Pole Mounted (e.g., Boat Grab, Rope Attacher, Etc.) Patents (Class 294/191)
  • Patent number: 8747565
    Abstract: A device for cleaning submergible surfaces includes a mandrel having a handle at a proximal end and a connector at a distal end. The handle can be removably mounted to an air tool. A cleaning tip holder has an opening at a distal end leading into an interior space. The cleaning tip holder can be connected with the mandrel connector and can be removably retained therewith. A cleaning tip includes a generally rectangular element having beveled front and side edges and can be removably retained partially within the cleaning tip holder interior space. In use, a cleaning tip is mounted in the cleaning tip holder interior space, and that combination is mounted to the mandrel connector. The mandrel handle is affixed to an air tool having an outlet hose, which, when activated, produces a reciprocating action in the device, creating a scrubbing action with the cleaning tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: First-In, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Arian, Walter F. Trzaskus, Mark Tripp
  • Publication number: 20140117688
    Abstract: A universal safety and rescue carabiner holder is disclosed for securing a carabiner with its gate in the open position while extending the user's reach several feet in any direction, which is also capable of supporting a long and heavy segment of attached safety rope. The carabiner holder is mounted to the end of an extension pole and includes an axial stem, gripping means supported by the axial stem for releasably capturing the spine of the carabiner and for holding the carabiner's gate arm in an open position, and supporting means supported by the axial stem opposite the gripping means for restraining the base of the carabiner. An axial gap defined by the gripping means and the supporting means is variable to accommodate a broad selection of carabiners have a wide variety of sizes, shapes and gate arm configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: QUASAR SERVICES
  • Patent number: 8550526
    Abstract: A rope handling device for handling a length of rope comprises a receiving part and a manipulating member, in which the manipulating member has an elongate portion, the elongate portion having opposite ends, and at least one of these ends an engagement portion. The receiving part has a rope mounting portion, attachable to a part of a rope to be manipulated, and a receptacle for engaging with the engagement portion. The receiving part when engaged with the engagement portion at one of the ends of the elongate portion permits a user of the device to hold the manipulating member at an opposite end of the elongate member in order to handle a rope attached to the rope mounting portion. The rope handling apparatus further comprises a rope guide for self-aligning the manipulating member with a rope prior to engagement of the engagement portion with the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Clinch-tech Limited
    Inventor: Colin Maxwell Wade
  • Patent number: 8398134
    Abstract: A universal safety and rescue carabiner holder is disclosed for securing a carabiner with its gate in the open position while extending the user's reach several feet in any direction, which is also capable of supporting a long and heavy segment of attached safety rope. The carabiner holder is mounted to the end of an extension pole and includes an axial stem, gripping means supported by the axial stem for releasably capturing the spine of the carabiner and for holding the carabiner's gate arm in an open position, and supporting means supported by the axial stem opposite the gripping means for restraining the base of the carabiner. An axial gap defined by the gripping means and the supporting means is variable to accommodate a broad selection of carabiners have a wide variety of sizes, shapes and gate arm configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Quasar Services
    Inventor: Stephen Mortensen
  • Patent number: 8398135
    Abstract: A safety assembly that provides a lifeline for utility poles and other tall structures is provided. The safety assembly includes a tubular member and a positioning member. The tubular member has first and second openings to a passage. The passage is configured to receive a rope. The positioning member has a first end and a second end. The first end of the positioning member is configured to be received in at least one of the first and second openings of the tubular member. The second end of the positioning member is configured to be coupled to a reaching member. With the use of the positioning member and the reaching member, the tubular member is positioned to engage the tall structure and the rope passing through the internal passage is used as a lifeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford D. Petty
  • Patent number: 8328257
    Abstract: A system for retrieving a rope, line, or cable for use in, for example, mooring marine vessels of various sizes and configuration, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention being particularly suitable for mooring sport fishing vessels or the like, wherein there is provided a hand held retrieval device having a shaft with a boat hook affixed to one end and a grasping area at the other, the boat hook having a unique configuration wherein the arm or free end of the hook has situated thereabout a compressible layer of material having a high friction coefficient, and the opposing shank section of the hook has emanating therefrom first and second, parallel edges forming a channel therebetween, the edges and free end spaced and positioned to form a highly effective line retrieval hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: NXS Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Lee A La Coste
  • Publication number: 20120228891
    Abstract: A mooring tube with a rope slidingly held within the bore of the tube and configured to form an adjustable circumference capture loop held at one end of the tube and being capable of engaging and tightening around a mooring post or deck cleat by a person on a boat for aid in docking and mooring the boat is presented. In some embodiments the tube has an adjustable length to hold the capture loop extended a distance from the end of the tube. In some embodiments boating accessory implements may be attached to the end of the mooring tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Sara Howard, Richard W. Howard, JR.
