Abstract: A system for sealing an air duct by coating the interior of the duct with a material similar to the coating used for spray-on truck bed liners. A spray device applies the liner material to the interior surface of the ducts and the spray device is held in the center of the duct by retractable sets of wheels. The spray device is removably attached to a supply hose that provides liner material to the spray device from a storage tank via a supply pump. The supply hose is first fed through the duct, the spray head is attached to the supply hose and the liner material is sprayed onto the duct as the spray head is retracted through the duct. The system can be either computer or manually controlled and can optionally employ an electrostatic unit to put opposite electrical charges on the duct and the liner material.
Abstract: The invention consists of steel-bead weighted facial exercise weights designed in varying shapes, sizes, and weights. The weights are designed so that they are placed over the face providing resistance against the intended group of facial muscles to be developed. The method is designed for total facial muscle toning and development necessitating the use of varying sized, shapes, and weights that maximize the development of intended muscle group to be developed.
Abstract: A gooseneck trailer coupler lock which disables normal coupler operation by restricting movement of the lower latching plate of the coupler when the coupler is placed in the fully closed position. The locking device is a single piece of hardened metallic material which inserts into a gap formed between the upper coupler plate and a band attached to the lower latching coupler plate. The locking device is secured in place with a block type lock or other theft resistant lock. When the locking device is installed, the coupler opening is secured in a position which will not accept a typical towing ball without first removing the locking device.
Abstract: A surge device providing a vent for bleeding pressure off an air drilled well and providing connectors for surge lines in the blooie line. The surge device has a hollow, abrasion resistant, tapered chamber into which two surge lines and the blow down line enter the surge device. The device is provided with a flange at each end of the chamber for attaching the device into a blooie line with the narrow end of the tapered chamber attached to the downstream end of the blooie line and an enlarged end of the tapered chamber attached to the upsteam end of the blooie line. An abrasion resistant shield pipe penetrating the enlarged end of the tapered chamber and extending into the tapered chamber a sufficient distance to serve as a shield for the terminal ends of the surge lines and the blow down line.
Abstract: An automatically adjusting jet mixer used in mixing fracturing fluid gel for gas and oil wells. The mixer has an inner nozzle and an attached piston that move axially within the mixer's housing to change the size of the nozzle opening thorough which mix water enters the mixer. One side of the piston has a pressure regulated area and an opposite side has an upstream area. The upstream area is connected to the mix water supply pump and the pressure regulated area is connected to the outlet of a pressure regulator that maintains a constant pressure in the pressure regulated area. The piston and the nozzle move via hydraulic pressure exerted on the piston in proportion to the change in pressure in the upstream area to a position that will maintain a constant mixing jet pressure, thus providing constant specific mixing energy, i.e. constant energy per unit mass of fluid.
Abstract: A device for automatically collecting loose pet hair, debris and allergens from a pet as the pet enters or leaves the device where the pet is fed, thus keeping the pet owner's house cleaner. The device is a container consisting of three interconnected compartments. Loose particles are removed from the pet by air suction as the pet passes through collector plate assemblies in the first compartment to reach its food in the second compartment. A fan that induces the air suction in the first compartment and the filter that removes the hair from the air stream are both located in the third compartment. A sensor in the second compartment signals a receiver associated with the fan to turn the fan on and off based on the presence of an animal within the device. An optional second exit with a one way door can be provided in the second compartment.
Abstract: A metering valve for metering dry powder material such as cement. The interior of the valve housing is expanded outward beginning at the sealing surface or lip located adjacent to the inlet opening, thereby forming an enlarged gap between the valve sleeve and housing to discourage powder accumulation in the gap and interference of large bulk particles and foreign materials with the sleeve and housing. An eccentric intermediate sleeve aligns the valve sleeve relative to the housing prior to rotation of the valve sleeve by either moving the valve sleeve away from or toward the valve inlet. The valve sleeve has a rubberized layer to seal with the housing's sealing surface or lip. A sleeve shield blocks entry of powder into the mouths of the vacuum breakers to prevent plugging of the vacuum breakers. Ball bearings are employed to suspend the valve sleeve within the housing, making the valve sleeve easier to rotate.
Abstract: An electrically operated, self contained device that eliminates mosquitos by attracting the mosquitos to lay their eggs in trays of water provided in the device and periodically filtering the eggs from the water. The eggs that have been filtered out of the water are then mechanically destroyed by crushing them. The filtered water is recycled to a water supply tank for reuse in refilling the trays of water in the device.
Abstract: A computer controlled positioning table for use in automatically rotating a large diameter article into which an evenly spaced circle of bolt holes are to be drilled. The article to be drilled is centered and clamped onto a table top of the table and then the computer rotates the table top incrementally to precisely position the article relative to an associated stationary drill stand that is used to drill the desired holes in the article. Rotation of the table top is computer controlled, allowing the operator to select the number of bolt holes for each article. Once the table top has rotated to the proper position, locking mechanisms and support roller provided under the table top hold the table top stationary in the proper position while a hole is drilled in the article.
