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Dec. 28, 1937;
. E. .17 GOODMAN ET AL
FLUSH TANK ATTACHMENT
Filed March 8, 1957
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Patented Dec. 28, 1931
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UNITED rates PATENT OFFiCE
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FLUSH TANK ATTACHMENT
Eddie J. Goodman and Jennings W. Bibee,
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Lynchburg, Va;
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> Application March 8, 1937, Serial No. 129,752
'7 Claims.’ (01. 4-41)
This invention relates to a ?ush tank attachment and more particularly to a device adapted
to be mounted in a flush tank and engage the
swinging arm of a ?oat valve to secure the'arm
the tank and thus cause the arm of the ?oat
valve to be released so that this arm or lever
and its ?oat'may move downwardly as the tank
is emptied and cause the inlet valve to be opened
5 and the ?oat carried thereby against downward
movement until an arm-engaging member of the
for re?lling of the tank.
attachment is moved toa releasing position.
The invention is illustrated in the accompany-T
ing drawing, wherein
force and this causes the valve to be worn so
that a complete closure is not effected and water
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Flush tanks as now made include as part of
their equipment a rubber ball valve for the outlet
10 which moves upwardly when in an opened position and seats itself when the tank is emptied.
The rubber‘ valve is seated with considerable
Figure l is a perspective view showing the at-‘
tachment applied to a ?ush tank of a conven
tional construction,
10
‘ Figure 2.is an enlarged view of the attachment
and showing the same partially in side elevation
and partially in section, and
,
Figure 3 is‘a fragmentary sectional view taken
15 will trickle through the ?ush pipe into the bowl.
through the attachment along the line 3-—3 of 15
A great deal of water is wasted in this manner
Figure 2.
a ?ush tank, will serve to engage the arm or lever
4 has also been provided and, at its inner end
of the inlet valve and secure the ?oat controlled
inlet valve in a closed position. It will thus
be seen that, when the ball valve for the outlet
becomes worn, water may drain out of the tank,
but the ?oat valve ‘for the inlet will be held
closed and waste of water prevented and also
the annoying sound of water ‘trickling into the
which is notshown, the pipe has applied thereto
theusual ?oat'valve which includes the arm or
lever 5 carrying a ?oat 6 at its free end. There
has also been provided the usual ball valve 1 for 25
the ?ush pipe 2, the stem 8 of which extends
through a guide 9 and is loosely engaged by the
link or grapple ill mounted in the usual manner
and in addition many persons ?nd the noise of
the trickling water very annoying.
It is, therefore, one object of the invention to
20 provide an attachment which, when mounted in
bowl eliminated.
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In Figurell, there has been shown a flush tank
I of a conventional construction and provided
with the usual outlet pipe or flush pipe 2 leading
to a bowl 3. The usual feed pipe or inlet pipe 20
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upon the free end of the arm or lever H of the
Another object of the invention is to so construct the attachment that it may be very‘ easily
mounted in a. flush tank of a conventional construction with its latch or keeper disposed in
release mechanism which is of a conventional 30
construction and actuated by means of the usual
handle H2. The mechanism so far described is
of a conventional construction and, when the
position fOr' engagement by the arm or lever of
handle i2 is swung upwardly in either direction
35 the ?oat valve as the arm and the ?oat thereof
move upwardly during ?lling of the tank.
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from a depending position shown in Figure 1, 35
the valve ball 1 will be drawn ‘upwardly out of
It is another object of’ the invention to provide
closing relation to the ?ush‘ pipe. When the
the attachment with means for guiding the arm
orlever 0f the ?oat Valve into position .fm' en-
va1ve ball ‘I is drawn upwardly, its buoyancy
causes it to rise and as the level of the water in
i0 gagement by the latch 01‘ keBpeI' during its? up-
the tank approaches the bottom thereof the valve 40
ward movement and thus insure proper engage- ‘ ball moves downwardly with the water until it is
ment of the arm or lever with the keeper when ?nally 'reseated in closing relation to the outlet
the tank is ?lled-
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It is another object-0f the invention to provide
45 the‘: latch or keeper with a’ Weight which may be
adlusted in order to lmpa'rt prope? balance to
the latch or keep? and unis peimlt the keeger
to be easily move ‘into posi ion
0 engage-uh er
from which the ?ush pipe extends.
