With Valve Retarder Or Cushion Means Patents (Class 137/435)
  • Patent number: 9790678
    Abstract: A system and method for inserting removable drain valve within an inlet opening of a drain basin and then sealing the drain valve within the drain basin. The removable drain valve has a cylindrical housing with a check valve disposed with an outlet of the drain basin to allow drain water to flow out from the outlet of the drain basin while blocking flow from the outlet of the drain basin to the inlet of the drain basin. A cylindrical expander band having first and second ends spaced from each other is disposed about the cylindrical housing. A cylindrical gasket is mounted about the cylindrical housing and the cylindrical expander band. A paddle lock lever is pivotally mounted within the cylindrical housing. The paddle lock lever has an expander head to expand the cylindrical expander band and cause the cylindrical gasket to expand and seal against the drain basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Alvin J. Character
  • Publication number: 20130228238
    Abstract: A toilet inlet valve and control method thereof, the inlet valve comprises a valve body, an inlet pipe, a water stop device with a water stop rubber gasket, a float bowl device, a raising rod device and an outlet pipe, wherein, the water stop device also comprises a water stop seat, a tray, a needle valve and a back pressure cavity; the water stop seat is located at the front end of the outlet pipe, and of which the opening is coupling with the end face of the water stop rubber gasket; the tray is connected to the water stop rubber gasket, and is located at the side of the water stop seat that is opposite to the water stop rubber gasket; the needle valve is fixed to the tray, and is located at the side of the water stop rubber gasket that is opposite to the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Feiyu Li, Dongsheng Yao, Yuzhi Liu
  • Patent number: 8360093
    Abstract: A pilot fill valve includes a float that is separated into upper and lower cavities by an angled partition through which a drain outlet and an overflow outlet are disposed. When the level of the float drops, a portion of the water supplied to the fill valve is diverted to a tank to raise the float, while the remainder is diverted to the upper cavity increasing the weight of the float. As the float begins to rise, the water in the upper cavity drains through the drain outlet and overflow outlet, making the float lighter, and causing the float and pivot arm to rotate with increased velocity, allowing the pilot cap carried by the pivot arm to fully shut off the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mansfield Plumbing Products, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Conrad, Wilson Enrique Sandoval Medina
  • Patent number: 6666229
    Abstract: A fill valve assembly for a toilet tank which reduces the fluid noise associated with filling of the tank. The fill assembly includes a fill tube mounted within the tank for delivering water. A fill housing is mounted to the upper end of the fill tube and includes a fill valve operably connected to a float. The float will open the valve when the water in the tank drops below a predetermined level and shuts off the valve when the fluid reaches the level. The interior of the housing includes structure for forming a laminar fluid flow out of the valve which reduces the fluid noise associated with filling the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Brass-Craft Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Amos Gil, Bruce Higgins, Bradley E. Allstead
  • Patent number: 6370708
    Abstract: A combination of a toilet and an anti refill device, the toilet comprises a bowl, a tank connected to the bowl for storing water and to supply the stored water to the bowl, a flushing structure which releases water from the tank into the bowl, a supply valve for refilling the tank with water after the flushing structure has released all the water into the bowl and a float structure for activating and deactivating the supply valve by floating in the water so that when the water is low the supply valve is activated and when the water is full the supply valve is deactivated. The anti refill device comprises a lock arm attached to the float structure and has an end, a lock device arranged to cooperate with end for controlling the lock arm and a structure activated by the flush structure which activates the lock device and the end to release the lock arm so the float arm lowers and the supply valve can fill the tank after flushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventors: Charles L. Sitarz, Robert L. Sitarz, Mark C. Sitarz, Blaine C. Sitarz, Pam M. Wazney
  • Patent number: 5836346
    Abstract: An adjustable height fill valve assembly for controlling water level in a storage tank, comprises a lower riser assembly comprising concentrically disposed inlet riser and an outer riser housing, each having an upper end and a lower end, the inlet riser and the riser housing connected together at the lower ends, the inlet riser being adapted for mounting in a hole in a flush tank, an upper riser assembly comprising concentrically disposed inner supply tube and an outer tubular valve housing, each having an upper end and a lower end, a main valve seat at the upper end of the inner supply tube, the upper riser assembly telescopically mounted on the lower riser assembly, a latch between the riser housing and the tubular valve housing for latching the upper and the lower riser assemblies in selected extended and retracted positions, the latch disengageable upon rotation of the upper riser assembly in either direction from a central position, a valve housing cap having a bayonet lock connection for quick connect d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Hunter Plumbing Products
    Inventor: David Nichols-Roy
  • Patent number: 5772928
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided for controlling the flow of fuel to the fuel chamber of a carburetor. The valve assembly includes a housing and a needle. The housing includes a side wall defining an inlet, an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet, and an interior region between the inlet and outlet. The needle is received in the interior region of the housing for movement therein between a closed position blocking the flow of fuel between the inlet and the outlet and an open position allowing the flow of fuel between the inlet and the outlet. The needle includes a post and a skirt fixed to the post. The skirt extends outwardly from the post and cooperates with the side wall to restrict the flow of fuel therebetween dampening the movement of the needle relative to the housing so that the needle moves with the housing when the housing vibrates in response to the operation of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Barry L. Holtzman
