Abstract: A solar-powered heat tape system for gas well regulators and other remotely located equipment is herein disclosed. The system comprises a solar power panel mounted atop a mast which provides electrical power to a rechargeable battery system through a charge controller. The output power of the battery is then routed through an AC power inverter. The AC power is then routed to a length of electrical heat tape that is used the keep gas regulators and other equipment from freezing during cold weather. All major electrical components with the exception of the solar panel and the heat tape are contained in a weatherproof and lockable electrical cabinet. The system thus provides electrical power at remote locations to protect plumbing, miscellaneous equipment, testing equipment, telemetry equipment, and the like from freezing.
Abstract: A vinyl cover for a ceiling fan to aid in keeping them clean and free from dust, particularly during non-use, is herein disclosed. The cover comprises a large, circular vinyl cover with a slightly larger diameter than that of the ceiling fan blades, further bifurcated into a two (2)-piece “pancake”-style design with a small diameter aperture in the center to accommodate a support pole for the ceiling fan. An upper piece is provided with a zipper that runs from the aperture to the outer perimeter. This zipper is opened to slide the cover over the ceiling fan blades and motor and then shut. In such a manner the ceiling fan assembly is kept clean and free from dust build-up when not in use. When needed again, it is simply opened, removed, and folded away for storage, leaving the ceiling fan clean and ready to operate.
Abstract: An externally replaceable primary fuse for a pole-mount electrical distribution transformer, thereby eliminating a need for a conventional internal fuse, and a method of use thereof is herein disclosed. The fuse is accessed using a bayonet-style fuse holder mounted to an outside surface of a transformer tank being internally wired thereto a primary transformer lead. The fuse holding apparatus permits fuse replacement while the transformer remains mounted to a pole, providing a reduction of down time and expense during said fuse replacement.
May 4, 2009
Date of Patent:
January 1, 2013
Mike Martinez, Brian Brownlow, Randy McFall
Abstract: An apparatus to aid in the removal of refrigerant from direct expansion air-conditioning systems is herein disclosed. The apparatus enables the manual activation of solenoid valves or check valves typically provided on direct expansion air-conditioning systems. A solenoid valve must be energized to allow complete access to the refrigerant in order to allow complete evacuation of the system. The apparatus is connected to a power source and a plurality of switches enables selection of 120V operation or 24V operation. The apparatus further comprises transformers, fuses, and the like to provide complete protection to the user. Final connection to the solenoid valve is made through the use of a long power lead supplied with alligator clips. The apparatus is housed in a convenient enclosure allowing for easy storage and transportation.
Abstract: A filter envelope which is filled with ground coffee or other drinkable dry granular substance by a user and sealed for use comprises two (2) round filter media sections crimped together about a perimeter and an extended opening along one (1) edge. The user would fill the interior space of the filter with a desired amount of chosen dry granular substance through the opening. A preferred embodiment comprises the dry granular substance to comprise ground coffee for subsequent brewing within a conventional coffee machine including those such as percolators that require the filter to have a central hole.
Abstract: A cannula support device holds an oxygen cannula in place on a user's face and includes a pair of collars utilized on each side of a user's face, thereby providing a fit to existing cannula tubing. Each set of collars is interconnected with thread that is laced back and forth forming a harness structure. The device supports existing oxygen tubing in place while alleviating excessive pressure which is normally associated with oxygen cannula.
Abstract: A water dousing target game in which water is dumped upon a player when a target is hit with a projective includes a support stand, a water reservoir, and a drop mechanism having a trip rod and a paddle mechanism with a target. The stand assembly is height-adjustable having a plurality of stabilizing legs. The water reservoir is located at a top end of the support stand. The drop mechanism includes a bottom panel hingedly covering an open bottom of the reservoir having an attached trip rod releasably supported by the paddle mechanism. The paddle mechanism includes an arm rotatably connected to the support stand and the target having a flat enlarged end. When the target is struck with a projectile, the paddle arm rotates and releases the trip rod support, causing the bottom panel of the reservoir to hinge open and drop the contents on another person.
Abstract: A device to aid in drying baby bottles after washing is herein disclosed, comprising a plastic handle, a flexible “wand”, and a drying head having a plurality of absorbent cloth strips. In use, the cloth end of the device is reciprocated therewithin a baby bottle after it has been washed and rinsed. The cloth strips and drying head are removably attached thereto the handle assembly and may be released for washing, drying, or and/or replacement purposes. In such a manner the highly absorbent cloth strips will absorb any excess moisture in a bottle, thereby leaving the bottle clean and dry.
Abstract: A device to hold one's foot in a neutral position while sitting in order to aid in healing includes a large plastic panel with a set of parallel plastic strips extending upward. These strips are adjustable upon the surface of the board using a series of small holes and corresponding pins. The strips are thus aligned to match the width of one's foot being held in a shoe. When aligned upon the floor, the foot, in a normal shoe without the use of a brace, is held in a neutral position which helps prevent contracture of the leg and foot muscles thus promoting faster healing after surgery. Additionally, the current device does not provide for pinching or twisting as commonly occurs with conventional prosthetic braces.
Abstract: A prayer bead lariat comprising a bail fitting allowing a plurality of beads to pass through the bail fitting, thereby assisting a user to recite the corresponding prayers or recitations through the use of the prayer bead, is herein disclosed.
Abstract: An insulated holder with an integral electronic temperature gauge that is intended for use with beverage containers such as glasses, cans or bottles is herein disclosed. A digital readout and pushbutton are provided on the side of the holder. When the pushbutton is pressed, the display exhibits an array of colors and/or text indicating the temperature of the drink. Temperature sensing is provided by a thermocouple located on the inside surface of the insulating container. A user replaceable battery provides a power supply thereto the holder.
Abstract: A modular beach towel with an integral anchoring means designed to help keep the towel from blowing away while in use comprising additional enhancements is herein disclosed. The beach towel further comprises a plurality of grommets located along corner and perimeter areas. Each grommet receives a stake, thereby holding the beach towel down to a ground surface. The beach towel is fabricated of a layered textile assembly with internal cushioning, further having a removable protective waterproof mat and an attachable food and drink holder. The beach towel apparatus also comprises reflective zippered pouches at each corner position that provide storage of personal items as well as aiding in identifying the towel from a distance. The corner pouches may also be loaded with sand or weights to provide additional anchoring.