Title:
Drain garbage collector
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A drain garbage collector of the invention includes a frame, a top grate, a separator grate, and a collector grate. A plurality of passages are defined through the top grate let the roadside garbage pass through. The separator grate prevents garbage from flowing out of the garbage collector via filtering wastewater flow. Thereby, the garbage collector collects garbage and the collected garbage can be cleaned regularly to prevent inundation caused by jammed drain.



Inventors:
Tseng, Wen Ching (Tu Cheng City, TW)
Application Number:
10/053619
Publication Date:
07/24/2003
Filing Date:
01/24/2002
Assignee:
TSENG WEN CHING
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E03F1/00; (IPC1-7): E03F5/06
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Primary Examiner:
UPTON, CHRISTOPHER
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (3458 ELLICOTT CENTER DRIVE-SUITE 101, ELLICOTT CITY, MD, 21043, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A drain garbage collector, comprising: a frame, having two sliding slots defined vis-a-vis on two lateral sides of the frame; a top grate, pivotably mounted to the frame and having a plurality of passages defined there through; a separator grate, slidably inserted through the sliding slots of the frame, having a first filter net mounted thereon; and a collector grate mounted to the frame having a second filter net mounted thereon.

2. The drain garbage collector of claim 1, wherein the frame is L-shaped.

3. The drain garbage collector of claim 1, wherein the frame, the top grate, the separator grate, and the collector grate are made of metallic materials.

4. The drain garbage collector of claim 1, wherein at least one frame mounting element is further mounted to the frame.

5. The drain garbage collector of claim 1, wherein the top grate is formed by a plurality of bars via soldering, hard soldering, ultra-sonic welding, or resistive welding.

6. The drain garbage collector of claim 5, wherein the pulling support is a ring or a flange.

7. The drain garbage collector of claim 1, wherein a pulling support is further placed onto the separator grate for removing the separator grate from the frame.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The invention relates to a drain garbage collector. More particularly, the invention provides a drain garbage collector that can effectively collect drain garbage while preventing inundation caused by garbage jam.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] Referring to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, two perspective views illustrate the structure of a conventional drain garbage collector disclosed in the Taiwan Patent No. 197035. The known garbage collector comprises a frame structure 1, a retainer basin 2, and a drain cover grate 3.

[0005] The retainer basin 2 is mounted to the frame structure 1, and hence theassembled structure is covered by the drain cover grate 3 defining a plurality of holes 31 and placed within the drain, as shown as in FIG. 2, to collect roadside garbage. The above conventional drain garbage collector can therefore receive and contain garbage, but is not effective to filter flowing garbage in the drain itself.

[0006] Moreover, if the flowing drain garbage obstructs the lateral filter net 11 of the frame structure 1 (shown in FIG. 1), water flown into the frame structure 1 is not able to flow through the drain because of being blocked by the lateral side drain garbage, causing inundation.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] It is therefore a principal object of the invention to provide a drain garbage collector that prevents inundation due to jammed drain and further enables to save the cleaning time and cost.

[0008] To accomplish the above and other objectives, a drain garbage collector of the invention comprises a frame, a top grate, a separator grate, and a collector grate, each of whom is assembled with one another. A plurality of passages are defined through the top grate to enable garbage to flow into the collector grate. The separator grate prevents garbage from flowing out of the garbage collector. Thereby, the garbage collector of the present invention is able to collect garbage and prevent inundation caused by jammed drain.

[0009] To provide a further understanding of the invention, the following detailed description illustrates embodiments and examples of the invention, this detailed description being provided only for illustration of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] The drawings included herein provide a further understanding of the invention. A brief introduction of the drawings is as follows:

[0011] FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the frame structure of a conventional drain garbage collector;

[0012] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing an utilization of the conventional drain garbage collector;

[0013] FIG. 3 is an exploded view of a drain garbage collector according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[0014] FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing the drain garbage collector assembled according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[0015] FIG. 5 through FIG. 7 are perspective views showing the installation and manipulation of the garbage collector of the present invention while being placed in a drain; and

[0016] FIG. 8 is a front view of the garbage collector of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS

[0017] Wherever possible in the following description, like reference numerals will refer to like elements and parts unless otherwise illustrated.

