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US3044435A
US3044435A US74796A US7479660A US3044435A US 3044435 A US3044435 A US 3044435A US 74796 A US74796 A US 74796A US 7479660 A US7479660 A US 7479660A US 3044435 A US3044435 A US 3044435A
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July 17, 1962 F. L. REARDON FIRE HYDRANT MARKING DEVICE Filed Dec. 9, 1960 INVENTOR. F2070 A 54900 JZWJ/i. awn
ATTORNEY nited States 3,044,435 Patented July 17, 1962 3,044,435 FIRE HYDRANT MARKING DEVICE Floyd L. Reardon, 506 6th St., Devils Lake, N. Dali. Filed Dee. 9, 1960, Ser. No. 74,796 1 Claim. (Cl. 116114) This invention relates to marking devices for fire hydrants.
One object of the present invention is to provide a marking device that will assist firemen in locating a hydrant even though the hydrant itself is covered with snow or is concealed by tall grasses and weeds. In the past, many hours have been wasted in making certain that snow has not covered the hydrants in a given area. token, during the summer months considerable trouble has been experienced with grass and weed growth. Hence, a municipality can make a considerable saving in not having to keep snow removed from around fire hydrants and also by not having to cut the grasses and weeds that grow during the warm months.
The invention also has for an object the provision of a marking device that may be left in place on the hydrant throughout the year, thereby cutting down the cost of installing the marking device before any given season.
A further object is to provide a marking device for fire hydrants that virtually eliminates thelikelihood of the device being pilfered. In this respect, pilfering of marking devices in the past, particularly stakes, has been done by small children. While it is possible to remove the device constituting the present invention, nonetheless it is quite unlikely that children will have the necessary implement by which such a removal could be readily achieved.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a device of the foregoing character which will always remain upright or erect when the hydrant is not actually being used. On the other hand, it is an aim of the invention to permit ready bending of the marking device so that it will not afiord any interference with the sockettype wrench usually used to open the hydrant. In other words, the marking device can be deflected downwardly so that it can be engaged under one of the outlets on the hydrant or any other projection that might be available, in this way being completely out of the path of the wrench handle during the period that the water is being turned on. No trouble whatsoever is experienced in releasing the marking device so that it will again spring into an upright position when the hydrant is no longer in use.
Also, the invention has for an object the provision of a device that will be directional in nature, a pennant or flag being utilized which is capable of pointing in a given direction, more specifically the large steamer connection. When the flag is so pointing the firemen will be immediately apprised of the direction in which the steamer connection is facing so that they can make the appropriate connection thereto. 4
Yet another object of the invention is to minimize maintenance costs, it being within the contemplation of the invention to fabricate a device that will be rust resisting and also to have a flag that is refleotorized so that it can not only be seen at night but which will not require repainting from time to time. With respect to the use of the reflecton'zed flag, it is also within the realm of practical use to employ some form of identifying indicia on the flag.
A further object of the invention is to provide a marking device for use in locating fire hydrants that can be manufactured at an extremely low cost. In this regard, it'is within the purview of the invention to provide a onepiece construction as far as the connecting bracket, the mast or staff and the resilient or yieldable spring are concerned.
For further objects and advantages of the invention By the same and for a more detailed understanding of the invention, reference is to be had to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing in which:
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of a fire hydrant having my marking installed thereon;
FIGURE 2 is a plan view corresponding to FIGURE 1, the reason for this view being to show very clearly the orientation of the flag with respect to the large steamer connection of the hydrant, and r FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the upper portion of the hydrant appearing in FIGURE 1, but with the flag bent or deflected downwardly out of the way of the wrench that would be used when opening the hydrant for actual 1186.
Referring now in detail to the drawing, it is to be observed that the fire hydrant that has been selected has been indicated in its entirety by the reference numeral 10.
While fire hydrants do vary from design to design, it will be perceived that the depicted hydrant includes a cap 12 and a barrel 14 extending down into the ground which has been labeled 16. The lower end of the cap 12 has an integral flange18 and the upper end of the barrel 14 has a similar flange 20. These flanges are coupled together by means of a plurality of bolts 22 extending completely through apertures provided in the flanges and which bolts have fixed to them a corresponding number of nuts 24.
Describing the fire hydrant 10 in still more detail, it will be seen that the cap 12 is provided with a steamer connection 26 and a pair of oppositely directed small hose connections 28. As a practical matter, the steamer connection is usually four and one-half inches in diameter and the small hose connections are two and one-half inches in diameter. For the purpose of turning on the hydrant there is furnished a valve nut 30. This valve nut accommodates a large socket-type wrench so that the valve nut can be turned so as to open an internally housed valve. This is all quite conventional so further elaboration is not believed necessary.
The marking device itself which constitutes the present invention has been designated generally by the reference numeral 32. The marking device 32 includes a normally upright staff or mast 34. At the lower end of the mast is a plurality of integral coils 36 which collectively constitute a readily yieldable barrel spring. The lower end of the coil has a U-shaped mounting end which extends generally at right angles, to the'direction in which the mast 34- projects. The U-shaped mounting end 38 is visible in FIGURES 1 and 3, but is best seen in FIGURE 2. At the upper end of the mast 34 is a reflectorized pennant or flag member 40.
The size of the mast 34 is not of importance to the invention. All that need be said is that the mast 34, the coils '36 and the mounting end 38 are of unitary construction. In other words, the rod material is of integral construction and the coils '36 are formed from the original rod and the U-shaped end 3 8 is likewise formed from this single rod, being bent at right angles as shown in FIGURE 1. It should be distinctly observed, though, that the U-shaped end 38 extends in the same direction as does the pennant or flag 40. This is of importance in mounting the device 32 so that the flag 40 will extend in a given direction. As indicated in FIGURE 2, the direction that is most desired is that the flag be angularly oriented so as to project in the same direction as the large steamer connection 26.
