Movable Closure Patents (Class 4/607)
  • Patent number: 11039717
    Abstract: A detachable guide assembly for a shower enclosure door includes a frame member defining a boundary of the shower enclosure, a guide member arranged to receive a shower enclosure door and guide sliding movement of the shower enclosure door relative to the frame member. The guide member is detachably fixed to the frame member, and an actuator is operable to detach the guide member from the frame member. The actuator is operable from outside of the shower enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Jose Luis Beltran Romero
  • Patent number: 10709299
    Abstract: A shower door frame is disclosed comprising a track and a side frame; wherein a fixing part is fixed at a tail end of the track, a positioning block is arranged on an outer side of the fixing part, and a retaining block is arranged at a top end of the positioning block; the positioning block is embedded into the side frame; a locking assembly is arranged on the side frame, the locking assembly comprises a base fixed on the side frame and a tensioning part hinged with the base, the tensioning part is provided with a locking groove, and the locking groove is buckled with the retaining block. The present invention also provides a shower door comprising the shower door frame. The shower door frame and the shower door are simple in assembly operation, and suitable for a field assembly occasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ideal Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wuxiang Wei
  • Patent number: 10610060
    Abstract: A guide member for a sliding shower door assembly includes a first wall and a second wall. The second wall is offset from the first wall defining a channel therebetween. The channel is configured to receive a portion of a door panel. At least one of the first wall and the second wall includes an undulating surface defined by a plurality of protrusions and valleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew Ball, Adam M. Moller
  • Patent number: 10327598
    Abstract: An elongated member for a shower door assembly includes a protrusion configured to be received within a channel of a header to slidably couple the elongated member to the header. The elongated member is configured to be slid within the channel between a first position to allow for a shower door to be installed onto, or removed from, the header and a second position to substantially impede upright movement of the shower door when the shower door is moved along the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew Ball, Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 9993117
    Abstract: A shower door assembly for removable installation in a shower enclosure comprises a rail assembly including a rail and being adjustable along a longitudinal axis. The rail assembly defines at least one longitudinally aligned T-track in a bottom of said rail wherein the T-track is at least partially defined by two opposed shoulders. At least two carriage assemblies are received in the T-track and movable along the shoulders. A shower door is attached to and depends from the carriage assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KLOZHER LLC
    Inventors: Kasim Shaukat, Saqib Shaukat
  • Patent number: 9974415
    Abstract: A shower door assembly includes a first door panel, defining a hole in an upper portion thereof, and a bracket assembly. The bracket assembly includes a bracket having opposing first and second bracket flanges, each bracket flange defining a plurality of corresponding holes at different positions above a bottom end of the bracket flange. The bracket assembly further includes a bushing having opposing first and second bushing flanges, each bushing flange defining a mounting hole. The bracket assembly further includes an axle and a roller. Each bushing flange engages an opposite side of the first door panel and each bracket flange engages a bushing flange. The axle extends through a hole in each bracket flange, a mounting hole in each bushing flange, and the hole in the first door panel. The roller is rotatably coupled to the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew Ball, Adam M. Moller
  • Patent number: 9959082
    Abstract: An environ system includes environ panels arranged to form a partial or full enclosure, wherein each environ panel includes display components that together provide a display area across a majority of a surface of the environ panel facing inward within the enclosure. The environ system further includes a local controller coupled to the environ panels and a master controller coupled to the local controller. The master controller provides control information to the local controller to coordinate a presentation of a visual display sequence across the environ panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Shakai Dominique
  • Patent number: 9743809
