Work, Or Workman, Attaching Means Patents (Class 33/370)
  • Patent number: 10906451
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headlamp's aiming apparatus, in which the headlamp's optical axis is adjustable with respect to a vehicle body, the aiming apparatus that includes a stationary member secured to a portion of the headlamp; a tiltable member attached to the stationary member via one or more adjustment shafts; and a fixed pivot shaft to allow pivotal connection with the headlamp's tiltable member. Adjustment shafts include a ball portion at a forward end portion, a drive shaft portion at a rear end portion and a flexible portion between the ball and drive shaft portions. The pivot shaft in conjunction with the adjustment shafts enable the tiltable member to tilt about a horizontal axis and a vertical axis of the headlamp to adjust the headlamp's optical axis, and the flexible portion is adapted to deflect in multiple directions to enhance accessible degrees of freedom during the headlamp's optical axis adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert King
  • Patent number: 10065836
    Abstract: A method for installing a component of an elevator system having an elevator shaft involves the steps of: mounting a positioning frame in the elevator shaft in relation to a wall of the elevator shaft; attaching a guide line in the elevator shaft separately from the positioning frame; aligning the guide line using the positioning frame; and aligning the component using the aligned guide line. A device for carrying out the method includes the guide line, the positioning frame having positioning aids for the guide line and an adjustable fastener for attaching the guide line in the elevator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Urs P√ľntener, Stefan Buntschu
  • Patent number: 9909329
    Abstract: Featured are devices and methods for positioning an anchoring device (e.g., bolt, stud) when cast in place in concrete so as to leave the anchoring device plumb. Such methods include securing one end of an anchor plumbing tool having a leveling mechanism to the anchoring device and manipulating another portion of the plumbing tool until the leveling mechanism indicates that the anchoring mechanism is plumb. Such methods further include positioning the anchoring device in cast in place concrete while the concrete is in its fluid state before set up occurs so as to leave the anchoring device in a vertical or perpendicular line relative to gravity. Such a plumbing tool includes a distal end portion that removably couples to an end of the anchoring device, the leveling mechanism and an upper portion that is usable to manipulate the anchoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Gerald A. LaLiberte, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9689674
    Abstract: A top mounted column placement element includes a plumb bob hanging element to allow a plumb bob to hang from the top mounted column placement element and identify a corresponding portion of a bottom mounted column placement element. The top mounted column placement element defines a column perimeter. The bottom mounted column placement element also defines a column perimeter. Once the top mounted column placement portion and bottom mounted column placement element are in place, the column can be placed and set to conform to both defined column perimeters, ensuring the column is properly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: HB&G Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Owen Byers
  • Patent number: 9683378
    Abstract: A bracket is provided for use in installing door hardware on a support surface. The bracket comprises a rigid member having a longitudinal axis, a front surface, a substantially planar rear surface for engaging the support surface, and a peripheral edge extending between and joining the front and rear surfaces. A spirit bubble level is disposed on the rigid member such that the rigid member can be oriented relative to a horizontal line or a vertical line, the level having the bubble centered only when the level is horizontal or vertical. At least a portion of the peripheral edge of the rigid member provides a mounting surface for the door hardware when the rigid member is secured to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: Blue Houser, Tommy G. McNally, II
  • Patent number: 9551158
    Abstract: A clip for attaching a deck plank to a surface, comprises an elongated strip having bottom and top opposing surfaces with a leg extending up from said top surface between its ends. The leg has at least one flange projecting out at a location spaced from the top surface. The flange has an underside facing the top surface for engaging and mating with a ledge of a deck plank. The mating deck plank readily attaches to the clip when force is applied generally from the upper surface down on the plank. The deck plank has a bottom recess with an internal ledge or ledges that mates with and snaps onto the flange or flanges of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Richard A. Leines
  • Patent number: 8819947
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a level device for a shoe in which particular portions of shoes which may easily contact and/or collide with the ground or other objects may be embraced and thus protected with a separate cover unit and, at the same time, a surface state of any given location may be visually determined, and, hence, first, the shoes may be prevented from damage and thus have improved durability, second, the separate cover unit may decorate the shoes to achieve aesthetic improvement, thereby providing high quality and/or diverse designs of the shoes, and, third, the shoe-wearer may visually determine in a simple and convenient manner whether a location where the wearer is standing is level or not and if not, the direction and extent of the grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Ji Hae Yun
