Static Building Construction Patents (Class 285/64)
  • Patent number: 11193618
    Abstract: A thermal expansion compensating device has a conduit with a first opening and a second opening for connection to a first pipe and a second pipe of a hot water system, respectively, the first and second pipes being formed by removing a section from a length of pipe of the hot water system. A pre-tensioning force is applied to the device to axially displace the first opening from the second opening until after connection of the openings of the pipes. A resiliently deformable pipe segment defines a portion of the conduit between the first opening and the second opening and is resiliently deformed to a tensioned position by the application of the pre-tensioning force. Once the hot water system is activated, the pipes axially thermally expand such that the first opening moves towards the second opening and the pipe segment moves from the tensioned position towards a rest position decreasing the stress on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: IPEX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Martin Kwan Yu Leung, Ivan Lee Stiehl
  • Patent number: 10794521
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a body, a fitting, and a stopper assembly. The body has a first end and a second end. The body includes a connector portion positioned at the first end, a nozzle portion positioned at the second end, and an intermediate portion connecting the connector portion to the nozzle portion. The connector portion includes a peripheral wall having a crimped end that defines a fluid inlet. The nozzle portion defines a fluid outlet. The connector portion, the intermediate portion, and the nozzle portion cooperatively define a fluid flow path extending from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet. The fitting is disposed within the peripheral wall. The fitting is held within the peripheral wall by the crimped end. The stopper assembly is coupled to the body along the intermediate portion. The stopper assembly is configured to facilitate selectively restricting a flow along the fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Reliance Worldwide Corporation
    Inventor: William J Burns
  • Patent number: 10689825
    Abstract: A radon gas removal apparatus that is operable to substantially inhibit the entrance of radon gas into a structure. The radon gas removal apparatus is operably coupled to an area to which the structure is superposed. A housing is further included wherein the housing has a lower portion and upper portion mateably coupled. A blower assembly is present within the housing and is mounted in a vertical upright position. The lower portion of the housing includes a bottom having a mount extending upward therefrom to which the blower assembly is operably coupled utilizing a coupling. A fluid aperture is present in the mount and is operable to facilitate the egression of accumulated fluid present at the bottom of the housing into a connected pipe. The housing further includes an air turbulence diffusion member present on an exit aperture formed in the upper portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Jamey Gelina
  • Patent number: 10627018
    Abstract: A pipe mount for connecting pipe sections is disclosed. The pipe mount comprises a sliding member movably attached to a plumbing arrangement element. The sliding member extends in the vertical direction of the plumbing arrangement element, and it is vertically movable between an extreme position and a second position. The pipe mount further comprises at least one pipe bracket for securing the pipe sections onto the sliding member. A system and a method for connecting pipe sections are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation AB
    Inventor: Teemu Inha
  • Patent number: 10337759
    Abstract: A transition module for an energy recovery ventilator unit. The module comprises a frame having two opposing major surfaces with two separate through-hole openings therein. The module also comprises a self-sealing surface on one of the major surfaces and surrounding the two through-hole openings. One of the through-hole openings is configured to separately overlap with return air openings or supply air openings located in a first target side of one an energy recovery ventilator unit or an air handling unit and in a second target side of the other one of the energy recovery ventilator unit or the air handling unit. The other of the through-hole openings is configured to separately overlap with the other of the return air openings or the supply air openings located in the first and second sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Lennox Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin McKie, Eric Perez, Geoffrey Curtis, Bryan Smith
  • Patent number: 9222497
    Abstract: An air transport duct, and sections of such duct, capable of connection to a support by support members and attachment members formed from two mating members. Each section has two terminal open ends and a flange disposed around each open end for connection to a flange of an adjacent section. Each flange includes two relatively transverse receiving channels adjacent to a corner of the flange, and an insertable corner member positioned into the channels. The corner member is attached to the flange by a load-bearing connection, and can support a predetermined portion of a weight of the duct by connection of the corner member to a first mating member connectable to a second mating member secured to a corresponding support member. A method of connecting a duct to a support by forming a load-bearing connection between a corner member and a flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: JBT STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kenneth Carson
  • Patent number: 9127862
