Angularly Adjustable Patents (Class 248/514)
  • Patent number: 6142437
    Abstract: Various video camera supports for use in taping the swing of a golfer during real golf play are disclosed. The supports may be attached to a golf bag, a riding golf car, or used with a hand-pulled golf car. The supports may be modified to support an umbrella as well, or separate umbrella supports that accommodate using an umbrella during golf play are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Guy Wilkins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6123305
    Abstract: A new pivot bracket assembly for mounting items, such as coaxial cable and microwave waveguide, to a structure such as an antenna. The device includes a pair of disks with each disk having a generally circular hole therethrough. The inner faces of the disks are positioned adjacent each other with the holes of the disks coaxial to each other. The threaded portion of a threaded fastener is extended through the holes of the disks such that the head portion of the threaded fastener is positioned adjacent the outer surface of one of the disks and the threaded portion extends outwardly from the outer face of the other of the disks. A nut is threaded on the threaded portion of the threaded fastener to hold the disks together. The outer surface of each of the disks has an angle arm outwardly extending therefrom. Each of the angle arms has a generally circular hole therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Lukasavitz
  • Patent number: 6089246
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting an umbrella. The apparatus of the invention includes a base plate which is placed on the surface of the area in which the umbrella is desired, a hollow cylinder connected at its lower end to the base plate and extending upwardly therefrom for receipt and support of an umbrella shaft, and a jack for contacting the underside of a vehicle to place a downward force on the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: John W. Barnes
  • Patent number: 6050034
    Abstract: An anchoring apparatus for securing a pole into ground, which includes a tubular section being retained in the ground for supporting the pole. A support element is disposed on the open end of the tubular member, for supporting the pole proximate to the open end. The support element includes an annular outer member, which is rotatably disposed on the tubular section, and includes a support aperture eccentrically offset with respect to the center of the outer member. An annular inner member is rotatably disposed within the support aperture, and includes a receiving aperture eccentrically offset with respect to the center of the inner member, for supporting the pole. The outer member and inner member are respectively rotatable to vary the positions of the support aperture and the receiving aperture, so as to selectively tilt the poles longitudinal axis to a desired position with respect to the direction of the longitudinal axis of the tubular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Klaus Krinner
    Inventor: Klaus Krinner
  • Patent number: 6032917
    Abstract: A preferred version of the umbrella holder 10 provides a support rod 20 having two fastening blocks which slide within an axial channel inside the support rod to adjust the rod to attach to the inside of a golf bag 100. An adjustment support 40 is releasably attachable to the support rod, thereby allowing the golf bag to be used only with the support rod attached when use of the umbrella is not desired. An umbrella support 70 is pivotably adjustable with respect to the adjustment support, allowing the angle of the umbrella handle to be altered, as desired, and to compensate for the angle of the golf bag when supported by its legs or cart. A spring biases the teeth of the adjustment support away from the teeth of the umbrella support when a connecting bolt is loosened, thereby allowing convenient alteration of the angle of support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Michael F. Shannon
  • Patent number: 6019340
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for use with an antenna apparatus which includes a pair of rod antennas (1a, 1b), a holding member (2) for holding the pair of rod antennas (1a, 1b), and a mounting shaft (4) projecting from the holding member (2) in a direction opposite to which the pair of rod antennas (1a, 1b) are provided, wherein the holding apparatus is composed of a top cover (10) having opening portions (11a, 11b) through which the pair of rod antennas (1a, 1b) can pass and clipping portions (12a, 12b, 13a, 13b) for clipping the holding member (2) of the antenna apparatus, and a stand base (20) having a mounting hole (21) into which the mounting shaft (4) of the antenna apparatus can rotatably fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shunsuke Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 5971345
    Abstract: A universal antenna mounting system includes a grid-like mounting frame on which the antenna is installed. A mounting pipe is secured to a tower leg at a desired height and the mounting frame is then secured to the mounting pipe. The mounting connections are all frictional in nature and the mounting frame is adjustable in azimuth about the mounting pipe so that the antenna can be pointed in the right direction. Side struts secured to the mounting frame and the tower maintain the mounting frame at the desired azimuth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Belal F. Khalaf
  • Patent number: 5957424
