Ground Or Object Penetrating Support Patents (Class 239/276)
  • Patent number: 11148160
    Abstract: A sprayer post hose attachment apparatus for aquatic enjoyment and irrigation includes a support post having a post bottom end and a post top end. The support post is configured to be partially inserted into the ground. A T-joint is coupled to the support post. The T-joint has a bottom aperture coupled to the support post, an input aperture, and an output aperture. A hose attachment arm is coupled to the T-joint. The hose attachment arm has an arm proximal end coupled to the input aperture of the T-joint and an arm distal end to selectively receive a hose. A riser tube is coupled to the T-joint. The riser tube has a riser bottom end coupled to the output aperture of the T-joint and a riser top end. A spray nozzle is coupled to the riser tube. The spray nozzle is coupled to the riser top end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Clanton Pitchford
  • Patent number: 10024578
    Abstract: A combination fence and solar heater. The fence for enclosing a swimming pool and heating water from the swimming pool in order to provide more comfortable swimming conditions and a longer swimming season. The fence includes posts, upper and lower rails, and pickets. The rails include first and second conduits, each having a passageway for carrying water being circulated in communication with the swimming pool. The first conduit has an exterior surface that is exposed to the sun; absorbing solar energy which heats the stream of water therein. The second conduit is nested within the first conduit and absorbs a portion of the energy absorbed by the first conduit. Often, water temperatures within the first and second conduits differ from each other, allowing for discharge of heated water over a range of temperatures to the swimming pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Randy L. Rutkai
  • Patent number: 9879801
    Abstract: A conduit stake has three slender ribs, a cap upon the ribs, a head upon the cap, a slot in the head, and a hook extending outwardly from the head opposite the slot. The three ribs have a common point and extend upwardly therefrom in a cross section similar to the letter Y up to the cap. The first rib of the three has at least three notches oriented to grasp soil and gravel particles so that the stake resists withdrawal. The head has a thickness, or height, above the cap at least three times the thickness of the cap. The slot has a shape and orientation to admit a ferrous tab plate for later detection and location of the invention when concealed by gravel, other aggregate, or soil. Outwardly from the head, the hook extends a sufficient reach to admit a conduit and then turns downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy P. Wittmann
  • Patent number: 9706720
    Abstract: An indoor-outdoor garden unit including a basin having an overhead canopy, connected to a water source via a main water tube and holding a plurality of opaque growing trays with removable opaque lids for optimal sprout growth in the dark. The main water supply tube operationally communicates with an on-off timer controlling water cycles. Bottom holes in each growing tray allow water, infused into the basin by any of three selectable mechanisms, to flow upwardly to water the sprouts from underneath, and serve to drain water from the growing trays and to aerate the plants between watering cycles. Sprayers on the underside of each growing tray lid allow watering from the top side. Water can be infused into the basin by the direct basin fill inlet or by a water fountain from which water impacts a water catcher member undermounted on the canopy to shed droplets into the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Benjamin Lowe
  • Publication number: 20150144713
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an illumination system with an outer housing including a base, a central housing pivotably coupled to the base including a fluid inlet, and an upper housing including a fluid outlet. The inner housing defines a chamber and is coupled to the base, and includes a fluid aperture adjacent to the base, and a fluid aperture adjacent to the upper housing and a viewing aperture. The chamber houses an evaporator system not visible through the outer housing, and an illumination device. Some embodiments include a repellent system with a base including a fluid inlet pivotably coupled to a main housing enclosing an inner region, and including an upper portion with at least one fluid outlet. In some embodiments, an evaporator system within the inner region is not visible through the main housing. Some embodiments include an evaporator assembly that includes a lockable evaporator support to render the system non-refillable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Karen Formico, Jeffery Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20150144712
