United States Patent m
 SHOWER HEAD
 Inventor: Kazuhiro Matsui, Toyoake, Japan
 Assignee: Kitagawa Industries Co., Ltd., Japan
 Appl. No.: 83,895
 Filed: Jun. 28,1993
 Foreign Application Priority Data
Mar. 25, 1993 [JP] Japan 5-066960
 Int. CI.* B05Q 1/16
 U.S. CI 239/449
 Field of Search 239/436^49
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[ii] Patent Number: 5,344,080  Date of Patent: Sep. 6,1994
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Primary Examiner—Andres Kashnikow
Assistant Examiner—Kevin P. Weldon
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Davis, Bujold & Streck
The shower head is composed of a spray head disposed at the forward end of a spray housing, a distributor disposed in the spray housing and having first and second supply openings, and a selector. By rotating the spray housing, the selector can be moved axially in the distributor. The shower head also has a first chamber disposed at the forward end of the distributor, a straight spray nozzle disposed at the forward end of the first chamber, and a needle valve. The needle valve can be slid in the first chamber and is composed of a needle and a circular plate resiliently urged to a closed position. Only when the selector pushes forward the circular plate to provide a straight spray does the straight spray nozzle communicate with the inside of the distributor. In other cases the distributor is closed by the circular plate so that the inside of the shower head is protected from dust or other foreign particles.
8 Claims, 18 Drawing Sheets