Lever Operated Opener Patents (Class 4/246.3)
  • Patent number: 9198548
    Abstract: A closing mechanism for a toilet is provided that includes a frame attached to the toilet, and a closing member carried by the frame and attached to a pivoting member of the toilet. A sensor may be carried by the frame and is capable of sensing when a user of the toilet leaves a field of view of the sensor. The sensor sends a signal when the user of the toilet leaves the field of view of the sensor that causes the closing member to rotate the pivoting member from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: George A De Vito, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9015869
    Abstract: A toilet closure apparatus mounts on a toilet having a base assembly defining a bowl and a bowl ledge, a tank assembly, a toilet lid and a toilet seat. A tank mounting bolt has a tank mounting bolt bore extending axially therethrough. A cable housing is sealedly affixed within the tank mounting bore and disposed to allow a cable to move axially through the tank mounting bore. A hinge assembly includes a frame defining a downwardly extending cable run and an internal cavity including a cylindrical bearing surface having a horizontally extending axis. A hinge member is supported by the bearing surface for rotation about the axis. A hinge pin extends outwardly of the frame, and is fixedly engaged with the toilet seat to effect toilet seat rotation in common with rotation of the hinge member about the axis, the hinge member having at least one camming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff Henderson
  • Publication number: 20150107007
    Abstract: A seat handle for providing a clean handhold surface for lifting or lowering a toilet seat having a bottom surface, the seat handle comprising a plate having a top surface and a bottom surface, a shield having a depth, the shield extending substantially at right angle to the plate from the bottom surface dividing the bottom surface of the plate into an inner portion and an outer portion, wherein the shield includes an inner surface and an outer surface and an attachment pad configured to attach the plate to a portion of the bottom surface of the toilet seat such that the shield blocks potential splashes from a toilet to keep the outer surface and outer portion clean.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Donald James Chaput, Michael Vincent Rennie, II
  • Publication number: 20150101114
    Abstract: A toilet seat handle for lifting a toilet seat and its cover. The toilet seat handle is affixed to the toilet seat cover, and selectively engages the toilet seat to lift the cover and the seat individually or together. Because the handle mechanism is affixed to the front of the cover, when the toilet is being used, with the seat up or down, the handle mechanism is well away from the toilet, such that the handle mechanism remains clean and sanitary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Pagett
  • Patent number: 8819873
    Abstract: An ergonomic toilet seat raising and lowering device provides a hygienic, effective, and efficient system of lifting and closing a toilet seat with a low susceptibility of being contaminated with urine or fecal matter. The invention includes a lever, a rod and a counterweight positioned away from and behind other components of a common toilet. The invention may be used on toilets and seats with a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: John William Embler
  • Patent number: 8726427
    Abstract: A commode flushing handle that is attachable to a toilet wherein a horizontal rod section is rotatably disposed upon said toilet and a handle section is disposed endwise upon the rod section, said handle section disposed proximal the toilet bowl, whereby lifting the handle section depresses the flush handle of the toilet to flush the toilet without the user having to turn around or stand up from the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Emigdio Padron
  • Publication number: 20140101833
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a toilet cover lifting apparatus comprising a toilet covering equipped with an integrated receiving port. The apparatus is also configured with a removable handle configured to couple to the receiving port. The length of the handle of the present invention is sufficient to provide increased mechanical advantage to a user of decreased mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Liviu B. Saimovici
  • Publication number: 20140090161
    Abstract: A toilet adapter which allows a user to lift the lid, the seat, and flush the toilet using three dedicated pedals and their respective actuating mechanisms. The lid pedal and the seat pedal utilize a crankshaft connection to rotate adapters that grasp the lid and the seat, raising the lid and seat as the pedal is pressed. The flush pedal uses a double pivot connection to pull down on an adapter that is secured to a toilet handle. The seat pedal and the flush pedal can be lifted to activate sub assemblies. A bidet assembly and a dryer assembly are operated by lifting the seat pedal and the flush pedal, respectively, with a brace provided so that the regular functions can still be accessed by pressing down. A variation can be implemented for urinals, in which the lid and seat components are unnecessary and left out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Reginald E. WESCOTT, SR.
