Combined With Diverse Means Patents (Class 4/546)
  • Patent number: 10066409
    Abstract: An accessible or ADA/ANSI compliant style of portable restroom is provided. The portable restroom includes one or more of the features of: structural supports and/or curved sidewall segments allowing for the use of lighter weight material or construction of thinner walls and roof; improved holding tank structure; improved joints; vertical and horizontal grab bars; grab bar mounts which are molded into the restroom sidewall and facilitate mounting high impact yet flexible tubing; an improved lightweight floor structure, and a floor having upturned flanges which provide an area for attachment of the sidewalls; and integrated recesses in the floor for lift truck forks, among other features. A floor structure is also provided that comprises a sheet of material forming a floor, the material having an upturned flange surrounding its perimeter, and a threshold formed by a recess in the upturned flange on the perimeter of the plastic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sansom Industries LLC
    Inventors: Clyde Sansom, III, Henry Brown
  • Publication number: 20140259359
    Abstract: An infant support has an inflatable seat back portion forming a back support and a portion of a bottom side, a bottom support portion extending below the seat back portion in a direction of a longitudinal end of the infant support device, the bottom support portion forming at least a portion of a bottom side of the infant support. Additionally, an inflatable side portion extends from the seat back portion along transverse sides of the infant support. Together, the inflatable portions form an infant tub when inflated. The bottom support and side portion can be partially or fully deflated, and will thereby dangle or depend from the seat back portion, the infant support thereby forming a chair. A number of inflatable infant care items are combined with the inflatable infant support to form an infant care travel kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Galia YAARI, Michal YAARI
  • Patent number: 8807449
    Abstract: A pesticide delivery system integrated into an overflow drain system of a bathtub, a sink, or any other water-retaining basin. The pesticide delivery system includes a pesticide intake segment passing through a transition passage, wherein the transition passage is formed through a wall of a section of the overflow drain system. A fluid retentive seal is located between an exterior of the pesticide intake segment and the overflow conduit wall. A pesticide distribution conduit extends from a distribution end of the pesticide intake segment to a termination end. Pesticide can be discharged through a pesticide delivery port located at an end of the pesticide distribution conduit or through a plurality of pesticide distribution ports spatially located along the pesticide distribution conduit. A plurality of pesticide distribution continuation conduits can be in fluid communication with the pesticide distribution conduit to distribute the pesticide along various directions and locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: John Obi
  • Patent number: 8732870
    Abstract: A retrofittable towel warmer for use with a hot tub preferably comprises a flexible conduit portion which is attachable to one of the jets of the hot tub together with a rigid thermally conductive portion which is detachably mountable on an exterior mast support. There is also preferably provided an exterior housing surrounding the thermally conductive portion designed to provide maximum thermal contact with the cloth material to be heated. The entire unit may be immersed in the hot tub or pool water when not in use. In an alternate embodiment a container having a thermally absorptive medium is provided in a structure which is easily mounted on the mast. In an alternate embodiment a container having a thermally absorptive medium is provided in a structure which is easily mounted on a supporting mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Allen L. Carl, David DiGiulio, Anthony Farinella
  • Publication number: 20140053331
    Abstract: Floating insulating devices are provided for use in a bath tub. The devices float on the surface of the bath water while a person is bathing and reduce the heat loss from the bath water. This lengthens the duration during which the bath water is at a desirable temperature and makes the bath more satisfying for the bather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Cade A. Andersen, Brian E. Andersen
  • Publication number: 20140026313
    Abstract: The invention concerns a system for stain removing, washing, drying and ironing treatment of garments and/or washing of dishes in pre-existing plumbing fixtures like showers, bathtubs, combined shower—bathtub and shower—sauna, each provided with a protective stall. The system comprises a frame, composed of at least two posts (15) connected by a top crossbeam (16), placed inside the stall; collapsible or foldable hangers or models (18), assembled on the frame for hanging garments thereon; means (19, 20) for supplying and delivering a washing and rinsing fluid for garments supported by hangers or models (18); and means per supplying airflow in the stall for drying and ironing said garments, while the latter are hung up on said hangers or models. Alternatively to hangers or models, the system comprises plate-rack for dishes to be washed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Sergio Zaglio
  • Patent number: 8608526
