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Publication numberUS905364 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 1, 1908
Filing dateJul 7, 1908
Priority dateJul 7, 1908
Publication numberUS 905364 A, US 905364A, US-A-905364, US905364 A, US905364A
InventorsNelson H Raymond
Original AssigneeAlice C Patterson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Floor box and receptacle.
US 905364 A
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905,364. Patented Dec. 1, 1908.



905,364. Patented Dec. 1, 1908.


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Specification of Letters Patent. Application filed July 7, 1908. Serial No. 442,271.

Patented. Dec. 1, 1908.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known thatI, NELSON H. RAYMOND, a citizen ofthe United States, residing at New York, have invented certain new and useful Imof which the following is a full, clear, and exact description. r

, y invention relates to improved floor boxes and receptacles .for electric wiring Theobject of the invention, in the main, is to provide a safe and effective housing for an electric floor or wall socket or box, the

various parts thereof being so made as to 1 enable them to be very easily and eflectively assembled in such manner as to produce a durable structure.

- being absent. Fig.

In the accompanying drawings Figure 1 is a vertical section of the invention as it appears in use. Fig. 2-is a plan view as it appears when not in use. Fig. 3 is a section the receptacle taken at right angles to the section of Fig.1. Fig. 4 is a plan view of the parts assembled, the finishing plate 5 is an edge View of a detail.

A represents. the body of thereceptacle,

the same being hollowed out. to receive the socket and associated parts as hereinafter described. This body is preferably pro- Vided with a flange or shouldered portion B, to hold the same substantially flush with the floor. The body A is open only at the upper end although suitable side and end perforations may be provided to permit wire carrybeing immaterial to ing conduits to be connected thereto. Such openings as are not. employed for this purpose may be filled by screw plugs, such as CC. Within the body A are socket supporting shoulders DD (Figs. 3 and 4) which are of the preferred construction hereinafter described.

. E is thebody of a socket,having the usual terminal connectors therein, the particular construction of the socket and connectors this invention.

- F 15 a plug adapted to be detachably connected with the socket E whenever desired. From this plug'lead out the terminal wires G-G, which convey the current to the translating device, usually portable.

H 1s a saddle securely connected with the socket E in any desired manner, said saddle beingformed, by preference, so as to pass because of the smallunder the socket and afford an effective support. The ends of the saddle H are bent SBURG, NEW YORK, A SSIGNOR TO ALICE G. PATTERSON, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.

upwardly and then outwardly, to form the outwardly projecting side arms HH.

These arms are located on opposite sides of the socket and arranged well above the bottom of the latter, for the purpose hereinafter pointed out. These arms HH are slotted at opposite sides, as best seen in Fig. 4E, and are arranged to rest upon the supporting shoulders DD, when the socket is in place. The 'shoulders DD are provided with; screws DD' arranged to pass through the slots or openings in the arms HH.

To insert the socket in thereceptacle body A requiresonly the lowering down of the socket into said body so as to cause the slotted portions to face up with the screw shanks DD, which are partially retracted. By then giving a partial turn to. the socket, the slotted ends of the arms HH' embrace the screws, which latter may then be set down to permanently connect the socket in place. To guarantee a most effective connection for the socket and prevent the possibility of its jarring loose, I provide abutments D D directly to the rear of the arms HH and on the opposite sides of said arms from the slotted openings therein. It follows that when the socket is let down and turned into its final position to rest uponthe shoulders DD, the abutments I) stand in such a position that said projecting arms cannot be backed out and away from the screws, excepting as said screws are first partially retracted. By this means, a very positive and durable connection is effected between the socket and the receptacle. This connection is easily\made, since the heads of the holding screws D D, are well toward the upper part of'both the socket and the receptacle, making it easy to gain access thereto, a feature of great importance,

space afforded between the socket and the wall of the receptacle. By the preferred construction it will be seen that the screws do not have to be removed to permit the attachment or detachment of the socket. This is also a distinctly-valuable feature.

I is a finishing late, in the form of a washer, adapted to e secured to the flange B. The central edge of this plate is preferably threaded to receive a sultable closure, which may be either a plain disk (when no connection is to be made with the socket) or a hollowed-out centrally perforated cap (when the socket is to be used).

The disk is represented at J in Figs. 2 and 5, while the cap is indicated at K, Fig. 1. When it is intended to insert the plug F into the receptacle, the disk J is removed and the plug is pushed into place. The cap K is then screwed down, affording a protection to the wires GG, which pass loosely out through the cap. This protection is afforded by the cap, since it stands well above the floorv and. prevents the wine or wires from being struck by the feet of passers-by, or by furniture moved about on the floor adjacent thereto.

It will be seen that the improvement is especially applicable to floor sockets and receptacles, although, of course, such de-..

vices may be employed in side walls or ceilings', provided it, is-desirable to have such an appliance in either of the latter twoplaces In the preferred construction, a packing gasket L is arranged between the washer I and the flange B, while another packing gasket M is arranged between the disk J, or cap K, and its seat within the washer I. By this arrangement the socket is thoroughly protected and guarded against the admission of dirt or moisture, and the connections are correspondingly protected from short circuit. These and other advantages will be apparent'to the 'mechanic' skilled in the art. It should be understood that I have shown and described only the preferred form of my invention.

WhatIclaim is: 5 1'. In a device of the'character described, a receptacle having a hollowed-out body, a' socket adapted ,thereto and means to hold 'the same in the hollowed-out portion of said body, said holding means comprising supporting shoulders within the body, and a saddle having a depressed central portion arranged to be detachablymounted at its ends on said shoulders, said saddle being provided with open sidedoppositely faced slots in the ends; said socket being mounted on said saddle, said, connection between the saddle and shoulders including screw fastenings passing through said oppositely faced open sided slots.

2. In a devlce of the character described, I

a receptacle having a hollowed-out body, a

porting saddle arranged to be detachably mounted socket adapted thereto and means to hold the. same in the hollowed-out portion of said body, said holding means comprising supshoulders within the body, and a on said shoulders,said saddle being provided at its ends with slots which open through-the opposite sides of said ends, said socket being mounted on said saddle, said connection be-. tween the saddle and shoulders including screw fastenings passing through said open sided slots, and abutments on said shoulders arranged to stand on opposite sides of said saddle sides andin opposition to the open sides of the slots in the latter. I I

3. In a device of the character described, a-hollowed-out receptacle, a socket adapted, thereto, supporting shoulders withinsaid re-.

ceptacle, laterally projecting arms carriedat the sides of said socket above thelower portion thereof and connected to the bodythereof," and means for detachably connecting said arms to said shoulders, said arms having oppositely faced open slots, said shoulders having screws adapted'to said slots whereby said socket may be secured to said receptacle without detaching said screws and an abutment on each shoulder coacting with said screws to hold the socket in place.

4. In a device of the character described,

a hollowed-out receptacle,a socket adapted thereto, supporting shoulders within said receptacle,laterally projecting arms carried at the sides of said socket-above the lowerpor- .tioli thereof and connected to the body thereof means for detachably connecting said arms to said shoulders; said arms having oppositely faced slots, said shoulders having screws. adapted to said slots whereby said socket may be secured to said receptacle without detachingsaid screws, and means independent of said screws to prevent said socket and arms from being turned within. the case when said arms are seated on said shoulders,

but leaving said arms free to be turnedlwithi in the case for disengagement from said said 1 screws when the latter are retracted and arms are raised away from their seats.


R. C. MITCHELL, R. 0'. Pownnn.

humor? H. RAYMOND.

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Cooperative ClassificationH02G3/18