A severe
blow is imparted to the valve ball as it is seated
in closing relation to the outlet and after the ~45
valve ball has been in use for sometime it be
comes worn to such an extent- that a complete
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the arm or lever of the ?oat valve as this arm gigsgr?helstargll’ ti?rgg’eg‘thzvg?zg giggle 3253113111325
50 moves
upwardly.
Another
object of the invention is to provide
lower the level of theg water in the‘ tank to such 50
the attachment with means for'engagement~by
an actuating member carried by an armor lever
of the mechanism for drawing the valve ball up55 wardly out of closing relation _to the outlet‘ of
an extent that the ?oat valve of the inlet pipe
4 will not be rcomplttely C_1<)_Sed- This‘ Causes
Waste of Water and in addition water leaking
from the tank through the pipe 2 Into the bowl 55
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creates a noise which is very disagreeable to
many people.
The attachment constituting the subject
matter of this invention serves to retain the ?oat
valve closed after the tank has been ?lled and
in case the valve ball 7 has become worn only
the water which is in the tank after it has been
?lled will be wasted. The fact that no water
flows from the tank through the ?ush pipe 2
when the handle I2 is operated will clearly in
dicate that the valve ball needs replacement.
onally upwards in diverging relation to the shank
and terminating in an inwardly extending and
substantially horizontal arm 36 to engage under
and support the lever 5. By having the bill 35
shank of the latch a cam action
may take place between the lever 5 and the bill
35 as the lever and its ?oat 6 move upwardly and
This attachment is adapted to be applied to
the tank as an accessory and, when'in place, it
extends transversely of the tank between the
front and rear walls I3 and I4 thereof, as shown
in Figures 1 and 2. The main bar or bridge I5
is formed from strong metal which may be brass
thus cause the latch to be swung about its pivot
3'! to a position in which the lever 5 may move
upwardly beyond the bill and the bill then re
turned to its initial position in which the arm
36 engages under the lever 5 and supports the
same. An abutment screw 38 is carried by the
or any other desired material and has its end
portions threaded, as shown at I6 and H. A
collar I8 is screwed upon the threaded end por
sleeve 25 and projects laterally therefrom to limit
tion I6 of the rod or bar i5 and a cap I9 is
bar.
threaded end portion I"! of the
The collar I8 carries a set screw 20, by
means of which it may be secured in a set posi
tion upon the threaded end of the bar and the
annular ?ange 2| of this collar carries screws
22 which are preferably three in number and
have abutting engagement with the inner sur
face of the rear wall I 4 of the tank and friction
ally grip the same to prevent turning of the bar
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lower end of the shank forming portion of the
rod is bent back to form a bill 35 extending diag
I5 when the cap I9 is turned to move the apex
of its tapered end 23 into engagement with the
inner surface of the front wall I3 of the tank.
The tapered end
portion'of the cap I9 is solid,
as clearly shown in Figure 2, and alined openings
24 are formed through the cylindrical portion
of the cap to receive a turning tool. .It will thus
be seen that the cap may be turned until its
apex bites into the front wall of the tank and,
if found necessary, a screw driver may be ap
plied to the set screws 22 to tighten them. The
bar I5 will thus be very ?rmly mounted trans
versely in the tank over the lever 5 of the ?oat
valve and will be prevented from slipping out of
place or turning in the collar and the cap.
A sleeve 25 ?ts about the bridging bar I5,
movement of the bill under the arm or lever 5
beyond the position shown in Figure 2.
