Construction Details Patents (Class 4/506)
  • Patent number: 10407929
    Abstract: Pool stair assemblies having stair structures fabricated from plastic foam are provided. The stair structures include protective tread sheets and protective riser sheets and a vinyl pool liner mounted over the stair structure, tread sheets, and riser sheets. The stair structure, which may be buoyant, is retained in a pool by the weight of pool water on the liner and stair structure. Aspects of the invention overcome the disadvantages of conventional pool stair assemblies and ladders positioned on top of pool liners. Other related pool structures, methods of installing stair assemblies, stair structures, and methods of fabricating stair structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Trojan Leisure Products, LLC
    Inventors: Collin J. Sirco, David A. Steele
  • Patent number: 10385580
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bracket for creating continuous coping of a poured settable material over the edge of a structure, comprising: a spine with an upper portion for supporting a piece of formwork; and a means for temporarily mounting the bracket upon a surface. The means for temporarily mounting the bracket may comprise a suction cup. Also described is a method of creating continuous coping of a poured settable material over the edge of a structure, comprising the use of the bracket to support formwork creating a box into which the material is filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Trent Foley
  • Patent number: 10344492
    Abstract: A pool including a wall having a top end and a wall profile, and a reinforcing system for reinforcing the wall. The reinforcing system includes a plurality of top caps attached to the top end of the wall. Each top cap includes a shell body with a peripheral surface and at least one internal truss member such that each top cap is laterally flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Trivector Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Epple
  • Patent number: 10344490
    Abstract: A swimming pool consisting of a plurality of panels that withstands water pressure in both a concave and convex configuration to create any freeform shape or size. Each panel consists of an adhered wall of skinning of metal or plastic over expanded polystyrene or expanded urethane foam. The density of the foam is adjusted as necessary to increase the strength of the wall based on static loading of water when swimming pool is assembled as a whole and fully filled with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Trojan Leisure Products, LLC
    Inventors: Charles M. Foster, David A. Steele, Collin J. Sirco
  • Patent number: 10316533
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an improved pool. Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a method of making an improved pool. The pool can comprise an unitary sidewall joined to a floor portion. The unitary sidewall can be constructed from one piece of material, and can have fewer seams than traditional pools, thereby reducing the likelihood that that pool will rupture and leak. In some embodiments, since the pool has fewer seams than traditional pools, fewer manufacturing steps are required to make the pool. This can increase manufacturing speed and decrease cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (BVI)
    Inventor: Chao Long Lan
  • Patent number: 10273701
    Abstract: A swimming pool assembly, including a preformed swimming pool body defining bottom floor member and at least one sidewall member connected thereto and extending therefrom, and a groundwater protection device positioned in the bottom floor member. The groundwater protection device defines a predetermined failure mode under applied external hydrostatic forces generated by groundwater to yield an aperture through the bottom floor member through which groundwater may flow into the fiberglass swimming pool body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Thursday Pools
    Inventors: William Khamis, Edward Vondell
  • Patent number: 10240359
    Abstract: Pool stair assemblies having stair structures fabricated from plastic foam are provided. The stair structures include protective tread sheets and protective riser sheets and a vinyl pool liner mounted over the stair structure, tread sheets, and riser sheets. The stair structure, which may be buoyant, is retained in a pool by the weight of pool water on the liner and stair structure. Aspects of the invention overcome the disadvantages of conventional pool stair assemblies and ladders positioned on top of pool liners. Other related pool structures, methods of installing stair assemblies, stair structures, and methods of fabricating stair structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Trojan Leisure Products, LLC
    Inventors: Collin J. Sirco, David A. Steele
  • Patent number: 10036173
    Abstract: A pool apparatus has a surrounding side frame, a tarpaulin and a top portion frame. The surrounding side frame provides a closed geometrical shape defined on the ground after the tarpaulin is surrounded with respect to the ground. The tarpaulin may be constituted by various kinds of waterproof materials. The tarpaulin has a bottom portion, a side portion and a top portion. The shape of the bottom of the tarpaulin corresponds to the closed geometrical shape. The side portion of the tarpaulin connects to the bottom portion and surrounding the surrounding side frame. The top portion of the tarpaulin connects to the side portion of the tarpaulin. The thickness of top portion of the tarpaulin is thicker than the thickness of the other portion s of the tarpaulin. The top portion frame clips the top portion to fix the tarpaulin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Bestway Inflatables & Material Corp.