  • Patent number: 8118340
    Abstract: A tool for threading a rope through a distant eye or around an object out of reach, such as for elevating tarps into trees, or placing fall protection lines, or securing a distant object. The tool has two curved arms that extend out from the body in unison and converge at a point where the end of the rope is passed from one arm to the other. The arms are then retracted back into the body, pulling the rope through the eye or around the object. The arms are extended by pulling one control line and retracted by pulling a second control line. The tool is typically mounted on the end of a pole, although other mountings are possible. The shape of the tool enables ropes to be threaded through a large number of eye configurations and around objects of varying sizes, even if there are obstructions adjacent the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Leon Keith Jantzen
  • Patent number: 8104811
    Abstract: A hooking device attaches an equipment like a fall limiter to an anchorage structural element by means of a stick. The device comprises an elongated member to which the equipment is attachable. A hooking head slides along the elongated member. The hooking head has a hook forming an opening in which the anchorage structural element is engageable. An actuating mechanism operates a locking element of the opening in response to a sliding of the hooking head with respect to the elongated member. A stick detachable fastening element is used to slide the hooking head with respect to the elongated member in response to a movement of the stick when the anchorage structural element is engaged in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hydro-Quebec
    Inventors: Paul Antoine Sèguin, Pierre Beaulieu, Sébastien Riopel, Yves Thibault, Yves Vermette, Bertrand Legrand
  • Patent number: 6145154
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device for holding tissue or cloth for wiping and washing parts of the body that may be hard or impossible to reach due to a physical disabiliity. The personal hygiene device includes a first tube, a second tube telescopically extending from the first tube, and a clamping portion coupled to a free end of the second tube. The clamping portion is adapted for holding a tissue or cloth for wiping a body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Josephine Blair
  • Patent number: 6139077
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing leaves and debris from a roof gutter from a ground position is disclosed. The apparatus includes an adjustable articulate head unit connected to a telescoping handle. The head unit includes a pair of gripping blades hinged together along their proximal end to pivot between an open and closed position. One of the gripping blades is rotatably connected to a flat neck by an O-shaped grommet, which allows the gripping blades to rotate between different angular positions with respect to the neck for different angles of inclination. A cord is connected to the other gripping blade and passes through the grommet and is used to manually close the gripping blades. A trigger device, which includes a finger loop is secured to the cord and can be selectively positioned along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald A. Molzan, II
  • Patent number: 6135520
    Abstract: A pet waste disposal device having a handle with a squeeze grip for actuating a sweep arm adjacent the ground for urging objects on the ground into a hoop portion having a bag attached such that when the device is lifted toward the horizontal objects in the hoop portion fall into the bag. The bag is detachable from the hoop portion being secured thereto by a band around the bag and the hoop portion. The hoop portion has a lip such that the band will not slip off the hoop and will secure the bag to the hoop. Optionally the hoop portion is rotatably secured to the device such that objects may be picked up from the side of the handle or in front of the handle. A spring attached to the device opposes the squeeze grip to default the device in the open position with the sweep member away from the hoop. However a pin on the squeeze grip can be engaged by a member on the horizontal handle to lock the sweep member in a position adjacent to the hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Hound Dog Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Miller, Dana C. Post
  • Patent number: 6135479
    Abstract: A tricycle pushing device for pushing a child's tricycle therewith. The tricycle pushing device includes an elongate shaft having opposite proximal and distal ends with a pushing head coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The pushing head has a generally U-shaped upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion of the pushing head comprises a spaced apart and substantially parallel pair of elongate fingers defining a generally U-shaped slot therebetween designed for receiving therein a rear post of a tricycle. The lower portion of the pushing head has front, intermediate and rear regions. The front and rear regions are spaced apart from one another to define a space therebetween designed for receiving therein a perimeter lip downwardly depending from a foot kick plate of a tricycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventors: Richard A. Tibay, Cynthia M. Tibay
  • Patent number: 6126028
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a means of closing an electrical junction or device box utilizing a cover plate means wherein the electrical junction or device box is not easily accessible. The device of the invention permits the user to securely affix the cover plate means to the electrical junction or device box while standing at ground level and without the necessity of mounting a ladder or scaffolding. The device and system of the present invention allows the user to remotely affix the cover means to the junction or electrical box using a rigid telescoping pole and, after affixing the said cover means, permits the user to remove the telescoping pole leaving the cover plate securely affixed in place over the junction or device box location, thereby presenting a finished cover plate which is neat in appearance and which meets electrical code requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Ross S. Buckley
