Abstract: A device that will allow individuals to uniformly slice bread. The unit will hold a loaf of bread and allow it to be sliced by assuring the positioning of the bread knife. This will be provided for by having corresponding sets of slots located on opposing sides of the device with the loaf of bread held between these slots by a fluidly variable closing mechanism. By engaging the knife in corresponding slots the individual will be allowed to slice the loaf of bread while limiting the range of lateral motion of the knife. This will assure the user of uniform cuts to the loaf of bread whether those slices are made at a ninety degree angle to the sides or at some other angle to the sides. Once a slice is completed the knife will be removed from the device and moved to an adjacent set of corresponding slots. The process will then be repeated over and over until the desired number of slices of bread have been cut. The cut slices of bread will then be removed from the device.
May 3, 1993
Date of Patent:
February 7, 1995
Raymond J. Schneider, Nicolie D. Schneider
Abstract: There are more than sixty million cats in the United States according to the statistics of ABI Informer. My filtering system takes advantage of the facts that (1) air that has the odor of cats in it is slightly lighter than is air that does not have cat odor in it. (2) If air having odors in it are forced to change their direction of travel, the odor containing air will give up its odors. (3) Charcoal is an ideal substance to neutralize cat odors. Air saturated with charcoal will kill fleas, or make them to somewhere else to live.
Abstract: On golf courses it is common practice for the golf club to provide carts for the golfers who wish to use them to go from one golfer's stroke to the next. When tournaments are held large crowds walk along one side of the golf course fairways of the course to observe the various strokes taken by the golfers who are participants in the tournament. To provide walkways for the tournament observers, and for the golfers who use carts many courses have walkways for the carts and for the guests and observers watching the tournaments. These walkways are generally formed of asphalt, which is easy for golfers who have spiked shoes to walk on. To present a neat, well kept appearance it is necessary to keep the grass trimmed to the edges of these walkways. This is a time consuming and laborious job that must be done by experienced and skilled workers.
Abstract: I have devised a distinctively styled light to assist others in locating the whereabouts of a party. This is particularly helpful when an emergency vehicle such as an ambulance has been summoned, or when aid has been requested of the law enforcement personnel through the emergency telephone numbering system. Difficulties are frequently encountered by parties seeking a particular address in areas where the identifying numbers are not well marked or are not marked at all. This is particularly true at night where the streets are poorly lighted or are not lighted at all. If emergency health service is involved such delays can cause serious problems.I have devised a simple method of making it possible for a driver to locate a particular residence or office without any unreasonable delay.
Abstract: A clamping device adapted to be positioned between the legs in the area above the knees is provided to support a small table to hold the control pack for the nintendo game or for playing any of the other television games or for any other purpose such as writing, reading, eating, etc., is provided to answer the often asked question, "If only I had another hand?" The device is provided with arcuately shaped concave holding areas to fit the inside of the operators legs of a person above the knees. The concave end supports are yieldingly connected to opposite ends of the small table in such a manner that a degree of lateral movement is provided between the supports and the table. With this small increment of spring action movement between the concave supports and the table there is little danger of the concave supports losing contact with the legs. It is thus apparent that by maintaining slight inward pressure between the legs and the concave supports the device will remain securely in place.
Abstract: A construction having two separately operable mowers driven by a single tractor unit. The tractor drives our double gear box, which is operably connected to drive two laterally spaced separate gear boxes, each of which drives grass cutting blades. Each of the two mowers has four wheels at the rear to permit elevating or lowering the grass cutting blade to control the degree of cut. With this construction it is possible to cut the grass regardless of the elevation of the grass. One of the units can be mowing the grass on a horizontal portion of a bed, while the other unit is operating on the slope of one of the beds. It is also readily possible to mow the grass at the bottom of the v shaped area between two beds.
Abstract: A system whereby the air pressure from the scuba diver's tank is reduced in pressure and is available to blow a horn. When not submerged the horn can be heard for a long distance, up to a mile or more. When in the water the horn produces vibrations and noise which can be detected for a hundred yards or more.