    Inventor: Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 9963894
    Abstract: A foldable, portable fabric children's wading pool for installation in the ground and which has improved stability characteristics is provided. The pool includes a waterproof fabric base, a middle stabilizer section with a removable and adjustable sand stabilizer, and a sand anchor section for holding a weighting material such as sand. The pool is set up by digging a hole in the ground and forming berms along the edges of the hole. Then, the pool is unfolded and positioned such that the waterproof fabric base is in the hole, the middle stabilizer section is on the top of the sand berm, and the sand anchor section extends downwardly and outwardly from the edge of the sand berm. The removable and adjustable sand stabilizers are put in place. Then, a weighting material is loaded onto the sand anchor section and the pool is filled with water, preferably using the waterproof bag that also serves as a storage and transport bag for the pool when folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Larry Wares
  • Patent number: 9938740
    Abstract: A spa comprising a layer of copper-containing material, a layer of a cotton-containing material external to the layer of copper-containing material, wherein the layer of copper-containing material and the layer of cotton-containing material are at least partially located between outer spa frame studs, and a layer of at least one of a polyester or a polypropylene-containing material external to the layer of cotton-containing material. The layers of copper-containing material, cotton containing material, and at least one of a polyester or a polypropylene-containing material are located between a spa basin and a spa cabinet. The spa bottom may also have a layer of copper-containing material affixed thereon. In some embodiments, the spa may further comprise an insulated cover with a layer of copper-containing material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MAAX Spas Industries, Corp.
    Inventors: Emil Nygard, Steven Yializis
  • Patent number: 9725918
    Abstract: An arrangement (100) for underwater activities includes a reservoir (101), which reservoir includes a wall (102) securing a space inside the reservoir (101) to be filled at least partially with water (103). The arrangement has also an opening (104a, 104b) for entering the reservoir, and a container (105) to be filled at least partially with water (103). The container receives the reservoir (101) so that the lower portion of the reservoir including at least one opening (104a) is located under the water surface level (103). The lower portion of the reservoir when introduced with the container is securing together with the container's (105) wall an upper portion (107) of the container, which upper portion (107) supports via the opening (104a) the pressure difference between the upper portion (107) of the container (105) and the space inside the reservoir (101), when water (103) is introduced into the space inside the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: WATERBOX OY
    Inventor: Evgeny Lykov
  • Patent number: 9702157
    Abstract: This application teaches the construction of an above ground pool with minimal labor and time. The actual construction can be accomplished by one person. Through use of a series of interlocking panels, and rods to secure the panels in place the construction of a pool can be accomplished. Additionally the use of an outer skin provides both an aesthetic compliment as well as additional integrity to the structure of the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Ryan Clifton Gandy
  • Patent number: 9631386
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an improved pool. Embodiments of the present invention also provide a method of making an improved pool. The pool can comprise an integrated sidewall joined to a floor portion. The integrated sidewall can be constructed from one piece of material, and can have fewer seams than traditional pools, thereby reducing the likelihood that that pool will rupture and leak. In some embodiments, since the pool has fewer seams than traditional pools, fewer manufacturing steps are required to make the pool. This can increase manufacturing speed and decrease cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (BVI)
    Inventor: Chao Long Lan
  • Patent number: 9574358
    Abstract: A form system for a fiberglass or vinyl-lined swimming pool utilizes an elongate pliable form, a bracket, a spear, and a button mounted on the spear to secure the bracket in position against the form. The bracket and form are shaped and dimensioned such that when the bracket placed against the form, it conforms to the form, it is automatically properly positioned to receive the spear, to support the form in the desired position with respect to the bracket, and to generate a compression vector, VC, which frictionally secures the bracket to the wall of the swimming pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Ted E Deason