    Abstract: A shower door assembly for removable installation in a shower enclosure comprises a rail assembly including a rail and being adjustable along a longitudinal axis. The rail assembly defines at least one longitudinally aligned T-track in a bottom of said rail wherein the T-track is at least partially defined by two opposed shoulders. At least two carriage assemblies are received in the T-track and movable along the shoulders. A shower door is attached to and depends from the carriage assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KLOZHER LLC
    Inventors: Saqib Shaukat, Kasim Shaukat
  • Patent number: 9717372
    Abstract: A quick connecting device and a shower room assembly are disclosed. The quick connecting device comprises an inserting member, a receiving member and a locking key. The shower room assembly comprises a track connected at a corner uses the above quick connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Foshan Ideal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wuxiang Wei
  • Patent number: 9675215
    Abstract: A shower door assembly includes a wall member, a door and a hinge assembly. The wall member is configured to be coupled to a fixed portion of a bathing enclosure. The door is pivotably coupled to the wall member by the hinge assembly, and the door is positioned such that at least a portion of the door overlaps with at least a portion of the wall member when the door is in a closed position. The door is configured to pivot about a pivot axis relative to the wall member between an opened position and a closed position. The door is also configured to translate in a direction normal to the pivot axis to selectively adjust a relative distance between a side edge of the door and a side edge of the wall member such that the door fits in a door opening of the bathing enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Roque M. Corpuz, Jr., James L. Marlowe, Greg L. Parris
  • Patent number: 9364121
    Abstract: A fully frameless sliding shower door assembly includes a sliding panel of sufficient strength to be fully self-supporting and includes a stationary panel. The need for an upper horizontal header member is eliminated by using an upper guide assembly having a guide which is fixed to the sliding panel and configured to slide about a top edge of the stationary panel. A self-centering roller assembly is attachable to the sliding panel without the need for a rail member. The roller assembly and a track therefore feature matching inverted and non-inverted generally U-shaped profiles. The shower door assembly further features inboard and outboard roller finger guards, as well as a track leveling feature which improves ease of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: C. R. LAURENCE CO., INC.
    Inventor: Gary Sprague
  • Patent number: 9289079
    Abstract: A door for a refrigerated merchandiser defining a product display area. The door includes a first glass panel, a second glass panel, and a third glass panel. The first glass panel is in communication with an environment surrounding the merchandiser, and has a first surface facing the environment and a second surface opposite the first surface. The second glass panel has a third surface facing the second surface and a fourth surface opposite the third surface. The third glass panel is in communication with the product display area, and has a fifth surface that faces the fourth surface and a sixth surface that is opposite the fifth surface. The door also includes a film that has a split silver low-emissivity coating covering at least a portion of one or more of the first glass panel, the second glass panel, and the third glass panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventors: Craig S. Reichert, Timothy D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9192267
    Abstract: A shower curtain includes a body having an upper end and a lower end opposing the upper end. The body has a plurality of cells extending one above another between the upper end and the lower end. The body is configured for retracting toward the upper end based at least in part on the cells collapsing onto each other when a force is applied onto the lower end toward the upper end. The lower end is configured for substantially remaining in place responsive to the force being removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Roman Tsibulevskiy, Barry Greenbaum
  • Patent number: 9163444
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for maintaining functionality of at least one sliding panel of a sliding unit when a building structure to which the device is attached is subject to upward or downward movement. The method includes attaching a fixed guiding portion to the building and locating a variable panel track inside the fixed guiding portion, the variable panel track allowing a specified range of vertical movement of the sliding unit inside the fixed guiding portion in order to compensate for vertical movement of the building structure such that the at least one sliding panel is retained within the fixed guiding portion during the specified range of vertical movement, where either the fixed guiding portion is a fixed header and the variable panel track is a variable header track or the fixed guiding portion is a fixed floor channel and the variable panel track is a variable floor track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: GOLDBRECHT INC.
