Wall Patents (Class 137/360)
  • Patent number: 10487484
    Abstract: This invention relates to an encasement (or utility housing) for a plumbing configuration. The encasement comprises a formed enclosure, the enclosure being mountable to a wall or a part of a wall or a support structure. The formed enclosure is a first housing portion, with the first housing portion providing for a cavity space. A second housing portion is receivable by, or co-locatable with, the first housing portion, and the second housing portion is receivable or co-locatable within the cavity space of the first housing portion. At least a part of the second housing portion comprises a plumbing configuration configured to receive, or be in fluid communication with, a flow of fluid and to channel the received flow of fluid to an outlet from the plumbing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lake Products Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Leo Haynes, Gabriel Ioan Giurgiu
  • Patent number: 10487964
    Abstract: A line penetration is useful for routing lines through a building part. The line penetration includes: a jacket tube, a base part, which is disposed at a first axial end of the jacket tube and has a receiving space, surrounding a routing opening, for a firestop material, an annular, membrane-like sealing element, which is disposed at the first axial end of the jacket tube, and at least one sealing plug, which is disposed at a second end of the jacket tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Chad Stroike, Herbert Muenzenberger
  • Patent number: 10407889
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing a spray wand with a disposable wand head tube that can be attached to a toilet water supply that can be used with toilet paper to remove fecal matter material and urine that wiping was not able to remove. A dual shot off valve can be attached to an inlet water line from a wall adjacent to the toilet. A first supply line can pass from one of the valves to the toilet and a second supply line can be attached to the other one of the dual valves, and an opposite end attached to a single valve for the supplying water to the disposable wand head tube. The disposable wand head tube can be formed from a paper straw and a plastic tube, and the like. The disposable wand tubes can have bent end portions and come in packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Allen Z. Osbrach
  • Patent number: 10385554
    Abstract: A utility box for mounting at least in part within a wall for use with a fluid carrying supply pipe, the box comprising, a housing including a top wall, a bottom wall, a first side wall and a second side wall, a back wall and a front opening providing access into an interior of the housing defined by the top, bottom, first side, second side and back walls, a bottom wall aperture in the bottom wall sized for extending the pipe through the bottom wall aperture with the pipe terminating in a free end portion positioned within the interior of the housing at a location above the bottom wall, a valve attachable to the free end portion of the pipe, the junction of the valve and the pipe being within the interior of the housing above the bottom wall, and a first seal positioned to provide a fluid-tight seal between the bottom wall and the pipe to prevent fluid within the interior of the housing from passing out of the interior of the housing through the bottom wall aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Accor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Edward O'Neill, Charlie E Whitney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10145091
    Abstract: An easy-to-install tap structure includes a tap body, a pipe joint and a connecting pipe for communicating the tap body with the pipe joint. The connecting pipe is arranged between the tap body and the pipe joint. When the tap structure is used for a wash basin, there is no need to connect a braided hose; in the process of replacing a tap, there is no need to replace the pipe joint and the connecting pipe, so that the pipe joint and the connecting pipe can be used many times; and when the tap is dismounted, the tap body can be directly rotated, and when the tap is mounted, the connecting pipe is directly adjusted to rotate until the water outlet of the tap is arranged in the correct direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Jianhua Xu
  • Patent number: 10053842
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting includes a pipe section which has a valve seat and which receives a valve upper part which bears against the valve seat and which includes a head piece which is traversed centrally by a spindle which is rotatably and/or pivotably mounted in the head piece and via which a control disc can be moved relative to an inlet disc within the head piece, wherein the valve upper part is releasably connected to the pipe section, wherein a device for the defined positioning of the valve upper part within the pipe section in at least two rotary positions offset by an angle of orientation is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Fluehs Drehtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Lange
  • Patent number: 10036146
    Abstract: A control mechanism for manually adjusting a plurality of control parameters, the control mechanism including a mechanical multiple axis handle movable about three axes of rotation for operating an operated device, wherein each of the axes of rotation pass through the handle, and a movement transformation assembly to transform rotational movements of the handle to control commands to the operated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Eran Ben-Dor
  • Patent number: 10014674