  • Patent number: 5365970
    Abstract: A gravity flow chemigation system (10) is disclosed which generally consists of chemical supply tank (37), in which chemical (29) is contained, a supply line (37) connected to the bottom of chemical supply tank (36), and a low-level shutoff valve (11) suspended across an irrigation ditch (39) and partially below the surface of irrigation water (38). Chemical enters the valve (11) from supply line (37) through air vent tube (21) and inlet (18). The chemical (29) within supply line (37) will continue to flow through valve (11), out outlet (15) and through outlet screen (28) to mix with irrigation water (38) as long as the level of irrigation water (38) remains at a level above converging valve seat (16) of lower float valve (13). Once the level of irrigation water (38) falls below valve seat (16), lower float (17) will engage the lower converging valve seat (16) and close off the valve which will not reactivate until manually reset, even if the irrigation water level rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Larry D. Butler
  • Patent number: 5156197
    Abstract: A float type liquid level meter is provided having an enhanced resistance against vibration transmitted from outside of the float type liquid level meter. The inventor obtained a finding that an external vibration is amplified with a connecting lever which is composing a part of the float type liquid level meter and a fluctuation of an output signal of the float type liquid level meter is proportional to the vibration of the connecting lever. An enhanced resistance against vibration is achieved by providing a connecting lever having a structure which prevents the connecting lever from generating vibration of a low order mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Kiyotoki
  • Patent number: 5141644
    Abstract: A buoyed flapper valve comprises a flapper which is capable of closing an exit of a dipleg or standpipe, which is also connected to a counterweight and a float. The float has sufficient buoyancy to as to overcome the weight of the counterweight when the valve is submerged in a bed of particulate material. The flapper valve is preferably employed as a dipleg check valve within a reactor, e.g., a riser reactor system, and can be used under a variety of operating conditions including both submerged and non-submerged operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Chevron Research & Technology Company
    Inventor: Ralph M. Forde
  • Patent number: 5072751
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a tubular member, a hollow case connected to an open end of the tubular member, a linkage having a first end pivotally connected to the hollow case, a float connected to a second end of the linkage, and a control valve member movably mounted in the tubular member. A plate member is connected to the open end in the case to close the open end. The plate member has a smaller hole communicating with the open end. A narrower end of the control valve member passes through the open end and a through hole of the case, being pivotally connected to the linkage. The wider end of the control valve member is moved to close the hole of the plate member when the linkage is rotated by the float in a first direction, and to open the hole of the plate member when the linkage is rotated in an opposite second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Inventor: I-Chien Lin
  • Patent number: 4628956
    Abstract: A float valve mechanism comprising a housing 13 defining a closed chamber 14 having an inlet 12 and an outlet 22. The chamber 14 is closed by a cap 17 threaded on to it. The valve head 32 has a conical surface 34 engaging a conical valve seat 33 and a skirt portion 30 a slightly smaller diameter than the outlet port 22 so that water flowing through the outlet is throttled as the valve nears its closed position. The valve head 32 can be formed separately, of rubber like material, and snap fitted on the valve stem 29.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Vecone Development Corporation
    Inventors: Charles G. Roberts, Philip E. Hynds
  • Patent number: 4453563
    Abstract: A non-chattering, float-controlled, pilot-operated diaphragm valve for controlling the flow of liquids from a conduit under pressure to a tank where the surface is in turbulent condition. The lightweight float and pilot valve follow the relatively high frequency fluctuations of level and the diaphragm valve responds causing a rapid opening and closing of the main flow through the conduit into the tank. The chattering is eliminated by the insertion of operative means between the float closure means and the movable diaphragm. A small diameter rod of selected length is positioned between the diaphragm and the closure means so that when the main flow through the conduit starts, the movement of the diaphragm away from the conduit forces the pilot valve to open and submerge the float to a considerable depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Inventor: William R. Walters
  • Patent number: 4399835
    Abstract: A toilet holding tank water inlet valve of the type utilizing a flexible valve element formed as a portion of a pressure chamber and having a control stem associated with the pressure chamber and a pivot arm associated with the control stem is improved by molding a portion of the pressure chamber to tightly grip the control stem and attaching a vertical member to the pivot arm with a float which can move along the vertical member. An upper float stop is positioned near the uppermost end of the member and a lower float stop is positioned near the lowermost end of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1983
    Inventor: Anton Holderith
  • Patent number: 4110849
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for conserving water during the flush cycle of a tank-type toilet. The apparatus includes a pivotally mounted lever arm having a water-fillable weight on one end and a toilet tank float engagement means on the other end. The water-fillable weight serves as a counter balance to maintain the toilet tank float in an elevated position to thereby hold the water inlet valve closed during the initial stages of the flush cycle. The apparatus also includes means for mounting the pivot mechanism in the toilet tank. The method involves slowly draining water from the water-fillable weight during the flush cycle so as to allow the toilet tank float to be lowered toward the end of the flush cycle and thereby open the inlet valve to refill the toilet tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Inventor: Edward B. LaFaver