  • Patent number: 8584267
    Abstract: A manual toilet seat lifter apparatus is provided for lifting and lowering a toilet seat and toilet seat cover. A riser rod is pivotally connected to a hinge pin supported on the toilet seat. A handle is connected to a top end of the riser rod, and a counterweight is connected to a bottom end of the riser rod. An engagement member on the riser rod proximal to the counterweight is adapted to engage a hook provided on the toilet seat cover so that the toilet seat and cover both may be lowered simultaneously upon manipulation of the handle on the riser arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: James W. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20130263369
    Abstract: An ergonomic toilet seat raising and lowering device provides a hygienic, effective, and efficient system of lifting and closing a toilet seat with a low susceptibility of being contaminated with urine or fecal matter. The invention includes a lever, a rod and a counterweight positioned away from and behind other components of a common toilet. The invention may be used on toilets and seats with a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: John William Embler
  • Patent number: 8479323
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism for toilet seats is provided which includes an easy accessible pull handle, connected to a mechanism associated with the seat that holds the seat in a vertical rest position. The handle is the only part that needs to be maneuvered by the toilet user when the user desires that the seat be in horizontal position. After using the seat in such horizontal position, the provided mechanism automatically moves the seat back up into the vertical rest position. This mechanism eliminates handling of potentially unsanitary toilet seats with hands. Thus, the handle is the only part which the person using the toilet is touching. Since the handle is positioned away from the seat and outside of the area where typically splashing occurs, an utmost sanitary and hygienic state is accomplished by the current invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan Blum
  • Patent number: 8402571
    Abstract: A handle mechanism for lifting a toilet seat and its cover. The handle mechanism is affixed to the toilet seat cover, and selectively engages the toilet seat to lift the cover and the seat individually or together. Because the handle mechanism is affixed to the front of the cover, when the toilet is being used, with the seat up or down, the handle mechanism is well away from the toilet, such that the handle mechanism remains clean and sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Pagett
  • Publication number: 20120272443
    Abstract: A foot-operated toilet seat lifting device comprises a pedal assembly, lifting mechanism, and means for transmitting the force from the user's foot to the lifting mechanism. The device includes a base portion, foot pedal, force-transmitting cable, seat lifting arm, contact roller, and seat gripping bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Homy Chamanara
  • Publication number: 20120272442
    Abstract: A foot-operated toilet seat lifting device comprises a pedal assembly, lifting mechanism, and means for transmitting the force from the user's foot to the lifting mechanism. The device includes a base portion, foot pedal, force-transmitting cable, seat lifting arm, contact roller, and seat gripping bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Homy Chamanara
  • Patent number: 8286273
    Abstract: The toilet foot flushing apparatus quickly converts a hand-flushed toilet to a foot-flushed toilet, without the need of tools. The included lever of the apparatus replaces the existing toilet lever, by hand. The pedal is about 1 foot in length, thereby providing sufficient leverage to the lever via the cable. The lever is attached to flush mechanism on the exterior of an existing toilet reservoir. The spring-loaded pedal returns to a position slightly above the base when released, thereby releasing lever pressure. The geared pedal to base action provides sturdy long-lived flush function. The apparatus does not require any form of floor invasion, as the base need not be mounted to the floor. The cable retainer provides length adjustment for the cable so that a plurality of toilet reservoirs and flush mechanisms can be successfully converted to foot flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Cory M. Toomer
  • Patent number: 8266730
    Abstract: A novel attachment on a toilet system for a male user to raise a toilet seat (100), by depressing a pedal (30) with a foot and then releasing it, while standing well balanced on his second foot, so that he can urinate comfortably with both feet on the floor; and then to lower same seat (100) by depressing same pedal (30) and releasing it; with all these actions done with no startling noise against the water tank (104) or the toilet bowl rim. The dual operation of the same pedal (30) can provide a timely flushing of the toilet automatically when seat (100) is lowered, without hand touching any part of the toilet system. The attachment can add, with a secondary pedal (140), a hands-free flushing system that can be operated without moving toilet seat (100) when it is already in the lowered position. All manual toilet-system operations are preserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Tom L. Ricca
  • Patent number: 8230529