    Abstract: An amusement apparatus 100 of the present invention comprises a mirror placed in the bath, a support 125, a lighting member 129, a half mirror 128, a transparent waterproof sheet 130, a waterproofing mechanism 145, and an inlet 146. The support 125 and the lighting member 129 is placed on the mirror 120, the half mirror 128 is supported to the support 125, placed to an inner wall of bath 110 watertightly. Transparent waterproof sheet 130 coats the aperture upper part of bath 110, by a waterproofing mechanism the transparent waterproof sheet is watertightly fixed in the bath. Also an inlet for injecting a liquid between the half mirror and transparent waterproof sheet is provided, by the lighting member lighting up a region between the half mirror and the mirror, a reflection of the light is repeated in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: BLD Oriental Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20130191986
    Abstract: A bathtub exercise auxiliary apparatus includes a housing trough, a sitting portion and an ancillary support installed on the housing trough. The housing trough has a surrounding wall, a bottom surface and an opening remote from the bottom surface. The sitting portion is connected to the bottom surface. The ancillary support has a plurality of connection posts fastening to the housing trough, at least one holding rack connecting vertically to the connection posts and at least one exercise rack connecting to the holding rack and straddling the opening. The apparatus provides a private aquatic exercise environment to allow a user to do exercises or stretching movements via the ancillary support installed on the housing trough to make user's body stronger or provide muscle rehabilitation therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Chung-Pao LIN
  • Publication number: 20130061385
    Abstract: The invention consists of two parts. The first part is a lift made of four columns placed at the corners of the patient's bed. Connected to the columns, a bed made of a net of intersecting threads placed between the patient and the bed and are used to carry the patient in the sleeping position over the bed. The second part is a bath tub and a moving cleaning system on suitable moving equipments that can be easily moved to be inserted above the patients bed or below the patient via the aforementioned net. The patient is brought down to be cleaned in the bath tub using the crane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Mohammed Abdulrahman Hamad Al-Madi, Sager Ibrahim Mohammed Aref
  • Patent number: 8393019
    Abstract: A spa system featuring an immersion tank for holding a therapeutic liquid, the immersion tank may feature multiple sectors, a hot reservoir, a cold reservoir, and a mixer reservoir. The mixer reservoir is fluidly connected to each the hot reservoir, the cold reservoir, and the immersion tank via pipes. The hot reservoir has a heating element, and the cold reservoir has a cooling element. Pipes and pumps connect the immersion tank to the mixer reservoir and to the hot and cold reservoirs and the hot and cold reservoirs to the mixer reservoir. Temperature sensors are disposed in the immersion tank and the mixer reservoir. A control unit having a microprocessor functions to change temperature of the therapeutic liquid in the immersion tank by activating various pumps such that the temperature of the immersion tank matches a pre-programmed temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Victor V. Cavuoti
  • Publication number: 20120319436
    Abstract: An infant car seat having a bathtub, which include a main body, which is fixed to a seat of a car and includes a seat back portion for sitting a child thereon; the bathtub, mounted on the seat back portion and includes a drain tube for draining water used for washing a child; a soil container for collecting the water drained via the drain tube; and a portable bidet device, including a warm water supply unit for washing a child in the bathtub and a warm air supply unit to dry the child after being washed, thus being very sanitary and convenient and after washing a child, a car can be washed by using the portable bidet device and a car wash brush that is included, thus being very useful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Tae Hyung Kim
  • Publication number: 20120272448
    Abstract: There is provided a resistive actuation unit for activating a tub system an operation of which is controlled by a controller. The actuation unit comprises at least one switching device coupled to a body of the tub and in communication with the controller. The switching device comprises a first and a second resistive element, each of which having a resistive value, which changes upon a contact being made on the resistive element. The controller detects a change in resistive value of at least one of the first and the second resistive element. If the controller detects a change in the resistive value of the first resistive element only, the selected function of the tub system is activated. Otherwise, the controller determines that water contacted the second resistive element and the selected function is not activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Dominique CIECHANOWSKI, Miguel Castellote
  • Patent number: 8176578
    Abstract: A bath includes in or associated with an upper wall or rim section of the bath at least one water connection, a neck water outlet fitting 2 interchangeably connectable to the water connection to when connected direct a flow of water generally centrally on to the neck and/or upper back of a bather reclining against the adjacent bath wall, and a shoulders water outlet fitting or fittings 15 interchangeably connectable to the water connection to when connected direct a flow of water on to the shoulders or front shoulder regions of a bather reclining against the adjacent bath wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: John Hatrick-Smith, David Gordon Arthur Crichton
