Tree Trunk Supporting Base With Liquid Reservoir Patents (Class 47/40.5)
  • Patent number: 9375109
    Abstract: A tree stand comprising a supporting base including an upwardly facing hemispherical socket, a positioning sphere having a cavity for receiving a trunk of the tree, and a collar engageable by threads with the base and comprising a flange, wherein the positioning sphere may be disposed in the hemispherical cavity, and the compression collar maximally threadably engaged with the base, thereby contacting the flange with the sphere and immobilizing the sphere in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Patent Innovations LLC
    Inventors: John M. Hammond, Bryan Edwards, Christopher Hartman, Michael Kenney
  • Patent number: 9212478
    Abstract: A mounting assembly comprising a support member having a leg and a foot configured to be coupled to the trap; a clamping member including a bore and a distal end pivotally coupled to the leg of the support member; and an adjusting member extending through an opening in a wall of the pedestal, through an opening in the leg of the support member, and into the bore of the clamping member; wherein adjustment of the adjusting member pivots the clamping member relative to the support member to change a pitch of the adjusting member such that the adjusting member imparts a load into both the support member and the wall of the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jeff Laundre, Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun
  • Publication number: 20150047255
    Abstract: A cut tree watering stand device facilitates watering of a cut tree held in an upright position by a tree stand. The device includes a stand defining an interior space configured for holding liquid. The stand is further configured for receiving a trunk of a cut tree wherein a bottom end of the cut tree is positioned in an interior space of the stand. A reservoir has a bottom wall and a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall wherein the reservoir is configured to hold liquid. A receiver is coupled to a reservoir base. The receiver receives the reservoir in an inverted position supported on the reservoir base. A fluid supply line provides liquid from the reservoir to the interior space of the stand through the supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick K. Casdorph
  • Publication number: 20150013219
    Abstract: A tree stand is described including a fluid reservoir of a tree retaining member including tree gripping means. The gripping means comprises projections arranged on an interior surface of the tree retaining member and extending in a radial fashion, inwardly from the interior surface of the tree retaining member. The projections run substantially axially within the tree retaining member and include a sharp or pointed portion to at least partially penetrate the trunk of a tree inserted into the tree retaining member. The tree retaining member is configured to hold a tree inserted therein by resisting lifting of a tree inserted therein relative to the tree stand, without using moveable mechanical means comprising screws or bolts. The tree retaining member is connected to a base. The tree stand also includes strengthening means configured between the fluid reservoir and the tree retaining member. The strengthening means comprises hollow ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Noblett
  • Publication number: 20140373440
    Abstract: The present invention is a leg support adapter for a tree stand comprising a hollow cylindrical body having a first able to receive a leg of a tree stand and the second end having an adapter positioned about perpendicular to said hollow body. The adapter has a central threaded aperture for receiving a threaded shaft having a handle on one end and a footpad affixed to the other end. Other aspects of the present invention include a kit comprising at least three of the leg support adapters and a collapsible tree stand having leg supports with adjustable footpads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Niklaus
  • Patent number: 8881451
    Abstract: A tree stand is described including a fluid reservoir of a tree retaining member including tree gripping means. The gripping means comprises projections arranged on an interior surface of the tree retaining member and extending in a radial fashion, inwardly from the interior surface of the tree retaining member. The projections run substantially axially within the tree retaining member and include a sharp or pointed portion to at least partially penetrate the trunk of a tree inserted into the tree retaining member. The tree retaining member is configured to hold a tree inserted therein by resisting lifting of a tree inserted therein relative to the tree stand, without using moveable mechanical means comprising screws or bolts. The tree retaining member is connected to a base. The tree stand also includes strengthening means configured between the fluid reservoir and the tree retaining member. The strengthening means comprises hollow ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Noblett
  • Publication number: 20140259903
    Abstract: A tree stand is described that secures a tree while monitoring and replenishing a water supply for sustaining the tree. The tree stand includes a tree stand base having a reservoir configured to receive a trunk of a tree and contain water for nourishing the tree, and a water supply monitoring system configured to asses a level of the water in the reservoir. The water supply monitoring system includes a funnel insertable within the reservoir for supplying water to the reservoir, a water level monitoring system physically coupled to the tree stand base that is configured to assess a first water level indicative of a low water level in the reservoir and assess a second water level indicative of an optimal water level in the reservoir, an indicating system electrically coupled to the water level monitoring system that provides a water level indication, and a power system coupled to the water level monitoring system and the indicating system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Scott James Earliwine
