Patents Examined by Paul R. Gilliam
  • Patent number: 4195487
    Abstract: This invention relates to foundation work of structures in a very cold district, especially to a method of preventing the upward movement of foundation pillars in weak ground in which concrete piles are required as foundation pillars. Concrete piles are driven to a permanent frozen stratum passing through a weak stratum which repeats freeze and melt conditions according to the atmospheric change and the like, and then the concrete piles themselves are cooled artificially or by utilizing the ultra-low temperature of the permanent frozen stratum during the period of refreeze of the weak stratum in order to make frozen parts in the weak stratum around each concrete pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: Nippon Concrete Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikiyo Fukushima
  • Patent number: 4144972
    Abstract: A valet rack comprising in combination a plurality of drawers in a body, said drawers having a magnetic means located at the back thereof to cooperate with a magnetic means in the body to provide a positive locking of the drawer in the closed position in the body, and a plurality of hangers located below and in operational relation with the body, being slidably mounted thereto and comprising a back plate, at least one holding member, e.g., a rod extending from the back plate and a biasing means for urging the hangers together such that the rod of the hanger is adjacent to the back plate of the next hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Inventor: John A. Wiser
  • Patent number: 4132456
    Abstract: A display device for multiplying images of a sample to give an impression of a full wall or floor covering. In a first version, a tray is surrounded with four mirrors at right angles to each other and located in a cabinet with a viewing window in one side for viewing multiple images of a sample on the tray reflected in the mirrors. In a second version, two parallel vertical mirrors are disposed at right angles to a vertical support arranged between them, one of the mirros being slidable on runners. In both embodiments, lamps are provided for simulating the effects of different illuminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1979
    Assignee: Dacon Display Services Limited
    Inventors: David G. A. Lewis, Michael G. Connolly
  • Patent number: 4127990
    Abstract: A new and improved method for forming a drainage structure, such as a manhole for a subterranean sewer pipe. In a first embodiment, a removable outer form is positioned in an excavation in the earth extending to the sewer pipe so that the earth surrounding the sewer may be undercut and removed through the removable outer form. Concrete is poured into the undercut area surrounding the sewer pipe to a height adjacent the lower edge of the outer form and a second cylindrical inner form is positioned within the outer form so that concrete may be poured into the space between the forms to form upwardly extending wall portions to the surface. In a second embodiment, the outer form is positioned in an excavation at a predetermined location and a concrete base portion is formed. The inner form is positioned in the outer form and predetermined quantities of sand are poured into the space between the forms for facilitating connection with sewer pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1978
    Inventor: Otis L. Morrow
  • Patent number: 4118055
    Abstract: This invention relates to a door lock, and particularly to the turning mechanism which activates movement of the latch bolt mechanism of the door lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Inventor: Robert F. Bischoff, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4110857
    Abstract: A resilient foam cushion structure and method for producing same are disclosed. The structure comprises a plurality of foam sheets each having a plurality of tapered protuberances on at least one face thereof. The sheets are stacked face-to-face to form the cushion structure such that each protuberance of at least opposed pairs of sheets is offset and adjacent an opposed protuberance. The protuberance spacing is preferably arranged such that adjacent opposed protuberances will abut upon compression of the cushion structure. The method comprises placing foam sheets on a form having a plurality of tapered protuberances thereon and applying a vacuum thereto to form the sheets on the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Conwed Corporation
    Inventor: Peter George Banister
  • Patent number: 4110990
    Abstract: To repair a pair of adjacent corroded sheet pile coffer dam cells a vertical metal plate is welded to the joint between the adjacent arches of sheet piling in alignment with the diaphragm between the cells which is also connected to the joint. A precast, post-tensional concrete arch of approximately the same length and depth as the sheet pile arch is spaced outwardly of each sheet pile arch. Exposed reinforcing bars of the concrete arch are secured to an extension of the metal plate. An outer vertical plate bridges the gap between the outer corners of adjacent concrete arches. The space inside the outer plate and the arch joint is filled with grout (e.g., Tremied concrete or pressure grout). The spaces between the new concrete arches and the pre-existing sheet pile arches are also filled. The lateral forces from the fill behind the concrete arches are resisted by tension of the existing diaphragm between cells. Use of "deadmen" and other anchoring devices is obviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Inventors: Isadore Thompson, Rudolph Fehr
  • Patent number: 4109985
    Abstract: A ready access cabinet is disclosed that is comprised of a plurality of panel sections arranged in hinged and spring-tensioned relationship to each other so that when a locking pin is removed, the front, top, bottom and side panels are "exploded" from their engaged closure position into a fully opened one so that immediate and unencumbered access to the contents of the cabinet is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: A. Calvin Lieb, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4109984
    Abstract: A walk-in cooler construction designed to be built into a corner of a room which is complete in and of itself together with hydroplaster walls, fiberglass and urethane insulation throughout, and at least one insulated entrance door. The cooler is complete with refrigeration unit of sufficient cooling capacity to keep the entire inside thereof at a desired low operating temperature. Provision is made to have a plurality of beverage can-supporting racks mounted adjacent multiple access doors for permitting a large number of cans of beer and the like to be kept at sufficiently cool temperture ready for immediate dispension and drinking thereof. A structure is also provided for supporting a plurality of draft beer kegs together with appropriate dispensing means therefor. Lighting structure, shelf and drain structure also are provided. Several modifications of the dispensing rack structure are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Nemesio N. Gandara
  • Patent number: 4109981