  • Patent number: 8747244
    Abstract: A putt break visualization instrument useful for improving putting includes an elongated object such as a crossbar that extends from the shaft of a putter and is normal thereto. The golfer begins by addressing the golf ball. The golfer then holds the putter above the green by the handle in the manner of a plumb line so that the shaft of the putter is vertically oriented and the crossbar is horizontally oriented. The golfer then aligns the shaft with the uphill edge of the golf ball and moves the shaft up or down along the vertical so that the crossbar extends in proximity to the cup. The golfer may use a slider on the crossbar to mark the cup. The golfer may now evaluate how well he or she has addressed the golf ball, and either repeat the process if improvement is needed or make the putt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Mitchell Bolen
  • Publication number: 20130333233
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening one or multiple objects to a wall or other surface includes first and second frame members, movable relative to one another along an axis. First and second engagement members extend from the first and second frame members, respectively, the engagement members being usable to engage fastening regions of one or more objects to be secured, then subsequently to provide visible markings to the surface. One or more angular measurement devices engaged with one or both the frame members can be used to record the angular relationship between fastening regions, while the position of the frame members relative to one another can be used to record the linear distance between fastening regions. The markings provided to the mounting surface thereby have the same linear and angular relationship as the fastening regions due to the angular and linear position of the frame members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: John L. Esposito
  • Publication number: 20130305548
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measuring and marking level and plumb is providently disclosed herein. The multi-function level includes one or more attachment devices to secure the level to the work or installation piece. The body of the level includes a structure to receive a fastener for coupling the level to a work piece. The structure to receive the fastener forms a hole, or a curved slot for adjustment, in the body of the level and is located near an end face at both ends of the level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Michael T. Lueck, Russel J. Borg
  • Publication number: 20130074349
    Abstract: A surveying and measuring device and method of using the same is provided. The device, which is particularly suited for determining or measuring a rotational position of an object, comprises an elongate rigid member extending radially away from a known center of an object. Distal ends of the rigid member downwardly project points which may be compared to, for example, survey markers or known points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: John D. Baker, Reed W. Baker, Michael J. Gregory
  • Patent number: 8402667
    Abstract: A device for determining the relationship of a surface relative to level is provided, the device having an elongated body portion and at least one attachment portion for attaching the elongated body portion to a workpiece. The at least one attachment portion may include a clamp or other attachment mechanism that can be stored in a storage position and deployed in at least one deployed position so as to attach the elongated body portion to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: James Spaulding
  • Publication number: 20120137530
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a level device for a shoe in which particular portions of shoes which may easily contact and/or collide with the ground or other objects may be embraced and thus protected with a separate cover unit and, at the same time, a surface state of any given location may be visually determined, and, hence, first, the shoes may be prevented from damage and thus have improved durability, second, the separate cover unit may decorate the shoes to achieve aesthetic improvement, thereby providing high quality and/or diverse designs of the shoes, and, third, the shoe-wearer may visually determine in a simple and convenient manner whether a location where the wearer is standing is level or not and if not, the direction and extent of the grade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Ji Hae Yun
  • Patent number: 8061051
    Abstract: A level tool comprising a body and a clamping portion disposed at one end of the body. The clamping portion includes a first arm having a plurality of spaced-apart contact surfaces and a second arm having a fastening member. The first and second arms define an opening for receiving a portion of a workpiece. The plurality of spaced-apart contact surfaces and the fastening member cooperate to releasably clamp the portion of the workpiece received in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Swanson Tool Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Allemand
  • Patent number: 8056248
