Particular Construction Or Configuration Details Patents (Class 4/584)
  • Patent number: 10221566
    Abstract: A panel member for a cyclorama includes a concavo-convex body having integrally-formed first and second side portions with an intermediate portion therebetween. The first side portion, the second side portion, and the intermediate portion have a radius of curvature in a Y-Z plane, and the first and second side portions have a radius of curvature in an X-Y plane that is different from the radius of curvature in the Y-Z plane to uniformly reflect or diffuse sound and light incident on the panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Frederick William von Tagen and Denise M. von Tagen
    Inventor: Frederick William von Tagen
  • Patent number: 10213057
    Abstract: A bathing vessel includes a base and at least one wall extending vertically from the base. The wall includes a multi-layer structure that includes a layer of acrylic material on a first layer of polyurethane material, a layer of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material between the layer of acrylic material and the first layer of polyurethane material, and a second layer of polyurethane material between the layer of ABS material and the first layer of polyurethane material. A wood-containing composite panel is chemically bonded to at least one of the first or second layers of polyurethane material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA FAUCET COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Geels, Jeffrey McKinley Boyd, Scott Kapelanski
  • Patent number: 10208496
    Abstract: A combination of a first separate and independent pool component and a second separate and independent pool component includes a first frame portion having a frame support component for the first pool component, and a second frame portion having a frame support component for the second pool component. The second frame portion is complementary with the first frame portion. A latch assembly has a first latch component and a second latch component. The first latch component is adapted to be removably coupled to the second latch component. The first latch component of the latch assembly is attached to the frame support component of the first frame portion of the first pool component, and the second latch component of the latch assembly is attached to the frame support component of the second frame portion of the second pool component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: May Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Manuel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9848739
    Abstract: A bathtub with a limited rectangular footprint and an optimized floor space is formed with a substantially planar base with a length and width that define the limited rectangular footprint and a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall integral with and extending substantially vertically upwards from the substantially planar base. Each of the front, back, first side wall and second side wall have minimal wall thicknesses to define the optimized floor space and the front wall has a substantially planar upper apron deck that extends inwardly from an outer substantially vertical front wall surface for a fixed amount in a substantially parallel relation to the substantially planar base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Brak Tub Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce Ahmes, Ryan Ahmes, Kenneth Piccininni
  • Patent number: 9801504
    Abstract: A method of making a safe egress bathtub providing safe egress by reducing slide forces extended on a user's feet upon a slippery bathtub floor, wherein the formed bathtub has a limited rectangular footprint, and an optimized floor space is formed with a substantially planar base with a length and width that define the limited rectangular footprint and a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall integral with and extending substantially vertically upwards from the substantially planar base. Each of the front, back, first side wall and second side wall have minimal wall thicknesses to define the optimized floor space and the front wall has a substantially planar inwardly, cantilevered upper apron deck in a substantially parallel relation to the substantially planar base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BRAK TUB CORP.
    Inventors: Bruce Ahmes, Ryan Ahmes, Kenneth Piccininni
  • Patent number: 9648988
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bathing vessel includes forming a base by contacting an incompletely cured polyurethane material with a wood-containing composite panel. The polyurethane material is then cured while in contact with the wood-containing composite panel to chemically bond the polyurethane material with the panel. At least one wall is then attached to extend vertically from the base. The wall is a multi-layer structure of layers of acrylic material, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene material and the polyurethane material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Geels, Scott Kapelanski
  • Patent number: 9648989
    Abstract: A bathtub providing safe egress by reducing slide forces extended on a user's feet upon a slippery bathtub floor, has a limited rectangular footprint, and an optimized floor space is formed with a substantially planar base with a length and width that define the limited rectangular footprint and a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall integral with and extending substantially vertically upwards from the substantially planar base. Each of the front, back, first side wall and second side wall have minimal wall thicknesses to define the optimized floor space and the front wall has a substantially planar upper apron deck for a fixed amount in a substantially parallel relation to the substantially planar base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: BRAK TUB CORP.
