With Chalking Feature Patents (Class 33/414)
  • Patent number: 10220651
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present disclosure, a chalk line assembly includes a first marking portion for setting a first point, a second marking portion for setting a second point, a first line for marking a chalk line on a surface for at least a portion of the distance between the first point and the second point, the first line having first and second ends and a length extending for at least a portion of the distance between the first and second marking portions, and a second line having a first end and a second end, the first end of the second line coupled to the chalk line, and the second end of the second line connected to the first marking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Niles Jackson
  • Patent number: 10071594
    Abstract: A chalk line device that includes a housing, a reel mounted for rotation within the housing, a liquid container disposed within the housing, and a handle connected with the reel and extending outside the housing is provided. The reel is constructed and arranged to carry a chalk line wound thereon. The reel is positioned in the liquid container such that the chalk line wound therein is at least partially submerged in the liquid chalk received in the liquid container. The liquid container has a sealed configuration and an unsealed configuration. In the unsealed configuration, the liquid container is configured to receive liquid chalk therein. In the sealed configuration, the liquid container substantially seals the liquid chalk received therein. The handle is operable to wind up the chalk line onto the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Aliaksei Chernyshou, Charles L. Thierfeld, Michael T. Matteo
  • Patent number: 9757977
    Abstract: A chalk line is disclosed herein. The chalk line may include a housing, a track, and a door. The housing may define a chalk chamber and an opening in communication with the chalk chamber. The track may be disposed adjacent the opening and may include a curved section. The door may be movable between a closed position preventing access to the chalk chamber through the opening and an open position allowing access to the chalk chamber through the opening, and the door may include one or more door segments pivotably connected to one another by one or more hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: IRWIN INDUSTRIAL TOOL COMPANY
    Inventors: Anthony DeLeo, Gregory David Parker
  • Patent number: 9701154
    Abstract: A chalk reel has a housing defining a chalk chamber and an opening for accessing the chamber. A door is movable between an open position for allowing access through the opening to the chalk chamber and a closed position preventing access to the chamber. A lock assembly is provided on the door and is movable with the door. The lock assembly rotates relative to the door between a locked position and an unlocked position and reciprocates to secure and release a lock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: IRWIN INDUSTRIAL TOOL COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory David Parker, Norman John LeBlanc, Robin E. Smith, Anthony DeLeo, Michael H. Reedy, Brian Butler, Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 9354031
    Abstract: A system measures and marks a measurement. The system has a body. A measurement tape is coiled within the body which, when extended from the body, is held in place by engaging a lock button attached to the body. A chalk line is coiled within the body which, when extended from the body is held in place by engaging a chalk line lock. A chalk reel handle is attached to the body and configured to wind the chalk line into the body. The measurement tape makes the measurement and the chalk line marks the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Donald Lee Darr, Irene Ann Soat-Darr
  • Patent number: 9174486
    Abstract: A specially designed line marking device includes a marking string that is attached to a bow-shaped support structure with no free end for conveniently use by a single operator, a shuttle for coating the marking string with marking media prior to use, allowing an operator to effectively use this marking device and snap a marking line onto a working surface without the assistance of an additional operator, and a movable carriage containing liquid, powder, or aerosol marking media to be sprayed or deposited along said marking string, creating an inverse image of the marking string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Derek Nicholas Planavsky
  • Patent number: 9046357
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel parallel line level accessory configured to produce a straight line marking on a surface, where the produced straight line marking is adjacent to a level and parallel to the long axis of the level. In some embodiments, the parallel line level accessory comprises a set of bracket fasteners, a container with a surface marking substance and a line, a rotating wheel, a line alignment guide, and a pulley. The set of bracket fasteners of some embodiments attach the parallel line level accessory to the level. In some embodiments, the parallel line level accessory is adjustable for attaching to a level of any size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Rick Cayo
  • Patent number: 8819949
    Abstract: A line marking assembly for applying a marking a straight line with a marking powder onto a surface is disclosed. The line marking assembly comprises two chambers configured to mount one on each side of a level. Each chamber contains a cord wound on a spool, marking powder and a tensioning assembly that exerts a constant and continuous pull on the cord. The cords from each of the chambers may be combined with a coupler. Moving the coupler back and forth between the chambers coats the cords with marking powder. Placing the assembly onto a surface and snapping the cord marks a straight line on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Keith Gerard Fritsch, Herbert John Peter Goetz, Mark S Payne
