Ground Inserted Patents (Class 248/87)
  • Patent number: 10760870
    Abstract: According to at least one aspect of the present disclosure, a device for retaining a firearm is described, including a first portion configured for attachment to the firearm, the first portion including a tapered distal end ending at a tip and configured for insertion into the ground or a stand, the first portion defining a hanging aperture and a plurality of attachment apertures, each attachment aperture of the plurality of attachment apertures configured to receive at least one adjustment element or at least one attachment mechanism therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Bunch Innovations and Sales, LLC
    Inventor: Dax Bunch
  • Patent number: 10285341
    Abstract: A water line support device includes a pair of stakes that extend perpendicularly downward from a horizontal support member and a plurality of water line retention mechanisms that may be positioned on the top or bottom side of the horizontal member. In simple form, the plurality of integral retention mechanisms have a recessed channel that is oriented parallel to the ground and perpendicular to the horizontal member. The horizontal member has a top side and a bottom side connected on opposite sides of a middle support such that the top side, middle support and bottom side form an I-beam configuration when viewed as a cross section of the horizontal member. The middle support can be reinforced or braced with diagonal supports that also are connected to and support the top side and the bottom side of the horizontal member. A logo can be added to the horizontal support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Garry McCaslin, Dustin McCaslin
  • Patent number: 10161098
    Abstract: An anchor pier for supporting a manufactured building, in which the anchor pier includes having a shaft with a connector and a helical flight proximate a driving tip, with a brace member attached to the connector and to the manufactured building with a connector, to transfer loading between the manufactured building and the ground. A method of supporting a manufactured building is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Oliver Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Oliver, John Oliver, Daniel Oliver, James Oliver
  • Patent number: 9970175
    Abstract: An anchor pier for supporting a manufactured building, in which the anchor pier includes having a shaft with a connector and a helical flight proximate a driving tip, with a brace member attached to the connector and to the manufactured building with a connector, to transfer loading between the manufactured building and the ground. A method of supporting a manufactured building is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Oliver Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Oliver, John Oliver, Daniel Oliver, James Oliver
  • Publication number: 20150048222
    Abstract: A line guide includes an enclosure end portion and a mounting end portion. Guide balls are rotatably positioned along an open passage of the enclosure end portion. The mounting end portion can include an elongated mounting post and a separate base portion, having an open interior that is shaped to releasably receive the mounting post. The base portion is driven into the ground and the mounting post of the line guide is removably and rotatably disposed within the base portion. A line is pulled through the open passage along a pathway around obstacles adjacent to the line guide. When use of the line is complete, the line guides are removed from the base portions, which are left in the ground for future use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Craig D. Eley, Darin Schollmeyer
  • Publication number: 20140374547
    Abstract: A stabilizing support for a downspout extension includes an engagement portion that has a first axis and a second axis. The stabilizing support also includes an attachment portion that is connected to the engagement portion for securing the engagement portion relative to a surface. The attachment portion allows the engagement portion to be secured in one of two orientations, with one of the first axis and the second axis generally perpendicular to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Terence Langenderfer
  • Patent number: 8882058
    Abstract: A quick-lock-and-quick-release system, using predetermined clamping and releasing methods to be assembled, disassembled, and adjusted for supporting and protecting a recreational-vehicle sewer hose, comprises a first semi-circular sequential-locking end joint, a second semi-circular sequential-locking end joint, semi-circular sequential-locking middle joints, quick-lock-and-quick-release stake-clamping jaw screws, quick-lock-and-quick-release jaw-squeezing chamber nuts, square-cross-section multi-purpose two-way stakes, and semi-circular sequential-locking pipes. The quick-lock-and-quick-release system eliminates permanent frictional forces between the multi-purpose two-way stakes and quick-lock-and-quick-release jaw-squeezing chamber nuts: a) To allow quick and easy assembly of the system, b) To allow quick and easy disassembly of the system, c) To allow the two-way stakes to be used right side up or upside down, and d) To eliminate personal injuries caused by the two-way stakes when they become rusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis Marshall