  • Publication number: 20140144075
    Abstract: A tree slide facilitating movement of a Christmas tree via sliding along a support surface without damage to the surface is described. The tree slide includes a central region of substantially planar extent and an arcuate perimeter which surrounds and extends from the central region. The arcuate perimeter forms a cavity along one side of the tree slide. In some embodiments, a rim is provided which extends from the arcuate perimeter opposite of the central region. In other embodiments, the tree slide could also include a cover, composed of a stretchable and conformable material, which conceals a tree stand and the tree slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Michael G. Crilly, Stephanie E. Crilly
  • Publication number: 20140101994
    Abstract: A base (and method) for display of a substantially vertical member having a supporting generally cylindrical member, adapted to provide adequate lateral stability to permit the vertical member to remain upright when exposed to lateral forces, to accept and retain liquid, and to allow the liquid to come into contact with the lower end of the cylindrical member. The cylindrical member is retained within the base by interference fit with a member comprised of an expanding, preferably plastic, foam which is initially in an unexpanded state, and is caused to expand after the cylindrical member is introduced into the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Loren Shapiro, Mark Glynn
  • Patent number: 8671613
    Abstract: A tree slide facilitating movement of a Christmas tree via sliding along a support surface without damage to the surface is described. The tree slide includes a central region of substantially planar extent and an arcuate perimeter which surrounds and extends from the central region. The arcuate perimeter forms a cavity along one side of the tree slide. In some embodiments, a rim is provided which extends from the arcuate perimeter opposite of the central region. In other embodiments, the tree slide could also include a cover, composed of a stretchable and conformable material, which conceals a tree stand and the tree slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael G. Crilly, Stephanie E. Crilly
  • Patent number: 8667733
    Abstract: A first instruction is provided to add the contents of a container to the reservoir bowl portion of a tree stand, where the material includes an amount of a SuperAbsorbent Polymer (SAP). A second instruction is provided to add ice. In one example, an assembly includes a container, where the SAP is in the container, and where the container bears the instructions. This assembly is provided to the user. The user follows the instructions, and pours the contents into the reservoir bowl, and then adds ice to the reservoir bowl. The melting ice hydrates the SAP. The hydrated SAP then transfers moisture to a cut tree held by the stand. Water is replenished by adding more ice. No water must be poured or handled to hydrate the tree, so spilling and difficulties associated with pouring volumes of water into the bowl portion are avoided. The SAP is reusable and biodegradable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: James L. Beck
  • Publication number: 20140026477
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are directed to a support device for a decorative tree, for example a natural Christmas tree. The support device includes an arcuate member and a cylindrical portion extending substantially perpendicular to the arcuate member. The arcuate member includes at least one elongated gripping tooth positioned on a concave surface of the arcuate member opposite the surface of the arcuate member from which the cylindrical portion extends from. The support device is configured and dimensioned for use with conventional tree stands in order to produce a substantial clamping action around the trunk of the decorative tree in order to hold the decorative tree in a substantially upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Scott N. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8490328
    Abstract: A Christmas tree stand includes a water-retaining pan and a plurality of legs for holding the pan. The radially inner end of each leg terminates in an upwardly extending tree stabilizer. A split ring is secured to the radially outward side of each tree stabilizer and the split rings collectively hold a cable that is disposed in surrounding relation to the tree after the tree is centered in the pan. A circular plate is centered on the bottom of the pan and has an upstanding sidewall mounted about its periphery. A disc fits atop the circular plate and an upstanding screw is secured to the center of the disc. Manual rotation of the disc advances the screw into the bottom of the tree trunk. The disc and tree trunk are guided into overlying relation to the circular plate and the cable is brought into encircling relation to the tree trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: George M. Glover
  • Patent number: 8286386