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an illumination system with an outer housing including a base, a central housing pivotably coupled to the base including a fluid inlet, and an upper housing including a fluid outlet. The inner housing defines a chamber and is coupled to the base, and includes a fluid aperture adjacent to the base, and a fluid aperture adjacent to the upper housing and a viewing aperture. The chamber houses an evaporator system not visible through the outer housing, and an illumination device. Some embodiments include a repellent system with a base including a fluid inlet pivotably coupled to a main housing enclosing an inner region, and including an upper portion with at least one fluid outlet. In some embodiments, an evaporator system within the inner region is not visible through the main housing. Some embodiments include an evaporator assembly that includes a lockable evaporator support to render the system non-refillable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Karen Formico, Jeffery Emmerich
  • Patent number: 9022300
    Abstract: A watering device for watering bushes, grass, etc., which has a base unit connected to a substantially vertical riser which is connected to a sprinkler head, wherein the base unit can also have a receiving unit which holds a substantially vertical riser and a plurality stabilizing units, wherein the plurality of stabilizing units are adapted to be inserted in the ground, and wherein the stabilizing units are removable from the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Melnor, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Nies, Ha Van Duong, Vicky Ann Michael
  • Patent number: 8646734
    Abstract: A sprinkler irrigation stand for use with an irrigation pipe has a base placed below the pipe for being stabilized by the pipe. The pipe freely rests upon the base so that it may be lifted freely off the base or may inflate freely upwards in the case the pipe is a collapsible pipe. A riser of the stand for supporting a sprinkler may be attached to the pipe and slide up in relation to the stand when attached to a collapsible pipe that is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Netafim, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nitzan Vered Shaol, Erez Govrin, Yair Shomer
  • Patent number: 8616467
    Abstract: A sprinkler head cover. Implementations may include an artificial turf portion including a backing, a stiffener coupled to the backing, and a bag coupled to the stiffener where the bag has at least one reclosable opening therein. The bag may be configured to receive a quantity of fill material when the at least one reclosable opening is opened and to retain the quantity of fill material within the bag when the at least one reclosable opening is closed. The bag may also be configured to rest on a top surface of a sprinkler head when the sprinkler head is in a retracted position in a grassy area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Leavitt
  • Patent number: 8573509
    Abstract: A sprinkler tap connects optionally to either a fitting of underground piping or an existing sprinkler head of an automatic sprinkler system and includes a generally T-shaped body having a fluid flow passage extending between an open bottom end and a first output port at a top end. A second output port communicates with the fluid flow passage between the bottom end and the first output port. The first output port is adapted for receiving either a male or female sprinkler head nozzle or, alternatively, a plug. A quick connect fitting on the second output port allows for easy connection and disconnection of a hose. The opposite end of the hose may be attached to a portable sprinkler device, a hand held spray nozzle or other water dispensing device. The quick connect fitting has an internal stop valve that closes when the hose is disconnected from the device, thereby preventing wasteful discharge of water from the second output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: David L. Cole
  • Publication number: 20130037626
    Abstract: An improved docking assembly for faucets having a pull-down sprayhead extendable from a spout. The docking assembly generally comprises a receptacle fitted into the spout which is formed with chamfered interior walls. A spring-loaded flexible collet is contained within the receptacle with a degree of sliding freedom for spring-biased travel along the chamfered interior walls of the receptacle, from a first position that allows generous radial expansion of the collet to a second position in which radial expansion is restricted. A quick-connect fitting attached to the pull-down sprayhead moves the collet into its first position allowing radial expansion of the collet. Removal of the quick-connect fitting moves the collet to its second position which restricts radial expansion, inhibiting said removal. Consequently, the pulldown sprayhead may be docked to the spout with considerably less insertion force than the opposite removal force needed to undock the pulldown sprayhead from the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Jan Christopher van Leyen, Shoufeng Li
  • Patent number: 8286892