The manner in which my marking device is used should be readily understandable from the information presented above. The installation is eifected quite easily by merely loosening sufliciently one of the nuts 24 on the various flange bolts 22. The particular nut 24 that has been resorted to in the present situation is the one directly spaaass opposite from the large steamer connection 26. When I the particular nut 24 has been loosened enough, the U- shaped end 38 can he slipped thereunder and the nut again tightened. It is not necessary that the nut be completely removed by reason of the opening provided by the U shaped configuration of the end 38. It will be appreciated that when the nut 24 is firmly retightened it is rather diificult to be loosened unless the proper size wrench is applied thereto. This makes it exceedingly difiicult for children to tamper with the marking'device constructed in accordance with the teachings of this invention. By virtue of such a facile connection, the device 32 is virtually pilfer-proof.
After the device 32 has been installed as pictured in FIGURES 1 and 2, it will be discerned that the flag 40 will at all times point toward the steamer connection 26. One important advantage of the marking device that I have devised lies in the fact that it will never be in the way when access is to be had to the valve nut 30. When the socket-type wrench is applied to the nut 30, the mast 34 can first very easily be deflected or bent downwardly into the position illustrated in FIGURE 3.. It will be noted that there can be absolutely no interference With the wrench while it is being turned in order to open the valve controlled by the nut 30. Yet when the firemen are through, the mast 34 can be disengaged and will immediately assume its upright position as seen in FIGURE 1. It is also of benefit to have an easily deflected marking device, for it will not be damaged by snow plows or other removal equipment should such equipment come in contact with the marker. Once the equipment has moved on, the mast 34 will again resume its vertical relationship 'just as when released from one of the small hose connections 28.
It is to be understood, however, that even though there is herein shown and described a particular embodiment of i the invention, the same is susceptible to certain changes fully comprehended by the spirit of the invention as herein described and Within the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed: In combination:
(a) a fire hydrant having (b) a steamer connection projecting therefrom in one lateral direction,
(c) a pair of additional hose connections projecting in opposite directions at right angles to said steamer connection, and
(d) a circular flange underlying said connections with (e) a plurality of vertical flange bolts contained therein;
( a single rod element including (g) a straight upright mast portion,
(11) an integral coil spring vportion near the lower end of said mast portion, and
(i) an integral U-shaped portion extending laterally in one direction from the lower end of said spring portion and secured to the flange bolt opposite said steamer connection; and V (j) a flag member of sheet material at the upper end extending in a direction generally parallel to said U-shaped rod portion, whereby said flag member indicates the direction in which said steamer connection faces.
References Cited in the file of this patent V UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,059,009 McCarthy Oct. 27, 1936 2,193,747 Thompson Mar. 12, 1940 V FOREIGN PATENTS 1,108,652 France Sept. 7, 1955
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US3261321A (en) * 1965-02-01 1966-07-19 Mandl Otto Parking device
US3878810A (en) * 1973-12-19 1975-04-22 Gerald L Conrad Vehicle mounted safety warning device and bracket therefor
US4026236A (en) * 1975-09-15 1977-05-31 Louis G. Ernster Water ski locating device
US4478169A (en) * 1983-06-13 1984-10-23 Shrefler Kenneth D Marking device for fire hydrant or the like
US5092556A (en) * 1990-03-22 1992-03-03 Darling Gary E Flag support for sprinkler systems on golf courses
USD478129S1 (en) 2002-06-22 2003-08-05 Peter Martin Hanlon Combined cribbage game board and movable tip-up flag
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US20100064563A1 (en) * 2008-09-18 2010-03-18 Lockhart Earl Robert Snow marker for fire hydrants and other utilities
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US3261321A (en) * 1965-02-01 1966-07-19 Mandl Otto Parking device
US3878810A (en) * 1973-12-19 1975-04-22 Gerald L Conrad Vehicle mounted safety warning device and bracket therefor
US4026236A (en) * 1975-09-15 1977-05-31 Louis G. Ernster Water ski locating device
US4478169A (en) * 1983-06-13 1984-10-23 Shrefler Kenneth D Marking device for fire hydrant or the like
US5092556A (en) * 1990-03-22 1992-03-03 Darling Gary E Flag support for sprinkler systems on golf courses
USD478129S1 (en) 2002-06-22 2003-08-05 Peter Martin Hanlon Combined cribbage game board and movable tip-up flag
US6945731B1 (en) * 2005-03-31 2005-09-20 Vait Randy T Subterranean utility marker
US20100064563A1 (en) * 2008-09-18 2010-03-18 Lockhart Earl Robert Snow marker for fire hydrants and other utilities
US7694641B2 (en) 2008-09-18 2010-04-13 Lockhart Earl Robert Snow marker for fire hydrants and other utilities
US20110030284A1 (en) * 2009-04-10 2011-02-10 Scott Arthur May May High-visibility roof-drain cover
US8595992B2 (en) * 2009-04-10 2013-12-03 Scott Arthur May May High-visibility roof-drain cover
US20130281008A1 (en) * 2012-04-20 2013-10-24 Mueller International, Llc Relay modules for communication within a mesh network
WO2013158423A1 (en) * 2012-04-20 2013-10-24 Mueller International, Llc Relay modules for communication within a mesh network
US9287963B2 (en) * 2012-04-20 2016-03-15 Mueller International, Llc Relay modules for communication within a mesh network
US9496943B2 (en) 2012-04-20 2016-11-15 Mueller International, Llc Tamper-resistant relay modules for communication within a mesh network
US9960833B2 (en) 2012-04-20 2018-05-01 Mueller International, Llc Tamper-resistant relay modules for communication within a mesh network
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