invention is disclosed. Improved dryer 10 includes a CLOTHES DRYER water hookup coupler 12, water pipe 14, spray nozzle
16, and control valve 20.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Coupler 12, at one end, clamps or screws on to a
1. Field of the Invention 5 flexible hose or pipe 3 for obtaining water from an exThis invention relates in general to clothes dryers ternal source such as the hot or cold water tap, and at
and, in particular to improvements in clothes dryers. the other end is attached to pipe 14. Pipes used in the
2. Description of the Prior Art present invention may be formed of any suitable mateThe problem of obtaining wrinkle free permanent rial such as copper, plastic, or galvanized steel.
press articles from automatic clothes dryers has long 10 Valve 20, shown to better advantage in FIG. 2, may been recognized. If the clothes are removed from the be a gate valve, globe valve, plug valve, or any other dryer immediately after tumble drying the problem is conventional valve suited for the purpose. One suitable obviated. Most often, the clothes are allowed to remain valve, as shown in FIG. 2, is a spring loaded button in the dryer because of the absence of the operator. Hot controlled valve which permits a desired volume of permanent press articles wrinkle quickly if allowed to 15 water to be discharged through nozzle 16 very rapidly, set in the drum at the end of a cycle, and will wrinkle Valve 20 may be provided with a pushbutton 21 extendeven when cool if left in the dryer for an extended mg through valve housing 22 and controlling a disk 23 period of time. In attempting to overcome this problem, forced into a closed position by compression spring 24. many dryers tumble without heat for a period of five to Depression of button 21 displaces disk 23 downwardly ten minutes to allow the drum enclosed therein to cool 20 flQw ^ ^ ^ ^
down before coming to a halt. Additionally, some dry- through nozzle 16
ers are provided with buzzers to warn the operators that XT , ,,. / ... ... . „ „ c.
, . , . . , r*.., , . ^ c Nozzle 16 is seated tightly against backwall 8 of dryer
the cycle is about to end. Other dryers tumble for an ,ni ^ ■ ^ .■ -±-c , ^ -±t.- J
extended period giving intermitten aural signals to alert TMt0 fTM°nt with clothes within the dryer,
the operator. Frequently however, the operator is not 25 Nozzle 16 is preferably disc-shaped having a convex within hearing distance of the signal or is occupied with f°TMardly facing surface. The convex surface is proother household chores and can not respond. vlded wlth a multiplicity of extremely narrow apertures
17, in the preferred embodiment, so that water forced SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION through the nozzle, under pressure, produces a fine mist
The present invention provides apparatus for spray- 30 for dampening the clothes. Nozzle 16 is attached to pipe ing clean water on wrinkled fabrics within the dryer for 1* in conventional manner. If heated water is desired, quick removal of the wrinkles by tumbling. The appara- coupler 12 may be attached to a hot water tap or altertus may also provide means for heating the water so natively, pipe 14, in its extension between nozzle 16 and sprayed and for dispensing desired additives. A more valve 20, may include an internal heating element, not thorough description of the invention may be found in 35 shown, of high amperage and controlled by push button the appended claims. 21 of valve 20 for spraying water or steam of a desired
It is therefore a primary object of the present inven- temperature, tion to provide apparatus for spraying a desired amount Referring now to FIG. 3, another embodiment of the of water on clothes within a dryer for removal of wrin- invention may be seen to advantage. The apparatus as kles. 40 shown in the figure includes a self-contained water
More specifically, it is an object of the present inven- reservoir 17 which is mounted to external housing 9 of tion to provide apparatus for spraying water of a se- dryer 10, preferably adjacent the top 7 of the dryer for lected temperature on fabrics within a dryer for re- convenient filling. Reservoir 17 may be provided with a moval of wrinkles. screw cap 18 threaded into the top of the reservoir to
A still further object of the present mvention is to 45 provide access for miing the reServoir. A cover lid 6, spray water and a desired liquid additive on fabrics ^ngem engaging top surface 7 of the dryer, may also within a dryer for the removal of wrinkles be ided to enhance the appearance of the dryer a„d
Additional objects and advantages will become ap- tQ ide a ^ wofki surface Qn the d parent and a more thorough and comprehensive under- Reservoir 17 be further j d with a heati standing may be had from the following description 50 d ag for heating CoU 30, and a suitable
taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings '. . ,r ?. , .
r _* «• *v -r- thermostat to provide water of a selected temperature
forming a part of this specification. . . * na. „. ,. . / , _
for spraymg. On-Off swith 2 is operable to control flow
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS of electricity to the heating coil as is indicated by the
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a dryer including one 55 dotted line therebetween In a gas dryer, reservoir 17
embodiment of the improvement of the present inven- may be heated bv a 8as bumer> elther separate or in
tjon combination with the primary burner of the dryer.
FIG. 2 is a sectional side view of the apparatus of Water he,d in reservoir 17 may be discharged directly PIQ J through spray nozzle 16 and controlled by a suitable
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a dryer including a 60 valve; one such suitable valve being shown in FIG. 2; second embodiment of the improvement of the present <>r. as preferred, may be discharged through the nozzle invention. by means of a motor and pump unit, disignated gener
ally by the numeral 40, for superior spray action. The DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE motor and pump unit, conventional in nature, may be
INVENTION g5 controlled by a push button switch 4, mounted on the
Referring now to the drawings, and more particu- control panel of the dryer and electrically connected to larly to FIGS. 1 and 2, one embodiment to be preferred the motor-pump unit, as shown by the dotted line thereof an improved dryer 10 made according to the present between.