Title of Invention

A SUPPORT FOR A DETACHABLE SHOWER HEAD

Abstract That end of a wall-mounting support for a shower head that is coordinated to the wall may be pivoted about a horizontal axis. A holder, into which a shower head may be inserted, is provided on the far end of the wall-mounting arm. That holder may also be pivoted about a horizontal axis.
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Description

Shower Support

The invention is based on an arrangement, by which a shower head, which may be
detachable, if desired, is supported such that it may be pivoted.
That hand-held shower head may be attached to a console using, for example,
conical holders whose heights are adjustable on a wall-mounted rod, is generally
known. The wall-mounted rod allows adjusting the height of the shower head to
suit the heights of user having various heights and pivoting it in order to change its
angle of inclination.
A shower fixture where 3 pivotable shower head is attached to the far end of a
wall-mounted arm, which, in turn, is attached to a console such that it is pivotable
thereon, is also known. The water supply to that shower head takes place through
the wall-mounted arm, which is configured in the form of a length of hollow. profiled
stock (cf. German Patent DE 100 48 987).
Also known is a shower fixture (SE 95 879) where a receptacle for inserting the
grip of a hand-held shower head is arranged on the far end of an adjustable, wall-
mounted arm. The wall-mounted arm has a joint situated approximately midway
along its length.
The invention is based on the problem of creating a simply constructed shower
fixture that provides users with additional showering opportunities.
In order to solve that problem, the invention proposes a shower support having
those features staled under claim 1. Elaborations on the invention are covered
under subclaims.

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In elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the wall-mounting arm
jutting out of the mounting fixture is pivoted on the mounting fixture and the holder
for the shower head that is attached to the wall-mounting arm. In the vicinity of that
end thereof that is opposite the mounting fixture is pivoted on the wall-mounting
arm. That arrangement of dual pivots allows orienting the direction of the stream of
water exiting the shower head more closely around users' desires. Furthermore, it
will no longer be necessary to adjust the height of the mounting fixture by sliding it
along a wall-mounted rod if the wall-mounted arm proves too long or short,
although such will, of course, still be possible.
In elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the axis about which the
holder for the shower head pivots is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the wall-
mounted arm. Although the wall-mounted arm is not necessarily straight, it may be
presumed to have an approximate longitudinal axis that is orthogonal to the axis
about which the shower head pivots.
The pivot axis on the mounting fixture for mounting the wall-mounted arm thereon
may have arbitrary orientations. However, it will be particularly sensible if it is
parallel to the surface of a wall, to which the mounting fixture is fastened, where
the wall involved may be any vertical surface of a shower stall or similar, and need
not be a bathroom wall. Of course, the mounting fixture may also ride on a vertical
or horizontal rod.
In further elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the pivot axis is
horizontal and passes between the mounting figure and the wall-mounting arm.
It will be particularly sensible if the two pivot axes are parallel to one another, in
which case, for example, in order to preserve the direction of the stream of water
exiting the shower head, the holder for the shower head may be pivoted in the
opposite direction when the wall-mounted arm is pivoted upward, which is why it
may also be provided that the maximum pivot angle of the holder for the shower

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nead relative to the wall-mounted arm. is at least equal to the maximum pivot
angle of the wall-mounted arm, relative to the mounting fixture.
In elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the wall-mounting arm in
configured such that it is forked, at least in the vicinity of its far end, in which case,
the holder for the shower head may be arranged between the two tines of the fork.
The forking of the wall-mounting arm might, for example, commence approximately
midway along its length.
In further elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the pivot axis of the
holder for the shower head intersects the shower heads housing near its centroid.
which will lead to the absolute position of the shower head's housing remaining
unchanged when the direction of water exiting the shower head is changed by
pivoting the shower head.
In elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the holder for the shower
head is configured to engage a location on the shower head's housing that is not
recognizable as such and acts by means of an interference fit in the
withdrawal/insertion direction, which will allow attaching a shower head to the
shower-head support, where the support need not be joined to a device that
engages the hand-heId shower heads grip. In particular, there are no visible
indications that the shower head is intended for, and suitable for, attachment to a
wall-mounted support. Designers thus have much greater freedom in designing the
shower head and its housing.
In particular, the holder may be configured such that it engages the outer perimeter
of the shower head's housing.
In particular. the holder should be configured such that it engages a location on the
shower head's housing that is provided for that purpose, but is not recognizable as