    Abstract: A connecting system is accordingly provided for a line tube, which can be pivoted about a rotation axis of a solar-thermal installation, which line tube is filled with a carrier fluid, wherein the line tube extends between two ends and is connected, for transportation of the carrier fluid, at a first end via a flexible tube connection to a fixed-position fixed line and at its second end via at least one connection means to a further line tube. According to the invention, the line tube is supported such that the flexible tube connection experiences only forces acting at right angles to the rotation axis, and the connection means experiences only forces acting parallel to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Senior Berghöfer GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Bürger, Francisco Ortiz Vives
  • Patent number: 8813336
    Abstract: A waterproof sleeve coupling for use in a partition for preventing liquid from leaking through a penetration in the partition either adjacent to or through the sleeve coupling. The sleeve coupling has a water stop constructed of a resilient material and mounted in sealing contact with a sleeve so that a waterproof seal is formed between the water stop and the sleeve. The sleeve coupling optionally includes an extension coupling and an extension sleeve mounted on the sleeve. When the sleeve coupling is mounted in the partition, the extension sleeve extends beyond the surface of the partition to prevent liquid on the surface of the partition from leaking into the passageway of the sleeve coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Cornwall
  • Publication number: 20140167405
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an insert for aligning a register with a boot of an HVAC system through a cavity in an intermediate construction surface, the insert comprising: an upper portion; a lower portion having a flange, the lower portion engaging with the register; and a central cavity, wherein the upper portion of the insert protrudes through the cavity in the intermediate construction surface and engages with the boot; the flange is flush with a finished surface of the intermediate construction surface, and the register covers the central cavity of the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: LAHEY & SHARPE ENTERPRISES AND INVESTMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Thomas James Lahey
  • Patent number: 8733798
    Abstract: A conduit connector device includes an open-ended sleeve with aligned openings through upper and lower walls of the sleeve for insertion of a fastener to secure the lower wall of the sleeve to a support. A cover member or bridge is inserted into the sleeve between two conduit ends to cover the opening in the upper wall after the lower wall is attached to the support, restricting access to the previously inserted fastener. The ends of two adjacent lengths of conduit to be connected are inserted into opposite ends of the sleeve to abut the opposite ends of the bridge, and the adjacent lengths of conduits are thereby attached to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Holocom, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig McCarthy, Scott Beeson
  • Patent number: 8646732
    Abstract: A mechanical elbow clamp, a system using the clamp, and a method of supporting a pipe with the clamp are disclosed. The elbow clamp includes a first clamp and a second clamp. One end of the first clamp is attached to one end of the second clamp. The elbow clamp also includes an upper link, which attaches another end of the first clamp to another end of the second clamp, and a load bearing element attached to the upper link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Frank J. Birch
  • Publication number: 20130248017
    Abstract: An adapter for attachment to a water supply pipe and an exterior conduit includes an adjustable element, a mounting element, and at least one inner fastening element. The adapter also may include filtering elements, covers, and other elements which add in the operation and appearance of the adapter. The adapter may be incorporated in any assembly that requires exterior routing of water from a water supply pipe to one or more exterior conduits. These conduits may be any device or accessory that routes water from the water supply pipe, through the adapter, to an exit point. Examples of exterior conduits include waterborne bars, overhead shower assemblies, handheld shower assemblies, and other types of waterborne accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPEAKMAN COMPANY
    Inventor: Alexandru Neagoe
  • Publication number: 20130207379
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fixing a fitting, in particular for a sprinkler head, having a base plate. The invention is based on the technical problem of providing a fixing device which can be used in various installation situations. According to the invention, the technical problem is solved by the base plate having at least three mountings and by a top piece being present which covers the mountings. The fixing device can thereby be attached to a supporting base in different positions. In addition, a fixing device can accommodate different fittings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: VIEGA GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Kai-Michael Meissner, Andreas Hutte
  • Patent number: 8490276
    Abstract: A device for mounting of a plumbing fixture such as a faucet or the like through a hole in a counter, a sink or the like and connection of the fixture to a supply line. A collar member of the device is slidingly retained on an inlet tube of the fixture by a connecting nut of the supply line. A rod, guided in its axial movement by a guide member that is connected to the collar member, has a flag member that is rotatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the device may be passed through the hole when connected to the plumbing fixture and the supply line. In the deployed position, the flag member increases the axial profile of the device and co-acts with the body of the plumbing fixture in retaining the plumbing fixture in the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Julian
