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Claims 


1. A hand held cleaning utensil having an extendable elongate handle with a 
5 working head at one end of the handle, the handle being assembled of at least a 

first length to which the working head is mounted and a second length that is 
coupled to the end of the first length remote from the working head, and which is 
adapted to be moved from a first position, in which the second length is stowed 
alongside or substantially coaxlai with the first length but not obstruding the working 
10 head so that the utensil may be used, to a second position, in which the second 
length is substantially aligned v^th the first length to provide an extended overall 
handle length. 

2. A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 1, wherein the second length is 
1 5 pivotally mounted to the first length, 

3. A hand held cleaning utensil as daimed in claim 2, wherein the second length is 
pivotally mounted to Vfxe first length by an articulated pivot, the pivot being moveable 
whereby during alignment, or when aligned, one length may be moved longitudinally 

20 toward the other to bring the second length closer into cooperative engagement with 
the first length to provide a secure robust interconnection of the first and second 
lengths. 

4. A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 2, wherein the second length iis 
25 configured to fold back against the first length to stow nested with the first length, 

substantially coaxially aligned with the first length, one length being at least partly 
accommodated vwthin the other, whereby the user may comfortably grip the handle 
comprising the nested first and second lengths to operate the utensil. 

30 5. A hand held cleaning utensil as daimed in daim 2, wherein the pivot comprises 
a pair of opposing axle stubs on one of the handle lengths. 

6. A hand held cleaning utensil as daimed in daim 5, wherein the axle stubs 
cooperate with a slot in the other of the handle lengths. 

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7. A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 6, wherein the axle stubs are 
adapted to cooperatively engage with a pivot component which bridges 
therebetweien, in use. 

5 8. A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in daim 7, wherein the bridging pivot 
component serves to lock the second handle length to the first handle length and is 
mounted in the slot to allow articulating movement of the moveable pivot 

9. A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7, wherein the bridging pivot 
10 component is an annuius. 

10. A hand held cleaning uteh^'I as claimed in daim 7,8 or 9, v\Aierein the bridging 
pivot component has a keyhole aperture shape on each opposing lace, which is 
complementary to a conesponding key shape of the axle stubs for cooperative 

1 5 engagement of the axle stubs with the bridging pivot component 

11. A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in daim 7,8,9 or 10, wherein the axle 
stubs are configured to snap fit into the bridging pivot component, having hook 
means to lock them in place. 

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12. A hand held cleaning utensil as daimed in daim 7,8,9,10 or 11, wherein the 
length of the handle having the aperture/slot to receive the bridging pivot component 
has ramp means to slightly splay the axle stubs and guide them into effective 
cooperative engagement with the bridging component 

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13. A hand held deaning utensil as daimed in daim 7,8,9,10,11 or 12, wherein the 
pivot bridging component is integrally moulded with one of said first and second 
lengths of the handle, being linked to it by a frangible link. 


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14. A hand held deaning utensil as claimed In any preceding daim, wherein the 
working head is demountably mounted to the first length of the handle, in use.