Abstract: A faucet assembly including a resilient reinforcing member that ensures the faucet set compresses a sealing gasket to prevent leaks. The faucet set is secured to the deck or mounting flange of a sink from below the sink using installation nuts that can fasten the faucet set to the sink mounting location using threaded members. A gasket fits between the top of the sink mounting flange and the bottom of the faucet set. On the opposite side of the sink flange mounting location for the faucet set, a resilient stiffener is placed that contains apertures through which the mounting threaded members extend. The installation nuts are threaded onto the threaded members compressing the resilient reinforcing member. The resiliency and modulus of the reinforcing member ensures that the gasket is compressed by the faucet set even if some stress is applied during use of the faucet set no gap appears between the faucet set, the gasket and the sink.
Abstract: A combined swing door and roll-up door having upright front frame members projected outwardly from sheet members to provide a front facade of a plurality of swing doors. The sheet members have vertical grooves in their exterior surfaces extend generally parallel to the upright frame members.
Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a sensor housing or mounting apparatus for positioning in a free flowing stream of particulate matter in order to accomplish on-line measurement of a physical property of the material such as moisture content. The housing has an inlet nozzle, a mid-section or sensing chamber, and a discharge section. The inlet nozzle has flow deflector plates that intercept a sample of material from the process stream from a single plane and channel it to the sensing chamber. A sensor is embedded in the walls of the sensing chamber and positioned to sense the material property of the passing sample. A discharge nozzle extends from the sensing chamber and has a constricted discharge opening in order to regulate flow through the sensing chamber. The discharge nozzle has a pair of downwardly convergent deflector plates such that the flow of particulate matter is restricted in a single vertical plane that is perpendicular to the vertical plane referenced by the inlet section.
January 25, 1999
Date of Patent:
February 27, 2001
David G. Greer, Bryan D. Greer, Richard G. LaBorde
Abstract: A mixer for particulate materials, such as soil, dirt, sand, concrete, lime, fertilizers, aggregate, and water, hitched to a skid steer motor vehicle has a bucket for accommodating the particulate materials. A pair of augers having opposite spiral flights located within the bucket are driven by a hydraulic fluid operated motor to mix the particulate materials. The operator of the vehicle controls the hydraulic motor to reverse the rotational direction of the augers to control the mixing of the particulate materials. A door mounted on the side wall of the bucket is movable with a hydraulic cylinder to an open position to allow the particulate materials to be discharged from the bucket.
Abstract: A continuous flow fluid bed dryer has a dryer housing having a drying chamber and a plenum chamber located beneath the drying chamber. Moist product to be dried is introduced to the drying chamber at a product inlet and proceeds through the drying chamber to a discharge housing. A porous screen partially separates the drying chamber and the plenum chamber. Heated air is introduced into the plenum chamber which then passes through the screen to the drying chamber to dry product in the drying chamber. A shaft extends centrally through the drying chamber and is mounted for slow rotation therein. A plurality of paddles are connected to the shaft. The paddles move about a path of rotation whereby paddle ends sequentially sweep over the surface of the screen. In doing so, the paddles momentarily move product away from the screen permitting a rush of heated into the drying chamber locally fluidizing the bed and further drying the product.
Abstract: A building system which uses a plurality of interlocking members which can be used to construct an unlimited number of structures which can be assembled, disassembled and used by children and adults. The building system requires no tools, fasteners or adhesives, yet creates rigid and sturdy structures of all sizes, through interlocking ends and edges.
Abstract: A fishing rod and reel holder having a one piece wire frame elevates and holds a fishing rod in an angular position relative to the frozen surface of a body of water. The holder has a generally flat base member and an angularly disposed helical body adapted to support the rod adjacent a hole in the frozen surface. The fishing rod is turned to position the shank of the fishing reel between coils of the helical body thereby releasably secure the rod to the holder.
Abstract: A furrow opener of an air seed planter is equipped with a seed boot and seed positioner for planting one or more rows of seeds in soil. The seed boot has walls providing a passage for directing seeds into a furrow. The seed positioner attached to the seed boot channels seeds in one or more rows of seeds and covers the seeds with a substantially uniform layer of soil. The forward ground speed of the air seed planter and the velocity of the seeds carried by the flowing air reduce seed bounce due to the reverse drop of the seed boot.
Abstract: A motor truck has a frame supporting a fuel tank, an oil tank and a water tank along with a container for sand for servicing a rail locomotive located at a remote location or rail yard. Pumps mounted on the frame move the fuel, oil, and water from the tanks through hoses to tanks on the locomotive. A hoist on the truck moves the sand container from the truck to a location adjacent the locomotive to allow sand to flow into a sand hopper on the locomotive.
Abstract: A mobile vacuum cleaner for removing particulate materials from a chamber of a railcar or container is mounted on a motor truck operable to locate the vacuum cleaner adjacent a railcar. The cleaner has a material pick-up hose connected to a box and a motor driven fan for drawing air through the hose and box to pick up particulate materials from the chamber of the railcar and transport the particulate materials to the box. A lift device mounted on the truck has articulated booms and a work person carrier that can be located in the chamber of the railcar allowing the work person to move the hose adjacent the particulate material in the chamber and visually observe the cleaning operation.
Abstract: A pushback storage system has a pair of step box rails providing upper and lower tracks for wheels of carts for accommodating pallets used to carry loads. The carts has side members secured to opposite side edges of a deck having panels that connect the area between the side members. Wheels mounted on opposite ends of the side members of two carts ride on the lower tracks. Brackets connect wheels to two additional carts which wheels ride on the upper tracks to allow the carts to be located in vertical stacked relationship.
Abstract: An internal combustion ventilation apparatus and method for reducing the moisture content of an internal combustion engine at rest in order to prevent or minimize corrosive activity in the engine. The apparatus includes the oil filler tube and the engine breather pipe of the engine to be ventilated, as well as a blower. The blower is connected to either the oil filler tube or the engine breather pipe and directed so that air is brought into the engine breather pipe for circulation through the engine cavities, then to be exhausted through the oil filler tube. The dryer outside air displaces moisture laden air in the engine cavities. In one embodiment of the invention an engine preheater is installed on the engine for the purpose of adding heat to the idle engine and increasing the moisture holding capacity of the air being moved through the engine.