Abstract: A method of stabilizing a closet ring to a floor by first attaching to the bottom of the floor, with fasteners driven from above the floor, a stabilizing device having a support panel with a length and a width greater than a width of a toilet to be attached to the closet ring. A sewer pipe or extension therefrom is inserted through an opening in the stabilizing device and bonded to the stabilizing device. A closet ring is then fastened to the floor followed by conventional application of a wax ring and a toilet. An elongated anchor tool having wide gap in one edge with teeth-like projections may be used to hold the stabilizing device in place from below for a user to drive fasteners from above into and through the floor and into the stabilizing device.
Abstract: An adaptive dust shield for rotary grinders having a bearing housing and an axial groove around the bearing housing. The dust shield has a cover and a plurality of upstanding flexible fingers, in multiples of four, which extend upward from and around the top of the cover. These flexible fingers have a defined width and are separated apart from each other defining a space between each one of the flexible fingers. The width of the space is less than the defined width of the flexible fingers. A stretchable fitting ring fits onto the bearing housing of the grinder and into the flexible fingers. The flexible fingers are secured onto the stretchable fitting ring by a securing fastener. Tightening the securing fastener over the flexible fingers compresses them into the stretchable fitting ring and the stretchable fitting ring into the groove of the bearing housing of the grinder forming a secure attachment.
Abstract: Application of the method and device to a water well will permanently seal the well casing in order to prevent hydraulic cross-contamination with other water wells in the area. The method employs a string to explosive modules in spaced relation along the depth of a well casing. This weighted string of explosive modules is lowered into the well casing, wet concrete should then be introduced into the casing, after which the explosive elements are detonated sequentially, starting at the top of the well. Detonation of the elements in such a manner should force the wet concrete or cement out through the well casing perforations, so that the well casing will be entirely captured within the cured concrete. The individual explosive elements are made from detonating cord and metallic ball bearings wrapped into bundles, and then the bundles are bound in suitable adhesive tape.
Abstract: A wearable wipe unit having one or more absorbent members attachable to, and removable from, a retaining member, or each other. The retaining member has a mouth which attaches to a user's waist band or belt. One or more absorbent members may have a storage unit for securely holding a user's personal effects. The bottoms of the front and back sides of the retaining member are angled forward for ease of attachment.
Abstract: A CO2 generating and dispensing device having container with a first space for receiving oxalic acid and water, and a second space for receiving a CO2 generator which generator is attached to a lid. The lid secures to the container. Two conductive rods extend above the lid and are attached to the CO2 generator. Electric current is applied to the rods which initiates the CO2 generation. Generated CO2 rises from the second space and out a discharge vent on the lid. An hose attached to the discharge vent direct the CO2 to a pre-determined destination.
Abstract: A Rug Anti-slip Device. The device includes a pin-shaped element that has a sharpened tip end for poking through a mat and into the underlying carpet. The device further has a handle tab made from plastic or other suitably durable and aesthetically pleasing material. The handle tab is designed to stay above the surface of the mat or rug when the pin-shaped element is holding the mat or rug in place. The upper face of the handle tab may have indicia inscribed upon it, or embossed/raised above it in order to provide a decorative aspect to the device beyond the utilitarian purpose of holding the mat or rug in place.
Abstract: A Gurney Clamp, Detachable Equipment Stand and Associated Transport Cart is disclosed. The combination of these devices makes the transportation of patients and health status monitoring equipment more controlled, reliable and safe. The clamp is specifically configured to be attachable to the safety rails on a conventional gurney. Once installed, the clamp will provide a secure mounting point to attach the detachable equipment stand to the gurney. The stand is configured to be capable of holding a wide variety of patient monitoring equipment in an upright manner so that the equipment data can be easily viewed. The stand can be quickly and easily shifted back and forth between its mounting location at the gurney clamp, and its mounting location on the associated transport cart. When the stand is attached to the equipment cart, it provides the equipment with a secure, portable storage location.
Abstract: A motorcycle suspension apparatus and method is provided. In one embodiment, a motorcycle suspension assembly includes a shaft and at least two asymmetric bushings, with each bushing comprising an inner element and an outer element, with the outer element and inner elements constructed of different materials. This Abstract is provided for the sole purpose of complying with the Abstract requirement rules that allow a reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the disclosure contained herein. This Abstract is submitted with the explicit understanding that it will not be used to interpret or to limit the scope or the meaning of the claims.