    Abstract: The toilet seat lifting apparatus lifts a toilet seat with a user's foot. The apparatus is omnidirectional, so it can be easily reversed to operate on either side of a toilet. Almost any toilet is fitted, without modification. The base does not require mounting but instead is rested upon a surface adjacent to a toilet. The semicircular base importantly covers the pivot pedestal and the pivotally attached lever, so that splash is not a concern, yet the removable side cover allows maintenance, such as lubrication. As the hinge rod and seat arm are of relatively small diameter, and as both are adjacent to the back of the seat, less obtrusive appearance is a benefit, as is avoidance of urine stream incursion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D. Reid
  • Patent number: 8091155
    Abstract: A seat lifting system includes a toilet and a seat and a lid, which are hingedly coupled together by a hinge and secured to the toilet so that each of the seat and lid are positionable in lifted position or lowered position relative to the toilet. A pivot bar is rotatably coupled to the seat and the lid adjacent to the hinge. A lifting arm is coupled to a first end of the pivot bar. The lifting arm extends outwardly from the pivot bar and engages a bottom face of the seat. The lifting arm lifts the seat when the pivot bar is rotated. A lifting assembly is coupled to the pivot bar and is actuated to rotate the pivot bar to lift the seat of the toilet. The lifting assembly is actuated again to rotate the pivot bar to lower the seat of the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Guadalupe E. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8082604
    Abstract: A mechanism (100) for lifting and lowering a toilet seat (102) is activated by foot pressure pushing down on a pedal (104). The mechanism includes an off-floor pivot fixed in space for converting the pressure into a torque applied to hinge (113, 114) supporting the seat. The mechanism does not touch the floor. Instead a reaction arm which is one support for the fixed pivot presses against a wall (120) behind the toilet bowl. An element for retarding the speed of the seat as it falls is optionally included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Pedaloo NZ Limited
    Inventor: Matthew James Isaac
  • Publication number: 20110289666
    Abstract: A foot actuated toilet seat or seat/lid lifting and self-lowering mechanism (100) designed specifically for the purpose of preventing exposure of a user's hands to unhygienic viral and bacteriological contamination. The mechanism (100) is composed of three primary assembled components, a housing assembly (10), a cable/adjustment arm assembly (50), and a lift arm assembly (70) that work in unison to lift a toilet seat (102) via the application of pressure to a foot pedal (32). The housing assembly (10) is designed to be placed virtually anywhere within the proximity of the toilet (105), and the lift arm assembly (70) is designed to be installed onto the toilet (105) without any modifications whatsoever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: James Leon Owen, JR.
  • Patent number: 8020221
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a toilet seat lifting device (10), comprising a pneumatic system employing a piston (48) connected to the toilet seat (6), the system being adapted to lift the toilet seat (6) by applying mechanical force on the piston (48) in the corresponding direction (upwards, in the example herein), and to gradually lowering the toilet seat by gradually releasing air from the pneumatic system. The device may further comprise a valve (56), for causing a fall in air pressure in the pneumatic system, thereby causing an accelerated lowering of the toilet seat. The device may further comprise: a sensor, for sensing lowering of toilet seat (6); and a mechanism for activating flushing the toilet bowl upon detecting by the sensor that the seat has been lowered, such as a handle of a tap providing water to the flush tank (8) thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Erez Borochov, Meir Gitelis
  • Patent number: 7987528
    Abstract: A linkage for moving a hinged member from a first position to a second position. The hinged member may be a toilet seat, the lid of a toilet seat, or any other hinged member. The linkage is provided with first and second pedals where the first pedal moves the seat from the first (or lowered) position to a second (or raised) position. The second pedal moves the seat from the second position to the first position. The linkage is preferably provided with a biasing member to assist the seat in moving from the first position to the second position and acts as a dampening mechanism when the seat is moved from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Michael D. Ross
  • Publication number: 20110035866
    Abstract: A novel attachment on a toilet system for a male user to raise a toilet seat (100), by depressing a pedal (30) with a foot and then releasing it, while standing well balanced on his second foot, so that he can urinate comfortably with both feet on the floor; and then to lower same seat (100) by depressing same pedal (30) and releasing it; with all these actions done with no startling noise against the water tank (104) or the toilet bowl rim. The dual operation of the same pedal (30) can provide a timely flushing of the toilet automatically when seat (100) is lowered, without hand touching any part of the toilet system. The attachment can add, with a secondary pedal (140), a hands-free flushing system that can be operated without moving toilet seat (100) when it is already in the lowered position. All manual toilet-system operations are preserved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Tom L. Ricca
