Flush Closet Bowl Support, Coupling, Seal Or Fastener Patents (Class 4/252.1)
  • Patent number: 10246866
    Abstract: A toilet fastening assembly includes a fastener, a washer, and a cap. The fastener includes a base at a proximal end, a support extending from the base, and a threaded shaft extending from the support to a distal end. The base includes two flat surfaces interconnecting two curved surfaces. The support includes two flat surfaces interconnecting two tapered surfaces. The support's flat surfaces are aligned with the base's flat surfaces. The threaded shaft includes two distal tapered surfaces that are positioned perpendicular to the base's flat surfaces and the support's flat surfaces. The cap includes an outer wall defining an inner cavity and an inner cylindrical wall disposed within the inner cavity. The inner cylindrical wall's threaded inner surface receives the threaded shaft of the fastener. The inner cylindrical wall's proximal end is recessed relative to the outer wall's proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Hugh Junca
  • Patent number: 10202750
    Abstract: The present invention provides a structure for installing bathroom plumbing, the structure comprising: a structural post provided with at least one board installed parallel to the structural post and at least one building floor installed perpendicular to the structural post, the at least one board and the structural post defining a first accommodation space together, the first accommodation space provided with a first discharge pipe, the building floor forming a downward recessed area adjacent to the structural post; at least one detachable floor panel installed at the downward recessed area of the building floor to define a second accommodation space, the second accommodation space communicating with the first accommodation space; at least one toilet disposed on the at least one detachable floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Vicki-Fen Chou, Philip Trinh, Christine Trinh
  • Patent number: 10106969
    Abstract: A skirted toilet base configured to be secured to a trap, the skirted toilet base having a bowl; a wall extending from the bowl; and a mounting assembly configured to secure the toilet base to the trap. The mounting assembly having a clamping member pivotally coupled to the trap, such that the clamping member can rotate about an axis of rotation relative to the trap, and an adjusting member that extends through an opening in the wall and through a bore in the clamping member. The adjusting member has a longitudinal axis that extends in a direction that is transverse to the axis of rotation, and rotation of the adjusting member about the longitudinal axis rotates the clamping member about the axis of rotation to secure the toilet base to the trap through the clamping member and the adjusting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun
  • Patent number: 10024354
    Abstract: A protection cap assembly for fastener assembly for protecting bolts in various places. The protection cap assembly includes: (i) a clipping ring, (ii) a gripping shaft, and (iii) a cap. The clipping ring is made from plastic. The gripping shaft holds the clipping ring. The gripping shaft includes (i) a pair of set screws (ii) a first channel, (iii) a second channel, (iv) a first set of one or more fins, and (v) a second set of one or more fins. The pair of set screws engages with the nut. The first channel holds the clipping ring. The first set of one or more fins and the second set of one or more fins are arranged inside the gripping shaft. The gripping shaft further includes a big inlet to accommodate a big sized bolt and a small inlet to accommodate a small sized bolt. The cap is adapted to telescope on the gripping shaft. The gripping shaft is made from plastic. The cap encloses the gripping shaft. The cap includes a hole that encloses the gripping shaft. The cap is made from a plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: David Szymczak, Brian Mula
  • Patent number: 9988801
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for improved removability and ease of maintenance for one or more components of the vacuum toilet system. They can be particularly useful on-board aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles. Specific embodiments relate to a rinse valve bracket and connection system, a rinse ring tie down, and various improved connection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Arnaud Namer, David A. Beach, Joerg Stachowski, Howard C. B. Kuhns, Jorge Alfonso Bautista Hernandez, Oscar Mathews, Razmik B. Boodaghians
  • Patent number: 9951507
    Abstract: A mounting assembly configured to adjustably couple a toilet to a mounting surface. The mounting assembly includes a support member configured to mount to the mounting surface; a clamping member rotatably coupled to the support member at a pivot; and an adjusting member extending through an opening in the support member and engaging the clamping member. An adjustment of the adjusting member is configured to pivot the clamping member relative to the support member to adjust a first load between the adjusting member and the support member and a second load between the adjusting member and the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Laundre, Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun
  • Patent number: 9938708