  • Publication number: 20140284433
    Abstract: A support device for a downspout extension is provided, comprising a molded assembly having a U-shaped upper portion and an elongated ground stake lower portion. The upper portion comprises a first and second upright member forming a substantial U-shape, wherein the distal ends thereof include an inward tab extending therefrom. The tabs and the shape of the upper portion are utilized to secure a section of a downspout extension, while the lower portion is adapted to be pressed into the ground a measured distance such that the downspout extension is supported in an elevated position. Graduation indicia are placed along the lower portion to measure the upper portion height relative to the ground, whereby the user can properly pitch a supported downspout extension using consecutive ground support devices. The device ensures proper and continued drainage pitch through a downspout extension, preventing distortions which may otherwise impede proper drainage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jeanne M. Gazlay
  • 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: 8550375
    Abstract: A cylindrical, protective housing and accompanying insertion tool for shielding an in-ground sprinkler head. The cylindrical housing is inserted into the ground surrounding an in-ground sprinkler head, protecting the sprinkler head and subterranean feed lines from damage resulting from yard work or other traffic. The cylindrical housing prevents inadvertently sprinkler head collisions with lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, golf carts, or similarly wheeled vehicles. The insertion tool is a male-fitting press tool that provides vertical loads on the cylindrical housing upper extent to force it into soil surrounding a sprinkler head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Tim Curtis
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7455277
    Abstract: A pipe run is secured from theft by an antitheft apparatus providing a pair of straight tubes, coaxially engaged with an inner one of the tubes slidingly engaged within an outer one of the tubes. Each of the tubes provides a closure plate at one end with one or more apertures in it. A cover on an upper end of the inner tube is able to engage the pipe run to prevent it from being disassembled or pulled from its installation. To service the pipe run, the cover may be opened and the inner pipe lowered into the outer pipe. The tubes are secured to a mooring. Two of the apparatuses may be secured in spaced apart locations on the pipe run to secure components of the pipe run that are between the apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventors: Byron N. Bishop, Richard J. Bender
  • 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: 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: 7080811
    Abstract: A utensil holder is designed for easy holding and removal of an utensil to be supported therein. The utensil holder in one embodiment is a continuous rod that includes a carriage having a first configured arrangement and a second configured arrangement. The configured arrangements form an inverted wedge and a U-shaped portion respectively. In some embodiments, the inverted wedge defines an inverted V-shaped opening. The inverted V-shaped opening wedges the handle of a utensil and the U-shaped portion supports the utensil in a cantilevered position. In an alternate embodiment, an extended portion can hold a wider utensil while an inverted wedge in another plane can hold an utensil having a cylindrical handle. The utensil holder in some embodiments is designed to hold utensils for cooking food over campfires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Charles Murray Thompson
  • Patent number: 7025311
    Abstract: A low profile support for mounting and supporting electrical fixtures in an outdoor setting. The apparatus includes an elongated body having side walls and a closed top. The closed top includes an aperture that may be threaded or may include an electrically conductive bushing. Stabilizer bars are provided on the lower portion of the elongated body for anchoring the apparatus to the ground. The stabilizer bars are integral with the body to lower production costs and also to minimize separation of the bars from the body when the support is anchored in the ground. A wide cable entryway is provided in the lower portion to accept electrical feed cables. Cables are pulled into the junction box and the lower portion of the body, including the stabilizer bars, are buried in the ground. An electrical fixture may be mounted to the bushing by simply threading into the top threaded aperture or bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • 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: 6938370
    Abstract: A tree support stake having a base and a trunk. The base includes a plurality of tines extending horizontally and radially from a center of the base. Each of the tines includes a vertical portion extending downwardly at a periphery of the base. One end of the trunk is connected to the base and the other end extends upwardly to a predetermined height. The trunk comprises a plurality of upward vertical extensions joined together and extending upwardly at various elevations along the predetermined height, and a plurality of horizontal bars protruding perpendicularly from terminuses of the upward vertical extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Milt Johns