    Abstract: A hose holder assembly comprising a hose holder member being attached to an elongated hose holder support member. The hose holder member includes a tubular body having a passage therethrough for receiving a garden hose. The length of the body is sufficient to maintain the garden hose in a fixed position when subjected to forces resulting from a discharging flow of water. A body coupler section is provided for assembling the body to the support member. The coupler can be a male or female form factor. A utility hook can be included as a feature of the hose holder member for temporarily holding tools or other items. The body can be segmented into a fixed portion, which is attached to the support member and a removable portion, which removably engages with the fixed portion. A sizing sleeve can be offered to reduce a passage diameter for receiving hoses having smaller diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Glen Schwanebek
  • Publication number: 20120080538
    Abstract: A plant watering device includes a hollow rigid member which is substantially ring-shaped but has a gap between opposite closed ends of the member, the member having a lower surface with a plurality of spaced holes for dispensing water out of the hollow interior chamber in the member. A plurality of removable peg-like legs are configured to engage mounting sleeves on the lower surface of the member at one end and to be embedded in the soil or other medium surrounding the plant at the opposite end. A hose connector protrudes outwards from the ring-shaped member and can be connected to a water supply hose so that water is supplied into the hollow ring and flows through the chamber and out through the dispensing holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Warren Tyler Reid, Tyler Robinson
  • Publication number: 20120024981
    Abstract: Systems and methods for painting, which might be used to paint the soil in a golf hole are provided. A spraying device can comprise a first masking apparatus, a second masking apparatus coupled to the first and a paint dispersing device, between the first and second masking apparatus. The paint may disperse from a single nozzle that can include multiple individual exit points for the spray. In another embodiment, the single nozzle includes an exit point and a flat or curved plate to direct the spray. Alternatively, the paint dispersing apparatus may comprise multiple nozzles. The nozzles may be provided with paint using tubes connecting from a paint source, such as an aerosol paint can, to each nozzle. The first masking apparatus can be a golf cup mask and the second masking apparatus can be a putting green mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: WHITE METAL GOLF
    Inventor: Robert E. Porter
  • Patent number: 8038082
    Abstract: A stake for holding an irrigation pipe near a plant. The pipe comprising a first end portion and a second portion bendable relative to the first end portion. The stake comprising a distal retaining portion for holding the first portion of the pipe and first and second proximal retaining portions for optionally accommodating the second portion of the pipe. The stake is designed to allow the second portion of the pipe to be optionally moved from the first proximal retaining portion to the second proximal retaining portion without removing the first portion of the pipe from the distal retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Netafim Ltd.
    Inventor: Lorne-Moshe Belford
  • Patent number: 7866570
    Abstract: A sprinkler stand for holding an oscillating sprinkler in an elevated and generally vertical orientation to provide a desired sprinkler coverage pattern, wherein a sprinkler holder holds a sprinkler, a frame elevates and supports the sprinkler holder, and a base supports the frame. Preferably, the sprinkler holder includes two tracks for engaging base members of a sprinkler, wherein the tracks allow for the repositioning of the sprinkler so as to vary the sprinkler elevation, the height of the sprinkler holder is adjustable by moving the holder along the frame, or by adding a frame extender to the frame, and the sprinkler holder may be rotated, or the frame rotatably or angularly adjusted to achieve a desired sprinkler orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Randall Griffin
  • Patent number: 7708210
    Abstract: A sprinkler stand for holding an oscillating sprinkler in an elevated and generally vertical orientation to provide a desired sprinkler coverage pattern, wherein a sprinkler holder holds a sprinkler, a frame elevates and supports the sprinkler holder, and a base supports the frame. Preferably, the sprinkler holder includes two tracks for engaging base members of a sprinkler, wherein the tracks allow for the repositioning of the sprinkler so as to vary the sprinkler elevation, the height of the sprinkler holder is adjustable by moving the holder along the frame, or by adding a frame extender to the frame, and the sprinkler holder may be rotated, or the frame rotatably or angularly adjusted to achieve a desired sprinkler orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Randall Griffen
  • Publication number: 20100084491
    Abstract: A device for irrigating soil or other substrates is provided. The device is at least in part biodegradable, minimising its impact on the environment and also provides focused irrigation towards desired areas. The device includes a connector end for connection with a liquid supply, and a biodegradable body adapted to receive liquid from the connector end, wherein the outer surface of the body is substantially water resistant with the exception of one or more feeder areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: David Williams, Cheryl Williams, Andrew Kluth, Wendy Flicker