    Abstract: A recessed wall mounting apparatus and method are presented. The invention includes a housing unit coupled with a mounting ring. The housing unit has a base wall with a front side having an outwardly extending perimeter wall from each side of the base wall to form a recessed compartment. The perimeter wall terminates in an outer edge that is configured to be flush with a drywall of an architectural structure. The base wall has an access hole configured substantially in alignment with an accessory window in the mounting ring. The mounting ring is configured for removably mounting an accessory device, e.g. light switch, to the accessory window. One or more removable and adjustable wall brackets are coupled to one or more sides of the housing unit for securing the housing unit to the wall of the architectural structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Seeless Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Shalom Illouz
  • Patent number: 9995025
    Abstract: A faucet with sensing activation for blow-drying and discharge of water and liquid soap includes a main body and at least one outlet arm mounted on the main body. The at least one outlet arm has a soap outlet, a water outlet and an air outlet correspondingly mounted thereon, and multiple sensors are mounted on the faucet and are electrically connected with multiple controller for activating the soap outlet, the water outlet and the air outlet to discharge liquid soap and water and blow air. As discharge of water and liquid and blow drying are equipped on the same faucet, the space required for mounting the faucet, mounting holes through the sink and assembly works can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun-Sheng Wang, Xi-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 9932732
    Abstract: A grease trap for separating waste from waste water includes a tank, an inlet in the tank for receiving incoming waste water, a pump discharge for discharge of grease from the tank and a cartridge fitting within the tank. The cartridge includes a pump that is housed in a lower portion of the tank for removing grease from the tank, a plumbing disconnect that provides a communication between the cartridge and the pump discharge when the plumbing disconnect is engaged and optionally terminates the communication if the plumbing disconnect is disengaged and a remote pumper interface distally connected to the pump discharge and including a releasable connection for a pumping truck hose. Methods for separating waste from waste water are also shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Thermaco, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Batten, Bruce W. Kyles
  • Patent number: 9903102
    Abstract: A concealed embedded component for a waterway system includes a lower main body with a cool water inlet passage, a hot water inlet passage, a mixing water passage and at least an outlet passage; an embedded box including a box body and a fixing frame covering the box body; a water testing element with the bottom surface disposed with a first passage and a second passage. The lower main body is disposed in the box body, the water testing element is disposed in the box body, the water testing element covers the lower main body to constitute the outlet passage, and the mixing water passage is connected to the cool water inlet passage or the hot water inlet passage. Since the lower main body is disposed in the box body and is separated from concrete, it is convenient to disassemble the concealed embedded component for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Qiang Wang, Shaohui Zhou, Lihong Hu
  • Patent number: 9856633
    Abstract: An anti-freeze faucet contains: a first pipe, a second pipe, a check valve, and a control valve. The first pipe includes a hollow portion, an orifice, an outlet, and an inflow segment having two inlets. The second inserts into the hollow portion and includes a first connection segment, a second connection segment, and an air conduit, wherein the first connection segment has an air hole. The check valve is accommodated in the inflow segment and corresponding to the two inlets. The control valve is housed in the hollow portion and includes a base, a fitting bushing, and a coupling holder, wherein the base has two channels, and between the base and the fitting bushing is defined an accommodation chamber, the coupling holder has a rotation disc with a cold-water vent and a hot-water vent, and the coupling holder has multiple first openings and multiple second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsuan Wu
  • Patent number: 9752731
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for conserving various resources, such as, but not limited to, water, laundry chemicals, natural gas, electricity, linen, labor, and wear on equipment (e.g., a solenoid valve of a commercial washing machine drain line). The inventor has spent the past 14 years in the industrial chemical field, allowing him to access and service commercial washing machines, and has discovered that drain issues relative to such commercial washing machines result in enormous losses to such institutions that process a large volume of laundry. Such typical institutions include, but are not limited to, hotels, hospitals, prisons, universities, colleges, laundries, and nursing homes. By replacing a portion of the opaque drain pipe section between the valve and the floor drain, operators and technicians can quickly determine if a leak is occurring, and take corrective action. An access port may also be provided to test characteristics of discharged wash water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Kevin C. Goodsell
  • Patent number: 9725892
    Abstract: A plumbing finish panel assembly, for connecting a water supply line in a wall to fixture supply lines, comprises a mounting panel having a supply line opening formed therethrough and a finish ring for presenting a clean finished appearance to the assembly. A supply line connector assembly is securable to the mounting panel through the supply line opening and enables selective orientation of a tailpiece for connection to the supply line. An outlet end of the supply line connector assembly provides a threaded coupling to which a valve or hose may be coupled. The panel assembly may be provided in plate or box configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SIOUX CHIEF MFG. CO., INC.
