Abstract: This invention consists of a method and components for the construction of railing in general, and balcony railing, in particular. The railing which is of the usual type, having an upper hand rail and a bottom base or footrail with equally spaced baluster bars in between, is constructed so that all parts are joined and held together by means of pressure applied to these parts, which causes them to snap into one another. This is possible to accomplish due to the resilient character of the materials or metals used in the construction of the railing.
Abstract: This invention consists of a flexible type of concrete guard against the erosion of soil by flowing waters and wave action. It consists of rows of comparatively small, identical concrete blocks which form rectangular sections which are placed upon the ground surface which has previously been covered with a filter cloth. The said blocks are held together by a continuous wire cable which is embedded centrally in each block, and which passes through each row of blocks, forming a small loop as it leaves one of said rows to enter its next adjacent row, by means of which one section can be joined with the other, and pinned to the ground.
Abstract: This invention is an apparatus for water purification by distillation. It consists of an upper compartment which is its primary condenser, and a lower compartment which stores the unpurified cold and partly heated water and a heating unit which changes this water into steam. The primary condenser converts the steam into distilled water by means of a number of spiral coolant tubes; and any water vapor or steam which escaped the condensing action in the primary condenser is carried to a secondary condenser in which the condensation is completed. The invention is also provided with means for returning overflow boiling water, and partly heated coolant water from the cooling coils, back to the lower compartment water supply, to be boiled again.
Abstract: This invention consists of a unicycle having a rubber tire equipped double wheel, located within a light adjustable body which serves as a seat and a handle for holding onto. It is further equipped with a water container located between the double wheel, and at the base of the unicycle, in order to provide greater stability. The unicycle is operated by a pair of the usual bicycle pedals.
Abstract: A device for converting boot-attached ice skates into roller skates and having a casing which fits over the skate, and is buckled to it at about its center by a belt and is attached to the blade at its rear by means of an elasticized band or spring which can be easily attached or released. The casing is equipped with roller skate wheels which rotate upon shafts which are embedded in rubber or any other similar material, to provide resilience to the wheels.
Abstract: This invention consists of combining a vertical stand with a standard hand held hair drier to convert the hand drier into a self supporting one. The stand is made into telescopic components for height adjustment; and the drier is attached to the stand, at its top, swivably, so that it can be adjusted to any required angle. The drier to stand attachment consists of a bow-shaped yoke with a bolt in each of its upright arms. The bolts are aligned to meet in the center of the yoke, and the end of each bolt is equipped with a curved plate which is free to rotate. The hand drier is clamped between the said curved plates at any required angle. The required friction between the telescopic components of the stand is provided by springs in compression contained in the inner component, pressing against the inner wall of the outer component.
Abstract: This invention consists of a light reflecting sign for attachment to railway cars for the prevention of accidents when such cars are stalled or parked across minor, poorly lit country roads. It is in the shape of a horizontal "X" resembling a "railway crossing" sign the face of which is lined primarily with red flat plastic light-reflecting strips which are tipped at the ends of the sign with small yellow angular surface reflectors.
Abstract: This invention is an enclosure for the part of a gas heater vent which protrudes on the outside of a wall of the building in which the gas heater is installed. It consists of a sheet metal rectangular baffle which encloses the front, sides, and part of the top of the vent part, and is attached to the wall of the building. A variation of the invention provides for the easy removal and reattachment of the baffle; and another variation fully encloses the top and bottom of the baffle; provides a chimney for the discharge of gases at the top of the baffle, and a rain and snow shield for the top of the chimney.
Abstract: This invention consists of a transparent non-inflammable plastic container the purpose of which is to enclose an electrical outlet box to prevent air and water or moisture from entering into or passing through such box. The container is in the form of a rectangular box for use with rectangular outlet boxes, and is round for use with round or octagonal outlet boxes. Each of the containers is provided with a flange around the open rim of it, and said flange extends outwardly and at a small angle to the wall of the container.
May 22, 1978
Date of Patent:
June 19, 1979
G. Russell Balkwill, Jules P. Robinet, John F. Tamasovics
Abstract: This invention is a camping rig attachable to the rear of a van. It consists of a central open bottom rectangular box with a hinged open end wing at each side thereof; each wing containing half of a canvas tent. A door enclosed cupboard is located at one side of the central box. The open part of the central box has a removable cover provided with fold-away legs which transform the cover into a table. The folded rig is suspended from a pair of extendable arms attached to the top and rear of the van. To set up the camping tent, the arms are extended; the folded rig is moved to the free ends of the arms, rotated to and fixed in a horizontal position, and unfolded; the tent is removed from the wings, wrapped around and attached to the perimeter of the unfolded box and to the top and upper corners of the rear of the van. For packing away the rig, the above procedure is reversed. A pair of supporting legs are provided to the free end of the unfolded box.
Abstract: This invention is a bracket for supporting a truck cab radio antenna. Its main characteristic is its simple, rapid, and easy attachability and detachability to and from the outside rear-view mirror bracket. It consists of a tube of about the same height as a standard truck rear-view mirror bracket. A short rod is inserted and rigidly held within the top of the tube. A similar but somewhat longer rod is inserted into the bottom of the tube, wherein it is free to slide. Attached to the top insert is a top plate extending on both sides of the tube. At one end, this plate is provided with a central hole for the attachment of the antenna; while rigidly attached to the other end of this plate is a semicircular holder which fits over the top of the mirror bracket. A plate and similar holder is attached to the bottom of the sliding rod to fit under the bottom of the mirror bracket. A spring contained in the tube joins both inserts, and holds tightly the antenna bracket to the rear-view mirror bracket.