    Inventors: Bruce Ahmes, Ryan Ahmes, Kenneth Piccininni
  • Patent number: 9648987
    Abstract: A bathtub providing safe egress from a slippery bathtub floor has a limited rectangular footprint and an optimized floor space is formed with a substantially planar base with a length and width that define the limited rectangular footprint and a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall integral with and extending substantially vertically upwards from the substantially planar base. Each of the front, back, first side wall and second side wall have minimal wall thicknesses to define the optimized floor space and the front wall has a substantially planar upper apron deck that extends inwardly from an outer substantially vertical front wall surface for a fixed amount in a substantially parallel relation to the substantially planar base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: BRAK TUB CORP.
    Inventors: Bruce Ahmes, Ryan Ahmes, Kenneth Piccininni
  • Patent number: 9561571
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for aiding in manual handling of a work piece during machining, which method comprises the steps of: reading a predetermined work plan, comprising a required orientation of the work piece for each machining step of the work plan; detecting the orientation of the work piece; comparing the detected orientation of the work piece with the required orientation; and projecting an indication on the work piece for aiding to manually orient the work piece to the required orientation for the machining step to be performed. Al disclosed is a device for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nivora IP B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Hermanus Gerhardus Wielens, Niels Tielenburg, Alexander Stefan Kok
  • Patent number: 9416538
    Abstract: Attachable and reattachable panels, particularly for water enclosing units, protect, enclose and/or cover an area such as a bathroom, steam room, shower, shower stall, bathtub, whirlpool bath, spa or the like. The panels include a clip assembly associated therewith for removably securing the panels in position and/or to other structural members. The clip assembly includes a male member and a female member, where the female member is configured for receiving the male member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Jacuzzi Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Torres, Hong Charles Li
  • Patent number: 9357885
    Abstract: A bathing vessel includes a base support having a base board that extends between a top, a bottom, first and second side edges, and first and second ends. Two legs are attached on the bottom of the base board, inboard from the respective first and second side edges. The base board is at least partially encapsulated in a polyurethane material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: MASCO BATH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joel Lynn Hatchett, Jeffrey McKinley Boyd, Michael Glenn Geels, Scott Kapelanski
  • Patent number: 9027176
    Abstract: An example bathing area surround includes panels having a slot flange and a hook flange. A hook-like projection on the hook flange of a first panel is extendable into a slot on the slot flange of a second panel. Another example bathing area surround includes the slot flange on a first bathing panel and the hook flange on a second bathing panel, and a seal located on at least one of the slot flange or the hook flange. The seal may comprise foam. The foam may be compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Dabrowski
  • Publication number: 20150113721
    Abstract: A tiled bathtub (B) in which tiles (T) are selected from among a variety of tiles and are attached to the side of the tub in a selected pattern. Once a pattern is determined and the tiles are selected, a bonding agent is applied to the tub. The bonding agent is an adhesive agent. After the adhesive sets, tiles are fitted to the side of the tub in accordance with the chosen design. Once the tile mesh appliquè is in place, attached and bonded to the side of the tub, a grout is applied between the tiles. After the grout has set a clear coat can be optionally applied over the tile to protect them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Leland Allemang
  • Publication number: 20150107018
    Abstract: An injection molded shower stall assembly or bathtub assembly particularly for use in a recreational vehicle includes an injection molded tub or shower base, which includes an integrally formed drainpipe which is externally threaded and adapted to easily and permanently be connected to plumbing for the recreational vehicle. Injection molded walls are formed to surround either the shower stall or tub. The injection molded walls have lower edges that interfit with edges of the tub or shower stall in a way which prevents water from flowing behind the preformed walls and holds the lower edges of the preformed walls in position, eliminating the need for any type of penetrating fastener along the base of the walls. The walls are formed in multiple sections that fit one on top of the other, with interfitting lower and upper edges, again to reduce the need for penetrating fasteners and to hold the sections in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Alpha Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Vagedes
  • Patent number: 9009879
    Abstract: An air management system for an insulated spa cabinet is provided. The air management system monitors the temperature of an equipment air space in the cabinet and vents overheated air in a controlled manner from the cabinet. The air management system comprises an air passageway, formed by a U-trap, between an inlet in the air space and an exterior of the cabinet. The system also comprises an air mover and a sensor. The sensor monitors the temperature in the air space and when the temperature is above a set temperature threshold, the air mover is operated to direct air from the air space through the passageway from the inlet to the discharge for controlled venting of overheated air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: SPA Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Darcy S Amendt
