Worker Or Spectator Shelter Patents (Class 135/900)
  • Patent number: 8720460
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodology providing, a portable enclosed space in an outdoors setting, the space being free from environmentally-induced distractions. A technician can perform a mechanical or fusion splice on an optical fiber inside the space. Splicing or fusing miniscule optical fibers is challenging out of doors, particularly when distracted b wind, rain, snow, sun-glare, bugs, animals, etc. A tent is supported by a “spine” support structure modularly constructed by the technician in the outdoors location where an optical fiber operation shall take place. A splice-tray is affixed to the spine, the tray height being adjustable to accommodate that technician and provide an approximately horizontal work surface. The tent can be used on soft ground, hard pavement, leaning against utility poles or further supported by attachment to overhead cables. The technician can perform delicate operations on optical cables inside the tent with outside distractions mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Verizon New York Inc., Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: David Zhi Chen, Walter L. Thornton
  • Patent number: 8568501
    Abstract: A transportable field containment system with transparent hood. The transportable field containment system being easily and rapidly deployable and transportable by virtue of its relatively small size and light weight, a collapsible transparent hood that covers the containment area over a work site on the ground, the hood including detachable or folding side panels and removable door panels. The system preferably includes an exhaust component that creates negative air pressure in the containment area under the hood, thereby drawing air that contains hazardous substances, that may be released while the work is being conducted, through one or more off-gas filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Parsons Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Kelso
  • Patent number: 8517038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an outdoor shelter, such as a hunting blind consisting of a rectangular structure with roof and floor. The outer surface is coated with a spray closed cell foam insulation material, such as spray polyurethane. The foam is coated with a waterproof flexible membrane, such as a waterproof flexible latex paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter's Comfort, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Nelson Cannady
  • Patent number: 8272175
    Abstract: The secure modular shelter apparatus can be used to shelter those at bus stops, on campuses, using ATM's, waiting for trains, making calls, smoking, and for a host of other uses. Importantly, the apparatus is self-contained and can be placed as chosen, by a forklift for example, and either connected to existing power as an alternative energy source or used as is while providing its own power. Security may be guaranteed by entry only allowed by card or other secure personal identification means known in the art. Radiant assisted heating and cooling are provided. Information readout is provided by a lighted panel that may also feature scrolling schedule lights. A panic button and receiver/transmitter are also provided so that emergency communication with professionals is possible when needed. Audio and auxiliary lighting are provided for those with sight and hearing hardships. Automatic interior climate controls provide for thermostatically controlled comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Darlene Williams-Prades, Michael A. Martin
  • Patent number: 7905241
    Abstract: Systems and methods of protecting service personnel and electronics in an antenna hub from inclement weather are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment of an antenna hub shelter has an attachment member secured to a hub, wherein the attachment member is located above an access door of the hub and a top portion defined by a first edge and a second opposing edge. The first edge is attachable to the attachment member. The second edge is secured to a handrail of an access platform of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: James David DeVries, Gerald B. Schmidt, Geoffrey Shaffer, Aubrey Zwicke, Mark Foytik
  • Patent number: 7845364
    Abstract: A portable golf shelter that protects one golfer from inclement weather as he or she swings a golf club or practices their putting, chipping, or pitching. The golf shelter comprises a three-sided frame with at least one pair of wheels mounted on the opposite side frames. The frame is made of lightweight material and the wheels are mounted on the side frames so that the front edges of the two side frames can be easily lifted by one person forcing the rear frame downward with light pressure. When the rear frame is forced downward and the front edges are lifted, the shelter can be easily moved on its wheels to different locations on the golf course. An optional rearward extending handle is mounted on the rear frame member to assist the person while moving the shelter. The shelter also includes a lightweight retractable roof that may be folded downward to reduce the shelter's overall side profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Tolmie
  • Patent number: 7406978