  • Patent number: 8469403
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for mounting and connecting at least one sanitary equipment pipe provided behind a wall, and to a corresponding method. The device includes at least one member for connection to a rear portion to be connected to a free end of the pipe, and a front portion including means for connection to another member of the sanitary equipment, provided in front of the wall, and at least one housing having an open face through which a connection member can be inserted and an opening for the passage of a free end of the pipe, characterized in that said housing further has an open face through which a connection member can be inserted, said housing being adapted to be inserted in a passage formed through said wall from the front of said wall and having means for attaching the same against the front face of said wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Claude Benit
  • Publication number: 20120090700
    Abstract: A fluid distribution system is provided including a fluid supply, at least one conduit in fluid communication with the fluid supply, and at least one mountable fitting fluidly coupled to the conduit. The mountable fitting includes a body and a mounting base. The body defines a cavity having a plurality of ports in fluid communication with the cavity and the conduit, at least one port of the plurality of ports having a connection portion configured to fluidly couple to at least the fluid conduit. The mounting base extends a fixed distance from the body configured to be mounted to a structure to space the body a fixed distance from the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: THE RELIABLE AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER CO., INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Multer, John Tow
  • Patent number: 8020895
    Abstract: The device serves to fasten the outflow bend (9) to a fastening body (4), for example to a mounting frame (2). The pipe clamp (11) has a holder (12), which on an inner side (20) possesses grooves (21), which, for the axial fixing of the socket (10), cooperate with ribs (22, 23, 24) on an outer side of the socket (10). The holder (12) has a collar (19), which, for the axial fixing of the socket (10), can be mounted into a groove (25, 26) of the socket (10) or onto a rib (22, 23, 24) of the socket (10), according to choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Geberit Technik AG
    Inventor: Peter Reichmuth
  • Patent number: 7857354
    Abstract: A component-based utility supply apparatus includes a wall mounting bracket, a utility distribution unit mounted to the wall mounting bracket and an equipment management rail. The wall mounting bracket includes a longitudinally extending wall mounting flange and at least one longitudinally extending supporting flange. The utility distribution unit can comprise a fluid (gas) manifold, or a power distribution assembly, or both the gas manifold and the power distribution assembly may be coupled together with the wall mounting bracket and equipment rail to provide a combined power and gas utility configuration. The utility supply apparatus further comprises integrated lighting devices and light transmissive lens panel for supplying light along at least a portion of the utility supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Lifespan Healthcare, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Alex Bally, Barry D. Wixey, John P. Kasten, Gary M. Schindele, James Scott Stewart, Sr., Tomio Kato
  • Patent number: 7828013
    Abstract: A water inlet device is adapted for mounting a valve body that is formed with a water inlet hole on top of a deck, is adapted to be connected to a water inlet pipe, and includes a fixing unit and a connecting unit. The fixing unit is adapted to be secured to the deck, and is formed with a water supply hole corresponding in position to the water inlet hole in the valve body and adapted for connection to the water inlet pipe. The connecting unit is adapted to couple the valve body to the fixing unit, and includes a connecting component adapted to be secured to the valve body and formed with a guide hole to fluidly communicate the water inlet hole in the valve body and the water supply hole in the fixing unit, and a positioning unit for connecting separably the connecting component to the fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Shuan Lin
  • Patent number: 7810847
    Abstract: A waterproof sleeve coupling for use in a partition for preventing liquid from leaking through a penetration in the partition either adjacent to or through the sleeve coupling. The sleeve coupling has a flexible water stop mounted in sealing contact with a sleeve so that a waterproof seal is formed between the water stop and the sleeve. The sleeve coupling optionally includes an extension coupling and an extension sleeve mounted on the sleeve. When the sleeve coupling is mounted in the partition, the extension sleeve extends beyond the surface of the partition to prevent liquid on the surface of the partition from leaking into the passageway of the sleeve coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 7770934
    Abstract: A component-based utility supply apparatus includes a wall-mounting bracket, a utility distribution unit mounted to the wall mounting bracket and an equipment management rail. The wall mounting bracket includes a longitudinally extending wall mounting flange and a support bracket having an upper supporting flange and a lower supporting flange that are interconnected via a rear wall extending therebetween, the rear wall being attached to the mounting bracket. The utility distribution unit can comprise a fluid (gas) manifold, or a power distribution assembly, or both the gas manifold and the power distribution assembly may be coupled together with the wall mounting bracket and equipment rail to provide a combined power and gas utility configuration. The utility supply apparatus further comprises integrated lighting devices and light transmissive lens panel for supplying light along at least a portion of the utility supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Lifespan Healthcare, LLC