    Inventors: Brian E. Ismert, Joseph P. Ismert
  • Patent number: 9650766
    Abstract: Plumbing outlet boxes, such as for connecting washing machines, ice makers, and other plumbed appliances to plumbing systems, are provided that can be attached to each other without the use of separate connectors or mounting brackets. In particular, plumbing outlet boxes are described that include receiving features and mounting tabs extending outwardly from the side walls. The receiving features and mounting tabs are arranged such that the plumbing outlet box has rotational symmetry. In this way, receiving features may be engaged with mounting tabs of an adjacent plumbing outlet box regardless of the relative orientation of the mating plumbing outlet boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: IPS Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Whitehead, Jeffrey A. Humber
  • Patent number: 9608422
    Abstract: The present invention is an electrical box cover system and method of installation that covers and protects existing electrical boxes and their electrical components. This invention prevents corrosion and the resulting damage to the mechanical and electrical components of the electrical box while ensuring the electrical box is safe to open and allowing access to the inside of the electrical box. The electrical box cover system includes a cover, fasteners, and a gasket. Generally, to install the cover, the fasteners are drilled through the cover and onto the sides of the damaged electrical box with the gasket, which is placed in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Lee Butin
  • Patent number: 9605424
    Abstract: Transportable unit for forming a straight parallelepiped-shaped residential space, provided with a bottom and a covering, and upright walls extending in between them, which walls can be converted between a—particularly retracted-transport position and a—particularly extended-operational position, in which the unit has a larger height, wherein the unit is equipped as a sanitary unit having a series of toilet bowls, urinals and/or showers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Marcel Adriaan Dirk Bikker
  • Patent number: 9475528
    Abstract: A salt delivery system operates to remotely deliver water softening salt to a salt bin located inside a structure. The salt delivery system is positioned on a vehicle and includes a hopper apparatus for holding salt, a computerized scale system for weighing salt actually delivered to the bin, a salt delivery hose connected between the structure and hopper apparatus, a funnel cone positioned above the remotely located salt bin, and a pipe connected between the salt bin and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Step Saver, Inc.
    Inventors: William F Picard, Charles J Steffl
  • Patent number: 9458641
    Abstract: Ballast systems for, particularly, inflatable decontamination shelters are described. The systems may be integrated into the overall structures of the shelters so as to avoid need for sand bags or other discrete weight-providing objects. They additionally may use liquids (rather than or in addition to solids) for weight-providing purposes, with the liquids including water supplied by the same plumbing system that supplies a shower of a shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Mahlon Harlow
  • Patent number: 9394674
    Abstract: Plumbing outlet boxes, such as for connecting washing machines, ice makers, and other plumbed appliances to plumbing systems, are provided that can be attached to each other without the use of separate connectors or mounting brackets. In particular, plumbing outlet boxes are described that include receiving features and mounting tabs extending outwardly from the side walls. The receiving features and mounting tabs are arranged such that the plumbing outlet box has rotational symmetry. In this way, receiving features may be engaged with mounting tabs of an adjacent plumbing outlet box regardless of the relative orientation of the mating plumbing outlet boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: IPS Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Whitehead, Jeffrey A. Humber
  • Patent number: 9388555
    Abstract: Plumbing outlet boxes, such as for connecting washing machines, ice makers, and other plumbed appliances to plumbing systems, are provided that can be attached to each other without the use of separate connectors or mounting brackets. In particular, plumbing outlet boxes are described that include receiving features and mounting tabs extending outwardly from the side walls. The receiving features and mounting tabs are arranged such that the plumbing outlet box has rotational symmetry. In this way, receiving features may be engaged with mounting tabs of an adjacent plumbing outlet box regardless of the relative orientation of the mating plumbing outlet boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: IPS Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Whitehead, Jeffrey A. Humber
  • Patent number: 9383026
    Abstract: In a HVAC service valve comprised of a valve body, the valve body defining a cylindrical cavity for receiving a valve stem, the valve stem being rotatably positioned in the cylindrical cavity of the valve body so as to open and close the service valve when the valve stem is rotated counterclockwise and clockwise respectively, the valve stem having a top portion, the top portion being provided with an O-ring to seal any fluid passageway between the top portion of the valve stem and an inner wall of the cylindrical cavity of the valve body, the valve body further having an upper portion, the upper portion being provided with means for preventing the valve stem from being forced out of the valve body due to refrigerant pressure, the improvement being an elastic seal ring positioned above the top portion of the valve stem and below the means for preventing the valve stem from being forced out of the valve body, the elastic seal ring being sized to fit tightly against the inner wall of the cylindrical cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Allen A. Eggleston