    Abstract: A digit level device that is attachable with a digit and that includes a spirit level with a length that is longer than it is wide that measures the relative vertical and horizontal angle of the length of a finger of thumb. A digit level device that includes a level that is configured to be attachable with at least one of the distal phalanx section or the middle phalanx section of at least one digit of the user. A digit level device that includes at least one laser level or digital level that is configured to attach to at least one finger of a user. A method for cutting hair. The method includes attaching a digit level device to a digit, and using the level to determine the angle of the cut in relation to the horizontal and vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Sharon Mario Hatala
  • Publication number: 20110252656
    Abstract: A device for leveling crowned rolls is disclosed. The crowned roll measuring arm reduces the amount of time and effort required to level crowned rolls. The crowned roll measuring arm spans the curve of the crowned roll, but still allows for precise leveling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Double G Coatings Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sam Moore, Charles M. Meadows, Joe Bagwell
  • Patent number: 7987608
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for indexing a workpiece to a tool at a predetermined angle of orientation, using a bubble level to establish a horizontal reference plane. The bubble level may be pivotally fixed to a housing of a jig which may incorporate a magnet for adhering the housing to a magnetically responsive workpiece. The bubble level may be secured at a particular pivotal orientation such that when the workpiece is held against the cutting or abrading surface of a tool, the workpiece may be manually maintained at the predetermined angle of orientation such that a ground surface disposed at a predetermined angle on the workpiece may be formed while holding the workpiece manually. The jig may incorporate an adjustable leg to assist in tightening the bubble level at the particular pivotal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Frederick Rowe
  • Publication number: 20110010954
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for indexing a workpiece to a tool at a predetermined angle of orientation, using a bubble level to establish a horizontal reference plane. The bubble level may be pivotally fixed to a housing of a jig which may incorporate a magnet for adhering the housing to a magnetically responsive workpiece. The bubble level may be secured at a particular pivotal orientation such that when the workpiece is held against the cutting or abrading surface of a tool, the workpiece may be manually maintained at the predetermined angle of orientation such that a ground surface disposed at a predetermined angle on the workpiece may be formed while holding the workpiece manually. The jig may incorporate an adjustable leg to assist in tightening the bubble level at the particular pivotal orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Frederick Rowe
  • Publication number: 20100058600
    Abstract: A hands-free level for gauging structural-member orientation. The level includes an elongate frame with two side-faces and at least one main reference surface extending therealong and having a mainwidth, a level indicator secured to the frame, and a support arm to facilitate holding of the reference surface against the stud. The support arm has a proximal end and extends to a free distal end to which an end member is secured. The proximal end is pivotably secured to the frame about a pivot axis intersecting the side-faces such that the distal end and end member are movable between a storage position along one of the side-faces and a use position beyond the reference surface and stud. A coil spring is about the pivot axis biases the distal end and end member to the storage position. The end member extends from the distal end crosswise with respect to the mainwidth and terminates in a stud-engaging portion extending in a direction intersecting the plane of the reference surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: EMPIRE LEVEL MFG. CO.
    Inventor: Roger A. Bohman
  • Patent number: 7614662
    Abstract: A fitting is provided with an integral orientation indicator that can be permanently fixed to or detachable from the fitting. The orientation indicator allows the installer of the fitting to ensure that the fitting, as well as the upstream and downstream parts of the fluid conveying system associated with the fitting, are properly oriented so that liquid will flow in the desired direction. When the fitting is connected to the primary condensate outlet of the drain pan on a central air conditioning unit, the orientation indicator can be used to ensure that liquid will flow out of the drain pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Gerald S. Spanger
  • Patent number: 7370431
    Abstract: A pipefitting instrument includes a main body member, a carriage slidably connected to the main body member, and a protractor member pivotally connected to the carriage. The protractor member includes a protractor scale operable to measure an angular orientation of the protractor member relative to the main body member. The instrument also includes a mounting member slidably connected to the main body member and configured to releasably attach to a pipe flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: The Minds Imagination, LLC
    Inventor: George Wesley Sowder
  • Patent number: 7367129
