Patents Represented by Attorney John D. Gassett
  • Patent number: 6134820
    Abstract: A hand-held wafer-like signal which is essentially flat octagonally shaped with a handle at the lower end. It has a front side and a back side. The front side is a unitary construction made by plastic injection molding and has a reflector surface, one-half of a handle and a one-half of a cylindrical light housing which is essentially perpendicular to the reflective surface. There is a back side which is also made by injection molding and also has a reflective surface inside an octagonal frame, one-half of a battery container and one-half a cylindrical light housing. The one-half front and back sides are secured together as by screwing and when assembled it becomes a lightweight weatherproof hand-held signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Robert L. Martinez
  • Patent number: 6132330
    Abstract: This includes a first rotatable gear (such as a sun gear) and a second rotatable gear (such as a ring gear) spaced from the first rotatable gear. A rotatable inner gear is positioned between and meshes with both the first rotatable and the second rotatable gear. A force is selectively applied between the inner gear and the first gear as a second force is applied between the inner gear and the second gear. By properly selecting the magnitude of the first and second forces one can obtain a greater rotational movement of either the first gear or the second gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Aaron D. Leggett
  • Patent number: 5899147
    Abstract: A shelf assembly for attaching on a window and taking up very little wall space. A horizontal shelf has tenons on its lower side. A vertical support has a vertical edge and a horizontal edge at right angles. The horizontal edge has mortises for receiving the tenons. The shelf is placed on the top trim of a window and the vertical supports are slid along the trim until they contact the window vertical trim. The vertical supports are then screwed to the window trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Steven S. Clayton
  • Patent number: 5862658
    Abstract: This is a grass remover to remove grass from the surface of an area in a circular path about the top of a guide hole in which a termite bait station may be inserted. This includes a circular skirt with a hub in the middle and a plurality of cutting blades sharpened at the lower end and carried between the hub and the skirt. A guide cylinder is fixed to the hub and extends downwardly into the guide hole. A stem extends upwardly from the hub and is of a character to fit into the chuck of a hand drill. Operation of the hand drill when the guide cylinder is in the guide hole causes the grass to be removed from the circular area about the top of the guide hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Steven J. Howard
  • Patent number: 5730452
    Abstract: A collapsible cart basically for serving food. A ground support assembly includes an axle with a wheel at each end and a caster cross-bar perpendicular to the axle with a caster at each end which provides great stability. Two sets of three parallel vertical bars are pivotally supported from the axle. One set is near the outer end and another set at the other end of the axle. Shelves are supported between the two sets at spaced intervals by pivots on each vertical bar such that each shelf is in a horizontal position throughout the range of rotation of the vertical bar about its pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Rufus Fields
  • Patent number: 5711512
    Abstract: A lifting jack for raising boats and other objects. It has an inner housing or tube which is supported from a flat base. An outer tube is slidably mounted over the inner tube. A hydraulic jack inside the inner tube raises and lowers the outer tube. Two parallel series of vertical catches are supported on the outside of the outer tube. A selected pair of these catches support a connecting rod which holds a pair of flat support arms in a fixed relationship. The arms support a lifting pad in a plurality of elevations for each pair of vertical catches. A safety latch permits the outer housing to be raised but must be manually released for lowering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Malcom P. Hammond
    Inventor: Leonard S. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 5711327
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cleaning articles such as radiators, pizza pans, carburetors, engine parts. A suitable cleaning fluid is placed in a container, and the article to be cleaned is placed in this cleaning fluid. A vibrator is attached to the container such that the vibrations are transferred to the cleaning fluid to clean the articles. The induced waves in the cleaning fluid is a powerful scrubbing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: John T. Fields
  • Patent number: 5480233
    Abstract: A thrust bearing for use in downhole drilling systems employing fluid motors having a stator retaining ring and a rotor retaining ring. These rings have a plurality of bearing inserts. The bearing insert surfaces of the rotor contact the bearing surfaces of the stator. The studs which make up the bearing surface have a threaded bolt secured thereto. The threaded bolt extends through a plurality of threaded holes in each of the retaining rings. The studs and bolt may be removed or inserted by use of a simple hand tool, such as an Allen wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: James K. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 5452504
    Abstract: A method for rebuilding a bearing system for automotive alternators, including: removing the old bearing from the alternator shaft; pressing a cylindrical bearing journal or spacer onto the shaft; obtaining a bearing sleeve; inserting the bearing sleeve into the support hole of the alternator housing; inserting a draw cup needle bearing having a larger diameter than the old bearing into the bearing sleeve, and; inserting the bearing journal into the draw cup needle bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventors: Tommy T. Tatro, Donnie W. Duncan, Robert S. Tatro
  • Patent number: 5413441
    Abstract: A hybrid eccentric wedge anchor includes a cylindrical anchor body, an eccentric wedge unit, and cylindrical leading end. The eccentric wedge unit includes a tapered body, a shoulder between the tapered body and the anchor body, and a crescent shaped clip rotatably positioned around the tapered body. The longitudinal axis of the tapered body is different from the longitudinal axis of the anchor body. The shoulder varies in width around the circumference of the anchor body. As the crescent shaped clip rotates around the tapered body, its outer circumference varies from being flush with the outer circumference of the cylindrical anchor body to extending beyond the outer circumference of the cylindrical anchor body.The hybrid eccentric wedge anchor can be configured in many useful anchor forms having the eccentric wedge unit. Examples include, but are not limited to, expansion bolt or drop-in configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: United Industries Corporation
