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Dec. 28, 1937; . E. .17 GOODMAN ET AL FLUSH TANK ATTACHMENT Filed March 8, 1957 aIMI 2,103,580 Patented Dec. 28, 1931 , . 2,1395%; UNITED rates PATENT OFFiCE ‘2,103,580 FLUSH TANK ATTACHMENT Eddie J. Goodman and Jennings W. Bibee, ‘ Lynchburg, Va; _ i > 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 7 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. 30 1 . _ _ 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 ‘ 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. . 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- ‘ _- 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 . . . 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 2 2, 103,580 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 ' 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: 65 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. 2,108,580 3 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~ 10 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 . 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.