  • Patent number: 7654473
    Abstract: A watering system that has first and second upright supports, a plurality of bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels and a first spray head is disclosed. Each of the first and second upright supports have substantially laterally oriented brackets dimensioned to releasably hold objects having a first outer diameter, including the bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels. The substantially rigid water channels each have a central body and left and right hose barbs in fluid relationship to one another through the central body. The central body has an aperture dimensioned to receive and mechanically engage the insertion end of the first spray head. The first spray head has a spray jet with a first water flow rate. The system may further include second and third spray heads with second and third water flow rates each different from each other and the first water flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Hibberd
  • Publication number: 20090242664
    Abstract: The present invention provides a deicing device for spraying anti-icing agents over a transport surface, such as paved road or bridge, to protect the transport surface from snow deposition and ice formation. The deicing device that is surface mounted to the transport surface has a pavement sensor to determine when the deicing device is turned on and off to spray the anti-icing agents. The deicing device comprises a supporting housing, a spray puck having a plurality of nozzles and jet channels connected to the nozzles for spraying anti-icing agents, a lock ring to immobilize the spray buck within the supporting housing, and an O-ring for sealing the anti-icing agents from leaking. The spray puck can be rotated within the supporting housing to change a spray direction. The jet channels have round corners, such as parabolic shape cross-section, to prevent from collection of dirt or debris.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Envirotech Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Dickson, Rodney D. Heiden
  • Publication number: 20090230206
    Abstract: A watering device for watering bushes, grass, etc., which has a base unit connected to a substantially vertical riser which is connected to a sprinkler head, wherein the base unit can also have a receiving unit which holds a substantially vertical riser and a plurality stabilizing units, wherein the plurality of stabilizing units are adapted to be inserted in the ground, and wherein the stabilizing units are removable from the receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: MELNOR, INC.
    Inventors: Juergen NIES, Ha Van DUONG, Vicky Ann MICHAEL
  • Publication number: 20090108087
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of use are disclosed for cooling one or more exercising or resting individuals with a water mist while automatically preventing the undesirable accumulation of excess water. In some embodiments, a sensor detects accumulated water on or near an individual, while other embodiments use measured climate parameters to predict water accumulation. The apparatus can be free standing, fixed to the walls or ceiling, or attached to an object on which an individual is resting or exercising. In some preferred embodiments, the apparatus is controlled according to the passing of time and/or one or more measured physiological parameters measured by sensors directed toward or attached to an individual, or embedded in an object on which an individual is resting or exercising. In some embodiments dry air is also applied either simultaneously or alternately with the mist to enhance cooling and further discourage water accumulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Richard Goldmann, Russ Weinzimmer, Douglas P. Burum
  • Publication number: 20090008471
    Abstract: Control devices for irrigation systems and the associated methods for making and using such devices to control irrigation systems are described. The control devices contain a timer that can be mounted to a fixed location that is remote from a plurality of valves for the sprinkler system. The timer receives instructions that can be entered directly into the timer or the instructions can be entered remotely using another remote interface tool, such as a wirelessly connected personal computer (PC) or radio frequency (RF) programming device. Thus, the control devices are portable and can be easily removed and programmed away from the electrical interface typically used to control its programming when they are mounted at a fixed location. Second, when the control devices are removed from the fixed location containing the electrical interface, they still retain their programming even though it is no longer connected to the electrical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Chadwick Loring Wilson
  • Patent number: 7472874