    Inventors: Marcel Fontijn, Jorg Mager
  • Patent number: 9062485
    Abstract: An articulating roller arm assembly comprising a single integral piece cantilever beam with a span section and a throw section, with the span section oriented substantially transverse the throw section. A first distal end of the throw section and a distal end of the span section form a bend of the single integral piece cantilever beam. The articulating roller arm assembly further including a first wheel that is coupled with a first distal end of the throw section, and a second wheel that is coupled with a second distal end of the throw section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael John Guidos, Christopher Marshal Kee, Michael Henry Clark
  • Patent number: 9038211
    Abstract: A shower curtain is provided with two pockets adapted to receive spaced apart stereo speakers and a third pocket adapted to receive a personal entertainment system. The third pocket is provided with a clear inside window pane facing the inside of the shower and adapted for finger-touch control through the window pane. A closure system integral with the shower curtain is provided for external access to the pockets. In one embodiment, the closure system for access to the pockets is a tongue-in-groove fastening arrangement that provides external access to a personal entertainment system as well as a channel through which wires run to couple the entertainment system to the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HEDAYA HOME FASHIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Hedaya
  • Patent number: 9027177
    Abstract: A shower door assembly with an integral directional draining system including a shower door frame having a frame body defining a horizontal drain channel and a plurality of drain holes, at least one side panel having a first end and a second end, the first end of the side panel being sized and configured to be fixedly attached to the frame body and the second end of the side panel further including a hinge mount, and at least one door defining a hinge mount rotatably connected to the hinge mount of the side panel and a door drain channel, the door having an upper portion and lower portion. The door of the present invention flares upward and bows outward such that the upper portion of the door is farther away from the shower door frame than the lower portion of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Edwin Perez
  • Publication number: 20150121615
    Abstract: A walk-in shower having at least one fixed wall portion and a deployable wall portion operable in at least two configurations, namely a first shower configuration in which the deployable wall portion is located adjacent to one of the at least three wall portions leaving a walk in open entry and exit from the shower and a second bath configuration in which the deployable wall portion is located to close and seal the open entry and exit with movement of the deployable wall creating a bath enclosure to hold a volume of liquid at least temporarily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: David Roy Kay
  • Publication number: 20150113724
    Abstract: A shower door assembly includes a wall member, a door and a hinge assembly. The wall member is configured to be coupled to a fixed portion of a bathing enclosure. The door is pivotably coupled to the wall member by the hinge assembly, and the door is positioned such that at least a portion of the door overlaps with at least a portion of the wall member when the door is in a closed position. The door is configured to pivot about a pivot axis relative to the wall member between an opened position and a closed position. The door is also configured to translate in a direction normal to the pivot axis to selectively adjust a relative distance between a side edge of the door and a side edge of the wall member such that the door fits in a door opening of the bathing enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Roque M. Corpuz, JR., James L. Marlowe, Greg L. Parris
  • Patent number: 8944394
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a hinge for movably connecting a first panel to a second panel, the hinge comprising first and second spaced apart hinge members, each hinge member being connectable to the respective first and second panels; and a connector located between the hinge members, the connector having a pin member which connects the hinge members together to permit selective movement of the first panel relative to the second panel about multiple axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Maax Bath Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Berger
  • Publication number: 20140259364
    Abstract: A shower track guide system for a shower enclosure may include an elevated track positioned above a base and at least one stand disposed between the base and the track. The track may be mounted to the at least one stand. A shower door may be movable along a top of the track to permit access to the shower enclosure. The stand may elevate the track above the base to permit water to flow underneath the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Steven R. Aykens, Mark A. Johnson, James L. Marlowe, Roque M. Corpuz, JR., Nicholas Pairolero, Michael R. Bates
  • Publication number: 20140259367