    Abstract: A device for the vertical arrangement of a pole or post-like object is disclosed. A securing device is disposed at the ground end and includes a substantially cylindrical, elongated mounting mandrel which projects upwards from the free upper side of the securing device. This mandrel can be inserted into an accommodating bore in the underside of the pole or post-like object. A support plate on which the underside of the pole or post-like object rests, has at least one securing projection that protrudes upwards from the support plate and penetrates the material of the pole or post-like object. The mounting mandrel is substantially thinner than the accommodating bore in the underside of the pole or post-like object such that a play is provided between the outer periphery of the mounting mandrel and the inner circumferential area of the accommodating bore seen substantially over the entire axial extension of the mounting mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Klaus Krinner
    Inventor: Klaus Krinner
  • Patent number: 5941497
    Abstract: An antenna fixture includes a mount fixture for mounting a parabolic reflecting mirror to a mast fixture fixed to a mast. The mount fixture makes it possible to adjust the azimuth angle and elevation angle of the parabolic reflecting mirror. The mast fixture is a cylindrical body capable of being externally pressure fitted to the mast. The mast fixture includes upper mounting leaves and lower mounting leaves provided with tapped holes. The mount fixture includes side walls, which are externally fitted to the upper and lower mounting leaves. The to side walls include supporting holes which allow bolts to be passed therethrough and threadably attached to the tapped holes of the upper mounting leaves. Near the supporting holes are located azimuth-angle adjusting circular arc holes formed with the supporting holes as a center. Elevation-angle adjusting circular-arc holes are also formed in the side walls with the supporting holes as a center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: DX Anteena Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigemi Inoue, Shigeru Ueno, Kenichi Fujita, Kazunori Kato
  • Patent number: 5921196
    Abstract: An outrigger assembly includes a mounting base for mounting to the gunwale of a sport fishing boat. The mounting base plate and a sleeve extend from the plate for receiving an outrigger pole holder. The outrigger pole holder includes an arcuate tube rotatably journaled within the mounting base sleeve. The arcuate tube has an upper end portion extending outward of the sleeve for receiving an outrigger pole and a lower end portion of the arcuate tube has a nut for removably coupling with the mounting base socket. Once a desirable orientation is selected, engaging the hex-nut into the hex-nut socket prevents rotation of the pole holder. The outrigger pole includes a plurality of elongated tubular sections of successfully smaller cross-section telescopingly joined to form the outrigger pole for adjusting the outrigger pole between a retracted position and a fully extended position. A spring lock assembly includes a locking button biased radially outward through a hole within the elongated tubular sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignees: Stephen O. Slatter, Donna J. Slatter
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter
  • Patent number: 5921014
    Abstract: An outrigger lowering assembly structured to pivot a fishing pole between a generally lowered and a generally elevated orientation, the assembly including an outrigger engagement hub having a retention segment which receives a fishing pole butt end of the fishing pole securely therein, and a pivot segment supportingly extending from the retention segment into pivoted, supported engagement with a base assembly that is secured to the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Terry R. Lee
  • Patent number: 5911399
    Abstract: A vehicle anchored support includes a base plate having an anchor portion configured for removable placement beneath a vehicle tire for securely anchoring the device, and an article support portion extending laterally outwardly from the anchor portion. The article support portion is preferably formed as a box-like structure for strength and durability, and provides for an article support column or the like extending therefrom. Preferably, the article support column is removably attached to the base portion by a socket or receptacle formed within the article support portion, for compact storage of the device. The column may be adjustably secured to the base portion of the device, as desired. The article support column may be relatively tall, for the support of an umbrella or other overhead article thereby, or may be configured to support a work station or the like. The anchor portion of the base plate may include non-skid traction enhancements on the upper and/or lower surfaces thereof, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Robert A. Mannion
  • Patent number: 5895024
    Abstract: A mounting for warning devices includes a body having one or more outwardly extending finger portions. Mounting staffs aligned with the finger portion are secured thereto with a sliding collar which surrounds both the mounting staff and finger portions. The mounting staffs may be pivotally joined to the body, adjacent each finger portion. The body portion may be mounted from an upright support member, secured to a stationary or mobile support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Dicke Tool Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Williams, Grant D. Dicke
  • Patent number: 5871196
    Abstract: A fishing-rod holder for trolling which is formed of an anchor plate forming a dovetail joint with a plate supporting a cylindrical fishing-rod holder. The position of the cylindrical fishing-rod holder being adjustable and quickly lockable according to one or more planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Studio Ferrario
    Inventor: Massimo Martelli
  • Patent number: 5855087
