Special Engaging Feature Patents (Class 254/131)
  • Patent number: 10882725
    Abstract: A pallet dismantling system includes a pallet that has a frame, a plurality of slats and a plurality of nails. Each of the nails extends through slats and engages the frame to fasten the slats on the frame. A tool is provided to disassemble the pallet and the tool includes a slot. The tool is selectively inserted between a selected one of the slats and the frame. Additionally, a selected one of the nails is positioned in the slot. The tool is urged to lift the selected slat from the frame. Moreover, the tool inhibits the nail from splintering the selected slat when the selected slat is removed from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Brenda Plunkett
  • Patent number: 10625408
    Abstract: A device for Semi-truck and trailer applications. It is a tool used by truck operator's release a fifth wheel pins of a tractor/trailer assembly or the wheel adjustments and tandem axle trailer pin extractor apparatus. Also it is used as a tool for allowing uncoupling/decoupling of a trailer from a tractor and for shifting the locking pins in the undercarriage of a tandem axle trailer when it is desired to shift the position of the tandem axles relative to the trailer body. The tool is made of a hammer assembly with a spike head, shaft and wedge; a pipe structure handle with a taper at one end for attaching to assembly and a way for attaching to a cap and a way to attach the hammer assembly to the pipe structure handle. It has an extendable hook assembly with a hook at one end of an adjustable tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Michael L Wade
  • Patent number: 10618787
    Abstract: Pry bars that will not slip off a lower support structure (such as joints) when prying attachment devices (such as nails or screws) from architectural members (such as deck boards) because the two paws or distal ends of the hook members are fully engaged with one or more lower support structures throughout the prying operation. The pry bar has a handle and a head, with the head having a fulcrum and two hook or paw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Eli Kasan
  • Patent number: 10584022
    Abstract: An ergonomic apparatus for handling a hinged lid that reduces force required to open the hinged lid and bending by a user, maintains the lid in an open position to prevent accidental closure of the lid, and assists with closing the lid. The apparatus has a horizontal member with an attachment means for removably coupling the apparatus to the hinged lid, a vertical member extending from a proximal end of the horizontal member, and a handle in operable communication with the vertical member. The vertical member and handle are configured relative to the horizontal member such that when the vertical member is positioned on a flat surface, the handle is raised above the flat surface by about 10° to 25° and the hinged lid is maintained in an open position having an angle greater than 90° relative to an opening the hinged lid was covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary W. Schmidt, Edward Laggart
  • Patent number: 10557680
    Abstract: An extraction tool for an embedded arrow head works by attaching a slide hammer shaft to the embedded arrow and then working an outer slide hammer body along the shaft to engage cooperating travel stops to kinetically work the arrow head from a dense material in which the arrow is embedded. The extraction tool includes a handle that may be stored parallel to the slide hammer shaft for transport and then disposed to engage the slide hammer body when needed. The slide hammer shaft has an arrow head engagement end with a threaded receiver and a distal stop bolt end that includes for a separate grip and an ancillary attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Bill Kneebone
  • Patent number: 10450764
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards an apparatus and method for straightening and/or shifting a wall that has bowed, deflected, or shifted out of place. The apparatus includes a vertical bar that is placed against the wall, a horizontal bar that is butted up against the wall and extends away from the wall, an adjustable length force-applying component that is situated diagonally between these two bars. The adjustable length force-applying component is extended to push the wall into a straight, vertical orientation and/or at the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Woodford Bros., Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Woodford
  • Patent number: 10443914
    Abstract: An ice-making device for a refrigerator including a duct providing a cold air flow path under an ice tray in which water turns into ice pieces. Uneven portions extending in a direction differing from a flow direction of cold air are formed at a lower surface of the ice tray. The duct may have a wavy surface. The surface features of the ice tray and the duct can advantageously increase contact area and contact time between cold air and the ice tray, thereby increasing the heat exchange efficiency between cold air and water contained in the ice tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10406857
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for aligning a rim of a wheel assembly to a wheel hub. The apparatus can include a wheel handler device that is structured to securely engage the wheel assembly. The apparatus can include one or more light emitting devices that project one or more light spots on the face of the wheel hub. The position of one or more light spots relative to another light spot(s) and/or to a reference feature on the face of the hub can provide an indication of the location, orientation, and/or alignment of at least the rim relative to the wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Harald J. Staab, Jeremy Newkirk, Gregory F. Rossano
