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Title:
TELESCOPIC VENT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/212528
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A vent includes a sleeve with a flange. The flange is nearer to one end of the sleeve than another. A tube is receivable in the first end of the sleeve and fits the tube fits the sleeve in a way that creates an effectively continuous duct. A vent hood is connected to the tube so the tube and sleeve create a vent with a telescopically adjustable length.

Inventors:
VOLPE, Miles (2911 Katie Lane, Milford, Michigan, 48380, US)
Application Number:
US2018/030362
Publication Date:
November 07, 2019
Filing Date:
May 01, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
VOLPE, Miles (2911 Katie Lane, Milford, Michigan, 48380, US)
International Classes:
F24C15/20; F24F13/02
Foreign References:
GB1256231A1971-12-08
US3849902A1974-11-26
US5487766A1996-01-30
JP2005055126A2005-03-03
US3411427A1968-11-19
US5589643A1996-12-31
JP2009150610A2009-07-09
US5444947A1995-08-29
US4584986A1986-04-29
US5975146A1999-11-02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
VENIER, Joseph K. (Carlson, Gaskey & Olds P.C.,400 West Maple Road, Suite 35, Birmingham Michigan, 48009, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A vent comprising:

a sleeve with a flange located nearer to a first end of the sleeve than an opposing second end of the sleeve; and

a tube receivable in the first end of the sleeve;

wherein the tube fits within the sleeve to create an effectively continuous duct having an adjustable length.

2. The vent of claim 1, wherein the tube is freely removable from the sleeve.

3. The vent of claim 1, further comprising a cuff extending from the sleeve to overlap the tube.

4. The vent of claim 1, wherein the tube has a hood on an end opposite from an end of the tube receivable in the sleeve.

5. The vent of claim 4, wherein the tube fits within the sleeve to establish a substantially continuous airway from the sleeve to the hood.

6. The vent of claim 4, wherein the hood has a barrier that restricts air movement through the hood in one direction.

7. A vent comprising:

a sleeve having a flange; and

a telescoping portion including an exhaust hood, the telescoping portion receivable by the sleeve to allow manual adjustment of a distance between the hood and the sleeve.

8. The vent of 7, wherein the telescoping portion includes a tube that fits within the sleeve to create an effectively continuous duct.

9. The vent of 7, further comprising a cuff extending from a radially inner surface of the sleeve and overlapping a radially inner surface of the telescoping portion.

10. The vent of 7, wherein:

the sleeve has an end closer to the flange, and an end further from the flange; and the telescoping portion extends from the end closer to the flange.

11. The vent of claim 7, wherein the telescoping portion is unconnected to the sleeve.

12. The vent of claim 8, wherein the telescoping portion is freely removable from the sleeve.

13. The vent of claim 7, wherein the hood has a barrier that restricts air movement through the hood in one direction.

14. A method of installing a vent in a building comprising:

disposing the sleeve having a flange through a hole in a wall;

anchoring the flange to an exterior side of the wall; and

adjusting a distance that a telescoping portion extends from an exterior end of the sleeve.

15. The method of claim 15 further comprising:

after anchoring the flange to the wall and before the slidingly adjusting the telescoping portion relative to the sleeve, installing a veneer against a side of the wall to which the flange is anchored.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the installing the veneer is accomplished such that the veneer overlaps at least part of the flange.

17. The method of claim 15, wherein the installing the veneer is laying brick.

18. The method of claim 15, wherein the slidingly adjusting the telescoping portion relative to the sleeve includes inserting the telescoping portion into the exterior end of the sleeve.

19. The method of claim 15, further comprising inserting the telescoping portion into the exterior end of the sleeve before installing the veneer.

20. The method of claim 14 further comprising:

cutting and folding back insulation from around the hole before disposing the sleeve through the hole; and

unfolding the insulation after anchoring the flange to the wall such that at least part of the insulation overlaps the flange.

Description:
TELESCOPIC VENT

BACKGROUND

[0001] Exhaust vents are used in home and commercial construction to communicate fluid from a mechanical device such as a water heater, furnace or clothes dryer to the outside environment. A typical vent includes a duct and a hood non-adjustably affixed to one another. The duct extends through a hole in a wall of the house, and the hood is arranged at the exterior of the wall to prevent water and debris from entering the house through the vent.

