For Ground Insertion Patents (Class 248/545)
  • Patent number: 9468275
    Abstract: An improved beach umbrella that includes a canopy, a cylindrical shaft with a point on the lower end, and one or more wedges that are attached to the shaft. The wedges act as anchors for the umbrella when placed into the ground to prevent the umbrella from being uplifted from the ground due to a strong force of wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Alan R. Silberman
  • Patent number: 9151478
    Abstract: Two embodiments of a lantern stand are described for supporting a lantern therefrom. In both embodiments, an extension tube is selectively positioned in either a stowed position or an operative position. In the first embodiment, the extension tube thereof has a spike portion extending downwardly therefrom for insertion into the ground. In the second embodiment, an auger portion extends downwardly therefrom for insertion into the ground. In the second embodiment, a pair of spaced-apart rotatable handles are provided to assist the rotational insertion of the auger portion into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: John F. Noonan
  • Patent number: 9016656
    Abstract: A stabilizer which has general purpose use but which is particularly well suited for use with temporary real estate signs has an elongated body adapted for pivotal connection with a post for vertical swinging movement. A plurality of flanges or wings are spaced apart longitudinally at an opposite and free end of the body and define flat laterally extending anchoring surfaces. The free end of the stabilizer body is inserted into the soil on forceful downward swinging movement of the body and the lateral anchoring surfaces firmly secure the post against angular movement toward and away from the stabilizer. The stabilizer can be releasably stored in an upright position adjacent the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Paul David Basconi
  • Publication number: 20150096260
    Abstract: A ground anchor for a delineator includes a unitary plastic body having a receptacle shaped and configured for connection to a delineator post and a ground engaging portion extending from the receptacle along a longitudinal axis. The ground engaging portion includes a plurality of tapered blades. Delineator assemblies using the ground anchor, and methods of installing the ground anchor, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: JOHN INTAGLIATA, KENT KEKEIS
  • Patent number: 8998162
    Abstract: An anchoring apparatus for a mechanized irrigation system wherein remotely controlled augers are mounted on the drive units of the irrigation system which may be driven into the ground to anchor the drive unit to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Charles E. Gutha, Steven Jay Murphy
  • Patent number: 8997278
    Abstract: The present invention features a beach towel anchor system for securing a beach towel on a ground surface. The system features a rectangular beach towel and a plurality of towel anchors. The towel anchor features a pivoting clamp having a top clamping interface and a bottom clamping interface. The towel anchor features a first pivoting lever and a flexible pullstrap located on a clamp top lever. The towel anchor features a second pivoting lever located on a clamp bottom lever. The towel anchor features a removable ground projection centrally located on the clamp bottom lever. The removable ground projection is inserted into the ground surface. The pivoting clamp is pivoted into a first open position. The beach towel is inserted into the pivoting clamp. The pivoting clamp is released and clamped on the beach towel in a second closed position via a spring bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Rick Vanvliet
  • Patent number: 8938900
    Abstract: A sign post system includes an elongated slide spike, and an impact anvil mounted to the slide spike at a location intermediate the spike ends. An elongated slide hammer column assembly slides onto the slide spike to contact the impact anvil while using the slide spike as a guide to deliver a force to the slide spike to drive the slide spike into the ground. A hollow sign post structure is configured to slide over the slide spike and cover at least a portion of the slide spike above the impact anvil, the slide spike and sign post configured to support a sign structure after installation. In an exemplary embodiment, the system parts are fabricated of plastic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: John Halle
  • Publication number: 20150021454
    Abstract: An autonomous remote anchor system for providing an anchor connector to a surface, such as a ground anchor for an unattended ground sensor is disclosed. An inflatable positioning structure is inflated and configured to orient an anchor assembly in a vertical orientation with respect to the ground or surface upon which it is disposed. Upon vertical orientation, an actuator in the anchor assembly, such as a voice coil, is energized and drives a hammer element that is slideably disposed in the housing, striking the upper surface of the anchor. The drive cycle is repeated, driving it into the surface until the depth of penetration is sensed by a load sensing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Itzhak Sapir