    Abstract: A clamp for securing a toilet to a floor that includes a body having a convex outer surface, a floor engagement portion, a toilet engagement portion, and at least one hole for receiving a screw to secure the clamp and toilet to the floor, with the hole angled to draw the clamp downward and towards the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Emory Grant Peacock
  • Patent number: 9844352
    Abstract: A radiographic system provide a simple operation for table movement where the table revolves in one direction in accordance with an input of a revolving direction from a console driving the table upward vertically when one end of the table come close to a floor surface. The present invention also includes a system where the table moves downward vertically automatically, interlocking with a revolving of the table when the revolving direction is input to the revolving direction input means. According to the present invention, the table lifted along with revolving can be revolved or moved upward with an input operation in one system. Therefore, the operation of the radiographic apparatus can be easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9657473
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for improved removability and ease of maintenance for one or more components of the vacuum toilet system. They can be particularly useful on-board aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles. Specific embodiments relate to a rinse valve bracket and connection system, a rinse ring tie down, and various improved connection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Arnaud Namer, David A. Beach, Joerg Stachowski, Howard C. B. Kuhns, Jorge Alfonso Bautista Hernandez, Oscar Mathews, Razmik B. Boodaghians
  • Patent number: 9512605
    Abstract: A wax free pop-up seal 450 may be integrated with a spring 200 or other resilient component to connect a toilet to an existing soil pipe flange 325. A pop-up seal system 100 provides toolless, nondestructive and seamless height adjustment and comports with both smaller and larger diameter soil pipe flanges. For retro fit installations, a pop-up seal may comprise extended fins 471 for use with larger diameter soil pipe flanges and for use with smaller diameter soil pipe flanges, the extended fins may be removed. For new construction a new soil pipe flange is provided and a customized pop-up seal 600 comprises a seal system well suited for the new soil pipe flange. The pop-up seals may operate with or without springs or other external flexible components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Scott E Duncan
  • Patent number: 9359754
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is used to fix a toilet on a toilet flange and contains two L-shaped brackets fixed on the toilet flange and each having a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. The horizontal portion has an internally raised portion, an externally raised portion, and a locating groove. The internally raised portion is retained in each arcuate slot of the toilet flange, and the locating groove is horizontally formed on the peripheral fence. The horizontal portion further has a recess for inserting an extension of the second bolt, so that the extension screws with a nut. The vertical portion has a plurality of openings defined thereon, so that the first bolt inserts into the through hole of each longitudinal fence to screw with one of the plurality of openings, such that the toilet is positioned on the toilet flange by ways of the mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Global Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Hongsheng Zhou, Hang You, Mingchia Wu
  • Patent number: 9204595
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a motor connection system and method for mounting and removing a motor to and from a reel assembly frame of a turf-care vehicle without the use of tools. In various embodiments, the system includes a plurality of shoulder bolts longitudinally extending from a mounting end of the motor and a bearing housing that is mountable to a reel assembly frame of a turf-care vehicle. The bearing housing includes a plurality of self-tightening keyhole slots structured and operable to receive a respective one of the shoulder bolts. Each keyhole slot comprises a interior bezel that is interoperable with the respective shoulder bolt such that rotation of the motor to a Home position will structurally hold and secure the motor to the bearing housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Linton Linn Lewis
  • Patent number: 9187887
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to improved water closet flanges and methods for installing such water closet flanges. In one exemplary embodiment, an improved water close flange apparatus includes a modular spacer system for raising an upper surface of the outer surface above a finish flooring surface installed on top of a ground slab in order to improve the ease of installation. In one embodiment, an improved water closet flange apparatus includes an outer flange and a flexible conduit portion (i.e. sleeve) extending downwardly therefrom. The flexible sleeve has a sufficient degree of flexibility to accommodate connection between offset, misaligned, angled, or otherwise incongruous plumbing fixture discharges and waste drain pipe outlets. In one embodiment, the flexible sleeve includes at least one corrugated portion to aid the desired flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Coflex S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Eduardo Coronado, Jorge Sada