[0002] In new construction, the hole is often sloppily made in the wall, which provides a large gap that must be sealed with, for example, insulating foam. The hole is usually irregular and provides excessive clearance, frequently having an approximate diameter one or two inches larger than the vent. After the foam sets the vent in place, a veneer may be built against an exterior side of the wall. The vent can be damaged or knocked out of position while the veneer is being built, and even if the vent is not knocked loose it might not fit the finished veneer well. Even if the hole is made relatively precisely, it still may be difficult to fully seal the resultant gap between the wall and the duct.

SUMMARY

[0003] In one exemplary embodiment, a vent includes a sleeve with a flange. The flange is nearer to one end of the sleeve than another. A tube is slidably receivable in the first end of the sleeve. The tube fits the sleeve in a way that creates an effectively continuous duct with an adjustable length.

[0004] In a further embodiment of the above, the tube is freely removable from the sleeve.

[0005] In a further embodiment of any of the above, a cuff extends from the sleeve to overlap the tube.

[0006] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the tube has a hood on an end opposite from an end of the tube receivable in the sleeve. [0007] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the tube fits within the sleeve to establish a substantially continuous airway from the sleeve to the hood.

[0008] In a further embodiment of any of the above, wherein the hood has a barrier that restricts air movement through the hood in one direction.

[0009] In another exemplary embodiment, a vent includes a sleeve with a flange and a telescoping portion with an exhaust hood. The telescoping portion is slidingly receivable by the sleeve to allow manual adjustment of a distance between the hood and the sleeve.

[0010] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the telescoping portion includes a tube that fits within the sleeve to create an effectively continuous duct.

[0011] In a further embodiment of any of the above, a cuff extends from the sleeve and overlaps a radially inner surface of the telescoping portion.

[0012] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the sleeve has two ends, and one of the ends is closer to the flange than the other. The telescoping portion extends from the end closer to the flange.

[0013] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the telescoping portion is unconnected to the sleeve.

[0014] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the telescoping portion is freely removable from the sleeve.

[0015] In a further embodiment of any of the above, wherein the hood has a barrier that restricts air movement through the hood in one direction.

[0016] In another exemplary embodiment, a method of installing a vent in a building includes disposing a sleeve having a flange through a hole in a wall, anchoring the flange to the wall, and slidingly adjusting a distance that a telescoping portion extends from an exterior end of the sleeve.

[0017] In a further embodiment of the above, a veneer is installed against the side of the wall to which the flange is anchored. The veneer is installed after anchoring the flange to the wall and before slidingly adjusting the telescoping portion relative to the sleeve.

[0018] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the veneer is installed to overlap the flange.

[0019] In a further embodiment of any of the above, installing the veneer is laying brick. [0020] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the sliding adjustment of the telescoping portion includes inserting the telescoping portion into the exterior end of the sleeve.

[0021] In a further embodiment of any of the above, the telescoping portion is inserted into the exterior end of the sleeve before installing the veneer.

[0022] In a further embodiment of any of the above, insulation is cut and folded back from around the hole before disposing the sleeve through the whole. After anchoring the flange to the wall, the insulation is unfolded to overlap the flange.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0023] The disclosure can be further understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein:

[0024] Figure 1 illustrates a vent according to an embodiment.

[0025] Figure 2A is a cross-section along section 2-2.

[0026] Figure 2B is a cross-section of a vent according to a second embodiment.

[0027] Figure 3A illustrates a hole in a wall.

[0028] Figure 3B illustrates a sleeve disposed through the hole.

[0029] Figure 3C illustrates the sleeve flashed to the wall.

[0030] Figure 3D illustrates housewrap sealed over the sleeve.

[0031] Figure 3E illustrates a veneer constructed against the wall.

[0032] Figure 3F is a cross-section of an installed vent along section 3F-3F.

[0033] Figure 4 shows a flowchart of a method of installing a vent according to an embodiment.

[0034] Figure 5 A shows a flowchart of a method of installing a vent according to another embodiment.

[0035] Figure 5B shows a flowchart of a method of installing a vent according to another embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0036] Referring to Figure 1, an exemplary telescopic vent 10 is illustrated. The vent 10 includes a telescoping portion 12 and a sleeve 14. The telescoping portion 12 as shown has a hood 24 attached to a first longitudinal end of a tube 28. In the illustrated embodiment, the hood 24 is a flapper vent hood, but other hoods are expressly contemplated.

[0037] A second longitudinal end of the tube 28 is slidingly received in the sleeve 14. A flange 18 extends radially outward from a radially exterior side of the sleeve 14. The flange 18 has several fastener holes 20, with which the flange 18 may be anchored to a wall. The flange 18 is arranged against the wall when anchored by the fastener holes 20. The flange 18 covers any gap between the hole in the building’s wall and the sleeve 14, reducing air and water infiltration, especially in conjunction with the overlapping covering.