  • Patent number: 9551123
    Abstract: A basin for swimming pools, artificial ponds and the like, includes, within the bed excavated in the ground for its provision, a layer for protecting the internal surface of the bed, a first waterproofing layer, above the protective layer, an internally hollow structure, which is placed on the first waterproofing layer and whose inner face, directed toward the inside of the basin, is contoured or vertical, in order to provide a correspondingly shaped or substantially vertical wall of the central tank of the basin, a protective layer and a waterproofing layer for the outer face of the hollow structure, and a second waterproofing layer for the inner face of the hollow structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BIODESIGN S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alessandro Milani
  • Patent number: 9439329
    Abstract: A data center can include an inflatable enclosure in which rack computer systems can be installed and can provide computing capacity. The inflatable enclosure includes an inflatable structure which is at least partially inflated based on cooling air discharged into the inflatable enclosure by one or more cooling modules. A cooling module can include a cooling system and a cooling air vent, where the cooling system adjustably induces a stream of cooling air and the cooling air vent adjustably directs the cooling air stream into a particular space enclosed by an inflatable structure. The inflatable enclosure can be established by separate modules positioned on opposite sides of a space and an inflatable structure which extends across the space between the modules. The inflatable structure can be extended over additional spaces to expand the inflatable enclosure, thereby providing additional space to install rack computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Towner, Brock Robert Gardner, Giorgio Arturo Pompei
  • Patent number: 9366048
    Abstract: The disclosed swimming pool includes an upslope pool deck section. The upslope pool deck section extends from the deck inner edge to a crown line, where the crown line, which is further from the water than the deck inner edge, is the high point of the upslope pool deck section. The upslope pool deck section has a surface gradient which slopes upwards in a direction away from the pool water. The deck inner edge is the low point in elevation of the upslope pool deck section. The crown line is the high point in elevation of the upslope pool deck section. This configuration of pool deck allows the water line to approach the deck inner edge without water overflowing over the deck inner edge. The pool has an appealing look similar to a zero-edge pool because the deck inner edge does not extend much higher than the water line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Kent Fredrick Leach
  • Patent number: 9194147
    Abstract: A modular swimming pool is constructed of one or more floor sections and a plurality of wall sections, with water-tight seams between the sections. Grooves formed in the sides of each section mate with corresponding grooves on adjacent sections and thereby form hollow channels that hold elastomeric seals. A plurality of fasteners applies compressive force to the seals, which results in formation of a water-tight seam. A skirt, also provided in sections, is attached to the wall sections and forms a structural and decorative part of the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Mario L. Campodonico
  • Publication number: 20150129109
    Abstract: A liner for finishing an interior pool surface is disclosed, the liner including a water resistant material; and a predetermined decorative pattern or design, wherein the pattern or design is applied onto at least one side of the liner. The patterns and designs may be either two- or three-dimensional, and can include iridescent and/or reflective inks, reflective beads and/or pebbles and so on, and be arranged in either predetermined or randomized arrays. A customized pool skimmer face plate system is also disclosed, including at least a skimmer face plate cover; a template having a size and shape proportional to the size and shape of the face plate cover; a water-resistant material bearing a color, pattern, or design; and a wrapper created from the water-resistant material using the template that complements neighboring colors, patterns and designs surrounding the skimmer face plate installation location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ALLIANCE TRADING, INC.