  • Patent number: 10259108
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for dismantling a pallet comprising an elongated handle having a free end and an attachment end, wherein the attachment end is coupled with a crossbar having a horizontal axis extending perpendicular to the plane of the handle. The apparatus also has one or a plurality of blades extending rigidly forward in adjustable communication with the crossbar via a notched aperture in each blade for receiving the crossbar, wherein each blade further comprises a lower curved portion, and an upper portion for engaging a board of a pallet, at least one wheel rotatably coupled with said lower curved portion, and means for clamping the blades to the crossbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Stewart Duncan, Richard Fongeallaz
  • Patent number: 10232870
    Abstract: A bracket assembly includes a bracket for attachment to a shopping cart and a cover connected to the bracket and covering at least part of the bracket. The bracket includes a metal plate having first and second faces, where the length is greater than the width, and the width is greater than the thickness. The bracket has a projection extending outward from the first face and a recess extending inward from the second face and corresponding to the projection. The cover has two walls and a cavity defined between the walls, and the bracket is received within the cavity such that the first and second faces each confront one of the walls. The cover further has a slot in at least one wall, such that the cover is press-fit on the bracket and the projection is received in the slot to retain the cover in connection with the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Unarco Industries LLC
    Inventor: Wesley McMurtrey
  • Patent number: 10226964
    Abstract: In one embodiment, there is provided an apparatus for retaining and moving an automobile tire, and which includes a pair of tire engagement roller assemblies and a lever actuator assembly coupled to the roller assemblies. The roller assembly includes a movable base frame and a tire engaging roller rotatably coupled to the base frame, and the lever actuator assembly includes a lever arm, a link arm pivotally coupled to the lever arm along a length thereof, and a retention bar for selectively holding the lever and link arms in a fixed position relative to each other. Longitudinal end portions of the lever and link arms are rotatably coupled to associated said roller assemblies. Rotational movement of the lever arm towards a generally upright position effects inward movement of the roller assemblies towards each other to mount the tire disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Anna Rucchetto
  • Patent number: 10174520
    Abstract: A hand tool for use by a user to lock and unlock a locking mechanism to secure a pallet to an aircraft is provided. The locking mechanism is coupled to a floor of the aircraft and includes a release trigger operably connected to a clamp that is designed to engage with a flange of the pallet. The hand tool includes an elongated rod having a top portion, an intermediate portion and a bottom portion, the bottom portion having a hook member with a curved hook portion continuously connected to an end hook portion, the end hook portion having a top slanted surface oriented approximately 5 degrees relative to a first horizontal plane. The elongated rod is designed to maneuver to permit the hook member to communicate with the release trigger of the locking mechanism, thereby unlocking or locking the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Steve Lawrence Benson
  • Patent number: 10137513
    Abstract: An improved deck fastener removal tool comprising a fixture with an extended handle to hold the cutting blade of an angle grinder or like tool in plane with the top of the joist and removed a safe distance away from the operator's body. The handle may be extendable and adjustable to render it comfortable for use by multiple operators. The fixture utilizes a series of guards to ensure that the cutting blade remains level with the top of the joist along the entire length thereof, allowing the operator to walk steadily along the top of or next to the joist to quickly and safely remove each residual fastener protruding therefrom. An integrated collection tray automatically gathers the severed portions of the fasteners as they are cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Benjamin Weinreich
  • Patent number: 9956685
    Abstract: A fifth wheel yanker moves a fifth wheel release handle in the sequence needed to operate the release handle in the sequence used by, for example, the Yost brand of fifth wheel Jost fifth wheel safety catch release mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas J. Oswald
  • Patent number: 9925996
    Abstract: Dollies support steered skis of a snowmobile on wheels to enable the snowmobile to be moved along an underlying surface with carbides on the bottom surfaces of the skis free of contact with the underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy J. Crynick
  • Patent number: 9902057
    Abstract: A tool which permits a user to safely manipulate and position a hydraulic cylinder during installation upon an industrial machine such as a backhoe or a skid steer. The tool provides an extended handle portion which allows a user to maintain control of the hydraulic cylinder while at a safe distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Benjamin Sherrod, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9821988
    Abstract: Devices and methods of use are provided for lifting and locking the rear drive track assembly and front ski assembly of a motorized snow vehicle into an elevated position off the ground. The devices comprise wheels for stably maneuvering the elevated snow vehicle over a dry surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald Tib Thomsen