  • Patent number: 8973177
    Abstract: A drop-in mounted bath tub has a peripheral rim that is uniquely shaped to both support the tub on a mounting platform and provide integral handgrips used to assist the bather in entering and exiting the tub. The rim curves out from the top of the basin downward toward the mounting platform. The rim extends down further at the end walls of the basin than at the side walls so that it contacts the mounting platform only at the end walls while being spaced up from the mounting platform at the sides. The contoured rim provides a stable, comfortable surface for the bather to grasp. One or more partition walls extending from the rim between the basin side walls and the outer edge of the rim provides for sealing the basin to the mounting platform as well as keeping items from falling between the tub and the mounting platform and preventing the bather from touching or viewing the rough unfinished outer shell of the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Michael R. Bates
  • Patent number: 8918924
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems and methods directed to a pedicure spa apparatus. A pedicure spa can include a basin having an embedded light aperture on a first interior surface of the basin. The embedded light aperture can further includes a light passing layer configured to fluidically seal the embedded light aperture and be substantially seamless with the first interior surface of the basin. The pedicure spa can also include a water agitation device coupled to an interior surface of the basin and a magnetic actuator coupled to an opposing surface of the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 8904614
    Abstract: Provided is bathtub accessory product and installation method. The bathtub accessory product is designed to be secured to a bathtub wall and have a universal end that permits the attachment of any number of bath accessories such as a grab bar or swivel seat. The bathtub accessory may be installed within the inner cavity of a bathtub to ensure a secure fit while also allowing ideal placement of a bath accessory for use by a bather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Safeway Safety Step, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Stafford
  • Publication number: 20140333189
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating a realistic granite or other pattern on a substrate, such as a sink, bath, or piece of furniture. The apparatus and method may use gelcoat to create a regular or irregular pattern. The apparatus may use pressurized air or gear pumps to pump paint from tanks to a spraying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Abraham Tanus
  • Patent number: 8863324
    Abstract: A bathtub rim assembly is disclosed that includes a support structure that is capable of engaging a rim of a bathtub to prevent substantial deformation and damage to a cantilevered ledge of the bathtub. The rim assembly further includes a skirt that obscures the support structure to maintain a unitary appearance of the overall bathtub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Tempas, Christopher B. Hisey, Steven A. Abitz, Scott R. Knapp
  • Patent number: 8850632
    Abstract: A method for assembling a bathing enclosure includes providing a base on a support, the base having an upper rim. The method includes providing a first wall on the upper rim of the base, providing a second wall in pivotable engagement with the first wall at upper portions thereof, and pivoting the second wall relative to the first wall to mount the second wall on the upper rim of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Bullis, Daniel J. Lee, Jake W. Myre
  • Publication number: 20140259362
    Abstract: An apron assembly may be designed for a bathtub having an above-floor drain. The apron assembly may include an apron attached to an upper surface of the bathtub, an apron extension which snaps onto a bottom portion of the apron, and an apron cover that snaps onto a front surface of the apron extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Luke Benjamin Zimbric
  • Publication number: 20140173821
    Abstract: A bathing vessel has a bottom, and a drain disposed in the bottom adjacent a blended area that is disposed between the side wall and the bottom. The side wall, the bottom wall, and the blended area are made of a first layer of rigid polyurethane material and a second layer of capping material attached to said first layer. A ratio of a density of the polyurethane backing adjacent the drain to a thickness of polyurethane backing is between 1-80:1. The side wall, the blended area and the bottom wall flex to absorb loads adjacent the drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: MASCO BATH CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Stuart Paskman, Scott Kapelanski, Michael Glenn Geels
  • Publication number: 20140165284
    Abstract: A basin includes a basin body that can house a device for athletic activities for executing physical exercises in an aquatic environment. The device for athletic activities includes a frame that can be removably housed in the basin body. With the basin body including at least two opposite walls, at least one of the opposite walls defines a wall extension forming a projection into the basin body, with the free end of the wall extension including a device for receiving/holding one end of the frame. The frame includes a cassette that can move in translation along an axis of displacement and a drive system for moving the cassette along the axis of displacement. The cassette includes a body, with the cassette body being provided with at least one hole that laterally passes through the cassette body for accommodating a pedal system making it possible to perform physical exercises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: SOCIETE DYNAMIKA
    Inventor: Didier ROUX
  • Patent number: 8752219