  • Patent number: 8839572
    Abstract: Herein described is a post anchor apparatus and methods of use in erecting and anchoring posts in natural terrain. The apparatus of the present invention provides a convenient means of erecting a post in natural terrain while also providing improved strength, stability, and durability to the post. The apparatus comprises at least a housing for receiving the base of a post, a rod, stabilizer element for stabilizing the apparatus within the natural terrain, and an auger blade for driving the rod into the natural terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Lee
  • Patent number: 8820007
    Abstract: A post sleeve installation assembly includes: an elastomeric sleeve core shaped to form a post sleeve when positioned in uncured concrete, a removable stiffener inside the core, an aperture extending lengthwise in the stiffener, a locking element positioned within the core, and an assembly plate coupled to the stiffener. The assembly plate clamps to a prefabricated sleeve element, with the core and stiffener positioned within a post cavity of the sleeve element. an installation stake is positioned in the aperture and prevented from sliding upwards by the locking element. A release point on the assembly plate permits an operator to release the locking element for removal of the stake. To install a post sleeve, the operator positions the installation assembly, clamped to a prefabricated sleeve element, in a post hole with the stake resting on the bottom, then fills the hole with concrete, manipulating the stake to position the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20140231613
    Abstract: A stabilizer which has general purpose use but which is particularly well suited for use with temporary real estate signs has an elongated body adapted for pivotal connection with a post for vertical swinging movement. A plurality of flanges or wings are spaced apart longitudinally at an opposite and free end of the body and define flat laterally extending anchoring surfaces. The free end of the stabilizer body is inserted into the soil on forceful downward swinging movement of the body and the lateral anchoring surfaces firmly secure the post against angular movement toward and away from the stabilizer. The stabilizer can be releasably stored in an upright position adjacent the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Paul David Basconi
  • Patent number: 8807514
    Abstract: An accessory attachment system for securing a dish such as a water feeder as well as a hook for hanging various items to a stake. The accessory attachment system generally includes clamp member adapted to be removably secured to a stake. An attachment member is provided which is secured at a first end to the clamp member. A second end of the attachment member includes a hook member for suspending a hanging plant as well as a horizontal portion adapted to retain a dish member thereon via use of a dish mount member. A dispenser holder extending from the dish member may be utilized to support a dispenser such as a bottle, which will automatically feed the dish member with its contents due to force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Paul R. Giauque, Hailey M. Giauque
  • Patent number: 8776454
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mounting rail for a solar array support structure that includes a main body having a top and a bottom, the main body extending from a first end to a second end, the main body including a dual web having a first vertical element and a second vertical element. Further, the mounting rail includes a solar panel mounting portion extending along the top of the main body, the solar panel mounting portion configured to secure the solar panel to the mounting rail. Finally, the mounting rail includes a first flange extending from the bottom of the first vertical element, the first flange including a first pair of holes configured to receive two ends of a U-bolt, the first pair of holes spaced apart substantially equal to a width of a horizontal rail of a solar array support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Zuritis
  • Publication number: 20140166398
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stabilizer for a hunting stand, which is suitable for use with a ladder stand or a freestanding hunting stand. The stabilizer incorporates two upright members, longitudinal rungs, and a female threaded member joined to the base section of each upright. The stabilizer levels the stand by the use of threaded rods that are inserted into the upright members and are rotatable in the female threaded member. Support plates are hinged at the base of each threaded rod. Typically the stabilizer includes a connector atop each upright, such as connection tubes or swaged connection sections. A stabilizer for and freestanding hunting stand incorporates a first upright member with a connector such as a connection tube or a swaged section at an upper end of the upright member with a nut at the lower end. A threaded rod is rotatable in the nut and is connected to a support plate. Ladder stands incorporating the stabilizer are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Kirk Trickle
  • Publication number: 20140146526