    Abstract: A fishing device includes a rectangular container having an upper surface which is provided with a handle for carrying the container. A fishing rod holder is pivotally mounted on the upper container surface as is an adjusting arm for fixing the holder in different positions. The container is formed with a filler opening which serves for the introduction of a weighting substance into the container so that the container can function as an anchor for a fishing rod in the fishing rod holder. The filler opening can be closed by a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth Risinger
  • Patent number: 5816097
    Abstract: A position control apparatus for a gyroscope mechanically controls a setting position of the gyroscope. The position control apparatus for a gyroscope includes a circular mount for adjusting a setting position of the gyroscope in a predetermined direction, a plurality of tightening screws for fixing the gyroscope to the circular mount by way of several through holes, a plurality of locking screws for fixing the circular mount by way of several open holes formed in a supporting mechanism, a plurality of adjusting screws for adjusting the set position of the gyroscope in a up or down direction, and an adjusting flute prepared at an end of the circular mount, for adjusting the set position of the gyroscope in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Chul Park
  • Patent number: 5799919
    Abstract: An adjustable stand includes an upright carried by a base which facilitates movement along an arcuate path from a vertical position to a horizontal position with a series of intervening lockable positions. The upper end of the upright provides a ball and socket attachment by which an article such as a quilting hoop may be carried and positioned. The operation of the adjustable stand allows force applied to the hoop to be used to vary the position of both the stand and the article relative to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Marjorie Orr
  • Patent number: 5778817
    Abstract: An improved locking unit is disclosed for outrigger devices that are installed on a T-top equipped motorboat that has an outrigger pole supported by its inboard end above the T-top and which permits the outrigger pole to be rotated from a stowage position to a trolling position and vis versa by a person safely standing in the motorboat in the shelter of the T-top by manipulation of an improved locking unit which includes (a) a tubular member that extends through the T-top, (b) an arcuate tube, that supports the inboard end of the outrigger pole, is rotatably carried in the tubular member and has a radial hole in its lower end, (c) a locking collar fixed to the bottom end of the tubular member and having a quadrant long horizontal slot in its middle portion, (d) the inside end of a pin member extends through the radial hole & the horizontal slot and its outside end has a shackle, (e) a lever rod is pivoted at one end to the shackle and (f) the locking collar has indexing lugs to retain the lever rod in differe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Scott A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 5769474
    Abstract: A flag installer apparatus 10 for installing and removing the flag staff 102 of a flag 104 relative to an elevated angled receptacle 101 affixed to a utility pole 100. The apparatus 10 comprises an extensible pole unit 11 operatively connected to a flag staff capture and release unit 13 by an adjustable connector unit 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Danny Moore
  • Patent number: 5738035
    Abstract: An improved locking unit is disclosed for outrigger devices that are installed on a T-top equipped motorboat that has an outrigger pole supported by its bottom end portion above the T-top and which permits the outrigger pole to be moved by rotation of the lower end portion from a stowage position to a trolling position and vis versa by a person safely standing in the motorboat in the shelter of the T-top by manipulation of locking unit. Such locking unit includes (a) a tubular member, (b) a cylindrical collar fixed to the tubular member, (c) an indexing ring carried on the collar and having a plurality of side opening cavities, (d) a compression feature on the indexing ring selectively to prevent or permit such ring's rotation on the collar, (e) a rotation ring carrying a locking lever and (f) an arcuate tube that supports the bottom end of the outrigger pole is rotatably carried in the tubular member and is pinned to the rotation ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Rupp Marine Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert E. Rupp, II
  • Patent number: 5727583
    Abstract: A base used to support an overhead pole and canopy or umbrella. The base has a strong lower magnet and two spaced vertical members each of which has a plurality of pin positioning and retaining holes. A pivotally connected support arm is positioned between the vertical members and pivotally attached to the base at its lower end. A pole with a canopy may be mounted on the support arm's other upper end and oriented at a desired angle by inserting a pin into a positioning hole. A flexible gooseneck is provided in the pole's segments to join them together and permit added angular adjustments to the mounted attached canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Phillip Donald Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5722630