    Abstract: A bath environment, such as a shower or a tub enclosure, has an outer wall and an area built into the outer wall that extends out of the bath environment. The area supports a user so that a user may pivot thereon to enter into the bath environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Victor Hoernig, Charles A. Patterson, Geraint Krumpe, Man Ki Yoo
  • Publication number: 20140130248
    Abstract: A water-resistant, flexible sealing member having a lower portion, a central lateral portion, and an upper portion offset from the lower portion, the lower portion including an adhesive for affixing the sealing member to a facing of a tile flange of a shower base or bathtub. The central lateral portion of the sealing member contacts and overlies an upper edge of the tile flange and the upper portion extends upwardly from the tile flange. The sealing member contacts and seals against the tile flange and a bottom wall of a drywall board positioned above the tile flange to inhibit ingress of water between the tile flange and the bottom wall of the drywall board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: E.L. Mustee & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin F. Mustee
  • Publication number: 20140109308
    Abstract: A ledge that incorporates a spill sill as a portion of the ledge is disclosed. The ledge includes one or more ports and the spill sill is shaped in a manner that catches liquid as it overflows and directs the water to the port(s). The port(s) are utilized to drain the liquid from the ledge so that the liquid can be routed away for disposal. In addition to being functional, the ledge includes dimensions and/or configurations that make the ledge aesthetically pleasing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: MAAX Spas Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Emil NYGARD, Robert LANGE
  • Patent number: 8695131
    Abstract: A tub assembly is provided with a tub and a surround wall. The surround wall is spaced from a nail flange on the tub by a desired distance with a simple wall fastener. The wall fastener clips onto the nail flange, and has a forward face spaced from the nail flange by a desired distance. The forward face provides a stop and securement surface for the surround wall. The wall fastener includes a clip portion that clips onto the nail flange, and has a plurality of discrete clip portions. The clip portions can be broken away from the wall fastener at locations which will be aligned with a wall stud. In this manner, the wall fastener can be quickly clipped onto the nail flange of the tub once the tub is installed. The surround wall can then be simply adhered to a forward face of the wall fastener, such that the entire tub assembly can be easily and properly assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Bath Corporation
    Inventor: Brent Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140087187
    Abstract: Cultured stone materials, and products including the same, have a plastic component and particulate calcium sulfate filler, which may be a calcium sulfate filler in the form of calcium sulfate dihydrate filler that provides fire retardancy, and the filer provides other processing and product benefits. The cultured stone materials may be made by converting a mixture of a plastic component and particulate calcium sulfate filler to a rigid shaped form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: AMERICAN SELENITE, LLC
    Inventor: George C. Hawley
  • Patent number: 8646120
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide improved bathing or soaking mechanisms. A vessel may be provided with a plurality of horizontal support surfaces disposed in a cavity and a plurality of separate drain paths. A lid is adapted to span the cavity and be received in the top of the vessel. The lid may be a two-piece hinged lid, which may be actuated from a closed position to an open position and back again. The lid is provided with one or more drain holes which may cooperate with one of the plurality of drain paths when the lid is in the closed position. The vessel and lid combination may be installed through a floor, beneath a conventional shower stall, to enable showering with such stall without substantial contamination to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: In Reserve LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Schueler
  • Patent number: 8640276
    Abstract: A molded tub and surround which is formed of a multiple of portions. Wall portions meet a tub portion at a joint with a retaining ledge which extends inward toward a tub bowl from a flange. A ledge interface within the bottom of the wall portions engages the ledge. An angled interface surface is located directly in front of the ledge and slopes downward toward the bowl. A shallow interface within the bottom of the wall portions engages the angled interface surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Aqua Glass Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Ingram, Brent Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140020172
    Abstract: A bathing vessel has a first and a second sandwiched wall, each wall having a first layer of polyurethane material, a second layer of polyurethane material attached to the first layer, a third layer of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material attached to the second layer, and a fourth layer of acrylic material attached to the third layer. A load element is disposed across and is integral with the first and second sandwiched walls. The load element distributes a load on one wall to an other wall and is visible to users of the bathing vessel. The load element is also a design element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: MASCO BATH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Geels, Scott Kapelanski, Hyun Moon
  • Publication number: 20140007340