    Abstract: A mobile beach storage pole includes a cup holder attached to the upper section of the pole and a storage basket attached to the middle section of the pole. The cup holder may be formed to include a cavity for receiving ice or an insulator material to keep the beverage in the cup holder cold. The basket attached to the middle section of the pole is preferably rectangular in shape and may include a lid which may be lockable to secure personal items. The lower section of the pole is tapered to facilitate insertion of the pole into the ground. A solar battery is attached to the upper section of the pole and is used to power or charge a light or an electronic device. A hook is provided to provide additional storage capacity for items such as towels, apparel or other items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Lee S. Evans, SR., Timothy D. Jones
  • Patent number: 8646735
    Abstract: Described in certain embodiments are mounting systems that employ one or more T-posts to support useful implements such as birdhouses, signs, fencing, banners, and the like. Additional disclosed embodiments relate to unique post- or wall-mount systems for such implements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Seldon Bradley
  • Patent number: 8627774
    Abstract: A ground lock is formed of a main shaft having a first latching structure near its upper end and a ground fastener at its lower end. A mating member provides a cooperative latching structure and slides on the main shaft between raised and lowered positions. In one of the raised or lowered positions, the two latching structures are latchable, allowing the mating member to drive the main shaft to engage or disengage the ground fastener. In the other of the raised or lowered positions, the second latching structure is non-latchable with the first latching structure such that the main shaft is disabled from driving the ground fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Cordell Pearce
  • Publication number: 20130327915
    Abstract: The ShowMeStand™ ground mounted portable sign support consists of five assemblies (Two assemblies in the current version as (1) (2) (3) and (4) are one piece solid construction; (5) insert sleeve is not needed with current version and is eliminated and the second assembly is the (6) clamp; (1) is a support tube mounted to an anchor, consisting of a rod (2) with a triangular soil plate (3) and circular washer plate (4); the washer plate (4) attaches to the top of the triangular soil plate (3) and rod anchor (2); a smaller tube insert (sleeve) (5) fits over the anchor rod (2) and inside the main support tube (1); in the current version as (1) (2) (3) and (4) are one piece solid construction and (5) insert is not used; a clamp (6) wraps around the main support tube (1) with a thru bolt permanently attached to the clamp. Said clamp (6) temporarily attaches a rib crossbrace to the stand to support a roll-up style (vinyl or mesh material) sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Michael William O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20130313397
    Abstract: A holder (100) for a folded card (102), the folded card (102) being of the type having a spine (108) and at least two sheets (110). The holder (100) having a holder support (104) for engagement with a surface for preventing the holder (100) being disturbed in an outdoor environment and a card supporting arrangement (106) mounted on the holder support (104). The card supporting arrangement (104) having an assembly for supporting the spine (108) of the folded card (102) and for engaging at least a portion of the sheets (110) of the folded card (102) on opposing sides of the spine (108) holding the folded card (102) open at a pre-determined angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Aidan Murphy
  • Patent number: 8590856
    Abstract: A metal post support ground spike is disclosed having a post receiving socket, and a flat plate. The flat plate is welded to four walls of the post receiving socket. The post support may also comprise a blades portion welded to the flat plate. The blades portion, post receiving socket and flat plate may all have reinforcement lines stamped therein and may comprise metals of varying thickness and rigidity. The flat plate may comprise the thickest and most rigid metal, whereas the post receiving socket and/or the blades may be made from a thinner and/or less rigid metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Peak Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Jianzhong Zhu, Simon Walker
  • Publication number: 20130292540
    Abstract: Inexpensive and easily attachable wire pin that secures the path of garden soaker hoses so that water is delivered to the desired locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: EDWARD NYE REHKOPF
  • Patent number: 8561362
    Abstract: A selectively releasable ground securing device that includes a ground member, a clamp body, and a lock assembly that selectively cooperates with the ground member to secure the clamp body relative thereto. The ground member includes a drivable body that is constructed to be driven into a ground surface such that the ground member is generally flush with the upper layer of the ground surface. The lock assembly selectively cooperates with the ground member to secure the clamp body and structure engaged therewith relative to the ground member. In a preferred embodiment, the clamp body cooperates with a rail of a goal assembly to prevent tipping or movement of the goal assembly when the lock assembly is engaged with the ground member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Goal Alert LLC