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such from its shape. The properties of certain locations on the outer surface of its
housing might also be configured for holding purposes, without affecting the shape
thereof, which, in the case of that further elaboration, will also preclude that that
particular location, or those particular locations, thereon will be recognizable as
intended for interaction with the holder from the shape of the shower head's
housing.
The invention proposes that, in elaborating thereon, the shower head remain
functional white detached from the holder in order that may be employed as a
shower head, both while it is attached to the wall-mounting support and white it is
detached therefrom, which will significantly improve its utility.
According to the invention, it may be provided that holder is rigidly attached to the
wall-mounting arm. However, the holder, together with the shower head inserted
therein, may also be pivotable about an axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of
the wall-mounting arm. and that particular option is covered by the invention. This
latter option will allow adjusting the angle of the shower head in order to vary the
direction of the exiting stream of water.
The shower support may be permanently mounted on, for example, a wall, a
column within a shower stall, a rod mounted on a wall, or a length of profiled stock
mounted on a wall, using the mounting fixture. In which case, its mountings may be
such that it may be adjusted.
In elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the wall-mounting arm is
pivotable about an axis parallel to the wall, in the vicinity of that end thereof that is
coordinated to the mounting fixture, which may be used to adjust it to suit users of
various heights. That axis may be horizontal, and may also be rotatable about an
axis orthogonal to the wall.

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In the event that both the wall mounting arm and the holder are arranged such that
they are pivotable; in elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the two
pivot axes are parallel to one another, in which case, the orientation of the shower
head inserted into the holder thereon may be counteradjusted in order to correct
for the change in direction of the stream of water exiting therefrom when the wall-
mounting arm is pivoted.
In order to arrive at a particularly sensible and, in spile of the shower head's not
having been specially adapted to fit in the holder, reliable, mounting, according to
the invention, it may be provided that the holder engages two, diametrically
opposed, locations on the shower head's housing.
The holder may, for example, have a pair of laws that are configured for engaging
the shower head's housing, for that purpose.
According to the invention, it may be provided that the jaws are drawn together
white a shower head is inserted therein. That drawing together may be effected by
inserting the shower head therein.
In further elaborating on the invention, it may be provided that the two jaws on the
holder are connected by a component exerting a tensioning thereof that causes
their contacting surfaces to abut against the shower head.
In particular, the clamping component may be configured such that contact
between the clamping component and shower head will occur at at least two
locations on the latter while a shower head is inserted therein, which may be
accomplished by adapting the shape of the damping component to suit the shape
of the shower head's housing, or by configuring the clamping component such that
it is flexible.

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The clamping component, or tensloning component, that connects the jaws on the
holder may also be configured such that it does not contact the shower head's
housing at any location thereon.
The forking of the wall-mounting arm will allow arranging the holder between the
two tines of its fork.
The forking of the wall-mounting arm may, for example, extend over its full length.
However, the forking may also commence anywhere between the mounting fixture
and the far end thereof, preferably approximately midway along its length, and
such is covered by the invention.
The arm may also have no forking, and the holder for the shower head may be
arranged in the vicinity of the far end thereof, in which case, the shower head may
be arranged an either side of the arm, or centered on its tip.
According to the invention, it may be provided that the shower head is configured
in the form of a hand-held shower head having a grip attached to its housing.
However the shower head is attached to the holder by means of its housing, rather
than its grip.
Employing a shower head with a disk-shaped housing has proven particularly
beneficial.
The hose leading to the shower head may, preferably, be connected to the
mounting fixture, in which case, the mounting fixture may be connected to the
building's plumbing installations via some other arrangement.
In particular, the clamping component may be configured such that may be used
for gripping the arm while the shower head is detached.