    Abstract: A portable enclosure, easily erectable and collapsible, to provide environment control and prevent contaminants from being released from the enclosure. The enclosure provides a flexible envelope attached to the interior of the space defined by vertical and horizontal supports which can be erected and collapsed. When erected the enclosure functions as an anteroom and has removable panels in the sides and top. In use, the enclosure is sealed against a vertical or horizontal surface to be worked on and a panel from the side of the enclosure is opened and closed to provide access to the surface by the user. When collapsed the enclosure is a package approximately the size of an average golf club bag which is easily portable to another location. Ducting is provided to which negative pressure pumps are connected to maintain negative pressure within the enclosure and draw contaminants into the pump and then into a closed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Mintie Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Mintie, Jose Guadalupe Munoz
  • Patent number: 7264012
    Abstract: A supported roof tarp apparatus consisting of lengthwise and crosswise lying poles pinned together via four way connectors and pinning means and held at first ends of the lengthwise lying poles by roofing brackets positioned on a backside of a roof apex and held at second ends of the lengthwise lying poles by first vertically standing poles pinned after having been inserted within the second vertically standing poles held by a ground plate and guy wires to the ground with ground pinning means holding the ground plates and guy wires to the ground and a plurality of tarp components held by hook and fastener means to the lengthwise and crosswise lying poles with each tarp having slits cut into each about which flaps are stitched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Eric J. Slade
  • Patent number: 7188636
    Abstract: A portable enclosure apparatus is provided with a frame assembly having a bottom wall, an upper frame member and a single pair of vertical support members. The support members are easily length adjusted by a single user to vary the height of the system while in use. The frame assembly can be quickly disassembled for convenient storage and transport. A cover envelopes the frame assembly to complete the enclosure. A portable dust collector can be coupled with the cover to secure airborne debris moving into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventors: Steve Kanne, Brian Kenkel, David Kanne, Jimmy Judd
  • Patent number: 7134444
    Abstract: A portable enclosure, easily erectable and collapsible, to provide environment control and prevent contaminants from being released from the enclosure. The enclosure provides a flexible envelope attached to the interior of the space defined by vertical and horizontal supports which can be erected and collapsed. When erected the enclosure functions as an anteroom and has removable panels in the sides and top. In use, the enclosure is sealed against a vertical or horizontal surface to be worked on and a panel from the side of the enclosure is opened and closed to provide access to the surface by the user. When collapsed the enclosure is a package approximately the size of an average golf club bag which is easily portable to another location. Ducting is provided to which negative pressure pumps are connected to maintain negative pressure within the enclosure and draw contaminants into the pump and then into a closed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Mintie Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Mintie, Jose Guadalupe Munoz
  • Patent number: 7004539
    Abstract: A spectator rain shelter for personal use at outdoor events for protection from inclement weather includes a portable housing made of a transparent material with a retractable front opening to serve as a window, thereby allowing a person to avoid getting rained on during inclement weather while still enjoying the event they are attempting to watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventors: Douglas Hansen, Micki Hansen
  • Publication number: 20040226597
    Abstract: A seat-shelter is formed from an inflatable closure can be collapsed for ease in transport and inflated on-site to form free-standing a five-sided shelter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: David W. McCampbell
  • Publication number: 20040083660
    Abstract: A mobile elevating hut product, which has a trailer, a platform, legs connecting the platform and the trailer, and a lifter for sequentially and repeatably moving the platform to and from a raised position. The trailer enables the product to be moved to different locations and set up with the platform in the raised position. The platform in the raised position is freestanding and fully supported by the legs. The freestanding, fully supported platform is resistant to accidental and unexpected lowering caused by transient events. The platform in the raised position provides an elevated lookout perch for work, recreation, and other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Charlie Atkins
  • Patent number: 6672011
    Abstract: A modular command post system comprised of removable interconnecting truss elements is provided. The modular command post system is configured to provide shelter and infrastructure to support various electronic equipment used by occupants of the command post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Solipsys Corporation
    Inventors: Paul N. Garner, Lynn J. Adams, Charles P. Richards