The
pivot pin 31 consists of a screw which is threaded
into the sleeve and formed with the usual head
at its outer end which retains the latch or keeper
in place upon the screw. The free end portion of
the arm 34 is threaded, as shown at 39, and this
threaded portion extends from the major por
tion of the length of this arm in order that the
weight 40 may be adjusted along the arm to a
position in which the bill will be caused to move
quickly under the lever 5 into supporting en
gagement with the lever. At the same time the 30
weight should be so adjusted that upward move
ment of the lever and engagement of the lever
with the diagonally extending bill may easily
swing the keeper out of the way and permit the
lever and its ?oat to move upwardly into position
to close the ?oat valve of the feed pipe. A lug
or car 4I extends upwardly from the weight 40
and 18 formed with a slot or opening 42 to loosely
receive an actuating rod 43. This rod 43 is se
cured to the actuating arm I I, by means of which 40
the valve ball 1 is unseated, and from an inspec
tion of Figures 1 and 2, it will be readily appre
ciated that, when the arm I I is swung upwardly
to draw the valve ball upwardly out of closing
relation to the flush pipe 2, the latch or keeper
will be swung about its pivot 37 and move its
bill out of a position under the lever 5.
lever 5 and its ?oat can then move downwardly
as Water ?ows out of the tank through the flush
and upon referring to Figure 2, it will be seen
that this sleeve is formed from a thick and cy
lindrical block of brass or other metal formed
with a bore 26 to snugly receive the bar I5.
Set screws 21 and 28 are threaded through the
pipe. When the handle !2 is released, the weight
sleeve 25 midway the length thereof in opposed
relation to each other, the set screw 28 being
40 will cause the latch or keeper to be returned
to the normal position shown in Figure 2, and as
formed with a lug or tooth 29 at its inner end
the lever 5 is moved upwardly during ?lling of
the tank, the latch will be swung out of the Way
to engage in the groove 30 formed longitudinally
of the bar for the entire length thereof. By so
forming and mounting the sleeve it may be ad
and then returned to its normal position for en- ’
justed longitudinally upon the bar and dispose
the depending rod 3! at opposite sides of the
lever 5 in equal spaced relation thereto. The
lug 28 of the set screw 28 will’ prevent the sleeve
from turning about the bridging
when the set screw 2'! is tightened the sleeve will
be ?rmly secured in a set position upon the
' bridging bar and prevented from
slipping longi
tudinally thereof out of a desired position.
The lever 5 of the ?oat valve is to be releasably
the ?ush pipe until
the tank is empty. In view of the fact that the
?oat valve for the feed pipe will be kept closed,
no more water can escape.
The fact that water
has emptied from the tank will indicate that a
new valve ball is necessary.
Having thus described the invention, what is
claimed as new is:
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secured in a raised position when the tank is
1. An accessory for a ?ushing device which in
cludes a ?ush tank, a ?oat valve, a ball valve for
the outlet of the tank and an actuating arm for
32 formed from a length of metal rod which
the valve ball; said accessory comprising latch 70
ing means for releasably holding the ?oat valve
closed, and means for moving the latching means
out of engagement with the ?oat valve adapted
is also preferably brass. This rod is bent inter
mediate its length to provide the latch or keeper
with a shank 33 and an arm 34 extending hori
zontally from the upper end of the shank. The
to be connected with and actuated by the actuat
ing arm of the ball valve.
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extend over the actuating arm of a ?oat valve
2. An accessory for a ?ushing device which in
cludes a ?ush tank, a ball valve for the outlet of
the tank, actuating means for unseating the
ball valve, and a ?oat valve having an actuating
arm and a ?oat carried thereby; said accessory
transversely thereof, a latch carried by said sup
port and movable into and out of position to en
gage under the arm of the ?oat valve andhold
the ?oat valve closed, and actuating means for
said latch adapted to be connected with actuating
comprising a support adapted to be mounted in
said tank, a latch carried by said support and
movable into and out of position to engage the
mechanism for an outlet valve of a tank and
moved thereby to move the latch out of engage
ment with the arm of the float valve during un~
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seating oi the outlet valve.