    Inventors: Alex Bally, Barry D. Wixey, John P. Kasten, Gary M. Schindele, James Scott Stewart, Sr., Eric Colburn, Tomio Kato
  • Publication number: 20100117353
    Abstract: A flange assembly, a coupling flange, and its assembling method thereof are disclosed. Stiffening plates (2) are located on the front side of the flange plate (1). Equilibrium contact surfaces (211) are set up on the front end surfaces of stiffening plates. The pressure stress bending moment created by the equilibrium contact surfaces offsets the pulling stress on the steel pipe wall and reduces the hoop stress of the steel pipe. This provides reliable bonding strength and ensures that the tensile rigidity remains unchanged under circulating dynamic load. This coupling flange is especially suitable for the connection of large-scale steel pipes such as the cylindrical pylons of large-scale wind power generators. The coupling flange can save steel consumption, reduce machining difficulty, and thus greatly reduce the manufacturing and assembling costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Renle Ma
  • Patent number: 7712791
    Abstract: A caulking system for applying and maintaining a position of caulk between a pipe and a floor to provide a firestop around the pipe includes a pair of collar portions. Each of the collar portions is positioned around the pipe and engages a peripheral edge in a hole in the floor to maintain a position of the pipe with respect to the hole. The collar portions extend around the pipe when the collar portions are coupled to each other. A caulk is engaged by the collar portions to keep the caulk positioned around the pipe and positioned between the pipe and the floor. The caulk inhibits passage of air, liquid or fire between the floor and the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony C. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20090236848
    Abstract: The bidirectional pipe grip sleeve is a tubular sleeve for surrounding and supporting a conduit therein. The sleeve is adapted to be inserted through a pre-drilled opening in a barrier, such as a wall or floor. The sleeve has a tubular body with an outwardly extending annular flange at one end of the body, the sleeve defining a bore. The flange defines elongated, arc-shaped slots between the tubular body and the periphery of the flange for optionally receiving at least one fastener to fix the sleeve to the barrier during installation. A plurality of legs, having outwardly extending latches, extend from the end the tubular body opposite the flange for locking the sleeve to the barrier. A plurality of ribs are disposed in the bore and on the legs for frictionally gripping the conduit. Both ends of the sleeve are chamfered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Keith G. Foreman, Scott J. Lenker, Craig R. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7513023
    Abstract: Broken conduit is repaired by enlarging the inner diameter at the broken end portion to provide a socket for receiving a coupling that has a male end portion with a reduced radial wall thickness and is configured so that the external diameter of the male end portion is closely received in the socket while the inner diameter thereof corresponds to the original inner diameter of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Michael C. Keiper
  • Patent number: 7458389
    Abstract: A bracket system for securing one or two single-lever-valves and associated water pipes to a support board. In one embodiment of the invention, a bracket system includes first and second female tongues, and a male tongue. The female and male tongues work can be orientated to cooperatively attach two single-lever-valves back to back to a support board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Mark Doverspike
  • Patent number: 7438324
    Abstract: A broken conduit end portion is repaired by reducing its radial wall thickness and attaching thereto a repair coupling that is configured to provide an internal passage therethrough that is not smaller than the internal passages in the broken conduit end portion and in a second conduit that is attached to the repair coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Michael C. Keiper
  • Patent number: 7426937
    Abstract: A bracket system for securing one or two single-lever-valves and associated water pipes to a support board located inside a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventor: Mark Doverspike
  • Patent number: 7172221
    Abstract: A pipe stabilizing system includes a pipe having an inlet and an outlet. An angled inner plate has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion has a first aperture defining a saddle for receiving pipe. An angled outer plate has a first section and a second section. The first section has a second aperture therein defining a saddle for receiving pipe. The first aperture in the inner plate is aligned with the second aperture in the outer plate when the second section is abutted against the second portion. The pipe is positionable in each of the first and second apertures and secured between the first portion and the first section. Fasteners are extended through the second portion and the second section and then into a hood housing. A fire retardant supply line is fluidly coupled to the inlet and a nozzle is fluidly coupled to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph F. Ferrara
  • Patent number: 7152884