  • Patent number: 8819950
    Abstract: A chalk line apparatus having a line and spool and a releasable end. The releasable end comprises a hook member having a rod member, a releasable member pivotally attached to the rod member and a spring positioned to bias the releasing member against the hook member. The releasing member has an attachment location for the line. Additionally, the spring is sized and shaped to allow rotation of the releasing member about the rod member and relative to the hook member upon a force exerted at the attachment location from the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Lemcke
  • Patent number: 8713810
    Abstract: A chalk box includes a housing with an opening and a rotatable reel disposed within the housing. An elongated line is arranged to be wound on the reel. A reel winder is arranged to rotate the reel to wind the line on the reel. A movable cover is mounted to the housing and is movable between an open position and a closed position, the cover when open permits a powder or a fluid marker material to be placed into the housing through the opening in the housing. The movable cover includes an elastomeric material enabling the cover to seal with the housing when the cover is closed to prevent leakage of the marker material at an interface between the movable cover and the housing. A releasable lock is arranged to releasably lock the cover in the closed position, the releasable lock being manually manipulable by a user's fingers to release the lock to permit access into the housing through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: James Spaulding
  • Publication number: 20140109417
    Abstract: A tape measure has multiple functions, including the ability to draw arcs or circles having a specific radius, the ability to draw a straight line a certain distance away from an edge, and the ability to score an item, such as sheet metal. The size of the arcs or circles or the distance from the edge to the straight line is only limited to the length of the tape measure. The tape measure continues to retain its primary function of measuring distances. The tape measure can further include an integrated chalk line. The multiple functions can be provided in a tape measure having the features incorporated at the time of manufacture, or the multiple functions can be added to an existing tape measure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Paul Kocenko
  • Patent number: 8567079
    Abstract: A layout tool is provided with markings (508) and an anchor post (502) for anchoring a layout line, such as a chalk line, in relation to a piece of construction material. The tool (500) includes a chalk line guide assembly (510) comprising a mounting plate (514) which carries a chalk line guide post (512) and a securing mechanism (516) for securing the chalk line guide post (512) and plate (514) at a desired position along an arcuated groove (506) formed in the surface (504). A worker can secure the tool (500) to a work piece and attach a layout line to the anchor post (502). Thereafter, the worker can disengage the securing mechanism (516) to allow movement of the chalk line guide post (512) and plate (514) to a desired position in the slot (506) corresponding to a desired angular orientation of the layout line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Chad William Cerwin
  • Patent number: 8533966
    Abstract: A chalk line holding device includes a hook retainer and cord holder coupled to a body with a bottom pad defining a bottom channel. A hook retainer, which projects forward from the body, includes a feature for securing a hook ring at the free end of a chalk line, while the line extending from the hook ring is secured by the cord holder. The cord holder includes a leading edge, a leading edge groove at the bottom of the leading edge defined between a pair of hoof-like feet, a cord space beneath the cord holder, a vertical groove beneath and approximately aligned with the neck of the hook retainer. The bushing couples the handle, cord holder and hook retainer to the body. The body has sufficient mass or inertia to hold a retained chalk line in place while the line is plucked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Vadim V. Mikhaylenko
  • Publication number: 20130019487
    Abstract: A line marking assembly for applying a marking a straight line with a marking powder onto a surface is disclosed. The line marking assembly comprises two chambers configured to mount one on each side of a level. Each chamber contains a cord wound on a spool, marking powder and a tensioning assembly that exerts a constant and continuous pull on the cord. The cords from each of the chambers may be combined with a coupler. Moving the coupler back and forth between the chambers coats the cords with marking powder. Placing the assembly onto a surface and snapping the cord marks a straight line on the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Keith Gerard Fritsch, Herbert John Peter Goetz, Mark S. Payne
  • Publication number: 20120260511
    Abstract: A chalk box includes a housing with an opening and a rotatable reel disposed within the housing. An elongated line is arranged to be wound on the reel. A reel winder is arranged to rotate the reel to wind the line on the reel. A movable cover is mounted to the housing and is movable between an open position and a closed position, the cover when open permits a powder or a fluid marker material to be placed into the housing through the opening in the housing. The movable cover includes an elastomeric material enabling the cover to seal with the housing when the cover is closed to prevent leakage of the marker material at an interface between the movable cover and the housing. A releasable lock is arranged to releasably lock the cover in the closed position, the releasable lock being manually manipulable by a user's fingers to release the lock to permit access into the housing through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: STANLEY BLACK & DECKER, INC.