  • Patent number: 6606826
    Abstract: An inflatable temporary work shelter. In one embodiment, the shelter has an inflatable framework and a covering material. In a second embodiment the shelter could be formed of inflatable panels. The shelter includes a spine formed between two separate bearing frame members which, on inflation, contact each other. When inflated, for example, from a position beneath a structure such as an aeroplane wing suspending an engine pod by a pylon, the shelter will initially impinge against the engine pod and because the shelter is not fully inflated the spine will open and allow the shelter to continue to rise until fully inflated when the spine will be light on the pylon and the shelter will contain the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventor: Ian Gerard Nagle
  • Patent number: 6244286
    Abstract: A collapsible canopy device for attaching to a bleacher-type seat. The collapsible canopy device includes a pair of support arms, each having end portions with an attachment structure. At least one spanning arm has a pair of ends adapted to removably couple to the attachment structures. A pair of securing means secure the support arms to a bench. Each of the securing means has a base portion, a first elongate member and second elongate member. Each of the elongate members has a first end and a second end. The first end of the elongate members is integrally coupled to the base portion of the securing means to form a generally U-shaped configuration. Each of the second ends of the first elongate members is fixedly coupled to an end of the support arms. A panel hangs on each of the support arms and spanning arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Aleandro M. Russo
  • Patent number: 6216711
    Abstract: A hand held sun shield having a frame curved by or curving within the frame a material adapted to reflect or filter ultraviolet radiation. The sun shield includes a handle adapted to position the frame at many angular relationships parallel or perpendicular to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Edward Ormanoski
  • Patent number: 6167896
    Abstract: A lightning shelter for people is formed from a plurality of elongate electrically conductive members first ends of which are held conjoined between a pair of metal plates. Each member extends away from and depends from its first end to define a frame and the second end of each member has an electrically conductive spike drivable into the ground on which the shelter stands. The outer surface of each elongate member is electrically insulated e.g. with a layer of polyethylene. A further electrically conductive member is removably mountable on the frame on the plates to extend normally away from said frame. In moving from its first to its second end each elongate member extend firstly through a curved portion (quarter circle) and then through a generally straight portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Henry Roy Smith
  • Patent number: 6145525
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a shelter, particularly useful in servicing outdoor utility and telecommunications cabinets. A tent is detachably engageable with the cabinet through a set of flexible beads extending along tent flaps which slidably engage with a set of slotted rails mounted to the perimeter of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: T.A. Pelsue Company
    Inventor: David Allan Mooney
  • Patent number: 5983913
    Abstract: The invention is a scent-free wildlife blind. The blind has a room-like shelter having a door, a plurality of windows, a small vent near ground level, and a flexible tube extending from the top of the shelter to a height of approximately 30 feet from the ground. When the wind hits the shelter, the windspeed will be higher at the top of the tube than at the bottom vent. The pressure exerted by the wind on the air inside the shelter is inversely proportional to the wind speed. Therefore, the pressure difference will force air in through the bottom vent and out through the top of the tube, carrying the scent of the occupants out of the blind high enough so that nearby animals will not smell the occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: William H. Fargason
  • Patent number: 5930948
    Abstract: A plant protection device for protecting plants from being eaten or otherwise damaged by animals includes a center support for supporting an umbrella like top frame having a plurality of radially outwardly extending arms or rods angularly spaced from one another. Connected to the outer ends of the rods is a cord that provides a closed loop all the way around the center support. Flexible netting completely covers the top frame and extends down from the cord to the ground where it is staked at spaced apart intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Clarence H. Daniel
  • Patent number: 5890507
    Abstract: A shelter suitable for use on a snowblower shelter may be easily collapsed for storage and includes a plurality of interconnected frame members and flexible material releasably connected thereto. The shelter may be connected to any suitable device such as a lawn mower, walking aid, or earth tiller. The arrangement has the advantage of protecting a user from precipitation and heat as well as sun rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Hinspergers Poly Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Hinsperger
  • Patent number: 5862827