    Abstract: A leveling or plumbing device for indicating a line or a plane on a surface, such as wall or floor. The device includes a light beam generator that emits a light beam exteriorly of a body or housing. Level and/or plumb indicators, such as vials, are mounted to the housing for positioning the device in a predetermined orientation on the surface. The device includes a series of extendible and retractable engagement members, each of which defines an outer end having an adhesive. The adhesive engages the surface to releasably secure the device to the surface. The engagement members are biased inwardly toward a retracted position. The adhesive engagement of the engagement members with the surface maintains the engagement members in the extended position against the inward bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Johnson Level & Tool Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Hong Lu
  • Patent number: 7360315
    Abstract: A tool system is provided for aligning and plumbing a poured concrete form (e.g., a lower vertical form portion) for forming a structural column assembly of the type used for erecting building structures and the like, such as a concrete column or footing formed in situ in an earthen hole. The system includes a center line running vertical to the length of the tool and a two-way level system incorporated therein. The tool can be used to line up the lower vertical form portion with a layout string and plumb the lower vertical form portion square. A metering pole that can be locked in place is used to lower and raise the tool into and out of the lower vertical form portion, wherein the tool is completely rotatable about the metering pole. Once the lower vertical form portion is aligned with the tool, the earthen hole is back filled, thus holding the lower vertical form portion in place in the correct position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Morton Buildings
    Inventors: Wayne A. Knepp, David E. Laux, Kevin Potter
  • Patent number: 7278218
    Abstract: A base for a light generating device or a leveling device, having a first surface that includes a connection structure to receive and mount either a light generating device or a leveling device thereto, and a second surface including a nonmechanical attachment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventor: Steven R. Levine
  • Patent number: 7243431
    Abstract: The invention is a trailer hitch alignment device that synergistically combines a laser level with an alignment mounting bracket, where the bracket, using a fastening means, provides a base on a vehicle for affixing the laser level to a vehicle. The laser level provides a laser beam which projects a lighted image that is a guide for coupling the trailer to a fifth wheel hitch on the vehicle. The level provides a means for confirming that the trailer, the vehicle, and the coupled trailer and vehicle all have the proper weight distribution as evidenced by their angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: W. Lee Godwin
  • Patent number: 7200947
    Abstract: A fully adjustable masonry block tool for lifting, transporting, laying and leveling concrete block, webbed block corner block whether flat or rock faced with an attached leveling system. Tool is designed to center on and support a cement block of substantial weight, while giving more control to block layer. This invention in its entirety is a one piece unit which will be shown and described in further detail in claims, drawings and pictures of unit design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Victor Michael Kern
  • Patent number: 7182148
    Abstract: A tool has a housing; a display unit attached to the housing; and a motion detection unit operably coupled to the housing and to the display unit, wherein the motion detection unit is configured to detect linear and rotational motion of the housing, to generate a first display signal indicative of the linear motion of the housing and to provide the first display signal to the display unit, and to generate a second display signal indicative of the rotational motion of the housing and to provide the second display signal to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: William Szieff
  • Patent number: 7159328
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 discloses a handle 32 for manipulating the device and an extending rule portion 18 having a series of markings or measurements 26 embossed along its edge serving as a base of spacing measurement for a pivotally mounted swing arm 22 and a slide arm 24 perpendicularly attached thereto that may be adjusted to a desired distance. After a desired distance is set the swing arm 22 serves to maintain spacing and parallelism by having a bubble level 36 fabricated into each of its ends to test if the materials held flush are level. After correct measurements are made the apparatus 10 may then be used as a gauging tool for the quick and ready spacing and setting of materials afterwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Peter Thompson Duda
  • Patent number: 7117606
    Abstract: A leveling tool having: a body, including a first face and an opposite second face, the first and second faces defining a thickness between them, the body defining a first side surface, a second side surface opposite said first side surface, a first end surface, and a second end surface substantially opposite said first end surface; at least one level indicator disposed within the thickness; and a clip removably attachable to each of the first and second faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: David A. Brown
  • Patent number: 7076884