    Inventor: Gregory S. Dempsey
  • Patent number: 8550065
    Abstract: The present invention provides a permanent foundation which supports an open flame cooking assembly which includes a collapsible boom support arm which supports a cooking surface or grill which is height adjustable via a winch and heat resistant rope adjustment assembly, wherein the boom is supported by an upright stanchion of varying length which is removably and rotatably coupled to the permanent foundation support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Arnold Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130248678
    Abstract: A stake for keeping a bag mouth holder and opener and refuse bag in combination secured to the ground in a fixed position whereby the bag mouth holder and opener has the general shape of a rectangular perimeter of a hyperbolic paraboloid to which the stake can be removably attached or integrally connected such that the stake can be driven in to the ground when the bag mouth holder and opener is positioned in the mouth of a bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ross Robert Kramer
  • Patent number: 8505859
    Abstract: A garden edge spike includes: a tapered spike portion having a lower spike and an upper C-shaped portion having a plurality of grooves on an outer edge thereof; and a holder, the holder having a holding portion including plural flanges, and a coupling portion that slideably engages one or more of the plurality of grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Huizhou Light Engine Ltd.
    Inventors: Sue-Anne Tean Leung, Eddie Ping Kuen Li
  • Patent number: 8474773
    Abstract: The present invention includes two embodiments of stackable beverage container holders. In each, the beverage container holder comprises an upper cup-like receptacle for receiving a beverage container and one or more lower ground-penetrating members, for being inserted into sand, earth, or turf and thus retaining the product upright, supporting the beverage container. The product is intended to be molded as a single integral piece. The generally cylindrical receptacle may have a slot formed in it to allow reception of a beverage container having a handle, e.g., a coffee mug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: FunForAll, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Hull
  • Patent number: 8444105
    Abstract: An umbrella anchoring device comprising a support dowel and a generally truncated cone shaped umbrella stop, with two opposing surfaces, an angled wall connecting the outer perimeter of the surfaces, and a hollow passage through the vertical axis thereof which is complementary to the cross section of the support dowel, wherein the umbrella anchoring device is used to support an umbrella with at least a partially hollow shaft. A method of using the anchoring device, where the support dowel is placed generally vertically in the ground, the umbrella stop is placed over the end thereof and slid so that the wider surface is at ground level and the narrower surface is below, and an umbrella is placed over the support dowel, with the end resting on the umbrella stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Silvestri
  • Patent number: 8444106
    Abstract: A holder for the sound-box of a pot call for a wild turkey comprises a mass-producable unitary synthetic resinous trough having a generally cylindrical shape and a coaxial U-shaped channel in the trough, the channel being wide enough to snugly removably hold the sound-box. The trough is removably mounted on a vertical mounting post projecting axially, vertically from a two-piece or two-strut stake the lower end of which is pointed so that it can be pushed into the ground at height not higher than that of a hunter's fingers when he is seated. Two embodiments are provided: (i) the lower strut may be retracted fully into the upper strut; (ii) the upper end of the lower strut is slidably inserted into the lower end of the upper strut and locked in position in a T-slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen S. Sloop
  • Publication number: 20130118113
    Abstract: A ground mounting assembly, system and methods for ground mounting a structure include a plurality of posts, each of which are attached to at least one stabilizing plate. The posts may be at least partially positioned underground, with the connected stabilizing plates being buried to a depth of about 1 foot. Posts in a front portion of the mounting assembly may be connected to an adjacent one of posts in a back portion of the assembly by a cross member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Kelleher
  • Publication number: 20130119223