Abstract: A vehicle ramp system for elevating a vehicle off the ground. Tires on one end of a vehicle are driven onto a first set of modified ramps. Each of the modified ramps has an extended elevated horizontal platform and the vehicle's tires are rolled to the terminal end of the elevated platform of the first set of ramps. A second set of ramps is then placed on the opposite side of a second set of tires that are provided on the opposite end of the same vehicle. The vehicle is then reversed in direction so that the second set of tires rolls up onto the second set of ramps until the second set of tires rest on elevated platforms provided on the second set of ramps and the first set of tires are retained on the platform of the first set of ramps.
Abstract: A cable guide for creating an organized cable bundle. A plurality of channels for receiving cable are provided in a rotating column ring at one end of the cable guide and a cylindrical portion terminates at a flexible boot on the opposite end. A slot in the cable guide extends between the two ends of the guide and can be aligned with the individual channels by rotating the column ring to provide access to the channels to add or remove cable therefrom. Each channel is labeled so that the installer can identify its associated cable. Cable ties that are pre-tied around the cylindrical portion can be slid off the cable guide and around the cable bundle. An alternate embodiment of the invention is provided with a second rotatable ring that effectively separates each channel in two separate compartments for receiving twice as many cables.
Abstract: Plenum fan banding that effectively changes the width of the fan blades in a plenum fan for a HVAC unit. A removable and replaceable band attaches to the back of a fan wheel of the plenum fan so that the band is located within the circle of the fan blades and extends outward perpendicular to the back of the wheel. The band is provided with tabs that insert through slots provided in the back of the fan wheel, and the tabs can be bent over as a means of removably securing the band to the fan wheel. The band effective reduces the functional width of the fan blades in proportion to the width of the band.
Abstract: A trench shield ladder that hangs on the wall of the trench shield to provide workmen safe access to a trench. The ladder is provided with a top platform and hand rails that extend over the platform. The ladder can be adjusted in length by employing an extension portion with hooks that hang the extension on the main rungs of the main ladder. The extension portion is not as wide as the main portion of the ladder so that the legs of the extension rest between the legs of the main portion of the ladder. The ladder and extension are provided with stand off arms that hold the main and extension rungs of the ladder away from the wall of the trench shield. The present invention is designed to fit on trench shields of varying thicknesses.
Abstract: A barge for replacing foam blocks that support floating docks. The barge is provided with a float sinker that removably attaches to the barge via a boom. The float sinker can be moved from side to side via the boom and can be rotated. The float sinker has clamp arms with movable flat plates for releasably grasping foam blocks. The float sinker has hollow chambers that can be flooded as a means of pulling the blocks downward in the water and has means for expelling the water from the chambers to allow the blocks to rise to the surface of the water. Controls are provided on the deck of the barge for operating the barge and for remotely operating the float sinker from the barge.
Abstract: A solar blackbody waveguide that captures and uses sunlight to heat a thermal working or heat transfer fluid. Solar cell arrays capture the sunlight. The arrays are movably mounted on solar towers to track the daily movement of the sun and to maintain the proper angle with the horizon throughout the year. The arrays direct the light into a series of light pipes to deliver the light into a solar coil located within an underground insulated pipeline. Energy from the light rays is absorbed by the solar coil and transferred to the thermal working fluid or heat transfer fluid flowing between the solar coil and the insulated pipeline. The energy laden thermal working or heat transfer fluid is removed from the downstream end of the insulated pipeline so that it can be used with existing technologies, such as with a combined cycle gas turbine, boiler, or steam generator.
Abstract: The present invention is a temporary latch for use in an installed door until the permanent latch for the door can be installed. The temporary latch consists of two pieces, i.e. a handle portion with tabs and a tongue portion with slots. The two pieces removably secure together within a door latch opening provided in the door by rotating the tongue portion so that the tabs of the handle portion are reversibly locked in the slots of the handle portion. The handle portion is provided with a ring for grasping and a compressible arm that retracts causing the tongue portion to be withdrawn into the door latch opening as the door is being closed and when the door is being unlocked from its door frame.
Abstract: An adjustable length composite push rod constructed of a composite bar having two specially shaped ends to which metal end fittings bond via mating surfaces provided thereon for evenly distributing mechanical stress from the metal end fittings to the composite bar. The bar is constructed of a plurality of layers of sheets of thermosetting, epoxy impregnated, longitudinally oriented fiber material that form the inner portion of the push bar and a single outside sheet of thermosetting, epoxy impregnated, woven fiber material forms the outside portion of the bar.
Abstract: A fishing line spool with different sizes of female threads for removably attaching to a threaded neck of a plastic bottle to create a jug line used for jug fishing. The spool is removed from the bottle for storage. The spool is provided with a line spool area around which fishing line is wrapped to store the line and with a double walled protection flange provided with penetrable material to receive the pointed end of hooks when the fishing line is not in use. A locking pin removably extends through pin openings provided on either side of the spool area to prevent fishing line from unwinding from the thread spool area and as a means of fixing the depth of the fishing line. The locking pin can be removed from the pin openings to allow the fishing line to be wrapped onto or unwrapped from the spool area.