[0018] Referring to FIG. 3 through FIG. 8, various schematic views illustrate a drain garbage collector according to an embodiment of the present invention. The garbage collector comprises a frame 10, a top grate 20, a separator grate 30, and a collector grate 40. The frame 10 is L-shaped and made of metallic materials. First pivot connecting structures 11 are placed on the rear side edge of the frame 10 to connect the top grate 20 coaxially via pivot axles 12. The top grate 20 is made of metallic materials also, and is constituted of a plurality of bars 21 that are spaced apart from one another so as to define a plurality of passages 23 there between. The bars 21 may form the top grate 20 via various methods such as soldering, hard soldering, ultra-sonic welding, or resistive welding, etc.

[0019] Second pivot connecting structures 22, corresponding to the first pivot connecting structures 11, are further disposed on the rear side of the top grate 20, proximate to the rear edge thereof, to pivotably connect to the first pivot connecting structures 11 of the frame 10. The top grate 20 is thereby assembled with the frame 10. As shown in FIG. 4, the pivotably assembled top grate 20 can thus rotate and cover the frame 10. Garbage can be collected through the passages 23 into the collector grate 40 (see FIG. 6).

[0020] The frame 10 internally includes two sliding slots 13 that are disposed vis-a-vis on two lateral sides of the frame 10. The sliding slots 13 are used to slidably receive the separator grate 30 while the separator grate 30 is mounted into the frame 10. The separator grate 30 is a metallic grate with a pulling support 31. The pulling support 31 can be, for example, a ring or a flange that enables an operator to conveniently move the separator grate 30 along the sliding slots 13 in a slidable manner, irrespective of inserting or removing the separator grate 30, as shown in FIG. 7. A first filter net 32 is disposed on the separator grate 30 to prevent collected roadside garbage from flowing out of the garbage collector. The collector grate 40 is further mounted to a lower side of the frame 10. The collector grate 40 is for resting the collected roadside garbage and preventing it flowing out of the garbage collector in cooperation with the first filter net 32 and a second filter net 41 of the collector grate 40. Retainer boards 14 are further respectively mounted onto the lateral sides of the frame 10. The retainer boards 14 are made of metallic materials, and may be assembled with the collector grate 40 via, for example, screw assembly, as shown in FIG. 4. The retainer boards 14 support the entire structure of the frame 10, and further prevent collected roadside garbage from flowing through the lateral sides of the frame 10.

[0021] The lateral sides of the frame 10 are designed to be adjusted in accordance with the width of the internal part of the drain 50, as shown in FIG. 6. With the addition of a frame mounting element 15, the frame 10 can be fixedly mounted within the drain opening.

[0022] As described above, the garbage collector 60 of the present invention is hence composed of the frame 10, the top grate 20, the separator grate 30, the collector grate 40, and the retainer boards 14. As shown in FIG. 5, the garbage collector 60 can be mounted within the internal part of the drain 50 to filter and collect the roadside garbage flown to the drain 50. Via the passages 23 of the top grate 20, roadside garbage can be collected into the garbage collector 60, which favorably reduces the road cleaning time and costs.

[0023] Referring to FIG. 5 through FIG. 7, when garbage within the drain 50 flows into the garbage collector 60, garbage of greater size is collected by the collector grate 40 while garbage of smaller size is flown out of the garbage collector 60 via the first filter net 32 of the separator grate 30. To maintain fluid flowing in the drain 50, the cleaning operator only has to regularly remove the garbage accumulated in the garbage collector 60, as shown in FIG. 8.

[0024] During rain and storm seasons, the waterflow in the drain 50 may be substantially huge. For preventing inundation, the operator slidably removes the separator grate 30 from the frame 10 via pulling the pulling support 31. Drainage through the garbage collector 60 is hence facilitated. Inundation due to jammed garbage in the garbage collector 60 can be thereby prevented.

[0025] In conclusion, the invention provides a garbage collector that, installed within a drain, can prevent the drainage jam and reduces the cleaning time and costs. Thus, the risks of inundation are thus favorably reduced.

[0026] It should be apparent to those skilled in the art that the above description is only illustrative of specific embodiments and examples of the invention. The invention should therefore cover various modifications and variations made to the herein-described structure and operations of the invention, provided they fall within the scope of the invention as defined in the following appended claims.