  • Patent number: 6915992
    Abstract: A modular garden post having an improved plastic tube joint assembly for increasing the strength of the joints between modules and thereby enabling the post to withstand a substantially increased bending moment. The improved joint assembly includes an adhesive joint and an adjacent slip joint. The improved joint assembly provides a garden post of increased strength for supporting a fixture and box-mounted electrical device in an outdoors setting. The garden post may be used for mounting devices in a landscape surrounding such as lights, cameras, photocells to control lighting, and other similar devices. An UL-listed electrical box is provided within the top member for housing electrical receptacles, switches, ground fault circuit interrupters (“GFCI's”) or similar devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 6877701
    Abstract: A coiled hose and system for storing the coiled hose are disclosed. The coiled hose has a memory for maintaining a consistent coiled configuration about a central axis. The coiled hose includes a kink resistor. The system for storing the coiled hose may be wall mountable or ground mountable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Philip Andrew Greubel
  • Patent number: 6865852
    Abstract: A device for protection of property against high winds comprising a flexible material of predetermined strength and stretch characteristics, and in the form of a panel or several panels, utilized to protect the side of a structure including its windows and doors from the strong winds and debris impacts occurring during a hurricane. The device is anchored in a manner to space it out from the area being protected according to formula provided, and can safely dissipate substantial impacting energy. The preferred embodiment attaches to an overhanging eave and the ground below protecting in addition to the windows and doors, plantings, outdoor furniture, decorative shutters, downspouts, and such as are enclosed behind the barrier. Several methods of storage and deployment of said curtain are described including rolling, sliding, and converting to awning. The barrier has the added feature of acting as a tie down in certain applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Targus International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Gower
  • Patent number: 6863251
    Abstract: A support for mounting and supporting electrical fixtures and electrical devices in an outdoor setting. The support includes an elongated body that is typically molded in one piece from a plastic material. Stabilizer bars are provided on the lower end of the body to provide firm anchoring in the ground. The stabilizer bars are integral with the body to reduce the possibility of separation from the body. A wide cable entryway is provided on the bottom of the body to accept electrical feed cables at various depths in the ground. The body includes a closed top, four side walls, and at least one access opening within one of the side walls. The hollow interior of the body can be closed off at any location desired between the access opening and the top edge of the cable entryway to form an integral electrical junction box for housing interior electrical connections. A flange projects beyond the outer wall around the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 6779764
    Abstract: A mounting device or post for supporting an electrical fixture or box-mounted electrical device in an outdoor setting. The post provides an internal electrical box that may be configured by the installer as a standard size electrical box or a large electrical box capable of accepting several electrical devices. The top of the electrical box is integral with the top of the post and includes a mounting assembly for an electrical fixture, thereby allowing an electrical fixture to be mounted on the post with all wiring connections contained within the box. An opening in the side wall of the post provides access to the electrical box and is typically provided with a removable cover that is secured thereto. Electrical receptacles, switches, ground fault circuit interrupters or similar devices can be mounted in the box opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 6742748
    Abstract: A mounting device that provides a stable platform and an enclosed junction box for securing an electrical fixture or any standard wall-mounted electrical device to an outdoor structure. The mounting device includes a base member and a post member. The base member is secured to the outdoor structure and the post member secured to the base to create a weatherproof housing. The junction box includes an access port that allows pulling of cable and space for completing wiring connections within the box. Any standard wall-mounted electrical device may be installed in the junction box. After installing the electrical device, the standard faceplate for the installed device is used to close the access port and thereby seal the electrical device from rain and moisture. The post member will also accept a standard electrical fixture such as a light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 6622977