  • Patent number: 9752348
    Abstract: A tool for operating pivotal levers includes a lever member having an attachment and a handle. The attachment defines proximal-lower and distal-upper bearing surfaces for contacting the pivotal lever to transmit a pivotal opening force, and the proximal-upper and distal-lower bearing surfaces for contacting the pivotal lever to transmit a pivotal closing force. Typically, the tool includes hook retainers extending from the lever member that define the lower bearing surfaces. Also, the lower bearing surfaces and the handle define a clearance angle to avoid interference with an opposite lever. Typically, the lever member includes an angle between its attachment section and its handle section to define the clearance angle. Methods of installation and use of such a tool are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: TERESA RUSTIN REED, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Leach, Robert R. Malle, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9738502
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a tool, system of tools, or method of utilizing tools to quickly, safely, ergonomically and effectively lift any number of objects including but not limited to manhole covers and car tires. The user is aided by the tool containing any number of picks that may be directionally adjusted, manually or automatically, latches to connect the tool to attachments (such as tripods, power lifting belts, vehicles, and other tools), additional support handle bars located at or about the center of gravity which may be adjusted from one location to another to guide the body into a lifting posture to reduce back strain and accident potential, pre-molded or moldable sections on the tool or its handlebars to aid the user in gripping the tool, a gyroscope and other features for making the jobs of utility workers and service workers safer, more efficient, and easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: D.C. Water & Sewer Authority
    Inventors: Wade L. Brooks, James Lowell Ramsey Clarke
  • Patent number: 9499222
    Abstract: A precision device for establishing a contour line of body filler on an automobile panel that allows a body repairman to create two (or more) control surfaces in which to work between. The body repairman no longer has to eyeball his/her contour work; for example, by walking to the front of the automobile to see how the contour of the panel being restored “matches” the non-damaged panels when viewed from the front of the automobile. The body repairman can now create a region to work between two body filler lines (a manageable region of repair) established with a flexible rod, a set of pressure adjustable supports and some body filler. Working between these two body filler lines using a flexible contouring tool he may sweep body filler between the upper and lower lines to identically approximate the long sweeping contour lines of the original vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Terry David Robideau
  • Patent number: 9493995
    Abstract: The present invention is an add-on tool to the standard barrel wrench that comprises a heavy duty T-shaped member and a foot ring where the operator fits their foot into the ring and applies force. Using the device of the present invention the operator no longer needs to stand on an angled surface and hope the barrel will instantly snap open after a few bounces without slipping and falling. The interior diameter (ID) of the foot ring of the device is about 6.5 inches which offers plenty of room for the operator to insert their foot in and apply pressure to the Barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Gearench Division of Orbix Corporation
    Inventor: Afshin Hamed
  • Patent number: 9409744
    Abstract: Apparatus for lifting and supporting a spool of windable material above a floor includes a pair of supports wherein each support includes a floor-engaging base and an elongated telescoping post assembly joined to the base so as to extend vertically upwardly therefrom. A lift assembly is connected to the post assembly and is releasably securable at alternative locations therealong, and the telecoping post assembly can be altered in length so that by positioning each of the supports adjacent a corresponding end of the barrel of the spool, arranging the lift assemblies of the stands in cooperating relationship with the barrel of the spool so that when lifted by the stands, the weight of the spool rests upon the lift assemblies, and then lengthening the post assembly, the spool is lifted from the floor by way of the lift assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: iTool Equipment Holding LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Jordan, David S. Jordan
  • Patent number: 9388027
    Abstract: A linkage arm for use with machine linkage systems is disclosed. The link may include a body having a first end opposite a second end with a first pin bore and a second pin bore disposed at the first and second ends respectively. The link may also include a front face and a rear face disposed on opposite sides of the body. The link may further include a guard connected to the front face. The guard may include a base plate, a first pad, and a first web connecting the first pad to the base plate. The first pad may form an upper leading surface oriented at about 25-35° relative to a virtual line drawn between centers of the first and second pin bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Allan Seljestad
  • Patent number: 9308634
    Abstract: A tool for servicing air brake systems. The tool includes a sliding bar locking mechanism. On one end of the bar is a movable, lockable tubular member; on the other end is a fixed hook member. The tool permits one person working alone to quickly replace an air brake diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Perry Adams
