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March 6, 1962
P. c. JOHNSON
SWITCH CONTROL
Filed Sept. 11, 1959
3,024,339
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and the numeral 23 indicates a lever which is in the
form of an open rectangular bracket that has a hollow
Paul Christian Johnson, Rte. 3, S. 36th St.,
South Omaha, Nebr.
Filed Sept. 11, 1959, Ser. No. 839,470
1 Claim. (Cl. 200-—172)
interior as indicated by the numeral 24. The lever 23
is adapted to receive therein the projecting end of the
SWITCH CONTRCBL
movable switch 19 so that as the rod 11 is rotated, the
lever 23 will move the switch 19 to an off or on position
The lever 23 includes spaced parallel side portions 25
This invention relates to a switch control, and more
as well as end portions 26 and 27, and the end portion
particularly to a control means for an electric switch.
27 is pivotally mounted to the support 22. This piv
The object of the invention is to provide a switch con
10 otal arrangement permits the lever 23 to be swung from
trol wherein a switch Such as an off and on switch can
the solid to the broken line position of FIGURE 4 as
be readily operated or controlled from a remote location.
for example when it is desired to manually actuate th
Another object of the invention is to provide a switch
switch 19 without the use of the lever and rod.
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control which is constructed so that a movable switch
Referring now to FIGURE 5 of the drawings, there
member can be actuated from a remote location, as for
15 is illustrated a further modi?cation wherein the plate
example such a switch member can be actuated or moved
. 28 is of the type which has an outlet 29 as well as one
by a person in a different room or area.
A further object of the invention is to provide a switch
control which is extremely simple and inexpensive to
manufacture.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent during 20:
the course of the following description.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this
application, and in which like numerals are used to desig
nate like parts throughout the same.
25
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view, with parts broken ‘I
away and in sections illustrating the switch control of
the present invention.
or more switch members 30 adjacent thereto. In FIG
URE 5 the actuating lever 31 for moving a switch such
as switch 30 is mounted on the rod such as the rod 11,
and the lever 31 is adapted to be arranged adjacent
one end of the plate 28, as for example it is shown ar
ranged adjacent to the upper end of the plate instead
of being arranged adjacent to the side edge as illustrated
previously.
In FIGURES 6 and 7 there is illustrated a further
modi?cation wherein the numeral 32 indicates a switch
plate which is provided with a push button type of on
and oil switch 33 that includes a rounded or raised
FIGURE 2 is an elevational view of the switch con
surface, FIGURE 7. The switch 33 is of the type which
trol per se.‘
30 serves to turn electric appliances or ?xtures on or oif
FIGURE 3 is a front elevational view showing a modi~ l as pressure is applied thereto. In FIGURES 6 and 7
?ed arrangement.
the numeral 34 indicates a lever which is mounted on
FIGURE 4 is a view taken at right angles to the view
a rod such as the rod 11, and the lever 34 carries a
shown in FIGURE 3.
cam such as the cam 35 which engages the push button
FIGURE 5 is a front elevational view of another 35 switch 33 as the rod 11 is rotated from a remote loca
modi?cation.
tion.
Referring now to FIGURE 8 of the drawings, there
?cation.
is illustrated a modi?ed rod 35 which is adapted to be
FIGURE 7 is a sectional view taken on the line 7——7
used in lieu of or instead of the rod 11, and the rod
of FIGURE 6.
40 36 includes a main straight portion 37 as well as a down
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary perspective view illus
turned end portion 38. The numeral 39 indicates a
trating another modi?cation.
lever which is adapted to be made of metal stock, and
Referring in detail to the drawings, and more par
the lever 39 includes spaced apart side portions 40 as
ticularly to FIGURES 1 and 2 of the drawings, the nu
well as a back portion 41 and tabs 42 which are adapted
meral 10 indicates a portion of a wall member such 45 to be bent or folded around the portion 38 of the rod
as a wall member in a home, building or the like, and
36 in order to fasten the lever 39 to the rod 36. The
extended through the wall member 10 is a rod 11, which
hollow interior of the lever 39 provides a space for
is rotatably supported in the wall member. The nu
receiving a switch such as the switch 19 so that as the
meral 12 indicates an escutcheon which has the rod 11
rod 36 is rotated by means of a knob such as knob 14,
extending therethrough, and the escutcheon or bearing
the switch such as the switch 19 can be turned or moved
12 is adapted to be fastened in place to one surface of
as desired.
FIGURE 6 is an elevational view of a further modi
the wall 10 as at 13. The numeral 14 indicates a manu
ally operable knob or handle which is mounted on the
end of the rod 11 as at 15 and wherein the numeral
15 indicates a set screw or securing element.