  • Patent number: 7861328
    Abstract: A toilet seat tilting device includes a base, a seat tilting device that lifts or lowers a seat and a seat cover tilting device that lifts or lowers the seat cover. First and second pedals are used to operate link mechanisms. When the first pedal is pressed, the parts of the seat tilting device are rotated clockwise so that the seat is lifted. When the second pedal is pressed, the parts are rotated counterclockwise so that the seat is lowered. The seat cover is lowered when the second pedal is further pressed. The height of the tilting devices is adjustable and they are provided in left-handed and right-handed structures to be adapted various toilets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Young Han Joo, Susie Rana Joo, Jung Chan Joo
  • Patent number: 7832026
    Abstract: A toilet actuation apparatus. An illustrative embodiment of the apparatus includes a lever support, at least one pedal lever pivotally carried by the lever support, at least one pedal carried by the at least one pedal lever on a first side of the lever support, at least one actuation lever pivotally carried by the at least one pedal lever on a second side of the lever support, at least one toothed actuation rack carried by the at least one actuation lever and at least one toothed actuation pinion engaging the at least one toothed actuation rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Rose N. Bryant, Cedric Ladouceur
  • Patent number: 7793362
    Abstract: A toilet seat lift system for a toilet having a toilet bowl is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the toilet seat lift system includes a seat connecting shaft adapted for attachment to the toilet bowl, a toilet seat carried by the seat connecting shaft, a cover connecting rod extending through the seat connecting shaft, a toilet cover carried by the cover connecting rod, a seat handle carried by the seat connecting shaft and a cover handle carried by the cover connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventors: Owen Stoby, Audrey Stoby
  • Publication number: 20100218307
    Abstract: A manual toilet seat lifter apparatus is provided for lifting and lowering a toilet seat and includes strap hinge members connected to the toilet seat. A hinge pin is received in the strap hinge members. A riser rod is connected to the hinge pin. A handle is connected to a top end of the riser rod, and a counterweight is connected to a bottom end of the riser rod. Preferably, a horizontal transition portion is connected between the hinge pin and the riser rod. Preferably, a horizontal extension portion is connected to the riser rod at a location on the riser rod which is opposite to the horizontal transition portion. With a second embodiment of the invention, which is a combined toilet seat lifter and toilet seat cover lifter apparatus, toilet seat cover lifting means are provided for lifting and lowering a toilet seat cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: James W. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 7644451
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively moving a toilet seat between a first and second position comprising: a base, a first pedal having a first end for receiving a downward force thereon pivotally connected to the base, a first means connected between the toilet seat and an end of the first pedal opposite the first end for moving the toilet seat from a first position to a second position, a second pedal having a first end for receiving a downward force thereon and pivotally connected at an edge opposite the first end to the first pedal, a second means connected between the second pedal and an upper end of the first moving means for moving at least one of the toilet seat from the second position to the first position and the second pedal away from the first pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Ross
  • Publication number: 20090188030
    Abstract: Lift apparatus for toilet seat consists of a stand that can be fixed onto the top of toilet, a set of leverage levers and a J-shaped hook. Lift apparatus for toilet seat is installed on the top of a toilet for lifting toilet seat. Man can step on lever to elevate toilet seat when he urinates to prevent toilet seat from getting wet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Kun Yuan Tong, David Tong
  • Publication number: 20090113611
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to mechanics, and more specifically, to systems and methods for providing a toilet seat lifting device. In one embodiment, the toilet seat lifting device includes a base; a lever, the lever rotatably coupled to the base; and a weight, the weight coupled to the lever, wherein the base is configurable to being mounted on a toilet having a toilet seat and wherein gravitational force applied to the weight results in biased rotation of the lever to lift the toilet seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Adnan Jarjour, Mahmoud Abdallah
  • Publication number: 20090100581