  • Patent number: 9021620
    Abstract: A brace for a wall-mounted toilet, particularly useful for wall-mounted porcelain toilets in hospitals and other health care facilities. The brace a weight receiving structure supported by cantilevered struts that attach the brace to the wall, preferably using the same bolts that attach the toilet to the wall. The weight receiving structure may be seat portion that overlies the rim of the toilet bowl, so that the weight of the user is transmitted from the toilet seat to the seat structure and then to the walls through the struts. Alternately, the weight receiving structure may include an under-bowl support that extends underneath the toilet bowl so that the user's weight is transmitted from the bowl to the wall through the struts. Thus, the cantilevered brace increases the weight-bearing capacity of the wall-mounted toilet. A plastic shroud may be included for enclosing the brace and toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Modular Services Company
    Inventor: James A. Walker
  • Patent number: 8978170
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for securing a pedestal of a toilet to a trap. The mounting assembly including a clamping member pivotally coupled to the trap, the clamping member having an opening extending therethrough, and an adjusting member extending through an opening in the pedestal and through the opening in the clamping member. The adjusting member is configured to pivot the clamping member between a first position in which a portion of the clamping member contacts the adjusting member to secure the pedestal to the trap and a second position in which the portion of the clamping member does not contact the adjusting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun
  • Patent number: 8966675
    Abstract: A device for elevating the height of a toilet includes a plurality of bolt receiving sections configured for receiving the bolts or screws for securing the toilet and device to a soil pipe flange and floor, and includes an outlet section to align with the drain outlet of the toilet and the soil pipe and sealing member positioned in the floor. The base of the device may include a projection that serves as a wax ring retainer lip to accommodate an existing soil pipe flange and wax sealing material. The device can be mounted to a soil pipe flange in the same manner as the toilet would be mounted to the soil pipe flange, but allows the toilet height to be elevated from its standard height using the existing toilet and related equipment already in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph A. Simeone
  • Publication number: 20140373261
    Abstract: A decorative toilet bolt cover is provided that allows users to customize an area of their bathroom that is ordinarily merely utilitarian and dull. Toilet bolts are used to secure toilets to the bathroom floor and are omnipresent, yet there are no options available to decorate these toilet bolts. Covers are necessary for these toilet bolts because exposed bolts are ugly and can be dangerous since they are hard, potentially rusty protuberances. Traditional toilet bolt covers do not offer the range of design options that many users would like, therefore there is a need for decorative toilet bolt covers that are easy to secure to exposed toilet bolts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Carole Triantafillos
  • Patent number: 8898823
    Abstract: Provided are templates, methods, and kits for installing closet flanges. The template can include a body having a sidewall and a bottom as well as a plurality of tabs connected to the body, with one or more of the tabs configured to delineate the location of a fastener hole in a closet flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: John Joseph McHugh, III
  • Publication number: 20140310860
    Abstract: A closet carrier for a water closet includes a faceplate, an adjustable coupling connected to and extending from the faceplate, the adjustable coupling being configured to be connected to the water closet, at least two vertical supports adjustably connected to the faceplate for supporting the system on a floor surface, and a fitting connected to the faceplate. The fitting includes an endplate, an inlet defined within the endplate, an intermediate portion, and a main body defining a main passageway. The fitting is connected to the faceplate by the endplate such that the inlet is in fluid communication with the adjustable coupling. The main passageway is placed in fluid communication with the inlet by the intermediate portion. The intermediate portion of the fitting is configured to accelerate a velocity of a flow of waste fluid from the inlet to the main passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Wroblewski, Vitaliy Lisichenko, Jason E. Morris
  • Patent number: 8800074
    Abstract: An adjustable toilet seat lift adapted to selectively raise and lower a toilet to meet the needs and desires of the user. The lift includes an actuator which adjusts a top plate relative to a bottom plate, and is powered by an external power source, or, in the alternative, manually activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: THNK, Inc.