  • Patent number: 6095935
    Abstract: A turf repair system for repairing a damaged turf surface without the user having to bend over. The inventive device includes a shaft, a handle attached an end of the shaft, a stopper member attached to the shaft opposite of the handle, and a pair of prongs immovably attached to the stopper member. The stopper member preferably has a semi-spherical shape with a swaged surface adjacent the pair of prongs. The handle has a putter head shape for use as a conventional putter if desired. A length of gripping is preferably positioned about the shaft adjacent the stopper member. During use, the user grasps the handle or shaft and positions the prongs adjacent to the damaged area. The user then forces the prongs into the turf until the stopper member engages the turf. The user then twists and lifts the ends of the prongs thereby repairing the damaged area. When finished, the user may insert the prongs directly into the turf surrounding the green where it is self-standing until the user is finished with the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventors: Donald Gooselaw, Sharon Cannon
  • Patent number: 6095580
    Abstract: This invention is a device to aid the disabled in placing and retrieving items from hard to reach places in a kitchen. Specifically, it aids in placing and retrieving frozen foods off a top shelf of a freezer. The device wraps around freezer containers and uses a string and hook on the inside of a freezer to pull the item into and out of the freezer. The rubber hooks are attached to the freezer on the top edge. The rubber holder wraps around a container and a string attaches to the container and loops around the hook. The free end of the string is then used to raise and lower the food item to the handicapped person. A tag located on the free end of the string identifies the particular food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Susan Crocker
  • Patent number: 6085681
    Abstract: An extendible mooring hook has a pair of jaw members spring biased to an open position with a shuttle removably retained on one jaw member. A detent mechanism engages the shuttle member when the jaw members close around a mooring post and pulls the shuttle, and attached mooring line, around the mooring post when the jaw members return to their open position. The pole portion can be extended, and a incorporates a traveler mechanism to compensate for changes in cable length so that cable tension is maintained when the pole is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Douglas A. Morton
  • Patent number: 6079141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved restraining device for more effectively gripping and handling objects and which is composed of a line or similar limber material which is formed by this device into a slidable loop about that target. The invention is composed of a generally cylindrical elongated tubular shaft and a pair of complementary arcuate jaws at the distal end which form a relatively U-shape in the open position. A releasable rope attached to a swivel snap latch is held at the distal end of the pivotal arcuate jaw. Attached to the distal end of the fixed arcuate jaw is a pair of parallel finger like appendages. In the operation mode the pivotal arcuate jaw with the swivel snap latch sandwiches between the two finger like appendages and physically holds the target. In the closing process the swivel snap latch engages the rope held between the two fingers and forms a slidable loop or a completed circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: John Washecka
  • Patent number: 6076307
    Abstract: A guttering cleaning system for cleaning of spouting and guttering in building structures includes water outlets (15) mounted to rain water guttering (12) to direct water into the guttering to flusb debris. An outlet connector (21) is provided for each water outlet (15). A supply connector (22) for releasable connection to any one of the outlet connectors (21) supplies water to the outlet connectors (21). A water supply line (25) and a connector support (45) enables remote connection and disconnection of the supply connector (22) from the ground adjacent the building, the connector support (45) comprising a support pole (46) provided with the supply connector (22) at its upper end, the supply line (25) extending up the support pole (46) to the supply connector (22). The system further includes a connection release means (50) enabling selective release of the connection between the supply connector (22) and an associated outlet connector (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Spoutmate PTY LTD
    Inventor: Anthony Frederick Kean
  • Patent number: 6070924
    Abstract: An electrical plug extraction device 10 including an elongated handle member 20 having a curved lever portion 21 and having a first 30 and a second 40 plug gripping element formed on the opposite ends 22, 23 of the handle member 20. Each plug gripping element 30, 40 has an opening provided with a pair of ridged tooth inserts 31, 41 dimensioned to engage a portion of an electrical cord or plug 100 for the purpose of removing a plug 101 from an electrical socket 200.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia Sweetman
  • Patent number: 6068311
