked against accidental displacement. The side bars of the frame being formed of sheet metal may be bent downwardly so as to adapt the protectors to troughs or gutters of different widths and also to permit the outer surface of the screen 12 to be adjusted to the pitch or inclination of the roof of the building.
As a means for preventing accidental displacement of the screen or protector suitable attaching members preferably in the form of wires 17 are threaded through the pockets of the side bars 8 with their opposite ends projected longitudinally beyond the adjacent ends of the side bars for engagement with the bottom of the eaves trough, the ends of the wires being fastened together by coiling, twisting or otherwise securing the same, as indicated at 18.
- In attaching the screen or protector to the eaves trough the ears 13 and 14 are placed in position on the longitudinal bead 15 after which the opposite end of the frame is bent downwardly until the attaching ears embrace the adjacent longitudinal edge of the trough, the attaching wires 17 being subsequently extended beneath the trough and twisted or coiled in the manner before stated.
, fied form of the invention in which one end of the screen is attached to the adjacent longitudinal edge of the trough 5 while the opposite end thereof is extended beneath the adjacent shingle of the roof.
In Fig. 4 there is illustrated a further modification in which one end of each attaching member or wire .17 is extended over the adjacent longitudinal rein- Attention is here called to the fact that by having forcing bead and secured to the roof of the building of the elements. v
From the foregoing description it will be seen that there is provided an extremely simple, inexpensive and efiici'ent device admirably adapted for the attainment of the ends in view.
Having thus described the invention what is claimed is 1. An eaves trough protector including a frame having transverse pockets and provided at its opposite ends with means for engagement with a trough, a screen carried by the frame and forming a cover for the top of the trough, and attaching members passing through the pockets and having their opposite ends extended laterally beyond said frame.
2. An eaves trough protector including a frame having transverse pockets and provided at itsopposite ends with spaced attaching armsfor engagement with the adjacent longitudinal edgesof the trough, a screen carried by the frame and forming acover for the top of the trough, and wires passing through pockets. and extending beneath said trough.
3. An eaves trough protector including a frame having its opposite ends bifurcated to produce spaced attaching arms for engagement with the. trough, and a screen carried by the frame and forming a cover for the top of the trough, one end of the frame and screen being foldable downwardly to accommodate troughs of 'diflerent widths.
4. An eaves trough protector comprising a frame including side bars connected by end bars, the opposite ends of the side bars being extended longitudinally beyond the adjacent endbars and bifurcated to form spaced attaching members for engagement with the adjacent longitudinal edges of the trough, and a screen carried by the frame and forming a cover for the top of the trough.
5. An eaves trough protector including side bars bent upon themselves to form intermediate pockets and conne'cted by end bars, the side bars being extended longitudinally beyond the end bars, and provided with spaced depending attaching members for engagement with the adjacent longitudinal edges ofthe trough, a screen seated in said pockets and forming a cover for the top of the trough, and wires seated in the pockets andhavingthelr opposite ends extended longitudinally ing members.
In testimony that we claim the foregoing as our own, we have hereto aflixed our signatures in the presence of two witnesses.
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