    Inventors: Trafton Rodgers, Jahan Rasty, Trae Blain, Neal St. Martin, Walter Fagley, Kurt W. Niederer
  • Publication number: 20140208498
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to quick release toilet concepts, which can be useful particularly on-board aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles. Further specific embodiments relate to a quick release rinse valve, a quick release flush valve, an integrated rinse ring, a replaceable toilet bowl, an integrated anti-siphon/rinse valve, and improved flush valve performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Beach, Robert G. Ratliff, Howard C.B. Kuhns
  • Publication number: 20140201894
    Abstract: In one aspect of the subject invention, a spacer is provided for supporting a closet flange above a sub-flooring, the closet flange having a pipe section and an annular flange extending radially outwardly from the pipe section. The spacer includes a disc-shaped body having spaced apart first and second faces, and spaced apart inner and outer edges extending between the first and second faces. The inner edge defines an opening extending through the body, the opening sized to permit passage therethrough of the pipe section of the closet flange but not the annular flange of the closet flange. A plurality of equally spaced notches being formed in the outer edge. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a spacer is provided usable with a closet flange to provide elevation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SET-RITE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: ALAN HUGHES
  • Patent number: 8691024
    Abstract: A complete sanitary system for any toilet site area which allows for the utilization of pressurized domestic running water transferred through a hose connected to a water valve diverting structure further connected to the main toilet domestic water feed line to that particular toilet's water closet. A floor structure with the aforementioned toilet mounted to its top surface side provides the structure to collect, retain and drain the spent waste water from the hose after the water has been used to cleanse the toilet site area. An alternative drainage location in the retention basin of the floor structure with coinciding plumbing piping method allows for a possible solid waste contamination scenario by an overflow toilet or otherwise to be effectively transferred directly into the main sewer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas John Barniak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8671470
    Abstract: A wax-less toilet gasket is provided that is formed of an open cell foam having a hydrophobic skin, layer, coating or covering. To this end, the toilet gasket may be formed of a self-skinning polyurethane, a polyurethane with an in-mold coating, or a polyurethane with a waterproof agent. The toilet gasket is characterized by a body with a ring shaped upper portion and a truncated conical extension integrally extending downwardly therefrom. In use, fastening bolts that project through the toilet flange attached to the floor conduit then extend through the ring shaped configuration and attach to the toilet base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sani-Seal LLC
    Inventors: Jody D. Miller, Robert M. Grimmett
  • Publication number: 20140053326
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting bolt system for mounting a toilet. The mounting bolt system includes a washer and a nut which are mounted on the threaded bolt adjacent to the bolt head, and they are all placed below the toilet. The bolt system also includes a circular flange having a rectangular slot formed therein for receiving bolt through slot, and a wing nut for tightening the toilet to the toilet flange, and a barrel-shaped bolt cap for covering the upper end of bolt. The bolt cap is threaded to the circular flange on the upper surface of the toilet base to cover the wing nut and to complete the mounting of the toilet, so that only the barrel-shaped bolt cap is visible after the installation of the toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: NIAGARA CONSERVATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kevin Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8607368
    Abstract: This is a type of connection device between a toilet and a drainpipe, including a trap with an inlet connected to a toilet flush port and an outlet connected to the drainpipe. The trap has a bend part and a horizontal lower pipe connected to it. Upper and lower inner pipe walls of the horizontal lower pipe have different declination angles. There is a containing part in the inlet; and in the containing part there is a sealing part forming a sealing structure between the flush port and the inlet. This simplifies the complex structure of existing toilet drainage parts for on-site installation and for reliable use. The separated trap design includes structure that can generate a siphon phenomenon. At the time of sale, wash-down drainage can be easily transformed to siphon wash-down drainage just by changing parts, such as the trap of the toilet, thus improving the drainage effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Huang, Jarl Jiang, Daniel Xia, Daniel Owen Karraker
  • Publication number: 20130298323
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a shim formed from a circular disc that transitions uniformly in thickness from a first point having a first thickness to a second point having a second thickness on the opposite side of the shim from the first point. The shim further comprises a central opening formed therethrough to allow communication between the toilet drain opening and the opening of the closet flange. The shim additional includes one or more arcuate slots formed therethrough for permitting hold-down bolts to be attached through the shim and into a closet flange positioned below the shim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: INFINIVATION, INC.
