ApplicationNo. 524716 filed on 11/18/1974
US Classes:392/335, With supply interlock means126/271.1, Surface200/50.1, Lid-controlled38/69, SMOOTHING IMPLEMENTS392/404, Hand-held68/222Steamers
ExaminersPrimary: Bartis, A.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
AbstractA device for applying steam to the exposed surface of previously applied wallpaper so as to cause the same to penetrate the wallpaper and loosen the adhesive bond between the wallpaper and the underlying substrate. The device is a compact steamer for vertical surfaces which is composed of a forward steam plenum chamber and a rear water chamber having a common separating wall between them. The steam plenum chamber has a steam discharge opening in its front wall. Associated with the common wall is a steam passageway that is wholly contained within the steamer. The steam passageway leads from a steam entry port near the top of the water chamber to a steam discharge port in the steam plenum chamber. To heat the water in the water chamber to steaming temperature, a pair of mutually spaced electrodes is disposed in and near the bottom of the water chamber and is supplied with power through a manually operable switch. A cap selectively closes a fill-opening in the water chamber. The cap and switch are provided with an interlock which prevents opening of the fill-cap when the switch energizes the electrodes and which prevents the switch from being moved to actuated position unless the fill-cap is closed.