    Inventors: David V. Heminger, David Dorr, Michael E. Berry, Dennis Chadwick, Christopher C. Martin, George Hailey
  • Patent number: 5024475
    Abstract: A strengthening device for use with a deadbolt lock and includes a planar metal anchor plate having a hole with an anchor pocket welded to the plate at the hole. The anchor plate is installed between the door jamb and the framing or door stud. The anchor pocket extends into the hole in the door jamb through which the deadbolt is insertible. When the deadbolt is installed in the door, the bolt will extend into the anchor plate. In another embodiment, a metal bolt guide is inserted from the outer side of the door jamb into the anchor pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: John D. Gassett
    Inventor: Charles E. Francis
  • Patent number: 4909658
    Abstract: A quick safety release for bull ropes and bare back riggings. One ring on the bull rope is held to the release device by a first ring latch which is pivoted to a release frame. A pivoted spring-loaded latch arm which in its normal position is perpendicular to the ring latch holds the ring latch in position preventing it from rotating about its pivot. A release line or cord is connected to the latch arm. When the bull rider pulls the release line the latch arm is pulled away from the ring latch permitting it to come unlatched from the ring of the bull rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventor: Blue H. Townsend
  • Patent number: 4657245
    Abstract: An exercising device especially for strengthening the triceps as well as the frontal deltoid. A horizontal bench is provided upon which the exerciser may lie. At one end of the bench is a short post and at the other end is a higher upright track having a vertical guideway. A bar is pivotally attached at one end to said short post and the other or weight end extends through said guideway. Various size weights may be added to the weight end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Inventor: Brett A. Smith
  • Patent number: 4474244
    Abstract: This invention concerns an impact wrench for breaking a threaded connection between a first section of pipe and a second section of pipe. It includes an arcuate gripping member having an exterior gripping means for gripping the inside of the first section of pipe and an impact tool for directing multiple sudden distinct forces of torque through said gripping means to the first section. It also includes a second arcuate gripping member for gripping the interior of the second section of pipe which is connected to the first and means for the second arcuate gripping member to receive the reaction torque from the impact tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company
    Inventor: Pierre A. Beynet
  • Patent number: 4466495
    Abstract: This relates to a pressure coring tool to obtain pressurized samples of the formation through which the wellbore is drilled. It includes a housing which supports a guide means along which the drill bit, core barrel and motor can be moved to extend or retract the cutting bit and core barrel along a selected path which preferably is horizontal. The core barrel is retracted inwardly on a horizontal path and tilted in an upward position such as the outer end of the core barrel is higher than the end near the barrel. Means are provided to pressure seal the cut core within the core barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: The Standard Oil Company
    Inventor: Alfred H. Jageler
  • Patent number: 4461360
    Abstract: An apparatus for drilling a sidewall core from a borehole which has a cylindrical housing with an opening through which a core bit and barrel are extended and retracted. In a preferred embodiment there is a fixed plate on opposite sides of the bit motor with guide slots cut therethrough. A drive plate is provided adjacent each fixed plate having guide slots. The bit motor has two pins on each side which extend through the guide slots of the drive plate. Movement of the drive plates causes the bit motor to follow the designated path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company
    Inventor: Houston B. Mount, II
  • Patent number: 4444275
    Abstract: This invention involves a modification of the prior art subsea drilling system in which a carousel is positioned on a central post surrounded by a coaxial circular array of well slots and is adapted to be rotated by drill pipe through conventional means, from the floating platform. The carousel utilizes a fixed support platform spaced from the axis of rotation a distance equal to the radius of the array of well slots. The platform has its own well slot and a bearing concentric with the well slot. A well slot platform, or support post platform, is journaled in this bearing and supports a plurality of guide posts on a circle centered at the axis of the well slot. The support posts support cables hanging from the drilling vessel, which are used to guide the drill bit down from the surface to the carousel well slot. The carousel is adapted to revolve while supported by circular rails concentric with the central guide post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company
    Inventors: Pierre A. Beynet, Johnce E. Hall
  • Patent number: 4432669
    Abstract: An ice island is constructed in a marine area having a sheet of natural ice whereby, in a basic embodiment, a lower layer of fresh water ice is made by continually adding fresh water to the ice sheet and letting it freeze until the sheet is on bottom. An impervious insulating layer is put on top of the fresh ice and an upper layer is constructed thereon from sea water or mined ice blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company (Indiana)
    Inventors: Gordon F. N. Cox, Kenneth G. Nolte
  • Patent number: 4431059
    Abstract: An improved system for anchoring a floating vessel which is anchored only by parallel and essentially vertical conduits. The anchoring load is carried by units of concentric pipes including an outer riser pipe and inner strings of casing. Drilling wells and/or production of oil and gas or like operations are conducted through these casings. The tension of the inner casing string is transmitted to the floating vessel through the upper end of the outer riser pipe. The system prevents excessive buildup of stresses in the upper end of the inner casing due to the bending caused by excursions caused by the waves, the wind and the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Blenkarn, Pierre A. Beynet
  • Patent number: RE31604
    Abstract: This is a special downhole multi-layer sand screen for oil and other fluids containing sand. The preferred embodiment of the sand filter includes an outer screen, an intermediate screen and an inner screen although another embodiment may have only an outer and an inner screen. The outermost screen is of larger spacing to retain only the coarser sand particles and the openings in the inner two screens are progressively smaller to retain the less coarse sand material. The coarser sand particles bridge about the larger openings in the outer screens and progressively finer sand materials bridge across the intermediate and inner screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company (Indiana)
    Inventors: William G. Bearden, George C. Howard