  • Patent number: 7944675
    Abstract: A negative ion generating device includes a housing having a number of water flowing passages, a number of electrically conductive boards engaged with sockets of the housing and electrically coupled to negative and conductive electricity respectively and disposed alternatively with each other for generating an electromagnetic field in the water, a copper plate is disposed in the housing and disposed above the electrically conductive boards for attracting and removing positive ions and for generating negative ions, and a processor device coupled to the conductive boards for receiving signals and for controlling the conductive boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Wen Kuei Chang
  • Publication number: 20100287694
    Abstract: A bath arrangement includes a bath body for bathing in and a tank for storing water separately from the bath body. A fluid connection is provided between the bath body and the tank. A fluid connection valve is provided to control the flow of water between the bath body and the tank. The bath arrangement further includes a main bath water supply for supplying water to the bath body at a main bath supply rate, wherein the fluid connection valve is operable to effect filling of the bath body from the tank either alone or supplementary to filling by means of the main bathwater supply, so that the fill rate of the bath body is higher than the main bath water supply rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Benn Klewpatinond
  • Publication number: 20100132106
    Abstract: A control system for a bathing installation which has one or more electrically powered devices. A line voltage service is connected through a GFCI to power the electrically powered devices, the GFCI adapted to interrupt the service upon detection of a ground fault. A trip circuit may induce a ground fault and trip the GFCI in response to a trip signal, thereby disabling application of electrical power to the electrically powered devices. An electronic circuit is responsive to a fault condition for generating the trip signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: David J. Cline, Richard A. Corrington, Stefan Daystrom
  • Publication number: 20090139020
    Abstract: A neck jet pillow for a spa or whirlpool tub removably mountable. The pillow has a soft membrane area occupying a central portion thereof, a first mounting member fixedly mountable onto a fluid jet, a second mounting member fixedly attached to the pillow and slidably and removably mountable onto the first mounting member, and a hole in the second mounting member coinciding with the membrane area whereby the jet can direct a fluid stream onto the backside of the membrane area. The first and second mounting members, when mounted together and onto the pillow and jet, define a water-tight cavity there between having a jet inlet and a discharge opening whereby spent fluid from the jet is discharged downward into the tub or spa. The mounting members may be sliding members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Faulstich
  • Publication number: 20090133189
    Abstract: A personal sanitary device with an oblong bathtub with a head end and a foot end and an opening on the top. A cover is affixed to the bathtub by means of a coupling. The coupling has a pivot and the cover can be turned between a closed position and an opened position. and when the cover is closed an opening for the head is formed between the bathtub and the cover. The cover completely covers the bathtub opening up to the foot end and from the top view the projection of the pivot is at the distance L1 from the foot end between the foot end and the head end of the bathtub wherein the projection of the pivot is at the distance L2 from the foot end of the cover and when the cover is opened the foot end of the cover slides into the bathtub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: NEOQI AS
    Inventors: Sten Ader, Andri Sinka, Mati Vann
  • Publication number: 20090125085
    Abstract: A lighting system for tubs designed for therapeutic and/or beauty and/or dermatological treatments, or designed to provide well-being with relaxation techniques, comprising rigid tubes made from transparent material, equipped with means for fixing them inside the body of these tubs, the rigid tubes containing a plurality of electronic cards, each comprising lighting elements with variable chromatics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: TECHNODESIGN SRL
    Inventor: Silvio Salgarelli
  • Patent number: 7162753
    Abstract: Apparatus for directing in air flow toward the face or other body area of a bather includes a housing connected to the bathing tub and an air nozzle movable relative to the housing between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Jacuzzi, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Michael Khosropour, Faustino D. Gamulo, Jr., Scott M. Sanford, Jim R. Pauls
  • Patent number: 7055186
