Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Derecktor

Thomas E. Derecktor 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: 20080101883
    Abstract: A rail attachment mount and method of use is provided for attaching a mount to a rail. The rail comprises a track with a pair of flanges and the mount comprises a track receiving cavity and a pair of flanges defining an opening to the cavity. A first of the flanges of the track is inserted into the track receiving cavity of the mount through the opening. The mount is pivoted so as to insert a second of the flanges of the track into the track receiving cavity of the mount through the opening and the mount is fastened to the rail such that a tightened, secure attachment is established with the flanges of the mount being forcibly engaged with the flanges of the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Publication number: 20080100075
    Abstract: An overhead rack for a pickup truck is provided, comprising a pair of mounts for connecting to respective sides of the pickup tuck; a cross-bar; and a pair of tubular upright posts, each of the posts supporting a respective end of the cross-bar and being mounted to a respective one of the pair of mounts; wherein a cross-section of each of the upright posts at its bottom end portion is elongated and has its long axis oriented in a first direction substantially parallel to the respective one of the pair of mounts, and the cross-section of each of the upright post at its top end portion is also elongated and has its long axis oriented in a second direction substantially parallel to that of the cross-bar, the first and second directions being generally perpendicular to one another; wherein each upright post also has a transitional portion extending between its top and bottom end portions, the transitional portion having a cross-section that transitions gradually and continuously between the bottom and top end por
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas E. DERECKTOR
  • Publication number: 20080102670
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for attaching an object to a rail is provided that includes a mount that is configured to mount to the rail. The mount has a first connector receiving portion. The assembly includes an object having a second connector receiving portion and a connector having a first end portion configured to be received by the first connector receiving portion and to rotate, with respect to the mount, about an axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rail. The connector also has a second end portion configured to be received by the second connector receiving portion and to rotate, with respect to the object, about an axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rail. The connector is free to rotate such that, within a range of motion, horizontal movements of the object transfer substantially no horizontal forces to the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas E. DERECKTOR
  • Publication number: 20080080948
    Abstract: An attachment mount is provided to securely attach an accessory to a panel, such as a vehicle panel. The mount includes a base that may receive a rail and a toggle guide. A bolt is provided and passes through the rail, the base, and the toggle guide for attachment of a toggle at its end. The toggle may pivot or move into a insertion configuration and be pushed through an opening in a panel to which attachment is desired. Once the toggle has passed through the panel opening, a biasing element, such as a spring, may urge the toggle to move to an engaging configuration. As the bolt is rotated, the toggle may then be guided by the toggle guide and be drawn into proximity of the base and to engage the panel. Complementary structure on the base and the toggle act to deform the panel, thereby creating a strong attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: TRACRAC, INC.
    Inventors: Paul E. BARCLAY DE TOLLY, Thomas E. Derecktor, Steve J. Winckler
  • Patent number: 6547311
    Abstract: A releasable and adjustable clamp-on track assembly is provided for releasably and adjustably attaching an overhead rack, or the like, to the walls of a vehicle, such as a pickup truck. The clamp-on track assembly includes a track having an elongate body mountable on the side wall of the pickup truck by a clamp member. One end of the clamp member engages the elongate body, while the opposite end of the clamp is supported by the underside of the side wall of the truck. The clamp may be slidably received within a slot formed in the elongate body so that the clamp can be positioned anywhere along the length of the track, as desired. An adjustable fastener may additionally be provided which, when tightened, secures the clamp to the underside of the side wall of the truck in order to mount the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Tracrac Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Publication number: 20030024604
    Abstract: A portable work bench useful when working in confined working areas, having a track with an elongate, tubular body is disclosed. The track is supported in an elevated position by a support means. Moreover, one or more legs of the support means can include an extendable leg for use on uneven surfaces. Further, a plurality of rail members are configured and arranged on and the track, generally extending along the entire length of the track. A first sliding lock assembly comprising a sliding lock member releasably attached and slidably mounted on one or more of the rail members is provided for mounting an accessory, e.g., a power tool, thereon. A second sliding lock assembly comprising an extension assembly releasably attached and slidably mounted on one of the rail members is provided for mounting an extendable member that includes a work stop assembly and an adjustable work piece support assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Patent number: 5848743
    Abstract: A vehicle roof rack includes a track having an elongate tubular body with a thin wall which defines substantially the entire outer perimeter of the tubular body. The thin wall has a top wall section with an upwardly opening channel formed therein and a top wall section opposite the bottom wall section. The roof rack further includes a pair of support brackets for supporting the track in an elevated position above the roof of the vehicle. Each support bracket has a pair of fasteners for releasably attaching the support bracket to the track and a pair of hook elements for releasably attaching the support brackets to a gutter of the vehicle. At least one sliding fastening assembly is releasably attachable to the upwardly opening channel of the top wall section of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: TracRac, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Patent number: 5836365
    Abstract: A portable work bench includes a track having a structural body, and four collapsible legs for supporting the track in an elevated position above a surface. The work bench further includes a dual purpose accessory releasably attachable to the track. The dual purpose accessory has a body, a rail member for slidably mounting the body on the track so that the body is movable along the length of the track, a locking member for locking the body at a desired position along the length of the track, and a dual purpose accessory having two attaching formations for attaching the member to the body of the accessory in a first position in which the member supports an item placed thereon and in a second position in which the member engages the item. A tape measuring device having a case and a reeled tape can be secured to the body of the accessory such that tape is extended from the case and releasably attached to the primary accessory for measuring the cut off length of the item to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: TracRac, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Patent number: 5592981
    Abstract: A portable work bench includes a track having an elongate tubular body having a thin wall which defines substantially the entire outer perimeter of the tubular body. The thin wall has a bottom wall and a top wall opposite the bottom wall, and at least one rail member attached to the tubular body and extendable along the length of the body. The work bench further includes legs for supporting the track in an elevated position above a surface. A sliding lock assembly is releasably attachable to the rail member. The sliding lock assembly has a sliding lock member slidably mounted on the rail member of the track and movable along the length of the rail member. Thumb turn members are provided for locking the sliding lock member at a desired position along the length of the rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: TracRac, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Patent number: 5494327
    Abstract: A sliding connection especially suited for releasably and adjustably attaching an overhead rack or the like to side walls of a pickup truck includes a track mountable on the side wall of the pickup truck, and a sliding lock assembly releasably attachable to the rail member. The track includes an elongate tubular body having a bottom surface engagable with the side wall of the pickup truck and a top surface opposite the bottom surface, and a plurality of rail members integrally formed with the tubular body and extendable along the length of the body. The sliding lock assembly includes, in one embodiment, a sliding lock member slidably mounted on the rail member of the track and movable along the length of the rail member, and a thumb turn for locking the sliding lock member at a desired position along the length of the rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: TracRac, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Patent number: D582337
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Tracrac, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor
  • Patent number: D410429
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: TracRac, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Derecktor