Patents Represented by Attorney Morton S. Adler
  • Patent number: 5305912
    Abstract: Apparatus and method to move granular materials in an even flow by centrifugal force from a rotating surface to a plurality of circumferentially arranged receiving points includes a rotatable inverted cone provided with a peripheral base flange and having an angle of inclination of the cone surface matching the angle of repose for the material to be distributed. Material delivered to the apex of the cone flows by gravity down the cone surface to establish the angle of repose for such material with a toe point at the flange where it comes to rest when the cone is stationary. A cylindrical hopper, to accumulate material from the cone, is vertically adjustably secured to the flange so that the bottom of the hopper is spaced above the flange to define a flow passageway which can be enlarged or reduced by vertical adjustment of the hopper relative to the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Inventor: Robert E. Johnston
  • Patent number: 5289840
    Abstract: A yard hydrant includes a head section with a nozzle, a standpipe and valve housing in traditional hydrant relationship that is constructed and assembled into an integral unit which cannot be disassembled. An operating rod with valve means reciprocates in the standpipe and a valve housing in a well known manner. The rod extends through an enlarged opening formed in the head section for which there is provided a novel two piece gland unit with one piece being a packing gland nut for seal engagement with the operating rod in a well known manner and the other piece being a concentrically larger nut that is removably mounted in said opening in a watertight relationship thereto and in pressing engagement with the packing gland nut. Removal of the gland unit permits the operating rod and any attached components to be quickly and easily withdrawn from the integral unit through the opening in the head section for servicing or repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Merrill Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5261441
    Abstract: A yard hydrant includes a discharge nozzle above ground level connected to other vertically reciprocal working parts in the ground below the frost line. A cylindrical water reservoir unit, disposed below the frost line around said working parts, includes a diaphragm assembly removably attached to such working parts for reciprocation therewith, and a deformable diaphragm on said assembly provides a water storage area. Residual water in the hydrant when it is turned off is collected in the storage area and returned to the hydrant for discharge through the nozzle when the hydrant is turned on. The working parts are removable from the diaphragm assembly for servicing and repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Merrill Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5172524
    Abstract: A hand sanding block is formed with two blocks, which may be of equal or unequal lengths, of like cross section and disposed in coplanar relationship with opposed inner ends. The blocks are freely movable towards away from each other, event to the point of total separation, by means of a pair of spaced dowel pins projecting from one block for telescopic engagement in corresponding spring loaded sockets in the other block and are normally held apart in spaced relationship by the springs in the sockets. For mounting and removing an endless sanding belt or an abrasive sanding strip, the blocks are pressed together so the inner ends are in abutting relationship and once the belt or strip is in place, the holding pressure is released so the block can move apart to provide tension on the belt or strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Inventor: Willie A. Poss
  • Patent number: 5101744
    Abstract: A manual dispenser for granular materials includes a hopper operably connected to one end of an elongated tube for material flow communication. The other end of the tube is closed and a material exit opening is provided in the side of the tube near the bottom end. A freely movable closure is disposed to normally close flow communication between the hopper and the tube. A removable cap is provided for the tube. The forceful manual movement of the tube in a vertical plane to a sudden stop effects the movement of the closure to permit material flow communication between the hopper and the tube for a limited time interval after which the closure is returned to its original position by gravity. During such time interval, material from the hopper will flow by gravity into the tube for passage out of the exit opening to be deposited at any selected point or along a linear path by manipulation of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: John T. Nolan
  • Patent number: 5027544
    Abstract: A bait harness for holding a bait in the form of a fish or fillet for casting, trolling or jigging is designed to be virtually weedless in use. The harness includes a clamp of highly resilient spring material bent so that integral opposed sides converge to an abutting normally closed position for gripping the jaws of a bait fish and include a movable arms means for selectively opening the sides. In one embodiment, the clamp is secured to a buoyant artificial fishing plug provided with a removable fastening means for securing the tail portion of the fish bait to the shank of the hook. In a second embodiment, the clamp carries a pair of multi-barbed hooks connected respectively to the clamp sides for disposition at opposite sides of the bait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventor: Gene A. Schlaegel
  • Patent number: 4956892