    Abstract: A shower sealing system includes a sliding shower door slidable along a length of an upper track assembly and configured to slide horizontally and freely above a surface and a sealing element configured to provide a fluid seal between the surface and at least a portion of the shower door. The system also includes a trigger mechanism coupled to the sealing element and a stop configured to activate the trigger mechanism when at least partially in contact with the trigger mechanism. The trigger mechanism is configured to move the sealing element from a storage position to a sealing position when the stop activates the trigger mechanism. The sealing element provides a fluid seal between the shower door and the surface when the sealing element is in the sealing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Weerasak Taingtae, Roque M. Corpuz, JR., Matthew Joseph Ball, Peter W. Swart
  • Publication number: 20140259366
    Abstract: A shower door sealing assembly includes a shower door and a bumper. The shower door includes a frame having a channel disposed at an exterior surface of a perimeter of the frame. The bumper is configured to be received in the channel such that the bumper is coupled to the shower door via a friction fit between the channel and the bumper. The channel and the bumper extend along a length of one or more sides of the shower door configured to abut a wall of a showering enclosure or other door assembly component. The bumper is configured to provide a water-tight seal between portions of the shower door along which the bumper extends and surfaces of the showering enclosure or other door assembly components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Ball, Roque M. Corpuz, Jr., Weerasak Taingtae
  • Publication number: 20140259363
    Abstract: A shower door track assembly is disclosed. The shower door track assembly includes a vertical support. The shower door track assembly further includes a lower rail connected to the vertical support configured to receive a roller of a sliding shower door. The shower door track assembly includes a connecting projection connected to the vertical support. The shower door track assembly further includes a removable header including an upper roller retainer. The removable header is removably attachable to the connecting projection such that when the removable header is attached to the connecting projection, the upper roller retainer prevents a received roller from being removed from the lower rail, and when the removable header is detached from the connecting projection, the received roller is removable from the lower rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Ball, Weerasak Taingtae
  • Publication number: 20140259365
    Abstract: A shower door cam system includes at least one shower door having a predetermined number of offset rollers and at least one panel having a predetermined number of offset tracks. Each track is configured to receive one of the rollers. In a closed position of the shower door, the shower door contacts a shower floor of the showering enclosure to form a watertight seal. In an open position of the shower door, the shower door is elevated such that a gap is formed between the shower door and the shower floor of the showering enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Weerasak Taingtae, Carl Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140250584
    Abstract: A shower door assembly is provided comprising a stationary frame, a movable frame having at least one through hole, and at least one adjusting assembly, wherein each of the at least one adjusting assembly comprises a fixing block located between the stationary frame and the movable frame, and receivable in the stationary frame, the fixing block having a channel, a deformable element receivable in the channel of the fixing block, and a fastening element passing through the through hole of the movable frame to connect with the deformable element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Wuxiang WEI
  • Patent number: 8826471
    Abstract: A disposable shower curtain liner device that includes a plurality of flexible polymeric sheet members disposed dispensable from a housing, each of said plurality of sheet members including a pair of adhesive strips and a plurality of magnets disposed upon a first surface of said sheet member for releasable attachment of the sheet member to a bathroom surface whereby contact between a user and a bathroom surface is preventable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Bessie Maddox
  • Patent number: 8826472
    Abstract: A bath environment, such as a tub or shower, has a seat upon which a user sits, and a first panel, usually glass, for enclosing a first portion of the bath environment proximal to the seat. The first panel has a width roughly correlated to a width of the seat to allow a user easy access to the seat and to the panel to manipulate the panel. The invention also has a second panel for enclosing a second portion of the bath environment. The second panel has a hinge and a pair of partitions connected by the hinge so that the partitions pivot about the hinge to allow access to the bath environment distal from the seat. Also included is a stanchion that is disposed on and extends upwardly from an outer edge of the bath environment to a given height. The first panel has a length that extends downwardly from an upper region of the bath environment and ends at the height of the stanchion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Victor Hoernig, Charles A. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20140237715