    Abstract: A sanitary, portable pickup-and transporting device for unclean material such as animal droppings and which permits the user to collect the material in a disposable bag supported on the pickup device for ready removal and replacement by a fresh bag. The pickup device includes an elongated body having a handle at one end and a pickup arrangement at its other end. The pickup arrangement includes a pair of bails wherein a stationary bail is fixed to a yoke member carried on the end of the body and a movable bail is movable with respect to the body and is also carried on the yoke member. An actuating mechanism is carried on the body and includes an elongated rod having a lever mechanism carried on one end adjacent to the handle and having an offset connection carried on the other end of the rod forming apart of the movable bail. A resilient device is provided for returning the movable bail to a position immediately adjacent to the fixed or stationary bail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Galen K. Jones
  • Patent number: 6065787
    Abstract: A retriever tool comprised of dual telescopic shafts extending outwardly from a midpoint. The telescopic shafts are composed of a predetermined number of rectangular members which are sleeved and coupled to one another by a series of protuberances and grooves. A magnetic member and an adhesive member are located on the first distal end of the retriever tool. A hook is incorporated into the second distal end of the retriever tool. The magnetic member, adhesive member, and hook allow the user to retrieve metallic as well as non-metallic items of various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Robert M. Jarosch
  • Patent number: 6058953
    Abstract: A cane (2) having a hollow shaft (4) with a handle (6) secured to one end of the hollow shaft (4) and a pivoted arm (38) being supported adjacent the opposite end of the hollow shaft (4). The pivoted arm (38) is connected to a trigger mechanism (80), located at adjacent the handle (6), via a pair of overlapped internal coupling mechanisms (34, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74) which facilitate adjustment of the axial length of the coupling between the pivoted arm (38) and a trigger mechanism (80). The pivoted arm (38), when in a retracted position, is at least partially housed within a second end of the shaft (4) and axially spaced from the second opposed end of the shaft (4). The pivoted arm (38), when in an extended position, is able to abut against and sweep across a desired floor or surface to facilitate retrieving a desired object (O).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Charles Burns
    Inventor: Anthony Stefanelli
  • Patent number: 6048010
    Abstract: A tool for manipulating suspended display holders such that a user can mount suspended displays on and remove suspended displays from an overhead support structure from floor level is provided. The tool includes an elongate handle having an upper end on which is arranged a gripping head. The gripping head includes a channel portion which can be brought into engagement with a suspended display holder and a clamp member which is mounted on the gripping head for sliding movement between a position wherein the gripping head engages the suspended display holder and a retracted released position. The slide member is biased towards the engaged position by a spring which is provided on the gripping head. The tool also includes an actuating cord which can be used to effect movement of the clamp member between the engaged and retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Harold L. Stocker
  • Patent number: 6047520
    Abstract: The Tile Holder, Spacer, and Setter; and Table is an apparatus used for tiling floors. The apparatus holds tiles, spaces them adjacent tiles, and sets them to a consistent depth. The apparatus allows the user to stand erect without putting stress on their knees and back throughout. The invention also includes a table that is to be used along with the apparatus. The table makes adding adhesive to floor tiles easier and cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Abelardo Caraballo
  • Patent number: 6027154
    Abstract: An improved snap hook with a latch that can be remotely moved to an open position by use of a shaft. The shaft is inserted into the snap hook at an angle so that it will not interfere with a load depending from the snap hook. When the shaft is inserted into a channel on the snap hook, the shaft engages a member adapted to open the latch. When the shaft is removed from the channel, the latch returns to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Ceiling Lift Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Edward Costa
  • Patent number: 6022059
    Abstract: This is a method and apparatus for temporarily securing ropes to trees or other free standing vertical supports, eliminating the need to climb or use a ladder. The method uses a pole mounted yoke in conjunction with two poles. From ground level one can easily secure a rope six feet or more above one's reach. The only height limit is the length of the poles that are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Marc James Regamey
  • Patent number: 6017070
    Abstract: A cleaning tool is particularly adapted for cleaning gutters from a position below the gutter, such as on the ground. The tool has members which are movable relative to each other by a mechanism that is manipulated by the user on a pole that allows the members to be placed at an elevated site and then closed upon the material to be removed, then lifted and the material released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Virgil V. Poppa
  • Patent number: 6012416
