Combined Strainer And Pipe Coupling Patents (Class 4/288)
  • Patent number: 10219606
    Abstract: A hair collection device that is configured to be secured to a shower or bathtub wall that is operable to provide a location for collection of shed hair strands. The hair collection member includes a base member that is planar in manner and manufactured from a semi-rigid material. The base member is secured to a shower wall utilizing a suitable adhesive. Superposed the base member and adjacent thereto is a hair collection member. The hair collection member is manufactured from a foam pad material and further includes an adhesive disposed on a side thereof. A first fastener and a second fastener are present on the base member and the hair collection member wherein the first fastener and second fastener facilitate the releasable coupling of the base member and the hair collection member. A protective film is present on the hair collection member and is removed prior to use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Santo Boncimino, Alan Douglas Van Lohn, Anthony Burton Tippett
  • Patent number: 9724836
    Abstract: A roof pipe flashing with a raised boot and elongated opposite extensions extending therefrom which roof pipe flashing is used to cover and weatherproof an existing but damaged roof pipe flashing on the pitched roof of a building. The roof pipe flashing can be made manually by cutting or tearing along pre-marked lines on the flat base of a roof pipe flashing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: William Ralph Bond
  • Patent number: 9453329
    Abstract: A device used to conceal at least a portion of a wastewater strainer associated with a bathtub. More specifically, a plate having an opening therethrough is used to overlap a flange of the wastewater strainer wherein the opening in the plate generally coincides with an opening in the wastewater strainer so that the bathtub drain is unobstructed. The plate may include a downwardly extending lip to help facilitate orientation onto the flange of the wastewater strainer. The plate conceals the wastewater strainer, thereby facilitating reconfiguration of a bathtub as the existing wastewater strainer need not be removed and the plumbing system retested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: 9382701
    Abstract: A linear drain assembly includes a drain body with a drain channel extending along the drain body and an outlet structure intercepting the drain channel. The drain body has a constant outer profile along a longitudinal length of the drain body between at least one end of the drain channel and the outlet structure and the drain channel has a sloped bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Meyers
  • Patent number: 9366017
    Abstract: A compression drain for use with a preformed floor in which the height of the drain grate can be adjusted relative to said floor, and which positively locates the drain housing relative to the subfloor/waste water drain pipe. The arrangement provides a unitary, water tight, assembly that uses very little material to be manufactured, has very few moving parts, and is very easy to install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph R. Cook
  • Patent number: 9261129
    Abstract: The specification discloses a fastener assembly including two elements. One element is an elongated body including that a gear rack and a radial stop. The other element is a nut fitted over the elongated body and including a pawl engaging the gear rack. The current embodiment includes two pairs of gear racks and two pairs of pawls. The two pairs of pawls are axially offset from one another. The elongated body and the nut are keyed to prevent relative rotation therebetween. The elongated body defines a conduit through the fastener assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: LOCKON LLC
    Inventor: Mark W. Herrema
  • Patent number: 9015870
    Abstract: A waste water insert has a wall surrounding a vertical bore. A horizontal flange extends outwardly from the upper end of the wall and has a lip formed on its outer periphery. The horizontal flange of the waste water insert is super-imposed over the horizontal flange of a waste water strainer located in a bathtub, sink or the like. The wall of the insert extends downwardly through the cylindrical wall of the waste water strainer with the two walls being spaced from each other by virtue of the cylindrical wall of the insert having a smaller diameter than that of the strainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: 8881490
    Abstract: A floor drain includes a head having a top surface, a leveling member, and a frame having a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface of the frame is positioned adjacent the top surface of the head. The leveling member is positioned between the head and the bottom surface of the frame and is displaceable relative to the head in a first direction. A method of leveling a floor drain with a floor surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Wroblewski, Jonathan Steffan, Carl R. Nicolia, Mark Marini
  • Publication number: 20140289943
    Abstract: A double-walled sink strainer that provides additional apertures or larger area for straining debris is described. The doubled-walled sink strainer also allows easy removal of debris, and prevents large debris from entering drain pipes. The double-walled sink strainer also contains a permanently affixed straining device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MYERS RANCHES, LLC