  • Patent number: 9282733
    Abstract: A trap-setting apparatus for use in setting a dog-proof trap that includes a continuous side wall, a spring member that is movable between a tripped configuration extending away from the side wall and a rigging configuration adjacent thereto. The trap-setting apparatus includes a cam member and an elongate handle having a proximal member coupled thereto and a distal end displaced therefrom, the handle being configured to rotate the cam member when moved. The trap-setting apparatus includes a pair of hook members each having a first end coupled to the cam member and a second end selectively coupled to the spring member of the dog-proof trap. In use, a user movement of the handle causes the cam member to rotate relative to the side wall of the trap and to move the spring member from the tripped configuration toward the rigging configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Bruce Love
  • Patent number: 9138877
    Abstract: A tool for engaging and pivoting the rocker arm of an internal combustion engine to enable removal of a push rod from the engine by disengaging the rocker arm from the push rod includes a handle, a pair of bifurcated arms extending from the handle which fit on opposite sides of the rocker arm and further including connected outer ends of the bifurcated arms defining a prong to depress the valve spring. A transverse plate connecting the bifurcated arms engages the underside of a rocker arm as the bifurcated arms are positioned on the bracket supporting the rocker arm to enable pivoting the rocker arm and permit removal of the engine push rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Randall J. Ploeger
  • Patent number: 9119689
    Abstract: A tool for insertion and removal of an archwire into low-profile orthodontic brackets includes a handle section and at least one end section having a pair of claws separated by a gap. Each of the pair of claws has a pair of lobes with internal pathways for accommodating an archwire. This enables the archwire to be alternately pushed into and pulled away from an orthodontic bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Kabbani
  • Patent number: 9083160
    Abstract: An example includes a hand tool for repairing high-voltage electric power transmission cable, the tool including a generally straight elongate bar extending from a proximal portion including a back end to a distal portion including a tip that is generally smaller in diameter than the proximal portion, the proximal portion including a hand-graspable handle, the bar defining a hollow extending into the handle, the hollow extending from an interior wall of the hollow to an opening in the handle, the bar including a shoulder encircling the bar defining a transition between an at least partially conical shape extending from the tip to the shoulder and a spreader portion extending from the shoulder to the handle, wherein the hollow is sized to receive the transmission cable, with the opening being larger in diameter than both the conductor of the transmission cable and an insulator of the transmission cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Wisman Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Theodore Wisman
  • Patent number: 9032604
    Abstract: A safety tool is specifically adapted to aid in opening hinged rear doors of industrial containers safely, while also ensuring that the operator of the safety tool remain outside the potential zone of danger whenever the rear door has the potential to swing open. The present safety tool not only provides convenience and leverage for commonly performed door opening procedures, but also ensures that the operator's body and hands remain safely distanced from the direction of door travel and the potential discharge path of material contained within the cargo box. In addition, the present safety tool is lightweight and compact, allowing the tool to be easily stowed in or around a cargo box and/or truck to and thereby ensure that the safety tool is available whenever it may be needed to aid in opening and/or closing the cargo box door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Keith Steven High
  • Publication number: 20150083982
    Abstract: A power door opener including an actuator having a housing with an electrically powered actuator shaft that can be extended from a closed to an extended position. In one embodiment, a movable push plate is affixed to the actuator shaft and a fixed push plate is fixed in its position with respect to the housing. In the closed position of the actuator shaft, the fixed and movable push plates are aligned to form a combined edge for insertion into the space between a door and door jamb. The actuator shaft extends to move the movable push plate apart from the fixed push plate to spread the space and release the door from the door jamb. Alternatively, a double ended power door opener is located between opposite door jambs and the extending of the actuator shaft forces the door jambs apart to release the door from the door jamb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: William Hickerson
  • Publication number: 20150048287
    Abstract: A panel lifter comprises: a first arm comprising a panel engaging element; a second arm comprising a foot pedal; and a fulcrum for engaging the ground connected between the panel engaging element and the foot pedal; wherein the panel engaging member is moveable with respect to the foot pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Aliaksei Chernyshou
  • Patent number: 8938832
    Abstract: A wheel weight tool includes a handle connected to a hammer head on a first end and having a first hook on a second end. The first hook may be adapted for removing a wheel weight. The hammer head has a soft end and a hard end. The hard end may include a second hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: U.W.T. Inc.