    Inventors: John F. Mares, Thomas Pennell
  • Patent number: 8578522
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling, draining, removing, and disposing of liquids and light solids. This enables liquids and/or light solids to be drained centrally, such as underneath a toilet through the sewer pipe, without having to worry about sewerage gasses escaping into the location of the drain. In addition, individuals that may have problems using an ordinary shower and/or bath tub, such as the elderly, the handicapped, and/or disabled may use the system to simplify the bathing process by taking a shower while remaining in a wheel chair and/or by sitting on a toilet without having to get into a tub and/or shower whereby any liquids and/or light solids from the shower will be allowed to drain underneath the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Helmstetter, Donald Mosley
  • Patent number: 8528121
    Abstract: A bracket for coupling a urinal to a soil pipe is provided. The bracket includes a body portion defining a first opening configured to be in fluid communication with the soil pipe, the body portion having a first surface configured to receive a resilient gasket. The bracket further includes an arm extending outwardly from the body portion, the arm having a structure configured to receive a fastener for coupling the bracket to the urinal, the structure having a first surface positioned forward of the first surface of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Scott W. Stonecipher, Peter Swart, Steven Bauer, Jeffrey Laundre
  • Publication number: 20130227770
    Abstract: The pipe connection serves to connect a combination bidet-toilet bowl to a supply line Z of a flushing water supply. It comprises an inlet piece (1) and an outlet piece (2), wherein the outlet piece (2) comprises at least one first and one second branch arm (3, 4) terminating in the combination bidet-toilet bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: PRESANO AG
    Inventors: Hans W├╝rgler, Christian Frei
  • Publication number: 20130205488
    Abstract: A mounting assembly comprising a support member having a leg and a foot configured to be coupled to the trap; a clamping member including a bore and a distal end pivotally coupled to the leg of the support member; and an adjusting member extending through an opening in a wall of the pedestal, through an opening in the leg of the support member, and into the bore of the clamping member; wherein adjustment of the adjusting member pivots the clamping member relative to the support member to change a pitch of the adjusting member such that the adjusting member imparts a load into both the support member and the wall of the pedestal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Jeff Laundre, Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun
  • Patent number: 8505124
    Abstract: An off-set pipe coupling for use in a support system for a wall mounted toilet or water closet includes a curved pipe having a first end and a second end; a first plate coupled to the first end of the curved pipe; and a second plate coupled to the second end of the curved pipe. The first plate has a central hole in fluid communication with the curved pipe and a plurality of screw holes positioned around a peripheral area thereof. The second plate has a central hole in fluid communication with the curved pipe and a plurality of screw holes positioned around a peripheral area thereof. The first plate is coupled to a faceplate for supporting a wall mounted toilet above a floor surface, the second plate is coupled to a plumbing system and the curved pipe provides fluid communication between a waste discharge conduit and the plumbing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Eichler, Frank Schaetzke, Douglas R. Wroblewski
  • Publication number: 20130152291
    Abstract: A bracket for coupling a urinal to a soil pipe is provided. The bracket includes a body portion defining a first opening configured to be in fluid communication with the soil pipe, the body portion having a first surface configured to receive a resilient gasket. The bracket further includes an arm extending outwardly from the body portion, the arm having a structure configured to receive a fastener for coupling the bracket to the urinal, the structure having a first surface positioned forward of the first surface of the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Scott W. Stonecipher, Peter Swart, Steven M. Bauer, Jeffrey Laundre
  • Publication number: 20130139307
    Abstract: A substantially rigid toilet base spacer is disclosed. The toilet base spacer has a minimum of four ounces per square inch load bearing capacity. The initial size of the toilet base spacer is larger than a base of a commode, and the toilet base spacer can be trimmed to fit exactly under any commode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: John H. Corbin
  • Patent number: 8336130
    Abstract: A toilet device that can be raised or lowered comprising a generally flat base atop a floor; a toilet bowl disposed above the base via a hydraulic lift cylinder, wherein the hydraulic lift cylinder can move the toilet bowl between an up position where the toilet bowl is raised upwardly away from the floor and a down position wherein the toilet bowl is lowered toward the floor; one or more telescopic support rods for supporting the toilet bowl above the base; a waste pipe fluidly connecting the toilet bowl to a waste line of the plumbing system; and a control device operatively connected to the hydraulic lift cylinder for causing the hydraulic lift cylinder to move the toilet bowl to the up position or the down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Mario A. Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8336127
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a closet ring to a floor by first attaching to the bottom of the floor, with fasteners driven from above the floor, a stabilizing device having a support panel with a length and a width greater than a width of a toilet to be attached to the closet ring. A sewer pipe or extension therefrom is inserted through an opening in the stabilizing device and bonded to the stabilizing device. A closet ring is then fastened to the floor followed by conventional application of a wax ring and a toilet. An elongated anchor tool having wide gap in one edge with teeth-like projections may be used to hold the stabilizing device in place from below for a user to drive fasteners from above into and through the floor and into the stabilizing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald I. Butcher
  • Publication number: 20120291190
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for securing a pedestal of a toilet to a trap. The mounting assembly including a clamping member pivotally coupled to the trap, the clamping member having an opening extending therethrough, and an adjusting member extending through an opening in the pedestal and through the opening in the clamping member. The adjusting member is configured to pivot the clamping member between a first position in which a portion of the clamping member contacts the adjusting member to secure the pedestal to the trap and a second position in which the portion of the clamping member does not contact the adjusting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun
  • Patent number: 8291525
    Abstract: A vacuum waste system for use in a vehicle, such as a aircraft. The vacuum waste system includes a lightweight base assembly and a lightweight toilet bowl assembly mounted to the top of the base assembly. The toilet bowl assembly has downwardly extending members that engage in a sliding manner with horizontally extending members at the top of the base assembly to thus secure the toilet bowl assembly to the base assembly. A fastener, such as a nut and bolt assembly, can be coupled to the toilet bowl assembly and base assembly using a tool to thus secure the toilet bowl assembly to the base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Pondelick, Christopher Hardwick, Thao Hoang, Steven Whisler
  • Patent number: 8281421
    Abstract: A system is provided herein which includes a closet flange insert and at least one spacer to be positioned between the closet flange insert and an installed closet flange. The closet flange insert includes a toilet connecting flange which extends radially outwardly from a through pipe. The through pipe is sized to be inserted into a pipe section of a closet flange. Each spacer includes spaced apart first and second faces, and spaced apart inner and outer edges extending between the first and second faces. The inner edge defines an opening extending through the body, the opening sized to permit passage therethrough of the through pipe of the closet flange insert but not the toilet connecting flange of the closet flange insert. With the subject invention, a system is provided which allows the closet flange insert to be mounted atop an installed closet flange flush with surrounding finished flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Set-Rite Products, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Hughes
  • Publication number: 20120240319
    Abstract: A toilet flange is provided with a planar perimeter portion to assist the installer in accurately determining the distance to an adjacent wall as well as insuring the toilet fastening bolts are aligned parallel thereto. The toilet flange assembly includes a cover to store needed fastening elements while simultaneously preventing debris from entering the plumbing riser pipe. Additionally, a sleeve is provided that protects the threads of the toilet fastening bolts during construction and acts as an extendable flexible guide sleeve. The guide sleeve functionally extends the height of the toilet fastening bolt thereby assisting the toilet installer as a visual aid during installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Erika Yssel
  • Patent number: 8196233
    Abstract: The height adjustable toilet stand device provides for accommodating individuals of varying heights. Importantly, the housings are designed to fit typical toilet dimensions such that the front and back sides of the housing are substantially even with a front and back of a toilet. A user is thereby allowed feet placement adjacent to the toilet. In order for the device to correctly accommodate shorter statures, the bottom housing is ideally sunken within a given surface such that the toilet begins, without elevation, at a height even with the surface. The individual of greater stature has only to turn on the on/off and then use the up/down control to select a desired height for the toilet. This adjustable height feature is not only important for convenience but may be of key importance to anyone suffering from physical limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: William L. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20120079648
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to improved water closet flanges and methods for installing such water closet flanges. In one exemplary embodiment, an improved water close flange apparatus includes a modular spacer system for raising an upper surface of the outer surface above a finish flooring surface installed on top of a ground slab in order to improve the ease of installation. In one embodiment, an improved water closet flange apparatus includes an outer flange and a flexible conduit portion (i.e. sleeve) extending downwardly therefrom. The flexible sleeve has a sufficient degree of flexibility to accommodate connection between offset, misaligned, angled, or otherwise incongruous plumbing fixture discharges and waste drain pipe outlets. In one embodiment, the flexible sleeve includes at least one corrugated portion to aid the desired flexibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Eduardo Coronado, Jorge Sada
  • Patent number: 8122524
    Abstract: A support platform for wall mounted toilets is described. The platform attaches easily under the toilet and contains bolts and feet for adjustment. The platform provides support to wall mounted toilets so that persons of weight greater than the rated load of the wall mounted toilet can use the toilet in comfort and safety. It is removable for use in different bathrooms, easily transported and can be sterilized where bacterial or viral contamination is a concern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Rush University Medical Center
    Inventor: Onofrio Brescia
  • Patent number: 8099801
    Abstract: A system is provided herein which includes a closet flange insert and at least one spacer to be positioned between the closet flange insert and an installed closet flange. The closet flange insert includes a toilet connecting flange which extends radially outwardly from a through pipe. The through pipe is sized to be inserted into a pipe section of a closet flange. Each spacer includes spaced apart first and second faces, and spaced apart inner and outer edges extending between the first and second faces. The inner edge defines an opening extending through the body, the opening sized to permit passage therethrough of the through pipe of the closet flange insert but not the toilet connecting flange of the closet flange insert. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a system is provided which allows the closet flange insert to be mounted atop an installed closet flange, with one or more spacers therebetween, and with the closet flange insert being flush with surrounding finished flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Set-Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Hughes
  • Publication number: 20110214227
    Abstract: A water closet bolt comprises an upper end and a lower end with a threaded body extending therebetween. The lower end includes an oblong foot and the upper end includes a male or female notch for visually indicating the orientation of the long axis of the oblong foot. The notch also serves as a gripping surface to aid the installer in the installation of the toilet. Furthermore, the bottom of the notch acts as a break-off point to aid the installer in removing an excess portion of the bolt after the completing the installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: Shurset Corp.