    Inventor: John Wescott Myers, II
  • Patent number: 8813273
    Abstract: A waste outlet unit cover for a waste water outlet unit for a shower tray, the cover comprising a non-screw threaded attachment arrangement by which the cover can be securely and releasably attached to the waste water outlet unit. A waste water outlet unit having such a cover is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: DLP Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Stimpson
  • Patent number: 8628657
    Abstract: A strainer assembly for use with an indirect waste receptor comprising an internally threaded, expandable gasket member sized to be insertable into the indirect waste receptor discharge tube operatively connected to a building drain system drain pipe; a rigid support structure forming an externally threaded wall to operatively mate with the gasket member in a manner to expand the gasket member body into sealing contact with the discharge tube or drain pipe and having a spoke member extending across a rigid support structure passageway with a vertical opening in its center section; a strainer having a screw opening alignable with the spoke member center section opening; and a screw seatable in the screw opening and having a length to operative attach to the center section opening for affixing the strainer to the rigid support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Reliable Plumbing, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Wayne Robillard, Fred Wayne Robillard
  • Patent number: 8578523
    Abstract: A floor sink strainer arrangement adapted to fasten to a receptacle body of a floor sink. The strainer arrangement includes a strainer having a body and defining a slot therein for receiving a fastener, and a fastener arrangement attached to the strainer. The strainer is adapted to be received within the receptacle body of the floor sink. The fastener arrangement includes a support base and a longitudinal extending member attached to the base and extending therefrom, wherein the base is adapted to be secured to a drain pipe when the strainer is received within the receptacle body of the floor sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Eichler, Douglas R. Wroblewski, Joseph Tripodi
  • Patent number: 8438807
    Abstract: A firestop drain assembly for mounting in a partition to prevent fire on one side of the partition from moving through the firestop drain assembly to the other side of the partition. The firestop drain assembly can achieve an F-rating and a T-rating of at least one (1) hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 8347906
    Abstract: A floor drain installation system includes an adaptor attached to a drain pipe projecting from the ground, a coring sleeve having a bowl-shaped upper end attached to or integral with the adaptor, and a coring plug received within the bowl of the receiver to close off the drain pipe during pouring of a concrete floor and to create a space for subsequent reception of a drain head and grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Ismert, Frank D. Julian
  • Patent number: 8347424
    Abstract: A floor drain includes a head having a top surface, a leveling member, and a frame having a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface of the frame is positioned adjacent the top surface of the head. The leveling member is positioned between the head and the bottom surface of the frame and is displaceable relative to the head in a first direction. A method of leveling a floor drain with a floor surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Wroblewski, Carl R. Nicolia, Jonathan Steffan, Mark Marini
  • Patent number: 8307469
    Abstract: Improved floor sink drain screen locks having expandable means for sealingly engaging the walls of a floor sink drain, yet being readily collapsible for quick and easy removal when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: TNT Products, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Cohen
  • Patent number: 8196229
    Abstract: An adjustable floor drain includes an adapter plate securable to a base imbedded within flooring. A locator ring overlays the adapter plate and the combined thicknesses of the locator ring and adapter plate are at least equal to the thickness of a covering over the floor. A grid plate overlays the adapter plate and is seated within the locator ring. The locator ring and adapter plate may be integrally formed as a single unit, and a frame member frames the drain to provide a neat, finished appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Richard F. Hickok
  • Patent number: 8112827
    Abstract: A shower drain adapter system configured to allow use of a bondable waterproof membrane with a shower pan drain system comprises a drain body and an integrated bonding flange extending upwardly from the drain body. The integrated bonding flange is operable to be sealably attached to a bondable waterproof membrane to provide a substantially waterproof seal between the membrane and the adapter. A lower mating flange is separable from the drain body, the lower mating flange operable to mate with a component of a shower pan drain system installable on a waste pipe. The lower mating flange includes a substantially rigid frame; and a pliable gasket disposed at least partially about the frame, the pliable gasket having an inner diameter sized to correspond to an outer diameter of a portion of the drain body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Schluter Systems L.P.