    Abstract: The garbage can holder has an elongate, telescoping rod that is staked into the ground. The rod has a sharp, pointed end for penetration into the ground, and a top portion forming at least one eye or aperture through which one or more steel or plastic hoops are looped. The hoops, which have locking ends, can be wrapped around garbage containers and then secured around the containers via the locking ends in order to stabilize the containers in an upright position, thereby tethering the containers to the stake so that the containers do not tip over or blow away in windy or inclement weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: WILLIE F. EVERSON
  • Publication number: 20130082016
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a system for improving triathlon transition area efficiency, comprising a main stand member comprising a base portion and a top portion, the base portion being configured to be supported by a ground surface; and a first shoe coupler fixedly coupled to the top portion of the main stand member and configured to removably couple a first shoe to the main stand member in a manner wherein a pose is established for the first shoe such that a foot of a standing athlete may be urged into the first shoe without the use of one or more hands of the athlete to stabilize the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Triathalon Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Arrow
  • Patent number: 8407949
    Abstract: A foundation driller for anchoring of components in soil is provided that includes an apparatus in which the foundation driller comprises a base body with at least one cylindrical area and at least one cutting blade that provides forward advancement, in which the base body comprises at least two cylindrical areas with different diameters, wherein the area nearer to the soil has a smaller diameter and the at least one cutting blade providing forward advancement is attached at the area nearer to the soil and has an even incline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Kellner
  • Patent number: 8302927
    Abstract: A tool and method for holding a rotary lawnmower in a tilted position to expose the underside of its deck for maintenance, comprising a bracket having an anchoring portion and a receiving pocket joined to the anchoring portion, the anchoring portion being adapted to be operatively mounted on a vertical wall or post surface or held down at or near a floor or ground level, the receiving pocket being arranged when the anchoring portion is operatively mounted to receive a horizontal hand grip of the distal end of a lawnmower handle, and a lock member deployable on said bracket to selectively retain or release the hand grip in or from the receiving pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Arthur A. Wright
  • Patent number: 8235347
    Abstract: A mailbox support has an attachment for attaching the mailbox support to the ground, a first plate attached to the attachment, a second plate rotatably attached to the first plate, a fixture attaching to the second plate for supporting the mailbox support and, an abutment for limiting rotation of the second plate relative to the first plate and for assisting in installing the attachment to the ground. A method for installing a support into the ground includes placing a first plate on a second plate, the second plate having an attachment for attaching the second plate to the ground, and utilizing the first plate and the second plate to drive the attachment into the ground. The first plate and the second plate are joined so that first and second plates may rotate relative to each other to properly orient the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: James Allen Austin, III, Charies A. Patterson, Michael Reedy, Victor Hoernig
  • Patent number: 8201783
    Abstract: A potted plant holder assembly includes a bracket holder having a bracket holder housing, a bracket holder base flange carried by the bracket holder housing and a bracket holder cap flange carried by the bracket holder housing in spaced-apart relationship to the bracket holder base flange. A plurality of pot holder brackets is carried by the bracket holder base flange and the bracket holder cap flange of the bracket holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: David C. Bamburg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8113473
    Abstract: Described in certain embodiments are mounting systems that employ one or more T-posts to support useful implements such as birdhouses, signs, fencing, banners, and the like. Additional disclosed embodiments relate to unique post- or wall-mount systems for such implements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Seldon Bradley
  • Patent number: 8091854
    Abstract: A system and method for extracting broken delineators severed adjacent to a ground surface where the delineator was installed. A distal end of a delineator extractor may be positionable in a delineator conduit. At least a portion of the distal end of the delineator extractor may be configured to engage an interior surface of the delineator conduit when the delineator extractor is activated. Upon the delineator extractor engaging the delineator conduit, a user may activate a slide hammer of the delineator extractor to amplify a force applied by the user to assist in extracting the delineator conduit. A delineator extraction system may include an installer couplable to a distal end of an outer conduit of a delineator extractor. The installer may function to install or extract a delineator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Department of Transportation
