Patents Examined by Daniel Blum
  • Patent number: 4183113
    Abstract: An improved rotary scraper having a central rotatable hub and a plurality of scraper members pivotally attached to said hub and extending outwardly therefrom for sliding engagement with and at an angle to a work surface is provided. The scraper members each comprise a coil spring disposed about a rod formed in the hub and a pair of generally parallel equal length spring fingers extending from the ends of said coil. During rotation, the scraper members are restrained in a position at an angle to the work surface by means of one finger of each pair bearing against the spring coil on an adjacent rod disposed in the hub. The finger which is restrained by the adjacent rod is stiffer than the other finger of the pair, which is restrained only by the coil, so that the degree of scraping action can be controlled by the pressure exerted upon the hub to bring the less stiff finger or both fingers into contact with the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Inventor: Robert Fusco
  • Patent number: 4181073
    Abstract: There is disclosed a chalupa frying utensil usable in conjunction with either deep fat fryers, deep sauce pans, or relatively flat skillets. The utensil comprises a multiplicity of thin perforate sheet metal plates connected together for opening and closing movement upon manipulation of a pair of handle sections connected to the outermost plates. Means are provided to secure the handle sections together. The perforate plates are selected to prevent sticking of the chalupas to the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Abel A. Chapa, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4181446
    Abstract: A brush back having bristles on one face and being bendable to swing the bristles into oppositely extending relation for brushing engagement with an internal or concave surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Jack W. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 4176420
    Abstract: A pad for treating surfaces such as floors or the like which includes a plate member of rigid material which is wrapped with a continuous ribbon of stainless steel which is relatively thin and narrow, the wraps extending in a circular manner successively over and under the plate member, successively and alternately, in random directions to build up a soft, cushiony mass of the stainless steel strip to a thickness such that the wound ribbon completely covers the plate member in a plurality of layers with the plate member disposed centrally within the mass to form a pad suitable for attachment to a floor-treating machine.This invention relates to an apparatus for treating surfaces and more particularly to a pad of stainless steel arranged to be mounted on a machine for treating surfaces such as floors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1979
    Assignee: Cello Chemical Company
    Inventor: David J. Magid
  • Patent number: 4171574
    Abstract: An instrument for making graphic designs on walls or ceilings, including an elongated member having a plurality of rigid sections joined together by a unitary, integral flexible portion, center-line apertures spaced along the longitudinal axis of each rigid section providing a pivot point and a plurality of marking points along the instrument, each section having paired edge apertures spacially located along respective, opposite longitudinal edges of each section, and a paint pad having a pair of upstanding lugs for detachably mounting the paint pad at a selected pair of edge apertures to selectively place painted arc segments or stripes on walls or ceilings. A guide member having rollers can be mounted to one end of the instrument to aid in placing vertical or horizontal stripes on walls or ceilings. For very large wall or ceiling surfaces a link member can be used to couple together two instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Assignee: Creative Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Gratzl, Frank J. Matranga
  • Patent number: 4170803
    Abstract: A floor sweeper having an improved pivotal means for a handle is disclosed. The pivotal means comprises a main body having a concave portion thereon, a holding member having bearing apertures and a leaf spring positioned in a predetermined seat of the concave portion of the main body, wherein the handle is pivotally supported to swing in a desired angle such that shaft members of the handle are received in the bearing apertures of the holding member and base end of the handle is pressed upward by the leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Assignee: Hukuba Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Gunsei Saito
  • Patent number: 4169297
    Abstract: A handle having a sprung forked end is releasably securable to a cleaning-implement body by engagement of the fork arms in apertures in the body by means of a clamping device engaging between said arms and being movable, by rotation, displacement or pivoting, to spread the arms apart or draw them together. Various forms of clamping device (comprising a cam disc and/or a slider, or a pivoting lever), various configurations of fork arms and various features of said body are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1979
    Assignee: Coronet-Werke Heinrich Schlerf GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Weihrauch
  • Patent number: 4168863
    Abstract: A method of making a scouring pad from a length of nylon fabric netting characterized by forming the netting into a tube-like configuration by rolling the netting around two spaced cylinders having unequal diameters, but axially spaced from each other, twisting the tube of netting to gather the netting in the location between the two cylinders, folding the netting onto itself by extending one cylinder over the other cylinder to form one end of the pad, removing both cylinders from the netting tube, wrinkling and tucking the netting toward the other end of the pad to form an inside core, gathering the outside netting around the inside core, and twisting and tieing the outside netting to form the other end of the pad. The scouring pad may be made from a single length of fabric netting or alternatively made from two separate differing colored lengths, thereby resulting in a two-toned pad wherein the color of the inner core netting and outside netting are dissimilar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1979
    Inventor: Rosemarie Hatcher
  • Patent number: 4167796
    Abstract: A brush apparatus for the cleaning and polishing of a surface having the advantages of an elongated handle with two or more spaced-apart, raised elastomeric rings to stop the flow of cleaning liquid onto the handle and onto the hand of the user.The head of the brush is tapered and holds an abrasive-resistant foam or bristle rubbing pad to ease the removal of spots that otherwise would be difficult to clean. The ends of the bristles of the brush are feathered to allow for greater pickup of dirt when used dry and for the gentle cleaning of large areas when wet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1979
    Inventor: Richard L. De Pamphilis
  • Patent number: 4165550