6. A ?ush tank attachment comprising a sup
arm of the ?oat valve and releasably retain the
?oat valve closed, and means for moving said
latch out of engagement with the arm of the ?oat _ porting bar, means to mount said bar in a tank
valve adapted to be operatively connected with over the operating arm of a ?oat valve trans
the actuating means for the ball valve.
versely thereof, a sleeve adjustable along said
3. An accessory for a ?ushing device which in
bar, a latch pivoted to said sleeve for movement
cludes a ?ush tank, a ball valve for its outlet, into and out of position to engage under the
actuating means for unseating the ball valve, arm of the ?oat valve and maintain the ?oat
and a ?oat valve for the inlet pipe of the tank valve closed, and means for moving said latch
including an actuating arm and a ?oat carried out of engagement with the arm of the ?oat
thereby; said accessory constituting means for valve adapted to be actuated when an outlet -
controlling opening of the ?oat valve when the
tank is emptied and comprising a support adapted
valve for the tank is opened.
'7. A ?ush tank attachment comprising a
to be mounted in said tank over said arm, a latch
mounting bar, members adjustably carried by
carried by said support and movable into and
ends of said bar for engaging walls of a tank and
out of position to engage under the arm of the
?oat valve and releasably hold the’ arm in an
supporting the bar in the tank transversely there
elevated position with the ?oat valve closed, and
sleeve slidable along said bar, means to secure
means adapted to be carried by the actuating
said sleeve in a set position upon the bar and pre
vent turning of the sleeve about the bar, rods
means for the ball valve and move the latch out of
engagement with the arm of the ?oat valve when
of over the actuating arm of a ?oat valve, a.
depending from said sleeve and spaced from each, 30
said actuating means is operated to unseat the
other longitudinally thereof for disposition at
ball valve.
opposite sides of the arm of the ?oat valve to
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4. In combination with a flush tank including
a ball valve for the outlet of the tank, actuating
means for unseating the ball valve, and a ?oat
_‘ valve for the inlet pipe of the tank including an
' arm and a ?oat carried thereby; means for re
leasably securing the?oat valve closed during
emptying of the tank by leakage through the
outlet thereof, said means comprising a support
. mounted in said tank, a latch pivoted to said sup
guide vertical movement of the arm during empty~
ing and ?lling of thetank, a latch pivoted to said
sleeve and having a bill ior'engaging under the 35
arm of the ?oat valve when the tank is ?lled
and the ?oat valve closed, said bill having a
diagonally extending portion constituting a cam
surface engageable by the arm of the ?oat valve
during upward movement of the arm whereby the
bill will be swung transversely of the arm dur
port and having a bill for engaging under the
ing upward movement thereof and then swing
arm of the ?oat valve when the tank is full, a
into place under the arm in supporting engage
ment therewith, an arm for said latch extending
horizontally, a counter-weight upon the arm of 45
cam portion being provided for engagement by
the arm of the ?oat valve whereby the latch
.' may be swung about its pivot during upward
movement of the arm of the ?oat valve and then
swing into position to engage under the arm, and
means carried by the actuating means for the
ball valve engaging said latch and moving the
latch out of engagement with the arm of the
?oat valve when the said actuating means is op
erated to unseat the ball valve.
5. A ?oat tank attachment comprising a sup
port adapted to be mounted in a ?oat tank and
the latch adjustable longitudinally thereof, and
means for connecting said weight with actuating
means for an outlet valve of a tank whereby said
latch will be moved out of engagement with the
arm of the ?oat valve during opening of the out 50
let valve.
EDDIE J. GOODMAN.
JENNINGS W. BIBEE.
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