    Abstract: Invention relates to an environmentally protected, mobile and adjustable elevated platform, such as for observation, or as a hunting blind. The platform is supported on a mobile stand by plural telescopic legs, and a centrally positioned telescopic lifting mechanism. The observation enclosure is formed by wall panels hingedly secured to the platform, and a roof panel secured to one of the wall panels. Access means to the enclosure, in the form of a door and extension ladder, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Harry N. Howze
  • Patent number: 5823217
    Abstract: The SUNSHADE according to the present invention includes a floor and a canopy attached to the floor which extends over the floor for protecting the occupants from sun and wind. The canopy and the floor are connected to each other along one end. The SUNSHADE also includes a self supporting support structure which includes two long flexible support rods and one or more, preferably three, shorter cross rods attached to the flexible support rods. The flexible support rods connected by the cross rods form an arch shape which supports the canopy in tension. The SUNSHADE according to the present invention addresses the disadvantages of the prior art by providing a sun and wind shelter which does not require attachment by stakes to the ground and which may be collapsed into a lightweight and compact configuration for carrying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: GreenBest, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Rice
  • Patent number: 5815991
    Abstract: An inflatable building construction, in particular suitable for use as a tunnel greenhouse comprising a film which is kept in an operative condition doming a predetermined useful space through an air pressure that has been increased relative to the environment, and which film has longitudinal edges anchored to the ground, wherein, for anchoring the longitudinal edges of the film, at least one flexible hose or tube is used which lies on and/or against a longitudinal edge provided in a trench in the bottom and which is filled with a fluid under excess pressure, which hose or tube clamps the film edges in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Dick Nicolaas de Ridder
  • Patent number: 5810334
    Abstract: A blocking device (10) having a shield (12) which has at least one shield barrier (12B) and at least two shield pole pockets (12A) each positioned at opposite distal ends of the shield barrier (12B). The blocking device (10) further has at least two poles (14) each having a pole shaft (14C) which is inserted within the at least two shield pole pockets (12A). The at least two pole shafts (14C) having sufficient length to extend downwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Wayne J. Menaker
    Inventor: Wayne Menaker
  • Patent number: 5797411
    Abstract: A framework is provided for a tent canopy which is capable of being erected and collapsed quickly and simply. A cart is able to support the tent framework during erecting and collapsing and is used for transporting between erection sites. The framework has a center post which is pivotally attached to four roof beams which are oriented at 90 degree increments. Each roof beam is pivotally attached to a leg and each leg to two side bars, which side bars are linearly connectable to a mating side bar mounted on an adjacent leg. Each leg pivots to a vertical orientation and rests on the ground. The framework uses a cord and pulley apparatus for collapsing the cloth canopy which covers the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Alonzo E. Parker
  • Patent number: 5752537
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible, freestanding shelter for protection from sun, wind and precipitation. Shelter is comprised of four struts (8a, 8b, 9a, 9b) comprising two x elements juxtaposed and separated by releasably attached cross beams (14a, 14b, 14c). Rear adjustable stays (20a, 20b) strengthen and brace structure and, in combination with adjustable means (24a, 24b) used to lock position of x elements, provide a means of adjusting height of resulting frame. Shelter may be configured with visor arms (15a, 15b) attached to x element struts (8a, 9a). A cover (34) containing rigid rods or dowels (36a, 36b) on its front and rear edge is releasably attached to visor arms (15a, 15b) at front and pulled back over upper beams (14a, 14b) and held by adjustable cords (43a, 43b). Cover can be configured in a variety of ways to provide increasing or decreasing exposure to elements. (FIG. 4) Apparatus may be configured without beam 14a when front cover rod is in place thereby increasing head room. Referring to FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Bruce Kranzler
  • Patent number: 5706846
    Abstract: A deployable flexible walled enclosure for housing people in the event of a serious air quality degradation is provided. A pressurized enclosure, either stored in a permanent location or transportable to a selected site, includes an air supply system for filtering and subsequently supplying clean air to the interior of the enclosure. The structure is compactly packaged when not in use and is capable of being deployable and/or activated from a remote control station in time of need. A small cache of life support elements are stored in the predeployed enclosure for use as needed upon deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: United Defense, L.P.
