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July 9,1946;
Filed Sept. 1:5,v 1944
Patented July 9, 1946
M. Wilson’s SonsyLansdale, Pa., a V?rm com
posed of Robert G. Wilson and Ronald
Application September 13, 1944; Serial N01.~55"3,845
1 Claim.
(Cl. 251-163)
jection I3 guides the movement of the lever I2,
> -My invention relates to a locked valve used
to control the ?ow ‘of liquid through a faucet
the side ?anges I8 whereof assisting in such guid
ance. The end of-the guide projection I3. is
which is opened by pressure upon an actuating
lever which bears upon the exposed end of a
formed with afcatch extension I4, which limits
the outward throw of the lever I2. The projec
tion I3 is also provided with an aperture I6
suitable to receive the hasp of a padlock, notv
valve stem carrying a valve seated to close the
faucet by the pressure of an opposing spring,
but unseated and opened by. pressure applied to
shown, which when thus placed prevents de
the exposed end of the valve stem by the actuat
pression of the lever I2; but when such pad
ing lever which is pivoted upon the faucet.
Such constructions have been used before, and 10 lock is removed the lever I2 may be further de
pressed so as to bear against the projecting
it is not novel to protect such valve against un
end of the valve stem ‘I and exert upon it su?‘l- V
authorized opening by the use of a look (as for
cient pressure to oppose the spring 5 and un
example a padlock) which prevents-the lever
seat the valve 4 releasing the flow of liquid
from being actuated to exert pressure upon the
valve stem unless the padlock is removed. But 1“ through the faucet.
The lug It! not only receives the pintle II but
it has been found that such prior devices are‘
it surrounds the aperture 8 through which the
capable of being tampered with notwithstanding
valve stem ‘I passes and is there enlarged su?l-l
the partial protection which has heretofore been
ciently to considerably increase the extent of
afforded to the projecting end of the valve stem.
the bearing of said stem in the faucet. -An op
By my invention I‘ have accomplisheda form
posing thickening 20' of the inner wall of the
and arrangement of the pressure lever and’ its
faucet supplements the lug I!) so that there is
opposing parts such that it is not possible with
provided an extensive guide surface for the valve
out the removal of the padlock to apply pressure
stem ‘I insuring the proper seating of the valve
on the top of the valve stem to open the valve
25 4 and preventing escape of liquid around said
and release liquid through the faucet.
stem where it pierces the top of the faucet. The
I will now describe and claim the means where
lug Ill is projected beyond the valve stem aper
by this desirable end is accomplished.
ture 8 and shaped to provide a raised guarding
In the accompanying drawing;
surface. II. The actuating lever I2 has its sides
Fig. l is a side view partly in section of a faucet
30' turned down to form the ?anges I 8, I8 which
to which my invention has been applied.
Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the same.
Fig. 3 is a similar view of the same with the
pressure lever removed and the stem shown in
pass with only sufficient clearance one on each
. side of the lug I0, and between these ?anges
The valve 4 has a central valve stem ‘I one ‘end
It will thus be seen that by means of the catch
there is formed a cross-web I9 reaching from
side to side and so placed and shaped that its
2I when the lever I2 is in the locked posi
In these ?gures, the reference numeral I
tion is in close proximity to the guarding sur
designates the main body of a faucet which
face 11 of the lug II], the proximity of the two
terminates in a down-turned outlet 2. The
preventing the insertion of any in
faucet contains the valve seat 3 upon which the
if forced under said lever,
valve 4 is seated .by virtue of the pressure of the
might be used to wrongfully push down the valve
spring 5 interposed between the valve and a
stem ‘I against the valve spring 5'.
shoulder 6 formed in the interior of the faucet.
extension I4 of the guide projection I3, the en
of which reaches within the spring while the
larged guarding surface ll of the lug Ill and the
other end is projected through a suitable aper
ture 8 in the top of the outlet 2 and terminates 45 cross-Web I9 :between the flanges I8 of the lever
in a rounded top 9. 'Upon the outlet 2 and in
proximity to the projecting valve stem ‘I is’ a
large lug I0 to which is pivoted, by the pintle' '
II, an actuating lever I2. The faucet also'car
ries a guide projection I3 which passes through 50
a corresponding slot I5 in the lever I2,'the shape.
of the projection I3 and the length of theslot
I5 being such that when the lever I2 is in its
uppermost position no space is left'for the in
I2 a structure and combination of parts is pro
vided which effectually encloses and protects the
valve stem ‘I from being depressed so long as
the padlock remains in place but, upon removal
of they pad1ock,,ha'nd pressure readily operates
the valve 4 permitting flow of liquid through '
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
A locked. faucet comprising in combination a
sertion of a tampering instrument. The pro 55 main body having a ‘down-turned outlet por-q
tion; a spring pressed valve and projecting valve
stem, respectively coactive with a seat in said
catch limiting the throw of the lever away from
the projecting end of the valve stem, and the
body and an aperture through the wall of said
length of the lever slot being such that no clear
outlet portion; a lug on the faucet surrounding
ance is a?orded thereabout when the actuating
the projecting valve stem where it extends
lever reaches either end thereof; an aperture
through the outlet portion of the faucet; an
through the guide projection capable of receiv
irig "the .l'ias'p of a lock "to ‘restrain movement of
actuating lever with/side ?anges spacedto closelvi
?ank and lap'the lug; an apertured ear forming
a part of the lug to which the actuating lever
is pivoted below and in position to push the
valve stem inwards in opposition to the spring
the actuating lever to depress‘the valve'stem; a
cross-web extending between the ?anges of the
actuating .lever; and a raised guarding surface
for opening the valve, and said apertured'ear
imity to the outer end of the actuating lever
cross-web whereby the projecting end of the
closing-in the pivotally connected=end of said '
actuating lever; a guide projection on the faucet
above the lug with extension’ through a cor
responding slot in the actuating lever, said pro
jection being provided at :its free end witha;
provided on the lug extending into close prox
valve ‘stem is surroundingly closed-in and made
positively inaccessible when said lever is in
locked position.
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