    Inventor: Thurman Lynn Reavis
  • Publication number: 20150089732
    Abstract: A preformed swimming pool assembly, including a preformed swimming pool body outer surface and a plurality of stabilizing sheets connected to the preformed swimming pool body outer surface. The stabilizing sheets may be extended away from the preformed swimming pool body for anchoring underground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: William Khamis, Phillip PAUL
  • Publication number: 20150059080
    Abstract: A pool liner having a first polymeric liner sheet having first and second sides and a substantially light transparent second polymeric liner sheet having first side and second sides. A colored indicia is positioned on at least a portion of the first side of the first polymeric liner sheet and/or on at least a portion of the first side of the substantially transparent second polymeric liner sheet. The first side of the second polymeric liner sheet is attached to the first side of the first polymeric liner sheet such that the colored indicia is positioned between the first side of the first polymeric liner sheet and the first side of the second polymeric liner sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: CRESTWOOD MEMBRANES, INC.
    Inventors: Allan J. MacKinlay, John E. Pomeroy, Scot Martinelli, Christopher L. Hackett
  • Patent number: 8959673
    Abstract: An elongate beading for attaching a pool liner to a pool wall includes a substantially planar liner attachment portion having an outer surface for attachment to a pool liner and a hook portion having a pair of opposed first and second legs interconnected by a connector portion. The first and second legs and connector portion have inner surfaces defining a channel and the first leg is substantially coplanar with the liner attachment portion. The second leg defines with the connector portion a downwardly facing shoulder and includes a narrowing intermediate its ends which defines first and second sections, the second section being the free end portion which is separable from the first section. The free end portion tapers outwardly from the narrowing towards its free end, includes a plurality of spaced apart raised ribs on its surfaces and terminates in an enlarged protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Pool Corporation
    Inventor: Clark Wherley
  • Publication number: 20150047117
    Abstract: A basin for swimming pools, artificial ponds and the like, comprising, within the bed excavated in the ground for its provision, a layer for protecting the internal surface of the bed, a first waterproofing layer, above the protective layer, an internally hollow structure, which is placed on the first waterproofing layer and whose inner face, directed toward the inside of the basin, is contoured or vertical, in order to provide a correspondingly shaped or substantially vertical wall of the central tank of the basin, a protective layer and a waterproofing layer for the outer face of the hollow structure, and a second waterproofing layer for the inner face of the hollow structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: BIODESIGN S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alessandro Milani
  • Patent number: 8919741
    Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of bases, each base having a body having a floor, a top wall, side walls and end walls defining an interior chamber; a first projection extending from one of the end walls and having a top wall; and a second projection extending from another one of the end walls and having a bottom wall; wherein the bottom wall of the second projection and the top wall of the first projection are both configured to receive a pole and wherein the first projection of a first base of the bases can overlap the second projection of a second base of the bases when the floor of the first and second bases are resting on a common surface. The fence further includes a plurality of poles, each inserted into and maintained erect by one of the bases; and a mesh fencing material tensioned between the poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Sadinsky, Thomas J. Farinola, Stuart B. Long
  • Patent number: 8904576
    Abstract: A formation aid, for use in the forming of receptacles in a swimming pool, includes a three-dimensional body having an essentially conical shape. The three-dimensional body of the formation aid includes a narrow end, for placement near an interior edge of the swimming pool during formation of the swimming pool; and a wide end, for placement remote from the interior edge of the swimming pool, in order to form a receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Brian P. Claffey
  • Publication number: 20140332472
    Abstract: The invention discloses a process to implement and maintain water bodies larger than 15,000 m3 for recreational use, such as lakes or artificial lagoons, with excellent color, transparency and cleanness properties at low cost, which comprises the following steps: a.—providing a structure able to contain a large water body larger than 15,000 m3; b.—feeding the structure of step (a) with inlet water having iron and manganese levels lower than 1.5 ppm and turbidity lower than 5 NTU; c.—measuring water pH, ideally it should be within a range lower than 7.8; d.—adding an oxidizing agent to the water contained in the structure of step (a), with which a 600 mV minimal ORP is controlled in water for a minimal period of 4 hours and in maximal cycles of 48 hours; e.—adding a flocculating agent in concentrations within 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Fernando Benjamin FISHMANN TORRES
  • Patent number: 8881321
    Abstract: A system for easier manufacture and installation of a spa using a unitary base with molded integral electrical chaseways and with vertical support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: David J. Ludlow, Stephen M. Fleischer, Richard Alex Eddington
  • Publication number: 20140317839
    Abstract: Swimming pool safety coping element and method of manufacture thereof The present invention relates to coping elements, in particular to coping elements used around the edge of a swimming pool. A swimming pool safety coping element (10) comprises an outer layer portion (12) and an infill portion (14), the outer layer portion at least partly bounding the infill portion. The coping element is manufactured by forming the outer layer portion from a Low Surface Energy material. A pressure sensitive adhesive (16) is then applied across a first surface of the outer layer portion. In a further step, a flowable polymer composition is poured onto the first surface of the outer layer, and allowed to set, to provide the infill portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Nicholas Hempleman-Adams
  • Patent number: 8869469
    Abstract: A system for providing an in-ground installation of a portable spa using a Spa Vault assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bullfrog International, L.C.
