Patents by Inventor Harold Kent Beck

Harold Kent Beck has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190167043
    Abstract: A bathtub drain flange assembly includes a tubular drain flange fitting that has a radially-extending flange on an upper end and male threads on a lower end. A support structure in the lower end of the drain flange has an oversized or larger-than-normal opening, which is usually threaded. A reducing bushing is received in the opening and has a threaded bore that is one of a number of different sizes for receiving a plumbing device such as a drain stopper, a strainer or a drain cover. A bathtub drain flange kit includes a drain flange with a larger-than-maximum-standard size for an opening in the drain flange and two or more reducing bushings that fit properly in the opening and become fastened to the drain flange, where each of the reducing bushings provides a threaded bore that is a standard size for receiving a plumbing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10301803
    Abstract: A push-type drain stopper is usable in a drain pipe that has a pivot rod port surrounded by a stub by sealing a rod that protrudes into the pipe through the stub. The stopper is pressed transversely into engagement with the rod, which is an anchor. The drain pipe has a drain flange that seals around a drain opening in a sink. If the flange becomes worn and unsightly or if one desires to change a color scheme for the sink, a cap that has a diameter greater than the drain flange hides the drain flange from sight. A retrofit kit includes the drain stopper, pivot balls sized to fit different pop-up drain assemblies, a rod that passes through the ball into the drain pipe, and a wing nut fixed to an end of the rod for tightening the rod against a stub cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10246861
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has drain piping, a stopper in the drain piping and a pivot rod for opening and closing the stopper, which tends not to clog because the pivot rod is not within a fluid flow path. In one embodiment the stopper has flow diverter plates that channel fluid flowing through the drain piping away from the pivot rod so that hair, waste and debris does not catch on and accumulate on the pivot rod. In another embodiment the stopper and the pivot rod are engaged through magnetic coupling, and the pivot rod does not protrude into the fluid flow path. The stopper is preferably variable in length for adjustment to fit different distances from the pivot rod to the top of the drain piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10240329
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has drain piping, a stopper in the drain piping, a pivot rod for opening and closing the stopper and tends not to clog because the pivot rod is not within a fluid flow path. In one embodiment the stopper has flow diverter plates that channel fluid flowing through the drain piping away from the pivot rod so that hair, waste and debris does not catch on and accumulate on the pivot rod. In another embodiment the stopper and the pivot rod are engaged through magnetic coupling, and the pivot rod does not protrude into the fluid flow path. The stopper is preferably variable in length for adjustment to fit different distances from the pivot rod to the top of the drain piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20190003164
    Abstract: A conventional bathroom sink has an overflow port and an overflow conduit. A conventional drain pipe for the conventional sink has overflow ports in fluid communication with the sink's overflow port. A vessel sink does not have an overflow port. A prior art drain pipe that does not have overflow ports has been used with vessel sinks. The present invention provides a new drain pipe with overflow ports for a conventional sink and means for covering and sealing the overflow ports in the new drain pipe so that the new drain pipe can also be used with a vessel sink that does not have an overflow port. Means for covering and sealing the overflow ports include an inner sleeve that fits inside the drain pipe, an outer sleeve that surrounds the drain pipe and grommets and hole plugs that that fit inside the overflow ports, where all of the means cover and seal the overflow ports so that the new drain pipe does not leak when used with a vessel sink that does not have an overflow port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10081935
    Abstract: A brace includes two or more spacers connected together using an interlocking mechanism, such as a press fit, an interference fit, a friction fit, a snap fastener, a projection-and-recess coupling system or a stud-and-tube coupling system, to provide a desired combined length. The brace may further include a U-shaped clip for attachment to a toilet tank or may use a plate with an adhesive layer for attachment to an object. The brace may also include a threaded stud and a nut coupled to a spacer for adjusting the combined length of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP.
