With Stripper, Sheath Or Gauge Patents (Class 30/368)
  • Patent number: 10821623
    Abstract: A wall hole punch device is provided. The punch device has a wall-engaging surface, a floor-engaging surface, and a punch. The punch has a punching end, which generally has an angled face for pushing the chad downwardly and away from the hole. The bottom of the punching end is high enough to clear typical base plates when the punching device is used as intended. The top of the punching end is low enough so that the hole can be covered by baseboards of conventional height. A method of punching holes in walls and a method of drying walls using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Restoration Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Charles W. Hare, Marcus A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9211637
    Abstract: An apparatus for rapid installation of threaded fasteners is provided. The apparatus includes a drive portion configured for being received by a rotary tool, a bit holder extending from the drive portion and configured for receiving a tool bit, the bit holder defining an elongate portion, and a sleeve configured for translatable movement along the elongate portion. The sleeve has a first extended position in which an end of the sleeve extends substantially beyond the tool bit and a retraction position in which the sleeve does not enclose the tool bit. A spring biases the sleeve into the extended position. Pressing of an end of the sleeve against a working surface imparts translation of the sleeve in a direction from the extended position towards the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: RDA Werks, LLC
    Inventors: Dana Joseph Hewitt, James Ryan Stone, Stephen Andrew Miller
  • Patent number: 7503120
    Abstract: The present invention involves a hand-held cutter device that is adapted to be held by a human hand, over a human finger, or between the human fingers. The cutter device includes a generally cylindrical inner sleeve slideably engaged with a generally cylindrical outer sleeve, where each sleeve includes an open end and a closed end. The inner sleeve has an extended position and a retracted position. A blade for cutting various materials is attached to the closed of the inner sleeve. A biasing element is confined between the sleeves and urges the inner sleeve into the retracted position. The closed end of the outer sleeve may include a plurality of flat guide surfaces, at least one straight guide groove, and or at least one guide rib. At least two of the plurality of flat guide surfaces may intersect at about a 90 degree angle and the at least one straight guide groove may be located within any of the plurality of flat guide surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Henkel Corporation
    Inventor: Irene E. Williams
  • Patent number: 6991122
    Abstract: A flow control element (e.g., a baby bottle nipple or a child sippy cup flow control valve) that includes a tube-like wall section defining a flow channel, and a substantially flat membrane supported by the wall section such that membrane impedes flow through the flow channel to an external region. The membrane punctured to form multiple, substantially round pinholes arranged in a two-dimensional pattern that remain closed to prevent fluid flow under normal atmospheric conditions, and open and to facilitate fluid flow rate through the membrane under an applied pressure differential (e.g., when sucked on by a child). The wall section has a greater rigidity than the membrane (which is formed from a relatively highly elastic material). Different sized pinholes are produced using different sized pins, thereby facilitating different flow rates in response to different applied pressure differentials. The pinholes are generated while stretching the membrane in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Insta-Mix, Inc. Subsidiary A
    Inventor: James W. Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6915579
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in general, to a punch assembly and methods of using same and, more particularly, to a punch assembly that is capable of accurately and repeatedly measuring an intersecting point at which a hold or indentation can be put in a sheet of material such as, but not by way of limitation, a sheet of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Archie Cofer
  • Patent number: 6880713
    Abstract: A spill resistant container (e.g., a sippy cup) including a flow control element including a membrane defining multiple pinholes for controlling the flow of liquid through a drinking spout. The flow control element is mounted on a cover that screws onto a cup-shaped body such that the membrane is positioned between liquid stored in the cup-shaped body and the drinking spout, which is formed on the cap. The flow control element is formed from a suitable elastomeric material (e.g., soft rubber, thermoplastic elastomer, or silicone) such that the membrane stretches when subjected to a differential pressure. The pinholes are formed by puncturing the membrane using one or more pins having a substantially circular cross-section and sized such that each pinhole is closed by the surrounding elastomeric material when the pins are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Insta-Mix, Inc.,
    Inventor: James W. Holley, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020148120