    Inventors: David J. Ludlow, Marvin Hinckley Howell
  • Publication number: 20140304906
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new construction method for swimming pools, surfing pools, body boarding pools, wave pools, water park pools, kayaking and white water rafting courses and pools, wake boarding pools, water skiing pools and jet skiing pools, static surfing simulators, deep water river standing wave attractions. The present invention construction method can also be used in lagoons, ponds, lakes, and rivers. The invention will save construction costs, and save pool construction time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Walter Judson Bennett, David Evans
  • Publication number: 20140215707
    Abstract: A water basin, such as, for example, a swimming pool, consisting of a lank which can be filled with water and edge stones arranged in a row against one another at the edge of the tank and of an illumination which extends in the region of the edge, wherein at least one of the edge stones consists at least partially of transparent or translucent material and has arranged in its interior at least one light source of which the light rays can exit through the transparent or translucent regions of the edge stone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Hans-Robert Blum
  • Publication number: 20140201899
    Abstract: Continuous inflatable tube for canvas pools comprising an inflatable perimeter ring or tube that defines the upper edge of the swimming pool, wherein the ring or tube is a continuous and whole strip, without seams or seals, and comprising a lower longitudinal flange of about 3 or 4 cm which is used to weld said tube to the edge of the canvas pool Said continuous inflatable tube consists in a strip of flexible material, preferably PVC, which forms a continuous cylindrical ring welded by radio frequency to the upper end edge of the sidewalls of the canvas pool, comprising at least one inflating valve, whereby the user will inflate the tube to the desired volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Eduardo Alberto Mussa
  • Publication number: 20140173820
    Abstract: A modular swimming pool is constructed of one or more floor sections and a plurality of wall sections, with water-tight seams between the sections. Grooves formed in the sides of each section mate with corresponding grooves on adjacent sections and thereby form hollow channels that hold elastomeric seals. A plurality of fasteners applies compressive force to the seals, which results in formation of a water-tight seam. A skirt, also provided in sections is attached to the wall sections and forms a structural and decorative part of the pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Mario L. Campodonico
  • Publication number: 20140157509
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an improved pool. Embodiments of the present invention also provide a method of making an improved pool. The pool can comprise an integrated sidewall joined to a floor portion. The integrated sidewall can be constructed from one piece of material, and can have fewer seams than traditional pools, thereby reducing the likelihood that that pool will rupture and leak. In some embodiments, since the pool has fewer seams than traditional pools, fewer manufacturing steps are required to make the pool. This can increase manufacturing speed and decrease cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventor: Chao Long Lan
  • Publication number: 20140137320
    Abstract: A portable and convertible in-ground infant pool includes a flexible inner cavity having a substantially water impervious base and substantially water impervious sidewall(s) and an outwardly projecting flange that extends from an upper sidewall rim. The base and sidewall(s) seat within a recess or cavity or hole, such as may be formed in beach sand. The flange seats on the beach or ground surface around the periphery of the cavity. Water is poured into the pool for infant play. When water is emptied from the pool, a cinching mechanism at or along the perimeter of the flange rim, when activated, permits the infant pool to be converted from a pool configuration to a pool-in-a bag or carryall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy Taylor
  • Patent number: 8720737
    Abstract: A variable-diameter tank construction system is provided. The tank construction system uses sets of wedges (shims) and bevel-faced spacers (washers) in conjunction with the field connections of the vertical edges of adjacent modular tank wall panels, so as to create an angular deviation between the tangent lines of the wall panels immediately adjacent to and on either side of the vertical joint between the connected panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Global Fabrication, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Raybuck, Luke Sicard, II
  • Publication number: 20140059760
