Patents Examined by Suzanne L. Ding
  • Patent number: 5095667
    Abstract: A telescopic manhole or storm drain installation includes a riser assembly provided with an upper section and adjacent lower section the former of which comprises a side wall defining an inverted frustoconical configuration while the latter provides a vertically disposed member having external threads cooperating with a stationary threaded collar. To prepare for resurfacing of a roadway or the like, no excavation about the riser is required prior to its elevation by use of a tool which engages mating receptors located within the interior of the riser. Rotation of the tool rotates the riser assembly within the threads of the collar until the new, elevated plane is achieved. The effort required to displace the riser is minimial due to the movement of its outer surface away from any grouting or roadway base previously abutting the riser. Risers with non-circular upper sections and lids are accommodated by forming the riser of separate upper and lower sections having a sliding joint structure therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventors: Chester Ryan, John Morina
  • Patent number: 4838056
    Abstract: Flush mountable latches and locks for industrial cabinets, tool carts, electrical equipment enclosures and the like utilize versatile housings of novel configuration together with pivotally nestable and extensible handles that are movable relative to their housings to effect latching and unlatching movements of a resilient, expansible latch member. Locking mechanisms are mountable on the housings to selectively permit and prevent unlatching movements of the latch member. The resulting arrangement provides sturdy latch and lock assemblies that employ a small number of relatively movable parts that can be assembled and serviced with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Steven A. Mayo, Thomas V. McLinden, Timothy H. Wentzell