    Abstract: A ground stake for securing ropes or other fastening elements comprises a head portion with an elevated, textured surface and two or more extending flanges above a neck portion comprising recesses and a passageway. A plurality of elongated fins, at least a portion of which are tapered, depend from the base of the head portion and terminate in a truncated blunt end, providing a stronger tip while allowing clean penetration of the ground. One or more of the fins may comprise a stiffening rib to increase the rigidity of the fin. The elevated, textured surface provides increased impact resistance and prevents slippage of a pounding implement when the stake is being driven into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Peak Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: John Gross, Simon Walker, Frank Fan, Wei Min Zhu
  • Patent number: 7469865
    Abstract: The sprinkler anchor is designed to anchor and support a convention sprinkler head having a ground spike and includes an upper support plate and a hollow, tapered stake. The upper support plate and the stake form a continuous aperture for receiving the ground spike of the sprinkler head, with the stake being configured for engaging the ground. The sprinkler anchor may further include at least two linear channels, one or more hollow flanges, a plurality of anchoring studs, and a cap. The linear channels, hollow flanges, and anchoring studs are provided to further help the sprinkler anchor in receiving the sprinkler head and securing it into the ground. The cap is designed to cover the sprinkler anchor when not in use in order to prevent debris from entering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Pete Mayorga
  • Publication number: 20080302883
    Abstract: A protective sprinkler head housing for allowing access to sprinkler heads and shafts for maintenance and repair. More particularly, the present invention relates to a device which allows for, and encloses, a working space around underground sprinkler heads. The device is placed around a sprinkler shaft in the ground and the plant material is placed on its outside. The top of the sprinkler head sits above the device. When the sprinkler needs to be accessed, the top of the device can be removed and an open interior space remains where a user can place his/her hands and/or tools to repair or replace a sprinkler head. This invention may be installed when the underground sprinkler system itself is first installed or alternatively may be installed at each sprinkler head as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: William K. Gunderson, Lyle D. Ungerecht
  • Publication number: 20080257983
    Abstract: A tool is provided for maintaining alignment of watering heads installed on a conduit comprising a pliable elongate strip of a length suitable to overlap the outside diameter of a conduit, a catch sleeve affixed to one end of the strip, the catch sleeve for accepting the other end of the strip and retaining that end of the strip, a plurality of gripping elements strategically located on one surface of the strip that interfaces with the outer surface of the conduit, and a stake sleeve affixed to a surface opposite the surface supporting the gripping elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Donald Robert Martin Boys
  • Publication number: 20080054096
    Abstract: A watering system that has first and second upright supports, a plurality of bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels and a first spray head is disclosed. Each of the first and second upright supports have substantially laterally oriented brackets dimensioned to releasably hold objects having a first outer diameter, including the bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels. The substantially rigid water channels each have a central body and left and right hose barbs in fluid relationship to one another through the central body. The central body has an aperture dimensioned to receive and mechanically engage the insertion end of the first spray head. The first spray head has a spray jet with a first water flow rate. The system may further include second and third spray heads with second and third water flow rates each different from each other and the first water flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Michael J. Hibberd
  • Patent number: 7334744
    Abstract: A water-misting assembly includes a reservoir that has sides defining a chamber with a drain port positioned along a bottom edge thereof and a drain plug insertable therein. A lid coupled to a reservoir top end and wheels are connected to a distal end of the sides. A mechanism is included for extracting water from the chamber. The water-extracting mechanism is detachable from the reservoir. Flexible conduits are connected to the drain port in fluid communication with the chamber. A mechanism is included for supporting one conduit against an elevated support structure. The conduit supporting mechanism includes clips that have a cylindrical bottom portion provided with an open face for clamping onto the one conduit. Each clip includes a top portion that has a vertical hook facing away from the bottom portion open face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Gentry Dawson
  • Publication number: 20080017763
    Abstract: A sprinkler support includes a central support bar to which two sprinkler support rings are attached at one end and to which a cross bar is attached. The cross bar is located spaced apart from the ends of the central bar and serves as a foot bar against which a user presses his or her foot to insert the central support bar into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: James A. Hatch, Mary Hatch