    Abstract: A rod rest including a holder frame, a main support having a barrel at the bottom pivoted to the holder frame at one end; two anchoring bars pivoted to the holder frame at an opposite end; an auxiliary support pivotably fastened to the main support by a wing screw; a locating shaft turned in the barrel of the main support and connected between the holder frame and a circular coupling plate; brake means mounted in an axial cut in the locating shaft, and a lever adapted for releasing the brake means; wherein when the main support is turned outwards relative to the anchoring bars, it is released from the constraint of the brake means and allowed to be turned outwards further; when the main support is turned inwards toward the anchoring bars, the brake means is forced into braking position to stop the main support from turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventors: I-Tien Chu, Jui-Ho Yang, Huan-Chin Lin
  • Patent number: 5662306
    Abstract: A device that can be fixed to a cleat mounted on a boat, dock, deck, pier or wherever a cleat is available. The L hook or J hook of the device is placed in the cleat gap and the channel is placed over the sides and top of the cleat, the wing nut is tightened, fixing the cleat mounted channel and hook holding device to the top of the cleat and the sides of the cleat. The rod holder, lamp holder, umbrella holder is fixed to the cleat mounted channel and holding device and a fishing rod, lamp, umbrella is placed into the rod holder, lamp holder or umbrella holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Edward Dysarz
  • Patent number: 5588630
    Abstract: An adjustable base to hold flag banner poles includes a base and a cylinder which can be adjusted to a certain angular degree. At the base of the cylinder a connecting table is provided for engagement with a base table with a meshing means to couple together the cylinder and the base. On the outside of the cylinder two small round loops are formed to receive and secure another small flag banner pole therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Huang Chen-Chao
  • Patent number: 5571227
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding and supporting one or more fishing poles in a fishing position having frame structure with a support means adapted to support the frame structure on a generally horizontal surface and in an inclined vertical orientation, the frame structure having a fishing pole handle engaging device at the base and a transverse support structure adapted to laterally support a mid-length portion of the fishing poles, such that one or more fishing poles can be supported on the frame structure in a generally inclined vertical orientation, with the handles thereof engaged by the handle engaging device, and a mid-length portion thereof resting against the transverse support structure. Ideally, the transverse support structure is made of a flexible material, and the fishing poles are made to extend between a pair of elongated members on the frame structure adapted to prevent the fishing poles from being pulled from the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: William S. Pisarek
  • Patent number: 5568784
    Abstract: A flag staff assembly includes an elongated flag staff adapted for the support of a flag thereon and a re-angulating staff assembly with male and female ends permitting selective positioning of the flag staff therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventors: Tucker Willis, James Cinquemani, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5560137
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder assembly includes a hands-free, partially cylindrical, elongated rod holder detachably affixed to adaptable support means for wheelchairs and other support structures typically available to physically challenged persons. A rod holder supplements a cradle support with an integral rotating locking ring and dual fishing rod trigger locking for added stability and easy operation. A wheelchair rail clamp provides a rotating, spring-loaded and non-removable rail locking means. Other self-contained and compactable clamping means provide similar adaptability and ease of use. In its preferred embodiment, a pressure fit interlocking means is used to accommodate potentially limited user dexterity and non-technical aides. Extensions and interchangeable support and clamping means provide for easily and securingly affixing fishing rods to decks, ground, posts and other structures in areas with limited access to mobility allowing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: Henry B. Herring
  • Patent number: 5546693
    Abstract: A hinged fishing rod holder allows the base portion to be fixed in the sand or ground, with the opposite rod holder portion being hinged or pivoted to the base portion. The two portions are formed of tubular material, and are concentric with one another when extended to position the fishing rod in a fishing position, with the hinge assembly having a stop to prevent relative motion beyond the aligned position in a forward direction. When a fish is hooked, the angler may grasp the rod and pull it rearwardly to set the hook, and also to pivot the rod holder portion rearwardly to an essentially vertical intermediate position, where a predetermined interference in the hinge holds the rod holder and rod vertically. With the rod holder and rod in this position, a fish may be reeled in and easily removed from the line, and the hook rebaited as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventors: Stanley C. Stockton, Mary J. Stockton
  • Patent number: 5520141
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting a flagstaff in several orientations and useful particularly in situations where it is required to quickly raise or lower the flag such as to signal presence of a water skier down in the water and dismounting when it is desired to store the flag when not in use, the bracket including a bar with a hole for insertion of the end of the flagstaff and rotatably mounted on a panel with notches around an edge each of which engages a spring loaded catch on the bar when it is rotated in a corresponding orientation. In one embodiment, the panel is a side panel of a channel and the joining leg of the panel slides into a slot in a bar bolted to a base such as the side of a boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Robert E. Lutz