    Inventor: James Spaulding
  • Publication number: 20120216414
    Abstract: A chalk box assembly for providing an automated retracting chalk line comprising: a chalk box housing; a spring assembly within the housing; a spool for retaining a chalk line within the housing, where the spring assembly is attached to the spool and provides for the retraction of the chalk line; a chalk compartment within the housing, where chalk is stored within the chalk compartment; and a retraction button engaged with the spring assembly, where the button causes the release of the spring assembly for the retraction of the chalk line. The chalk box assembly according to the present invention may further include a chalk line guide and a chalk fill door. In one particular embodiment of the present invention, the chalk box assembly further includes a belt clip on one side thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: JOHN JONES, JIMMY ROBERTS
  • Publication number: 20110258866
    Abstract: A chalk line holding device includes a hook retainer and cord holder coupled to a body with a bottom pad defining a bottom channel. A hook retainer, which projects forward from the body, includes a feature for securing a hook ring at the free end of a chalk line, while the line extending from the hook ring is secured by the cord holder. The cord holder includes a leading edge, a leading edge groove at the bottom of the leading edge defined between a pair of hoof-like feet, a cord space beneath the cord holder, a vertical groove beneath and approximately aligned with the neck of the hook retainer. The bushing couples the handle, cord holder and hook retainer to the body. The body has sufficient mass or inertia to hold a retained chalk line in place while the line is plucked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Vadim V. Mikhaylenko
  • Patent number: 8033029
    Abstract: A multi-line chalk reel is disclosed that may be comprised of three or more line reels disposed in a polar arrangement of parallel but distinct rotation axes that has a single method for engaging and disengaging a single drive arrangement to any one spool. This arrangement provides a variety of advantages, including a package solution of useful dimensions and a low part count to minimize parts in assembly. The single drive arrangement reduces cost, and provides for convenient access to individual spools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Design to Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John E Johnston, Wilfred Anderson, Andrew Butler, David H Titzler, Edward J Cooper, Christopher Tackind, Heather Fleming
  • Patent number: 7913408
    Abstract: A chalk line hook is constructed and arranged to connect with an identical chalk line hook to provide a chalk line having a length of two chalk lines. The chalk line hook includes a connector portion, an anchor portion, and a lock portion. The connector portion is constructed and arranged to connect with a free end of the chalk line. The anchor portion is operatively joined with the connector portion for anchoring the hook. The lock portion is constructed and arranged to lockingly engage with a captured portion of the identical chalk line hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Grisham
  • Patent number: 7913409
    Abstract: A chalk line is marked by attaching two hooks to a nail, and then extending a string a length from the nail. The hooks are attached to an apparatus that has multiple springs, such that there is a string attached to the rear of the apparatus while the hooks are attached to the front of the apparatus. When the string has been extended the desired length, the user then snaps the line to make a chalk line. Then, the pull on the string is released by the user, causing the two hooks to separate. When the two hooks separate, their connection to the nail is broken. The hooks and the apparatus associated with the hooks then is free to be reeled back to the user. The user does not have to return to the nail to remove the hooks and the associated apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7908754
    Abstract: The Linear Marking Apparatus that which includes an embedded marking substance (chalk) reel during use, allowing a single worker to effectively snap a marking line over the work surface. In various embodiments, the Linear Marking Apparatus the tool can also be utilized as a measuring device, a straight edge, or a level. Potential uses of the Linear Marking Apparatus include marking lines on walls, ground, vehicles, concrete, roofing, floors, window, boats, furnishings, ceilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Keith Fritsch
  • Publication number: 20110061252