    Inventor: Debra Lynne Sutton
  • Patent number: 5704168
    Abstract: Thermal insulating structure having at least two layers of a substantially gas-impervious material forming a gas-retaining enclosure having a plurality of segments. The segments are connected by non-inflatable substantially flat structure. A valve is mounted in each segment for inflating and deflating the segment. Means are provided for securing the thermal insulating structure around the perimeter of a building to be insulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Robert Barasch
  • Patent number: 5690134
    Abstract: A portable sunshade (10) includes semi-hoop elements (16,18,20) for holding an elongated strip (28) of sun and air moisture impermeable material spaced apart to form an enclosure (44). Elements (18,20) can be pivoted past each other to replace the impermeable materials (28) with a netting piece (45) passing a part of incident sunlight. A strip (38) of soft-to-the-touch material extends over a part of strip (28) providing a body rest portion. A netting sheet (36) is removably located between material (28) and strip (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: William E. McCauley
  • Patent number: 5669403
    Abstract: A hunting blind adapted to be mounted at an elevated position to a tree. The hunting blind is generally comprised of a framework defining a top, bottom, and continuous side of the blind, a ratchet assembly for securely supporting the blind with respect to the tree, and a pulley assembly for adjusting the elevation of the blind. The framework includes first and second sets of tubular members adapted to be mounted in first and second horizontal planes, respectively, and adapted to be held in spaced vertical relation by a plurality of rods adapted to be operatively connected to, and laterally spaced in vertically extending relation with respect to, the first and second series of tubular members. A plurality of fabric sheets are tautly stretched between and slidably attached to the first and second sets of horizontally extending members to enclose the side of the blind. The fabric panels are composed of a material having the physical characteristic of being able to see through only one side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventors: Michael M. Belcher, Patrick M. Saumier
  • Patent number: 5638848
    Abstract: An improved tent comprising a fabric enclosure having a floor, walls, and a roof, supported by an external, free-standing frame comprising upwardly extending leg poles, roof poles; and yoke connectors having three tubular members for releasably connecting each pole to at least two other poles. The poles have tubular ends which are dimensioned to fit within the tubular members of the yoke connectors. Each yoke connector also has a flange extending between tubular members, with an eye in the flange. The fabric enclosure hangs tautly from the frame through the use of one or more loops, one or more pole sleeves, and connectors releasably engageable with the eyes in the flanges attached to the yoke connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Acadamy Broadway Corp.
    Inventor: Carl J. November
  • Patent number: 5622198
    Abstract: A portable collapsible shelter comprises a floor, pairs of corner posts, a horizontal brace extending between and pivotally attached to the corner posts of each pair, and built-in seats. The floor, corner posts, braces, and seats are foldable between respective erected and collapsed modes. In the collapsed mode, each corner post is folded into a stack, with the stacks of each pair thereof being coplanar. The associated brace is initially at the top of the stacks of folded corner posts. The brace folds into a stack located coplanar with and between the stacks of the associated corner posts when the floor is folded to its collapsed mode. The seats fold with the corner posts and lie on the floor when the corner posts are folded to their collapsed mode. Locking devices selectively prevent and enable folding of the floor, corner posts, and braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond A. Elsinger
  • Patent number: 5601106
    Abstract: A retractable dual solar screen which is supported by adjustable poles above the tanner or sun bather and selectively screens out harmful UV radiation and/or provides shade without UV screening. The first screen filters UV radiation and the second screen filters a broad spectrum of sunlight. In addition, an adjustable mechanism allows the planes of the screens to direct the flow of air currents such that a wind acceleration effect is achieved which causes accelerated airflow over the user, thereby cooling the body temperature of the user. The height of the device is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: John J. Guasto
  • Patent number: 5595230
    Abstract: An apparatus for visually shielding a corpse from view at a crime scene includes a plurality of free-standing shroud support stands and a plurality of rectangular shroud panels of flexible, opaque sheet material. Each shroud support stand is formed with at least one upright post for supporting the shroud panels in a vertical disposition. The shroud support stands are placed at appropriate locations about the body of a deceased person at a crime or accident scene. The shroud support panels are strung from one post to the next to form a vertical, enclosing barrier that visually shields the body from view by spectators in the vicinity of the crime or accident scene. By visually shielding the body from view, police personnel are able to reduce spectator anxiety and the likelihood of emotional outbursts and disturbances among spectators while awaiting the arrival of personnel from the coroner's office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: Art Guerra