    Abstract: A weatherproof non corrosive, non-metallic conduit box molded preferably of a sturdy plastic material, such as, for example, polyvinyl chloride, which is a fire resistant and resilient material. The conduit box is ultraviolet (UV) resistant and has high tensile strength for good impact resistance. The conduit box is resistant to corrosion from water exposure and has high impact resistance, with resistance to cracking. The polyvinyl chloride pipes also resist acid rain, which reacts to accelerate corrosion of either the aluminum or the metallic fasteners used for attachment due to differences in contact potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Greg Herth
  • Patent number: 7055863
    Abstract: A hose bib containment device having a back portion, middle portion, and a front portion. The back portion can be secured to an exterior wall of a building, and mortar and bricks can be installed around the front portion side and at least part of the middle portion. The containment device includes a tube that allows a hose bib to be inserted therein and guided into an opening on the exterior wall. When the containment device is used, the hose bib can be installed after the bricking process has been completed. Once installed, the hose bib blends in with and is flush with the surrounding bricks that are held in place with mortar. Repair and replacements can be made to the hose bib without disturbing the bricks and mortar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventors: Marc J. Commeville, Corey D. Louks
  • Patent number: 6908116
    Abstract: A fixation clamp device includes a bracket having two flaps extended from a base plate which has a channel, and a block slidably coupled along the channel of the base plate with a fastener. The block includes a mouth and a port communicating with a bore, a fitting is engaged onto one of the flaps and coupled to the port of the block. A forcing device may force the block against the fitting. A gasket may be engaged between the port of the block and the fitting, and may include one end engaged into the port of the block. One or more further fittings may be selectively engaged onto the bracket, and coupled to the port of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventors: Henry C. Chu, Ralph R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 6860070
    Abstract: A utility pipe encasement collar for preventing water from weather related sources such as rain and snow from traveling rearwardly along the exterior surface of the utility pipe and into a building structure from which the pipe projects. In a first embodiment the collar includes a weather proof elastomeric sheet material having an opening therethrough sized to inherently huggingly accommodate a utility pipe passed through the opening, and a generally rigid support member extending laterally from the elastomeric sheet material. In a second embodiment the collar includes a first generally rigid weather proof sheet member having an upright generally U-shape opening therethrough and a second generally rigid weather proof sheet member having an inverted generally U-shape opening therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: William J. Gilleran
  • Patent number: 6691487
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reinforcing an opening in a support member such as a joist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Dietrich Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry R. Daudet
  • Patent number: 6561548
    Abstract: A protective device for a sanitary fitting contains a covering, which during installation steps is mounted such that outlets of the fitting are sealed in pressure-resistant manner and/or are interconnected. This sealed covering is connected by separable means to a cylindrical skirt, which surrounds the fitting and/or the fitting part. After the installer tests the house plumbing and completes the wall surface, the covering is removed again from the sanitary fitting or the part thereof. As desired, it is also possible to remove the skirt or leave it in the wall. For this purpose the skirt is attached to the sealing part of the covering by easily separated ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Hansgrohe
    Inventors: Ralf Mantel, Werner Lorch
  • Patent number: 6550819
    Abstract: A protective sleeve in the form of a pressure relieving arch having a pair of split pipe sleeves for surrounding an uncut pipe or an uncut piping system preventing breakage by relieving structural strain from loads of a wall, footing or foundation around the pipe or piping system being protected. The pressure relieving arch includes a first protective pipe sleeve in the shape of a hollow semi-circle having a first pair of mating edges; and a second protective pipe sleeve in the shape of a hollow semi-circle having a second pair of mating edges. The first pair of mating edges of the first protective pipe sleeve for mating and connecting with the second pair of mating edges of the second protective pipe sleeve for forming a hollow and cylindrically-shaped pressure relieving arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Aero Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas DeSanto, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6547285
    Abstract: An arrangement for installing a sanitary fitting contains a concealed tank with passage openings to be fitted in a wall and within which can be fitted a fitting body. The connection between the fitting body and the concealed tank takes place exclusively with the aid of connecting elements made from a soundproofing material and through which pass the passage openings of the concealed tank. There is no direct contact between the concealed tank and the fitting body. Different fittings can be screwed to the fitting body. The connecting elements can be simultaneously used for the passage of water pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventors: Alois Schoenweger, Bernd Kronenbitter
  • Patent number: 6543186