    Abstract: A shower door assembly is disclosed comprising a stationary frame, a movable frame with a through hole, an upper frame, a lower frame, and an adjusting assembly. The adjusting assembly further comprises a fixing block disposed between the stationary frame and the movable frame and received in the stationary frame, the fixing block having a passage with a first rectangular cross-section, and rotating blocks received in the upper frame and the lower frame respectively and having a rotating handle and an adjusting shaft perpendicular to the rotating handle. The end of the adjusting shaft remote from the rotating handle has a second rectangular cross-section with dimensions identical to the first rectangular cross-section, and an engaging element is disposed on at least one surface of the adjusting shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Wuxiang Wei
  • Patent number: 8763172
    Abstract: A concealing system for hiding shower curtain rods in bathtubs and shower compartments featuring a pair of extension rods oriented parallel to each other and spaced a distance apart and a sheet spanning between the pair of extension rods. The extension rods are sandwiched between the shower compartment walls and positioned to cover and conceal the shower curtain rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Virginia A. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8739324
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting a curved shower rod on a previously installed straight shower rod. The bracket includes a body having a first member that defines a first bore for receiving an end of the curved shower rod therein, and a second member defining a second bore for receiving a portion of the straight shower rod therein. The first member extends outwardly from the second member at an angle. The second member comprises first and second regions that are movable away from each other to capture a portion of the straight shower rod between them. A securement mechanism locks the first and second regions together to prevent the bracket from disengaging from the straight shower rod. A second mounting bracket is similarly engaged on an opposite end of the straight shower rod and receives a second end of the curved shower rod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Commerce, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney L. Napier, David Brokaw
  • Publication number: 20140115773
    Abstract: A shower door assembly is provided which comprises a stationary frame having a guiding groove, and a movable frame having a first engaging element, wherein the shower door assembly further comprises at least one adjusting slider slidably mounted in the guiding groove, the at least one adjusting slider has a second engaging element for engagement with the first engaging element when the movable frame is moved towards the stationary frame, and the shower door assembly further comprises a filler for being disposed in a space formed between the stationary frame and the movable frame when a relative position between both frames are determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: IDEAL SANITARY WARE CO., LTD
    Inventor: Wuxiang Wei
  • Patent number: 8707475
    Abstract: A shower door assembly is provided that includes a frame mountable at an opening of a shower enclosure. The shower door assembly also includes a door panel movably mounted to the frame and configured to close off a first portion of the enclosure opening. The shower door assembly further includes a storage unit movably mounted to the frame and configured to close off a second portion of the enclosure opening. The storage unit has at least one shelf accessible at least from inside the shower enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Mark A. Johnson, Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara, John A. Teubert, Carrie L. Miller, Mark P. Dlugopolski
  • Publication number: 20140101842
    Abstract: A shower curtain includes a body having an upper end and a lower end opposing the upper end. The body has a plurality of cells extending one above another between the upper end and the lower end. The body is configured for retracting toward the upper end based at least in part on the cells collapsing onto each other when a force is applied onto the lower end toward the upper end. The lower end is configured for substantially remaining in place responsive to the force being removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Roman Tsibulevskiy, Barry Greenbaum
  • Publication number: 20140068853
    Abstract: A door unit for an enclosure (1), as for example a shower recess or a combined shower/bath, is provided which includes a first panel (20, 301) which is pivotably movable relative to a wall (3) of the enclosure and at least a second panel 21, 302) which is movably and rotatably connected to the first panel (20, 301) at least one of said panels having a roller track associated with an upper end or extremity thereof and the other panel having one or more roller brackets associated with an upper end or extremity thereof, to allow the panels (20, 21 and 301, 302) to be relatively extensibly one to the other, the unit also including means (100) for releasably retaining said panels (20, 21 and 301, 302) in an extended relationship to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: MALIFORM PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Colin Opwald
  • Patent number: 8667624