    Abstract: A hog holding apparatus is provided with a loop formed at an end of a rigid elongated tube. The tube is hollow and a rod is slidably positioned within the tube and is attached to one end of the rope that forms the loop. The other end of the rope is secured to a flange formed at the end of the tube. The rod extends through a locking plate that is captured within a j-shaped flange positioned at the opposite end of the tube. The locking plate is spring-biased toward a locked position that binds against the rod prevents further extension of the rod within the tube, which would cause a corresponding increase in the size of the loop. The locking plate may be released by pulling on the rod or by manually manipulating the locking plate to overcome the biasing force. A roughened or threaded surface on the rod reduces slippage of the rod against the locking plate when the locking plate is in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Stone Manufacturing & Supply Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jon G. Lammers
  • Patent number: 6004329
    Abstract: A multi-purpose surgical implement handle has proximal and distal ends. A gripping section is located toward the proximal end, and an attachment section is located toward the distal end. An adjusting section is interposed between the gripping section and the attachment section. The adjusting section may be bent by a human user at virtually any discrete location along the section. The adjusting section may include an increased-adjustability portion which is easier to bend than other portions of the adjusting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
  • Patent number: 5988715
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning an overhead drain gutter associated with the lower extremity of a pitched roof includes a scoop member, a pole of telescopically adjustable length, and an attachment member of inverted U-shaped configuration that extends in joinder between the scoop member and pole. The scoop member is of elongated shape, having front and rear ends. The rear end may be provided with a retaining wall disposed transversely to the direction of elongation, and a water discharge nozzle may be disposed within the retaining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Bessie Mason
  • Patent number: 5979956
    Abstract: An apparatus whereby a single user can install an overhead electrically conducting wire, between and around obstacles, such as open ceiling heating and air conditioning ducts. The apparatus has a rigid electrically nonconductive thin lightweight paddle having a closed pliable loop at one end, a lightweight vertical support pole with an upper paddle guide attached to it and a depending pull paddle attached string. A hole near one of the paddle's ends allows an upper portion of the paddle guide to engage the side of the paddle while another segment of the guide acts to vertically support the paddle. The pull string is attached to the paddle near its hole and when tension is applied, or subsequently released, causes the vertically supported paddle and its attached looped end to move up or down. At the other end of the pull string the trailing electrically conductive electrical wire to be installed overhead is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Robert H. Pegram, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5967575
    Abstract: A device for facilitating grabbing of a hook from a mooring, for example to facilitate both hooking and unhooking of the hook from the mooring. The device includes a pair of clamps for grabbing the hook and a lever for actuating operation of the clamps. The device further includes an elongate shaft for supporting both the lever and the hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Albert C. Blake
  • Patent number: 5964489
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting and manipulating ornaments and other objects includes a double-ended support hook for attachment to an object and having a segment forming a hook recess between the ends of the support hook. A support member supports the support hook, the support member including spaced side elements forming an interior for receiving the support hook and a hook engagement member located between the spaced side elements for engaging the support hook and positioning within the hook recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Kevin Mahoney
  • Patent number: 5957514
    Abstract: A tool for retrieving bathtub drain internal stoppers or plungers, generally known as "buckets", that slide along a tube to open and close the drain. The tool has a handle on one end, a tool head on the other end for engaging a crossbar on the drain bucket and a series of links in between, all connected by universal joints. The head has a hook-like assembly that is slid into a pipe until the head engages the bucket crossbar. The handle is used to alternately rotate the assembly clockwise and counter clockwise to loosen the bucket, then the hook connects to the crossbar to pull the bucket from the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Danny A. Brookshire
  • Patent number: 5957399
    Abstract: A retractable wire removal device for capturing wire cable and the like which is being run through walls or other enclosed spaces. The device comprises a flexible "tape" which forms a loop within a wall. Once the wire cable or other material is positioned within the loop, the tape is retracted, thus capturing the wire within it. The device along with the wire is then removed from the wall at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph Siana, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5954940
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the quality, e.g., thickness, porosity, or corrosion rate, of a coating inside a hollow body having an opening. The method comprises attaching a probe from a coating measuring device to one end of an extender arm having a flexible portion therein, placing the probe inside the hollow body through the opening, and making the desired measurements of the coating.The apparatus includes a flexible extender arm for use with a coating measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: American Air Liquide Inc.