    Abstract: A layout tool is provided for anchoring a layout line, such as a chalk line, in relation to a piece of construction material. The tool (100) generally includes a top plate (102) and a depending plate (106). Angular markings (104) are provided on the top plate (102) to indicate angles, pitches, or the like. The tool (100) further includes an anchor post (110), a spike (108), and a window or opening (112). A construction worker can align the tool (100) with a mark on the construction material by viewing the mark through the opening (112). The worker can strike the plate (106) so that the spike (108) penetrates a side surface of the construction material to secure the tool (100) in the desired position. A chalk line can then be attached to the post (110) and extended a desired length across the construction material in a desired angular orientation by using the markings (104). The chalk line can then be snapped against the construction material to provide a desired layout chalk line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: CHAD WILLIAM CERWIN
  • Publication number: 20100269360
    Abstract: The Linear Marking Apparatus that which includes an embedded marking substance (chalk) reel during use, allowing a single worker to effectively snap a marking line over the work surface. In various embodiments, the Linear Marking Apparatus the tool can also be utilized as a measuring device, a straight edge, or a level. Potential uses of the Linear Marking Apparatus include marking lines on walls, ground, vehicles, concrete, roofing, floors, window, boats, furnishings, ceilings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Keith Fritsch
  • Patent number: 7814672
    Abstract: The framing square apparatus provides immediate visual confirmation of a square relationship between two spaced apart surfaces or points. A user need only visually reference the position of the line between squares of the apparatus to determine such. The apparatus is provided with two squares, three squares, or four squares. The number of squares determines the number of points that can be established in square relationship. The line is selectively tied or knotted through the orifice of each square, as desired. The apparatus saves considerable time in determining square between two points, surfaces, corners, or the like. And, using more than two squares provides reference of additional points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Carl M. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7770300
    Abstract: The chalk line comprises a housing that supports the spool having a string or line wound thereon in a chalk chamber. The transmission for rewinding the spool is located in a separate compartment. The chalk filled chamber is isolated from the transmission such that the components located in the chamber are the spool, line and chalk. A door for allowing access to the chamber is opened by manually operating a latch. A safety interlock is also provided such that the latch cannot be inadvertently unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventor: Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 7739805
    Abstract: A snap line for use in applying powdered material to a surface. The line comprises at least one strand of material that has been coated with water repellent material. The line may be used in conjunction with powder that has also been coated with water repellent material. The line and the powder enable a user to apply lines to wet or damp surfaces in a normal fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: William J. Vary
  • Patent number: 7735231
    Abstract: This Chalk Line End Fastener, is a hook similar in size to the conventional hooks but is cylindrical and narrower, coming to a sharp point. This pointed hook can still be used in the prior art manner, but more effectively can be pushed into most surfaces without the use of additional tools, fasteners, or a helper to hold the end of the line securely in place. The design of the front of the body of this invention allows for maximization of surface area, which eases any pressure on the user's fingers as they push the point into a material to secure the chalk line. The rear of the body is designed to allow the user to lift straight up on the chalk line and easily disengage the point. There is also a lip at the back of the body which allows the user to pry the point straight out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: David M Schardt
  • Publication number: 20100115782
    Abstract: This Chalk Line End Fastener, is a hook similar in size to the conventional hooks but is cylindrical and narrower, coming to a sharp point. This pointed hook can still be used in the prior art manner, but more effectively can be pushed into most surfaces without the use of additional tools, fasteners, or a helper to hold the end of the line securely in place. The design of the front of the body of this invention allows for maximization of surface area, which eases any pressure on the user's fingers as they push the point into a material to secure the chalk line. The rear of the body is designed to allow the user to lift straight up on the chalk line and easily disengage the point. There is also a lip at the back of the body which allows the user to pry the point straight out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Schardt
  • Patent number: 7707734