    Abstract: In a conduit system subject to longitudinal conduit twisting, a staking device for fixing the conduit in position on a ground surface has a clamping apparatus having gripping elements on an inside surface of an opening substantially the size and shape of a cross section of the conduit, the clamping element openable to fit over the conduit and closable to clamp to the conduit such that the conduit may not rotate relative to the clamping element, a stake adapter mounted to the clamping apparatus, the stake adapter having a sleeve opening with an opening of a first size first and a longitudinal axis substantially tangential to the clamping element, and a stake having a length and substantially the first diameter to slide into the sleeve opening and into the ground surface, to pin the conduit securely to the ground surface, preventing rotation of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventor: Donald Robert Martin Boys
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6527246
    Abstract: An apparatus for firmly positioning in a trench and securing against movement, while fill is added to the trench, an underground utility pipe and means for marking the utility pipe. An underground positioning and anti-movement apparatus in the form of an underground stake adapted to be driven into a base fill, that includes an integral preferably curvilinear-shaped pipe engaging member which engages the outer surface of an underground pipe to secure the pipe in position above the base fill at the bottom of the trench while additional fill is added to the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas M. Stinnett
  • Patent number: 6354054
    Abstract: This rebar chair has a body with four legs between which there are defined two intersecting passages for simultaneously receiving the intersecting portions of two rebars normal to each other. The rebars are suspended by a fastening wire or supported by an auxiliary chair below said body. The legs forming one of the passages have a uniform spacing and are adapted to closely straddle the rebar extending through the same. The legs of the second passage flare downwardly so that their spacing progressively increases from the body to the free ends from a spacing smaller than to a spacing greater than the uniform spacing between the legs of the first passage. The chair is positively located and stabilized by the intersecting rebars. A saddle is formed on the top of the body for simultaneously supporting a third rebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventors: Angelo Verelli, Carlo Verelli
  • Patent number: 6332595
    Abstract: A stand which captively suspends service hosing above the ground so the housing does not contact sensitive areas along the terrain includes vertically extending legs which are inserted into the ground in order to hold the stands in an upright position. Side plates and cross-members create cradles for holding each of the hoses separately. The cross-members of the stands are equipped with roller means which facilitate the process of threading and pulling the hosing through the cradles of the stands. Two separate horizontal rollers are spaced vertically to support each hose individually. A series of stands of any desired number are selectively placed between and around sensitive shrubbery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Inventor: John Klucznik
  • Publication number: 20010028021
    Abstract: A hose guide having a polygonal frame defining an opening through which the hose extends. All of the sides of the opening carry rollers to enable the hose to be pulled through it. Preferably, the frame also includes a stake which rotatably supports the frame about the stake axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventor: Alan Martin
  • Patent number: 6250847
    Abstract: A pipe support apparatus includes a sleeve for being positioned along a length of a stake to be inserted into a ground surface of a trench. A sleeve projection extends outwardly from an outer surface of the sleeve. A hook is to extend partially about and cradle a pipe. The hook operatively has an upper end and a lower end, and the hook is pivotally coupled to the sleeve projection at its upper end for movement generally along a vertical plane from a lowered or engaged position to a raised or disengaged position. A handle is coupled to the hook and operatively extends upwardly therefrom for grasping and moving the hook between its engaged and disengaged positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas R. Bingham, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6195926
    Abstract: Jardin Gem is a set of three multipurpose, independent identifier stratagems. Jardin Gem Topper is the primary device and is a hose support/hose guard/holder/identifier with a variety of configurated tops through which each top a hose can be laced or something attached. Every top also serves as a push-pull handle to put its opposite end into soil, predrilled wood, a cored brick, or whatever. The secondary identifier is the Jardin Gem Straww used as a marker while in the ground before, during, and after plant growth. If a Topper is slid into a Straww, the latter functions as an auxiliary identifier or when a watering, soaker, or sprinkler hose needs to be laced through a series of tops. The third device is the Jardin Gem Barr . . . a single Jardin Gem Straww nested in between two elbow connectors . . . which can be easily positioned horizontally or vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventors: Corinne L. Jarl, John M. Tursky