  • Patent number: 7303148
    Abstract: The lawn sprinkler system utilizes a single impulse type sprinkler head and at least one (preferably a series of) ground anchor receptacle(s) for the single sprinkler head. The ground anchors are permanently placed as desired, with the single sprinkler head and water supply hose being moved from one ground anchor to another to complete the watering task. Each ground anchor is provided with indicators to indicate the stop settings for the impulse sprinkler head when installed at that location. The user installs the sprinkler head with its attached hose in the selected ground anchor, and sets the sprinkler head stops in accordance with the indicators on the ground anchor. When the watering has been accomplished at that location, the water is turned off, the sprinkler head moved to another anchor, its stops are adjusted, and the water turned on to continue the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventors: Tracy L Campbell, Shannon Campbell
  • Patent number: 7156323
    Abstract: A spray rack suitable for testing a window in a building includes a plurality of spray bars and at least one stand-off leg. The plurality of spray bars each include at least one nozzle for spraying fluid. The at least one stand-off leg is coupled with the plurality of spray bars and includes a plurality of pre-measured settings each corresponding to a distance between the at least one nozzle and the window. The at least one stand-off leg is configured to be set at one of the plurality of pre-measured settings to interface with the building and to position the plurality of spray bars a desired distance from the window for testing the window by spraying the fluid from the at least one nozzle of each of the plurality of spray bars toward the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: The RM Group LLC
    Inventor: Todd Mikkelson
  • Patent number: 7097117
    Abstract: A sprinkler assembly comprising in combination a sprinkler mounting stake and a sprinkler comprising. The sprinkler comprises a sprinkler body formed with a support member receptacle and locking portion. The sprinkler mounting stake comprises a ground insertion portion and a sprinkler support portion. The sprinkler support portion comprises a lateral support member extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the stake and retention member. The support member is insertable within the support member receptacle and a retention member prevents unintentional disengagement of the sprinkler body from the mounting stake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Naan-Dan Irrigation System (C.S.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoel Zur, Zohar Katzman
  • Patent number: 7066403
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sprinkling system. The system comprises a body portion comprising a housing and a spike depending downward from the housing, wherein the housing comprises a lower platform and an upwardly open U-shaped groove aligned along a center line of the platform for holding the tubing. The system comprises a saddle adapted to fit within the housing, the saddle comprising a top face having an outlet therein, and a bottom face having downwardly open inverted U-shaped groove depending therefrom. The system also comprises a hollow piercing element extending from the bottom face of the saddle to a point above the platform and in fluid communication with the outlet. The system further comprises a cap adapted to fit over the saddle, wherein securing the cap to the body portion is achieved without rotating the piercing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: L.R. Nelson Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Heren, Michael Breedlove, Sr., Scott Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7017602
    Abstract: A water diverter has a double hose connection, a spigot and an outdoor light all mounted on a movable stake for providing an extra faucet at any desired location. The diverter allows a hose connection to another location, such as a recreational vehicle water supply, thereby extending the water source. The light on the water diverter is automatic, turning on at dusk, providing illumination that is required for safety and security purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Lee A. Garver
  • Patent number: 7004403
    Abstract: An irrigation spray stake for plants grown in pots utilizes an elongated stake member having an upper extremity and a lower extremity adapted to be inserted into the soil, with a spray head adjacent the upper extremity of the stake member, with an arrow or similar feature along the stake member between the upper and lower extremities to indicate the predetermined spraying direction of the spray head. The arrow or similar feature may be formed as a plate which rests against the surface of the soil, with the back edge of the plate resting against the inner surface of the nursery pot into which the stake is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventors: Susan Thayer, Timothy Wert
  • Patent number: 6929072