    Abstract: A segmented door for a shower stall, built within a fixed structural frame with a horizontal upper and lower channel. The door is constructed using a plurality (often four or more) of vertically disposed, side by side arranged, moveable panels that are hung from the upper channel by a plurality of moveable and pivoting wheeled hangers engaged with this upper channel. These moveable panels are connected to each other by a plurality of pivotally joined horizontal rods, which enables the moveable panels to move as a group. Often one of the moveable panels is joined to the upper and lower channel by clamp-on hinges, so that this panel is only able to move by pivoting. The moveable panels are able to move between an open door configuration and a closed door configuration, and can be designed with slight overlap so as to prevent shower spray from going beyond the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mark E. Lambert
  • Publication number: 20140026316
    Abstract: A shower curtain is provided with two pockets adapted to receive spaced apart stereo speakers and a third pocket adapted to receive a personal entertainment system. The third pocket is provided with a clear inside window pane facing the inside of the shower and adapted for finger-touch control through the window pane. A closure system integral with the shower curtain is provided for external access to the pockets. In one embodiment, the closure system for access to the pockets is a tongue-in-groove fastening arrangement that provides external access to a personal entertainment system as well as a channel through which wires run to couple the entertainment system to the speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph A. Hedaya
  • Publication number: 20130254984
    Abstract: A shower door assembly with an integral directional draining system including a shower door frame having a frame body defining a horizontal drain channel and a plurality of drain holes, at least one side panel having a first end and a second end, the first end of the side panel being sized and configured to be fixedly attached to the frame body and the second end of the side panel further including a hinge mount, and at least one door defining a hinge mount rotatably connected to the hinge mount of the side panel and a door drain channel, the door having an upper portion and lower portion. The door of the present invention flares upward and bows outward such that the upper portion of the door is farther away from the shower door frame than the lower portion of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Edwin Perez
  • Patent number: 8341774
    Abstract: A vertical sliding enclosure for a bathtub, including three vertically slidable glass panel assemblies, wherein each assembly contains a slidable glass panel attached by the left and right glass connectors serving as the transverse position limiters which limit the panel in the transverse movement, a pair of left and right housings having the respective longitudinal tracks for the panel in the vertical movement, and room for a counterbalancing weight system containing left and right pulleys and weight combination so that a weight of the glass panel can be balanced. The enclosure provides a sufficient height for a user to access the bathtub when the three panels are raised to their maximum heights. When in their lowered position, the three panels prevent shower water from entering the bathroom floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Roy Norris
  • Patent number: 8161582
    Abstract: A shower enclosure comprises a shower base (5) having a floor (6) which falls towards a side of the shower base (5), a waste outlet at said side of the shower base, and a drain channel (11) which extends exterior to the door (1) of the enclosure, and which is arranged to drain towards the waste outlet (8). Water may flow beneath the door (1) to the drain channel (11). Preferably the drain channel (11) also extends along a foot of the return panel(s) (2). A longitudinally extending cover member (9) is preferably provided over the drain channel (11) and the waste outlet (8) may be provided at the front side of the shower base (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: John Hatrick-Smith
  • Patent number: 8136202
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for operatively mounting one or more glass shower door panels to one or more panels is described. The mounting assembly includes an elongate guide assembly adapted for receiving and retaining a carriage assembly for mounting a reciprocating glass shower door; and a mounting assembly including one or more end mounting devices for mounting one or more ends of the elongate guide assembly perpendicular to one or more glass panels or walls. Also described is a mounting assembly including an elongate guide assembly adapted for receiving and retaining a carriage assembly for mounting a reciprocating glass shower door; and one or more spaced guide mounting devices for connecting the guide assembly to an adjacent parallel panel and spacing the guide assembly a selected distance from and parallel to the adjacent parallel glass wall panel to provide access between the parallel glass wall panel and guide assembly for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Marc Hanley
  • Publication number: 20120005822
    Abstract: A grasp for a slidable shower door includes a main portion and a pivotable handle portion biased relative to the main portion for automatic retractment from an extended position to a retracted position. A shower door assembly includes a housing for a shower door, a shower door slidably mounted to the housing for movement between a first position and a second position. The grasp is fixed to the shower door. The grasp may be magnetically or adhesively fixed to the shower door. A mounting fixture may be attached to the grasp through an aperture in the shower door for mounting the grasp to the shower door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: K.D.D., INC.
