Convertible Class-type Apparatus Patents (Class 4/514)
  • Patent number: 9392912
    Abstract: A bathtub is provided of the walk-in type, wherein the bathtub includes an internal dam element that allows a user to segment the bathtub into a first and second compartment and operably utilize the bathtub as a sit-down tub or as a standing shower. An entry door provides access into the bathtub without requiring users to lift their legs during entry, while the dam element allows the user to fill the first compartment of the tub and prepare it for use before entering the bathtub interior. The second compartment remains empty as the first compartment fills with water, whereafter the user can enter the empty second compartment and remove the dam element after closing the entry door. The bathtub further comprises a first and second drain for independently draining the first and second compartments and allowing the user to exit the tub while the first compartment is still draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Theodore Haddad
  • Patent number: 9386887
    Abstract: A bathtub is provided of the walk-in type, wherein the bathtub includes an at least one internal dam element that allows a user to segment the bathtub into a two or more compartments and operably utilize the bathtub as a sit-down tub or as a standing shower. An entry door provides access into the bathtub without requiring users to lift their legs during entry, while the dam elements allow the user to fill the sectioned compartments of the tub and prepare it for use before entering the bathtub interior. Certain compartments may remain empty as the other compartments fill with water, whereafter the user can enter the empty the empty compartment and remove a dam element after closing the entry door. The bathtub further may also comprise a first and second drain for independently draining the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Theodore Haddad
  • Publication number: 20150128339
    Abstract: A sink with a removable divider includes a sink body having a lip and a basin. A drain element is provided within the basin at a central location, and the front and rear portions of the sink basin include generally vertical channels. A divider is removably positioned within the channels so as to bisect the basin into two separate compartments. The divider including a pair of articulating drain plugs, each having a shape that approximates one half of the drain element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: WENDY WARNER
  • Publication number: 20140366262
    Abstract: A portable assembly comprises a housing unit comprising a top, sides a bottom, a plurality of storage units, and a cover being operable for opening and closing above the top. A counter top is joined to the top. A sink unit is disposed in the counter top. A water supply unit is disposed within the housing unit and supplies water to the sink unit. A cooking unit is disposed in the counter top. At least two shelves are joinable to sides of the counter top. An illumination source is configured to be operable for at least illuminating the counter top and a surrounding area. A plurality of legs supports the housing unit in which the assembly is transportable to a location to provide amenities at the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Flynn
  • Patent number: 8839467
    Abstract: A standalone hair washing sink includes a body coupled to a ground surface of a building and extending upwardly from the ground surface. The body defines a water channel extending between an upper portion of the body and a lower portion of the body at the ground surface and the water channel is in fluid communication with a drain at the ground surface and is sized to accommodate and provide access to long hair during a hair-washing process. An opening extends upwardly from the lower portion of the body toward the upper portion of the body and exposes a lower portion of the water channel. A receiving area at the upper portion of the body is shaped to comfortably receive and support a head or neck of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Janene Sclafani
  • Patent number: 8635718
    Abstract: A single-bowl sink is converted into double-bowl sink by a specially designed divider plate placed across the inner walls of the sink. Each bowl (basin) has one drain hole for drainage of liquid and has top surface, a bottom surface and a pair of strips of ferrous metal attached to the bottom surface of the basin. The divider plate has an upper edge and a lower edge and a channel inside the lower edge, a permanent magnet in said channel for providing magnetic attraction between the divider plate and the strips of ferrous metal at the bottom surface of said basin and for maintaining the divider plate in position in said sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventors: Vincent A. Giagni, Sr., John D. Hyde
  • Patent number: 8572769
    Abstract: A spa heats or cools air in the air space surrounding the water containment vessel to heat or cool the water in the water containment vessel. The air is heated and cooled and is circulated within the spa cabinet in contact with the underside of the tub and the plumbing for transferring or absorbing heat from the water through the tub and the plumbing. The air is heated by a solid state thermoelectric device or a conventional space heater and is cooled using a solid state thermoelectric device. Preferably a single thermoelectric device is mounted through a wall in the spa cabinet and is used for both heating and cooling the air in the air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Blue Falls Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Jody Gamracy, Gustaaf Maarten Rus, Darcy S. Amendt
  • Publication number: 20130212798
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frameless, self-supporting tub partition (1) comprising at least one wall element (3) of synthetic glass, characterized in that the tub partition (1) comprises at least one supplemental element (5) that may be detachably affixed to the wall element (3), whereby the supplemental element (5) is configured to protect and/or to adapt and/or to mark the at least one wall element (3) to local installation dimensions during installation of the tub partition (1) by means of a processing device. The invention also relates to a method to install such a tub partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: SWISSPAL AG
