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Feb. 13, 1962
s. G. KUEMPEL
3,021,102
SUPPORT FOR DOWNSPOUTS, DISCHARGE CONDUITS AND THE LIKE
Filed Aug. 4, 1958
INVENTOR.
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ilnite States
Patented Feb. 13, I962
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2
3,021,102
SUPPORT FOR DOWNSPQUTS, DISCHARGE
piece v12 project beyond the legs. The lower ends of the
legs projecting below this cross piece to constitute ground
CONDUHTS AND THE LIKE
Stanley G. Kuempel, 728 E. Colfax Sh, Hastings, Mich.
Filed Aug. 4, 1958, Ser. No. 753,057
7 Claims. (Cl. 248-49)
This invention relates to a discharge conduit assembly
for the downspouts of eavestrough and the like having
engaging prongs. The cross piece setting upon the sur
face of the ground serves as a stabilizing means and also
to space the conduit above the ground.
In the modi?cation shown in FIGS. 4 ‘and 5 the con
duit 15 is of general rectangular section and the U-shaped
seat 16 is conformed to embrace the sides and bottom
thereof. In this embodiment the inward offsets 17 and
laterally turned terminals at their lower ends and sup 10 the arms of the seat are more abrupt than in the embodi
ports for such discharge conduits.
ment illustrated in FIG. 2, but project above and curvedly
The main objects of this invention are:
merge into the legs 8, as in the embodiment illustrated in
First, to provide a discharge conduit assembly for the
FIG. 2.
downspouts of eavestroughs and the like which may be
In the embodiment of FIGS. 4 and 5 the cross piece 18
easily and quickly assembled in operative relation thereto 15 corresponding to the cross piece 12 is secured to the legs
and removed therefrom and one in which the discharge
by spot welds 19.
conduit is effectively supported in its relation to the
The embodiment shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 is somewhat
downspout.
more economical to produce but has less strength in the
Second, to provide a support member for such con
connection for the cross piece to the leg as compared to
duits which may be economically produced, is light in
that of FIG. 2 in which the connection has the full
weight and quickly associated with the conduit and
strength of the wire from which the unit is formed. In
adapted to be handled as an assembled unit.
use the assembled unit consisting of the discharge conduit
Objects relating to details and economies of the inven
and the support member is handled as a unit in engag
tion will appear from the description to follow. The in
ing and disengaging from the downspout. The curved
25 bight portion 11 presents suitable hand hold for thrust
vention is de?ned and pointed out in the claims.
A preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated
ing the support into the ground and may be grasped for
in the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary elevational view illustrating
lifting the support from the ground.
As stated, the conduit in these described embodiments
an embodiment of my invention in associated relation
is so engaged with the support member that the assem
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to a downspout and to a ground surface.
bled parts may be handled as a unit which'is a matter
FIG. 2 is an end view of a conduit with the support
of convenience in use and also minimizes the likelihood
member operatively associated therewith.
of loss or misplacement of the support member.
‘FIG. 3 is a somewhat enlarged horizontal section on a
I hate illustrated and described my invention in a
line corresponding to line 3-3 of FIG. 2.
highly practical embodiment thereof. I have not at
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FIG. 4 is a view corresponding to that of FIG. 2 of a
tempted to illustrate various modi?cations or adaptations
modi?ed form or embodiment of my invention.
as it is believed that this disclosure will enable those
FIG. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view on a
skilled in the art to embody or adapt my invention as
line corresponding to line 5-5 of FIG. 4.
may be desired.
In the accompanying drawing, 1 represents a building
Having thus described the invention what is claimed
and 2 the downspout of an eavestrough having a laterally 40 as new and desired to secure by Letters Patent is:
turned discharge end 3. Such eavestroughs quite com
1. A discharge conduit assembly for a downspout of
monly discharge directly upon the ground with the re
an eavestrough and the like having a laterally turned ter
sult that ground may become undesirably saturated closely
minal at its lower end, comprising a discharge conduit re
adjacent the wall 5 of the building. The applicant’s con
leasably telescopingly and supportedly engageable with
duit assembly is adapted to be releasably connected to such 45 such a terminal, a conduit support member disposed ad
downspouts and convey the water discharge a substan
jacent the outer end of the conduit and formed of wire
tial distance from the building and at the same time may
and comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their
be removed as occasion may require, for example, to per
upper ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and
mit mowing adjacent the building.
having a downwardly offset upwardly facing U-shaped
Applicant’s structure comprises the conduit 6, the inner -50 seat in which said conduit is disposed and springably re
end of which is adapted to telescopingly engage the lat
tained, and a combined ground engaging support element
erally turned end of the downspout discharge 3, as is illus
‘and leg cross rod disposed below said seat and in up
trated, and a supporting and anchoring means therefor
wardly spaced relation to the lower ends of the legs, said
which prevents damage to the downspout such as would
cross rod having offsets therein spaced from its ends pro
be likely to occur in the event the conduit 6 was swung 55 viding leg engaging shoulders supportingly engaging the
sidewise while attached to the downspout and also to sup
inner sides of the legs, the legs having inwardly project
port the conduit so that it does not mark the lawn.
ing coils therein retainingly embracing the said offsets,
In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 3 inclusive,
the legs below said cross rod constituting ground engag
I provided the support member designated generally by the
numeral 7 comprising spaced legs 8 connected at their up 60
per ends by the cross member conformed into a down
wardly projecting upwardly facing U-shaped seat 9 di
mensioned to receive the conduit 6. The arms of the
seat converging inwardly so as to retainingly embrace the
ing prongs.