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20180263426
    Abstract: A drain flange cover is provided for covering and hiding a drain flange in a sink or bathtub, which includes a drain cap and which may or may not include a longitudinal shaft and/or a strainer. The longitudinal shaft can be a perforated tube that serves as a strainer. Strainers can be cylindrical, regular-funnel shaped and inverted-funnel shaped. A drain stopper includes an open-close mechanism, a strainer and a drain flange cover. A drain stopper with a push-push mechanism can rest on a cross-member in a drain pipe, allowing easy removal to clean the strainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Sanjay Ahuja, Harold Kent Beck
  • Patent number: 10072405
    Abstract: A drain cleaning apparatus, includes a handle and a clog-catching member detachably connected the handle. Airplane-like wings project radially from the clog-catching member. The wings provide an angled projection that catches and holds a clump of debris in a drain pipe for unclogging the drain. Clog-catching members or smooth extension members can be connected end to end for different lengths. Different end tools can be removably connected to a clog-catching member or to a smooth extension member to provide multifunctionality. A drain cleaning harpoon that is an integral unit or one that can be assembled and disassembled is also provided. The harpoon can be fitted on one end with a plurality of J hooks, fish hooks, arrowheads or retractable barbs for catching and holding a mass of debris in a drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja, Stephen Samuel Hodgson
  • Publication number: 20180171610
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has a drain stopper, a generally vertical control rod and a generally horizontal pivot rod. A connector device links the control rod to the pivot rod. The connector device has compressive-friction connectors that receive and hold the control rod and the pivot rod. The connector device preferably has a pair of opposing C-channels that define a hole therebetween, where the control rod is received through the hole and within an open C-shaped space in the C-channels, and preferably a two-prong fork, where the pivot rod is held in a compressive-friction fit between the prongs on the connector device. The drain stopper preferably has a dual-prong fork, and the pivot rod is received between the prongs on the drain stopper in a compressive-friction fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Sanjay Ahuja, Harold Kent Beck
  • Publication number: 20180066420
    Abstract: A drain cleaning apparatus includes a handle and a clog-catching member detachably connected to the handle. Wings, barbs or hooks project radially from the clog-catching member. The wings, barbs or hooks provide an angled projection that catches and holds a clump of debris in a drain pipe for pulling the clump out and unclogging the drain. Different end tools can be removably connected to a clog-catching member or to a smooth extension member to provide multifunctionality. The handle, clog-catching members, smooth extension members and tools can be connected together using a quick-connect connector, such as a snap fastener, a keyhole fastener or a side-release buckle, or a threaded connector. In addition to drain cleaning, the apparatus can be fitted with tools such as a magnet, grabber, light, camera and/or video for retrieval of objects and inspection of a space that is difficult to view directly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja, Stephen S. Hodgson, Rainer Kuenzel
  • Publication number: 20170321401
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has drain piping, a stopper in the drain piping and a pivot rod for opening and closing the stopper, which tends not to clog because the pivot rod is not within a fluid flow path. In one embodiment the stopper has flow diverter plates that channel fluid flowing through the drain piping away from the pivot rod so that hair, waste and debris does not catch on and accumulate on the pivot rod. In another embodiment the stopper and the pivot rod are engaged through magnetic coupling, and the pivot rod does not protrude into the fluid flow path. The stopper is preferably variable in length for adjustment to fit different distances from the pivot rod to the top of the drain piping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20170314245
    Abstract: A bathtub drain stopper includes an open-close mechanism having threaded upper and lower ends, a cap, a seal, and means for anchoring the open-close mechanism in a drain pipe, where the length can be adjusted and fixed with a lock nut. A threaded anchor is provided for tub shoe having a cross-bar with a threaded opening. An anchor having prongs is provided for a tub shoe having a cross-bar with no opening. A wheel-shaped anchor having an O-ring about its perimeter is provided for a drain that does not have a tub shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20170314244
    Abstract: A push-type drain stopper is usable in a drain pipe that has a pivot rod port surrounded by a stub by sealing a rod that protrudes into the pipe through the stub. The stopper is pressed transversely into engagement with the rod, which is an anchor. The drain pipe has a drain flange that seals around a drain opening in a sink. If the flange becomes worn and unsightly or if one desires to change a color scheme for the sink, a cap that has a diameter greater than the drain flange hides the drain flange from sight. A retrofit kit includes the drain stopper, pivot balls sized to fit different pop-up drain assemblies, a rod that passes through the ball into the drain pipe, and a wing nut fixed to an end of the rod for tightening the rod against a stub cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20170306599