    Abstract: A utility pipe encasement collar for preventing water from weather related sources such as rain and snow from traveling rearwardly along the exterior surface of the utility pipe and into a building structure from which the pipe projects. In a first embodiment the collar includes a weather proof elastomeric sheet material having an opening therethrough sized to inherently huggingly accommodate a utility pipe passed through the opening, and a generally rigid support member extending laterally from the elastomeric sheet material. In a second embodiment the collar includes a first generally rigid weather proof sheet member having an upright generally U-shape opening therethrough and a second generally rigid weather proof sheet member having an inverted generally U-shape opening therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: William J. Gilleran
  • Patent number: 6543731
    Abstract: A modular suspension system for supporting conduit between structural members, such as walls studs or ceiling joists, of a building. The system includes a transverse support bracket for securement between the building structural members and further includes an elongate conduit segment of tubing and end mounts received over opposite ends of the conduit segment for securing the conduit segment to respective building structural members. The end mounts are constructed of tubular segments coaxially received over end portions of the conduit segment and these tubular segments have one or more ears protruding therefrom for securing the tubular segments to the building structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: John Mercier
  • Publication number: 20030047650
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamping device set for aligning and clamping two pipe ends, with clamping plates (1) which are arranged axially distanced, with clamping wedges (2) which extend in axial direction and which on a first side (21, 23) are mounted movable in radial direction on the clamping plates, and on a second side (22) have a contact surface for acting on the pipe ends (91, 92), with a guide for guiding the clamping wedges (2) on the clamping plates (1) and with an actuation means (3) for moving the clamping wedges (2), wherein the guide (4) is provided with an elastic holding means for holding the clamping wedges (2) on the clamping plates (1). The invention extends further to a clamping device set with several sets of exchangeable clamping wedges (2) which have differing distances from the inner to the outer side (21, 22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Applicant: Walter schnorrer
    Inventor: Walter Schnorrer
  • Publication number: 20020167164
    Abstract: A quick-disconnect sill cock flange for allowing the ease of installation and removal of a sill cock (3), having a nipple cartridge body (4) communicating with said sill cock (3) by means of ½″ male iron pipe threads (5), the said nipple cartridge body (4) is hollow and cast with a hex channel (20) the entire length and is fashioned with two o-ring grooves (6), which retain o-rings (8) in a confined address in relation to the interior of a termination flange (9), providing a water tight seal. A termination flange (9) is soldered onto copper tubing (13), to be flush with exterior of building wall. The said copper tubing (13), as well as the said termination flange (9), are secured permanently to the building water system and become absolutely stationary. The said sill cock (3), being attached to the said nipple cartridge body (4), communicates with said termination flange (9), allowing the said sill cock (3), to be drawn up tight by use of a pair of retaining bolts (12) and flat washers (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Thomas, Paul Douglas Thomas
  • Patent number: 6454311
    Abstract: A gas line mounting assembly includes a bracket which is adapted for being secured to a cabinet of an appliance and a gas inlet fitting attached to the bracket. The fitting has a generally rectangular body disposed within a generally rectangular aperture in the bracket. The enlargement between the rectangular body and the rectangular aperture prevent rotation of the fitting with respect to the bracket. The bracket has a tab which is plastically deformed into a groove of the rectangular body to prevent longitudinal movement of the fitting with respect to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Lincoln Brass Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary E. Berry
  • Patent number: 6419276
    Abstract: A covering rosette for a sanitary flush-mounted fitting exhibits a covering plate, which is capable of being fastened to the flush-mounted fitting. An ornamental hood is detachably fastened to the covering plate by a latching device. The cover plate and the ornamental hood exhibit coaxial passage openings for a region of the flush-mounted fitting. The latching device exhibits a spring section comprising at least one elastically yielding spring tongue. The latching device retains the ornamental hood in such a manner that the connection brought about by the latching device is capable of being released by a tensile force acting away from the covering plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventors: Raimond Gatter, Hans-Hermann Hecker
  • Patent number: 6401400
    Abstract: This invention comprises reinforced industrial vaults with segmented knock-outs having a variety of shapes and orientations. The invention also comprises vaults having cast-in cable racks. The cable racks can be electrically connected to the reinforcing elements during manufacture, providing electrical grounding of electronic equipment placed in the vault. Cable channels can be installed at desired locations by selecting a knock-out, removing the knock-out and installing a terminator plate having cable conduits. Cable conduits can have diaphragms that can be removed to provide additional choices for locating cable channels. Cable channels can be provided in a vault in the field, even if the vault has been already installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: NewBasis, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas P. Elliott