    Abstract: A center marking assemblage or kit consisting of a stylus retaining quill having an upper end and a lower end; a stylus having an upper driving end and a lower scribing end, the stylus being slidably mounted within the stylus retaining quill, a group of differently sized scribing end centering guides, each guide among the group having a lower circular diameter matching a common drill bit size; and consisting of quick disconnect couplings integral with the lower end of the stylus retaining quill and with the upper ends of the scribing end centering guides, such couplings allowing such guides to be selectively and alternately attached to and removed from the lower end of the stylus retaining quill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Welch
  • Patent number: 6394518
    Abstract: A tool for removing tile spacers includes a barrel having a bushing on its distal end portion, and a tile-spacer-engaging member disposed partially within a bore in the barrel. The tile-spacer-engaging member is disposed within the bore moveably for linear movement along the central axis of the barrel between a withdrawn position of the tile-spacer-engaging member in which a pick-shaped distal end portion does not extend out of the distal end of the bore and a deployed position of the tile-spacer-engaging member in which the pick-shaped distal end portion does extend out of the distal end of the bore. Components are provided for spring biasing the tile-spacer-engaging member in the withdrawn position. First and second handle members are attached to respective ones of the barrel and the tile-spacer-engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Daniel E. Kelley
  • Patent number: 6021572
    Abstract: The invention is a hand-held self defense weapon having a protected stabbing point. The stabbing point is covered by a retractable cover. The cover may be slidably retracted into a body cavity by the pressure of the contacting object on a cover thrusting surface. The stabbing point, which is rigid to a grippable handle, is exposed by the retracting cover. An alarm is switched internally by the motion of the cover, eliminating manually switching by the user during emergencies. After use, the stabbing point is retained in a point guide which also acts to retain body tissue captured from the body penetrated. The configuration and dimensions of the weapon are such as to be comfortably carried in a person's hand and naturally employed in natural self-defense actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Robert L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5996236
    Abstract: A hole puncher is provided including a central sleeve. At least three legs are pivotally coupled to the central sleeve and adapted to extend radially therefrom. Finally, a punch is situated within the central sleeve for punching a hole in a center of a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Randall L. Branting
  • Patent number: 5588214
    Abstract: A self defense ring assembly comprising a pair of rings integrally joined together which are receivable on two juxtaposed fingers of a user. A center portion which connects the two rings includes a hollow interior which houses a manually retractable blade. The blade may be manually deployed released to extend outwardly between the rings so as to facilitate its use for defensive purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Joe B. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5410814
    Abstract: A device for making, or enlarging, an opening in the tip of a rubber baby bottle nipple. One embodiment of the device has a lancet which can be selectively extended from a housing to cut an opening in the tip of a nipple. Alternatively, the lancet may be fixedly extended a predetermined distance from the housing and the nipple pushed onto the exposed end of the lancet by compression of a hinged, U-shaped handle. Other embodiments of the invention comprise a freestanding structure having the shape of a baby bottle nipple with a blade either mounted in a socket attached thereto on a flexible arm or string or in the structure itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Francis A. Caban
  • Patent number: 5323538
    Abstract: A device for punching holes in artificial fingernails comprising a piston-cylinder unit having a cylinder wall with an aperture in it extending across the whole of the cylinder. The aperture is banana-shaped in cross-section and wider than the internal diameter of the cylinder with the convex side of the aperture facing the piston. The pointed end of the piston has a sharp knife-edge. The hole punch is operated by holding it between the thumb and index and middle fingers and pressing, causing the pointed end of the piston to travel past the curved cylinder-wall aperture in which the artificial fingernail to be perforated has been placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Karl Sutterlin
  • Patent number: 5199470
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for refilling an ink cartridge include a device for clearing a hole in the cartridge to facilitate the dispensing of ink thereto. The device comprises a handle to which a bit is rigidly affixed so that torque applied to the handle is transmitted to the bit. The bit is arranged to extend along the handle's longitudinal axis. A kit for refilling an ink cartridge includes the aforementioned hole clearing device and a container containing a charge of ink and having a nozzle. The nozzle is formed so that it can pass through the hole cleared by the hole clearing device. In a preferred embodiment, the container is bellows shaped and compressible so that a user can compress the container and increase the rate at which the fresh ink charge is dispensed to the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Graphic Utilities, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry M. Goldman