    Abstract: A brace includes two or more spacers connected together using an interlocking mechanism, such as a press fit, an interference fit, a friction fit, a snap fastener, a projection-and-recess coupling system or a stud-and-tube coupling system, to provide a desired combined length. The brace may further include a U-shaped clip for attachment to a toilet tank or may use a plate with an adhesive layer for attachment to an object. The brace may also include a threaded stud and a nut coupled to a spacer for adjusting the combined length of the brace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20170260724
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has drain piping, a stopper in the drain piping, a pivot rod for opening and closing the stopper and tends not to clog because the pivot rod is not within a fluid flow path. In one embodiment the stopper has flow diverter plates that channel fluid flowing through the drain piping away from the pivot rod so that hair, waste and debris does not catch on and accumulate on the pivot rod. In another embodiment the stopper and the pivot rod are engaged through magnetic coupling, and the pivot rod does not protrude into the fluid flow path. The stopper is preferably variable in length for adjustment to fit different distances from the pivot rod to the top of the drain piping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 9745728
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has drain piping, a stopper in the drain piping, a pivot rod for opening and closing the stopper and tends not to clog because the pivot rod is not within a fluid flow path. In one embodiment the stopper has flow diverter plates that channel fluid flowing through the drain piping away from the pivot rod so that hair, waste and debris does not catch on and accumulate on the pivot rod. In another embodiment the stopper and the pivot rod are engaged through magnetic coupling, and the pivot rod does not protrude into the fluid flow path. The stopper is preferably variable in length for adjustment to fit different distances from the pivot rod to the top of the drain piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Publication number: 20160221050
    Abstract: A drain cleaning apparatus, includes a handle and a clog-catching member detachably connected the handle. Airplane-like wings project radially from the clog-catching member. The wings provide an angled projection that catches and holds a clump of debris in a drain pipe for unclogging the drain. Clog-catching members or smooth extension members can be connected end to end for different lengths. Different end tools can be removably connected to a clog catching member or to a smooth extension member to provide multifunctionality. A drain cleaning harpoon that is an integral unit or one that can be assembled and disassembled is also provided. The harpoon can be fitted on one end with a plurality of J hooks, fish hooks, arrowheads or retractable barbs for catching and holding a mass of debris in a drain pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja, Stephen Samuel Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8818776
    Abstract: A disclosed method of downhole tool system development comprises: receiving specifications of a downhole tool system that comprises multiple strings, each string having one or more components; and checking for interference between the multiple strings in an initial position. A disclosed system comprises: a memory that stores software; and a processor coupled to the memory to execute the software. The software causes the processor to provide a graphical user interface that enables a user to specify a downhole tool system having multiple strings, and to test the strings for diametrical overlap attributable to relative motion of the strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Kenneth L. Schwendemann, David R. Larimore, Brandon B. Beaver, Alexander G. Krasovsky, Darrin N. Towers
  • Publication number: 20110185494
    Abstract: A pop-up drain assembly for a sink has drain piping, a stopper in the drain piping, a pivot rod for opening and closing the stopper and tends not to clog because the pivot rod is not within a fluid flow path. In one embodiment the stopper has flow diverter plates that channel fluid flowing through the drain piping away from the pivot rod so that hair, waste and debris does not catch on and accumulate on the pivot rod. In another embodiment the stopper and the pivot rod are engaged through magnetic coupling, and the pivot rod does not protrude into the fluid flow path. The stopper is preferably variable in length for adjustment to fit different distances from the pivot rod to the top of the drain piping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: PF WATERWORKS LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 7086479
    Abstract: Methods of expanding well tools, which permit operation of the well tools after expansion, are provided. In a described example, a cementing tool includes a valve and a packer. After the cementing tool is expanded, the valve is selectively opened and closed, and the packer is sealingly engaged in a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Schultz, Syed Hamid, Harold Kent Beck