    Abstract: A dog pool provides a convenient, easy-to-use product for dogs to swim in, or fun, exercise and therapy. The dog pool is durable, portable, easy to set up and easy to store. Because the dog pool is made of inflatable PVC tarpaulin material, it can be made larger and deeper than conventional pools and still be easy to store, set up and move. A step can be included along at least a portion of one wall on the inside of the dog pool to assist the dog in getting themselves out of the pool. A ramp can be included on the outside of the pool, adjacent to the pool wall, to assist a dog in entering, and exiting, the pool. The pool walls and floor are typically formed as in integral unit, further increasing easy of set up and use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: James Leyland Hendrick
  • Patent number: 8656655
    Abstract: A modular containment wall system provides secondary containment about one or more liquid storage tanks in a storage area using panel members connected with series to form a perimeter wall about the storage area together with a barrier member spanning the area surrounding by the perimeter wall. Each panel member has a main wall portion and a brace including a triangular gusset panel and a foot panel along a bottom side in which the gusset panel and foot panel of the brace are pivotal together relative to the main wall portion between a working position in which the gusset panel is substantially perpendicular to the main wall portion and a storage position in which the gusset panel is substantially parallel to the main wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Lester James Thiessen
  • Patent number: 8640275
    Abstract: Devices combining swimming pool skimmers, pumps, and removable, disposable filters into integral, sidewall-mounted systems for above-ground pools and other above-ground liquid containment enclosures, and methods for the use of such systems to remove both larger floating debris and smaller particulate matter to maintain water clarity and hygienic safety within such pools or like liquid containment enclosures are disclosed herein. Specifically, a ring-type above-ground pool comprising a base, a sidewall, and at least a portion of a cleaning system solely supported by the sidewall and mounted at a non-vertical angle such that it is substantially parallel to the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Gary Lee Lawson, Chi Yin Alan Leung, Chung Wai (Paul) Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140026312
    Abstract: The present invention provides an enclosed, in-ground, temperature-controlled super dive tank for recreational diving and/or dive training purposes. The super dive tank has a length ranging between about 100 to about 200 feet long and a width ranging between about 50 to 150 feet wide. The depth of the tank ranges between about 50 to 80 feet deep. The present invention also provides a method for simulating open water diving by a diver, comprised of diving in an enclosed, in-ground, temperature-controlled super dive tank up to depths ranging between 50 to 80 feet. The present invention thus provides a diver with as natural a diving experience as one would have if one were diving in a coral reef in an ocean.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Lignini
  • Patent number: 8584271
    Abstract: A corner for a pool providing a transition of the corner angle therein and thereby providing for ease of installation, improved aesthetics, improved operation, and simpler maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pool Cover Specialists National, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley L. Mathis, David B. Dalton
  • Patent number: 8579262
    Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of bases, each base having a body having a floor, a top wall, side walls and end walls defining an interior chamber; a first projection extending from one of the end walls and having a top wall; and a second projection extending from another one of the end walls and having a bottom wall; wherein the bottom wall of the second projection and the top wall of the first projection are both configured to receive a pole and wherein the first projection of a first base of the bases can overlap the second projection of a second base of the bases when the floor of the first and second bases are resting on a common surface. The fence further includes a plurality of poles, each inserted into and maintained erect by one of the bases; and a mesh fencing material tensioned between the poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Sadinsky, Thomas J. Farinola, Stuart B. Long
  • Patent number: 8528211
    Abstract: A method of attaching a cabinet assembly to a spa. The method includes providing a frame that has a channel that forms a perimeter. A spa is placed on the frame such that a flange or lip of the spa extends past the perimeter created by the channel. A plurality of slats are then secured between the flange of the spa and the channel of the frame in order to form a cabinet around the spa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Quad Cities Automatic Pools, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith A. Hall