  • Patent number: 5518218
    Abstract: A portable umbrella assembly comprised of a tube, an umbrella disposed within the tube, an umbrella support member, and three bungee cords attached around the tube. One of the ends of the tube is chamfered so that it can readily be inserted into the ground. A series of holes are drilled through the tube to receive a transversely-extending fastener insertable through the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: The Last Stand (Umbrella Holder Company)
    Inventor: Stephen S. Leonard
  • Patent number: 5483916
    Abstract: A flag display device for mounting a flag or pennant to the exterior surface of a vehicle, such as a windshield, window, or roof includes a flag staff having a flag affixed at one end and an annular base member at the opposite end. A suction cup depends from the base member for securing the flag display device to the surface. The base member also has a plurality of flexible legs radially extending from the annular ring to the surface which engage the surface at individual, separate and distinctly spaced contact points adjacent an outer perimeter of the suction cup when the suction cup is depressed, so that a force applied to the flag staff is transferred to the surface through the individual leg contact points and the suction cup and the flag staff remains stable even when wind forces are applied to the flag and flag staff. The flag display device further includes a mounting member for securing the flag staff to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: A. Rifkin Co.
    Inventors: Albert Kolvites, Robert J. Cohn, Paul J. Angeloni
  • Patent number: 5478041
    Abstract: This invention relates to a clamping and holding device and more particularly to a clamping and holding device which can be attached to articles such as patio chairs to mount a holder for umbrellas and the like in a variety of positions. The device provides a first clamping arm and a second clamping arm pivotally connected to one another to engage an article. A holder extending laterally from the first clamping arm is provided to hold a tray, umbrella or the like. The holder may be locked in a variety of positions. A cam, cam follower and locking member or nut and bolt system prevents the inadvertent opening of the clamping arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Manova Products Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Mayne
  • Patent number: 5472166
    Abstract: A sign pole mount having a curved face with a vertical passage and an angled passage therein opening through said face, the mount having a vertical backing wall and a bottom backing wall, each having inward extending grooves along the sides thereof and a base plate having angled projections adapted to respectively receive the grooves in alternate positions for various angled extensions of a sign pole inserted through the passages of the mount. The base plate can be secured either to a vertical or horizontal supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Popco, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip A. Wear
  • Patent number: 5458306
    Abstract: A flat base pivotally attaches to the lower end of a mono or uni pod forming a foot to provide stabilization for a still or a video camera mounted on the upper end of the pod. One end of the foot is a flat platform on which a photographer can place the toe end of his/her own foot to further stabilize a camera during picture taking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventors: Dave O'Farrill, Ralph S. Colombo
  • Patent number: 5445355
    Abstract: An antenna-mounting device includes a mount and a quick-release clip joined with the mount. An antenna is attached to the mount. The quick-release clip includes a first member and a second member. The first member includes a first margin and a second margin which is curved so as to form a lower jaw, two spaces defined therein and two tabs which perpendicularly project from the first member so that the spaces are between the tabs. The second member includes a margin disposed above the lower jaw. A pad includes a first portion adhered to the first margin of the first member and a second portion adhered to the second member. A buckle includes two tabs which perpendicularly project from the buckle and each define a pivot point which is linked to one of the tabs of the first member, a first edge and a second edge, so that a distance between the first edge and the pivot point is less than a distance between the second edge and the pivot point. The buckle is switched between a released position and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Hung-ming Chen
  • Patent number: 5438805
    Abstract: A device for raising and lowering a pole or other elongated support structure has a stand on which the elongated support structure is mounted. The stand is pivotally connected to a base. An actuator, such as an hydraulically actuated cylinder, raises and lowers the elongated support structure by the use of a control rod which is connected to the stand and to the actuator, and which traverses to cause the stand to pivot relative to the base to raise and lower the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Inventor: Charles R. McCrary
  • Patent number: 5438789