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Other features, details, and benefits of the Invention will be evident from the claims
and the abstract, whose wordings are herewith made part of this description by
way of reference thereto, the following description of a preferred embodiment of
the invention, the claims and the abstract, and the figures, which depict:
Fig. 1 a schematized side view of a shower support according to the invention;
Fig. 2 a simplified, schematized, top view of the arrangement shown in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 an end view of a variation on the embodiment:
Fig. 4 a view of the shower head;
Fig. 5 a view, corresponding to that of Fig. 3, of a slightly modified embodiment;
Fig. 6 a view, corresponding to that of Fig. 2, of an asymmetric, wall-mounting
arm;
Fig. 7 a view, corresponding to that of Fig. 5, of a holder for a shower head:
Fig. 8 a view, corresponding to that of Fig. 1, of a modified holder for the shower
head.
Fig. 1 depicts a greatly simplified side view of a shower support according to the
invention. In the case of the example shown, this shower support is mounted on a
wall 1. A mounting fixture 2, which, in the case of the example shown, is in the form
of a console 3 that, for example, is bolted to the wall, serves to attach it to the wall.
Within the console 3, the shower support is connected to a water line coming from
a mixer faucet. A wall-mounting arm 5 is pivoted on a protrusion 4 on the console
3. Its pivot axis is horizontal and normal to the plane of the paper. A setscrew that
may be operated by a knob 6 holds the wall-mounting arm 5 in place at a particular

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angular position. The wall-mounting arm extends outward from the mounting fixture
2. away from the wall, and terminates at its far end 7. A receptacle, which is not
depicted in detail in Fig. 1, for a shower head 8 is attached lo the wall-mounting
arm 5. In the vicinity of the latter's far end 7. In the case of the embodiment shown,
the shower head 8 is disk-shaped, and has a handgrip 9 that is slightly angularly
offset with respect to the plane of the shower head 3. A shower hose 10 that is fed
through the handgrip 9 hangs downward thereform, details of which have hot been
shown. The other end of the shower hose 10 is connected to the mounting fixture
2. As has been mentioned, the wall-mounting arm 5 may be pivoted about a
horizontal axis in order that it may be take on various angular positions with
respect to the wall when pivoted upward and downward. The angular travel of the
wall-mounting arm is, for example, 180°.
Fig. 2 depicts a simplified view of the arrangement shown in Fig. 1, Commencing a
short distance away from the location thereon where it is attached to the console 3,
the wall-mounting arm 5 splits, thereby forming a pair of tines 11 that are
configured such that they diverge, but become parallel to one another in the vicinity
of the far end 7 of the wall-mounting arm, where a holder 13 that has been
mentioned earlier is provided between the tips 12 of the tines 11. The holder
retains the shower head 8, which is therefore situated between those tips 12.
How the holder looks will be evident From a first example thereof shown in Fig. 3
The housing of the shower head 8 is disk-shaped and configured to have a
perimeter that is approximately elliptical. Arranged on the on the inner surfaces of
the two tines 11 of the wall-mounting arm 5 are a pair of jaws 14, whose inner
surfaces have contours that match the contour of the outer surface of the shower
head's housing, which will allow their accommodating the shower head 8 by means
of a sort of interference fit, where the interference fit acts upward and downward.
However, their clamping action normal to the plane of the paper is by means of a
tensioning of the jaws. Either an indirect clamping in each of Ihe clamping jaws 14
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purpose. That tensioning of the two clamping jaws 14 toward one another may be
obtained by providing that their separation is somewhat less than the
corresponding lateral dimension, or diameter, of the housing of the shower head 8,
which will provide a tensioning due to inserting the shower head's housing into the
gap between the two clamping jaws 14, along a direction normal to the plane of the
paper. The tensioning will thus be due to a deformation of the pair of lines 11 of the
wall-mounting arm. The extensions of the clamping jaws 14 normal to the plane of
the paper in Fig. 3 are relatively short in order that they will engage the shower
heads housing over a very short length along its circumference at two.
diametrically opposed, locations thereon only, which is depicted in simplified form
in Fig. 4.
Fig. 5 shows how the pair of jaws 14 might be interconnected by a bail 15 that is
either adapted to suit the shape of the housing of the shower head 8 or is
configured such that it is flexible enough to adapt to suit its shape. The bail 15,
which is essentially stressed in tension, may reinforce the clamping action.
The pair of clamping jaws 14 are mounted on the tips 12 of the lines 11 of the wall-
mounting,arm such that they may be rotated in order that the holder, together with
the shower head 8, may be pivoted about a horizontal axis. A detenting
component, similar to the knob 6 shown in Fig. 1, may be provided in order to
clamp the shower head in place at a certain position.
The shower head may be grasped by its grip 9 and withdrawn from the holder
along a direction normal to the plane of the paper, preferably toward the wall. If the
contours of the inner surfaces of the jaws 14 (cf. Fig. 4) are arcs of circles, a
certain detention of the shower heads housing in the holder will also occur, without
need for the shower head's housing having a shape such that it may be recognized
that it has been designed to be held in place at the locations thereon. Involved
While the shower head is withdrawn from the holder, there are no signs that it is
intended for attachment to a shower support.