    Inventors: Alan D. Zdunek, Paul Vanecek, Eugene A. Kernerman
  • Patent number: 5951074
    Abstract: This tool makes it easy to reach up and operate the control switch levers of a typical ceiling fan. A slot in the washer at the end of a rod is used to engage a pull chain in order to turn on the lights or change the fan motor speed. The washer is also used to operate the reversing lever. By placing the washer above or below the switch lever, and pulling it down or pushing it up it will set the switch in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventors: Pasquale Guzzi, Jeanne M Guzzi
  • Patent number: 5946844
    Abstract: A compact, light weight device for facilitating the retrieval of artificial flies from trees or other elevated objects includes a hook which may be coated with a soft non-slip material coupled to a quick release strap, which may be made of "hook and loop" material, and a strong line. The strap is wrapped around a pole to position the hook. The pole may be removed from the release strap before the line is pulled to facilitate the object retrieval. A tube with one open and one closed end may be coupled to hook. A pole or the tip of a fly rod may be inserted into the tube to position the hook. This pole or fly rod may be removed after the hook is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventors: Arthur P. Stoliar, Joan Stoliar
  • Patent number: 5941587
    Abstract: A grasping device including an elongated body with a first end and a second end, the first end of the elongated body having a cammed lever for pulling a wire. The wire extends through a first jaw having a first end and a second end, and attaches to a second jaw having a first end and a second end; the two jaws are connected by pins that allow sliding motion of the second end of the second jaw towards the second end of the first jaw in response to a pull of the wire. A casing slidably retains the pull wire, so that pulling of the wire with the cammed lever will pull the second jaw towards the first jaw while the casing remains stationary against the first jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventors: Ronald Wolff, Glenn A. Neher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5941586
    Abstract: A device for retrieving and grasping objects from swimming pools and other inaccessible places having a pair of pivotally connected jaws (8, 9) with gripping tips (11, 12) connected to an elongated shaft (4) by a common connector (41). The jaws are preferably maintained in a biased-opened position by a compression spring (22) or spring clip (25) mounted between an extension (15) and the common connector. A pull cord (5) attached to the extension is used to close the jaws. The handle (6) attached to the end of the pull cord aids in pulling the cord and locking the cord to the shaft by an open loop (18) on the handle so as to maintain the jaws in a closed position while retrieving an object. Material having a high coefficient of friction, such as abrasive material like sandpaper or gripping material like rubber, may be attached to the jaw tips or the surfaces of the loop of the handle touching the elongated shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Martin D. Fann
  • Patent number: 5938255
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a tool to permit the support and lifting of a planar sign member to a ceiling so as to attach that sign to a ceiling support rail. The tool comprises an elongated pole having a first or lower end and a second or upper end and a frame assembly attached to the upper end of the pole. A pair of spaced apart yokes are mounted on the top side of the frame assembly. Each yoke is arranged to directionally align and hold a ceiling anchor thereon, from which anchor, sign support hooks hang, to permit a sign to be hung from the anchor upon the anchors being secured to a ceiling rail by the tool extending thereagainst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventors: Sidney Rose, Alan L. Stenfors, Michael S. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 5921016
    Abstract: A fish hook remover for humanely removing a hook from a fish is particularly useful for catch-and-release fishing. The fish hook remover has a handle for a user to manipulate, a hook engagement member, and two rods which connect the handle and the hook engagement member. These connections are located such that the hook remover acts similar to a four-bar linkage. When the handle, forming one side of the four-bar linkage, is rotated one direction, the hook engagement member, forming the opposing side of the four-bar linkage, is rotated the same direction, thereby allowing the user to remotely control the motion of the hook engagement member. The hook engagement member has a channel running through it. An opening in the hook engagement member allows the user to insert the fishing line which is then used as a guide to properly place the fish hook remover. The hook engagement member is slid downward until the fish hook slides into a notch located in the bottom of the hook engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Billy R. Shelton
  • Patent number: 5915770