    Abstract: A foot-operated apparatus for lifting and lowering a toilet seat has base support adapted to attach to an existing flooring surface using a loop and hook fastener with an adhesive material allowing the base to be easily installed and easily removed for ease of cleaning the unit and the area around the toilet. A lever foot pedal mounted in the base may be a single unit made of extruded and molded poly carbonate material for durability and corrosion resistance. A push rod pivotally connected to the foot pedal and pivotally connected to the toilet seat lifts and lowers the seat upon foot actuation and release, respectively. A leaf spring disposed in the base under the foot pedal returns the toilet seat to the down position after use. Kits may provide the disassembled parts of the apparatus and written instructions for assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Vance Mixon
  • Patent number: 7475437
    Abstract: A device is depicted to raise and lower a toilet seat, the device having a rotation axis located under the toilet seat and which is attached or comes into contact with it; a lever attached to the rotation axis and which is moved by a user in order to convey its motion towards the rotation axis which, by being attached to the seat or coming in contact to it, raises or lowers the seat as desired; the rotation axis is housed in the conduits of already existing hinges that are formed by the toilet cover, seat, and hinge supports, or the rotation axis is housed along a housing provided in a base plate that is attached to the hinge supports existing in any toilet seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: David Herrera-Gurrola
  • Publication number: 20080307572
    Abstract: A toilet seat positioning device is operated by a foot lever having a fulcrum positioned between and spaced from a link end and a foot end thereof. A seat coupling is received within a socket in the toilet seat spaced forwardly from the rear end hinge of the toilet seat. A link arm is pivotally coupled between the link end of the foot lever and the seat coupling. A biasing mechanism is arranged to bias the foot lever from the open position towards the closed position and a dampening mechanism is arranged to slow biasing action of the biasing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Curt B. Leutschaft, Caren Viola Leutschaft
  • Publication number: 20080189843
    Abstract: A mechanism (100) for lifting and lowering a toilet seat (102) is activated by foot pressure pushing down on a pedal (104). The mechanism includes an off-floor pivot fixed in space for converting the pressure into a torque applied to hinge (113, 114) supporting the seat. The mechanism does not touch the floor. Instead a reaction arm which is one support for the fixed pivot presses against a wall (120) behind the toilet bowl. Means for retarding the speed of the seat as it falls is optionally included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Matthew James Isaac
  • Patent number: 7398564
    Abstract: A closure apparatus and a method of installing the same are provided. The closure apparatus is adapted to mount to a toilet having a cover (5), a bowl ledge (4), and a flush mechanism (3, 30). The closure apparatus includes a mounting bolt (15) having an opening therethrough and a rod (8) disposed within the opening. The apparatus also includes a spring (9) that is adapted to be deformed by the rod to thereby bias the rod and a lever (11) movable with respect to the mounting bolt. A latch release mechanism (25, 27) coupled to the lever is also included. Upon flushing the toilet when the cover is open, and when the closure apparatus is mounted on the bowl ledge, the latch release mechanism causes the latch point of the lever to move with respect to the mounting bolt and allows the spring to move the rod, which pushes the cover, to thereby close the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Andersen
  • Patent number: 7254846
    Abstract: A toilet seat tilting device includes a base, a seat tilting member, a cam member, a first lever, a second lever and a connecting rod. The base includes a cam bracket and a lever bracket. The cam member is pivotally attached to the cam bracket and includes a first arm and a second arm. The first lever and the second lever are pivotally attached to the lever bracket and include a pedal and an actuating arm. The connecting rod connects the cam member and the seat tilting member. When the first pedal is pressed the first actuating arm pivots the first arm of the cam member upward and the seat is tilted upward until the seat is fully pivoted upward, and the seat remains fully pivoted upward. The second pedal similarly operates to tilt the seat downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Mi Ae Kim
  • Patent number: 7134150
    Abstract: A mechanism for raising a toilet seat includes two geared shafts that are cooperatively engaged while mounted on a toilet. A foot-operated lever attached to a first of the geared shafts provides torque thereto, causing a rotation of the first geared shaft upon depressing the lever. This, in turn, causes a rotation of the second of the geared shafts. The second geared shaft includes a metal flange or other connector that secures a toilet seat thereto over the bowl of the toilet. As the two geared shafts rotate, the toilet seat raises and lowers with the movement of the metal flange on the second geared shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Steve Stewart
  • Patent number: 7039961
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting apparatus for use in combination with a toilet and toilet seat. The toilet seat lifting apparatus lifts a toilet seat on a toilet when activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Jerry Kirk
  • Patent number: 6907621