    Abstract: A chalk line marking device includes a chalk line that is held in a storing, dispensing and retracting device. The device comprises a housing and an element for gripping the chalk line when it is extended from the dispensing device and lifting it from the workpiece surface at a point remote from the device. A spring mechanism causes the gripping element to suddenly snap back to its original position, when released, thereby causing the chalk line to leave a linear chalk mark on the workpiece surface. The device may also comprise a gripping element arranged within the housing that includes a plunger responsive to movement of the housing, for lifting and suddenly releasing the gripping element. A worker can extend the chalk line with one hand while holding the dispensing device in the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Alexander
  • Patent number: 7690125
    Abstract: A construction layout device comprising a body having a front face, rear face and two side faces; at least one base plate fastened to the underside of said body and providing support therefor atop a worksurface; a handle fastened atop said body, said handle having one termination proximate to said front face and a second termination proximate to said rear face; a first protrusion fastened to either said front face or one of said side faces, said protrusion having a through bore, said through bore normal to said worksurface; and at least one adjustable pin inserted in said through bore for holding a chalk line or other layout means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Brian Lenz
  • Patent number: 7681826
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention provides a chalk line device having a helical gear and an improved locking assembly. The locking assembly comprises a first lock member having a lock button. The locking assembly also comprises a second lock member including an opening to lockingly engage the first lock member and having a plurality of teeth at one end disposed adjacent one of the helical gears used in this embodiment. The second lock member engages with the helical gear in response to a movement of the lock button member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventor: Hamilton Sean Michael Whitney
  • Patent number: 7676941
    Abstract: The chalk line attachment clamp is a new approach to snapping a chalk line on a flat surface such as plywood, sheetrock and other construction materials. It holds the chalk line at the specific desired location and allows one person to make an accurate straight line to cut the flat surface material at any angle, thereby saving man-hours at the same time improving the accuracy of the saw cut to allow a better fitting of the parts being cut and improving the quality of the assembled project. The old method of requiring one worker at each end of the chalk line is no longer necessary. It will not be required to damage the material by driving a nail into the material to hold a chalk line in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Albert Peter Cruz, John Charles Cruz
  • Publication number: 20100050450
    Abstract: A construction layout device comprising a body having a front face, rear face and two side faces; at least one base plate fastened to the underside of said body and providing support therefor atop a worksurface; a handle fastened atop said body, said handle having one termination proximate to said front face and a second termination proximate to said rear face; a first protrusion fastened to either said front face or one of said side faces, said protrusion having a through bore, said through bore normal to said worksurface; and at least one adjustable pin inserted in said through bore for holding a chalk line or other layout means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Brian Lenz
  • Publication number: 20100011599
    Abstract: The chalk line comprises a housing that supports the spool having a string or line wound thereon in a chalk chamber. The transmission for rewinding the spool is located in a separate compartment. The chalk filled chamber is isolated from the transmission such that the components located in the chamber are the spool, line and chalk. A door for allowing access to the chamber is opened by manually operating a latch. A safety interlock is also provided such that the latch cannot be inadvertently unlocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: IRWIN INDUSTRIAL TOOL COMPANY
    Inventor: Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 7624509
    Abstract: A chalk box including a housing, a reel, a line, an opening through which the line enters and exits the housing, and a removable cap located proximate the opening. The chalk box may also include a seal or seals located between the handle and the chalk to inhibit entry of chalk in the area between the handle and the reel. The chalk box may also include one or more flat areas on the bottom surface of the chalk box to stabilize the chalk box during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: The C.H. Hanson Company
    Inventors: Phil Hanson, James W. Woodside
  • Patent number: 7617613
