Abstract: A furrow/ditch cleaner has a rotating wheel with elongate blades that contact the obstructing matter in the eye of the furrow and move the obstruction to the side of a field row. The blades are secured on radial arms attached to the central shaft of the wheel. The wheel is towed by a farming implement causing the blades to enter the furrow and move across the bottom of the furrow. The distance between the blades and their extension from the central shaft is adjusted by extending the length of the telescoping arms. A ditch cleaning member is secured to distant ends of each blade, encircling the blades a distance from an end of each blade. The ditch cleaning member moves along a transverse ditch compacting soil and debris in the ditch and leveling the ditch for the water flow.
Abstract: An air duct support for supporting air ducts and similar pipes without constricting airflow through the pipes. The support has an arcuate main body portion for receiving a portion of the conduit therein and an upright support attached to a bottom of the top portion and supporting the conduit at an elevated position in relation to a base surface. The support member may be a unitary body or telescopically extendable member. The top portion rotates 360 degrees in relation to the support member to accommodate any direction of extension of the conduit. A collar plate or a flexible strap may be positioned about an unsecured portion of the conduit to prevent displacement of the conduit in relation to the main body.
Abstract: An illuminated pet leash has an elongated light-emitting member mounted in a transparent sleeve and extending alongside a non-extensible tethering line. An electrical power is delivered to the light-emitting member, making the tethering assembly visible in the dark. The light emitting member is secured between a stop member in the handle of the leash and an anchor fitted in a hook-shaped connector.
Abstract: A connector for severed pipes in a wellbore has an elongated tubular mandrel, a sealing pack-off ring mounted on the mandrel, an activator ring for pressing against the pack-off ring and causing the pack-off ring to seal an interior of a casing above a shut-off valve. A grapple member is slidable mounted on the mandrel above the activator ring; the grapple member has an enlarged diameter plate, which rests on an upper edge of a severed casing. A production pipe, control lines and production casing can be lowered through the large opening in the mandrel and re-establish connection with the severed casing and production pipes.
Abstract: A magnetic tool for retrieval of metal debris from a well bore particularly adapted for use in coil tubing systems. The tool has a cylindrical body and a plurality of separate magnet assemblies mounted on the tool body. The magnet assemblies are separated by spacers, which define a secondary settling area for the metal objects attracted to the magnetic tool.
Abstract: A well bore fluid is being heated to prevent paraffin build-up in the production line by an electrical heating element lowered into a pre-determined subterranean location. The heating element is controlled by a control unit that is connected to a temperature sensor, which detects temperature in the vicinity of the heating element and energizes an above-the-surface electric power source to deliver sufficient electric power to the electric heating element to keep the paraffin substance in a liquefied state.
Abstract: An in-situ pile apparatus 10 includes a helical anchor to which a plurality of elongated generally cylindrically shaped sections can be added. Each of the sections has a specially shaped end portion for connecting to another section. An internal drive is positioned in sections inside the bore of each of the connectable pile sections. The internal drive includes enlarged sections that fit at the joint between pile sections. In one embodiment, the internal drive can be removed to leave a rod behind that defines reinforcement for an added material such as concrete. The rod also allows for a tension rod connection from the anchor tip to an upper portion attachment point.
Abstract: An oil-water separator for use in a trench, which surrounds an oilfield. The separator is positioned in the ground such that an inlet conduit extends at about the same level as the bottom of the trench. The trench water is admitted into the housing, where it contacts a plurality of buoyant oil-absorbing members, causing the oil particles to adhere to the surface of the oil-absorbing members. An outlet conduit located downstream from the oil-absorbing members is connectable to a pump to cause the oil-free water to be pumped from the housing and diverted away from the trench.
Abstract: A cleanout system and method for removal of metal debris from a fluid flow, such a flow of re-circulated drilling mud employs one or more magnetic unit positioned in the path of the fluid for collecting metal particles from the flow. The magnetic unit has a removable magnet core positioned in a non-magnetic sleeve. When the core is removed from the sleeve the attracted metal particles are allowed to drop from the sleeve under gravity to facilitate their collection and disposal. A fluid deflector is positioned upstream from each magnetic unit, protecting the magnetic unit from direct impact by the strong flow. The magnetic units are allowed to pivot from side-to-side and adjust their position in the flow.
Abstract: An illuminated pet leash has an elongated light-emitting member mounted in a transparent sleeve and extending alongside a non-extensible tethering line. An electrical power is delivered to the light-emitting member, making the tethering assembly visible in the dark.
Abstract: A utensil for opening a shell of a crustacean, such as crab, lobster and the like, has a pair of pivotally connected elongated members. Each elongate member has a handle portion and a head portion. A cutting blade is positioned in each of the head portions; the cutting blades are selectively brought in contact with the shelled crustacean positioned between the blades to sever the shell along a selected cut line without damaging the meat of the crustacean.
Abstract: A rotary internal combustion engine has a circular inner chamber, which houses a plurality of cylinders with reciprocating pistons that move in a radial direction towards and away from the center of the inner chamber. A flywheel with distinct vanes or portions is positioned for rotation about a central axis of the inner chamber. A gear assembly operationally connected to the reciprocating pistons forces the flywheel to rotate and impart torque to a central shaft extending though the inner chamber.
Abstract: A universal reusable template for cutting ends of cylindrical objects such as pipes, in preparation for joining the cylindrical objects to other cylindrical bodies. The template is formed as a flat flexible bendable sheet with magnetic properties allowing the sheet to be temporarily secured on a metal pipe. The front face of the sheet has reference indicia corresponding to contour lines of a desired cut to be made in the end of the cylindrical body. The cut lines represent most conventional types and sizes of lateral-type cuts, eccentric cuts and saddle-type cuts, with pipe diameters ranging from about 3? to about 24?.
Abstract: A deer stand is pivotally mountable on a back rack of an ATV. When erected to an upright position the deer stand is stabilized by the mass of the ATV, preventing collapse of the stand due to wind or other such forces. When being transported to the location, the stand is pivoted onto its side, with the front portion being securable to a front rack of the ATV.
March 9, 2005
Date of Patent:
January 22, 2008
R. Michael Savoie, David J. Foreman, Sr.
Abstract: A patch, or bandage for treating skin infections has a backing with pressure-sensitive adhesive for securing on a user's skin in the area of the boil. A liquid absorbent member is positioned in the center of the patch, while a carrier with a medicinal formulation, comprising a menthol solution, surrounds the absorbent member. The medicinal substance is covered with one or more concentric removable covers, which are peeled off depending on the size of the boil. The menthol solution forms a barrier preventing bacteria from expanding the boil. Once the boil drains, the exudates is absorbed by the absorbent member.