    Abstract: A mechanism for raising and lowering a toilet seat in response to actuation of foot pedals. An actuation cylinder with a contained piston is connected between the toilet bowl and the toilet seat. Water from the supply line for the toilet is routed to the actuator cylinder when a seat up pedal is depressed and causes the piston to extend out of the actuation cylinder and raise the seat. Operation of a flush pedal causes the water within the actuation cylinder to drain so that the toilet seat lowers. A mechanical linkage from the flush pedal to the flush mechanism of the toilet links toilet flushing to the seat lowering action, ensuring that the seat is lowered after each flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Robert W. Stemen
  • Patent number: 6883676
    Abstract: A garbage storage device includes a base, a bin installed on the base, a pedal mounted on the bin, a lid mounted on the bin, a linkage arranged between the pedal and the lid and a buffer arranged between the base and the linkage. The buffer includes a first cylinder including a closed end connected with the base and an open end through which a spring is inserted and a second cylinder including an open end through which the spring is inserted and a closed end connected with the linkage. The first cylinder is partially inserted in the second cylinder. The first cylinder includes an ear formed at the closed end and mounted on ears of the base. The second cylinder includes a tube transversely extending from the closed end for receiving the first end of the second lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Patent number: 6807687
    Abstract: The self-supportive toilet seat and cover system for lifting and placing a toilet seat and cover on an open end of a toilet bowl includes a hinge attached to one end of the toilet bowl opening which also attaches to an end of the toilet seat and toilet cover. The system also includes primary seat and cover levers located on one side of the toilet bowl which are coupled to a fulcrum located below the toilet bowl. The primary levers are also coupled to respective secondary seat and cover levers which are in turn coupled to respective seat and cover collars attached to the ends of the hinge assembly pertaining to the rotational movement of the seat and cover, respectively. Downward pivotal movement of the primary levers causes the toilet cover and seat to swing from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Leonardo Salvador Marras
  • Patent number: 6775858
    Abstract: A height adjustable toilet seat apparatus for disabled users includes a toilet seat having a hinged lid. The apparatus may be fixed to a toilet bowl or to a wheelchair and includes telescopic legs for supporting the toilet seat and lid at different heights. A lid opening mechanism is operated by a foot lever slidably connected to at least one of said legs. A catch is biased to a holding position for holding the lid in a rotated attitude and a foot peddle and handle are provided to release the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Stuart Earl Crispin Miller
  • Patent number: 6742196
    Abstract: A spa cover remover has a spa cover support including a pair of parallel side bars at opposite respective sides of a spa, the side bars having upper and lower ends, with a crossbar extending between the upper ends of the side bars, a pivot shaft extending between the lower ends of the side bars and rigid connections between the lower end of the side bars and the pivot shaft and between the upper ends of the side bars and the crossbar. The spa cover support is pivotable about the longitudinal axis of the pivot shaft and a resilient connection between the spa cover support and the spa allows pivotation of the spa cover support about that axis to locate the crossbar, with a spa cover folded over the crossbar, in a supporting position offset from above the spa. The crossbar, the pivot shaft and the side arms are each made of telescopically interengaged and adjustable sections to enable the spa cover remover to be adapted to spas of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: ABC SPA Cover Removal Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Leon LaHay
  • Patent number: 6615412
    Abstract: A no hands toilet lid and seat opening and closing mechanism designed to be disposed on a typical existing toilet having a seat and/or lid and seat. A saddle-like mounting bracket having left and right brackets is positioned on the top rear quadrant of the toilet bowl, and is clamped in place between the hinge assembly and toilet bowl. Two pivot arms support foot levers that control the lid and seat, and are pivotally coupled to the mounting brackets. A lid coiled spring and a seat coiled spring are each disposed around a pivot arm. U-shaped lid and seat brackets are adapted to be bonded to the existing toilet lid and seat, and are functionally connected to the lid and seat pedals, such that foot pressure forcing downward on a chosen pedal will raise and open the lid and/or seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Stephen John Hammond
  • Patent number: 6438764
    Abstract: A closure apparatus and a method of installing the same are provided. The closure apparatus is adapted to mount to a toilet having a cover, a bowl ledge and a flush mechanism. The closure apparatus includes a mounting bolt having an opening extending therethrough and a rod disposed within the opening of the bolt. The apparatus also includes a spring that is adapted to be deformed by the rod to thereby bias the rod and a lever movable with respect to the mounting bolt. A latch release mechanism coupled to the lever is also included. Upon flushing the toilet when the cover is open, and when the closure apparatus is mounted on the bowl ledge, the latch release mechanism causes the latch point of the lever to move with respect to the mounting bolt and allows the spring to move the rod, which pushes the cover, to thereby close the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Andersen