    Abstract: A Christmas tree stand, a method for affixing a Christmas tree to a Christmas tree stand, and a drill bit for forming a groove in the bottom of a Christmas tree are provided. The Christmas tree stand includes a base having a male member extending upwardly therefrom with at least a portion of the male member received in the groove in the bottom of the Christmas tree. Preferably an insert in the form of a cylinder is received within the groove. Upon the receipt of the male member in the groove, the Christmas tree is stabilized on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Paul Shatley
  • Patent number: 8276871
    Abstract: A method of rotatively displaying a Christmas tree with a universal display stand turntable having a stationary base, a rotatable platform having a plurality of concentric annular steps, each step having a bottom portion, a wall portion and a frictional surface on the bottom portion of the steps, and a ball bearing raceway rotatably connecting the base and the platform. The view of the Christmas tree can be adjusted by placing a Christmas tree display stand in the platform, resting on one of the steps, affixing a Christmas tree to the stand, and rotating the platform to display the Christmas tree as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent James DeRienzo
  • Patent number: 8251337
    Abstract: A tree stand for supporting a cut tree in an upright position by its trunk features a sheet of flexible resilient material cut to form a plurality of retaining flaps extending inwardly from a perimeter portion of the sheet toward a centre thereof such that the retaining flaps will flex away from the perimeter portion of the sheet under forcing of a cut end of the tree's trunk against the center of the sheet to allow passage of a portion of the trunk therethrough while resiliently biasing back toward the perimeter portion of the sheet to engage a periphery of the tree's trunk. A support structure defines a base and supports the sheet at a distance upward from a plane of the base such that the tree's trunk passing through the sheet is held by the retaining flaps in a position projecting upwardly away from the plane of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Alec Jordan
  • Patent number: 8205851
    Abstract: A self-adjusting apparatus is provided for clamping and supporting a substantially cylindrical element. When an element is placed in the self-adjusting apparatus, the element is supported at about 90° from the surface on which the apparatus sits. This is achieved with an integrated clamping mechanism and, preferably, with a self-centering mechanism comprising flexure springs and a retaining-center pin. The clamping mechanism applies a substantially radial force on the element that is directly proportional to the substantially cylindrical element's weight, and can be less than the weight of the element, preventing damage to the element. The present invention can include a liquid management system for when the apparatus supports a tree trunk. The liquid management system can include a reservoir, a funnel for filling the reservoir, a capillary wick and mat that provides water to the tree even when it is above the level of water in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent Hebert
  • Publication number: 20120151837
    Abstract: A tree stand is described including a fluid reservoir of a tree retaining member including tree gripping means. The gripping means comprises projections arranged on an interior surface of the tree retaining member and extending in a radial fashion, inwardly from the interior surface of the tree retaining member. The projections run substantially axially within the tree retaining member and include a sharp or pointed portion to at least partially penetrate the trunk of a tree inserted into the tree retaining member. The tree retaining member is configured to hold a tree inserted therein by resisting lifting of a tree inserted therein relative to the tree stand, without using moveable mechanical means comprising screws or bolts. The tree retaining member is connected to a base. The tree stand also includes strengthening means configured between the fluid reservoir and the tree retaining member. The strengthening means comprises hollow ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Noblett
  • Publication number: 20120102830
    Abstract: A self-adjusting, self-actuating and clamping apparatus employing only non-elastic material parts for vertically or approximately vertically and also downwardly securing Christmas trees or, more generically, other items configured similar to the Christmas tree trunk, to be secured vertically or approximately vertically and downwardly such that in the specific case of the Christmas tree the apparatus can accommodate various sized tree trunks as well as various peripherally/externally configured tree trunks. More specifically, when the apparatus is employed to secure a Christmas tree, or other items configured similar to the Christmas tree trunk, the stability of the Christmas tree, or other items configured similar to the Christmas tree trunk, is increased. In addition, the apparatus can be mounted on a turn-table so as to facilitate the process of decorating the Christmas tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Alan Bard, Douglas Aaron Bard
  • Patent number: 8166702
    Abstract: The tree stand apparatus provides lateral support and a large reservoir created by the conical shape enables fewer fillings of the apparatus. The numerous transfer orifices ensure that clogging especially typical of evergreen tree stands, does not occur, as full communication exists between the tree cylinder and the reservoir. The ability to easily drain and refill the apparatus ensures fresh water supply as well as supply of nutrients that further enhance tree livelihood. Problems of water drainage typical of after-use of a tree stand are negated by the valved drain bib that is disposed immediately adjacent to the bottom of the reservoir, thereby ensuring full drainage. The apparatus provides fill holes that are diametrically opposed, with one fill hole radialy aligned with a float that slides vertically on a float slide to enable exterior viewing of internal water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Ralph Laface