    Abstract: A device and method for inhibiting the spread of a fire to the roof of a building by placing a base supporting a sprinkler on the roof. A hose connected to the base and in fluid communication with the sprinkler provides a source of water ejected from the sprinkler onto the roof. The interior of the base may be wetted to increase its weight. A rope, normally stored on a spool removably attached to the base, may be used to reposition the base on the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: Wes Brown
  • Publication number: 20040222314
    Abstract: A garden soaker hose and reel assembly includes a ground anchor on one end of the soaker hose which is rigidly fixed to the soaker hose. The reel has a special configuration to make the soaker hose easier to unwind from the reel and to wind back onto the reel. The soaker hose can be provided with a stripe on the upper wall of the soaker hose to make it easily apparent if the hose is twisted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: David Chappell, Wendy Trinder, Eva Edmonds
  • Publication number: 20040164179
    Abstract: A support system for supporting a sprinkler head which is connected to a water supply line by means of a flexible pipe. The support system includes a spacer body having inner and outer portions and is capable of being attached to a sprinkler head. An elongated stake member is carried by the spacer body and extends downwardly from the spacer body to provide lateral support to the spacer body and the sprinkler head when the stake member is inserted into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: J. Craig Corbett
  • Publication number: 20040149835
    Abstract: A sprinkler assembly comprising in combination a sprinkler mounting stake and a sprinkler comprising. The sprinkler comprises a sprinkler body formed with a support member receptacle and locking portion. The sprinkler mounting stake comprises a ground insertion portion and a sprinkler support portion. The sprinkler support portion comprises a lateral support member extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the stake and retention member. The support member is insertable within the support member receptacle and a retention member prevents unintentional disengagement of the sprinkler body from the mounting stake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Yoel Zur, Zohar Katzman
  • Patent number: 6758410
    Abstract: A retaining supporter of a rotary sprinkler is disclosed. The retaining supporter has a cruciform cylindrical base at the lower half of the rotary sprinkler. Two plates with equal length are crossed with each other so as to form a cylindrical member with a cruciform cross section. The width of one plate is thicker than the other one, and the vertical surface of the wider plate is a curved surface and has a shape like an inverted triangle. When the lower half section of the fixing supporting element in inserted into the soil, it can be inserted easily. When the top section of the rotary sprinkler is connected with water pipe for water flow, the water flows through the interior of the fixing supporting element of the rotary sprinkler, so that water can be sprayed from the water outlet of the rotary sprinkler and moves the rotary sprinkler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Li Kuo
  • Publication number: 20040108393
    Abstract: An irrigation spray stake for plants grown in pots utilizes an elongated stake member having an upper extremity and a lower extremity adapted to be inserted into the soil, with a spray head adjacent the upper extremity of the stake member, with an arrow or similar feature along the stake member between the upper and lower extremities to indicate the predetermined spraying direction of the spray head. The arrow or similar feature may be formed as a plate which rests against the surface of the soil, with the back edge of the plate resting against the inner surface of the nursery pot into which the stake is extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Susan Thayer, Timothy Wert
  • Patent number: 6745950
    Abstract: A scent emitting system comprises a shaft in a tubular configuration. The shaft has upper and lower ends. Both ends have female threads. An upper subassembly is provided. The subassembly has a disc-shaped central component and a downwardly projecting cap. The cap has an upper region. The upper region is formed with male threads threadedly couplable with the female threads at the upper end of the shaft. A wick is provided. The wick is slidably positionable within the shaft and has a central core. The central core has outwardly projecting bristles. The wick has an upper end coupled to the cap. Further provided is a closure assembly. The closure assembly has an upper extent. The upper extent is in a cylindrical configuration and has male threads. The male threads are threadedly couplable with the female threads at the lower end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Phillip J. Longo
  • Publication number: 20040046048
    Abstract: A sprayer device includes a post having an upper portion for supporting a hose, and having a tip formed in the lower portion for engaging into ground. A foot pedal has an opening for receiving the post, and for moving the foot pedal along the post to the required position, and has a peripheral edge for engaging with the post and for forcing the post into the ground when the foot pedal is moved downwardly by users. The post includes an orifice formed in the upper portion for receiving the hose or a coupler. A hose receiver device may be attached to the post for receiving the hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Shih Hao Hsu