    Abstract: A roof shingle alignment system employs three separate types of line bar tools for setting aligned chalklines. The first line bar is used to strike chalklines vertically on roof surfaces and for setting the starter horizontal chalkline. The second line bar is placed on the starter chalkline and is used to strike horizontal chalklines across the roof surface. A third line bar is configured to be placed on the peak of the roof for setting horizontal chalklines near the roof's ridge for cutout and hip cap lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph John Merryfield, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090277027
    Abstract: A chalk line hook is constructed and arranged to connect with an identical chalk line hook to provide a chalk line having a length of two chalk lines. The chalk line hook includes a connector portion, an anchor portion, and a lock portion. The connector portion is constructed and arranged to connect with a free end of the chalk line. The anchor portion is operatively joined with the connector portion for anchoring the hook. The lock portion is constructed and arranged to lockingly engage with a captured portion of the identical chalk line hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: THE STANLEY WORKS
    Inventor: Matthew GRISHAM
  • Patent number: 7555843
    Abstract: A construction layout marking device includes a reel housing that uses a reel case to rotatably support a reel hub. A pair of spaced, parallel measuring tapes are secured, at inner ends, to the reel hub and can be coiled inside the reel case by rotation of the reel hub. A plurality of marking templates are attached to the spaced measuring tapes, at specified intervals. These marking templates can impart a line pattern to a surface above which they are placed by deployment out of the reel case. The line patterns are usable to position construction elements such as wall studs. The measuring tapes and their attached marking templates can be wound back into the reel case of the reel housing after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Lance Leonard
  • Publication number: 20090158606
    Abstract: A multi-line chalk reel is disclosed that may be comprised of three or more line reels disposed in a polar arrangement of parallel but distinct rotation axes that has a single method for engaging and disengaging a single drive arrangement to any one spool. This arrangement provides a variety of advantages, including a package solution of useful dimensions and a low part count to minimize parts in assembly. The single drive arrangement reduces cost, and provides for convenient access to individual spools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: John Johnston, Wilprelo Anderson, Andrew Butler, David Titzler, Edword Cooper, Christopher Tackind, Heather Fleming
  • Publication number: 20090139103
    Abstract: A snap line for use in applying powdered material to a surface. The line comprises at least one strand of material that has been coated with water repellent material. The line may be used in conjunction with powder that has also been coated with water repellent material. The line and the powder enable a user to apply lines to wet or damp surfaces in a normal fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: William J. Vary
  • Publication number: 20090133275
    Abstract: A chalk line is marked by attaching two hooks to a nail, and then extending a string a length from the nail. The hooks are attached to an apparatus that has multiple springs, such that there is a string attached to the rear of the apparatus while the hooks are attached to the front of the apparatus. When the string has been extended the desired length, the user then snaps the line to make a chalk line. Then, the pull on the string is released by the user, causing the two hooks to separate. When the two hooks separate, their connection to the nail is broken. The hooks and the apparatus associated with the hooks then is free to be reeled back to the user. The user does not have to return to the nail to remove the hooks and the associated apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7536799
    Abstract: A chalk line apparatus having a housing defining a chamber for a supply of chalk. A reel is mounted within the chamber for rotation around an axis. The housing has an opening through which a flexible line is directed from the reel to outwardly of the housing, for use. The housing has a front wall, a rear wall, and a peripheral wall portion surrounding the chamber between the front and rear walls. A fill opening is formed through the peripheral wall portion in communication with the chamber at a location on the peripheral wall portion between the reel axis and the housing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Keson Industries
    Inventors: Mark Nepil, Clyde Torp
  • Patent number: 7536800
    Abstract: A chalk line apparatus having a housing defining a chalk chamber and a reel for a flexible line mounted for rotation within the chamber. The chalk line apparatus further includes a collection space that communicates with the chamber through a housing opening. A flexible line on the reel is extendable through the housing opening, the collection space, and the collection container opening to be exposed for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Keson Industries
    Inventors: Mark Nepil, Clyde Torp
  • Patent number: 7506454
