Vertically Adjustable Patents (Class 4/645)
  • Patent number: 9410310
    Abstract: The sink system (10) includes a sink support frame (12) for supporting a sink (24). A vertical adjustment mechanism (30) secured between the sink support frame (12) and a rear wall (32) permits selective vertical movement of the sink support frame (12). A horizontal adjustment mechanism (40) secured between the sink support frame (12) and the sink (24) permits selective horizontal movement of the sink (24) away from and toward the rear wall (32). Flexible cold and hot water delivery lines (44, 46) and a flexible drain pipe (54) are secured between the rear wall (32) and a bottom surface of the sink. Vertical and horizontal movement of the sink (24) greatly facilitates use of the sink (24) by elderly and disabled persons using a wheelchair (56) and/or a walker. A two-sink cabinet embodiment (130) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Gene Eckert, Stephen Derby, David Brown
  • Patent number: 7571497
    Abstract: A lavatory carrier including at least one vertical upright, a horizontal cross plate, a clamp secured to the cross plate and releasably coupled to the upright, wherein the vertical position of the cross plate on the upright can be adjusted using the clamp, at least two horizontal arms for supporting a lavatory, and brackets secured to the arms and adjustably coupled to the cross plate. The positions of the arms, therefore, can be adjusted vertically and horizontally. In addition, horizontal positions of each of the arms on the cross plate can be independently adjusted using the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Watts Regulator Co.
    Inventors: Roy Hetzler, Bushra Awad Ghaly
  • Patent number: 7428882
    Abstract: A height adjustable veterinary wet table can be lowered in elevation to assist in locating animals to the wet table surface and can be raised to an elevation desirable for veterinary treatment of the animal with material received by the wet sink transferred to a drainage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventor: Charles C. Keil
  • Patent number: 7111337
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bracket for a height-adjustable washstand capable of allowing the washstand to stably go up and down by providing a cylinder at the bottom of the washstand, and a hydraulic valve capable of controlling a height of the washstand by using hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Up & Down Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soon-Jin Hong
  • Patent number: 7096520
    Abstract: A fixture carrier including two uprights spaced apart and secured using cross bars that permit the center-to-center distance between the uprights to be adjusted. In conjunction with this horizontal adjustment, vertically adjustable support members mounted upon each upright provides a factory-assembled fixture carrier that may be easily adjusted in the field to accommodate horizontal distances between the uprights and vertical positions of the support members. Supporting arms for carrying the fixture are secured to each support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl R. Nicolia, Douglas R. Wroblewski, David L. Lawson, Donald A. Kubiak, Philip A. Falbo, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7032259
    Abstract: An apparatus for bathing infants includes a tub section having a recessed portion for supporting bathing accessories, a drain spout provided with a ball valve for dispensing and retaining water within the tub, a plurality of support members secured to the bottom surface, and a plurality of leg members positioned through the support members for maintaining the tub section at a stable position during operating conditions. Such leg members may be folded and extended and include a female portion and a male portion, which are telescopically engageable with one another. The present invention further includes a portable tray with a lip portion that fits on the outer edge of the tub section. Such a portable tray may be used for supporting bathing accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Elisheva Kilion
  • Patent number: 6973684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washstand height-adjusting apparatus that can freely adjust the height of a washstand for convenience of a user. The washstand height-adjustment apparatus according to the present invention comprises a fixed guide fixed to a wall; a moving guide combined with the fixed guide to slidably move in a vertical direction; a cover plate to which a washstand with a drainpipe and pipes for supplying cool and hot water is mounted, wherein the cover plate is fixed to the moving guide; and a driving means installed at the upper portion of the fixed guide and coupled to the lower portion of the cover plate. Therefore, the cover plate and the washstand are moved upward or downward by operation of the driving means. According to the present invention, a tall or small person, particularly a child, can freely adjust the height of the washstand to fit it to his physical feature so that he can conveniently use the washstand without strain on the user's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Kwanbo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Hyeong Yoo
  • Patent number: 6892402
    Abstract: This invention provides an automatic elevator urinal which uses sensors. Currently male users'urinate in unisex toilet bowls or in stationary male urinals so there is many occurrences of urine spilling outside the urinal or toilet bowl resulting in bad odours and unhygienic conditions and use the same amount of water as with defecation. This invention provides a solution to these problems. It provides an urinal for men which calculates the appropriate height the urinal bowl should be for each different male user and adjusts the urinal bowl height so it will be a perfect match for each individual user. This will maximise ease of use and minimise urine spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: DaeSong Lim
