Patents by Inventor William T. Ball

William T. Ball 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).

  • Patent number: 10370834
    Abstract: A double check valve is provided that includes an in-line inlet check valve and an outlet check valve that cooperate to prevent back flow of fluid through the valve. The check valve also includes at least one vent that allows for fluid trapped within the check valve to drain, thereby preventing freezing of the check valve and hydrant to which it is interconnected. The check valve provided omits many superfluous components and thus is smaller and easier to install than check valves of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 10329752
    Abstract: An overflow system in the bathtub has an overflow port and has a drain pipe in connection with the overflow port. A threaded flange has a stub shoulder on one end which is fitted into a circular sleeve on the overflow port. The threaded flange has exterior threads on its outer surface and a thin diaphragm secured to the end thereof opposite to the stub shoulder. A large internally threaded nut is threadably mounted on the outer end of the threaded flange. A decorative cap is frictionally snapped into engagement with protrusions on the outer surface of the nut. The cap can be removed when needed to permit the plumber to gain access to the diaphragm to cut it open for fluid flow after the system has been tested for leaks, or put in place after the cut takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Publication number: 20190177958
    Abstract: A wastewater drain assembly is provided that includes a selectively openable drain stopper. The wastewater drain assembly is interconnected to a fluid basin wherein a flange, which is interconnected to wastewater plumbing, is situated within the sink. The flange receives an insert that has a portion that conceals the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 10302219
    Abstract: An adjustable operating rod assembly is provided. In one embodiment a telescoping rod and tube are provided such that the length of the operating rod can be selectively adjusted in order to accommodate fluid inlet pipes of various lengths and regardless of manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Publication number: 20190145548
    Abstract: A pipe support has a pair of arms. The first end of one arm has a tongue and the first end of the other arm has an elongate groove configured to slidably receive the tongue. Base plates are pivotably connected to the second ends of both arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Publication number: 20190145547
    Abstract: A pipe support system includes a base having a collar, and an extension assembly that includes a threaded member having a first end and a second end. The first end has a leg configured to be received by the collar such that the extension assembly is supported by the base, and the second end has a tube with exterior threads. The extension assembly also includes a nut member having corresponding interior threads. The pipe support system also includes a support having an arm configured to be received within the tube and a head extending from one end of the arm. The support rests on the nut member such that upon rotation of the nut member, the head either raises or lowers with respect to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 10233622
    Abstract: A wastewater drain assembly is provided that includes a selectively openable drain stopper. The wastewater drain assembly is interconnected to a fluid basin wherein a flange, which is interconnected to wastewater plumbing, is situated within the sink. The flange receives an insert that has a portion that conceals the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Publication number: 20180363280
    Abstract: A device used to conceal at least a portion of a wastewater strainer associated with a bathtub. More specifically, a plate having an opening therethrough is used to overlap a flange of the wastewater strainer wherein the opening in the plate generally coincides with an opening in the wastewater strainer so that the bathtub drain is unobstructed. The plate may include a downwardly extending lip to help facilitate orientation onto the flange of the wastewater strainer. The plate conceals the wastewater strainer, thereby facilitating reconfiguration of a bathtub as the existing wastewater strainer need not be removed and the plumbing system retested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: 10151088
    Abstract: A device used to conceal at least a portion of a wastewater strainer associated with a bathtub. More specifically, a plate having an opening therethrough is used to overlap a flange of the wastewater strainer wherein the opening in the plate generally coincides with an opening in the wastewater strainer so that the bathtub drain is unobstructed. The plate may include a downwardly extending lip to help facilitate orientation onto the flange of the wastewater strainer. The plate conceals the wastewater strainer, thereby facilitating reconfiguration of a bathtub as the existing wastewater strainer need not be removed and the plumbing system retested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Publication number: 20180320342
    Abstract: A freeze resistant sanitary hydrant is provided that employs a reservoir for storage of fluid under the frost line or in an area not prone to freezing. To evacuate this reservoir, a means for altering pressure is provided that is able to function in hydrant systems that employ a vacuum breaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk, Cody Jackson
  • Publication number: 20180187796
    Abstract: An adjustable operating rod assembly is provided. In one embodiment a telescoping rod and tube are provided such that the length of the operating rod can be selectively adjusted in order to accommodate fluid inlet pipes of various lengths and regardless of manufacturer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Publication number: 20180100299
    Abstract: A wastewater strainer is provided that includes a strainer body that has at least one opening that enhances fluid flow through the strainer body and the wastewater plumbing to which it is interconnected. The strainer body includes a flange for engagement to the inner portion of a bathtub and a hub that is spaced from a lower edge of the strainer body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: D818565
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: D827785
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: D829868
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: D841131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: D841132
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: D844758
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: D848582
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: D856495
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: William T. Ball