  • Patent number: 5592960
    Abstract: A hunting blind is constructed of a set of reflectively mirrored wall panels with a camouflaged top cover, to form a rectangular structure which reflects the surrounding environment to conceal the structure of the blind. The wall panels are each preferably formed of a rigid sheet of reinforced closed cell foam material, with a sheet of mirrored clear plastic material bonded to one surface of the foam sheet. The mirrored surface of the plastic sheet is preferably secured directly to the foam sheet, thereby sandwiching the mirrored surface between the overlying clear plastic material and the foam panel to protect the mirrored surface from damage. The wall panels are rigidly but removably connected together with corner channel members to form a rigid, inflexible structure. A top closure or roof may be formed of a flexible camouflage sheet, or alternatively of rigid foam sheet having a camouflage pattern thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Christopher R. Williams
  • Patent number: 5558112
    Abstract: A portable isolation enclosure apparatus for safely removing material from the walls of a building structure while isolating the portion of the walls from which the material is being removed. The apparatus includes an booth with an open top, a plurality of side walls, and at least one open side disposed between two of the side walls. The apparatus is positioned against the wall such that an area of the wall is isolated from the ambient environment and is disposed in the open side of the booth such that a worker located inside the booth can access the area of the wall. A frame is adjustably attached to the booth so as to extend above the top of the booth a desired distance. A vacuum filter system is provided for drawing air from outside the booth into the interior of the booth, filtering the air along with any airborne contaminants, and then exhausting clean air to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Southern Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome F. Strieter
  • Patent number: 5553648
    Abstract: A portable wall component is disclosed. The wall component comprises a pair of vertical posts. Each post has an upper component and a lower component with a hollow aperture extending therethrough. Each post also has a downwardly extending smaller cylindrical section at the bottom of the upper component and a complimentary cylindrical recess at the top of the lower post for receiving the smaller cylindrical section. An elastic band is located within each aperture extending along the length thereon and slightly beyond. A ring at the upper end of each upper component is coupled to the upper end of its associated band. A base component at the lower end of each lower component is coupled to the lower end of its associated band. A flexible sheet is provided with parallel upper and lower horizontal edges and parallel vertical end edges therebetween coupled to the posts. The flexible sheet has half-moon wind flaps cut therein and openings at the regions where the upper and lower components join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: Ardavan Goharjou
  • Patent number: 5513670
    Abstract: The invention is a sun shade, for use by a person lying on a ground surface, having an visor, a lower panel, and a hinge connecting the visor and lower panel. Legs extend from the hinge. The angle of the visor may be varied at the hinge with respect to the lower panel, to selectively block the sun to the person's head while allowing the sunlight to reach the person's torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Inventors: David E. Childress, Frank Alexander
  • Patent number: 5487402
    Abstract: A portable shelter having a frame whose members freely move between a maximum and a minimum dimension to enable selectively applying various sized shelter skins to the frame and to tauntly stretch the shelter skin thereon. The skin also comprises slidable tensioning means that stretch the skin over a portion of the frame. The upper portion of the shelter is partially supported by a lifting force applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignees: Michael S. Clary, Cynthia G. Clary
    Inventor: Michael S. Clary
  • Patent number: 5385164
    Abstract: A unit intended to protect an individual against cold when standing or sitting for a protracted time which comprises a loose, insulated body covering having a vertical zippered closure; shoulder straps attached to the upper portion of said body covering to support it on a user; and a rigid insulated base portion attached to said body covering to provide foot insulation for the user wearing the unit while standing or sitting. A supplemental hood-cape extension is provided for further protection if the need exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: Herman J. Sauter
  • Patent number: 5345961
    Abstract: A toy cardboard tent deployable from a flat, stored configuration including two identically shaped side panels which are integrally connected along a central longitudinal fold line therebetween and a triangular shaped flat back panel. The back panel is securable as by a locking tab and slot arrangement to an upright rear end margin of each side panel. Each side panel preferably includes indicia printed thereon, identical on each side panel, which depicts an animal figure such as a dinosaur or other fanciful figure positioned on each side panel so as to be facing toward a distal upright front end margin of each side panel. Each front end margin is contoured to conform to the forwardly facing profile of the animal or fanciful figure. Peep flaps, vent holes, and a pair of window flaps are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Dino Pal Toys Ltd.