    Inventors: Lonnie C. DeGooyer, Reinhard H. Plank, Peter B. Plank, Peter A. Nielsen, Sean P. Gerolimatos, Fernando Ricci, Michelangelo Ricci
  • Patent number: 7964095
    Abstract: A floor drain communicates with a vertical floor drain pipe. The floor drain has a flanged cylindrical body that fits within the vertical pipe or fitting, a ring that overlaps and is spaced above the flange, and a grate or cover that fits upon the upper surface of the ring. The ring is supported by elevating screws that pass through the flange of the body. Adjustment of the elevating screws enable the height and pitch of the ring and grate or cover to be quickly and easily adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: K. Michael Graybeal
  • Patent number: 7856680
    Abstract: A shower drainage outlet for a shower tub in an aircraft is stated, which shower drainage outlet comprises three parts that can be displaced, angled or rotated in relation to one another. In this way horizontal, vertical and angular tolerances can be compensated for. Furthermore, the shower drainage outlet is designed to be inserted through an opening in the floor region of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Scheel, Simone Guttau, Gunnar Heuer
  • Patent number: 7854029
    Abstract: A water drain assembly includes an embedding ring and a seal washer, such that when a force is applied to press onto a water drain body, the deformation of hooks disposed at a lower edge of the embedding ring latches the edge of a drain through hole to abut the water drain body and fix the water drain body in position, and a rubber seal ring and a pressing member are installed into an internal hole of the water drain body, and a jam-on member is pressed into the internal hole of the water drain body, so as to press the pressing member down to a predetermined position to deform the seal ring, and achieve a tight pressing relation with a drainage pipe inserted therein to achieve a seal waterproof relation between the drainage pipe and the water drain body, and complete the overall installation of the water drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Ti-Nien Shih
  • Patent number: 7799216
    Abstract: Drain trap assembly for separating sediment from discharged wastewater including a conduit with a first upper inlet portion and a second upper outlet portion. Between the inlet and outlet is located a lower bend portion. Interrupting the lower bend portion is a third conduit portion including a cup closure for sediment accumulation out of the wastewater pathway. Affixed to the cup closure and extending generally upwardly within the assembly and across the wastewater flow is a strainer including at least one plate with through-holes sized to reject particulate sediment and other solids of a predetermined size. Another strainer embodiment includes fibers affixed to the closure and extending across the wastewater flow. A strainer support leg may be concave to guide or deflect sediment-laden wastewater downwardly to the accumulation area and may include at least one wastewater flow aperture. Closure removal automatically withdraws the strainer, offering ready access to accumulated sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Gurmu
  • Patent number: 7699981
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for installing an adjustable height drain onto a conduit in a layer of hardenable material. The drain includes a grate member adjustably connected to and in fluid communication with a base member. A connection member connects the grate member and base member and is adjustable to allow the elevation of the grate member to be adjusted in relation to the base member. A spacer is disposed substantially adjacent at least a portion of the connection member to limit hardenable material from setting around the connection member when a layer of hardenable material is poured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventors: Sam Ledford, Bryan Graham
  • Patent number: 7531088
    Abstract: A drain trap assembly for separating sediment from wastewater released from kitchen, bath or washroom appliance such as a sink or tub including a conduit with a first upper inlet portion and second upper outlet portion. Between the inlet and outlet is located a lower bend portion. Interrupting the lower bend portion is a third conduit portion including a cup closure for sediment accumulation area out of the wastewater pathway. Affixed to the closure cup and extending generally upwardly within the drain trap assembly and across the wastewater flow is a strainer in the form of at least one plate including through-holes sized to reject particulate sediment and other solids of a predetermined size. A second embodiment of the strainer takes the form of a mass of fibers affixed to the closure and extending across the wastewater flow. Closure removal automatically withdraws the strainer, offering ready access to accumulated sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Gurmu
  • Patent number: 7472435