  • Patent number: 9366070
    Abstract: A water management system for a fenestration assembly including a sash and a frame having a sill with a sash receiving region. A water collection space may be defined within a hollow portion of the sill. An active water management system may include a pump positioned within the frame of the fenestration assembly, a power source, a water sensor positioned within the hollow portion of the sill, a water intake positioned within the hollow portion of the sill, and a water outlet extending out of the fenestration assembly, with the water inlet and the water outlet in fluid communication with the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MILGARD MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Eric A. Baczuk
  • Patent number: 9303783
    Abstract: An anti-freeze faucet includes a receptacle having a valve seat, a housing engaged onto the receptacle and having a mouth piece, a cap attached to the mouth piece and having a non-circular inner peripheral portion, a stem rotatably engaged in the cap and having a threaded shank, a non-circular follower engaged in the cap and slidably engaged with the non-circular inner peripheral portion of the cap for guiding and limiting the follower to move longitudinally relative to the cap only and for preventing the follower from being rotated relative to the cap, and the follower includes an inner thread for threading with the threaded shank of the stem, a rod and a valve piece are attached to the follower for engaging with the valve seat of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Chih Han Ko
  • Patent number: 9249561
    Abstract: An anti-freeze faucet structure contains: an outer pipe, an inner pipe, a control valve, a resilient element, a unidirectional sealing gasket, and a controlling assembly. The outer pipe includes an inlet, an outlet, an opening, an intake valve, and a channel, wherein the channel has plural inner threads. The inner pipe includes a connecting segment and a fitting segment opposite to the connecting segment, the fitting segment has a peripheral protrusion, and the peripheral protrusion has a plurality of outer threads screwing with the plural inner threads of the outer pipe. The control valve movably is fitted on the fitting segment to abut against and close the inlet; the resilient element is fixed in the inner pipe to push against the control valve; the unidirectional sealing gasket is fitted onto the inner pipe; and the controlling assembly is disposed on the opening of the outer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsuan Wu
  • Patent number: 9237832
    Abstract: An illuminated inlet for a vacuum cleaning system which can be mounted in a wall of a structure or in a cabinet. The inlet includes a main frame, a front plate, a door, and an electrical switch that operates the motor of the vacuum cleaning system. Illumination of the area directly in front of the inlet is provided by LED's operated upon the opening of the door. The inlet is mounted adjacent a floor so that an individual can clean a room by sweeping up the dirt and debris towards the present invention. The door of the inlet is then opened and the dirt and debris is swept into the present invention. When the door opens the LED's are illuminated and the motor of the vacuum cleaning system is turned on so that the dirt and debris can be drawn into a collection container. When the door is closed, the LED's and the motor for the vacuum cleaning system is turned off. A magnet is used to keep the door in the open position and a retainer to keep the door in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: IVD Global Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Schlapkohl
  • Patent number: 9145214
    Abstract: An inlet door system includes a duct, an inlet door, and a plurality of openings. The duct is configured to extend from the auxiliary power unit (APU) to an intake opening formed in an outer surface of an aircraft. The duct includes an inlet port, an outlet port, and a duct sidewall extending between the inlet port and the outlet port. The inlet door includes an inner surface, an outer surface, and an outer peripheral edge between the inner and outer surfaces. The door is rotationally coupled to the duct, and is configured to selectively rotate between a closed position and a plurality of open positions. The openings extend through the inlet door between the inner surface and outer surface, and each opening is disposed adjacent to the outer peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Murali Krishnan Payangapadan, Vunnam Kiran, Lavan Kumar Gundeti, Yogendra Yogi Sheoran, Bruce Dan Bouldin
  • Patent number: 9145663
    Abstract: In a hydrant assembly, the combination comprising an outer tubular member having a first flow port; an inner tubular member having a closure thereon to close the port in relative axially advanced position of the closure, and to open the port in relative axially retracted position of the closure that allows fluid flow through the port to an outlet, control means to control relative movement of the inner and outer members. The closure means may include a bullet, an O-ring or the like carried by said bullet, the bullet telescopically carried by said inner member. A bore carried by the outer tubular member is in sliding sealing relationship to said O-ring. Once hydrant is closed (off position) the bullet will continue to advance into the bore as pressure in the outer tubular member increases when residual water freezes. Because of advancement of the bullet, pressure in the outer tubular member will never exceed supply line pressure thus preventing damage to the outer tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Herbert W. Hoeptner