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder assembly includes a channel, a bracket, a hub and a rod holder. The channel may be mounted on the boat at any angle desired, from horizontal to vertical. The bracket is configured to be slidably inserted within the channel in any of four orientations. The hub, which is rotatably mounted on the bracket, defines a plurality of apertures. A pin is positioned on the bracket. A spring biases the hub against the bracket to a positive, locked position with the pin in one of the apertures. Separate tile pieces, configured to be slidably inserted within the channel, space rod holders on the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Big Jon, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Emory
  • Patent number: 5431364
    Abstract: An umbrella holding device with a hollow holder having an upper end, a lower end, and an aperture formed through the holder adjacent to its upper end. A clevis having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end having a first and a second leg with an aperture formed through the legs. The upper end of the clevis is connected to the lower end of the holder. A clevis support has a first end and a second end received between the legs of the clevis. An aperture is formed through the first end of the clevis support aligned with the aperture of the legs of the clevis. A U-shaped bracket has a closed upper end, an open lower end, a first side and a second side with the first side being integral with the second end of the clevis support and with an aperture formed through the second side of the bracket. A first screw is secured within the aperture of the holder functioning to secure an object within the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Gary L. Etter
  • Patent number: 5411238
    Abstract: A tool holder enables a person to remotely operate a manual tool through an elongate shaft. This tool holder is formed with a first tool holder section mechanically connectable to one end of the elongate shaft, and a second tool holder section mechanically connectable to the handle of the manual tool. The first and second tool holder sections are articulated about a given pivot axis to adjust their relative angular position in which they are subsequently locked. Therefore, the tool can be remotely and manually operated through the elongate shaft after the relative angular position between the first and second tool holder sections has been adjusted to facilitate remote manual operation of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Clement Caron
  • Patent number: 5400996
    Abstract: A portable fishing pole support holder. The holder includes support arms for holding the fishing pole in a variety of elevated, operable positions; legs which support the holder in a standing position; collapsing device for quick, easy, and efficient storage or transport thereof; and locking device for secure operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Michael Drish
  • Patent number: 5396915
    Abstract: A shading apparatus (10) for use with a riding lawnmower mounts to the seat or other suitably stable part. A shader (12) is of sufficient diameter to shade the rider of a riding lawnmower under most conditions. The shader (12), typically an umbrella is supported by a single shaft (14). Shaft (14) is next inserted into umbrella support bracket (36), a cylindrical receptacle dimensioned to provide a snug fit. The umbrella support bracket (36) can be pivotally connected to a support flange (34) by connection means. The connection means can be a wing nut (26) penetrating both the bracket (36) and the flange (42). Support flange (34), in turn is connected to the riding lawnmower by a plurality of screws (32). Radial ridges on complementary surfaces (40a, 42) hold the umbrella (12) in position under normal conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventor: John P. Bomar
  • Patent number: 5385161
    Abstract: An umbrella handle adapted to be temporarily attached to the side window or to the roof of a vehicle to overlie a door opening and provide protection for the user and to enable the user to have both hands free to load or unload articles into or out of the vehicle. The handle includes a mounting portion that carries one or more suction cups, either alone or together with a magnet. The mounting portion can be at the base of the handle, for temporarily securing the umbrella to a vehicle roof. Alternatively, the mounting portion can be an attachment panel that is laterally spaced from that umbrella handle, either in a fixed inclined position relative to the umbrella handle, or it can be pivotally connected with the handle to swing inwardly and outwardly. The attachment panel carries one or more suction cups, a magnet or magnetic strip, or a combination of suction cups and magnets. The suction cups permit mounting of the handle to a non-metallic surface, such as a vehicle window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventors: Keith G. Loker, James B. Bland, III
  • Patent number: 5375807
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a tree having a bore, the stand including a base adapted to be supported on a horizontal surface; a frame supported by the base for pivotal movement about a first generally horizontally extending pivot axis spaced above the horizontal surface, the frame having a first portion and a second portion supported by the first portion for pivotable movement about a second generally horizontally extending pivot axis, the second portion of the frame having a post extending below the second pivot axis and being adapted to be housed by the bore in the tree; a mechanism for moving the frame about the first pivot axis relative to the base; and a mechanism for moving the first portion of the frame about the second pivot axis relative to the second portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventor: Paul Claas
  • Patent number: 5374024