Abstract: This invention consists of a device for washing and rinsing any items from small dishes to large cars. It is made up of a hollow cylindrical body having a long neck at the front thereof which terminates into a hollow circular perforated chamber which forms the back of a circular brush. Totally enclosed in the cylinder body is a central narrow pipe the rear end of which extends beyond the body for attachment to a water supply hose; while the front end of said pipe extends beyond the said brush chamber. The pipe has a constricted area for increasing the water velocity; a pinhole in its wall to feed water slowly in the body and around the said pipe; and a slightly perforated front end located within the brush.
Abstract: This invention is a tool for light machining or finishing of metals in profile machining operations. It consists of a cylindrical shank which terminates at its top in a narrow flared out head which is provided with one or more equally spaced open top and open front cavities which extend partly into the shank. Each cavity has two downwardly converging side walls and one rear wall which extends to form the floor of the cavity. A flat, usually triangular carbide cutter is inserted into each cavity and is held in position between one of the side walls and a wedge which slides within and is tightened against the carbide cutter by means of a setscrew which screws into the floor of the cavity. The invention is shown in two forms, in one of which the release of the wedge releases the pressure on the carbide cutter for replacement purposes, while in the other form the release of the wedge releases the pressure on the carbide cutter and also provides additional clearance space for the cutter to be easily replaced.
Abstract: This invention consists of a device which is inserted into the top of a fireplace for the purpose of increasing its heating capacity. It consists of a "U" shaped tube of rectangular cross-section, having a flat rear section with diverging arms which bend outwardly at their ends. To the end of one arm is attached a casing containing a blower or fan which blows cold or room temperature air into said tube, wherein it is heated, and passed through the other arm which is equipped at its end with a louver. The blower and louver are interchangeable between the said arms. The U-shaped tube is provided with a plurality of diamond shaped and round ducts passing through it, so that the combustion products such as hot gases, flame, and smoke pass through their ducts towards the chimney, thus heating the air within the U-shaped tube, surrounding the said ducts.
Abstract: This invention consists of a device which is attached to the pavement ripper of a back-hoe machine in order to convert the ripper into a combined ripper and trench digger so that the ripping of the pavement and the subsequent digging of the trench is accomplished in a single operation. The device consists of a heavy steel plate which terminates into a sharp digging edge at one end thereof. This plate is bent to conform with the ripper edge of a standard back-hoe ripper, upon which it rests, and is held in position at one end by fitting into an undercut part of the ripper and by two spaced side walls attached to the underside of the upper plate. At this end it is also pinned or bolted to the ripper. At the digging end, this plate is provided with a wedge-shaped pocket in which is located the horn end of the ripper to provide additional attachment of the device to the ripper. The width of the upper plate determines the width of the trench to be cut.
Abstract: This invention consists of an automatic device used in the raising of chinchillas to allow the animals to sand themselves in a bath of sand, and at the same time to clean said sand from the animal feces. The device consists of a stationary, vertical, circular box having a screen therein which rotates on an inner and outer central shafts pinned together when rotation is required. One position of the screen prevents the animal from entering the device, and another position allows the animal to enter and reach the sand. After a predetermined sanding time, the screen reverses itself, scoops up and discharges the animal, and sifts the sand clean of feces, and returns it to its original location. A clutch is provided to allow rotation when the screen limits are reached. Power is supplied manually, or by a speed reduced motor. And the periods and duration of sanding is controlled by an electric timing device where a motor is used.
Abstract: This invention consists of a device for automatic fish feeding, and lighting of aquariums. It consists of a plate which fits over the top of an aquarium. On its top the plate is equipped with a timer, the rotating face of which is provided at its rim with a rod extending at right-angles from said face, for a single feeding per day, or with two equally spaced rods for a double feeding per day. The said rods can also be attached to the "ON" tab of the timer. The rods engage a circular turntable in which are radially located consecutive pivoted scoops, which contain fish food, causing said container to rotate in a horizontal plane. A hole is provided in the plate under the path of the scoops so that when a scoop arrives over said hole, its open front end drops through said hole discharging the food into the water. The plate is also provided with slots for the passage of light into the aquarium; and an opening for manual feeding.
Abstract: This invention consists of a weight loaded rope for attachment to an anchor for the purpose of increasing the weight of the anchor without increasing its size. It consists of providing a flexible strand or strands of a heavy metal to be included with the other strands which make up the said rope, whether it is a stranded or braided rope. The additional weight strand provided to the rope may also consist of heavy metal beads which are strung together to form the weight strand; or it may consist of a flexible tubular container which is filled with such metal beads.
Abstract: This energy system comprises a metal sphere equipped on the outside thereof with two centrally located arc-shaped and pivoted arms which meet on the top of the sphere and are joined by means of a spring loaded connection. Each of said arms consists of a bank of spaced convex lenses which focus the rays of the sun into intensely hot focal points on the surface of the sphere. Inside, the sphere are coils of pipe containing water which is converted to steam by means of a heating liquid in which these pipes are immersed, so that the heating liquid which is heated by the surface of the sphere, in turn heats the coiled pipe changing the contained water to steam. The steam is fed to an engine or turbine which in turn powers a dynamo which supplies electrical power. The heating fluid inside the sphere also circulates through a furnace which takes over the heating of the liquid during the absence of the sun's rays.
Abstract: This invention consists of a kit for facilitating the portage of canoes. The kit contains two identical spring loaded telescopic rods which attach spaced and parallel to each other to and between the central bar of the canoe and and any other strut on either side of said central bar, or to the front edge of the rear or front seat of the canoe. The other part of the kit consists of a cushion of soft resilient material which attaches to the center bar of the canoe and which is contoured to fit comfortably the back of the neck and center between the shoulders of the person carrying the canoe.