Abstract: Method for producing a vanity unit assembly, includes: making a cutout in a receiving surface, leaving behind an edge made from a laminated layer overhanging the inside of the cutout; making, from a thin sheet of thermoplastic synthetic material(s), called the decorative film, a preform of the basin including a rim that is planar along the periphery thereof, towards the outside of the preform, the rim having a width smaller than the width of the laminated layer edge; installing the preform and the receiving surface in the mould so that the preform is inserted into the cutout formed in the support material and the planar rim of the preform comes into contact with the laminated layer edge; closing the mould and injecting a second thermoplastic synthetic material, between the concave shell and the preform. A vanity unit wherein the basin is flush with the receiving surface is also described.
Abstract: An undermount sink that can be integrally mounted to a laminate or solid surface countertop. The undermount sink has a novel mounting structure to accomplish mounting to a laminate countertop. A mounting flange is attached to an outer perimeter of the undermount sink bowl, and is reinforced by way of a mounting flange support within the mounting flange that is mechanically fastened to the upper outer perimeter of the undermount sink bowl.
Abstract: Polymeric plumbing fixtures such as sinks, lavatories and tubs are disclosed that comprise a thermoformed or molded interior shell having a top side with a relatively smooth, polymeric surface; a polymeric reinforcing layer bonded to the underside of the shell; and a thermoformed or polymeric cap nestably engageable with the underside of the reinforced shell. The cap cooperates with the shell to encapsulate the reinforcing layer and the reinforcing layer bonds the cap the shell to form a unitary structure. The polymeric cap thereby provides an attractive, finished surface on the underside of the resultant fixture. The structural configuration disclosed herein is particularly preferred for use in making kitchen sinks. A method for making the subject fixtures is also disclosed.
Abstract: A sink support shell apparatus and method of making a sink support shell are provided. The sink support shell apparatus is a shell shaped to be compatible with the sink that is to be placed in the sink support shell. The sink support shell includes a rim for mounting the shell either above or below the countertop level. The shell further includes an overflow/vent channel and stand-off in the base for attaching the shell to the necessary plumbing fixtures to allow for drainage of the water from the sink. The overflow/vent channel is formed in the material of the shell and allows water to flow down the channel to be drained by the attached plumbing fixtures as well as air to be vented to reduce suction noise. The sink support shell is made of high-impact material, such as a metal or hard plastic material.
Abstract: A method of integrating a basin into a receiving plane, in particular a plane for sanitary fittings or a worktop in a piece of bathroom or kitchen furniture. The method consists in disposing and fixing the basin (3) in an opening in the receiving plane (9) in such a way that the edge of the opening (11-14) is held in a rabbet between the peripheral mouth of the basin (6-8) and a lower shoulder of polymerized resin (19) connecting and caulking the basin and the receiving plane over the entire circumference at the bottom part.
Abstract: A sink assembly is disclosed that has a separate rim and basin made of different materials. The basin has a flange surrounding a bowl that is exposed under the rim to form an accessible ledge. A glass-filled polyester resin is injected into a mold adjacent the underside of the rim member and the flange. The polyester resin bonds with the rim member and prevents the basin from moving relative to the rim member.
March 30, 1990
Date of Patent:
May 21, 1991
Bruce M. Sauter, Jeffrey F. Tempas, Robert B. Sandman
Abstract: The invention relates to a method for flush mounting a washing unit in a working leaf or the like and a strip to be used with this method. An opening corresponding to the washing unit (2) is made in the working leaf (1), while the strip (6, 22, 29) is fastened to the working leaf edge which defines this opening so that the upper edge (9) of the strip substantially joins the upper surface (14) of the working leaf (1). The strip in cross-section is substantially U-shaped, wherein the peripheral edge (17) of the washing unit (2) has a thickness greater than the distance between the ends of the legs (11, 12) of the strip. The lower leg (12) of the strip is a relatively rigid carrying flange, while the upper leg (11) is a relatively soft resilient sealing ribbon. The washing unit (2) is positioned with the one surface of its peripheral edge (17) on the one leg of the strip (6, 22, 29) and thereafter the other leg of the strip is applied to the exposed surface of the peripheral edge of the washing unit.