  • Patent number: 9145665
    Abstract: A spout shank allows a spout to be mounted on one side of a mounting surface and then connected to a water supply source disposed on the other side of the mounting surface. The spout shank has a length that is adjustable over a range of lengths to accommodate mounting surfaces with different thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: MOEN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mark S. Bors, Michael L. Malek, William E. Patton
  • Patent number: 9057460
    Abstract: A plumbing finish plate assembly, for connecting water supply lines and a drain line in a wall to fixture supply and drain lines, comprises a mounting panel having a drain line opening and two supply line openings formed therethrough. The drain line opening is larger than the supply line openings and a flexible, annular seal is secured around the drain line opening. A supply line connector assembly is securable to the mounting panel through each supply line opening. A securement means, in the form of a clip is used to selectively secure the supply line connector assembly to the mounting panel such that an outlet leg of the connector assembly is oriented in at least ninety degree increments relative to the mounting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SIOUX CHIEF MFG. CO., INC.
    Inventors: Brian E. Ismert, Joseph P. Ismert
  • Patent number: 9052036
    Abstract: An extension assembly for effectively extending a faucet stem to facilitate the maintenance of a faucet assembly. The extension assembly includes a stem extender which connects to a faucet stem, an extension tube which fits over the stem extender and determines the length by which the faucet stem is extended, and an optional adapter for interfacing between the faucet stem and the stem extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: James P. Wheatman
  • Publication number: 20150135730
    Abstract: A vacuum adapter for feeding-through vacuum-insulated coolant lines (11, 12, 22, 23) from the surrounding atmosphere into a vacuum processing installation has an intermediate volume (2) which is connected firstly to at least one insulation intermediate space (32, 33) of the vacuum-insulated feed lines and secondly to a vacuum pump. The pump capacity is available at least temporarily for evacuating the insulation intermediate space around the coolant lines (22, 23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Bless
  • Patent number: 8997272
    Abstract: A water outlet structure has a housing with an outlet and an opening. An inner pipe body is assembled into the housing via an assembly portion and connected to the outlet. An assembly ring flange is extended from the rear end of the inner pipe body, A locating ring inserted rotarily onto the rear end of the inner pipe body has a circumferential wall and a penetrating portion, so that said water pipe could pass through the penetrating portion, allowing its outlet end to be inserted into the inner pipe body. A leakproofing member is set between the water pipe and the locating ring or inner pipe body. A turn-lock locator is set correspondingly to the circumferential wall of the locating ring and the assembly ring flange of the inner pipe body, such that the locating ring and the inner pipe body can be rotarily locked and positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crescent Plumbing, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Kee-Suo Chen
  • Publication number: 20150075103
    Abstract: A modular construction system for quick and convenient construction of buildings, comprising construction panels generally in the order of 600 m wide. The modular construction system includes construction panels, framed construction panels, lintel panels, and framed lintel panels, that together allow a wide variety of building configurations to be assembled. The construction panel includes a cast cement wall member and partially embedded channel shaped sheet steel support members, with the wall member defining an extended portion that extends from the support member to the edge of a major face of the wall member. The framed construction panels is 600 mm wide and includes shaped sheet steel support members extending from a major face at least partially around its periphery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: RCP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Reginald Arthur Richards
  • Patent number: 8973313
    Abstract: Buildings which include rudimentary plumbing can be transported as a set of disassembled modular parts and then assembled on site. The assembled building includes a water reservoir in the roof and a sewage reservoir in the base, so as to enable gravity-based water supply and sewage disposal in the absence of traditional plumbing and sewage infrastructure. Building envelope elements having internal reservoirs, and methods for constructing such building envelope elements are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Bettiol, Richard George Weatherston, Alan Shaidle
  • Patent number: 8973599
    Abstract: An embodiment wall hydrant includes a reservoir, conduits containing an operating rod assembly and a service rod assembly, and a fluid outlet with a hose connector. The service rod assembly allows water supply to the hydrant to be shut-off from the front of the hydrant which allows servicing of the hydrant without requiring water shut-off to all or a portion of the water supply to the building. Embodiments include a vacuum relief dual check valve assembly at the fluid outlet which prevents backflow of water into the hydrant. Embodiments include a box which protects the hydrant controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: William Anthony Stanaland