    Inventors: Russell B. Barnhart, Kim M. Barnhart
  • Publication number: 20150014611
    Abstract: A timberjack including a handle, and a jacking stand coupled to the handle, the jacking stand comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is arranged to engage the ground, and wherein the second portion is coupled to the first portion and extends downwardly from the handle to elevate a portion of the handle from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: NORTHERN TOOL AND EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Redetzke
  • Publication number: 20140374678
    Abstract: A leverage bar for manipulating formwork panels is used to provide a mechanical advantage for aligning heavy formwork panels before clamping. A pin support plate is connected to one end of an elongated bar. A pair of cylindrical pins is connected to the pin support plate, and a third pin is connected to the elongated bar opposite the first and second pin. The pins are inserted into pre-existing holes in the formwork panels and torque is applied to the elongated bar by a worker at the end opposite the pins in order to leverage the panels into place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P Spencer
  • Publication number: 20140326933
    Abstract: The invention discloses a metal positioning device. The device comprises a bottom section with a front end having a downward facing lip, a second back end having a handle, a side wall on both sides of said bottom section, said side walls running the length of the bottom section and a plurality of apertures formed along a longitudinal axis of said bottom section, said apertures being dimensioned to receive and allow passage of a lever bar therethrough. The invention further discloses a method of using the metal positioning device. The invention decreases the time needed to position metal sheets and eases the job for workers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jack Miller
  • Patent number: 8876181
    Abstract: An object transport device which aids in the lifting, carrying, and transport of objects such as logs. The object transport device generally includes a grasping assembly which includes a handle and a pivotally secured hook adapted to extend around and retain an object such as a log. An optional cant extension is provided which may be removably secured to the grasping assembly to convert the present invention into a conventional cant hook configuration. A lifter adapter is also provided which may be removably secured to the grasping assembly. The lifter adapter may removably receive a T-shaped lifter extension to convert the present invention into a conventional timber jack configuration which aids in lifting and supporting larger or heavier objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Innovision Developers, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Whitney Roberts, Lynne Marie Roberts
  • Patent number: 8857030
    Abstract: A leverage hand tool for opening doors of a conventional cargo container provided with a latch mechanism having locking brackets and pivotal levers engaged with the locking brackets. The leverage tool is designed to amplify the lever arm formed by the pivotal container handle and make it easier to release the arm from the locking bracket. The tool has an elongated tool handle with a longitudinal axis and an engaging member secured to the tool handle at an acute angle in relation to the longitudinal axis. The engaging member has a through opening of sufficient size to slide over a pivotal lever of the cargo container while transmitting pivotal force from the tool handle to the pivotal lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph H. Stutson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8851453
    Abstract: A system to open a shipping bin slide-gate may include an opener, a pivot point towards one end of the opener, and a handle towards the other end of the opener. The system may also include a puller, a connector towards one end of the puller, and a joiner towards the other end of the puller that connects to the opener. The system may further include an attacher that engages a shipping container and the pivot point, and the attacher transmits a force applied at the handle to the connector to open the slide-gate carried by the shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty Limited
    Inventor: Henk de Zwart
  • Publication number: 20140250655
    Abstract: A device for removing a pool or deck cover anchor includes a base having a front, a rear, and two sides; a swivel rotatably attached to the front of the base with dowel pins so that the swivel will rotate to stay level; a U-shaped gripping element on the swivel, adapted to grip the anchor; a handle attached to the rear of the base, the handle being substantially longer than the swivel; a handle stop on the handle; and wheels rotatably attached to the sides of the base; wherein the handle, base, and swivel form a lever and the wheels allow the tool to roll so that a generally downward force on the handle produces a straight vertical force on the anchor that lifts the anchor out of the ground. Methods for removing and replacing anchors utilize the tool as further described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Vernon Eugene Arivett
  • Patent number: 8794597
    Abstract: A breaching tool for use by law enforcement or emergency personnel has a curving, tapered wedge at a first end, extending approximately perpendicularly from a tool handle, and providing a striking surface for driving the wedge between a door and door frame, for example. At an opposite end is a tapered chisel tail end, preferably with a claw for pulling nails or other fasteners. The tool may include a loop handle, generally in a trapezoid configuration connected to the main tool shaft, for manipulating the tool in service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: 5.11 Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Ingesson, Patrik Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 8789810