  • Patent number: 8505247
    Abstract: A swimming pool has a plurality of wall panels secured together in an edge-to-edge relation to define the perimeter of the pool. At least one of the panels includes: a generally rectangular main body having a generally planar face forming a portion of a pool side wall; a pair of opposed edge flanges for juxtaposition with edge flanges of adjacent wall panels, the flanges extending from the plane of the body face at an angle differing from orthogonal by a small draft angle; and a plurality of elongated ribs extending along each flange of the at least one panel in a direction generally orthogonal to the plane of the body face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Separation LLC
    Inventor: Tom Epple
  • Publication number: 20130180042
    Abstract: An aquatic wildlife discovery pool provides a swimming pool where swimmers can explore and discover various types of live aquatic wildlife. The aquatic wildlife discovery pool may comprise one or more aquariums at its walls to give swimmers the impression that they are swimming with the aquatic wildlife. In addition, one or more aquariums may be at the floor of the pool to allow swimmers to dive downward to discover aquatic wildlife at the bottom of the aquatic wildlife discovery pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Javier Silva Guridi
  • Publication number: 20130152297
    Abstract: A system for providing an in-ground installation of a portable spa using a Spa Vault assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: David J. Ludlow, Marvin Hinckley Howell
  • Patent number: 8418414
    Abstract: A swimming pool brace assembly having a brace and bracket used to attach a concrete form. The bracket positions the concrete form between the concrete footing and the deck of the swimming pool. The swimming pool brace is provided with receptacles that are adapted to receive the brackets, which are used to retain the position of the concrete form. The receptacles of the brace allow the brackets to be attached to either side of the brace. The bracket includes a retention feature that is configured to retain the bracket in position once inserted into the receptacle of the brace. The bracket includes a series of radially spaced inwardly extending protrusions that engage the concrete form. The protrusions are adapted to deflect to adjust for variations in the size of the forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: P.I. Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence A. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130061450
    Abstract: An elongate beading for attaching a pool liner to a pool wall includes a substantially planar liner attachment portion having an outer surface for attachment to a pool liner and a hook portion having a pair of opposed first and second legs interconnected by a connector portion. The first and second legs and connector portion have inner surfaces defining a channel and the first leg is substantially coplanar with the liner attachment portion. The second leg defines with the connector portion a downwardly facing shoulder and includes a narrowing intermediate its ends which defines first and second sections, the second section being the free end portion which is separable from the first section. The free end portion tapers outwardly from the narrowing towards its free end, includes a plurality of spaced apart raised ribs on its surfaces and terminates in an enlarged protuberance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL VECTORS LTD. DBA PEN FABRICATORS
    Inventor: Clark WHERLEY
  • Patent number: 8393021
    Abstract: A non-flexible floor covering adaptor is provided for use with a shower tray (10) having a peripheral trough (18) and means for engaging flexible floor covering material in the trough (18). The adaptor (30) comprises a first profiled portion (32) locatable in the trough (18) of the shower tray (10); a second profiled portion (34) which matches or substantially matches a peripheral edge of the shower tray (10), and a floor flange (36) for engagement with non-flexible floor covering material, such as tiles or boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: DLP Limited
    Inventors: Robert William Stimpson, Mark Luxton
  • Patent number: 8381325
    Abstract: A modular pool system including a plurality of pivotally connected panels disposed side end to side end defining an enclosed pool perimeter wall. The panels are pivotable with respect to each other to form a pool perimeter wall configuration. A pool liner is secured to the pool perimeter wall for retaining water within the pool perimeter wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Wilbar International, Inc.
    Inventors: George Tassone, Jr., Serge Dubeau, Serge Provost, Richard Mark Sobel