    Abstract: A combination spa and electronic entertainment system is disclosed. The spa includes a tub with an upper edge from which horizontal surfaces extend. The surfaces have apertures through which water-tight housings may be raised and lowered. The housings hold components of the entertainment system and have tops larger in size than the apertures to form sealing areas engageable with the horizontal surfaces surrounding the apertures for sealing the apertures and the water-tight housings. A moving mechanism is provided to raise and lower the housings. The mechanism has a platform supported on a carriage movable vertically along a support column. A motor raises and lowers the platforms through a cable and pulley system. A motion limiting device having a pivoting arm which engages sensors communicating with the motor through a control system shuts the motor off in response to predetermined upper and lower limits of cable tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Master Spas, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lauter, Terry M. Valmassoi, Samuel K. Badiac, Elmer C. Herbert
  • Patent number: 6807689
    Abstract: A kit for converting a whirlpool bathtub (12) into a conventional bathtub for the purpose of eliminating the potential for bacterial exposure to the user of the whirlpool bath by sealing the various ports is provided. The kit is comprised of O-rings (32), a test plug (23) that is expanded within the pump inlet pipe (30) and cover (34). Also O-rings (32) and covers (40) are used in replacement of the original jest (20), air switch (24), and air inlet (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventors: James Andrew Royko, Mary Alice Royko
  • Patent number: 6754916
    Abstract: A spa includes a housing having a tub for holding water, and a retractable entertainment unit having a display. The housing includes an upper portion having a seal surface extending around the tub. The entertainment unit is releasably retractable through an opening in the upper surface and movable between a) a retracted position wherein the display is hidden from view and a top of the entertainment unit is disposed below and laterally outward from the seal surface, and b) an extended position wherein the top is raised above the seal surface and the display is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Saratoga Spa & Bath, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley O. Cox
  • Patent number: 6742199
    Abstract: An automatic shower and bathtub cleaning device, with no connection to the water supply piping, that directs cleaning fluid through nozzles that are positioned or adjusted to allow coverage of the entire inside surface of the shower or bathtub enclosure. The device consists of a main body, cleaning fluid reservoir, electric pump, nozzles, and a control circuit that allows either local or remote initiation of the device's cleaning cycle operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventors: Daniel P. Conway, Jude Nicholas Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6601247
    Abstract: According to the present invention, on a back surface side of a peripheral wall of a bathtub vessel formed of material having light transmittance by molding, a strip-like optical fiber which is formed into a strip shape by weaving a plurality of optical fibers in a meshy form which have end portions thereof directed to a light source of a light source device for illumination and perform the side surface illumination upon receiving an illumination light from the light source is circumferentially mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Hideo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6581217
    Abstract: An air-blowing assembly for providing cooling air to the user of a spa, jetted bathtub or other heated water-containing member. The assembly has an air blower with an air blower inlet which received air from outside of the area of the spa. The blower conducts cooling air into a manifold. The manifold directs cooling air out of a series of vents on the upper lip of the spa. The air vents are adjustable in direction so that the user of the spa can direct cooling air to alleviate discomfort from an otherwise hot and moist atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Sam M. Marcos
  • Patent number: 6546570
    Abstract: The disclosed system enables the conversion of a massage table to a hydrotherapy wet-table through use of a frame. The frame consists of a horizontal foot panel, connected to a drain system, and a foot upright affixed to the foot brace. A pair of prongs extend from the foot brace to be received by holes within the table. The head panel also has a substantially horizontal head brace, with a head upright affixed to the head brace. A head support is placed within the table to provide support for the head panel. Sidepieces are connected to the foot and head uprights to complete the frame. A waterproof sheet covers the table and frame and is secured by releasable attachments members. The system can also have an overhead U-shaped frame formed from a pair of frame walls rotatably attached to the sidepieces. A waterproof covering can be placed over the frame walls and top frame to maintain the water within the confines of the hydrotherapy table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Eidson
  • Patent number: 6510277
    Abstract: A reservoir component is disclosed that provides fiber optic illumination to the water within the reservoir. The reservoirs of water include pools, spas, tubs and the like, and their components include jets, returns, drains and skimmers. An elongated and transparent probe is mounted within the component and extends from the rear of the component toward the front. The probe is open at the rear of the jet and is hollow through most of its length to receive and house an optical fiber. The light emitting from the end of the fiber passes through the end of the probe and out of the component. The probe can protrude from the front of the component and transmit the light directly into the water. Alternatively the probe can transmit short the components front end which is constructed of transparent material to transmit the light from the probe into the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Waterway, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Dongo