    Abstract: A P-trap drainage device having a tubular body and a plurality of internal angled vanes which direct water flow in a circular or whirlpool pattern has a short coupling portion having a coupling thereon, and an extension portion dimensioned and configured to fit within standard sizes of plumbing pipes. In use, the device causes vertically flowing water coming from the drain to the P-trap to “swirl”, increasing the efficiency of flow. The shortness of the coupling portion allows easier use of the device in typically cramped conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Brian David Havens
  • Patent number: 7376983
    Abstract: A debris catch assembly used between a plumbing fixture and drain piping. It has two strainers and structure for supporting the larger strainer in a superior position. Both strainers are configured with holes through their side and bottom surfaces, to catch all types of solid debris in waste fluid, including hair. During use, both strainers are rapidly removed and inserted without tools into their usable positions from a location above the plumbing fixture's drain opening. The larger strainer initially catches all of the debris. When it is filled up, it is withdrawn from the drain via finger engagement with a protruding stub, after which collected debris is emptied into a dry waste receptacle. During such cleaning, debris collects in the second strainer. When void of fluid, the second strainer can be removed from the drain for cleaning via a handle having a bent configuration that clears the strainer above it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Leonard Sciarrino
  • Patent number: 7131150
    Abstract: The device is a molded, chemically-resistant-plastic cylinder consisting of a top rail, a bottom rail, four equally spaced quadrant side bars and four tapered helicoidally twisted directional vanes. Vanes are tapered from top to bottom so as not to collect debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Brian David Havens
  • Patent number: 7121228
    Abstract: An animal waste disposing assembly includes a base that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge extending between the top and bottom sides. The base has a threaded opening extending therethrough. A cylindrically shaped post is attached to and extends away from the bottom side. The post has an aperture extending therethrough that is aligned with the opening. The post has an outer threaded surface adapted for engaging a sewer line. A cylindrically shaped cap has a lower end, an upper end and a perimeter wall. The perimeter wall is threaded and the cap has a diameter generally equal to a diameter of the opening. The lower end may be removably extended into and threadably coupled to the opening. A peripheral lip is attached to and extends upwardly from the base. Feces may be positioned in the opening and ultimately the sewer line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Richard M. Klauber
  • Patent number: 7032253
    Abstract: A sink basket and plug assembly comprising a basket portion and a plug portion. The basket portion includes a well having at least one fluid passageway extending therethrough. The plug portion is at least partially receivable within the well and has an open and a closed position. When closed the plug restricts the passage of fluids through the fluid passageway. When open the plug permits the flow of fluid through said fluid passageway. At least one of the basket portion and the plug portion includes an indexing member and the other includes an indexing receiver. The indexing member is releasably receivable within the indexing receiver and retains the plug in its open position. Movement of the plug from its open to its closed position requires the application of a lifting force to the plug to dislodge the indexing member from the indexing receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Martin Tracy
    Inventors: Peter Colpitts, Scott Nelson
  • Patent number: 7013500
    Abstract: A strainer includes a water collector on an upper side, and a tube coupled on the bottom of the water collector. The tube has flutes formed on the inner wall. An extendable rod is housed in the tube and has lugs on the periphery to slide in the flutes. A latch member is housed in a housing chamber on the bottom of the extendable rod and has coupling sections formed on the bottom in an annular manner. An elastic element has a top end housed in the latch member and a bottom end fastened to a coupling member to couple on the bottom end of the tube. The top end of the extendable rod is fastened to a plug which is insertable in the drain port of the water collector. A filter is located in the water collector and has a button in the center depressible up and down to control water collection or discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Kun-Hsi Lin
  • Patent number: 6890427
    Abstract: A waste water outlet unit, for a shower tray having a drain opening, comprises a base element which is locatable on the underside of the shower tray to cover the drain opening, and a clamp element which is locatable on the topside of the shower tray and which is engageable with the base element to clamp the base element to the underside of the shower tray. The clamp element has an aperture through which waste water from the shower tray can pass into the base element, and a filter element which is positionable over the aperture and which can be removed to enable access to the interior of the unit while maintaining the engagement between the base and clamp elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: DLP Limited