  • Patent number: 5144750
    Abstract: A listing apparatus, comprising, in its broadest aspects, a transparent plastic coverplate, a rigid backplate, and a spring punch assembly. The rigid, transparent, plastic coverplate includes a coverplate slot system comprising a plurality of interconnected coverplate listing slots being connected by at least one coverplate connecting slot. The rigid backplate has a plurality of backplate slots disposed therein, the rigid backplate being securely disposed in a spaced relationship with the clear plastic coverplate. The backplate slots are aligned with the coverplate listing slots. The spring punch assembly, which includes a punch rod, is located within the coverplate slot system and slidable therethrough. Connectors provide the spaced relationship between the clear plastic cover and the rigid backplate so as to accommodate a list to be inserted therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Inventor: Linda L. Mandel
  • Patent number: 4833780
    Abstract: An improved pick tool for piercing, prying and moving small parts within assemblies of delicate and fragile parts. The pick includes an elongate, tubular lever arm with front and rear ends. A manually-engagable handle is related to the rear end of the arm and is shiftable axially relative thereto. An elongate shaft with a pointed front end and a rear end fixed to the handle is slidably engaged within the arm. A compression spring within the arm and engaging the shaft yieldingly holds the shaft and the handle in a rear unactuated position where the pointed front end portion of the shaft occurs within the forward portion of the arm. The handle and shaft are shiftable forwardly to an actuated position where the pointed front portion of the shaft projects freely forwardly from the arm. A tubular work-engaging bushing of soft, flexible and resilient plastic material projects forwardly from the arm and normally shrouds the pointed end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: William J. Pollock
  • Patent number: 4823468
    Abstract: A tool which has spacer sleeves displaceable on a center punch and hollow shafts are adjacent to one another is intended for rapidly and precisely finding the center of holes and the longitudinal center of slots and channels, so that center marks and linear scribes can be made. The spacer sleeves and the hollow shafts have different diameters, and the hollow shafts are inserted one into the other in telescopic form. When a hollow shaft is fittingly inserted into hole (5) or slot (5) the center of the former or the longitudinal center of the latter can reliably be found by the center punch for making center marks or linear scribes in the slots. The tool can also be used for producing center marks on shafts and pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Inventor: Martin Kollegger
  • Patent number: 4691602
    Abstract: A piercing punch and ejection assembly has a piercing punch member provided with a bore in its point thickness section. The ejector member, included in the assembly, comprises a conical helical spring of rectangular cross section that is installed into the blind hole bore of the punch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Inventor: Edward Schlueter
  • Patent number: 4667411
    Abstract: A gasket punch of the instant invention includes a frame having a grip integrally formed therewith, a piston chamber located ahead of the grip, and a die platform spaced beneath the piston chamber, also ahead of the grip. The punch includes a fluid connector for connecting the punch to a pressurized fluid supply. A piston and shaft are mounted for reciprocating movement in the piston chamber and are operable to receive a punch element on the free end of the piston shaft. Punch and die elements are provided to form holes of various sizes. The punch and die elements are interchangeable. A resilient stripping element is provided for each punch element to remove the punched gasket material from the punch element. An adjustable bail and plural guide elements are provided to accurately position the punch relative the gasket material to be punched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Inventor: Orval C. McCallum
  • Patent number: 4571975
    Abstract: A fluid actuated tool for securing together sheet metal parts comprising a power pack unit including a piston and cylinder assembly to which there is connected a jaw housing having a pair of complementary jaw members that are actuated between operative and inoperative positions by a ram connected to a piston reciprocally mounted in the cylinder of the power pack unit. The respective jaw members include complementary work engaging portions in the form of a piercing blade and complementary blade slot which function to pierce the metal parts and curl the displaced metal to positively secure the metal parts together. A valve is disposed in the power pack unit to control the flow of actuating fluid to and from the cylinder to effect the displacement of the piston to activate the jaw member, and a handle is connected to the power pack unit to facilitate the operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Inventors: James A. Pawloski, Grahame F. Williams