  • Patent number: 6463600
    Abstract: An automatic shower and bathtub cleaning device, with no connection to the water supply piping, that directs cleaning fluid through nozzles that are positioned or adjusted to allow coverage of the entire inside surface of the shower or bathtub enclosure. The device consists of a main body, cleaning fluid reservoir, electric pump, nozzles, and a control circuit that allows either local or remote initiation of the device's cleaning cycle operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventors: Daniel P. Conway, Jude Nicholas Kaiser
  • Publication number: 20020025050
    Abstract: A portable spa including an audio system designed to use the spa shell as the sound generating device. Transducer devices are mounted within an enclosure which is bonded to the spa shell so as couple the sound vibration energy to the shell so that sound can be heard when using the spa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventor: Stephen S. Macey
  • Patent number: 6101642
    Abstract: An improved watertight bathtub insert having foldable members that are laminated and joined to form a safe portable and easily stored bathtub insert that can be chemically treated on the surface with an antibacterial formulation for the preservation of health. The enclosure is comprised of four upright sidewalls and a bottom platform, forming a watertight, rectangular cubicular space; having a watertight, doubly gasketed, entrance door and a drawbridge styled ramp. Each of the sidewalls is made preferably of a preformed and shaped fiberglass core, laminated between thin sheets of silicone rubber, and electronically bonded and sealed to form a unitized watertight enclosure that can be folded into a portable compact unit that is easily stored. The base platform is made preferably of rubber and has a cushioned bottom surface, that has frictional resistance and stability when the unit is inserted into a bathtub or shower stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Constance L. Auten, Charla R. Couch
  • Patent number: 6085367
    Abstract: A unitary bathtub liner comprised of:a. a bottom section and four side sections that extend substantially to the top edge of the bathtub, the liner being capable of containing water;b. the liner being comprised of a thermoplastic polymer of sufficient thickness that it is flexible enough to generally conform to the bathtub;c. a device on the side of the liner that comes in contact with the bathtub for affixing the liner to the bathtub; andd. a drain that is located in the bottom of the liner in the relative location of a drain in the bathtub, said drain in the liner having a leak-resistant device for communicating with the drain in the bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Judith Guiste
  • Patent number: 5984883
    Abstract: A neck massager for mounting in the sidewall of a spa. The neck massager is enclosed in a housing which holds an electric motor with a drive shaft. The drive shaft is connected through gears to a pair of massage arms each of which have offset knobs at the end thereof. The knobs are covered by a flexible diaphragm and the device is mounted in the sidewall of a spa in such a way that it may be contacted by a user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph G. Elnar
  • Patent number: 5974601
    Abstract: A small plastic animal container assembly or kit of parts for bathing small pets in a home bathtub or shower stall. The container assembly includes foldable legs to raise it to a height that allows a person to stand while administering the bath. The container walls are bowed outward in the middle providing more room for a small animal to easily turn around, yet provide confinement for an animal of predetermined size. The bottom of the container has a centralized drain and pet hair filter channel which runs lengthwise along the entire bottom of the container and includes a sufficient number of strategically placed drain holes to provide for continuous water removal and filtering of loose pet hair. Pockets are integrally molded into the four corners of the container to provide a means to hold pet bathing accessories such as shampoo, a brush, a sponge, etc. A clip is built into or attached to one end of the container to provide a means to hold a variety of sizes of handles used on shower water spray heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventors: Mark R. Drane, Michael H. Young
  • Patent number: 5928171
    Abstract: A unitarily-molded pillow for mounting in a spa and having a flexible membrane positioned therein and with respect to a water discharge jet by an integrally-molded support structure including an upper collar, a lower rim, and respective side shoulders, the support structure being integrated into a smooth, contoured front surface providing integral neck and head support, with the membrane positioned to provide a pleasing warm neck massage effect and the jet being adjustable via an air valve for user comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Larsen
  • Patent number: 5903934