    Abstract: A versatile lever-type decking and plank removal tool for more efficiently prying floor-boards from deck foundations and floor-joists to which they are nailed. The decking and plank removal tool uses an offset inverted hook to tear off any deckboard in any configuration in seconds with a minimum of effort, allowing the user to remain completely upright for the entire process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Weinreich
  • Publication number: 20140131644
    Abstract: A prying tool, such as to pry open a door or window, having a forked blade on one end formed with a dimpled shoulder. The dimpled shoulder helps to prevent tools striking he shoulder from glancing off, and eliminates sharp corners to reduces stress points which cause cracking and breaking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Joshua BROWN, Keith M. Lombardi
  • Patent number: 8708312
    Abstract: An indexable tool includes a handle, an indexable tool body and a coupling subassembly. The coupling subassembly rotatably joins and selectively locks and unlocks the handle and the indexable tool body in rotatable relation to each other. The coupling subassembly includes a push button fixedly coupled to a push button cylinder, adjacently disposed first and second serrated inserts, a cap, a cap retention ring, a push button retainer clip and a spring. The cap is held in fixed position with the cap retention ring. The spring is biased to hold the coupling subassembly in a locked position to prevent relative rotation between the tool body and the handle. In an unlocked position the push button is pushed against the bias of the spring to slidably move the coupling subassembly into a position enabling relative rotary movement of the handle relative to the indexable tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Rafal Stawarski
  • Patent number: 8701791
    Abstract: There is disclosed a post extractor comprised in a post-pounder, the device having a length and a crosswise extraction hole. The hole may be sized to accept an exposed portion of the post and may have an engaging edge for engaging an exposed portion of the post. Methods of using the extractor to extract a post are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Page
  • Patent number: 8690134
    Abstract: An equipment support rack assembly for holding equipment during the maintenance thereof includes a base with a top wall, a bottom wall and a perimeter wall. The perimeter has an aperture to access an interior of the base. A rod is attached to the base and receives a spool of cutting line. A plurality of legs each has a top end and a bottom end. Each of the legs extends upwardly from the upper surface. A platform has a top side and a bottom side. The bottom side is attached to the top ends of each of the legs. The top side has an opening extending through the top and bottom sides. The opening is configured to receive a weed trimmer or to allow access to a bottom side of a lawn mower positioned on the top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ben J. Saam
  • Patent number: 8690209
    Abstract: A manhole cover lifting device has an elongated member which extends a length between a first end and a second end. A handle is connected to the first end and a scraping hook is connected to the second end. An adjustable member slides along the elongated member between a first stop and a second stop. A carriage hook is adjustably connected to the adjustable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Micheal Badger
  • Patent number: 8657258
    Abstract: A pump jack for driving a reciprocating pump is provided. The pump jack comprises a support base and a support frame mounted thereto. A hydraulic cylinder is mounted to the support frame. A pulley mechanism is connected to a piston of the hydraulic cylinder, the support frame, and to a sucker rod of the reciprocating pump. The pulley mechanism translates movement of the piston into movement of the sucker rod such that pushing action of the piston provides pulling action acting on the sucker rod. A drive mechanism connected to the hydraulic cylinder for actuating the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Murray Ames McEwan, James Lawrence Gaboury
  • Publication number: 20140048757
    Abstract: The present invention includes a tool for extracting objects that are embedded in the ground; such as plants, posts, and cables. The extractor comprises a puller pole attached to a curved fulcrum and a parallel, offset, engagement pole. The object extractor includes a locator used for aligning objects with the object extractor. The engagement pole incorporates cabling and ratcheting systems, which assist in the tightening of the embedded object to the apparatus. An individual then applies sufficient pulling force to the puller pole resulting in extraction of the object from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Arthur DeNyse, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140027688
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for prying up boards nailed to raised edges of support members, as in deconstruction of buildings, using a deconstruction pry bar having a relatively long shank extending upward from a fulcrum having a lateral axis, and a relatively short claw with at least one tang that extends downward from the fulcrum. Each tang is laterally offset relative to the fulcrum to enable a user to pry up boards by positioning the pry bar fulcrum for pivoting on top of the raised support member edge while the tang of the prying claw extends along a side of the support member, and then using lever action to convert a downward force on the shank to a greater upward force applied under the board by the claw tang.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence C. Vesely
  • Patent number: 8628063
    Abstract: A tool for snapping and then extracting a loop panel tie from a workpiece which comprises a handle. A head extends at a right angle from the handle. A mechanism in the head is for snapping the loop panel tie in the workpiece. A mechanism on the handle at the head is for extracting the loop panel tie from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Marc L. Stone