    Abstract: A mop connector comprising, a handle, a frame for releasably carrying a sleeve-like mop member, first swivel means mounted for 180.degree. swivel movement in a vertical plane relative to the frame and releasably attached to the handle, and second swivel means mounted for 180.degree. swivel movement about a horizontal axis pivotally coupled to the first swivel means and frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Assignee: Stanley Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick A. Burke
  • Patent number: 4164801
    Abstract: An ice scraper comprising a one-piece body defining a handle section, a downwardly curved intermediate section, and a blade region comprising a plurality of downwardly curved, independently flexible, resilient scraping fingers. In use, the scraping fingers bow or flex when scraping force is applied to ice to be removed, induce the formation of fractures in the ice, and thereafter resiliently return to their unflexed position, imparting force to fractured ice tending to throw it away from the surface to be scraped.The separable, independently flexible fingers enable the ice scraper to effectively conform to curved surfaces and avoid the possible incomplete cleaning action of said blade structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 4164803
    Abstract: A convertible painting assembly includes a paint roller pan, the pan having a removable partition wall extending transversely between sump and trough portions therein. A removable paint transfer roller is rotatably mounted between the partition wall and the rear wall of the tray. Paint is transferred from the sump of the tray onto a paint pad which is supported by a novel pad suppport and handle assembly. With the transfer roller in place, the assembly can be used to apply paint to a painting pad. With the transfer roller and partition wall removed, the assembly can be used as a conventional roller pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Adams Brush Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Zurawin, Gaetano Ricciuti
  • Patent number: 4164800
    Abstract: A combination mop and wringer comprising a handle and a replaceable strand type mop positioned at one end of the handle. A slide arm reciprocates relative to the handle from an initial position to a wringing position to push a pivotal, split ring member over the strand mop to wring out excess water. The slide arm reciprocates through a guide block having a configured opening to prevent twisting of the slide arm during movement. Reciprocation of the slide arm returns the split ring member to its initial position ahead of the strand mop. The split ring includes a pivotal connection to the slide arm and a flapper type closure to automatically complete the ring configuration prior to each mop wringing cycle. The slide arm may be provided with a locking detent suitable to releasably engage the guide block to retain the slide arm in its initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Quickie Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Martin P. Strahs
  • Patent number: 4164054
    Abstract: A device for cleaning automotive dipsticks having a base for attachment of the device under a vehicle hood adhesively or magnetically provided with a block of porous absorbent material having a diagonally cut upwardly tapered surface. Means are optionally provided for compression of the block when the dipstick is inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1979
    Inventors: Cameron Hanson, Benjamin Dixon
  • Patent number: 4162552
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a circular disc with a central bore, the device hav a shaft on a supporting box to rotatably hold a disc to be cleaned in a cleaning tank, and a drying rack which fits into the box and on which the disc can be dried; there is further disclosed a hub to surround said shaft and enclose a section of the surface of the disc during the cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Assignee: Heinrich Josef Winter Kunststoffverarbeitung unde Werkzeugbau GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich J. Winter
  • Patent number: 4157598
    Abstract: A paint brush, having a handle extending from a stock into which bristles are fastened is provided with and adapter to which an extension rod or pole may be attached. The adapter is connected to the stock adjacent to the termination of the handle in the stock, and at an angle to the handle. The adapter, handle and stock, are in coplanar arrangement. The adapter is constructed to releasably receive an extension rod, preferrably in threaded engagement. With the extension rod, the improved paint brush may be used to paint floor and ceiling mouldings and the junction between floors and ceilings without the aid of a ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1979
    Inventors: Charles H. Talent, Carol S. Talent
  • Patent number: 4155142
    Abstract: A traction tool for scraping away excessive grout between the joints of adjacent tile pieces of a floor or wall. The tool is fitted with a handle fixed to a base with a plurality of toothed wheels rotatably fitted in the base to extend below the undersurface of the base, the plane of all wheels lying on a common plane perpendicular to the undersurface of the base. The tool could be used to remove old grout prior to making a freshly grouted joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Inventor: Chrys C. Demetriadis
  • Patent number: 4155230
    Abstract: A hollow cylindrical paint roller cover of absorbent material fits snugly in a cylindrical casing. The hollow center of the cover is closed by appropriate plugs and a cleaning fluid is forced into one end of the casing to flow axially through only the absorbent material and out the other end of the casing. The device is adapted to clean a roller cover having a rigid inner shell or one having no supporting shell and may be made with flexible walls to permit removing the cover from its roller without getting paint on one's hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Inventor: Morgan D. Lacher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4155139
    Abstract: A hand painting device is provided which consists of a handle, a flexible extension and a skirt for the containment of a removable polyurethane foam applicator. The skirt or cover contains the applicator and is removably connected to the handle by use of snap extensions on the handle. Pins on the handle help retain the applicator thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Inventor: Theodore P. Corcoran
  • Patent number: 4155140
    Abstract: A paint applicator has a handle and a pad supporting base. A paint applying pad is attached to a first face of the base. First and second flanges, a groove, and a ramp are provided on a second face of the base for receiving and holding the handle. The handle includes a plate with side walls and a lip extending below a front edge of the plate, and a gripping portion. To assemble the paint applicator, the plate is inserted into and slid rearwardly in the first and second flanges. The lip is guided up the ramp and into the groove, where the plate is held in a locking position by the first and second flanges engaging the side walls and the groove, where the plate is held in a locking position by the first and second flanges engaging the side walls and the groove engaging the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Assignee: Padco, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert I. Janssen, Donald R. Cooke