  • Patent number: 6668939
    Abstract: The invention is a piece of firefighting equipment called a piercing nozzle. The piercing nozzle comprises a hollow tube connected to a hose and adapted for conveying water or other fire suppressant fluid near a pointed head adapted to penetrate a barrier and to release the water or fire suppressant fluid in an adjoining room. The pointed head contains a plurality of holes angled in various directions so as to spray the fire suppressant fluid over a wide area in the adjoining room so as to protect firefighters from flames or superheated air when they enter the adjoining room. The pointed head may be shaped like a cone attached to which is a plurality of sharp blades designed to facilitate penetration of the barrier. Attached to the hollow tube is a sliding weight with handles used for pounding the pointed head through the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventors: Larry L. Schmidt, Roger L. Granat
  • Patent number: 6619565
    Abstract: An irrigation system for selectively providing water to various plants in a relative same area with different rates of application of water. The system has a first valve for connecting a water supply with a tube in a edging. The edging has vertical web with a flange for locating the tube in a fixed position within the area with respect to various plants. A plurality of second control valves are located on the tube in a plane tangent to the web such that a first end cap on each of the control valves is below an apex of the tube. Each second valve is characterized by a body having a first projection that extends into the tube. The body has a stepped axial bore that extends into the first projection to meet a cross bore for communicating water presented to the tube into the stepped axial bore. The stepped axial bore is connected to an outlet port in a first end cap by an internal port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy A. Abbott
  • Patent number: 6604691
    Abstract: A irrigation device which has a sprinkler head and a wind driven device is disclosed. The device has a support frame which provides water to the sprinkler head. The support frame may include a number of pipes which supply water to the sprinkler head. The sprinkler head may have a rotating bearing and arms which are allow water to be sprayed out in various patterns. The force of the water also rotates the sprinkler head around the bearing. The support frame or sprinkler head also supports a wind driven device which may be audio, visual or both. For example, the support frame may suspend wind driven chimes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: L. R. Nelson Corporation
    Inventors: Joyce Thomas, Linda J. McMahill
  • Patent number: 6592049
    Abstract: A water misting device has a hook and loop fastener connected to a nozzle mounting assembly. The nozzle mounting assembly has an inlet tube bore and a connected nozzle bore. A misting nozzle is attached to the nozzle mounting assembly. A water inlet tube is connected to the nozzle mounting assembly. An electrically driven water pump is connected to the water inlet tube. A timer is electrically connected to the water pump for selectively powering the water pump to intermittently force the flow of water through the water pump. A power supply connection is electrically connected to the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Matthew Van Wolput
  • Patent number: 6588680
    Abstract: An irrigation spray device has a substantially cylindrical peg for insertion into a water supply tube. A longitudinal water supply groove extends along the peg, with a water deflecting plate at one end of the groove for deflecting water traveling downwardly along the groove into an outwardly directed spray. The water deflecting plate has a smooth, convex curved or part-conical shape for forming a smooth, continuous, cone-shaped spray. The supply groove may be U-shaped for improved uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Roberts Group Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Scott G. Cameron, John C. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20030111550
    Abstract: A retaining supporter of a rotary sprinkler is disclosed. The retaining supporter has a cruciform cylindrical base at the lower half of the rotary sprinkler. Two plates with equal length are crossed with each other so as to form a cylindrical member with a cruciform cross section. The width of one plate is thicker than the other one, and the vertical surface of the wider plate is a curved surface and has a shape like an inverted triangle. When the lower half section of the fixing supporting element in inserted into the soil, it can be inserted easily. When the top section of the rotary sprinkler is connected with water pipe for water flow, the water flows through the interior of the fixing supporting element of the rotary sprinkler, so that water can be sprayed from the water outlet of the rotary sprinkler and moves the rotary device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Li Kuo