  • Patent number: 8146291
    Abstract: The invention provides a tree stand comprising a fluid reservoir about a tree retaining member including tree gripping means, wherein the tree gripping means comprise at least one projection. The invention further provides a tree stand comprising a fluid reservoir about a tree retaining member, wherein strengthening means are provided between the fluid reservoir and the tree retaining member. The invention further provides a tree stand comprising a fluid reservoir about a tree retaining member including use, to maintain separation between at least part of the end of the tree retained by the tree retaining member and (20) a base portion of the tree retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Noblett
  • Patent number: 8132360
    Abstract: The present invention provides a Christmas tree stand that is self-watering and rotatable. The self-watering system, that rotates with the tree, mainly includes a water reservoir, a hose, a water tank that holds on to the lower end of the tree, and a valve mechanism that automatically keeps the water in the water tank at optimum level. A rotatable tank assembly is driven by an electric drive motor on a stationary support assembly. Electrical power is passed from the stationary support assembly to the rotatable tank assembly through a slipping-ring connector. In the preferred embodiment, a remote control is provided to supply power for rotation of the rotatable tank assembly, including the tree, and the power receptacle on the rotatable tank assembly for suitable electrical loads, e.g., decorative lights, separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Samuel Zhihui Jin, Joseph Robert Adamski
  • Publication number: 20120036770
    Abstract: The present invention provides a Christmas tree stand that is self-watering and rotatable. The self-watering system, that rotates with the tree, mainly includes a water reservoir, a hose, a water tank that holds on to the lower end of the tree, and a valve mechanism that automatically keeps the water in the water tank at optimum level. A rotatable tank assembly is driven by an electric drive motor on a stationary support assembly. Electrical power is passed from the stationary support assembly to the rotatable tank assembly through a slipping-ring connector. In the preferred embodiment, a remote control is provided to supply power for rotation of the rotatable tank assembly, including the tree, and the power receptacle on the rotatable tank assembly for suitable electrical loads, e.g., decorative lights, separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Samuel Zhihui Jin, Joseph Robert Adamski
  • Patent number: 8037637
    Abstract: A stand for a tree comprises a base for receiving a trunk of the tree, wherein the base provides a top portion, and a plurality of attachment points positioned along a periphery of the top portion. The stand further comprises a plurality of bracing supports. Each bracing support comprises a first end, wherein said first end is coupled to one of the plurality of attachment points, and a second end, wherein said second end is equipped to engage the trunk of the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Harold A. Odom, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110214345
    Abstract: A trunk mounted Christmas tree water level measuring and alarm device includes a housing configured to be mounted to the tree trunk of a Christmas tree through at least one variable length attaching strap. A first water level sensor rod extends down from the housing and configured to extend into a water reservoir of a tree stand supporting the Christmas tree at a low water level. Another sensor rod may extend to a high water level. The housing including a power supply and at least one water level alarm configured to activate when the sensor rod(s) indicate a water level in the water reservoir below the low water level or, optionally, above the high water level. The housing further includes a light sensor and an alarm override wherein the alarm is overridden when the light sensor indicates the presence of less than a preset threshold of light around the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Marc Rasschaert
  • Publication number: 20110167718
    Abstract: A watering system for a tree such as a Christmas tree, or other plant, in accordance with an embodiment of the present application includes a low pressure water source, a fluid connection line and an interface watering device connected to the tree. The interface watering device may be a cup, a stopper, or threaded fitting, for example that provides water from the water source via the line to the water source. A method for supplying fluid matter into plants or trees in accordance with an embodiment of the present application includes drilling a hole into the plant stem or trunk and installing a pressure tight connection in the hole so that fluid may be forced into the plant or tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Carl L.C. Kah, JR., Deborah Avis
  • Publication number: 20110141740
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a stand for supporting an ornamental object which provides one or more means for appearance customization. In particular, the present invention provides a tree stand with customizable elements flanking the tree-support element(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: ATICO INTERNATIONAL USA, INC.