  • Patent number: 6385798
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture adapted to be installed from the top side of a sink deck through a sink deck opening includes a valve body having an exterior threaded portion of a size to pass through the sink deck opening. There is a shoulder on the valve body which is adapted to seat upon the sink deck when the threaded portion extends through the sink deck opening. A threaded collar is mounted on the valve body threaded portion with the collar being of a size to pass through the sink deck opening. A collapsible sleeve is coaxial with the valve body and positioned thereon between the collar and the shoulder, the sleeve having an outer diameter, when collapsed, which will permit the sleeve to pass through the sink deck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonard J. Burns, Nicholas A. Mascari, Martin Zummersch
  • Patent number: 6378910
    Abstract: When running pipes or lines through a wall of a structure a hole is drilled in the wall during fabrication of the structure and then the line or pipe is run through the hole and to the outside of the building. Hose bibs or sill cocks typically include a faucet-like member and a base with notches located on opposite sides of the base. The hose bib attaches to the pipe and the hose bib is secured to the outside wall of the building usually by screws. A problem which frequently occurs with this practice, however, is that the pre-formed hole is too large so that the hose bib or sill cock cannot be secured to the wall. That is, there isn't anything to which the screws may attach. The present invention seeks to correct this problem by providing a flat, essentially diamond-shaped plate with a plurality of holes located therein. A hole larger than the other holes is located in the center of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Steven Maiman
  • Patent number: 6370712
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture adapted to be installed from the top side of a sink deck through a sink deck opening includes a housing having a body portion which is adapted to extend through the sink deck opening and below the sink deck when mounted. The housing has a shoulder which is adapted to seat on the sink deck when mounted. There is a collar slidably movable on the body portion and of a size to pass through the sink deck opening. A threaded bore is in the collar and an unthreaded bore is in the housing shoulder, and a threaded member extends through these bores, with rotation of the threaded member from above the sink deck moving the collar axially along the housing body portion. The housing body portion has a recessed area thereon to accommodate inward movement of a pair of outwardly-biased yielding members, such as button-shaped projections, which are associated with the collar and extend outwardly therefrom such that when so extended the collar will not pass through the sink deck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonard J. Burns, Nicholas A. Mascari, Martin Zummersch
  • Patent number: 6349975
    Abstract: A plumbing system, a slab therewith and a bowl for a plumbing system have been invented, the bowl, in one aspect having an outer side wall, the outer side wall being generally cylindrical in shape with a hollow interior and having a height and a top opening, an inner wall, the inner wall being generally cylindrical and having a hollow interior, the inner wall having a top opening and a bottom opening and a height equal to or less than the height of the outer side wall, a bottom wall comprising a generally circular ring, the bottom wall having an outer edge contacting a lower edge of the outer side wall and an inner edge contacting a lower edge of the inner wall, the bottom wall spacing apart the outer side wall from the inner wall around a circumference of the bowl, wherein the bottom opening of the inner wall is sized for receiving a pipe member, a coupling member positioned with a portion thereof within the bottom opening of the inner wall of the bowl, and a cap over the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventor: Deryl Heil
  • Patent number: 6301838
    Abstract: An off-the-floor water closet carrier is adapted to sit on flooring structure and has a waste conduit junction therein. The water closet carrier is rigidly constructed without primary reliance upon the waste conduit junction for such rigidity. The waste conduit junction is connected to receive waste from off-the-floor water closets and is also connected to pass such waste to a waste discharge conduit which is also connected to receive waste from one or more bath or shower or combination thereof. The waste discharge conduit is substantially entirely above the flooring structure upon which the water closet carrier is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Gerald W. Hall
  • Patent number: 6213522
    Abstract: A device and system for securing adjacent segments of duct work formed from fibrous glass duct board insulation and the like is disclosed. The device comprises a corner member having two legs disposed at approximately right angles, each of said legs having oppositely facing and substantially parallel adjacent channels disposed therein to accommodate portions of opposed edges of adjacent segments of duct work. The system includes a plurality of corner members each having two legs disposed at approximately right angles, said legs having substantially parallel and oppositely facing adjacent channels disposed therein to accommodate at least a portion of the opposed edges of adjacent segments of duct work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Jacobson, Murray S. Toas, Thomas A. Cuthbertson, Robert W. Storey, Kurt O. Mankell