    Abstract: The disclosed tool is an elongated sectional pole that allows the user to install, remove or reposition, cable in ceilings, walls, floors and other limited access areas of structures. The disclosed tool consists of one or two end sections and any number of middle sections to get the desired length. The end sections are similar; the tips of the end sections are identical, consisting of a conical shaped tip with a hole for insertion of cable or other useful attachments; the opposite end of the tip section consists of a male or a female connector. The middle sections are poles of the same diameter as the end sections, with one end of the middle section having a male connector and the other end a female connector. The disclosed tool permits cable to be installed by affixing cable directly, or with attachments, to either end of the pole and pulling, pushing or lifting it into limited access areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: John A. Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 5913558
    Abstract: A positioning tool for positioning the windshield wiper of a vehicle. The tool includes an engaging member which has at least one bend and extends at least partially around a retaining region. A user engages the windshield wiper with the engaging member and positions the wiper in the retaining region to move the wiper toward or away from the windshield. The tool has a handle which may be gripped by the user and which has a length sufficient to allow the user to stand on the ground beside the vehicle while positioning the windshield wiper relative to the windshield of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Paccar Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne K. Simons
  • Patent number: 5901994
    Abstract: A device for picking up dead animals, in particular chickens and turkeys is advanced comprising a telescoping shaft with a pair of adjustable jaws extending perpendicularly therefrom. The jaws define a wedge therebetween which holds the animal securely therebetween when the device is rotated in an upward direction. The lower jaw is slightly longer than the upper jaw to allow an individual to slide the lower jaw under the animal. An O-ring marker and measuring legend are carried by the exterior of the shaft to enable one to assess visually whether the livestock watering pipes are at the appropriate height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventors: Paul Riddle, Valerie T Price
  • Patent number: 5898969
    Abstract: The Gutter Cleaner is a plastic and steel combination, in which the handle is a hard plastic and the U shaped rod is made of steel. The dipper is made of a hard plastic. The plastic is molded around the steel rod. The handle has threaded female grooves inside the handle for the extension to be screwed into. The dipper has three slotted holes for the release of the water when removing out the leaves or debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Shirley Wayne Middleton
  • Patent number: 5895082
    Abstract: The present invention provides a manually operated pick-up device particularly of the type for picking up items outside of normal reach. The manual pick-up device comprises a shaft, pick-up blades mounted at a bottom end of the shaft, a handle grip mounted at a top end of the shaft, and an actuator mounted on the handle grip. The pick-up blades are mounted at an angle to the shaft such that with the shaft angled downwards the contact edges of the blades lie in a substantially horizontal plane. Actuating the actuator causes the pick-up blades to move between an open position and a closed position causing the pick-up blades to pick up an item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: William Kaluzny
  • Patent number: 5893799
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a take-down and control device intended to be used by police officers when violent subjects need to be controlled before being arrested. The device consists of an elongated rod which slides in a tube. The rod at one of its ends has a hook that can be hooked around a subject's leg while the tube on its end that is close to the hook on the rod has an upstanding and curved plate having a general plane which is 90.degree. offset from the plane of the hook. After the hook is hooked around a subject's leg, the tube will be slid down on the rod until the curved plate engages the subject's leg at a point on the leg which is opposite of the point on the leg where the hook has been engaged. A ratchet mechanism on the tube keeps the tube and rod in a locked position. A T-handle on the other end of the rod allows the officer to twist the device in various directions until the subject loses his balance and is thereby taken down and can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Charles F Studley, Jr.
    Inventors: Charles Frederick Studley, Jr., Eugene Emery Cross
  • Patent number: 5881601
    Abstract: An extendible-retractable device, which is made up of a number of interconnected members and to which a suitable tool may be attached. The device makes it possible to continually change the position of the tool as a task is being performed. The device includes members which are attached to each other through flexible cables so that relatively small movements of a handle or similar device in the hand of the user results is relatively large extension or retraction movements of the farthest member which carries the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Mordechai Hammer