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in determining the pinion angle of the differential or transmission of a motor vehicle includes an attachment which is detachably mountable to the input shaft or the output shaft. A camber gauge having longitudinal levels is detachably mounted to the attachment to measure the attitude of the differential or the transmission to which it is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Charles E. Horn
  • Patent number: 6981330
    Abstract: The present multi-axis installable and adjustable level is permanently installed to a suitable panel on or in a movable structure, such as a recreational vehicle or the like, or a portable work table or the like. The present level enables a user of the structure to level the structure precisely as required, and/or to determine the level of the structure, once the present level has been properly installed. The present level comprises a pair of leaves or panels which are hinged together, with one of the leaves providing coarsely adjustable permanent attachment to the structure and the opposite leaf including a bull's eye type level thereon. The first leaf is secured to a suitable panel (which may be sloped, horizontal, or vertical) of the structure, and the second leaf is extended and locked in a substantially horizontal orientation. The bubble level is then leveled precisely using the infinitesimal adjustment provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Dwayne A. Tieszen
  • Patent number: 6976316
    Abstract: An inspection tool for measuring the true of metal door frames uses a plumb bob. The plumb bob is suspended from a holder which may be attached to a door frame by magnets in the body of the holder. The relationship of the holder dimensions models the relationship of the dimensions of a metal door frame. The point indicated by the plumb bob will have the same dimensions from the door frame if the frame is true. If the frame is not true, the point will have different measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: James R. Patterson
  • Patent number: 6931740
    Abstract: A line generating device may include a housing, a support assembly mounted within the housing, a light source mounted on the support assembly, a lens mounted on at least one of the support assembly and the light source, the lens receiving light and projecting the light in the shape of a fan within a plane, and a first level vial mounted on the support assembly, wherein the first level vial is coplanar or perpendicular to the plane. The device may also include a magnet mounted on the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Marshall, Oleksiy P. Sergyeyenko, Richard J. Heavel, Terry L. Turner
  • Patent number: 6918187
    Abstract: A multi plane plumb level includes an elongated rigid frame having an X shaped cross section having four walls that are rigidly joined along an elongated central portion of the X shaped cross section and extend outward from the elongated central portion of the X shaped cross section and six level indicating bubble vials that are mounted on front and back sides of the frame in opposing pairs. A pair of flip out transversely oriented bubble vials rotates from secured positions within the front and back sides to extended positions, forming extensions of frame walls to facilitate the leveling of posts, pipes and edges. The remaining two pairs of bubble vials provide level measurements in the longitudinal direction and at a 45 degree angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Brent Schaefer
  • Patent number: 6834435
    Abstract: A multiple use level having an elongated body having two flange-like legs which extend at a right angle from one another from the corner apex. An L-shaped bracket is rotatably attached to one of the legs such that it may be freely rotated to any desired angle, then locked in position. The bracket includes a bull's-eye level on a first face thereof and a center line vial level attached to a rotating dial on a second face. A sighting laser may be detachably mounted on the L-shaped bracket. The level may be attached to a pipe or other member using magnets disposed in the body thereof or with an attachment cord. A flange bracket may be removable attached to one leg allowing pipe flanges to be oriented, alternatively the flange bracket may be integrated into the leg. Methods and processes for positioning construction members are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Steven Turner
  • Patent number: 6818824
    Abstract: A ganging tool for adjusting the position of a pair of ganged wiring devices such as duplex receptacles, toggle, and decorator type switches on a mounting, e.g., an electrical box. The ganging tool has a frame having a pair of apertures for receiving different kinds of wiring devices and holding them in place while the ganging tool adjusts the position of the wiring devices. The ganging tool also has rotatable toggle adaptors that allow the ganging tool to be used to position both toggle type wiring devices and non-toggle type wiring devices. The ganging tool further has a leveling means for determining the level of the wiring devices. Also, tool cutouts on the frame of the ganging tool allow the ganging tool to be used with power tools in conjunction with positioning and affixing wiring devices on a mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Cooper Wiring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Claude Marcou, Jim Knapik, Hua Qiang Shi
  • Patent number: 6810592