  • Patent number: 6820290
    Abstract: A movable bathroom-fixture system, comprising bathroom fixtures modified to allow adjustment of their position in a bathroom; and the means to mount said fixtures on bathroom walls so that the fixture placement is adjustable. The modifiable fixtures include a moveable sink fixture, a moveable shower fixture, a moveable wet wall, a height adjustable toilet seat, and drainage tiles. Depending on the size of the bathroom the modifiable fixtures can be slideably and/or removably attached to moveable wall panel units, moveable walls, moveable panels, or fixture interface units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo
    Inventors: Abir Mullick, Edward Steinfeld, Drew Kelley
  • Publication number: 20040226087
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustment device for adjusting the height of a washstand. The device utilizes a simple mechanism to allow a washstand, which fixed on a sliding beam, move up and down along a guiding track. The device also adjusts the height of the washstand as required by an actuating device. The adjustment device comprises a base, a sliding device, a sliding beam, and an actuating device. The sliding device is fixed on the base. The sliding beam connects to the sliding device in a way of moving up and down. The washstand is fixed on the sliding beam so that the washstand can move up and down. The actuating device provides necessary potential energy for lifting the washstand. Thereby the washstand fixed on the sliding beam can move up and down with the sliding device and the height, to which the washstand moves, is adjusted by the actuating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Hong-Tsu Young, Ya-Lun Yang, Wei-Sun Yang
  • Publication number: 20040168250
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washstand height-adjusting apparatus that can freely adjust the height of a washstand for convenience of a user. The washstand height-adjustment apparatus according to the present invention comprises a fixed guide fixed to a wall; a moving guide combined with the fixed guide to slidably move in a vertical direction; a cover plate to which a washstand with a drainpipe and pipes for supplying cool and hot water is mounted, wherein the cover plate is fixed to the moving guide; and a driving means installed at the upper portion of the fixed guide and coupled to the lower portion of the cover plate. Therefore, the cover plate and the washstand are moved upward or downward by operation of the driving means. According to the present invention, a tall or small person, particularly a child, can freely adjust the height of the washstand to fit it to his physical feature so that he can conveniently use the washstand without strain on the user's waist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Jae-Hyeong Yoo
  • Publication number: 20040040085
    Abstract: A built-up washbasin stand includes a support part and at least a leg part. The support part has a shape surrounding a space at the top thereof for receiving the bottom of a washbasin. The leg part is provided with a fitting end at the upper end thereof for the support part being inserted through the fitting end. Hence, the washbasin stand can support the weight of the washbasin at the front part thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Chu Hsin-Chuan
  • Patent number: 6477725
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a height-adjustable washstand comprising a cylinder 20 containing a piston 21 integrally coupled with a lifting rod 22 which can be moved by water pressure in a vertical direction, and a compression spring 23; solenoid valves SA, SB for simultaneously controlling an amount of water supplied through a water supplying pipe 31 branched from and flexibly connected to a water main 11, and an amount of water discharged through a water discharging pipe 32; and booster tanks DA, DB for moving the piston 21 of the cylinder 20 in a vertical direction by means of water pressure that is provided by the operation of solenoid valves SA, SB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventors: Soon-Jin Hong, Geun-Woo Chung
  • Patent number: 6460204
    Abstract: An installation unit for sanitary fixtures is described which is characterized by a central carrying column having at least two connection regions with a planar, angled and/or curved attachment surface which extend at an angle to one another or parallel to one another, and which are in particular diametrically opposite relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: E. Missel GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Krist, Bernd Hanel
  • Publication number: 20020066141
    Abstract: A collapsible and portable work station, comprising a collapsible and portable leg structure comprising a plurality of legs movably attached to each other, each leg having a top end, a bottom end and longitudinally extending axis, the legs being movable to a first configuration wherein the legs are in close proximity to one another such that the longitudinally extending axes of the legs are generally parallel to one another, and to a second configuration wherein the spacing between the legs is maximal, and a top portion removably attached to the top ends of the legs, the top portion comprising two sections movably attached to one another so as to allow the top portion to be folded such that the sections confront each other when the top portion is not attached to the leg structure. In one embodiment, each of the top portion sections comprises a substantially flat surface. In another embodiment, the top portion comprises a frame that defines a region for receiving a basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Josue?apos; Diaz Rivera, Peter Lavigne