    Abstract: A banner support bracket includes a plate-like member having a slightly concave rear surface to conform to a support post during mounting, and two spaced-apart upstanding walls defining a channel therebetween. A rod holder assembly is disposed within the channel and removably retains a banner rod through engagement with a cotter pin. The rod holder assembly is vertically movable and selectively securable at various positions along the length of the channel as well as variably tiltable through selected angles from the vertical axis of movement. The ability of the rod holder assembly, and thus the support rod, to assume variable angles permits a wide variety of banner configurations to be supported. Two such banner bracket supports are mounted to a standard in order to hold the longitudinal ends of the banner taut regardless of the angle of cut of the banner ends. A slight cantilever built in to the rod holder assembly helps keep the banner taut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Inventor: Jeffrey Z. Williams
  • Patent number: 5367815
    Abstract: A rod rest supporting device includes an tripod having a tripod socket, a rotary member mounted in the tripod socket and locked by a lock screw, a cradle fastened to the rotary member by a fastening screw to hold a rod rest, on which a fishing rod rests, wherein the rotary member can be turned on the socket of horizontally when the lock screw is loosened; the cradle can be turned on the rotary member vertically when the fastening screw is loosened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Shing-Fu Liou
  • Patent number: 5354049
    Abstract: A portable basketball system that in a preassembled state is capable of disposition within an outer relatively flat container to assist in shipping. The basketball system comprises a pole, a backboard, a basketball goal, and a hollow ballast-receiving base. The pole has a proximate end and a distal end and comprises a plurality of pole sections. The backboard may be connected to the pole near the distal end of the pole. The basketball goal may be connected to the backboard. The hollow ballast-receiving base supports the pole in a stationary, substantially upward position when connected to the pole near the proximate end of the pole. This provides a pole upon which the basketball goal may be suspended at an elevation above a playing surface and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: Lonny R. Matherne, Barry D. Mower
  • Patent number: 5344115
    Abstract: This invention relates to a clamping device and more particularly to a clamping device which can be attached to articles such as patio chairs to mount a holder for umbrellas and the like in a variety of positions. The device comprises a main body including a barrel and a first clamping arm extending laterally in one direction from one end of said barrel, a second clamping arm pivotally mounted at the other end of said barrel and adapted to cooperate with the first clamping arm to engage an article upon which the clamping device is to be mounted, a holder extending laterally from said one end of said barrel in a direction other than said one direction, means for mounting said holder on said barrel to provide a position permitting pivotal movement and a position in which the holder is locked, spring means within the barrel acting to bias the mounting means to a locked position while permitting movement of the mounting means to the position permitting pivotal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Manova Products Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Mayne, Laurence Gray, Richard Whyte
  • Patent number: 5320322
    Abstract: A banner support bracket includes a plate-like member having a slightly concave rear surface to conform to a support post during mounting, and two spaced-apart upstanding walls defining a channel therebetween. A rod holder assembly is disposed within the channel and removably retains a banner rod through engagement with a cotter pin. The rod holder assembly is vertically movable along the length of the channel as well as variably tiltable through an angle of 180.degree. from the vertical axis of movement. The ability of the rod holder assembly, and thus the support rod, to assume variable angles permits a wide variety of banner configurations to be supported. Two such banner bracket supports are mounted to a standard in order to hold the longitudinal ends of the banner taut regardless of the angle of cut of the banner ends. A slight cantilever built in to the rod holder assembly helps keep the banner taut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Jeffrey Z. Williams
  • Patent number: 5313734
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder for casting and spinning reels including a holster portion for receiving a rod and a flexible clamp rotatably mounted in a recess on one end of the holster for retaining a reel within the holster. The flexible clamp is discontinuous with an opening less than the diameter of the circumferential slot whereby the opening must be widened by flexing the clamp when assembling the clamp in the recess. The holster includes support flanges extending therefrom and straddling the recess for supporting the clamp in the recess and for providing stops to the rotation of the clamp when locking a rod in the holster or when releasing the rod from the holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Attwood Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5310155
    Abstract: A golf cart umbrella holder comprising a mounting device fastened to the frame of a golf cart by a screw, a clamping device fastened to the mounting device by a screw to hold a socket for holding an umbrella. The clamping device has teeth on a contact wall to the mounting device around a circle respectively meshed with teeth on the mounting device. By changing the meshing order between the teeth on the mounting device and the teeth on the clamping device, the angular position of the umbrella relative to the golf cart is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: Ching-Tsang Wu