    Inventor: Kade Allen Kimbrew
  • Patent number: 8047498
    Abstract: A support stand device for a rebar bender featuring a base with a rebar bender mount; three leg mounts disposed in the base in a symmetrical configuration, three legs removably engagable in the leg mounts; securing means for securing the legs in the respective leg mounts; spike shafts disposed near the bottom ends of each leg; a spike slidably disposed in each spike shaft, the spikes can slide between at least a down position wherein the spike is extended downwardly toward and optionally into a ground surface and an up position wherein the spike is pulled upwardly in the spike shaft and out of the ground surface; securing means for securing the spikes in a position; and striking blocks disposed on the top end of each spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Marcus Karty
  • Patent number: 7950200
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which includes a drilling device and a tube. The drilling device typically has a first end, at which a point is located and a second end which is connected to a first end of the tube. The apparatus also includes an insertion bar having a first end inserted into the tube and a second end at which a latching device is located. The latching device can set a location of the insertion bar with respect to the tube so that a height is set. The apparatus may also include a first pole receiver connected at the second end of the insertion bar. The apparatus may include a handle which can be inserted into the insertion bar for rotating the insertion bar, tube, and drilling device to drill the drilling device into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Tropiano
  • Patent number: 7942377
    Abstract: A beach umbrella stand is provided including a foot operated drive assembly. A pole of a beach umbrella stand has a hollow interior portion housing the foot operated drive assembly. The foot operated drive assembly includes a ratchet assembly operated by a foot pedal. The ratchet assembly further includes an auger mounted at least partially within the pole, for driving into the sand. The ratchet assembly is positioned for operation of a pedal by a user's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: H & S Endeavors, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Harold, John Sperry
  • Patent number: 7938384
    Abstract: An extended length strand take up device is presented that may be used to repair damaged guy wires in the field. The invention comprises two connecting bodies connected by a single tension rod that extends continuously between the two connecting bodies. Each connecting body slides over opposite ends of the tension rod and is held in place by a stop member, such as threaded nuts screwed onto the respective ends of the tension rod. The connecting bodies may further include an inwardly-facing pull tab or tabs that can be used for pre-tensioning the guy wire. An alternative embodiment of the invention comprises a single tension rod that is fixedly anchored to the ground and several connecting bodies that are fixedly mounted along the end of the guy wire at standard increments. The tension rod runs parallel to and overlaps the end of the guy wire. The connecting bodies slide along the length of the tension rod until the required tension and length is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventors: James A. Stevens, D. Scott Brooks, Richard L. Dillon, Marcellus A. Chase
  • Publication number: 20110036964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling/clamping device including a base body which can be extracted from the shaft or rod, provided at one end with a drilling head actuated by means of an electric motor housed inside the base body. The base body also includes means for coupling to the shaft or rod, provided with means for actuating an electrical contactor element in order to actuate the electric motor. In addition, a rising/falling pivoted connection is provided between the coupling means and the base body, such that, when pressure is applied to the rod or shank the coupling means move axially and abut against the contactor element associated with the electric motor, thereby starting the electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Alejandro Escola Puig-corve
  • Patent number: 7883070
    Abstract: A device installed at the base of a vertical post used to stabilize the post in an upright vertical plumb condition and prevent the post from leaning. The device is comprised of a flat base (1) manufactured in two halves so that when placed together has a geometric shape opening (3) of the same size of the post the device is to be installed around. The device base contains multiple secondary penetrations (2) of the cross-sectional shape of the anchoring stakes (9) to be used. The device is installed at the post base (8) by placing the two halves around the post and joining together at along a common line (5). The two halves are affixed together using a mending plate (7) and screws (6) or other type methods not shown. The anchoring stakes (9) are then inserted through the secondary penetrations (2) to affix the device to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Schroeder, David Arthur Heyden