    Abstract: A cordless vacuum brush includes a forward vacuum assembly containing a motor, fan, a dust trap and a rearward elongated hollow handle assembly containing a plurality of battery cells connected in series for operating the motor and a built-in battery charger. The rear or free end of the handle assembly is equipped with an endcap having a fold-out connector or plug for plugging into an 120 volt AC outlet. The handle assembly is detachably secured to the vacuum assembly so that it can be removed for charging the batteries and when attached to an electrical wall outlet will hang straight down therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Inventor: Donald G. Fawkes
  • Patent number: 4950842
    Abstract: An electrical outlet safety cover includes an apertured base plate to replace the conventional face plate of an electrical outlet and is attached to such outlet at the original screw position. A box-like cover with openings for passage of an electric cord is provided for attachment to the base plate so as to enclose a cord attached to the outlet. The cord passes over a stop bar on the base plate in registration with the openings in the cover so that access to the outlet through the openings as, for example, by a child's finger or a tool is prevented. The cover and base plate include complementary locking members that coact when the cover is introduced to the base plate to effectively lock the cover to the base plate in a position where the locking members are completely enclosed by the cover and inaccessible from outside the cover so that the cover cannot be removed by manual manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: Mark E. Menninga
  • Patent number: 4910907
    Abstract: A bait harness adapted to hold a bait in the form of a fish or fillet is provided for casting, trolling or jigging. The harness includes a clamp of highly resilient spring material bent to define a closed end with integral opposed sides converging to free ends biased to an abutting closed position for gripping the bait. In one embodiment, the clamp is provided with a pair of elongated arms, each fitted with a prong, pivotally mounted respectively at one end to respective free ends of the clamp to open the same when pressed into engagement with opposed sides thereof. This embodiment is used with an elongated skewer impaled lengthwise through the bait fish or fillet so as to extend from the extremities thereof and the bait is secured by mounting the clamp to the leading end of the skewer so that the free ends of the clamp when closed tightly grip the bait and when the arms are closed, the prongs penetrate the bait for additional gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Gene A. Schlaegel
  • Patent number: 4796376
    Abstract: A fishing device useful for casting and trolling includes an elongated buoyant plug type artificial fishing lure mounted to a bait harness adapted to hold a fish bait, filet or strip of fish bait. The harness is mounted longitudinally to the underside of the lure and includes opposed jaw members pivotally connected at one end under spring tension and provided with opposed spaced prongs at the opposite end. The jaws are normally closed with the prongs in overlapping position. An elongated flexible bar disposed in longitudinal alignment to the underside of the lure has a free end extending intermediate the closed prongs and is pivotally secured at the opposite end intermediate the jaws. When the jaws are opened, the rod is swingable on its pivot point to be perpendicular to the lure to facilitate its being impaled or skewered lengthwise through the fish bait from the head to protrude from the tail thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Inventor: Gene A. Schlaegel
  • Patent number: 4792129
    Abstract: This is an apparatus to facilitate securing radiator tanks onto header plates of automotive radiators and the like of a type made either from brass or of plastic having a gasket trough and integral header tabs. It includes opposed rails suspended from an overhead support, preferably circular to afford 360.degree. rotation, and arranged for individual movement towards and away from each other in substantially parallel relationship to support the header on different thicknesses of radiators for mounting the tank thereon. In one position, opposed edges of the rails are notched to hold radiators of varying sizes and types with easy access to header tabs on plastic radiators and in an inverted position, the rails are provided with a flange to support the underside of the gasket trough on plastic tanks with good access to the tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Inventor: Frederic H. LePrevost, Jr.
  • Patent number: D297533
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Com-Line, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Fitzgerald, Richard W. Toussaint
  • Patent number: D299752
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventors: Michael J. Anania, Jr., Donna Jo Anania
  • Patent number: D303918
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Assignee: Johnson Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Alan E. Gickler
  • Patent number: D305266
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Richard L. Hirschauer
  • Patent number: D307627
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: Merrill Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Anderson
  • Patent number: D327205
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: Roy M. Jones
  • Patent number: D344912
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas W. Blasingame
  • Patent number: D356702
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Mary J. Woolman
  • Patent number: D371303
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Franklin H. Nielsen