    Inventors: James Edward Self, Graham Robin Lock
  • Patent number: 6766545
    Abstract: A shower drain having a tapered body and arcuate keepers circumferentially disposed around the body and capable of being drawn up the tapered body from a lower position to a higher position to engage the underside of a shower drain floor and hold the drain in place. When the keepers are in the lower position the drain readily fits through the floor drain opening. The keepers are drawn up the body by turning bolts extending through openings in the drain flange. The keepers extend substantially the full circumference of the drain body to provide maximum seating area against the underside of a shower floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: B. Eugene Hodges
  • Patent number: 6763533
    Abstract: A coupling system for securing a sink to a drain pipe. The coupling system of the present invention can include a support member and a flange connector. The flange connector can be coupled to the support member about opposite surfaces of a sink. The support member can include both a shoulder and a support surface opposite to the shoulder. The shoulder can be configured to support a sink and a gasket can be positioned thereon or within a recess therein to provide enhanced communication between a sink and the shoulder. The support surface, by comparison, can be configured to rest upon a support surface able to support the sink when coupled to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventors: Robert H. Mayer, Nicole D. Mayer
  • Patent number: 6640358
    Abstract: A strainer assembly for bathtub drains has a strainer body with a circular horizontal flange having a center opening and which is adapted to fit over and around a vertically disposed drain port in the bottom of a tub or the like. A hollow bushing extension extends downwardly from the center opening and terminates in an open lower portion with external threads. A hollow attachment bushing having a center opening is threadably secured around the lower portion of the bushing extension and extends downwardly therefrom. The attachment bushing has a lower open end with at least one crossbar extending thereacross. A bearing hub is formed in the center of the crossbar on the center axis of the aforesaid center openings. A vertically disposed threaded aperture is located in the hub and is adapted to threadably receive a connecting stud from a drain strainer or closure valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: 6588029
    Abstract: A safety cover for swimming pool drains for dispersing suction pressure and preventing a person's hair or other body parts from becoming entangled and otherwise preventing injury or death. A generally dome-shaped drain cover is removably affixed to a new and/or existing suction drain using a universal mounting mechanism. The drain cover is preferably circular and includes a peripheral lip, a sidewall, and a segmented dome-shaped top portion. The peripheral lip functions to form a seal with the bottom surface of the pool surrounding the drain, while the sidewall defines a plurality of openings therein and the segmented dome-shaped top portion defines a plurality of segments each of which include a plurality of openings. Each opening incorporates screen mesh material for allowing water to flow therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Paul M. Mullings
  • Patent number: 6494325
    Abstract: A toilet water-line filter (10) that is designed to protect a toilet's fill valve (62) from the intrusion of potentially damaging debris such as rocks, vegetation, etc. The filter (10) is comprised of a housing (12) and an internal filter (34) which consists of a mesh staining element (36). The filter (10) is attached between the toilet's fill valve (62) and a typical, flexible, water line (66). Debris that would normally pass into the fill valve (62) becomes trapped in the mesh staining element (36), from where the debris is easily removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Israel Mizrahi
  • Patent number: 6368503
    Abstract: The present invention provides a filtered fluid dispensing system. The invention may replace the sprayer provided with the faucet assembly of a conventional sink and may, in certain embodiments, be adapted to selectively dispense filtered and unfiltered fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce S. Williamson, Michael S. Brunner, Jeffrey E. Fish, Kevin P. McGrath, Malcolm D. Poirier, Paul Metaxatos, Dave Mathieu
  • Patent number: 6350373
    Abstract: An drain that is adjustable in height and pitch to allow the top of the drain to conform to the pitch of the surface of a surrounding surface. The adjustable drain apparatus is positioned level with a floor therearound. Where the drain has a grate, designed to allow fluid to drain therethrough, a funnel, having an upper end coupled to the grate, and a lower end, and a ring, having an inner surface used to attach to the lower end, and an outer substantially spherical surface that allows the grate to be tilted. There is also a cavity formed therein, an upper and lower spherical surface, positioned in the cavity, designed to mate with the spherical surface of the ring, and to securely hold the ring therebetween, and a plate, positioned about the funnel, designed to be secured to the drain base and close the cavity in a way to securely hold the ring and thereby the funnel in a specific tilted position after adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventor: Chris Sondrup