    Abstract: A clip for holding the end of a marking line at the edge of a board or panel to be cut includes opposite-facing planar jaws which grip opposing top and bottom surfaces of the panel. A stop block located between the jaws abuts the edge of the panel and includes for alternate use either planar surfaces lateral to a longitudinal axis of the clip or a V-shaped notch centered along the longitudinal axis. Either the lateral surfaces or the V-shaped notch is used when the cut is to occur from either a side edge or from a corner of the panel respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventor: James Balliet
  • Publication number: 20090049703
    Abstract: A construction layout marking device includes a reel housing that uses a reel case to rotatably support a reel hub. A pair of spaced, parallel measuring tapes are secured, at inner ends, to the reel hub and can be coiled inside the reel case by rotation of the reel hub. A plurality of marking templates are attached to the spaced measuring tapes, at specified intervals. These marking templates can impart a line pattern to a surface above which they are placed by deployment out of the reel case. The line patterns are usable to position construction elements such as wall studs. The measuring tapes and their attached marking templates can be wound back into the reel case of the reel housing after use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Lance Leonard
  • Publication number: 20090025237
    Abstract: A chalk line marking device includes a chalk line that is held in a storing, dispensing and retracting device. The device comprises a housing and an element for gripping the chalk line when it is extended from the dispensing device and lifting it from the workpiece surface at a point remote from the device. A spring mechanism causes the gripping element to suddenly snap back to its original position, when released, thereby causing the chalk line to leave a linear chalk mark on the workpiece surface. The device may also comprise a gripping element arranged within the housing that includes a plunger responsive to movement of the housing, for lifting and suddenly releasing the gripping element. A worker can extend the chalk line with one hand while holding the dispensing device in the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Alexander
  • Patent number: 7478484
    Abstract: A chalk line apparatus having a housing defining a chamber within which a supply of chalk can be stored and a reel within the chamber and mounted for rotation relative to the housing around a first axis. The housing has an opening through which a flexible line emanating from the reel can extend to outwardly of the housing for use. The reel has a spool defining a support against and around which a flexible line can be wrapped. The spool is rotatable around the first axis and has an axial extent. The spool is configured so that line wrapped around the support does not have a substantially cylindrical shape centered on the first axis over any substantial portion of the axial extent of the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Keson Industries
    Inventors: Mark Nepil, Clyde Torp
  • Patent number: 7469482
    Abstract: A chalk line apparatus for marking regularly spaced locations. The apparatus comprises a casing for powdered chalk containing a rotatable reel, line wound on said reel, and an exit opening for the line at one end of the holder. The line has evenly spaced short segments disposed thereon so that when the line is tensioned to a predetermined level of about 10-15 lbs, the segments reside at precisely placed predetermined intervals. When the line is snapped, chalk marks are placed on the wall surface in a pattern that identifies the appropriate locations of underlying wall studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Studline Tool Company
    Inventors: James Karl Hickey, Michael Thomas Cranston
  • Publication number: 20080301961
    Abstract: A chalk line apparatus having a housing defining a chalk chamber and a reel for a flexible line mounted for rotation within the chamber. The chalk line apparatus further includes a collection space that communicates with the chamber through a housing opening. A flexible line on the reel is extendable through the housing opening, the collection space, and the collection container opening to be exposed for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Nepil, Clyde Torp
  • Patent number: RE41620
    Abstract: A chalk line device includes a housing and a chalk line stored in the housing. The chalk line terminates in a hook at one end and the hook is disposed outside of the housing. The housing may include a side wall with a depression formed therein that is shaped to receive the hook for storage. The depression has an edge that allows the hook to securely engage. The housing may also include a translucent window for allowing the user to check the level of chalk in the chalk line device. The translucent window forms at least a portion of a wall of the housing. The translucent window can be made, for example, of a plastic and can be integrally formed with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: Robert Scillia, Vincent Cook