  • Publication number: 20150059871
    Abstract: What is presented is a fluid fitting used in a facility that has a plurality of surfaces and a source of fluid pressure. The fluid fitting comprises a mounting component, a conduit adapter, a port, and a fluid management device. The mounting component makes the fluid fitting mountable on the external side of the surface. The conduit adapter is connectable to the fluid handling conduit on the internal side of the surface. The port has a flow path to the conduit adapter that enables a fluid connection between the conduit adapter and the port. The fluid management device is permanently incorporated in the flow path such that the fluid management device is permanently connected to the port at the fluid dispensing point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: David Stinson
  • Publication number: 20140366960
    Abstract: Multi-functional valve device comprising: a first holding element equipped with a first hollow duct for communicating with outside the device; a second holding element operatively coupled with the first holding element and equipped with a containing seat, the second holding element equipped with a second hollow duct for communicating with outside the device; and an opening/closing element of the device, the opening/closing element being adapted to assume a closing position of the device in which it is in contact with the first holding element closing, the first hollow duct, the opening/closing element being adapted to also assume an opening position of the device in which it is not in contact with the first holding element and communicates the first hollow duct and the second hollow duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michele Caboni
  • Patent number: 8910654
    Abstract: A system for preventing flooding caused by blockages in the drain lines of appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and the like included a sealed connection between a washing machine drain line and the sewer line drain, further including a washing machine drain line inlet attachment to a housing, the inlet line connecting to the sewer drain line and to a sealed vent pipe connected to the sewer line drain above the inlet attachment, and including a C-shaped loop in fluid communication with the sewer drain line and containing a float actuated control valve adapted to cut off power to the washing machine upon actuation; a kit containing components of the system and methods of installing the system and kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: R. Kevin Dawes
  • Publication number: 20140352809
    Abstract: A diverter for a rain barrel includes a scoop portion configured to fit within a gutter downspout, a rain barrel fitting portion configured to fluidly attach the scoop portion to the rain barrel, and a wing extending outwardly from the scoop portion to direct a flow of water in the gutter downspout towards the scoop portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Earth Minded LLC
    Inventors: Scott GRIFFIN, Dave COVENTRY, David FISCHER, Doug REEVES, Kerri LOVE, Joshua Michael BROEHL, Edwin BECK, Martin BECK, Arthur WELLS, Bruce J. GEEVER
  • Publication number: 20140352798
    Abstract: Plumbing outlet boxes, such as for connecting washing machines, ice makers, and other plumbed appliances to plumbing systems, are provided that increase the energy efficiency of a building thermal envelope. In particular, plumbing outlet boxes are described that include a continuous flange and a compressible seal contacting the flange. The plumbing outlet boxes are designed to be mounted within a cutout in a drywall panel such that, when a faceplate is engaged with the housing, the seal creates a sealing effect between the plumbing outlet box and the wall, thereby maximizing the energy efficiency of the installation by reducing the air leakage between the interior side of the wall and the exterior side of the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Clarke, James H. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20140290172
    Abstract: A presence detection system for detecting presence of a living being (2) within an area (4), the system comprising a first light source (6a) providing light of a first spectrum, a first sensing means (8a; 10a) which is arranged to filter the light of the first spectrum. The first sensing means produces a first presence detection signal (12a) based on the light of the first spectrum originated from the first light source and reflected from the living being (2). The presence detection system comprises a processor device (14) for concluding the living being's presence within the area (4) based on the first presence detection signal (12a). The processor device provides a position (22a) of the living being (2) within the area based on the intensity of the first presence detection signal (12a) and based on the known position of the first light source (6a) within the area (4). The invention further relates to a lighting system comprising the above described presence detection system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: RCP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Reginald Arthur Richards
  • Publication number: 20140261769