    Abstract: A bathtub of integral construction especially adapted for installation in a private residence has a sump bottom spaced a sufficient distance above the floor and an opening in the apron leading to the space beneath the sump. The sump bottom spacing and apron opening enable the positioning of a portion of the undercarriage of a mobile patient lift underneath the sump bottom so that the bather supported by the lift can be positioned directly above the sump. Accordingly, the bather, who may be an invalid or other seriously physically handicapped person, may be transferred to a residential style bathtub in his home without having to disembark the lift. The invention also includes methods of making the bathtubs and using them with the mobile patient lifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Leonard W. Sears, III
  • Patent number: 5768842
    Abstract: A weep drain for a tile wall includes a dam for collecting water, moisture, or other liquids and an extrusion with a plurality of hollow cylindrical tubes for allowing the water, moisture or other liquids to drain from behind the tile wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Robert M. Austin
  • Patent number: 5718007
    Abstract: A spa is provided wherein fluid circulation equipment is disposed on a movable tray to facilitate maintenance work on such fluid circulation equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Inventor: Casey Loyd
  • Patent number: 5682625
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest for a spa tub includes a housing defining a first recess for receiving a pillow for supporting the head of an occupant. A spa tub defines a second recess for slidingly receiving the housing. A positioning device, coupled to the housing and the recess of the spa tub, allows adjustment of the height of the housing relative to the spa tub. A front surface of the housing and the pillow lie flush with adjacent surfaces of the spa tub. The adjustable headrest further includes a water jet, mounted on the housing below the pillow, for directing water (but preferably not air to reduce splashing) under pressure towards the neck of the occupant. The direction of the water leaving the water jet can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Dimension One Spas, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg Leaverton, Jeff Knight
  • Patent number: 5465434
    Abstract: A system for recycling water used in a bathtub/shower is disclosed. The system alternatively directs water drained from the shower or bathtub to either a recycled water storage tank or a sewer line. The water in the recyclable water tank is subsequently pumped to a sprinkler system or an outdoor faucet. The water is directed to either the sewer line or the storage tank through the use of a valve with a first inlet for accepting water from the drain of the bathtub, a second inlet for accepting water from the overflow drain of the bathtub, a first outlet leading to the sewer line, and a second outlet leading to the recycled water storage tank. The valve is operative for blocking either the first inlet, the first outlet or the said second outlet only, and all other parts remain open. The position of a rotatable element of the valve is controlled by a lever mounted on the bathtub overflow plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: John A. Coe
  • Patent number: 5386599
    Abstract: A portable bathing unit for use in bathing bedridden patients is disclosed. The portable bathing unit includes a bath tub supported by a housing which is movably positionable in the proximity of a patient. Casters depend from the bottom of the housing to permit the portable bathing unit to be rolled in an upright posture. Additional casters are also attached to the rear of the housing which permit the portable bathing unit to be turned up on its rear and transported through narrow doorways. Water delivery and retrieval may be accomplished through the use of a submersible pump and a segment of conduit. Alternatively, a water delivery and retrieval may be accomplished through the use of an auxiliary faucet which is connected to an existing plumbing system. A hydrotherapeutical bath tub may be employed if desirable. Moreover, the bath tub may incorporate an overflow assembly to reduce the risk of water overflowing therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Floyd Cartwright
  • Patent number: 5361429
    Abstract: A double tub bath structure includes a primary tub defining therein a water containing recess, a secondary tub smaller than the primary tub and movably disposed within the primary tub by being supported by a support plate and a hood serving as a canopy to cover the water containing recess removably secured to the primary tub. A positioning rod with a plurality of positioning holes formed thereon is secured to the support plate and is movably received within a slot formed in the primary tub. A control lever pivoted within a deep hole juxtaposing the slot is allowed to rotate relative to the positioning rod to have a retaining end thereof engage one of the positioning holes to hold the support plate at a desired position within the primary tub. Wheels may be provided on the primary tub to help moving the double tub bath. The canopy may include a net member to provide air ventilation so that the double tub bath may serve as a baby perambulator with the baby sitting or lying down in the secondary tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Jung-Fa Lin
  • Patent number: 5333325
    Abstract: A bathtub apron system for use with either one of two differently shaped bathtubs. The bathtub apron system includes an apron having an essentially planar central section with first and second ends, and inwardly rounded sections extending respectively from the first and second ends of the central section. Outwardly rounded sections extend from the ends of the inwardly rounded sections to form the opposing outer edges of the apron. The outwardly rounded sections are removable at a predetermined position from the inwardly rounded sections to form a second shaped apron sized to fit a second shaped bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Robin H. Levien, Adam R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5311631