[0038] The tube 28 and sleeve 14 are both illustrated here as generally cylindrical, but it should be understood that the tube 28 or sleeve 14 might have other cross-sectional shapes. For example, the tube 28 and sleeve 14 could have roughly rectangular cross-sectional shapes.

[0039] Figure 2A provides an approximately half sectional view of the vent 10. As shown, an exterior diameter of the tube 28 is slightly smaller than an interior diameter of the sleeve 14, making the tube 28 slidably insertable into the sleeve 14. The sliding fit of the tube 28 into the sleeve 14 allows the telescoping portion 12 to be adjusted in an axial direction relative to the sleeve 14, giving the vent 10 an adjustable length. As illustrated, the tube 28 is slidingly movable within the sleeve 14, but tubes 28 and sleeves 14 with threading or other movement restricting features also come within the scope of the disclosure. For example, the tube 28 and sleeve 14 may be threaded such that the tube 28 must be rotated or“screwed in” relative to the sleeve 14 to adjust the depth of insertion.

[0040] In some embodiments, a difference between an exterior diameter of the tube 28 and an interior diameter of the sleeve 14 small enough that the tube 28 has a slight interference fit with the sleeve 14. The interference fit can contribute to preventing weather infiltration and allows the telescoping portion 12 to resist disturbances and maintain its axial position relative to the sleeve 14 after manual inserting and adjustment. Sealing and resilient positioning can be further improved with a seal between the sleeve 14 and tube 28 such as a bead of silicone or insulating tape.

[0041] The tube 28 fits within the sleeve 14 to establish a substantially continuous airway extending through the sleeve 14 and tube 28. Here, the substantially continuous airway means a majority of an exiting airflow through the sleeve 14 will flow into the tube 28 rather than escaping out of any gap between the sleeve 14 and the tube 28. In the illustrated embodiment, the substantially continuous airway extends from the sleeve to the hood 24. Like the vent 10 as a whole, the substantially continuous airway also has an adjustable length because of the sliding fit of the tube 28 in the sleeve 14. The tube 28 and sleeve 14 create an effectively continuous duct with a manually adjustable length. In other words, the tube 28 inserted into the sleeve 14 functions comparably to a single duct of the same length for a typical building exhaust application.

[0042] The hood 24 illustrated here has a cavity within it and air exits the vent by flowing through the hood 24. The hood 24 may have features to reduce weather infiltration, prevent backflow of air, shed water, and discourage entry or nesting by animals. For example, the hood 24 may have a barrier 25 such as a flap or series of flaps installed to open in response to force in one direction but remain closed in response to force from an opposite direction. In this way, the barrier 25 restricts air movement through the hood in at least one direction. Since the hood 24 is at an end of the tube 28, a distance between the one way barrier 25 and the sleeve 14 is adjustable. Since the sleeve 14 may be mounted to a wall, a distance between the one way barrier 25 and the wall is also adjustable.

[0043] Turning to Figure 2B, according to another embodiment the sleeve 14 includes a cuff 32. The cuff 32 as illustrated is nearly tubular may be produced by drawing a free end of the sleeve 14 inwards, but other methods of production could produce an equally effective cuff 32. An external diameter of the cuff 32 at a free end is smaller than an internal diameter of the tube 28, which allows the cuff 32 to extend axially into and overlap the tube 28. The cuff 32 may optionally be sealed to the tube 28 by silicone or insulating tape.

[0044] The vent 10 described above can be manufactured with any of several known materials and forming processes. For example, the vent 10 may be constructed at least partially from sheet metal aluminum, polyvinyl chloride, or other suitable metals or polymers.

[0045] Figures 3A-3F show an exemplary installation process for the vent 10. As shown in Figure 3A, a hole 40 may be provided in a wall 39. Walls 39 contemplated here include exterior walls 39 for buildings. In a specific example, the wall 39 may be sheathing in a home under construction. As shown, insulating housewrap 41, 42 wrapped on an exterior side of the wall 39 is cut and folded back from the hole 40. Side and bottom portions of the housewrap 41 may be folded into the hole 40 and secured, while a top portion of housewrap 42 may be left free.

[0046] Figure 3B shows the sleeve 14 disposed through the hole 40. As shown, the sleeve 14 is disposed deep enough that the flange 18 is arranged against the exterior surface of the wall 39, and the sleeve 14 extends into an interior. At this stage, it is possible to anchor the flange 18 to the wall 39 using fasteners driven or screwed through the fastener holes 20. Further, anchoring the flange 18 with fasteners allows a worker to conform an installation of the vent 10 to predetermined measurements with relative accuracy and consistency.