  • Patent number: 6330724
    Abstract: A drain cover locking device which fits into a drain pipe for the purpose of receiving and holding in place a standard drain cover. In general, the locking device is made of a solid generally rectangular piece of bar material, usually of metal, with one hole drilled through the center of the bar for receiving a fastener, such as a screw, and preferably a tamper-proof screw head, which is first inserted through a center hole in the drainer cover. A threaded rod having an “L” shaped hanger is threaded into each end of the bar material and the “L” shaped piece fits over the drain pipe for holding the mechanism in place. The center piece or generally rectangular piece of bar material is then turned with a wrench or other device until the bar material is firmly held in place over the pipe and the drain screw is then placed over the pipe with the center hole aligned with the center hole of the center bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Inventor: Robert K. Belle
  • Patent number: 6317906
    Abstract: A strainer assembly for bathtub drains has a strainer body with a circular horizontal flange having a center opening and which is adapted to fit over and around a vertically disposed drain port in the bottom of a tub or the like. A hollow bushing extension extends downwardly from the center opening and terminates in an open lower portion with external threads. A hollow attachment bushing having a center opening is threadably secured around the lower portion of the bushing extension and extends downwardly therefrom. The attachment bushing has a lower open end with at least one crossbar extending thereacross. A bearing hub is formed in the center of the crossbar on the center axis of the aforesaid center openings. A vertically disposed threaded aperture is located in the hub and is adapted to threadably receive a connecting stud from a drain strainer or closure valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: 6209572
    Abstract: A coupling system that can be placed into the existing drain and over the existing drain pipe to effect a repair without removal of an existing tub, shower or similar receptacle. The drain coupling system is self-sealing and can be locked into place from above. After ensuring that the proper seal is obtained between the invention and the drain pipe, the body of the invention is pushed downward until the upper collar lip engages the floor surrounding the drain opening. The system is then secured in position from above by the plurality of hex head set screws provided. The hex head set screws extend downward from the upper most surface of the invention. The coupling system is supplied with locking tabs. When the present invention is in the proper position within the drain opening, the rotation of the screws forces the wings of the locking tabs to rotate in a lateral fashion. The rotation of the locking tab continues until the wings contact the walls of the drain opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Dale Alan Wicklund
  • Patent number: 6185758
    Abstract: A device in draining gutters comprises a gutter member (11) adapted to be imbedded in a hole in a floor in relation to the surrounding floor, connectable to a conduit (6) for draining water, said member being adapted to receive water, and an arrangement for sealing the floor covering (8) in relation to the gutter member, for preventing water from finding its way between the latters. This sealing arrangement has means (23, 24, 25) aranged to seal against the floor covering (8) by bearing on the latter from above around an upper water receiving opening (32) of the gutter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventors: Lars Croon, Bertil Eriksson
  • Patent number: 6175971
    Abstract: A shower drain assembly (10) is provided for use with a shower having a base drain opening. The drain assembly includes a drain fitting (12), an annular pressure plate (26), and an annular collar (28). The drain fitting has an upper lateral flange (14) and an upright cylindrical portion (16) extending downward from the underside of the flange. The cylindrical portion includes a number of shelves (18) extending laterally. Spaces (19) are available between shelves. The annular collar (28) includes an inner diameter with a number of ribs (30) extending laterally inward from the collar inner diameter surface. The collar also includes a number of holes (34), each hole being adapted to engage a corresponding fastener (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: Michael O'Neill
  • Patent number: 6067669