  • Patent number: 5913477
    Abstract: A plant support and irrigation system for domestic and commercial use is assembled without tools from two principal interlocking components, i.e., tubular members and hubs, to form modules. Modules are joined in mating relation vertically, horizontally and/or at varying angles to construct a variety of useful plant support structures including, for example, A-frames, trellises, arbors and fences and other forms of enclosures. The horizontal and/or vertical components of the modules are optionally perforated tubing making the structures capable of providing low-pressure drip or spray irrigation for the supported plants. The assembly can include connecting members of varying angles, plugs and valved hose connections configured to securely mate with one or both ends of the tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignees: Anthony A. Dean, Rebecca Whitney Dean
    Inventor: Frederic Max Dean
  • Patent number: 5822946
    Abstract: A spacing member for chocking reinforcement wires in a certain level from the outside of a finished cast structure. The spacing member comprises a first spacing chock (1), a second spacing chock (21) and locking clips (14, 42). Reinforcement wires are placed in supporting surfaces (7, 8, 9, 10, 24, 25, 26, 27) in the spacing chocks (1, 21) and, by using several different spacing chocks, it is possible to place reinforcement wires in several different levels. In particular, the combination of the first and the second spacing chock provides the possibility of placing several crossing reinforcement wires in several levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Henning Baltzer Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 5687910
    Abstract: Sprinkler riser connecting apparatus including a connector having a first generally cylindrical hollow sleeve adapted to be mounted in a fixed secure relationship to a vertically extending stake extending upwardly from the ground. A split sleeve is connected to the hollow sleeve having a throughbore adapted to receive a vertically extending sprinkler riser pipe therein. The sleeve is comprised of two semi-circular pieces which can be spread apart over the riser, then snapped together to secure the riser therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: King Bros. Industries
    Inventor: Robert King
  • Patent number: 5549262
    Abstract: The instant invention is a low cost hose guide consisting of a one-piece spike having a first pointed end and a second flat surface available for tapping the pointed end into the ground. The spike includes locking tabs for placement of a single piece roller that is engaged in an area above the locking tabs and below the second surface and is rotatable around the spike. Once the hose guide is positioned into the ground a hose may be dragged around the hose guide wherein the hose guide maintains the hose in a guided fashion so as to prevent damage to critical areas such as flower beds and infant vegetation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Suncast Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen P. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 5372457
    Abstract: A support device for maintaining drainage channel segments at a predetermined elevation above the earth, as surface material is poured and rises from the subgrade level to the finished grade level. Disclosed is an elongated rod with a sharp triangle-shaped tip which is driven into the earth and partially rotated so as to irretractably anchor the rod in the earth. Attached to the other end of the rod is a bracket for securely attaching to a drainage channel segment. Substantial stability is imparted to the support device by means of a flat plate which is forced against the earth with a nut which is threadedly engaged upon a threaded portion of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Raymond M. Rante
  • Patent number: 5205521
    Abstract: A hose reel stand having a reel and hub assembly which is rotatable about the vertical axis of the hose reel stand, allowing a hose supported on the reel to be easily dispensed from any direction. The hub is rotatably attached and supported on a post so as to be vertically adjustable. A flow control unit including a valve and flow timer are also attached to the post below the reel and hub assembly. The flow control unit allows complete control of the water flow to the hose so as to provide a complete watering station remote from a water source. The hose reel stand is designed to be permanently anchored to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: David E. Kafka
    Inventor: John H. Smith
  • Patent number: 5203526
    Abstract: A hose guide arranged for permitting reorientation and guidance of a fluid in a pneumatic hose is provided to include a central support post mounting an abutment disc at its upper end, and rotatably mounting roller guide discs below the abutment guide disc to permit orientation and alignment of hoses along the guide discs relative to and below the abutment disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventors: Robert E. Green, Ronald C. Green
  • Patent number: 5184792
    Abstract: A cable support formed of sheet metal and including a body portion adapted to be driven into a structural member of a building and a U-shaped bracket extending from the body portion for retaining a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James C. Bernhard, Thomas P. Johnson, Garth V. Antila