    Abstract: A bathing vessel is made of a sheet of layered materials, which include a first layer of polyurethane material, a second layer of polyurethane material attached to the first layer, a third layer of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material attached to the second layer, and a fourth layer of acrylic material attached to the third layer. A first narrowed portion about which the sheet bends is provided. The bend defines a first wall and a second wall in the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: MASCO BATH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nirav D. Parikh, Michael Glenn Geels
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8572770
    Abstract: A collapsible bathtub comprising bottom and side walls made of plastic, wherein the bathtub comprises at least one flexible bendable joint around which flexible bendable joint at least a part of said bottom and/or side walls are folded such that said bathtub has a collapsed position, wherein at least a part of said bendable joint is made of a flexible plastic material being more flexible than the remaining part of said bathtub and wherein the sidewalls of said bathtub are directly connected and when collapsing said bathtub, said bottom is pressed upwards between said side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Stokke AS
    Inventors: Kim Barba, Niels Peter Estrup
  • Publication number: 20130263371
    Abstract: A portable water and energy saving bathtub used in a shower room or a bathtub comprises a body liking an opened container, a step on the bottom is located beside the end wall. The other end is a flashboard gate, which includes a groove on inner faces of the container, the flashboard capable of moving is inserted into the groove until to a bottom of the groove, a water seal ring is set between the groove and the flashboard. A reducing-volume-chunk likes a cuboid has two legs sitting on the side walls of container, therefore, the reducing-volume-chunk is hanged in the container. A locking-releasing-device locks or releases the rock for the reducing-volume-chunk with the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: DAVY ZIDE QIAN, BENYU QIAN, LEQUN LU
  • Publication number: 20130232682
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bathing vessel includes forming a base by contacting an incompletely cured polyurethane material with a wood-containing composite panel. The polyurethane material is then cured while in contact with the wood-containing composite panel to chemically bond the polyurethane material with the panel. At least one wall is then attached to extend vertically from the base. The wall is a multi-layer structure of layers of acrylic material, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene material and the polyurethane material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Masco Bath Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Geels, Scott Kapelanski
  • Publication number: 20130232681
    Abstract: Constructing a mikveh by permanently fixing at least one initial building unit to the ground of an installation site, connecting, in a sealed manner, additional building units to the initial building unit(s), for producing a sealed vessel, where the length of each of most of said building units is at least 50 centimeters, and the weight per area thereof is less than 250 kg per square meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: GIDON ISRAEL EBENSPANGER
  • Publication number: 20130227779
    Abstract: A bathing vessel includes a base support having a base board that extends between a top, a bottom, first and second side edges, and first and second ends. Two legs are attached on the bottom of the base board, inboard from the respective first and second side edges. The base board is at least partially encapsulated in a polyurethane material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Masco Bath Corporatrion
    Inventors: Joel Lynn Hatchett, Jeffrey McKinley Boyd, Michael Glenn Geels, Scott Kapelanski
  • Publication number: 20130227778
    Abstract: A wall structure for a composite tub includes a surface side for facing an interior of the tub, a polyurethane layer backing and attaching to the surface side, plumbing backing the polyurethane layer, and an encapsulation layer encapsulating the plumbing and backing and attaching to the polyurethane layer so that damage to the plumbing is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Masco Bath Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Warren Stokely, Michael Glenn Geels
  • Publication number: 20130219611
    Abstract: A bathing vessel includes a base and at least one wall extending vertically from the base. The wall includes a multi-layer structure that includes a layer of acrylic material on a first layer of polyurethane material, a layer of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material between the layer of acrylic material and the first layer of polyurethane material, and a second layer of polyurethane material between the layer of ABS material and the first layer of polyurethane material. A wood-containing composite panel is chemically bonded to at least one of the first or second layers of polyurethane material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Geels, Jeffrey McKinley Boyd, Scott Kapelanski
  • Publication number: 20130219612
    Abstract: A bathing vessel is made of a segmented sheet wall of layered materials that includes a first layer of polyurethane material, a second layer of polyurethane material attached to the first layer, a third layer of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material attached to the second layer, and a fourth layer of acrylic material attached to the third layer. The segmented sheet wall has a width a length and a first thickness. The segmented sheet wall has an integral first portion having a second thickness that is that is thinner than the first thickness. The first portion defines a first wall and a second wall in the segmented sheet wall and the first portion is corrugated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: MASCO BATH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nirav D. Parikh, Michael Glenn Geels
  • Publication number: 20130219610