2. A discharge conduit assembly for a downspout of an
eavestrough and the like having a laterally turned termi
nal at its lower end, comprising a discharge conduit re
leasably telescopingly and supportedly engageable with
a terminal, a conduit support member disposed adja
conduit and desirably with some spring gripping action. 65 such
cent the outer end of the conduit and formed of wire and
The arms 10 of this conduit seat curvedly merge at 11
comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their upper
into the upper ends of the legs. The legs are connected
below the conduit seat by the cross piece or rod 12 which
has offsets 13 therein providing shoulders against which
ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and having a
downwardly offset upwardly facing U-shaped seat in which
said conduit is disposed and springably retained, and a
the legs 8 are seated. The legs have coils 14 therein em 70 combined ground engaging support element and leg cross
bracing these otfsets, see FIG. 3. The ends of the cross
rod disposed below said seat and in upwardly spaced rela
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tion to the lower ends of the legs and secured thereto,
the legs below said cross rod constituting ground engag
ing prongs.
3. A discharge conduit assembly for a downspout of an
eavestrough and the like having a laterally turned termi
converging conduit engaging portions at their upper ends
and curvedly merging into said legs above the said in‘
wardly converging portion thereof, and a combined
ground engaging support element and leg cross rod dis
posed below said seat and in upwardly spaced relation to
nal at its lower end, comprising a discharge conduit re
the lower ends of the legs, the legs below said cross rod
leasably telescopingly and supportedly engageable with
constituting ground engaging prongs.
such a terminal, a conduit support member disposed ad~
jacent the outer end of the conduit and formed of wire
6. A support member for a conduit adapted for use as
‘a discharge conduit for eavestroughs and the like, and
and comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their 10 comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their upper
ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and con
upper ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and
formed to provide a downwardly offset upwardly facing
having a downwardly oifset upwardly facing U-shaped seat
U-shaped conduit seat, and a combined ground engaging
in which said conduit is disposed and springably retained,
support element and leg cross rod disposed below said
the arms of said seat projecting above the conduit dis
posed in the seat and curvedly merging into the upper 15 seat and in upwardly spaced relation to the lower ends of
the legs, said cross rod having offsets therein spaced from
ends of the legs, and a combined ground engaging sup
its ends providing leg engaging shoulders supportingly
port element and leg cross rod disposed below said seat
engaging the inner sides of the legs, the legs having in
and in upwardly spaced relation to the lower ends of the
wardly projecting coils therein retainingly embracing the
legs and secured thereto, the legs below said cross rod
20 said otfsets, the legs below said cross rod constituting
constituting ground engaging prongs.
4. A support member for a conduit adapted for use as
a discharge conduit for eavestroughs and the like, and
comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their upper
ground engaging prongs.
7. A support member for a conduit adapted for use as
a discharge conduit for eavestroughs and the like, and
comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their upper
ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and con
formed to provide a downwardly offset upwardly facing 25 ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and con
formed to provide a downwardly offset upwardly facing
U-shaped conduit seat, the arms of which have inwardly
converging conduit engaging portions at their upper ends
U-shaped conduit seat, and a combined ground engaging
and curvedly merging into said legs above the said in
support and leg connecting member element disposed be
low said seat and in upwardly spaced relation to the lower
wardly converging portion thereof, and a combined
ground engaging support element and leg cross rod dis 30 ends of the legs, the legs below said element constituting
ground engaging prongs.
posed below said seat and in upwardly spaced relation to
the lower ends of the legs, said cross rod having offsets
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
therein spaced from its ends providing leg engaging shoul
ders supportingly engaging the inner sides of the legs, the
UNITED STATES PATENTS
legs having inwardly projecting coils therein retainingly 35
embracing the said o?sets, the legs below said cross rod
1,129,210
Lenk ________________ .. Feb. 23, 1915
constituting ground engaging prongs.
5. A support member for a conduit adapted for use as
a discharge conduit for eavestroughs and the like, and
comprising laterally spaced legs connected at their upper 40
ends by a top cross piece integral therewith and con
formed to provide a downwardly offset upwardly facing
U-shaped conduit seat, the arms of which have inwardly
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Jenkins _______________ __ Feb. 8,
Mitchell ____________ __ Aug. 17,
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