  • Patent number: 6393623
    Abstract: The present invention includes a floor mounted toilet with a mechanical lift device comprising an adjustable linkage assembly connected between a foot pedal and a torque arm of a torque rod. The torque rod is affixed to the toilet seat to rotate the toilet seat. Applying a pedal force raises the toilet seat to a raised seat angle. A floor mounted base member rotationally supports the foot pedal and rigidly supports a vertical member carrying a pivot plate of the linkage assembly to rotate about a pivotal axis. The initial force to raise the toilet seat is adjusted by changing the first length of an upper rod of the linkage assembly. The raised seat angle is adjusted by the second length of a lower rod of the linkage assembly. The first and second lengths are adjusted by providing length adjusting devices, such as a turnbuckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Rufus Willie Strickland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6308347
    Abstract: The toilet seat lifting system includes a lifting bracket secured to a seat of a toilet, a vertical member, a stabilizer bar locks between the toilet seat bolts and engage the upper portion of the vertical member, a spring attached to the stabilizer bar and the rear of the toilet seat, a lever arm pivotally attached to a lower portion of the vertical member, a pair of support arms attached to an upper portion of the vertical member extending at an angle from thereof, an air cylinder attached between the vertical member and the lever arm, two pulleys rotatably attached to an upper portion of the vertical member, and a length of cord attached to the lever arm extending about the pulleys and attached to the lifting bracket for allowing elevating and lowering of the seat, outer covers attached to vertical member and the support arms concealing inner components and providing a decorative exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: John E. King
  • Patent number: 6263517
    Abstract: A toilet seat and cover lifter includes a seat lifting assembly and a cover lifting assembly. Each lifting assembly includes a lifting plate, a pair of arms, a pair of counterweights, a vertical handle, and a vertical handle retainer. The seat lifting assembly is installed in the following manner. The lifting plate is mounted to a bottom of the toilet seat. Each arm extends from an end of the lifting plate. Each arm has a slot formed in a length thereof. At least one counterweight is slidably attached to each arm. The counterweights are adjusted by sliding thereof in the slot to reduce the amount force required to move the toilet seat to an upright position. The vertical handle is pivotally attached to an end of either arm. The vertical handle is radially retained inside a vertical handle retainer which is mounted to a side of the toilet tank. The cover lifting assembly is installed in a similar manner to the seat lifting assembly. Two foot pedals with cords may be substituted for the seat vertical handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas K. Brooks
  • Patent number: 6219854
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting apparatus for lifting a toilet seat with a user's foot. The toilet seat lifting apparatus includes a toilet and a lifting assembly. The toilet has a bowl. A toilet seat is hingedly coupled to the top edge of the top section of the bowl. A lifting assembly for lifting the toilet seat has a base portion. The base portion has a top surface and a bottom surface for mounting on a floor surface adjacent to the toilet. A platform is hingedly connecting the platform to the base portion. A first rod is elongate, having a first end, a second end and a middle portion. The middle portion is coupled to the platform. A second rod is elongate and has a first end and a second end. The first end of the second rod is hingedly coupled to the second end of the first rod. The second end of the second rod is coupled to the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventors: John R. Milliman, Chad L. Milliman
  • Patent number: 6189160
    Abstract: A toilet seat-lifting device including a lever assembly coupled to the toilet seat which selectively moves the seat between a lower position whereat it rests on top edges of the toilet bowl to an upper position whereat it is raised above the top edges of the toilet bowl. The lever assembly is mounted on a platform that rests on the floor and a pedal attached to the lever assembly in such a manner that as the pedal is pushed downward, the toilet seat is lifted to the upper position. The platform provides a stable support for the lever assembly without having to directly attach the device to the toilet's base or floor. Also, the seat-lifting device is adapted to allow mounting of the stand on either the right-hand or left-hand side of the toilet. Further, the lever assembly includes an adjustable connection between a lift arm and a pedal-connecting arm to accommodate different height toilet bases and/or different desired upper positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Margo Small Business Developement & Consulting Ltd.
    Inventor: Godfrey L. Pettus