Patents Represented by Attorney E. Dennis O'Connor
  • Patent number: 4469261
    Abstract: An article carrier for mounting on a substantially flat exterior surface of a motor vehicle. The article carrier has two slat assemblies fixedly secured to the motor vehicle surface in a spaced apart, parallel relationship. Each slat assembly has at least one longitudinal rib. At least two pairs of brackets are provided, two brackets being removably and slidably fastened to the rib of each of the slat assemblies. A locking mechanism depending from the bracket is provided for securing the bracket in a fixed position along the slat assembly by clamping the rib between the bracket and a clamping member. One rail is supported by each pair of brackets to extend transversely therebetween above the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventors: Craig A. Stapleton, William Rasor, Gary Cronce
  • Patent number: 4458839
    Abstract: A valve assembly comprising a temperature responsive servo-mechanism adapted to combine hot and cold water under pressure to produce a constant preselected temperature of water at an outlet.The valve assembly comprises a housing having a valving cavity, a hot water inlet leading to the valving cavity, a cold water inlet leading to the valving cavity, and a mixed water outlet passageway leading from the valving cavity. A valve member translates in the valving cavity and divides the cavity into two auxiliary chambers. A passageway through the valve member allows fluid to flow from each of the inlets to the outlet passageway at a rate that varies as the valve member translates. Passageways in the valve member permit a portion of the mixed water to flow into the auxiliary chambers. An auxiliary passageway is provided between each of the auxiliary chambers and the outlet passageway. A temperature responsive element is provided within the outlet passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Robert D. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 4453567
    Abstract: A valve assembly has a first ceramic valve member having a flat valving surface. An aperture open to the valving surface is provided through the valve member. The valve assembly further has a tubular valve member having an aperture therethrough, and an annular valving surface adjacent to the valving surface of the other valve member. The apertures through the respective valve members are moved into and out of registry with each other by relative movement therebetween. Preferably, a valve body is provided having a large bore accepting the first valve member and a small bore accepting the tubular valve member. The apertures are movable into and out of registry by rotation of the first valve member within the large bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Robert D. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 4448337
    Abstract: An article carrier for mounting on a substantially flat surface of a motor vehicle. The article carrier has two parallel slats fixedly secured to the motor vehicle surface in a spaced apart and parallel relationship. Each slat has at least one longitudinal rib. At least one pair of brackets is provided, one of the brackets being fastened to the rib of each of the slats. A locking mechanism depending from the bracket is provided for securing the bracket in a fixed position along the slat by clamping the rib between the bracket and a clamping member. At least one transverse rail is provided, each end of the transverse rail being fastened to one of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Cronce
  • Patent number: 4442798
    Abstract: A vent assembly adapted for venting into the atmosphere hot burner exhaust gases from the flue exhaust port of a heating appliance within an enclosure, such assembly including an exhaust duct and a relief duct. The exhaust duct is connected at one end to said flue exhaust port and is opened at its other end to the ambient atmosphere outside of the enclosure. A selectively responsive closure device, such as a thermally controlled damper, is disposed within the exhaust duct. The relief duct is connected to the exhaust duct at a point along the flow of exhaust gases upstream of the closure device and has a relief aperture disposed at a height between that of the exhaust port and that of the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Theodore J. Zanias
  • Patent number: 4439874
    Abstract: A quiet water closet rim and a method for venting air from a rim cavity of a water closet. The rim has a horizontally oriented annular cavity and is selectively supplied with pressurized water by a flush mechanism. A series of perforations in the rim permits the pressurized water within the rim cavity to exit the rim in the form of a spray. The rim is also provided with a vent passageway having an inlet open into an upper portion of the cavity and an outlet open into the atmosphere. As pressurized water fills the cavity, a portion of the air within the upper portion of the cavity is vented through the vent passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Donald C. Schrock
  • Patent number: 4429712
    Abstract: A faucet for controlling the rate of discharge of a fluid under pressure. The faucet has a housing having a passageway therethrough with an inlet port coupled to a fluid supply line. The passageway further has an outlet port open to the ambient atmosphere. A valve seat is formed intermediate the inlet port and the outlet port. A slideway is provided in the housing adjacent to the seat. A flat cantilever spring has one of its ends secured to said housing, the other of its ends overlying said seat, and its intermediate portion disposed within the slideway. A movable element is disposed within the slideway and engages one surface of the spring. The movable element is selectively movable within the slideway along the surface of the spring to regulate the rate of discharge of fluid by varying the distance between the end of the spring and the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Robert D. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 4429025
    Abstract: A retaining device suitable for removably interconnecting a battery with the housing of an electrical apparatus. The retaining device has a bracket connected to the housing. The bracket is provided with two stanchions adapted to receive the battery in a battery retention channel therebetween. A small latching channel facing outside of the battery retention channel is formed on one of the stanchions. A clamp having a latch is pivotably connected to the bracket at a location near the other of the stanchions. The assembly is operated by inserting a battery in the battery retention channel, pivoting the clamp until the latch is near the latching channel, and temporarily elastically deflecting the clamp until the latch can be engaged with the latching channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Mark Stow
  • Patent number: 4416366
    Abstract: An emergency stop mechanism for a lifting device capable of moving a load along a predetermined path against and with the force of gravity using a winch-operated primary cable, and wherein the primary cable accomplishes a lifting function by pulling the load in the direction of increased potential energy. The emergency stop mechanism comprises a secondary cable suspended stationary and parallel to the path of movement of the load. A braking device fastened to the load is actuated by a decrease in tension in the primary cable below a predetermined minimum amount of tension and responds to such decrease by gripping the secondary cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1983
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Maryonovich, Edward Ebey
  • Patent number: 4406386
    Abstract: An article carrier for mounting on a substantially flat exterior surface of a motor vehicle and a bracket for the article carrier. The article carrier has two slats secured to the surface in a spaced apart, parallel relationship. One bracket is removably fastened to each of the slats. A movable fastening member depending from each bracket selectively secures the bracket in a fixed position along the corresponding slat. The article carrier also includes a transverse rail fastened at each of its end to one of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventors: William Rasor, Gary M. Cronce
  • Patent number: D272064
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D272147
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D272148
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D272438
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D272533
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D272737
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise, Richard E. Riley, James M. Gray, Mark L. Stow
  • Patent number: D272907
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D273492
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D274245
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corp. of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise
  • Patent number: D275482
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Assignee: Masco Corp. of Indiana
    Inventors: John C. Coons, Jean M. Beirise