  • Patent number: 5158254
    Abstract: A hose guiding device for guiding a hose through a garden includes a member having a conduit, the conduit having a first end and a second end, the conduit adapted to receive the hose through a first opening in the first end and through the conduit and out through a second opening in the second end. The device further includes retaining members which are inserted through channels in the device to secure the device to the ground to prevent movement of the device during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Thomas D. Remby
  • Patent number: 5120077
    Abstract: A limbo game device and method of amusement for testing the flexibility of and balance of the players. Each player is required to pass beneath a horizontal stream of water. All successful players, those who remain dry, then make an additional pass beneath the stream of water which has been lowered relative to the ground. The height of the stream of water is successively lowered until only one player remains dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: John A. Belli
  • Patent number: 5090647
    Abstract: A supporting device to elevate and facilitate pulling a garden hose is disclosed. The device is composed of a support and a hose holder which is affixed to the top of the support. The hose holder includes a channel defined by one or more rotary members, such as rollers or pulleys. The channel is dimensioned to relatively snugly receive a hose. When a hose is dragged through the channel, it leans against one or more of the rotary members and causes the latter to turn. As a result, the hose can be pulled along by the user easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Inventor: Samuel T. Clarke
  • Patent number: 5088666
    Abstract: A lawn and garden hose anchor is disclosed which comprises a first elongated soil-engaging straight spindle member adapted to be inserted vertically into the ground, and a second hose-engaging member integral therewith and offset laterally with a hose-engaging loop. Two forms of hose-engaging loop are disclosed for anchoring either flat cross section soaker-type hose or conventional circular cross section hose. The first of these is a relatively flat clip or clamp. The other is a single loop helix having a straight end segment extending tangentially upward spaced from and generally parallel to the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventor: Paul A. Lang
  • Patent number: 4944476
    Abstract: A one-piece stabilizing stake adapted to be placed in a preselected ground area for retaining a flexible irrigation conduit. The stake has an elongated body with an upper portion for holding the conduit and an integral lower portion adapted to be driven into the ground. The upper stake portion has first conduit gripping members for holding the conduit end portion in a generally upright, vertical position and a second conduit gripping member on said body extending generally transverse on the body for holding the conduit substantially parallel to the ground area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventor: Donald O. Olson
  • Patent number: 4850555
    Abstract: A stake and coupler for holding an irrigation device, such as a sprinkler, for use in a home gardening watering system. The stake is an elongated plastic body having a substantially constant multilobed crosssection. One end of the stake has a projection for mounting an irrigation device, the other end a pointed tip for anchoring the stake in the ground. The coupler is a hollow plastic body, both ends of which contain identical openings and which will receive either end of the stake for joining two stakes together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: The O.M. Scott & Sons Company
    Inventors: Jack L. Lemkin, Carl A. Peterson, Eugene A. Zilber
  • Patent number: 4844121
    Abstract: A temporary sewage line assembly is provided for an RV or other vehicles which may be utilized in a variety of hook ups. The assembly includes an elongated, reducing connector, a wash outlet on the connector, a telescoping conduit which pivotally attaches to the connector and a downspout for fitting within a stationary sewer line. The sewage assembly is formed from a rigid plastic which is constructed not to leak and which can be easily cleaned after use and disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventor: Robert L. Duke
  • Patent number: 4800916
    Abstract: A hose bibb extension assembly includes a specially designed mounted stake adapted to be pushed into the ground in front of a hedge or the like positioned closely adjacent a wall-mounted hose bibb and impeding access thereto. A hose barb fitting is firmly anchored to an upper end portion of the stake and couples the inlet of an auxiliary hose bibb to the outlet end of a high pressure extension hose. By connecting the inlet end of the extension hose to the wall-mounted, primary hose bibb, and turning and leaving such hose bibb on, the stake-supported auxiliary hose bibb may be coupled to a lawn watering hose and be conveniently used to control water flow thereto without the previous necessity of reaching under, through or over the obstructing hedge to operate the primary hose bibb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Inventor: Larry D. Lakey