    Inventor: Martin Schindler
  • Patent number: 8151382
    Abstract: A bathtub shortener and position stabilizer for maintaining a user in an upright position and inhibiting the motion of sliding out of an upright position while bathing in a bathtub is provided. The bathtub shortener and position stabilizer comprises a main body having at least one side wall, a top wall, and a mounting wall. A combination foot rest and foot pad is securable to one of the side walls of the main body. A securing mechanism secured to the mounting wall of the main body releasably secures the main body to the bathtub in a position contactable by the user wherein the combination foot rest and foot pad are constructed from softer material than the main body and wherein upon releasably securing the main body to the bathtub, the combination foot rest and foot pad face the user allowing the user to contact the combination foot rest and foot pad thereby maintaining the user in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Diana Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8104111
    Abstract: A shower device is proposed that features a fixed-installation housing. This housing can, for example, stand up from the floor and may extend beyond normal human body size. The housing is fitted with a shower arm that can be moved out of an inactive position. In the inactive position, the surface of the shower arm lies flush with the surface of the housing. The jet discharge area of a shower head arranged in the shower arm faces inwards, so that it is only possible to see a flat surface on the exterior of the housing. Through pressure on this surface, a catch mechanism is released and this causes the shower arm to move out of the housing. This is accomplished via a drive mechanism, which may feature a spring, for example. Extension is performed at a relatively slow speed, which can be achieved using a damper device. The shower arm moves to a position in which the now-visible jet discharge disc of the shower head can be used as an overhead shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventors: Juergen Gross, Elvira Mangold
  • Patent number: 8074305
    Abstract: A bubbling bath additive 42 made of a surfactant 46 and a bubbling agent 44, and a housing member 12 for housing the bubbling bath additive 42 are provided. A floating part 22, 34 that is situated above the housing member 12 and floats on the water surface, and an ejection port 33 that is provided above the waterline of the floating part 22, 34 and through which bubbles formed by the bubbling bath additive 42 are ejected outward from inside, are provided. A suction port 14 through which water flows inward from outside is provided near a lower end part of the housing member 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Health
    Inventor: Toyohiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7721362
    Abstract: A sink according to the present invention includes a sink basin having a bottom surface and a top surface with at least one side wall extending therebetween. The sink includes a divider that may be inserted into or removed from an interior area of the sink for selectively dividing the basin into multiple smaller compartments. An electromagnet is positioned beneath the bottom surface of the sink and is attracted to a ferrous material on the bottom of the divider for holding the divider securely when actuated. Channels defined by the sink side wall and other sealing components establish a watertight seal between compartments when the electromagnet is actuated. The electromagnet may be connected to the residential power source and may be activated by a user or, automatically, by a sensor. When the divider is removed, the larger single basin may be used for washing larger items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Martin, Jill Martin
  • Publication number: 20090049596
    Abstract: An example tub divider includes a wall moveable between an installed position and an uninstalled position. The wall partitions a tub when in the installed position. A lock pin moves between a first position and a biased position. The lock pin limits movement of the wall when in the first position. An example divided tub assembly includes a plurality of tub sidewalls and a tub at least partially defined by the tub sidewalls. A removable wall is moveable to an installed position for partitioning the tub. A wall extension of the removable wall is receivable within a sidewall aperture defined by one of the tub sidewalls. The wall extension guides movement of the removable wall. A cap has a cap extension for receipt within a cap aperture defined by one the tub sidewalls. The cap limits relative movement between the removable wall and the tub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Ferris
  • Patent number: 6474265
    Abstract: An adjustable aquarium divider for dividing an aquarium into separate sections while allowing water flow between the sections. The adjustable aquarium divider includes a first panel and a second panel. Each of the panels is rigid and has a first side and second side. Each of the panels has a generally rectangular shape. The panels each have a plurality of apertures therein extending through first and second sides. A fastening member removably fastens the first panel to the second panel such that the first and second panels are partially overlapping and a wall is defined. The first and second panels have aligned upper and lower edges. The wall has a pair of lateral side edges. The panels are positioned in an aquarium such that each of the lateral side edges is abutting one of a pair of opposite walls in the aquarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: William P. Powell
  • Patent number: 6370710
    Abstract: A bathtub partitioning device for limiting the effective usage area of a bathtub. The bathtub partitioning device includes a partition having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. The partition comprises a resiliently compressible material. A biasing member is positionable between the first lateral wall of the partition and an inner surface of one of a pair of lateral walls of a bathtub such that the partition is biased toward the other of the lateral walls of the bathtub. The partition frictionally engages the bathtub when the partition is positioned in the bathtub such that each of the lateral sides of the partition is abutting one of the lateral walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventors: William E. Haury, Christy I. Haury
