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Nov. 30 1926.
M. S. COLE VALVE BOX Filed July 27, 1922 mvsmori JYlTichaeZ/ )5 C0 Z0,
ATTOR Y PATENT MICHAEL S. COLE, 01* PHIELADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
Application filed July 27,
e object of my invention is to provide valve box having many advantages ciilarly adapted for use in i nr ins lutO the houses or buildings 01 iiilividiial of the e s or water and is-d in the ground beneath the walk.
' is to provide a box of street and The inv si oils and c construction which may be readily placed around the valve and in which the valve may be or lily and prop crly cen "ed and in whicn t he body of the valve will prrventcd from being accidently turned 1'" at vely to the box and .s nay be had to the thrcuo'h which accs valve for the pi e oi opening or closing the same -"l e level the streetor pavement. A iurthor aim of the invention to provide box whose vertical dimensions iiriv be readily varied to suit different (lllllGilSlOllS between valves and the level oi the streets or side walks beneath which they are located.
l he invention consists in the novel coniction combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and clarinet In theaccoinpanylng drawings, illustrating the invention,
Figure 1 is a top view of a valve box: em-
c t Mu bodvine; my invention and applied to a valve and its p es, the valve and its pipe shown by dotted lines v 1 2 is a side view, partly broken artly in section, 0:? the parts shown in f ire 3 1 we J a a lower portion the horn on line 33 oi liicterri to the drawinga 2 and 1 designpper .1 lower telescope sections is cctivcly, ch. constitute the body otthe v alve box. The sections and 1 are open at their upper and lower ends and they may be of any suitable shape in cross section, preferably rectangular, as shown in the drawings.
The lower end oortion of the lower box section 4 has vertical slots or openings 5 in opposite walls thereof for the reception of a horizontal pipe 6 which is provided with a valve 7 to be enclosed by and contained within the box. The valve 7 is of usual constructi-on, having the hexagonal end portions 8 providing oppositely disposed flat surfaces 9 the flat sorts 9 1922. Serial No. 577,829.
on the body portion of the valve, and having the usual plug 10 provided with the handle 11, by means of which the plrg 10 may be turned to open and close the valve desired.
The upper box section 2 is the lower section 4 by two pi. at diagonally opposite corners i: and extending throng per section 2 and grooves in the lower s is removable from the sections 2 is adapted to be -1..crted into s one of a vertical series oi? .-otches or grooves 3 in the lower section to sup ort the upper so tion 2 in ditlerent positions of vertical adjustment thereon.
Opposite side w ie of the lower portion the lower section adjacent to the sides of the valve T are pixvided with two horizonti-il screws 14; which screwed into and through the same, as illustrated. The inner ends of the carry two plates or parts 15 having flat surfaces adapted to enthe body of the valve 7. The inner ends of the screws 1-isre rotatably fitted in the parts 15 to permit the screws 14 to be turned without turning); the parts '15; and the lower portions of the parts 15 have lips 16 formed therconwhich extend beneath an d engage the bottom of the valve body and prevent the parts 15 from turning with the screws 14. The outer ends of the screws 1 have suitable handles 1! pivotally mounted thereon by means of wh ch the screws 1 1 may be conveniently turned to move the parts 15 toward or from the valve 7 to clamp or release the same, desired.
In installing the box, the lower section l: thereof is first placed centrally over the valve 7 with the slots 5 over the pipe 6, and the section 4 is then'lowered relatively to the valve 7 to the position shown in the drawings, causing the pipe 6 to enter the slots 5 and the section 41 to enclose the valve 7. The screws 14 are then turned to move the parts or plates 15 toward each other to center the valve 7 within the box and to clamp it firmly between the parts 15. This done, the upper box section 2 is adjusted relatively to the lower section 1 by removing and replacing the pins 12 until the top of the upper section 2 is flush or substan tially flush with the level of the street or side walk beneath which the valve 7 is lo- .lll
The dirt or earth is then filled in around the exterior of the box, which, thereafter, provides an open passage at all times for access to the valve 7 to open and close the same when desired. The top of the box may be closed by any suitable removable cap or cover plate.
The lips 16 on theplates orparts 15 1101;-
only prevent the parts from turning when the screws let are turned, but they also prefirmly embedded in the earth.
The clamping of the body of the valve 1 between the parts 15 holds the valve stem 10 and its handle 11 in a vertical and upright position in which the handle 11 may be conveniently reached from above at all times, and prevents the accidental turning of the valve from its upright position by the pipe 6, should it be turned in repairing it or coir nesting fittings to the remote ends thereof.
1 claim as my invention 1. A valve box provided with an open bottom and having vertically extending openings in opposite side walls thereof having open bottoms for the reception of a pipe, said box being adapted to receive and enclose a valve carried by the pipe, and-means extending inwardly from opposite walls of the box at riglit angles to the axis of the.
pipe and being constructed to 'be adjusted to enga e o a osite hat sides of the valve to c l u 1 prevent it from turning relatively to tne box, said openings and said means permittin the box to be lowered to and about the l I I a pipe and its valve trom a position above the same.
2. A valve bo-x provided with an open bottom and having vertically extending openings in opposite side walls thereof having open bottoms for the reception of a pipe, said box being adapted to receive and enclose a valve carried by the pipe, and means extending inwardly from opposite walls of the box :at right angles to the axis of the pipe and being constructed to be adjusted 'to engage opposite fiat sides of the valve to prevent it from turning relatively to the box, said openings and said means permitting the box to be lowered to and about the pipe and its valve from a position above the same, and said. means having parts arto opposite flat sides of the valve to prevent it from turning relatively to the box, said openings and said means permitting the box to be lowered to and about the pipe and its valve from a position above the same, and said means having screw screwed into and through a side wall of the box and carrying a part on its inner end constructed to engage the valve. 7
In testimony whereof I afiix my signature hereto.
- MICHAEL S. COLE.