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The embodiment shown in Fig. 6 differs from the foregoing embodiments in that
the wall-mounting arm 25 is merely a single arm 11 that, however, is
asymmetrically arranged, rather than forked. A holder 13 is arranged on one side
of the arm 11, in the vicinity of its far end 12. In this case as well, the holder 13
may contain a tensioning component 15 that draws the two jaws 14 on the holder
toward one another, at least while the housing of the shower head 8 is inserted
therein. A knurled knob 24 may be attached to one end of the tensioning
component in order to rotate it about the outer axis.
In this case, the console 3, which is fastened to the wall 1, consists of two parts 3a.
3b. The part 3b, which carries the pivot axis for the wall-mounting arm 25, may be
rotated as a whole about, an axis 23 that is orthogonal to the surface of the wall,
and thus horizontal, and is indicated by the dashed line.
Of course, an embodiment, wherein the arm 11 is straight and extends outward,
away from the console 3, and the holder 13 is attached to the midpoint of the tip 12
of the arm 11 is also feasible.
Fig. 7 depicts a representation corresponding to that of Fig, 5 of a holder 13 for the
housing of a shower head 8, where, in the interest of greater clarity, the housing of
the shower head 8 has been deleted. The tensioning component 15' connecting
the two jaws 14 is configured in the form of a bail running parallel to the line joining
them in order that the housing of the shower head 8 will not come into contact with
the tensioning component 15' when it is inserted into the jaws 14. Nevertheless,
this component 15' is also configured in the form of a tensioning component in
order to generate the clamping force needed for retaining the housing of the
shower head 8.
Fig. 8 depicts an embodiment similar to that shown in Fig. 1. where just the holder
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the shower head 28 is inserted, is attached to the arm 5, in the vicinity of its far end
7. Conical holders of that type engage the grip, or a cap nut arranged on the end of
the grip. The opportunity for attachment proposed by the invention is thus
applicable to all types of hand-held shower heads that may be attached to a wall-
mounted arm using a holder.

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Claims

1. A support for a detachable shower head having
1.1 a mounting fixture (2) for installing the support for the shower head
such that it may at least be installed at a fixed location.
1.2 a walI-mounting arm (5) jutting out of the mounting fixture (2), and
1.3 a holder for the shower head (8) attached to the wall-mounting arm
(5), in the vicinity of that end thereof that is opposite the mounting
fixture (2).
2. A shower support according to claim 1, wherein the wall-mounting arm (5)
jutting out of the mounting fixture (2) may be pivoted on the mounting fixture
(2), and the holder for the shower head (8) that is attached to that end of the
wall-mounting arm (5) that is opposite the mounting fixture (2) is pivoted on
the wall-mounting arm (5).
3. A shower support according to claim 2, wherein the pivot axis of the holder
(13) for the shower head is approximately orthogonal to the longitudinal axis
of the waIl-mounting arm (5).
4. A shower support according to claim 2 or claim 3, wherein the axis, about
which the wall-mounting arm (5) pivots on the mounting fixture (2) is parallel
to the surface of a wall.
5. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the axis,
about which the wall-mounting arm (5) pivots on the mounting fixture (2),
lies in a horizontal plane.
6. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the two
pivot axes are parallel to one another.

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7. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, Wherein the
maximum pivot angle of the holder for the shower head (8), relative to the
wall-mounting arm (5), at least equals the maximum pivot angle of the wall-
mounting arm (5), relative to the mounting fixture (2).
3. A shower support according to any of the foregoing, claims, wherein the wall-
mounting arm (5) is configured in the form of a fork, at feast in the vicinity of
its far end (7).
9. A shower support according to claim 8, wherein the holder for the shower
head (8) is arranged between the lines (11) of the fork.
10. A shower support according to claim 3 or claim 9, wherein the wall-mounting
arm (5) forks approximately midway along its length.
11. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
pivot axis of the holder for the shower head (8) intersects the housing of the
shower head (8) near the centroid thereof.
12. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
holder for the shower head (8) is configured to engage a location on the
housing of the shower head (8) provided for the purpose of holding it that is
not recognizable as such and acts by means of an interference fit in the
withdrawal /insertion direction.
13. A shower support according to Claim 12, wherein the holder is configured to
engage a location on the housing of the shower head (8) provided for the
purpose of holding it that is not recognizable as such, based on its shape at
that location.