Abstract: Shuffleboard pucks are made of wood or plastic, and to gain maximum control over the puck it is common practice to wax the underside of the pucks, thereby insuring uniformity in the travel of the pucks over the court. This waxing of the puck is done by hand, holding the wax in contact with the puck. I have found a better way to do it by using an electric motor to rotate the puck in contact with a block of wax that is hand held. The outer edge of the puck has a tendency to receive more wax than does the inner edge because the outer edge of the puck travels a greater distance in contact with the hand held wax than does the inner areas. To overcome this I have devised an arrangement whereby the wax block is triangularly shaped to deposit a uniform coating of wax dependent on the distance from the center to deposit a uniform coating of wax over the entire area.
Abstract: A cake decorating dispenser for simultaneously applying a plurality of adjacently positioned or contacting different icings or differently colored icings on cakes. In the decorating of cakes it is desirable to be able to apply a name or a message to the party to whom the cake is being given, such for example as "Happy birthday", and including the name of the party to whom the cake is being given. Hertofore it has been common practice to write the name of the party to whom the cake is being given in icing of a single color. It is recognized that it would be desirable to write the message, and the party's name in two or three or even more colors of icing dispensed in parallel adjacent ribbons of icing. It has been common practice to dispense the icing used to transmit the message from a cake decorating pastry bag having a decorating tip through which the icing is forced to flow to write the message on the cake.
Abstract: A vertically movable cantilevering type gate is disclosed. All that is required is an elongated cylinder mounted vertically and a piston rod slidably mounted therein. The piston rod is mounted for vertical movement in the cylinder and suitable laterally spaced vertically movable guides are provided to maintain the gate in alignment with the gate opening. Preferably a channel shaped cap bar is positoned to overlie a trough into which interconnected link members are adapted to fold. The link members support laterally extending mesh type closure members which close the gate opening when the gate is elevated. The gate is controlled by a water pressure operated system. The valves controlling the flow of pressurized water to actuate the gate are controlled electrically. In one desirable construction when no electric power is applied, the valves direct water under pressure to urge the piston rod upwardly in the cylinder to maintain the gate in the obstructing or closed position.
Abstract: Large capacity truck tankers periodically replenish the petroleum and other products in the underground storage tanks. These underground storage tanks corrode, and develop leaks releasing their petroleum products into the ground. As a result potable water supplies are contaminated, and the petroleum products remain in the ground for long periods of time. Fiberglass plastic tanks were developed to replace the metal tanks which corroded. If a sharp object such as a stone contacted the fiberglass tank, the recurring filling of the tank caused a slight degree of movement or working of the tank which in time resulted in the tank leaking. To overcome this problem, it has been determined that a containment vessel or barrier should surround the primary tank and that the space between the tank and the barrier should be inspected periodically to determine if leakage has occurred. If leakage occurs the tank and the barrier must be removed and replaced.
Abstract: My copending application Ser. No. 41,421 filed Apr. 23, 1987, now abandoned disclosed a (throw-away) packaging construction for Sterilized Dental Bits. These drill bits are so constructed and arranged that it is unnecessary for the Dentist or his assistant to touch the drill bits prior to the time that the bits are used with respect to each particular patient. The necessity for this construction came about to overcome the fear that many dental patients have of being contaminated by a communicable disease such as "Aids", where the Dentist or his assistant touches the drill bits used to drill out decayed portions of teeth that need "filling", or where a drill bit is used that has been previously used on another patient. My copending application discloses individual drill bits packaged in individual containers and closed by individualized closure members after the drill bits have been sterilized.
Abstract: As the land becomes more populated due to the land being subdivided into smaller tracts the need for barriers to indicate the boundaries of the individual property holdings increases. In many instances it is no longer necessary to provide a fence tight closure as was previously considered necessary to confine small animals such as chickens, pigs etc. As the cost of erecting and maintaining fence tight types of gates has increased during recent years many people have realized that all that is required is a barrier to indicate the extent of individual property holdings. I have devised a versitile type of barrier that can be manufactured economically, and can be maintained in service at low costs.
Abstract: For athletic contests between teams of individuals on a field or court it is customary to provide certain markings of the various portions of the field within which the game is conducted. Heretofore it has been common practice to utilize chalk or lime to mark the boundary lines. This method has not been satisfactory because as rain descends the chalk or lime is spread and the field markings are lost. As soon as a contestant runs over the boundary line, as he must in such contests as baseball or football, the marks are obliterated so that it is difficult for the officials judging the game to make proper decisions. I have developed a permanent resilient marker strip which can readily be installed by the use of a trencher to dig a narrow trench into which a resislient base having a plurality of spaced flexible pegs project upwardly to have their tips visible above the surface of the ground. The pegs are closely spaced and are visible over a long distance.