    Abstract: An adjustable door jamb setting jig for installing metal door frames in building structures. The adjustable door jamb setting jig includes a base frame being made of wood material; and also includes an extension frame being made of metal material and being extendable from and fastenable to the base frame; and further includes fastening members for fastening the extension frame to the base frame; and further includes magnets being attached to the base frame for holding the base frame to a metal door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick J. Oldfield, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6796045
    Abstract: The present invention provides a level including an elongated level body defining an exterior workpiece contacting surface thereon. A hanger structure is movably connected to the level body so as to be capable of being moved between a retracted position and a deployed position. The hanger structure includes a contacting surface thereon that, when the hanger structure is in the deployed position, is disposed outwardly from the level body to be engageable with a support surface and thereby enable the level to be hung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: Kristofor Milton Hallee
  • Publication number: 20040107591
    Abstract: A steering wheel level device and method of using and making the steering wheel level device are disclosed. The steering wheel level device may include a level indicator holder and a grip assembly. The grip assembly may be adapted to releasably affix the level indicator holder to different sizes and shapes of steering wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Fredric T. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 6739062
    Abstract: An angle measurement and distance demarcation device has a body having a first surface, an axis which extends from the first surface, and a containing room. The device also has a rotating unit coupled for rotation about the axis, and a laser emitter. The device further includes a coupling mechanism provided around the axis and coupling the rotating unit to the body, and a power supply unit provided inside the containing room and coupled to the laser emitter for supplying power to laser emitter. The device can be used together with either a triangular angle gauge or a disk angle gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Quarton, Inc
    Inventors: Der-Shyang Jan, Wun-Chun Liou
  • Patent number: 6732441
    Abstract: A leveling device for a construction material surface surrounding a drainpipe presents an elongated beam having a central seat therein for reception of the end of a drainpipe therein. Upon a seating of the drainpipe, a pair of opposed inclined surfaces contact the construction material surrounding the drainpipe. Rotation of the beam about the drainpipe presents a smoothed, inclined surface about the drainpipe with the excess poured material being collected in pockets in a sidewall of the device. The depth of the inclined surfaces below the drainpipe top can be regulated. Bubble levels assure a proper orientation of the beam during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventors: Dale J. Charay, Jeff W. Berberick
  • Patent number: 6711827
    Abstract: A conduit bending guide, where in a preferred embodiment, the guide has a base a member with a first base section and a second base section with means for repositioning of the two base sections with respect to each other, a fastening member for securing of the guide to a conduit, a suspension mount housing an angle indicator, and a bend angle indicator. The angle indicator could have various degrees of freedom of rotation in space as it is supported by a suspension means of the suspension mount. The guide allows making of consecutive co-planar bends in a conduit by observation of the reading on the angle indicator. By observing the angle indicator, it is also possible to make consecutive out-of-plane bends with a desired angle of deviation from the plane established by any one bend in the conduit. The degree of a bend along the longitudinal axis of the conduit is measured by the bend angle indicator or by realignment of the angle indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Craig J. Dougherty
  • Publication number: 20040000063
    Abstract: The present invention provides a level including an elongated level body defining an exterior workpiece contacting surface thereon. A hanger structure is movably connected to the level body so as to be capable of being moved between a retracted position and a deployed position. The hanger structure includes a contacting surface thereon that, when the hanger structure is in the deployed position, is disposed outwardly from the level body to be engageable with a support surface and thereby enable the level to be hung.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Kristofor Milton Hallee
  • Patent number: 6665962
    Abstract: A level is adapted for attachment to an upper surface of a shoe in such a manner that the level is visible to a wearer of the shoe. The level is calibrated by using a known level surface to stand upon and then adjusting the level so that it reads level when standing on the known level surface. The user then walks intermediate a first and second location, pausing as desired, and noting the reading that is provided by the level. Accordingly, a method of determining the grade at any given location is provided. If the user combines two or more readings that are taken intermediate the first and the second location, an average grade intermediate the first and the second location is provided. A preferred bubble level and method of adjusting the level to the shoe and of detaching it therefrom is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Gary Wayne Shepherd