    Abstract: A water driven cleaning apparatus for use in spas, hot tubs and like open-topped enclosures suitable for bathing and having a pressurized water system. This fast, efficient, easy-to-use cleaning system extends the pressurized water system to create vacuum pressure used to remove sand, gravel, leaves, needles and other unwanted foreign matter collected in the vessel. An in-line filter traps these particles and permits removal before they enter the primary filtration system. This apparatus can be used by the bather from inside or outside the vessel. The vessel may be located indoors or outdoors. The apparatus operates without modifying the spa, hot tub or like open-topped enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Cossie L. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5235708
    Abstract: A hot tub spa assembly includes a hot tub spa having at least a portion thereof surrounded by at least one spa step unit. The spa step unit includes a wooden frame structure having an upper frame surface with deck planking secured thereto. The deck planking is sized to conform and fit around a portion of the spa. The step unit includes a thin-walled C-shaped border channel of a plastic material having an upright web with upper and lower flanges extending therefrom. The border channel is secured to the frame structure to form a load-bearing boundary portion of the frame. The deck planking is secured to the upper flange of the border channel to provide a spa step unit having an aesthetically pleasing appearance. A method is also provided of manufacturing the spa step unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: D. W. Hart Woodworking
    Inventor: Derek W. Hart
  • Patent number: 5230107
    Abstract: A portable bidet seat is described as being supported by one side of a bathtub enclosure and by a first pipe secured to a wall adjacent to an opposite side of the enclosure. A pair of additional pipes traverse within the first pipe, one of which is coupled to direct a tap water flow from the bathtub faucet to the bidet unit. The other pipe of the pair couples to a whirlpool system for the bathtub. In a further embodiment of the invention, the first pipe may also be coupled to the faucet and be perforated to provide a sideways directed shower flow for the tub user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Inventors: Boris Alperovich, Leonid Vakhovsky
  • Patent number: 5142713
    Abstract: An adapter is described for selectively converting a conventional shower to a steam sauna. The adapter includes a spray mist nozzle for developing a spray mist. In an alternative preferred form, water spray orifices are provided in addition to the spray mist nozzle and are separately controlled by a plate valve mounted to the handle with provisions for selective manual operation. The handle and attached spray nozzle are connected to the shower water outlet to selectively deliver water from the shower water outlet under pressure to the spray nozzle. A mount is provided for operably securing the spray nozzle to one of the shower stall walls; or more particularly, to a deflection plate which in turn is mountable to the one shower stall wall. The deflection plate is oriented angularly in relation to the spray nozzle to receive and deflect spray therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Makool
  • Patent number: 5078642
    Abstract: A bar soap slide is presented along with a method of construction and use whereby a conventional bathtub can be converted into an arena of entertainment for a child. The bar soap slide is releasably affixed to the inner bathtub walls on a grade which will allow a bar of soap when placed at the upper end, to rapidly descend providing amusement for a child. After use the slide can be quickly removed from the bathtub, rinsed and stored for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Jon L. Glessner
  • Patent number: 5054136
    Abstract: A bed capable of allowing a patient such as the aged confined in a bed to take a bath easily and without much trouble to a nurse attending to the patient. According to a feature of the bed, a bath-tub is slidably mounted at the lower portion of the bed, the bath-tub having a mat disposed therein, said mat being movable up and down within the bath-tub with a human body laid thereon. The bed is provided with a tilting mechanism for easily transferring a patient from the bed to the mat, the mat also capable of being tilted by a suitable mechanism so that the human body may be easily transferred from the mat to the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Jitsuo Inagaki
  • Patent number: 5040250
    Abstract: A retaining ring of an eyeball return fitting of the type used in swimming pools and spas is provided with a releasable or breakaway cover cap. The cap closes the end of the return fitting during construction. This permits the finish work for the cement and plaster stages of the pool construction to be effected without the danger of cement or plaster getting into the fitting during construction. After construction has been completed, the cap is released and drops away, carrying with it any cement or plaster which may have hardened on it during construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Caretaker Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Barnes, Lester R. Mathews