Abstract: In an effort to avoid touching a toilet seat in a public restroom many men use their foot to raise the toilet seat. Many men do not even bother to lift the seat. This invariably results in the seat becoming wet, which is quite offensive for parties who must use the seat later. In the home it is desirable to have a toilet seat lifter available for use when company comes, and to maintain a high degree of cleanliness when the bathroom is used by both sexes. This is particularly true when there are children in the family. I have devised a readily operable toilet seat lifting device that can be elevated merely by stepping on a lever connected to the seat, and holding the lever in the depressed position during the time they are utilizing the facility. When the foot is released from the lever the seat returns to the horizontal position. When the device is in use both feet can be comfortably placed on the floor, and it is not necessary to have one foot elevated above the other.
Abstract: As civilization progresses people have a desire to build their homes as close as possible to the ocean and other coastal waters. Due primarily to the attraction of the moon, the ocean's shoreline moves regularly between high and low tide elevations, referred to as the foreshore area. Beyond the foreshore area there are successive areas identified as the trough and the bar areas resulting from the turbulence caused as the incoming waves reach the shallower waters as they approach the foreshore area. The tidal movement of the water, coupled with periodic storm surges causes dramatic shifting of the shoreline, frequently with disasterous results. Concerted efforts have been made to overcome this serious condition, but without marked success. We have devised a system whereby erosion can be prevented. We provide an artificial reef positioned in the submarine beach area, an area in the water that is shallow at low tide and is out beyond the foreshore area and the trough and the bar areas.
Abstract: A house pet animal waste disposal device is provided. This device will permit the keeping of house pets in the house for extended periods of time, under conditions whereby odors are substantially eliminated. An adjustable absorbent litter supply hopper positioned at one end of an elongated base is provided to supply a measurable layer of litter onto a movable plastic sheath slidably mounted in the elongated base. The elongated base provides an area to which the house pets will be attracted when the need arises to relieve themselves. Periodically or after having been used the plastic sheath with the used litter thereon can be pulled into a receiver unit positioned at the other end of the elongated base. As the plastic sheath is pulled along the elongated base the side edges of the plastic are deflected inwardly to overlie the outer edges of the litter. A crank is provided to wrap the used litter onto itself and it virtually seals itself onto contact and thus seals off and eliminates odors.
Abstract: An assembly line method of construction is applied to the making of the thin fiber reinforced shell that forms the external surface of the Fibrestone wall. An elongated endless movable belt has the desired recurring pattern to be applied as the external surface of the fiber reinforced shell. Spray guns movable transversely of the elongated belt are provided to spray concrete and chopped up reinforcing fibers on the belt to form a continuous Fibrestone panel strip as the belt moves past the spray guns. A plurality of elongated flex-ties mounted on suitable supports and each having one of their ends adapted to be secured to the upper surface of the fiber reinforced shell are dropped onto the spray formed shell while it is in the plastic or uncured state. To insure that the flex-ties are securely bonded additional concrete and chopped up fibers are sprayed on the flex-tie supports, and the area between the rows of flex-ties are rolled to provide a relatively smooth surface between the rows of flex-ties.
Abstract: A broiler plate assembly is disclosed wherein a broiler plate having a plurality of spaced patty molds is provided. The bottom of each of the patty molds is formed with intersecting grease drains to permit the escape of liquified grease to a grease pan during the cooking operation. After the hamburger patties have been cooked for a desired time, a flat plate is slid into place on the broiler plate to close the molds to permit inverting the broiler plate to release the cooked hamburger patties from the patty molds.
Abstract: The so-called spinner hitch is a centrally apertured quadrangle member adapted to be pivotally secured between spaced mounting frame members by a rod projecting through apertures in the frame members and through the central aperture through the quadrangle member. The quadrangle member has four spaced angularly related platforms to receive thrust transmitting balls of different sizes, or spaced apertured members to receive therebetween thrust transmitting clevises. The mounting frame members have locking blocks secured to their inside surfaces to engage the horizontal and vertical surfaces of the quadrangle member that is spaced oppositely from the thrust transmitting platform that is transmitting the load to restrain the quadrangle member from shifting angularly as forward or reverse thrust is exerted on the torque transmitting member by the pulling vehicle.