    Abstract: A drain plug assembly having a strainer removably fitted between a bottom of a drain housing that is to be mounted in the drain of a vessel and a stopper that is mounted to be moved along a central stem between a locked open position permitting flow through the drain housing and strainer and a closed position wherein flow through the drain housing and strainer is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Bathcrest, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron L. Peterson, Craig S Peterson
  • Patent number: 6058526
    Abstract: The drain assembly is constructed with a segmented ball valve of stainless steel or plastic which is rotatable between an open position and a closed position by a shaft extending from the drain body. An annular valve seat is biased against the valve body by a compression device and an annual retainer which is threaded into the valve body from above. A strainer may also be provided to catch large particles which might otherwise not be desirable for passage through the drain assembly. The valve body provides a relatively large opening for the discharge of fluids into a drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Component Hardware Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Parisi, David J. Burke
  • Patent number: 5940898
    Abstract: A drain assembly for providing a leak-free linkage between a sink and a drainpipe. The drain assembly includes an inner linkage member and an outer linkage basket. The inner linkage member has inner and outer surfaces, open upper and lower ends, a basket strainer portion, an elongate drain tube portion. The inner linkage member is designed for extending through the drain opening of a sink with the upper end of the inner linkage member positioned adjacent the periphery of the drain opening of the sink and the lower end of the inner linkage member coupled to the free end of the drainpipe. The outer surface of the inner linkage member has spaced apart locking flanges extending outwardly therefrom with each locking flange defining a locking groove. The outer linkage basket has inner and outer surfaces, a bottom portion, a side portion, and an upper edge. The bottom portion of the outer linkage basket has a hole therethrough between the inner and outer surfaces of the outer linkage basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Harold F. Rowe
  • Patent number: 5878448
    Abstract: A floor drain extension for, and method of, elevating a drain plate of an existing floor drain after a refinishing layer such as tile has been applied onto the floor structure through which the floor drain is installed. The extension is generally annular shaped and structured to fit between the drain plate and the upper surface of the floor drain fixture so as to upwardly reposition the drain plate into a flush arrangement with the new refinishing layer surface. By proper preselection of the thickness and mounting hole pattern, the extension will easily be reinstalled after the refinishing layer is applied. Further, by temporarily bolting the extension atop the existing floor drain prior to application of the refinishing layer, a precise edge to edge abutting fit between the refinishing layer and the extension will be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventor: Dan E. Molter
  • Patent number: 5724684
    Abstract: A drain covering composed of an upper straining region and a lower threaded region. The straining region is in the shape of any conventional drain and has a plurality of straining holes set in various locations on the drain piece. The threaded region is connected to the bottom of the drain, and can be connected to any standard sink. A number of holes are also provided in the strainer to allow a rod to tighten the drain covering into the sink. Waterproof putty is used to seal the connection between the drain covering and the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Peter Fedorvich Paar
  • Patent number: 5545322
    Abstract: A cold and hot water combination filtering faucet including a main body and a filter unit integrally disposed on the main body. The main body includes a cold raw water incoming tunnel and a hot raw water incoming tunnel. The cold raw water incoming tunnel extends to a form a cold raw water outgoing passage for conducting cold raw water through the filter unit. The filtered clean water is conducted through a filtered water discharging tube to be discharged outside. The hot raw water incoming tunnel extends toward the main body to communicate with a water discharging tube thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Ting K. Cheng
  • Patent number: 5442819
    Abstract: A tubular inlet portion (12) is connected to a sink drain outlet member. A tubular outlet portion (14) fits into and is connected to a drain pipe member that is a part of a standard drain system for a sink. An article falling through the sink drain opening will enter a housing (22, 24, 26) which includes a catcher wall (32). The article will first contact a conical center portion (36) of the catcher wall (32) and will then slide down onto an annular radial wall portion (34) of the catcher wall (32). Water entering the drain will pass through openings (38) and slots (40). The housing (22, 24, 26) has a clear plastic sidewall (24) through which the catcher wall (32) and any article on it can be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventors: Ernie R. Penor, Amelita P. Penor