The numeral 16 indicates a conventional switch hous
ing which is suitably mounted in the wall member in
the usual manner, and a plate 17 is arranged contiguous
to the housing 16, the plate 17 being secured in place
by means of screws 18.
The numeral 19 indicates the
usual movable switch which is mounted for movement
through an opening in the plate 17, so as to turn on or
off lights or other electrical appliances.
The rod 11 extends through a bearing 20 which is
continguous to the plate 17, and mounted on the end
of the rod 11 is a movable lever 21. The lever 21 serves
to.actuate or engage a movable switch 19 as the rod
11 is rotated by means of the knob 14, so that the switch
19 can be moved to an on or off position as desired.
From the foregoing, it is apparent that there has been
provided a switch control mechanism which is especially
suitable for use in controlling a movable switch from a
55 remote location. In the arrangement of FIGURES 1
and 2, it will be seen that the rod 11 is adapted to
extend through a wall member 10 which may be a wall
in a home, or other building and with the switch hous
ing 16 contiguous to one side of the wall and with the
60 knob 14 adjacent to the other side of the wall, it will
be seen that by manually moving the knob 14, the lever
21 will engage the movable switch 19 and position the
switch 19 at the desired on or off setting or position.
Thus, the switch 19 can be operated or actuated from a
65 remote location without he necessity of actually manu
ally gripping or engaging the switch 19.
In FIGURES 3 and 4 the rod 11 is adapted to be
actuated by a knob such as the knob 14, from a remote
location and with the support 22 fastened to the rod 11,
Referring now to FIGURES 3 and 4 of the draw
ings, there is illustrated a modi?cation wherein a sup 70 and with the lever 23 carried by the support 22, it will
be seen that manual rotation of the rod 11 will cause
port 22 is suitably fastened to an end of the rod 11,
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the lever 23 to move the switch 19 to the desired posi
tion.
The lever may be arranged adjacent to the upper end
of the plate as indicated by the numeral 31 in FIGURE
5 or else it may be positioned off to one side as desired.
The arrangement in FIGURES 6 and 7 illustrates a
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the plate 28. The bearing mount 20 is adapted to be
fastened on the bolt holes of the electric box.
What is claimed is:
In a device of the character described, a wall mem
ber, a rod extending through said wall member, an
eseutcheon fastened to one surface of the said wall mem
ber and having said rod extended therethrough, a knob
means for actuating a push button type of switch 33
mounted on an end of said rod and arranged contigu
wherein the cam 35 carried by the lever 34 will actuate
ous to said escutcheon, a securing element extending
the push button switch 33 as the lever 34 is moved by
through said knob and engaging said rod, a housing
10
the rod 11. In FIGURE 8, there is illustrated a meth
contiguous to the other end of the rod, a plate adjacent
od of fabricating or mounting the lever 39 on the rod
to the housing and said plate having said rod extend
36 and the tabs 42 are adapted to be bent over so as
ing therethrough, a bearing for said rod arranged con
to retain the lever 39 on the rod.
tiguous to said plate, a movable switch contiguous to
The parts can be made of any suitable mtaerial and
said plate, a lever mounted on an end of the rod for
in different shapes or sizes.
actuating the switch, said lever comprising a support
The instant invention thus provides a mechanical de
member of rectangular formation rigidly secured to said
vice for operating an electric light switch from outside
rod with the axis of said support member extending at
areas of a house or building by a manual means. The
right angles to the axis of said rod and a rectangular
present invention is adapted to be used with a conven
shaped bracket having a hollow interior and including
tional light switch and manual power is applied to the 20 spaced parallel side portions and spaced parallel end
knob 14 and this manual power is transmitted by means
portions, with one of said end portions being pivotally
of a rod such as rod 11. The inside bearing mount
connected to said support member whereby said bracket
20 may be made of thin metal which is bent angularly
may be selectively moved into and out of engagement
to give it sui?cient strength and the mount is provided
with said switch.
with openings so that the same can be fastened on the
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
electric box. The device is easy to install and for ex
ample it can be used to turn on porch and yard lights
UNITED STATES PATENTS
from outside of the house and it eliminates use of ex
1,872,380
Woods ______________ _-‘Aug. 16, 1932
pensive waterproof three-way switches as well as addi
2,068,408
Greulach ____________ -_ Jan. 19, 1937
30
tional wiring and other installation work which is nor
mally required.
The rod may be made long enough
so that it can be cut to the desired length so that it
will ?t walls of different thicknesses. In addition to
providing a means for operating outside switches, the
device can also be used on inside walls such as from 35
one room to another as desired. The lever 31 of FIG
URE 5 can either be placed at the top or bottom of
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Torre _______________ -_
Savage ______________ __
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FOREIGN PATENTS
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Canada _____________ -_ Apr. 26, 1949
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