  • Patent number: 5771505
    Abstract: A new Bathtub Safety Guard for preventing a child from accessing or contacting the spigot or water control knobs provided in a bathtub. The device includes a first gate section and a second gate section slidably attached to the first gate section, wherein the first and second gate sections each have an upper portion and a lower portion whereby the effective combined width of the first arid second gate sections can be varied such that the lower portions fit within the width of a bathtub. The upper portions of the first and second gate sections extend over the sides of the bathtub. The upper portion of the first gate section abuts an enclosure wall provided on the back side of the bathtub. A plurality of suction cups are provided on the edges of the first and second gate sections for releasably attaching the first and second gate sections to the bathtub and the enclosure wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph R. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 5423095
    Abstract: A partition structure arranged to transversely divide a bathtub to minimize water usage to accommodate an infant or small child therewithin is provided to include a continuous U-shaped resilient support member arranged to sealingly engage the side walls and floor of the bathtub, wherein a rigid web received within and coextensive relative to the support member effects division of the bathtub in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Inventor: Gene M. Bearer
  • Patent number: 5249316
    Abstract: An integral, one piece bathtub divider is designed to allow a parent to bathe a child or infant in the least amount of water possible. A seat portion is formed in front of a divider portion with the front of the divider portion forming a backrest for the seat portion. Two front wings are formed on either side of the backrest to act as armrests for a child. A top surface of the divider portion has a handle with two depressions formed on either side of the handle to allow a parent to lift the bathtub divider out of the bathtub after the child or infant has been bathed. A back portion is formed behind the divider portion with a container formed on a back surface of the divider portion and a bottom formed in the same manner as the seat portion behind the divider portion. Integral, inset suction cups are formed in a bottom surface of the seat portion and the bottom of the back portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: William A. Macchiavello
  • Patent number: 5136736
    Abstract: An accessory for use as an insert in a sink comprising a bowl having upstanding end walls and side walls, and a bottom, an internal wall substantially parallel to and spaced from one of the end and side walls and of a height less than the height of the end and side walls so as to form an overflow chamber in the bowl, a first drain opening in the end wall in the overflow chamber, the internal wall having a hollow passageway formed therein and open at the top thereof and a second drain opening through the internal wall and the passageway, a valve member in the passageway for selectively opening and closing the second drain opening, the valve member having a portion extending above the walls to act as a handle, and permit draining the water without reaching into the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Inventor: Roger M. Bishop
  • Patent number: 4761838
    Abstract: In one exemplar embodiment, a contrast-healing water spa system is disclosed that includes a single monolithically formed tub having two approximately equal-sized chambers that are separated by an integrally formed insulated structural wall that will provide hot aerated water in one cabinet and cold quiet water in the other chamber. A hot water circulating pump withdraws water from the hot water chamber at a predetermined flow rate, and the water is then passed through a filter and heater before being injected into the hot water chamber through high-pressure injection ports. A cold water circulating pump withdraws water from the cold water chamber at a predetermined flow rate, and the water is then passed through a filter and cooled by a sidestream mounted chiller before being returned to the cold water chamber. A single ozone generator is interconnected between the cold and hot water lines to add disinfectant to both water circulating systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Assignee: Nancy A. Brown
    Inventor: John W. Hargrove
  • Patent number: 4333188
    Abstract: A sink is designed which can be converted into one, two or more separate basins. The sink has at least one rib protruding up along its inner surface. A removable dividing wall is provided with a plate portion and an elastic flange extending around the bottom and sides of the plate. Two detents extend from opposite sides of the sink at the ends of the rib. The detents engage the flange and deform it against the rib tightly enough to create a waterproof seal and separate basins. Drains are provided on either side of the dividing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Assignee: Stainless Steel Sinks, Inc.
    Inventors: Harald W. Jensen, deceased, Christen V. Jensen
  • Patent number: 4264991
    Abstract: A foldable tank for a bathtub in the nature of a plastic liner having an external frame that rests on the edges of the bathtub. A plastic sheet conforms to the interior surface of the tub and is held there by hydrostatic pressure when in use. The sheet is joined to the frame. A partition can be provided to compartmentalize the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Inventor: Raffaele Lasalandra
  • Patent number: 4206521
    Abstract: A bulkhead for a swimming pool has a simple, lightweight frame, improved movability within the pool and means for suppressing the ill effects of waves produced by a swimmer nearing the bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1980
    Inventor: Dekkers H. Davidson