[0047] After the sleeve 14 is disposed through the hole 40, the flange 18 can be sealed against the wall 39 using sealing strips 46, such as weather tape, as shown in Figure 3C. The sealing strips 46 provide further securing and prevention of weather infiltration in addition to the anchoring with fasteners.

[0048] The top portion of housewrap 42, if left free when the hole 40 was provided, may be folded down to overlap the flange 18. The top portion of housewrap 42 can be secured and sealed with tape 50, as illustrated in Figure 3D.

[0049] Figure 3E shows a veneer 50 constructed against the exterior surface of the wall 39. According to the illustrated embodiment, the veneer 50 extends over and overlaps part of the flange 18, but leaves an opening into the sleeve clear. By overlapping the flange 18, the veneer 50 further prevents weather infiltration. The veneer 50 shown here is brick, but other veneer materials, such as vinyl, could be equally suitable and are expressly contemplated.

[0050] Figure 3F is a sectional view after the telescoping portion 12 has been inserted into the sleeve 14. The telescoping portion 12 is inserted far enough into the sleeve 14 such that a back side of the hood 24 abuts the veneer 54. As can be appreciated, fasteners 56 are driven through the flange 18 into the wall 39 to achieve anchoring. The hood 24 may be additionally secured by hood fasteners 57 driven through the hood 24 and into the veneer 54. The sleeve 14 extends into an interior space, and ductwork 58 in the interior space may be connected to the sleeve 14 as shown. In other embodiments, the tube 28 may be long enough to extend through the sleeve 14, and be connected to the ductwork 58 instead. The ductwork 58 could communicate to a clothes dryer, central ventilation, kitchen amenities, or any feature of a building that uses ventilation. [0051] A summary of an installation process generally according to Figures 3A-3F is provided in Figure 4. The housewrap 41, 42 is cut and folded back in step 68. In step 72, the sleeve 14 is disposed in the hole 40. Next, the flange 18 is anchored to the wall 39 in step 76. The top portion of the housewrap 42 is unfolded and secured in step 80. In step 82, the telescoping portion 12 is inserted into the sleeve 14. At step 82, the telescoping portion 12 will usually be left at a relatively shallow insertion to leave room for installing the veneer 54. The veneer 54 is installed against the exterior surface of the wall 39 in step 84. The telescoping portion 12 is slidingly adjusted to a final position. If step 88 follows step 84, the telescoping portion may be positioned such that a back side of the hood 24 abuts the veneer 54. After step 88, the telescoping portion 12 may be sealingly secured in step 92 using insulating tape or a bead of caulk. In step 96, the vent 10 is connected with ductwork 58. The ductwork 58 may be connected to or a part of an appliance, such as a clothes dryer, kitchen vent hood, make up air vents, or any other device or system that generates exhaust air.

[0052] It should be understood that the order and number of steps 60-96 shown in Figure 4 and as described above is merely exemplary. For example, the vent 10 could be installed with fewer or different steps. Other orders of steps could also provide suitable installations without departing from the scope of the disclosure. For example, step 96 could be successfully performed before many of the other steps 60-92 without producing any problems in the resulting installation. In another example, step 80 could precede step 76.

[0053] Figures 5A and 5B provide examples of installations of the vent 10 involving fewer steps than the method summarized in Figure 4. It is again emphasized that the methods of Figures 5A and 5B are only exemplary, and several other processes of differing numbers or orders of steps would also be suitable for installing the vent 10. Foreseeable modifications to any of the methods illustrated in Figures 4 through 5B according to any specific application where the vent 10 may be installed, or according to any preference or convenience of an installer are expressly contemplated and should be considered within the scope of the disclosure.

[0054] In the method according to 5A, the sleeve 14 is disposed through the hole 40. The telescoping portion 12 is inserted into the sleeve 14 in step 84A.

[0055] In the method of Figure 5B, a sleeve 14 is provided with a telescoping portion 12 in step 64B. The telescoping portion 12 may already be disposed within the sleeve 14 by step 64B. The sleeve 14 is anchored to a wall 39 such that the sleeve 14 extends through a hole in the wall in step 76B. In step 88B, the telescoping portion 12 is adjusted relative to the sleeve 14.

[0056] Although an example embodiment has been disclosed, a worker of ordinary skill in this art would recognize that certain modifications would come within the scope of this disclosure. For that reason, the following claims should be studied to determine the scope and content of this disclosure.