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14. A shower support according to claim 12 or claim 13. wherein the holder is
configured to engage the outer perimeter of the shower head (8).
15. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
shower head (8) remains functional following withdrawal from the holder.
16. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
holder, together with the shower head (8) inserted therein, may be pivoted
about an axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the arm (5).
17. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the arm
(5) may be pivoted about a horizontal axis situated in the vicinity of that end
thereof that is coordinated to the mounting fixture (2).
18. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
holder for the shower head (8) has at least two jaws (14) for engaging the
housing of the shower head (8).
19. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
holder engages the shower head (8) at two locations on its surface that are
situated approximately opposite one another.
20. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
holder for the shower head (8) engages the housing of the shower head (8)
at two diametrically opposed locations thereon.
21. A shower support according to claim 19, wherein the jaws (14) are
tensioned toward one another while the shower head (6) is inserted.

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22. A shower support according to claim 19 or claim 20, wherein the two jaws
(14) on the holder for the shower head (8) are joined together by a
tensioning component (15).
23. A shower support according to claim 22, wherein the tensioning component
(15) is configured such that contact between it and the housing of the
shower head (8) takes place over an extended area.
24. A shower support according to claim 22, wherein the tensioning component
(15) is configured such that a gap between it and the housing of the shower
head (8) occurs at at least one location, in particular, is configured such that
it does not contact the housing of the shower head (8) at any location
thereon.
25. A shower support according to any of the foregoing caims, wherein the arm
(5) is configured in the form of a, if necessary, curved, rod forming a
continuous unit all the way out to its far end, on whose far end the holder
(13) for the shower head (8) is arranged.
26. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
shower head (8) is configured in the form of a hand-held shower head
having a grip attached to its housing.
27. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the
shower head's housing is disk-shaped.
28. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein a hose
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29. A shower support according to any of claims 22 - 28, wherein the tensioning
component (15) may be used for gripping the arm (5) while the slower head
(8) is detached.
30. A shower support according to any of the foregoing claims, wherein the axis
about which the holder may be rotated intersects the shower head near the
latter's centroid.


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That end of a wall-mounting support for a shower head that is coordinated to the
wall may be pivoted about a horizontal axis. A holder, into which a shower head
may be inserted, is provided on the far end of the wall-mounting arm. That holder
may also be pivoted about a horizontal axis.

Documents:

01125-kolnp-2005-abstract.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-claims.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-description complete.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-drawings.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-form 1.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-form 2.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-form 3.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-form 5.pdf

01125-kolnp-2005-international publication.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-CORRESPONDENCE.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-EXAMINATION REPORT.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-FORM 18.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-FORM 26.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-FORM 3-1.1.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-FORM 5-1.1.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-FORM-27.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-GRANTED-ABSTRACT.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-GRANTED-CLAIMS.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-GRANTED-DESCRIPTION (COMPLETE).pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-GRANTED-DRAWINGS.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-GRANTED-FORM 1.pdf

1125-KOLNP-2005-GRANTED-FORM 2.pdf

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Patent Number 247521
Indian Patent Application Number 1125/KOLNP/2005
PG Journal Number 16/2011
Publication Date 22-Apr-2011
Grant Date 13-Apr-2011
Date of Filing 13-Jun-2005
Name of Patentee HANSGROHE AG.
Applicant Address AUESTRASSE 5 - 9, 77761 SCHILTACH, GERMANY
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 SCHONHERR, TOM ARGONNENSTRASSE 22, 70374 STUTTGART, GERMANY
2 KOLLMANN, FABIAN KLEINE FALTERSTRASSE 21, 70597 STUTTGART, GERMANY
PCT International Classification Number E03C1/06
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP03/014099
PCT International Filing date 2003-12-12
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 102 60 211.5 2002-12-13 Germany
2 102 60 212.3 2002-12-13 Germany