    Inventors: Mary Scollan, Minerva Panico, Daniel W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 7930854
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustable high water capacity tree stand having a wide base and an increased water carrying capacity. In a preferred embodiment, the stand has a generally inverted conical shape. A plurality of base plates engage the bottom of the tree truck to prevent slipping. A plurality of compression assemblies are also provided. The compression assemblies can move in and out relative the tree trunk under operation of a rod. The rod can be a screw rod that drives a translator, which in turn is pivotally connected to a ram. The ram is pivotally connected to an arm and causes the arm to pivot. The arm is pivotally connected to a head, and operates to selectively move the head in and out. The head, being pivotally connected to the arm, can flushly engage the tree trunk near its bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas J. Zaverousky, Carl L. Messer
  • Patent number: 7886483
    Abstract: An electronic device to warn of low water level, particularly in a Christmas tree water reservoir base. A flashing unit provides an affect to an outlet where the strand of lights on the tree or another lighted device will turn on and off until the water is filled into the base again. A message will be played at intervals. The message is recorded by pressing a button then speaking into a microphone. Messages are limited only to the human imagination. The lights will stop flashing and the message will stop playing when the water is filled into the reservoir base. The circuitry is housed separately away from the base to prevent shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: David M. Solak
  • Patent number: 7883752
    Abstract: This invention relates to a decorative assembly that is placed above a table to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding area. The present invention is an assembly that fits through the center hole of a garden or patio table designed to accommodate a center, pole supported umbrella. The invention comprises interchangeable, decorative elements that can be used year round in garden or patio table and has means to provide electricity to the decorative elements through any standard electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Tonya Auvil
  • Publication number: 20100313471
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-watering tree stand comprising: (a) a tree stand body comprising (i) a base wall forming the bottom of the tree stand body; (ii) an inner body space reserve reservoir; (iii) an inner reservoir, situated entirely within the inner body reserve reservoir space; and (iv) a plurality of spaced, tree support members; (b) a liquid transfer means, capable of transferring liquid from the inner body space reserve reservoir to the inner reservoir; and (c) a liquid transfer means switch capable of activating and deactivating the liquid transfer means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Raymond Middaugh
  • Patent number: 7765736
    Abstract: The invention as presently conceived discloses a unique system and method that incorporates a self-watering tree stand that is an improvement on a conventional floor-standing holiday tree stand and watering system. The design of this novel tree stand is that it supports the tree from the tree's midsection that allows gravity to self-level the tree held within the stand. The stand comprises a large circular base for stability as well as adjustable height watering cup that can be brought up to the bottom of the tree and is fed from a water reservoir located on the vertical section of the stand at the outside perimeter of the tree. Also integral to the system and apparatus is a power receptacle fed from a power cord located near the top of the stand in order to power decorative lights or other electric tree decorations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel P. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 7757435
    Abstract: A decorative Christmas tree ornament which functions as a funnel system to aid in the watering of the tree is herein disclosed. The ornament comprises a flip-open lid, thus exposing an interior reservoir. The ornament itself takes the form of a common Christmas icon such as a snowman, an angel, a bell, a gingerbread man, a globe or the like. The bottom of the reservoir is connected to a section of tubing approximately four (4) to five (5) feet long. The tubing is routed along the branch and down the trunk where it empties into a conventional Christmas tree stand supplied with a water basin. The tubing and ornament are held in place with a plurality of clips. Thus, to water the tree, one simply opens the ornament, pours in a quantity of water and walks away. The system is viewed as being particularly useful for trees that are difficult to reach, or for people who have difficulty in bending over, kneeling or crawling under a Christmas tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Kenny Boskofsky
  • Patent number: 7757434
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing and irrigating a live tree such as a Christmas tree is herein disclosed. The apparatus incorporates a tree ornament that has an internal water reservoir which is fluidly connected to a tree base stand. Besides holding the tree securely erect, the base stand provides the primary water reservoir for the tree. The ornament is affixed to the tree in a conventional manner with a small diameter hose extending from the ornament to the base stand reservoir. The base reservoir has a float valve that allows water to drain into the base from the ornament while controlling a maximum water level. The apparatus is particularly useful for trees that are difficult to reach, or for people who have difficulty in bending over, kneeling, or crawling under a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Frederick Naclerio