    Abstract: A cabinet-like furniture unit of cellular structure having generally large area door arrangements for closing the open fronts of the cells; handling ledges or strips are mounted at the edges of the doors, with finger grooves provided in the outer surfaces of each of the handling ledges opening in a direction generally parallel to the main exterior surface of the respective door, and with profile bands of generally T-shaped transverse cross section sheathing the front edges of the cell walls; the handling ledges and profile bands are arranged in such manner that in the closed condition of the doors, the inner longitudinal edge of the outer surface of the handling ledge is in close proximity to the adjacent edge of the cross bar of the profile band, whereby, as viewed from the front, the handling ledge and associated profile band form a homogeneous whole. A novel profile band comprising two separate parts is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Josephine Pfaehler
  • Patent number: 4109983
    Abstract: A speaker cabinet is constituted with plate material formed by intimately bonding a rigid foam plate having communicating or open-cell bubbles to a surface plate material with the latter being outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Pioneer Electronic Corporation
    Inventor: Shouzo Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 4108517
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a desk with a roll-top door, slidably moveable along a pair of parallel guideways. The door includes a plurality of slats articulated to one another by a flexible backing sheet. Each of the guideways is formed with walls defining two slots: one for fixedly engaging an edge of the desk to which the guideway is mounted; the other slot for slidably receiving an edge of the door. The guideways are made of flexible plastic and are adapted to be bent and attached to the desk in a shape conforming to the desired arcuate path along which the roll-top door is to slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Roth American, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Tomalinas, Jr., Herbert S. Gurbst
  • Patent number: 4108510
    Abstract: A cabinet for a record player comprising a cabinet body molded from hard resin concrete with large mass, a base of wood adhered to the bottom of the cabinet body and a plate adapted for attachment of a tone arm, the plate being composed of wood and adhered to the top of the cabinet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Trio Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Iimura
  • Patent number: 4108511
    Abstract: A cabinet has side and rear walls, and a front opening, in which is disposed a hinged front cover, thereby forming an enclosure in which record discs are stored on edge with the upper and lower disc edges being engaged by spaced internal upper and lower cabinet grooves. A radius near the rear end of the lower groove provides a preferred position for each disc. With the hinged front cover open access is gained to a manually actuated lateral slide member which positions a selector arm at the rear edge of a record disc in a selected upper and lower groove. Further manual actuation of the selector arm in forward sliding motion on the lateral slide member urges the disc toward the front opening so that it may be manually engaged and removed from the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: Martin Alfred Spragg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4108516
    Abstract: In the blocked position of the central locking mechanism the locking bolt projects into the path of a blocking face of the drawer and can be elastically displaced when closing a drawer which is still open. In the open (unblocked) position of the central locking mechanism a stopping face which is arranged at a distance from the blocking face butts against a lever arm of the locking bolt when withdrawing the drawer and swivels the locking bolt into the blocking position; when closing the drawer the locking bolt is swivelled back into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Wilhelm Bott KG
    Inventor: Eugen Scholl
  • Patent number: 4106296
    Abstract: A soil stabilizer and a method of stabilizing soil, such as sub-bases, bases and wear courses of roads and airport runways, sand dunes and other loose, particulate material, which includes mixing an epoxy resin ester of unsaturated fatty acids with soil, preferably at the optimum moisture content of the soil, in ratios of as little as one part of chemical to 200 parts of soil, with the amount depending on the use. Optionally, small but effective quantities of cement may be added to the composition in the range of about 2 to 20% of the weight of the soil. A soil coating or top dressing may be applied to the resultant structure if desired. A method of agricultural reclamation, including a method of establishing plant cover, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Inventors: John B. Leonard, Jr., Laurence Latta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4106297
    Abstract: An arrangement for establishing an underground passage includes a first line of consecutive pipe sections which are pressed through the ground in a path which deviates from the desired course of the passage whenever the first line of pipe sections encounters an obstruction. A second line of the consecutive pipe sections follows the trailing end of first line, and a planing tool support carrying at least one planing tool is interposed between the trailing end of the first line and the leading end of the second line of consecutive pipe sections. The planing tool extends transversely beyond the planing tool support and removes the excess material between the actual path and the desired course, and the removed excess material is deposited between the previous path and the second line of consecutive pipe sections and cemented therein by the introduction of a cementing material into such deposited excess material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Inventor: Richard Weiss
  • Patent number: 4106139
    Abstract: An improved mattress foundation is prepared by splitting a foam slab along a corrugated path to provide two slabs, each having a corrugated face and each being supported by a rigid base to form a mattress foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Robert W. Southard
  • Patent number: 4104748
    Abstract: A hospital mattress is formed with a plurality of passages opening to its normally top body-supporting surface; a plurality of members are mounted for reciprocation in the passages and formed with body-engaging ends normally disposed at or below the surface in a body-supporting position thereof; means is provided for simultaneously displacing the members or engaging and elevating a body on the mattress and to provide horizontally spaced access spaces between the body and the mattress; and movable gurney arms are formed to enter the access spaces for receiving, supporting and transfer of the body onto the gurney. The apparatus is adapted to operate in a reverse fashion to transfer the body from the gurney to the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1978
    Inventor: Paul R. Brisco
  • Patent number: 4105270
    Abstract: A recipe card storage device having a drawer and drawer housing. The drawer is used for storing recipe cards. The drawer housing is mounted to a kitchen cabinet or table. The drawer has a display means which includes a drawer pull with an elongated groove for receiving the bottom edge of the recipe card. The display means provides an easy reference to the recipe card during cooking or baking in a kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1978
    Inventors: Helen G. Bergkamp, Robert L. Bergkamp