    Abstract: A bathing vessel that includes a multi-layer structure of a first polymer layer and a second, adjacent polymer layer. Prior to formation of the second polymer layer on the first polymer layer, a surface of the first polymer layer is abraded and a surface wetting property of the surface is modified to promote bonding between the layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Glenn Geels
  • Patent number: 8505128
    Abstract: A closure for a bathtub is disclosed. The bathtub has a walk-through bound by a generally U-shaped structure having a central sill portion and jamb portions projecting upwardly and from opposite ends of said sill portion. The closure comprises an exterior insert and an interior insert. The exterior insert, in use, is disposed exteriorly of the U-shaped structure. The interior insert, in use, is disposed interiorly of the U-shaped structure and releasably secured to the exterior insert to seal against the U-shaped structure to permit the bathtub to be filled to a height above the sill portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert Staudinger
  • Patent number: 8448269
    Abstract: A bathing insert for use with a bathing space, the bathing insert comprising a body including first and second end walls, first and second side walls extending between the end walls, and a support wall connecting first edges of the end walls and the side walls. The walls define an open edge and an interior area of the body. A seat including a sit portion extending generally inward from the first end wall and a seatback portion extending from the support wall to the sit portion, wherein the sit portion and the seatback portion connect to define the seat. The body is positionable in a first orientation for use as a shower seat and a second orientation for use as a bathtub. When the body is in the first orientation, the open edge is positionable on a support surface, and when the body is in the second orientation, the support wall is positionable on the support surface such that the interior area is accessible by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Sidney M. Libit, Jeffrey M. Libit
  • Patent number: 8402574
    Abstract: A bath has a drain outlet at the end of the bath which is also that end designed to be the most comfortable for reclining against by a user. The bath may also comprise a removable cover having one part which when the cover is in place in the bath fits over the drain outlet and is substantially flush with the floor of the bath and another part which extends up an adjacent wall section of the bath substantially to a rim of the bath, for assisting in supporting a person sitting in the bath over or adjacent the drain outlet and reclining against the wall of the bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler New Zealand Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter James Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130031714
    Abstract: A retention clip for mounting spa fixtures through the wall of a spa reservoir. A retention clip may be placed in a hole that has been bored through a spa wall. Bore positioning features of the clip may provide a means for advantageously centering the retention clip in the hole. A flange mates to the surface of the tub wall once the retention clip is inserted through the bore and a plurality of retention fingers will extend beyond the opposite side of the tub wall. Subsequently, a fixture may be inserted through the retention clip. A chamfered feature of the fixture physically communicates with the retention fingers and operates to apply a force radially outward to each, thereby causing retention tongues located on the spines of each retention finger to engage a groove feature on the fixture body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Custom Molded Products, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Charles Li, William J. Drury
  • Patent number: 8365321
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bathtub includes a first operation of forming an external structure layer forming an external appearance of the bathtub; a second operation of forming a mold-release agent layer having a bathtub forming surface corresponding to an internal shape of the bathtub and a flange extending from a circumference of the bathtub forming surface to the outside, on an external surface of an internal mold; and a third operation of forming a semi-rigid foam layer having a first unfoaming painted layer, a soft foam layer, and a second unfoaming painted layer in sequence such that the soft foam layer is sandwiched between the first unfoaming painted layer and the second unfoaming painted layer. The semi-rigid foam layer is formed between the external structure layer and the mold-release agent layer by being injected in a space between the external structure layer and the mold-release agent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Kyung-jun Kim, Jong-kwan Lee
  • Publication number: 20130019393
    Abstract: An uninsulated portable spa unit is inverted, and a seal plate having a flat interior surface and a plurality of doors is lowered onto the bottom surface of the inverted spa. The doors are successively opened and glass wool installation apparatus is successively inserted through the door openings and operated to install glass wool insulation into the interior of the spa unit .
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Roger E. Lamberson
  • Patent number: 8332972
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture enclosure which has a bathtub or shower receptor and enclosure walls. The lower tub/receptor has an upper rim on which rests a rear wall. A side wall is pivotably connected at its upper rear to an upper front side of the rear wall and then pivots downwardly to create a horizontal watertight seal between the side and rear walls. Simultaneously, a lower retaining finger at the front bottom of the side wall catches between an insert on the upper rim and the upper rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Bullis, Daniel J. Lee, Jake W. Myre