  • Patent number: 7752806
    Abstract: A holding device for rod-shaped components comprising holding elements that move through a series of positions. To hold a component the holding elements move in sequence from open releasing positions, to contacting positions, to aligning positions and finally to fully closed positions. Holding elements in aligning positions permit the held component to be moved and aligned even though the holding elements are more firmly in contact with the component than in their contacting positions. Slide-resistant surfaces formed on the holding elements are made in such a way that in the case of the movement of a misaligned component, sliding resistance is intensified in one direction while sliding resistance is reduced in another direction to permit movement of the component in that direction into the desired alignment. The holding elements are moved in the opposite sequence to release a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Krinner Innovation GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Krinner
  • Publication number: 20100108850
    Abstract: A tree stand for suspending a tree is disclosed. In one illustrative embodiment, the tree stand may include a base for providing stability for the tree stand and a center pole for suspending the tree above the base. The center pole may have a first end, a second end, and a length extending therebetween. The first end of the center pole may be coupled to the base and the second end, which may be coupled to the tree, may be spaced a distance from the base defining an angle between the center pole and the base. In some cases, the center pole may be extendable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Steven Holzapfel
  • Patent number: 7681354
    Abstract: Kit and apparatus for watering a Christmas tree or other plant supported in a stand with a water receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ever-Green Watering Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Heather Ann Shepardson
  • Publication number: 20100019119
    Abstract: A self-adjusting apparatus is provided for clamping and supporting a substantially cylindrical element. When an element is placed in the self-adjusting apparatus, the element is supported at about 90° from the surface on which the apparatus sits. This is achieved with an integrated clamping mechanism and, preferably, with a self-centering mechanism comprising flexure springs and a retaining-center pin. The clamping mechanism applies a substantially radial force on the element that is directly proportional to the substantially cylindrical element's weight, and can be less than the weight of the element, preventing damage to the element. The present invention can include a liquid management system for when the apparatus supports a tree trunk. The liquid management system can include a reservoir, a funnel for filling the reservoir, a capillary wick and mat that provides water to the tree even when it is above the level of water in the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Vincent Hebert
  • Patent number: 7618022
    Abstract: Described are a tensioning device and a stand having a tensioning device of this type. In a stand for clamping rod-shaped units (Christmas trees), a flexible force transfer element (wire rope) (4) is wound on a rotatable tensioning body (5) and thus tightened. The rotatable tensioning body (5) is rotated about its rotation axis (18) by means of a drive wheel (7) which is connected non-rotatably to the tensioning body and whose diameter is several times larger than that of the tensioning body (5). A safety catch (6) prevents the tensioning body (5) from turning backwards automatically into the locking position and allows the tensioning body (5) to turn backwards into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Krinner Innovation GmbH
    Inventor: Gunther Thurner
  • Patent number: 7600342
    Abstract: A tree stand assembly including a container defining a basin and a plurality of securement assemblies attached to the container. The securement assemblies are spaced from each other and define a space within the container for receiving the base of a tree trunk. Each securement assembly has a support member having a passageway in an upper portion thereof and a fast-acting screw assembly. Each fast-acting screw assembly includes an engager having a threaded recess portion, and a bolt having a threaded shank designed to threadedly engage the recess portion threads when the bolt extends through the passageway. The engager has a normal or biased condition allowing the bolt to slide in a first axial direction in the passageway while preventing the bolt from sliding in an opposing second axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Ramon A. Fiveash
  • Patent number: 7597304
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an improved Christmas tree stand employing a Velcro® hook and loop strap to lock in place the clamping means for the tree trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Daniel Gray
  • Publication number: 20090199467
    Abstract: A typical Christmas tree stand has legs made of stamped metal with thumbscrews threaded through the stamped metal, which provides almost no resistance to lateral movement of the thumbscrews. The rotational action of tightening the thumbscrews actually causes the tree trunk to rotate about its axis thus twisting the thumbscrews laterally and loosening the contact of the thumbscrews with the tree trunk thus allowing the tree to lean or fall over. The present invention is a Christmas tree stand adapter ring, hereinafter referred to as adapter ring, having unthreaded screw holes arranged radially to coincide with thumbscrews in the legs and collar of a typical Christmas tree stand. The adapter ring is positioned inside the collar of the typical Christmas tree stand in an orientation that allows the thumbscrews of the Christmas tree stand to pass through the adapter ring and make contact with the Christmas tree trunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Roger Glenn Reed