    Inventors: N. Wayne Yercha, Desmond W. Dennis
  • Patent number: 5302004
    Abstract: A method for removing asbestos containing material from an area of a building by creating a containment area substantially surrounding the area of the building where the asbestos containing material is located. Removing and compressing compressible asbestos containing material within the containment area and cutting rigid asbestos containing material into pieces within the containment area. Packaging the compressed and cut asbestos containing material for removal from the containment area. Demolishing block walls within the containment area and grinding pieces of the walls into particles for removal from the containment area. Scraping adhering asbestos containing material from surfaces within the containment area and encapsulating the surfaces from which asbestos containing material has been removed with a lock-down agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: QSI International, Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Docherty
  • Patent number: 5287872
    Abstract: A portable collapsible shelter for use at sporting events and the like includes a flexible enclosure having a viewing window in one wall thereof. The enclosure is supported by a frame which includes a vertical support pole and a plurality of ribs hinged for movement from a collapsed position alongside the pole to an extended position nearly perpendicular to the pole. The enclosure is left in place over frame when the ribs are collapsed, and folded into a compact storage packet which is secured with a fastening band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Inventor: Dennis L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5101604
    Abstract: A fluid transmission conduit welding habitat is provided, having an outer air supportable arcuate dome which is mounted over a point to entrap welding slag, sparks, and the like. A fire-resistant shield is disposed around the interior of the dome. Air supplied to the dome for selectively suspending the habitat. A conduit, filter, or the like is provided through the top of the dome to permit discharge of smoke including particulate matter resulting from the welding procedure. The air supply may be in alignment with the smoke discharge whereby the supply of air forms a carrier fluid for transmitting the smoke and particulate matter out of the dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Hot Hed, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis J. Wardlaw, III
  • Patent number: 5088511
    Abstract: A containment apparatus for confining asbestos fibers and the like floating in the air adjacent to a ceiling work area as a consequence of removing or repairing asbestos containing ceiling material. A substantially fiber-tight bag of flexible material has an open top adapted for positioning in close proximity to a friable ceiling substrate, or for fitting tightly against a stable ceiling substrate, in surrounding relation to the ceiling area to be worked upon and is supported in such position by an apparatus which in turn rests on the floor beneath the ceiling. One or more gloves of flexible material are sealed to openings in the bag, and each glove is adapted for providing protected access to the interior of the bag for the hand and arm of a user. At least a major portion of the bag is substantially transparent so that a user having one or both hands inserted in the gloves can view the area of the ceiling being worked upon from outside the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventor: G. William Bain
  • Patent number: 5080123
    Abstract: A sun shield assembly composed of a canopy of pliable material which can withstand the environment of a beach, which canopy is generally rectangular in shape and which is spanned by spaced, laterally extending battens preferably received in pockets in the canopy, while the canopy is supported by at least one cross support beam, which beam includes spaced downwardly extending supporting legs; at each of the corners of the canopy, a grommet is provided from which extends a tether with a peg on the end of each to connect the tethers to the earth; the tethers are adjustable to respond to variations in wind velocity, commonly encountered at a beach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: Peter Stein
  • Patent number: RE38231
    Abstract: The invention is a scent-free wildlife blind. The blind has a room-like shelter having a door, a plurality of windows, a small vent near ground level, and a flexible tube extending from the top of the shelter to a height of approximately 30 feet from the ground. When the wind hits the shelter, the windspeed will be higher at the top of the tube than at the bottom vent. The pressure exerted by the wind on the air inside the shelter is inversely proportional to the wind speed. Therefore, the pressure difference will force air in through the bottom vent and out through the top of the tube, carrying the scent of the occupants out of the blind high enough so that nearby animals will not smell the occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventor: William H. Fargason
  • Patent number: RE33810
    Abstract: A sealed portable isolation enclosure for use in removing asbestos material from ceiling or other elevated asbestos-containing structures including a booth and an adjustable ceiling-contacting plenum for accommodating ceiling of various heights. Disposed between the booth and the plenum is a flexible transparent film for enclosing and sealing the spaced formed therebetween regardless of the elevation of the plenum relative to the booth. The enclosure is equipped with EPA approved vacuum and ventilation systems for filtering and ventilating the contamainated air therein. A disposable bagtrap door system is provided for the disposal of the asbestos-containing materials. In addition, the enclosure may also include a shower system within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Inventor: Jerome F. Strieter