  • Patent number: 7857279
    Abstract: An improved bow holder is comprised of a bow cradle, at least one extension member and a base. The bow cradle is comprised of a body, a guide and a limb rest. The guide receives and holds the limb of a bow and is attached to the top of the body. The limb rest is comprised of a pair of extension arms pivotally attached to the body, upright arms projecting from each extension arm and a stop. The extension arms and upright arms securely hold the lower limb and cam of a bow. The base is comprised of a stem for insertion into a ground surface and a pair of pedals for applying ground insertion force to the stem. The bow cradle is attached to the base, or if a higher bow holding position is desired, an extension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: David A. Krasnicki
  • Patent number: 7815157
    Abstract: A method for reinstating a pole standing in ground comprising, abutting an inner surface of a sleeve against an outer surface of the pole so as to have a lower portion of the sleeve penetrating the ground and an upper portion of the sleeve projecting above the ground, and sliding a secondary member against an outer surface of the sleeve so that the secondary member locates against the sleeve and projects above the ground and into the ground, wherein the construction is such that the sleeve and secondary member located against the sleeve jointly form a bridging beam incorporating a box section reinforcement of the bridging beam. The formation of this box section substantially improves the strength of the bridging beam above what would be expected from the strength of the individual components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Andoria Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Keith Knight, Robert Edwin Randell, Carmel Geraldine Chell
  • Patent number: 7802566
    Abstract: A barbecue kit includes a threaded rod having a bore in its interior along its longitudinal axis. An elongated stake having a sharp and a blunt end loosely fits into the interior bore of the threaded rod. The combination of rod and stake include a functional mechanism for allowing the threaded rod to act as a slide hammer to drive the stake into the ground without allowing the rod to fall along the entire length of the stake. A grill having a handle includes a plate with a substantially circular cut-out. The distance and configuration of the cut-out and handle are dimensioned in such a way that the grill can be hung at any place on the threaded rod with the circular cut-out engaging the threads. A pan suitable for holding items to be cooked, or charcoal, or like fuel suitable for cooking, has a like handle which is nevertheless removable and reversibly mountable on the pan. The pan can be similarly hung on the rod either with its hollow or with its substantially flat side up on the threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Faught
  • Patent number: 7726657
    Abstract: A target stand system having at least two stand assemblies is provided. Each stand assembly comprises a post member configured at one end for insertion into a support surface and a support member connected to the post member by an attachment portion such that a gap is formed between the post member and the support member. The gap has a width sufficient to support a target. The stand assemblies are spaced apart a distance to support a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Matt Shalosky
  • Publication number: 20090309004
    Abstract: A beach umbrella stand is provided including a foot operated drive assembly. A pole of a beach umbrella stand has a hollow interior portion housing the foot operated drive assembly. The foot operated drive assembly includes a ratchet assembly operated by a foot pedal. The ratchet assembly further includes an auger mounted at least partially within the pole, for driving into the sand. The ratchet assembly is positioned for operation of a pedal by a user's foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: H & S Endeavors, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Harold, John Sperry
  • Publication number: 20090278020
    Abstract: A campfire tool holding apparatus for inserting into the ground includes a top fork connected through an upper portion to a slide hammer shaft inserted slidingly through a slide hammer having an internal passage, said slide hammer traveling along said slide hammer shaft between an upper terminus and a lower terminus, and said top fork having a plurality of curved hooks, a lamp extension, and a threaded ground stake mating nut, a lower portion connecting said lower terminus to a ground stake connector, said lower portion having a bottom fork with a plurality of curved hooks for holding campfire tools and having a hooked ground stake end holder, and a ground stake threadably mateable to said lower portion when in use and threadably mateable to said threaded ground stake mating nut when in transport or in storage and having a sharpened end for insertion into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Steve Marcil
  • Publication number: 20090236490
    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: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: NETAFIM LTD.
    Inventor: Lorne Moshe Belford