    Abstract: A drain cover assembly includes a face plate having at least one hole to allow water to flow from a drainage pipe located in a retaining wall. The face plate includes a first pair of flanges and a second pair of flanges, both of which extend substantially perpendicular to the face plate. The first pair of flanges has a receiving means for receiving a fastener adapted to secure the drain cover assembly to the retaining wall. The second pair of flanges has a plurality of deformable tabs adapted to create an interference fit with the retaining wall. The drain cover assembly may also include a decorative face plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony Patti
  • Publication number: 20140251454
    Abstract: A sanitary conduit, in particular for a shower device, is useful, for example, as a shower arm conduit in a shower system. The sanitary conduit has a rigid, hollow conduit housing including a base body (10?a) and a housing wall removably attached to the base body. At least one flexible conduit (12a, 12b) is inserted in the hollow conduit housing and is made from a flexural conduit material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: HANSGROHE SE
    Inventors: Gerd BLESSING, Bemd WERNER
  • Patent number: 8820352
    Abstract: A pressure-adjustable concealed shower valve includes a shell, containing an embedded body with water channels. A cover board that communicates with the water channels is arranged on the body. The body is provided with channels for hot water and cold water. The hot water channel and cold water channel are provided with a partition wall with a hole. The partition wall separates water inlets and outlets of the hot water channel and cold water channel. A buffer unit that can be opened and closed is arranged on the partition wall. The buffer unit contains a fixed adjustment screw and the corresponding booster spring and the central rod. The end of the central rod matches with the hole on the partition wall and can form an open or close structure. The partition wall and the buffer unit are arranged away from the straight line in which the water channel is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yatin Bath Corporation
    Inventor: Guang Yu
  • Patent number: 8789554
    Abstract: An adaptor accommodates both of the most predominant sizes of downspouts and, when positioned between an upper and lower section, diverts rainwater through an opening in a sidewall to a collection system such as one or more rain barrels. Preferably, the collection system is attached to a soaker hose which provides on-demand irrigation of a treated plot of soil. A central passageway accommodates rainwater which exceeds the capacity of the collection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Emsco, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen M Oas
  • Patent number: 8789555
    Abstract: A system for interconnecting a faucet assembly to a wall member is provided that employs a mounting bracket for interconnection to the wall member. The mounting bracket is configured to accommodate various configurations of faucets with any number of fluid delivery tubes. The mounting system provides structural rigidity to the faucet/building interconnection while minimizing occupation of interior wall space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 8752587
    Abstract: An ice blocking apparatus for preventing ice blockage of a sump pump discharge line. The apparatus is mounted to an external wall of a building and includes a housing having lower and upper openings, a discharge line connection segment fluidly coupled with the sump pump discharge line, an expeller segment including lower and upper pipe segments fluidly coupled with discharge segment, and first and second doors pivotably mounted to the housing and covering the lower and upper openings of the housing. The lower pipe segment is fluidly coupled with the lower opening in the housing, and the upper pipe segment is fluidly coupled with the upper opening in the housing. When ice is not blocking the lower opening of the housing, fluid from a sump pump flows through the lower opening, and when ice is blocking the lower opening, fluid flows through the upper opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Dry Basement, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Bramble, Otto W. Fleck, Lowell Hickman
  • Patent number: 8752567
    Abstract: A fitment for providing leak protection at a frost-free hydrant has a protective sheath having a bore of a first diameter. An escutcheon plate is formed at an outer end of the sheath to define an aperture for receiving a frost-free hydrant into the sheath. The sheath is made longer than any of a range of frost-free hydrants to be received therein and has an end cap sealingly connected to an inner end of the sheath. The end cap has a reducing section and an end section having a bore of a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, and dimensioned to receive a link pipe in a sealing connection, the link pipe being of a length to bridge the distance between an inner end of the hydrant and building water supply equipment. In use, the hydrant with link pipe attached is inserted into the protective sheath and the combination of the hydrant and sheath is fully into the wall through a hole in the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne Brazeau
  • Patent number: RE45024
    Abstract: A round wall-mounted housing for use with freezeless wall hydrants that provides a housing of a round configuration. The round configuration allows for easy installation of the round wall hydrant housing in existing panels or walls. To install, an access hole may be drilled into the desired wall or wall panel without the need for chiseling or chipping. The present invention also provides a cover that can remain in an upright, open position. The cover pivots on a pin connection securing it to the housing. The cover has guides with extended slots that allow the cover to swing to and then lock in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball