Template Patents (Class 33/562)
  • Patent number: 11585134
    Abstract: A mortise jig assembly includes a block that is longitudinally elongated. The block has plurality of mortises therein and the block is clamped to a face of a door such that selected ones the mortises is aligned with an edge of the door. A jig panel is provided and the jig panel is positionable against the edge of the door to engage respective ones of the mortises thereby retaining the jig panel at a selected location on the edge of the door. The jig panel has a guide hole therein thereby facilitating the guide hole to be aligned with a preferred location to cut a hinge recess in the edge of the door. A pair of bolts is each extendable through the jig panel and the block for attaching the jig panel to the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventor: Malcolm Moe
  • Patent number: 11525659
    Abstract: A tool and system for measuring the size, position, and spacing of rebar in a concrete structure comprises a card preferably having a linear periphery. Around the periphery are a plurality of cutouts, with each of the cutouts adapted to measure the diameter of a standard rebar. The periphery of the card also has a series of hash marks to determine linear measurements. The amount of clear cover of the resulting concrete is measured by placing the tool on rebar inboard of the formwork and counting the hash marks to the adjacent formwork. The spacing between two rebars is measured by placing the tool on one rebar and counting the hash marks between two rebars. Alternatively, the distance between rebars and rebar overlap length is estimated by using the tool to determine the scale, if the space between bars is and overlap is longer that the tool length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Abigail L. Crockett
  • Patent number: 11415003
    Abstract: A method for producing a metal bladed element of a turbine engine, in particular of an aircraft, includes steps of producing the bladed element, depositing a coating made of wear-proof material on at least one portion of the bladed element and verifying, preferably visually, the conformity of the bladed element. Verifying the conformity of the bladed element includes implementing a verification element on the bladed element. The bladed element is configured according to a conformity threshold value to conceal a non-conformity of the coating, if the non-conformity has at least one dimension less than the threshold value, and to show at least one portion of this non-conformity if the at least one dimension is greater than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Bruno Marc-Etienne Loisel, Guillaume Sylvain Frédéric Evrard, Alexandre Thanh Nhan Nguyen, Carine Thuy-Huong Pragassam
  • Patent number: 11406225
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a rectangular fitting dimensionally conformed to a perimeter of a bathtub wall. The rectangular fitting includes a first portion and a middle portion. The first portion comprises a water-impermeable material coated with an adhesive material along the length of a bottom surface. The first portion includes a top surface conjoined with the middle portion. The adhesive-coated bottom surface of the first portion securely adheres to a top surface of the bathtub wall in order to be dimensionally conformed to the perimeter of the bathtub wall. The middle portion is configured to extend upward and downward to pre-determined heights by a user while the first portion securely adheres to the bathtub wall. The apparatus is configured to store water above the top edge of the bathtub wall, thereby converting the bathtub into the soaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Pollacco
  • Patent number: 11319717
    Abstract: The disclosure presents templates that can be useful in construction. Embodiments of the templates include a face, and two or more indicators. The indicators are located at one or more predetermined intervals on the face, and each indicator defines a window. Each window is of a predetermined length, and each indicator is coded to indicate that each indicator is located at one of the one or more predetermined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Edward Kukuruda
  • Patent number: 10976145
    Abstract: A device for checking gap tolerance between an adjustable portion of a brake switch and a brake pedal includes a handle and one or more probes extending from the handle. Each of the one or more probes include jaw portions defining multiple stepped regions of increasing thickness with decreasing distance from the handle and a slot extending through the multiple stepped regions. The slot is configured to be inserted between the adjustable portion of the brake switch and the brake pedal. A dimensional tolerance of the slot in at least one of the stepped regions equals a preset gap tolerance between the adjustable portion of the brake switch and the brake pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Philip Feldman, Jacob Milne
  • Patent number: 10906197
    Abstract: A synthetic turf seam integration template system and method is provided that includes a template having a planar base including a longitudinal non-cutting edge and an opposing longitudinal cutting edge. The longitudinal cutting edge is not straight but has a predetermined curvature. In one aspect, a through-cut viewing slot extends longitudinally offset a predetermined distance from said non-cutting edge. Variations of the predetermined curvature patterns are disclosed. An optional connector allows connection of two templates to create a longer template for usage on longer seams. Also disclosed are methods of using the seam integration tool in creating an undetectable seam in synthetic turf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Joe Dennis Wadkins
  • Patent number: 10831175
    Abstract: A method of configuring a machine (201) for production of a thread, having a pitch (227), on a workpiece (310), the machine (201) comprising: a tool (220) having a thread (223) centred on a first axis (250) and comprising one or more thread-producing peaks (225) for producing the thread having the pitch (227); and a tool holder (210) holding the tool (220), the method comprising: determining a first distance (441), in a first direction (260) parallel to the first axis (250), from a reference position (412) of the tool holder (210) to a first thread-producing peak (226) on the tool (220) when said tool (220) is held in the tool holder (210); and setting a first configuration (401) of the machine (201) wherein the reference position (412) of the tool holder (210) has a displacement (440) parallel to the first axis (250) from a reference position (411) of the workpiece (310) depending only upon: the determined first distance (441); a translation (443) parallel to the first axis (250) to account for an angular of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Yeoman, Ben Onley
  • Patent number: 10670382
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for the manufacture of body line templates, and for the use of those templates to repair the body lines of motor vehicle body panels. The present invention improves body line repair by restoring body lines more precisely and in the fraction of time it would typically take. Templates are often used in the industry to cut and forge body panels or body panel pieces, but not for repairing body lines. The original pattern for a body line template is made from an undamaged, perfectly contoured panel, such as a quarter panel, door panel or fender. The body line templates are used as a guide to restore the original shape of the body line on a damaged body panel. The templates are also used as a guide to more easily perfect the body lines by manipulating the applied body filler. In this way, repair time can be reduced by fifty, or as much as seventy-five, percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Jaime Torres
  • Patent number: 10655259
    Abstract: A quilt stamps and quilt stamp sets can be used to simplify and expedite the process of cutting and sewing fabric pieces for a patchwork quilt. A quilt stamp can be formed of a transparent material in a desired shape. A stamping side of the quilt stamp includes parallel ridges that are offset from and extend along the outer edges of the shape. The outer ridge can be formed as a continuous ridge while the inner ridge can include repeating gaps thereby forming a dashed pattern. Both the outer and inner ridges can function to stamp lines onto fabric which define where to cut as well as where to sew the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: LaVonne Jackson
  • Patent number: 10633867
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes components, systems, and methods for assessing the size and style of rain gutters. One embodiment is a kit that includes an extension rod and a plurality of measurement templates. The extension rod includes a pivotable head and a magnet. Each of the plurality of measurement templates includes a body and at least one metal component. The body of each measurement template is arranged such that it conforms to the inside or outside dimensions or contours of a rain gutter. The measurement templates are arranges to physically engage with rain gutters when assessing rain gutters. The measurement templates can assess K-style, half-round style, and fascia style rain gutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Gori
  • Patent number: 10634585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for analyzing a liquid sample, including an analysis device comprising a casing including a through-opening leading into a housing adapted to receive a portion of a collecting device and extending longitudinally from the opening along an axis of insertion of the collecting device. The analysis system further includes a collecting device comprising a main body extending along a longitudinal axis and including a fluid chamber adapted to be inserted in the housing along the insertion axis and a receiving surface intended to receive the liquid sample extending substantially orthogonally relative to the axis of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AVALUN
    Inventors: Patrick Pouteau, Vincent Poher, Paul Laurens
  • Patent number: 10612902
    Abstract: A curved gap gauge comprises a curved structural body, a curved outer surface of the curved structural body, a curved inner surface of the curved structural body configured to be parallel to the curved outer surface, and at least one step formed in the inner surface wherein a distance between the at least one step formed in the inner surface and the curved outer surface is predefined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Granville
  • Patent number: 10597860
    Abstract: A positioning template comprises a forward portion, a rearward portion, and a medial portion. The rearward portion include a first plurality of indicia, and the medial portion includes a second plurality of indicia. The positioning template further includes a top surface which includes a third plurality of indicia and a plurality of guides. The positioning template includes a bottom surface and a plurality of protrusions extending downwardly from the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Zimmer
  • Patent number: 10549419
    Abstract: A wire cutback template for use in cutting layers of insulating material from a cable. The method of using the template is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Mark G. Keffeler, David P. Keffeler
  • Patent number: 10427666
    Abstract: A pushrod measurement and verification system for determining a cutback length at which to sever a pushrod extending from a brake chamber so that a slack adjuster is properly mounted in an air brake system. The system includes a measurement member having a body member that includes opposed lower and upper ends, the body member having a thin and planar configuration. The body member defines a plurality of holes adjacent the lower end corresponding to sizes of the slack adjuster to be installed. The measurement member includes a cradle portion mounted to the upper end of the body member, the cradle portion having a bottom wall and a pair of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall and defining an open top, the cradle portion configured to cradle a pushrod. A front surface of the cradle portion includes measurement indicia for determining a cutback length of the pushrod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Leonard Van Haecke
  • Patent number: 10393492
    Abstract: A feeler gauge includes multiple feeler blades and an optical sensor. Each of the multiple feeler blades rotates about an axis between a measuring position and a non-measuring position. Each of the multiple feeler blades includes a measurement portion configured to be inserted into a gap to be measured and a proximal end having an indication of thickness of the respective feeler blade thereon. The optical sensor optically determines one or more of the multiple feeler blades that are deployed in the measuring position from the respective indications of thickness of each of the one or more feeler blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Walter Umbricht, Benno Basler, Daniel Rawyler, David Wäckerlin, Hans Ulrich Meyer
  • Patent number: 10216172
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of optimized lattice partitioning of solid 3-D models for additive manufacturing includes a computer receiving a 3-D model of an object to be printed and functional specifications indicating desired mechanical properties for portions of the object. The computer generates a plurality of lattice template structures based on the 3-D model and a uniform grid structure of an internal surface of the object. The computer determines material behaviors for each of the plurality of lattice template structures using the functional specifications and assigns the lattice template structures to locations in the uniform grid structure based on the material behaviors of the lattice template structures, thereby yielding a printable lattice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Erhan Arisoy, Lucia Mirabella, Suraj Ravi Musuvathy, Ayse Parlak
  • Patent number: 10214924
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a panel framing device. The device comprises a portable framing table that can be driven in a trailer to remote locations and a pre-printed roll of framing tape that is used to tell a worker where different parts of a framed panel will go. The goal of the device is to facilitate the building of structures using a panel approach, with the framing table and template tape minimizing the chances that a worker will make a mistake in either the selection of materials or the location of the materials. The technology can also be used to construct entire walls, which are then either transported to the site, or merely “tilted-up” into place, having been constructed on the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Youngborg
  • Patent number: 10213933
    Abstract: A synthetic turf seam integration template system and method is provided that includes a template having a planar base with a perpendicularly joined positioner. The planar base is configured with a longitudinal cutting edge with a predetermined curvature and an opposing longitudinal non-cutting edge. The positioner, which aids in moving the template, is attached to the non-cutting edge. Variations of the predetermined curvature patterns are disclosed. An optional connector allows connection of two templates to create a longer template for usage on longer seams. Also disclosed are methods of using the seam integration tool in creating an undetectable seam in synthetic turf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Joe Dennis Wadkins
  • Patent number: 10132093
    Abstract: A framing template tool may include a face plate; a top plate joined to the face plate at about an edge thereof, wherein the top plate is substantially orthogonal to the face plate; and alignment features. The alignment features may include slots formed in the face plate along its length; and one or more flaps joined to at least one edge of each of the slots, wherein each of the flaps protrude in a substantially orthogonal fashion from the face plate and in a direction away from the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Richard L. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 10041206
    Abstract: A cutting guide having a seam allowance recess and methods of cutting a piece of material with such cutting guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: USAUS Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Janna Lee Thomas, Paul Roger Thomas
  • Patent number: 9968224
    Abstract: A classic knife cut culinary guide for providing both visual and actual measurement comparison of classic knife cuts to standard size classic knife cuts provided as cutouts around the periphery and through the guide, as well as limited measurement indications in both English and metric units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Domerski
  • Patent number: 9931875
    Abstract: A craftwork accessory may provide a portable and/or easy-to-use tool to help users' accurately and repeatedly apply stamp impressions and the like to items such as cardstock. The accessory may include a base portion, one or more elevated side portions and cover portion. The side portions may define a workspace for arranging the item. The cover portion may be movably attached to the base portion or a side portion, for example, by one or more hinges. In operation, the item and stamp may be aligned in the workspace and the cover portion may be pressed onto the stamp to stick the stamp to the cover portion. The cover may then be opened, the stamp may be inked, and the cover portion may be closed and pressed onto the item to stamp the item. The accessory may include alignment indicia on the base portion, side portions and/or cover portion to facilitate placement of the item and/or stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: My Sweet Petunia, Inc.
    Inventor: Iliana Myska
  • Patent number: 9901196
    Abstract: Systems and methods for securing an object to a surface are disclosed herein. The system includes a mounting block having a first section with a first cutout for receiving a ferromagnetic chip, a second section with a second cutout, and a panel. The second cutout may be slightly smaller than the first cutout. The second section is secured to the first section such that the second cutout maintains the ferromagnetic chip in the first cutout. The panel has a front side and a back side, and the back side of the panel has a magnet attached thereto. The mounting block is releasably secured to a surface, such as a wall and the magnet is received in the second cutout such that the magnet is in magnetic communication with the ferromagnetic chip and the back side of the panel is flush with the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan Azorsky, Ben Gasser
  • Patent number: 9642302
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for removing a retained member from a rotary head assembly configured for attachment to a rotary power source. The rotary head assembly can be configured to permit quick and easy trimmer line insertion in order to resume operation of the apparatus as well as simple and efficient trimmer line removal when changing trimmer line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Orlando Jerez
  • Patent number: 9625246
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring nuts, bolt heads, washers and the like that includes a body having a first end, an opposing second end, and a longitudinal reference line extending between the first end and the second end; a first pair of parallel surfaces of equal length, the first pair of opposing parallel surfaces longitudinally between the first end and the second end, the surfaces of the first pair spaced apart by a first distance; a second pair of parallel surfaces of equal length, the second pair of parallel surfaces longitudinally between the first pair of parallel surfaces and the first end, the surfaces of the second pair spaced apart by a second distance that is smaller than the first distance; and a pair of nonparallel surfaces connected at an obtuse angle, the opposing nonparallel surfaces longitudinally between the second pair of opposing parallel surfaces and the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: David Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9376835
    Abstract: A magnetically mounted template for identifying the optimum installation location for a door hardware device. The template has a working element that engages a cooperating door hardware device, for example, a working latch that engages a bolt. The template is particularly suitable for installing electrically operable door hardware devices, such as electric strikes, which require wiring as well as mechanical attachment to a door frame or door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: William Schildwachter, James S. Lee, Ferdinand E. Orbeta
  • Patent number: 9364049
    Abstract: A transparent template for use with cover button kits which allows the user to view the underlying pattern or image on the cloth prior to cutting in order to determine the exact pattern and/or image which will appear on the face of the button upon fabrication, the transparent template comprising an upper and lower planar surface defined by an outer circular periphery and in inner circular periphery defining a circular window through the transparent template, the transparent template slidably positioned on the piece of cloth to be cut, and slidably moved until the desired pattern or image appears in the circular window allowing the user to then cut the cloth about the circular window for use with a cover button kit, the transparent templates coming in various sizes with various sized circular windows to accommodate buttons of varying sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Stephanie Ann Jones
  • Patent number: 9334673
    Abstract: A system for positioning post sleeves is provided including a plurality of post sleeve positioning devices and a spacing mechanism. Each post sleeve positioning device is configured to receive a respective post sleeve and to enable selective adjustment of a position and orientation of the respective post sleeve. The spacing mechanism is coupleable between the pair of post sleeve positioning devices to determine or control the position and orientation of the post sleeve received by one of the pair of post sleeves positioning devices relative to the post sleeve received by the other one of the pair of post sleeve positioning devices. Related systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 9234727
    Abstract: An explosive matrix includes a grid structure formed from a single length of detonating cord with one set of spaced-apart detonating cord sections lying in one plane that perpendicularly overlays a second set of spaced-apart sections lying in a second plane such that at each section crossing location the crossing consists of no more than two perpendicular sections of detonating cord. A tool for forming the matrix includes a frame comprising four side members, each having identical castellated edges in which are defined a plurality of notches for receiving a section of detonating cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Jon K. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9151585
    Abstract: A template tool that is adapted to quickly and easily define standard cabinet front edge position, whether for base or wall cabinet, and whether from stud or drywall wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: John Scott Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9067459
    Abstract: A drawing template set includes a planar anchor ring having an outer diameter and an inner diameter, a rotary increment scale marked at least part way along the outer diameter, and a first registration interface at at least one point on the inner diameter, and a planar template having an outer diameter providing a slip fit into the inner diameter of the planar anchor ring, one or more through slots or other openings enabling a user to draw specific lines and shapes on a drawing surface to which the template may be applied, and a second registration interface on the outer diameter matching the first registration interface of the planar anchor ring, enabling the user place the planar template in the anchor ring for use, to remove it as desired, and to replace it with a different template fashioned for a different purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Brendan Bennet
  • Patent number: 9050134
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for verifying compatibility between cooperating parts of a joint prosthesis. The compatibility between the cooperating parts is with respect to at least one articulation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Zimmer GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Meier
  • Patent number: 8997366
    Abstract: A calibration template for calibrating a machining device that has blocking elements for blocking an ophthalmic lens, and machining elements for machining the ophthalmic lens, the template including a fastener portion suitable for being fastened to the blocking elements and a calibration portion arranged around the fastener portion. The calibration portion is made out of a material that is suitable for being machined by the machining elements, and presents firstly a plurality of shape patterns, and secondly a plurality of visual identifiers each visually associated with one of the shape patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Michel Nauche, Laurent Geysels
  • Publication number: 20150082647
    Abstract: Disclosed is a template and method for use in the roofing industry for cutting roofing shingles on site in multiple useful lengths with each individual cut. The template, formed of a durable material such as aluminum, comprises a base plate having an upwardly facing planar surface. Border walls rise from two adjacent sides of the planar surface of the base plate and have abutment surfaces facing inwardly towards the planar surface of the base plate. Permanent markings on the abutment surfaces and the planar surface are visible at a fixed point above the template so as to enable a person with a T-square and a cutting instrument to cut a standard size shingle piece into two useful pieces or to cut multiple shingles stacked on top of one another into two useful pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Mario David Marisa
  • Publication number: 20150069648
    Abstract: A kitchen tool in the form of one or more pairs of dough thickness guides used to roll out pastry, cookie dough, fondant and other doughs to a desired uniform thickness. At least a pair of guides having the same thickness or depth are spaced apart from one another less than a length of a rolling pin. The dough is rolled by the rolling pin until the rolling pin contacts the spaced apart guides, wherein the dough has been rolled evenly to the desired thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Clive Baillie
  • Patent number: 8939918
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a calibration and measurement system designed primarily for use in the rapid evaluation and characterization of open or visible wounds in patients. The invention in a preferred embodiment comprises a set of colored concentric rings, typically constructed of paper or synthetic paper. The practitioner removes only as many rings, from the center outward, until the entire wound is visible within the open aperture at the center of the remaining rings. The area dimensions of the wound are then read out from the size of the inner remaining ring. Photography optionally records the wound appearance and size. A related system is developed for linear dimensioning of wounds. This embodiment is also designed to standardize the color scheme for accurate photography wound description. The color scheme is also applicable to a linear device to accurately describe wound size. Embodiments of the invention are also useful in forensic and accident investigations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas J. Richards
  • Patent number: 8904652
    Abstract: There is provided a grid system (10) containing a set of stakes (40), a grid (20) and a key (3) that can be transported to a crime scene to create a working area in which evidence can be accurately cataloged as to its precise location at the time of its discovery. The grid strings (21) are secured to the grid rings (22, 23, 24) to form a grid (20). The grid rings (22, 23, 24) attach to the stakes (40). The key (30), which also attaches to the stakes (40) ensures that the grid (2) is square. The preferred embodiment features a key (30) comprising two key rings (32) and a key string (31). The key (30), when fully extended to opposite corners of the grid (20), forms the shared hypotenuse to the right triangles on either side of the key (30) formed by the grid (20), thereby forming a grid system (10) The stakes (40) can be ribbed in a way to enable the grid rings (22, 23, 24, 32) to remain at a distinct position along the stake (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Susan Ann Derkach
  • Patent number: 8898920
    Abstract: A folding template for a fitted sheet includes an elongated panel having a length slightly greater than the neutral width of an elastic end of the fitted sheet, and a width that is less than one-third the length of the fitted sheet. The panel is divided into four segments separated by a hinge configured so that the panel can be folded laterally inward with the fitted sheet engaged around the panel. In a method for folding a fitted sheet, the folding template is engaged in one elastic end of the sheet, spanning the width of the sheet. The template is repeatedly flipped over width-wise along the fitted sheet while maintaining the length of the template intact. Once the template reaches the opposite end of the sheet, the panel is folded inward on itself to a reduced configuration including the fitted sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Innovation Efficiens, LLC
    Inventors: Roy K. Ward, Phillip H. Cripe, Michael D. Beck
  • Patent number: 8893394
    Abstract: A carpentry guide tool for ensuring precise and accurate measurements with regard to offsets and reveals commonly used in carpentry, particularly in the context of trim and molding around a door or window, is now disclosed. More specifically, the now disclosed carpentry tool is capable of use simultaneously in two orthogonal directions for the accurate measurement of reveals in the corner of a framed threshold and is designed for both ease of use and ease of manufacture. The now disclosed carpentry tool is of fixed dimension and static manufacture, mitigating the possibility that human error yields inconsistencies in measurement. The preferred embodiment is two concentric square prisms of differing sizes wherein every edge of one prism is congruent and parallel to an edge of the second prism, creating a reveal defined by the size differential between the two prisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Simon P. Parkin
  • Patent number: 8887407
    Abstract: The propeller blade seal positioning gauge provides for precisely marking the position(s) of the circumferential seal(s) about the blade shank of a controllable pitch propeller prior to propeller reassembly. The gauge includes an elongate arm having a stop extending from one end normal thereto. The distal portion of the arm is inwardly offset toward the spanwise axis of the blade to place the distal portion of the arm adjacent the blade shank. One or more marker notches are formed in either or both edges of the arm, their locations being precisely determined according to the specific propeller type. The stop is placed upon the butt of the blade and the tip of an appropriate marker is placed in the appropriate notch of the gauge. The device is then rotated about the blade shank to mark a circumferential ring about the shank to indicate the precise position of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Maricela Carlota Silva
  • Patent number: 8881418
    Abstract: A mechanical spacing apparatus for placement between a vertical dry wall member and a horizontal flooring panel. The flooring panel and the dry-wall member meet at right angles. The spacing apparatus comprises a horizontal front projecting element for placement on the top surface of the flooring panel joined to a vertical upwards projecting element for abutting adjacent to the vertical dry-wall member. The spacing apparatus comprises horizontal and vertical elements at right angles. Projecting vertically downwards from the right angle join between the horizontal and vertical elements is a spacing element having a predetermined thickness for creating a suitable spacing distance between the inward edge of the flooring panel and the bottom of the vertical dry-wall member thereby accommodating a suitable expansion distance for the flooring installation. The apparatus is easily installed and removed by hand by a flooring installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Funk
  • Publication number: 20140310968
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus guides movement of a cutting instrument across a first surface of a work piece. The apparatus has a base, a tape-measure mount, and a fence. The base has a substantially-flat lower surface that abuts the first surface of the work piece. The tape-measure mount mounts a tape measure to the base on a first side of the apparatus. The fence is attached to the base, opposite the first side of the apparatus, and has a guiding surface that guides the movement of the cutting instrument across the first surface of the work piece. At least one movable component, other than a tape measure tape, is attached to the base to permit adjustment of a dimension of the apparatus that is used to calibrate the apparatus for use with the cutting instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Sherman
  • Publication number: 20140259718
    Abstract: Disclosed here are methods, devices, paradigms and structures for wiring a picture frame, and for generating user defined templates for hanging picture frames wired using the device in various layouts. The device allows the maker of the frame to install a hanging wire to the frame at a predefined position, for example, at a predefined distance from a top edge of the frame. A spring-loaded peg mounted on a flat slab, at a predefined distance from a wall member of the device, allows wiring the frame such that the apex of the wire is at the predefined distance from the top edge of the frame. The frame is placed in the device with the top edge of the frame adjacent to the wall member. The flat slab is configured to move vertically on a channel guide mounted on the wall member to accommodate varying thickness of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Art.Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhav Mehra, Timothy Stevens
  • Patent number: 8782912
    Abstract: A tool for carpentry that when used with a nail, a pencil, and a tape measure can draw circles and arcs from a radius of 1 inch up to that of the length of the tape measure. It can also easily make circles or arcs with a radius of 2 inches up to 12 inches using pencil guide holes that are staggered down the length of the device at one eighth-inch intervals. The tool has two rare earth magnets that hold the tape measure to the tool during use. The magnets can be used also to hold a nail on the tool for storage purposes. In that way, a nail is always available when a circle is needed. For more convenience, one or more bubble levels can be added to the tool making the tool not only a circle tool but a torpedo level as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Speedy Circle Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Eric A. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8713812
    Abstract: The axle guide has a generally rectangular base having a thickness, a top surface, and an opposite bottom surface, a first end and an opposite second end, and a right side and an opposite left side. The top surface has a lengthwise spine with less height than the thickness of the base. The first end has a threaded aperture receiving a screw which secures a planar gauge. The gauge has its own thickness, generally that of the desired gap between a wheel hub and the car body. The gauge has a generally slotted shape secured by the screw to the first end. The gauge is preferably H shaped or alternately C shaped. The slot of the gauge receives the shaft of an axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Launius, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8695226
    Abstract: A device for three-dimensional representation of horsebacks through measurement points, comprising: plural vertically telescoping and column shaped segments which are connected with a frame and which include flexible transversal elements at their upper end which flexible transversal elements are bent like an umbrella and have flexible curvatures, wherein the vertical segments are configured to be variably offset from one another in the frame and configured fixable in a temporary manner and the curvature of the transversal elements that are bent in the shape of an umbrella is adjustable and fixable in a temporary manner, wherein the transversal elements include measuring points which are configured variably arrangeable in a vertical plane through devices for adjusting the curvature of the transversal elements, and wherein the measuring points of the transversal elements are arranged in the surface of the three-dimensional contour of the horseback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Buettner
  • Patent number: 8671585
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a nozzle segment for use within a turbine nozzle assembly. The method comprises providing a nozzle segment including an outer band, an inner band, and at least one vane extending there between, wherein at least one of the inner band and the outer band is formed with a transition piece groove defined therein, positioning an inspection tool in contact with the nozzle assembly such that the inspection tool is aligned relative to the nozzle segment using at least one datum, and verifying an alignment of each transition piece groove using the inspection tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Graham David Sherlock, Christopher Edward Thompson
  • Patent number: 8667701
    Abstract: A template tool is provided for locating sites for fixing to walls hardware for mounting a wire shelf. The tool has two legs perpendicular to each other along a bend locatable along a corner of two walls in which the legs each extend along one of two walls from the corner to enable hole(s) or opening(s) along each of the legs to align over locations of sites for fixing shelf support hardware to the walls to horizontally install a shelf. One leg has a horizontal bubble level and is adjustable or non-adjustable in length in accordance with shelf depth. An aperture along one leg is preset a distance from one end thereof for use in successively locating sites along the back wall. Sites are thus locatable along each of two corners formed by two opposite side walls and a common back wall, and along the back wall between such corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Geesaman