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They Invented What? (No. 113)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 18, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,687,752:  Dining table having integral dishwasher.


What is claimed is:

1. A dishwasher comprising:
          a washing basin having side and bottom walls and an open top;
          a rack assembly for carrying dishes, and that is vertically shiftable between a lower cleaning position wherein the rack assembly is disposed within the basin below the open top and an upper loading position wherein the rack assembly is disposed above the open top of the basin;
          a shifting mechanism coupled with the rack assembly for selectively shifting the assembly between the cleaning position and loading position;
          a lid member for covering the open top of the basin when the rack assembly is in the cleaning position; and
          a cleaning means for cleaning the dishes carried in the rack assembly when the assembly is in the cleaning position, said lid member being coupled with the shifting mechanism for shifting movement with the rack assembly, said lid member having an undersurface and including a bar suspending from the undersurface to support the rack assembly, said rack assembly including a pair of vertically spaced wire frames, said frames being rotatably supported on the bar.