  • Patent number: 4476633
    Abstract: A pair of pliers is provided for perforating small cards, which pliers have two double-arm levers which can be pivoted about a geometrical transverse axis and whose end zones, which serve for perforating, each have a plane, which planes are parallel to the transverse axis and which, in the closed state of the pliers, are approximately parallel to each other. Vertically positioned in one plane is at least one punching pin, to which there corresponds in the opposite end zone a punched hole which is vertical to the plane of the latter. There are provided two positioning pins in one end zone vertically to the plane thereof, which pins are, measured in one of the two main planes, at a specific center distance from the transverse axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Inventor: Heinz Brych
  • Patent number: 4277892
    Abstract: A golf tee awl for making holes in the ground to make it easier to insert golf tees. The awl has a circular knob-shaped handle with a sharpened shank or spike protruding therefrom and a protective sheath which covers the sharpened shank when the awl is not in use. The sheath has an elongated shank receiving member which is fixedly connected to a clip which fits on the belt of a person using the awl. The clip has an outwardly extending awl retaining portion which releasably engages the awl handle to retain the awl in the sheath, but may be deflected out of engagement with the handle to permit withdrawal of the awl from the sheath. The shank receiving member and handle are preferably made of plastic and the clip for the sheath is preferably made of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Inventor: Harold E. Rushforth
  • Patent number: 4190955
    Abstract: A golf tee awl for making holes in the ground to make it easier to insert golf tees. The awl has a circular knob-shaped handle with a sharpened shank or spike protruding therefrom and a protective sheath which covers the sharpened shank when the awl is not in use. The sheath has a tubular shank receiving member which is pivotally connected to a clip which fits on the belt of a person using the awl. The tubular member can be rotated to a position with the open end of the member extending upwardly to hold the tee awl or it can be rotated to a position with the open end extending downwardly to make it easier to remove the awl by pulling it downwardly out of the sheath. The sheath and handle are preferably made of plastic and the shank and the clip for the sheath are preferably made of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1980
    Inventor: Harold E. Rushforth
  • Patent number: 4090298
    Abstract: A golf tee awl for making holes in the ground to make it easier to insert golf tees. The awl has a circular knob-shaped handle with a sharpened shank or spike protruding therefrom and a protective sheath which covers the sharpened shank when the awl is not in use. The sheath can be fastened to the belt of the user or to a golf cart or golf accessory holder. The sheath and handle are preferably made of plastic and the shank is preferably metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1978
    Inventor: Harold E. Rushforth
  • Patent number: 4083109
    Abstract: A guide having varying diameter holes over one of its surfaces, with each hole having a bottom partition, is provided to receive within the holes the ends of dowels, pins, rods, and the like, to be center held for punching or for sizing. Smaller holes aligned with the varying diameter holes are formed in the bottom partition and emerge from the opposite surface of the guide, the smaller holes being adapted to receive the center punch. The guide can also be positioned with the varying diameter holes facing upward, so that the punch can be inserted through both the larger and smaller holes for accurately aligning the punch to a desired point on a flat surface. Preferably, the varying diameter holes will be of a size to fit appropriate size shanks of drills, so that the punch guide can also be used as a drill holder. Also, a socket can be molded into the bottom of the guide for storing the punch. A first punch for use with the guide has points at both ends and a larger diameter shank therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1978
    Inventor: Douglas M. Homs
  • Patent number: 4020554
    Abstract: A punch for a codeable card, having spaces arranged in columns and rows, is disclosed. The punch has a base for supporting a card which slides on the base. The slide has an upper part and a lower part with the base secured between them. A slot in the slide enables the operator to select the particular file of spaces on the card. A pointer on the punch enables the operator to move the card through the punch to the particular code of the index on the card, whereby the operator can punch the code he wishes on the card. The punch is highly portable, rugged and dependable and suitable for meter reading, inventory purposes and other applications requiring that the information be coded on key-punch cards.The device is simple to operate, reliable, requires little maintenance and above all, is an accurate punch. The punch is made in the current design to provide alignment guides for column placing and a mechanism for easy checking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1977
    Inventor: Eugene E. LaTourette