Abstract: An Accessory Footrest Attachment is disclosed. The footrest attachment is designed to give children and others having legs that are shorter than normal adult legs a rest for their feet. The attachment has at least two configurations—one for installation on a conventional vehicle seat and one for installation on a typical residential chair. In either configuration, the footrest attachment preferably has a flip-up footplate so that the device can be made compact for storage when not in use. Furthermore, the attachment includes an associated stabilizing mat that is designed to be captured between the seated user and the seat, and that would keep the footrest attachment in an upright and stable condition. The footrest attachment and associated stabilizing mat is height-adjustable to account for variance in user and chair sizes.
Abstract: A Flexible VCD Having Domed Center and Method of Making Thereof is disclosed. The disc will has a flat data storage section of its substrate that is less than 0.7 millimeters thick, while the central region of the disc is defined by a dome structure adjacent to the spindle aperture that is of standard digital disc thickness. The disc is thin enough such that its substrate is flexible. The dome structure is shaped to provide the widest compatibility with player/recorders, as well as with disc printing systems. Disc versions are available that provide conical dome structures, as well as slivered dome structures of both conical and rectangular cross-section. The method for manufacturing the discs simply requires the replacement of the conventional stamper holder with a stamper holding having a non-flat face.
Abstract: Systems and methods for computer assisted cueing and selective reviewing of driving data in order to save time in the data review process are provided. The method allows identifying essential portions of the data, selecting the essential portions, reviewing the selected data and retrieving additional data leading to the event if necessary. At least one event capture device continuously captures data into a buffer. The data are sent to an event detector communicatively coupled to the event capture device only when the event detector requests them. After receiving the data, the event detector selects and indexes a pre-event portion, during-event portion and post-event portion, combines the portions of captured data into a single driving event record and sends the driving event record to the evaluation server. From the server, the driving event record is sent to the analysis station for review and analysis.
Abstract: Systems are described for the “on-site” production of substantial amounts of carbon dioxide and hydrogen. The systems include a stack of multiple electrochemical cells, which decompose organic carboxylated compounds into CO2 and H2 without leaving any residue. From a bench-top small generator, producing about 1 lb of CO2 per day to a large-scale generator producing 1 ton of CO2 per day, the process is essentially identical. Oxalic acid, either anhydrous or in its dihydrate form, is used to efficiently generate the gases. The energy required is less than 0.3 Kilowatt-hours per lb of CO2 generated. Individual cells operate at less than 1.2 volts at current densities in excess of 0.75 amps/cm2. CO2 production rates can be controlled either through voltage or current regulation. Metering is not required since the current sets the gas production rate. These systems can competitively replace conventional compressed CO2 gas cylinders.
Abstract: A Progressive Compression Suspension is disclosed. The suspension operates to provide floating opposed mounting points for each end of the suspension's shock absorber. The bottom end of the shock absorber pivotally attaches to the lower suspension arm, and the upper end of the shock absorber pivotally attaches to a compression linkage. The compression linkage is pivotally attached to the vehicle frame or chassis, such that it rocks back forth when the suspension engages rough terrain and the top of the shock absorber works in opposition to the bottom of the shock absorber. The rocking of the compression linkage is created by an actuating linkage interconnecting the compression linkage and an eccentric arm extending inwardly towards the frame from the pivot point of the lower suspension arm.
Abstract: A Pendulum Valve having Independently and Rapidly Controllable Theta- and Z-axis Motion. The valve actuator used in the present invention provides the benefit of wide open unrestricted flow of a pendulum valve coupled with the high-resolution and wide dynamic range flow throttling of a ball or butterfly valve. The actuator mechanism will include motor drives and associated control system so that the drives are closely coupled to give highly controlled motion. The drive assembly introduces a concentric shaft arrangement that, when coupled with the highly controllable motor drives, exploits a cam-follower arrangement to make the relative rotation between the two concentric shafts result in highly controlled theta and z-axis motion. Finally, the plate to seal spacing afforded is greater than previously possible with prior valve actuator mechanisms, thereby substantially reducing flow turbulence through the valve as the valve plate eclipses the valve ports.
August 27, 2007
Date of Patent:
July 27, 2010
Nor-Cal Products, Inc.
Nate Coleman, John Slaney, Sean Mallory, Per Cederstav, David Kruse, William Ballard, Robert Woods
Abstract: A Calibrated Air Intake Tract for Internal Combustion Engine is disclosed. The intake includes a Mass Airflow Sensor section that defines an inner diameter that differs from the diameter of the overall intake air tract piping. The Mass Airflow Sensor length and diameter are precision-tuned in order to provide the best engine performance without the typical “check engine” light being lit due to faulty mass airflow sensor readings. In those vehicles where necessary, an insert of the appropriate size and in the proper location is added to the interior wall of the MAFS section in order to correct final fuel trim level inadequacies.