    Inventors: Keith William Daubmann, William Charles Daubmann, Theodore Ross
  • Patent number: 8060955
    Abstract: A shower door assembly includes a storage system. One form of the system is a cove of shelves mounted under the same header that extends over the door panel. The cove preferably blocks viewing of items on the shelving from outside the enclosure, but permits access to the shelving from inside the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Mark A. Johnson, Mike Y. Daikubara, John A. Teubert, Carrie L. Miller, Mark P. Dlugopolski
  • Publication number: 20110197352
    Abstract: A segmented door for a shower stall, built within a fixed structural frame with a horizontal upper and lower channel. The door is constructed using a plurality (often four or more) of vertically disposed, side by side arranged, moveable panels that are hung from the upper channel by a plurality of moveable and pivoting wheeled hangers engaged with this upper channel. These moveable panels are connected to each other by a plurality of pivotally joined horizontal rods, which enables the moveable panels to move as a group. Often one of the moveable panels is joined to the upper and lower channel by clamp-on hinges, so that this panel is only able to move by pivoting. The moveable panels are able to move between an open door configuration and a closed door configuration, and can be designed with slight overlap so as to prevent shower spray from going beyond the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Mark E. Lambert
  • Patent number: 7987532
    Abstract: A shower curtain support system consists of a support guide member having a center portion, two opposing ends, two holders, and an attached shower curtain. The two holders are fixedly attached to the two opposing end walls of a shower stall or tub enclosure, and are usably adjoined, one on each end, to the support guide member. Each holder consists of a roller bracket having rollers and spacers attached to the roller bracket. The rollers communicate with the longitudinal slots on each of the two opposing ends of the support guide member. The support guide member is movable between a first extended position wherein the support guide member, with an attached shower curtain, is extended out at the top creating a maximum amount of space inside the shower stall or tub enclosure. In the second position the support guide member is retracted within the space defining the shower stall or tub enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: David B. Bathurst, Veronica L. Bathurst
  • Publication number: 20110072577
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus relating to shower door enclosures are described. The systems include an elongated shower door support and a separate corresponding cover. The elongated shower door support may include one or more tracks for engaging a tread of a shower door roll wheel. After the shower doors are hung from the elongated shower door support, the cover may be readily placed over at least a portion of the elongated shower door support, thereby hiding that portion of the elongated shower door support from view. The elongated shower door support may include one or more connectors for physically connecting the cover to the elongated shower door support. The cover may be repeatedly connect to and disconnect from the connector of the elongated shower door support, thereby facilitating ease of installation of the shower door enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: SAPA Extrusions, INC.
    Inventor: Craig Luedke
  • Patent number: 7900318
    Abstract: A mounting means for operatively mounting one or more glass shower door panels to one or more panels is described. The mounting means includes an elongate guide assembly adapted for receiving and retaining a carriage assembly for mounting a reciprocating glass shower door; and a mounting assembly including one or more end mounting devices for mounting one or more ends of the elongate guide assembly perpendicular to one or more glass panels or walls. Also described is a mounting means including an elongate guide assembly adapted for receiving and retaining a carriage assembly for mounting a reciprocating glass shower door; and one or more spaced guide mounting devices for connecting the guide assembly to an adjacent parallel panel and spacing the guide assembly a selected distance from and parallel to the adjacent parallel glass wall panel to provide access between the parallel glass wall panel and guide assembly for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hydroscreen Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Marc Hanley
  • Publication number: 20100031438
    Abstract: A shower door apparatus is disclosed being secured to the top rim of a bath tub. The shower door apparatus has a base plate extending outward from, and beyond, the top rim of the bath tub. A shower door frame assembly having at least one shower door is secured to the base plate near the edge distal to the bath tub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Henry J. Boonstra
  • Patent number: 7516518
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly comprising a door leaf (1), which has at least two undercut blind holes (26), and comprising at least two hinges (3) each consisting of a door-side and a wall-side hinge part (4,5). In order to fasten the door-side and/or wall-side hinge part, expanding plugs (20) are provided that have a distal expanding element (22) as well as a retaining and stop element (23). In addition, an expanding/fastening element (21) is provided that serves to expand the expanding elements and to fasten the hinge to the expanding plug. The expanding/fastening element can comprise a screw bolt (26) and a nut (28) or a mounting part (30) with a hole for accommodating a screw (31), with which the mounting part is screwed to the expanding plug. The invention also relates to a shower stall having one or more lateral walls and one or more assemblies of the aforementioned type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: NAOMI Rechte GmbH
    Inventor: Zoltan Anton Kiefer
  • Publication number: 20090038070
    Abstract: A shower door track for a shower having at least one displaceable door panel comprises a longitudinal exterior track portion having an exterior surface, an interior surface and at least one exterior connector; a longitudinal interior track portion having an exterior surface, an interior surface, a displacement channel for receiving a displacement assembly connected to the door panel and at least one interior connector; the interior connector being engageable with a corresponding one of the exterior connector to secure the exterior track portion to the interior track portion to form the shower door track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Philippe Belanger, William Harvie, III