  • Publication number: 20090193714
    Abstract: A Christmas tree stand, a method for affixing a Christmas tree to a Christmas tree stand, and a drill bit for forming a groove in the bottom of a Christmas tree are provided. The Christmas tree stand includes a base having a male member extending upwardly therefrom with at least a portion of the male member received in the groove in the bottom of the Christmas tree. Preferably an insert in the form of a cylinder is received within the groove. Upon the receipt of the male member in the groove, the Christmas tree is stabilized on the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Daniel Paul Shatley
  • Publication number: 20090193713
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tree stand that includes a flexible water reservoir as an integral part of the stand. The stand comprises a collar that is attached to first ends of a plurality of upper legs. The plurality of upper legs are attached at their second ends to first ends of a corresponding plurality of lower legs. The plurality of lower legs are attached at their second ends to a base section. Attached to an inner perimeter of the collar is the water reservoir. Located inside of the water reservoir, and attached to the base section, is a tree receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Jamie Limber, Kristofer Halvorson, Brett Wilson
  • Patent number: 7540110
    Abstract: The system for delivery of insecticide provides a portable enclosure for delivering insecticide to an infested tree trunk. The system includes an annular shell disposed around with the trunk of the tree that defines an annular tank. An annular base supports the wall(s) of the annular shell and has a liquid impermeable membrane attached thereto that can be wrapped around the base of the tree trunk to prevent pesticide seepage into the ground. A pump delivers insecticide into the annular tank at an upper end of the tank. A drain hose attached to the base of the tank returns insecticide to the pump for recirculation. The pump is actuated in pulsating mode to agitate insecticide in the tank, causing waves of sufficient pressure to induce the insecticide to penetrate deeply through any bores in the trunk to kill both adult insects and larvae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Faleh A. Al-Sulaiman, Muhammad A. Hawwa
  • Publication number: 20090119983
    Abstract: A Christmas tree stand that holds various size Christmas trees, both live cut and artificial, trees in a secure and stable manner due to its large display platform and plurality of interlocking pieces. The Christmas tree stand includes a self watering system utilizing a two gallon water tray located beneath the platform that transfers water from the tray to the tree holder. It includes a special adaptor to hold artificial trees. The Christmas tree stand consists of a two piece display platform, a tree holder, a water tray, fencing, and screws with knobs which when assembled provides structural integrity and stability to the stand as well as an area to display Christmas decorations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Edward Michael Jones
  • Publication number: 20090121114
    Abstract: A stand for a tree comprises a base for receiving a trunk of the tree, wherein the base provides a top portion, and a plurality of attachment points positioned along a periphery of the top portion. The stand further comprises a plurality of bracing supports. Each bracing support comprises a first end, wherein said first end is coupled to one of the plurality of attachment points, and a second end, wherein said second end is equipped to engage the trunk of the tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Harold A. Odom, JR.
  • Patent number: 7484703
    Abstract: Tree stand in which a tensioning device can move a plurality of retaining elements that are arranged about the axis of the receiving area of the stand, by means of a flexible force transmission element that can be loaded with tension, out of a loose position in which the trunk can be adjusted into a support position in which the retaining elements are positioned largely force-free on the trunk, then into an alignment position in which the retaining elements hold the trunk so that it can be aligned, finally into a retaining position in which the trunk is clamped upright, whereby the lower retaining force of the plurality of retaining elements, which force is required in the alignment position, is produced by an elastic buffer element allocated to the force transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Krinner Innovation GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Krinner
  • Patent number: 7471206
    Abstract: A float assembly light indicator for use in detecting water levels within a container, such as a Christmas tree stand, includes a float housing having multiple float switches therein and are operably connected to a remotely locatable water level light indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: David Christian Ellerman
  • Patent number: 7367157
    Abstract: An apparatus for watering Christmas trees includes a bottle defining a reservoir and having an opening for allowing fluid to travel outwardly through an elongated flexible hose attached thereto. The apparatus further includes an elongated rigid tube engageable with the hose and a basin housing a tree. The apparatus further includes a stand for supporting the bottle thereon and at an inverted position. The stand includes a top member having a substantially annular portion for receiving the bottle therein and for allowing the tube to be selectively positioned therethrough. The stand further includes a plurality of fastening members for selectively engaging the top member and the base member with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Bruce C. Doan