  • Publication number: 20030226270
    Abstract: A level apparatus for indicating the orientation relative to vertical of a surface of an object extending along a user line of sight, including a fluid vessel containing an indicator fluid including a liquid and having a fluid surface, the fluid vessel having a vessel abutment region with a rearward abutment wall for placing against a surface of an object to be evaluated for tilt and with a forward display wall including a fluid display window extending generally perpendicular to the user line of sight, the fluid surface being visible in the fluid display window when the abutment wall is substantially upright, and includes a vessel reservoir region extending at least one of: rearwardly and forwardly from the vessel abutment region along the user line of sight, the vessel abutment region and the vessel reservoir region being in mutual fluid communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventor: Harold A. Leasure
  • Publication number: 20030136013
    Abstract: A leveling device for a construction material surface surrounding a drainpipe presents an elongated beam having a central seat therein for reception of the end of a drainpipe therein. Upon a seating of the drainpipe, a pair of opposed inclined surfaces contact the construction material surrounding the drainpipe. Rotation of the beam about the drainpipe presents a smoothed, inclined surface about the drainpipe with the excess poured material being collected in pockets in a sidewall of the device. The depth of the inclined surfaces below the drainpipe top can be regulated. Bubble levels assure a proper orientation of the beam during rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Dale J. Charay, Jeff W. Berberick
  • Patent number: 6568095
    Abstract: A magnetic torpedo level is adapted for removable magnetic attachment to pipes, EMT (electrical metal tubing), and other ferrometallic cylindrical objects, for measuring their level or slope. The present level includes a series of laterally placed magnets across its base edge, with a pair of ferrometallic rails capturing the magnets therebetween. Ceramic magnets are preferred for their power and longevity, but other magnets may be used as desired. The rails depend beyond the magnets, and define a channel for seating securely upon a cylindrical surface. At least one of the level vials of the present level is may be adjustably repositioned within its vial frame, in one of a series of pairs of vial passages, to adjust the angle of the vial to a specific predetermined angle relative to the level body as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: David H. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20030084581
    Abstract: A conduit bending guide, where in a preferred embodiment, the guide has a base a member with a first base section and a second base section with means for repositioning of the two base sections with respect to each other, a fastening member for securing of the guide to a conduit, a suspension mount housing an angle indicator, and a bend angle indicator. The angle indicator could have various degrees of freedom of rotation in space as it is supported by a suspension means of the suspension mount. The guide allows making of consecutive co-planar bends in a conduit by observation of the reading on the angle indicator. By observing the angle indicator, it is also possible to make consecutive out-of-plane bends with a desired angle of deviation from the plane established by any one bend in the conduit. The degree of a bend along the longitudinal axis of the conduit is measured by the bend angle indicator or by realignment of the angle indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Craig J. Dougherty
  • Publication number: 20030066198
    Abstract: A multiple use level having an elongated body having two flange-like legs which extend at a right angle from one another from the corner apex. An L-shaped bracket is rotatably attached to one of the legs such that it may be freely rotated to any desired angle, then locked in position. The bracket includes a bull's-eye level on a first face thereof and a center line vial level attached to a rotating dial on a second face. A sighting laser may be detachably mounted on the L-shaped bracket. The level may be attached to a pipe or other member using magnets disposed in the body thereof or with an attachment cord. A flange bracket may be removable attached to one leg allowing pipe flanges to be oriented, alternatively the flange bracket may be integrated into the leg. Methods and processes for positioning construction members are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Steven Turner
  • Publication number: 20030005590
    Abstract: A magnetic torpedo level is adapted for removable magnetic attachment to pipes, EMT (electrical metal tubing), and other ferrometallic cylindrical objects, for measuring their level or slope. The present level includes a series of laterally placed magnets across its base edge, with a pair of ferrometallic rails capturing the magnets therebetween. Ceramic magnets are preferred for their power and longevity, but other magnets may be used as desired. The rails depend beyond the magnets, and define a channel I for seating securely upon a cylindrical surface. At least one of the level vials of the present level is may be adjustably repositioned within its vial frame, in one of a series of pairs of vial passages, to adjust the angle of the vial to a specific predetermined angle relative to the level body as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: David H. Snyder