    Inventors: Charles W. Johnson, Andrew R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8011029
    Abstract: In a drain socket for a toilet stool includes a vertical pipe including an upper end connected with the discharge port of the toilet stool, an adjustable pipe extending substantially horizontally from the lower end of the vertical pipe and a connecting pipe between the adjustable pipe and a drain of a toilet. The vertical pipe has a bend causing the vertical pipe to have at its lower end an axis displaced longitudinally and rearward of the toilet stool from an axis at the upper end to define an eccentrically curved flow path. The flow path includes a part located near the bend and formed by increasing a transverse dimension of a longitudinal front end thereof with respect to the toilet stool so that the part has such a noncircular cross section in which a front portion of the section has a larger area than a rear portion of the cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Lixil Corporation
    Inventors: Akinori Kamiya, Keiichi Imada
  • Patent number: 7954179
    Abstract: A water closet bolt comprises an upper end and a lower end with a threaded body extending therebetween. The lower end includes an oblong foot and the upper end includes a male or female notch for visually indicating the orientation of the long axis of the oblong foot. The notch also serves as a gripping surface to aid the installer in the installation of the toilet. Furthermore, the bottom of the notch acts as a break-off point to aid the installer in removing an excess portion of the bolt after the completing the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Charles W. Johnson, Andrew R. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110120504
    Abstract: A complete sanitary system for any toilet site area which allows for the utilization of pressurized domestic running water transferred through a hose connected to a water valve diverting structure further connected to the main toilet domestic water feed line to that particular toilet's water closet. A floor structure with the aforementioned toilet mounted to its top surface side provides the structure to collect, retain and drain the spent waste water from the hose after the water has been used to cleanse the toilet site area. An alternative drainage location in the retention basin of the floor structure with coinciding plumbing piping method allows for a possible solid waste contamination scenario by an overflow toilet or otherwise to be effectively transferred directly into the main sewer pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas John Barniak, JR.
  • Patent number: 7945972
    Abstract: A support platform for wall mounted toilets is described. The platform attaches easily under the toilet and contains bolts and feet for adjustment. The platform provides support to wall mounted toilets so that persons of weight greater than the rated load of the wall mounted toilet can use the toilet in comfort and safety. It is removable for use in different bathrooms, easily transported and can be sterilized where bacterial or viral contamination is a concern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Onofrio Brescia
  • Patent number: 7900286
    Abstract: An adjustable toilet support designed to be installed under wall mounted toilets in order to increase their load bearing capacities is disclosed. The toilet support comprises a base which rests on the floor below the toilet, a sleeve surrounding an upper portion of the base, and a contact member that contacts the underside of the toilet bowl. The sleeve and swivel ball are height adjustable with respect to the base by means of a support rod connected to the contact member and threaded into a nut contained inside the base. The support rod has an upper ball that fits within a socket under the contact member. The contact member may be in the shape of a swivel ball having a generally spherical side surface that contacts and holds the upper rim of the sleeve. During installation, the toilet support is positioned under the toilet, and the base is rotated while the sleeve, contact member and support rod are held against rotation, which causes the contact member to rise and contact the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Joel Allen Black