  • Patent number: 6360381
    Abstract: This invention is a prefabricated very strong in wall support for universal fixtures mounted on a wall. Fixture support connectors or arms extend from the support and hold up the fixture. The in wall support is rigidly bolted to the floor so the support bears all the weight of the fixture and transmits the weight directly to the floor. The support is manufactured to accommodate standard fixtures. The height of the mounted fixture can be varied by moving the brackets which hold the fixture support connectors up and down. Brackets can be mounted on both the front and back of the support, thereby allowing the mounting of a fixture on both sides of a wall using a single support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Robert W. Fitzgerald, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6230345
    Abstract: A moveable pedicure table for combination with a reclining facial bed as provided having a table frame with side portions and a central open portion. Legs extend downward from the frame and rollers are attached to the legs for movement along a horizontal ground or floor surface. Projections extend inward into the central open area from the sides of the table frame. The projections are constructed for supporting a pedicure basin at a predetermined height. A connector mechanism is attached to the table frame for detachable engagement with a facial bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: Maria Alba Borrero, Ilba Moreno
  • Patent number: 5896595
    Abstract: A shampoo rinse bowl having a first neck support member and a separate second upper torso support member, where the first support member supports the neck of a person several inches below the hairline and the second support member supports the upper torso below the junction of the neck with the torso. An open area is provided between the two support members. The bowl may be raised vertically and tilted, either independently or simultaneously by hydraulic or pneumatic pistons or the like. Preferably the bowl is tilted by raising the rear of the bowl while the height of the forward portion of the bowl remains the same. Also preferably, the bowl will be tilted about five degrees for each inch change in height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Gary W. Spencer
  • Patent number: 5893396
    Abstract: The height adjustable standpipe includes multiple, cylindrical, coaxial drain sections of gradually diminishing cross section. The sections preferably alternate between brass and PVC plastic, and have grooves adjacent the ends of the PVC sections for retaining O-rings that serve as gaskets between the two adjacent sections. Thus, for example, a PVC section would preferably have one or two peripheral grooves on the outer surface near the end that passes inside of the next adjacent brass section, and the same PVC section would have one or two peripheral grooves on the inner surface near the opposite end, through which passes another brass section. Each of these peripheral grooves includes a rubber O-ring seated therein and projecting therefrom to form a water-tight seal with the adjacent surface of the brass section engaged by that end of the PVC section. A travel stop mechanism is employed to limit the travel of the sections of the adjustable standpipe with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: BJ Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley Duane Vagle
  • Patent number: 5881404
    Abstract: An outdoorsman sink including a sink basin having a bottom face with a drain formed therein. A pipe is coupled to a lower surface of the bottom face in communication with the drain. The pipe terminates with a couple for removably connecting with a sewer. The sink basin further includes legs for supporting the sink basin. A faucet is coupled to the sink basin with an associated pipe for removably coupling with a water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Greg E. Knight
  • Patent number: 5867847
    Abstract: The height adjustable sink and vanity includes a fixed base portion that preferably includes two doors on the front that swing open to the sides. The cabinet is freestanding, but has no supporting surfaces on the front portion. The sink and countertop are vertically adjustable as a unit, with a standpipe below the sink that easily accommodates the adjustability. Projecting downward from the right and left edges of the countertop are panels that help prevent fingers and other objects from being pinched between the adjustable countertop portion and an adjacent, fixed surface. A remote control unit may be located on the end of a cord connected to a small electric motor that moves the unit up and down, depending on the selection made on the remote control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: BJ Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara A. Klawitter, Wesley D. Vagle
  • Patent number: 5628075
    Abstract: A portable vertically adjustable lavatory assembly includes a box member. Inside the box member is a vertically movable platform positioned and has a lavatory connected thereto. A lavatory is positioned outside of the box member and includes a sink portion having an outlet opening thereto. A drain line is in fluid flow communication with an outlet of the sink and a sewer line and is adapted to accommodate changes in height of the sink member. The box member can be attached directly to the wall member, thereby minimizing modification of the wall or the like. The lavatory can also include a system for pumping waste water out of the sink when the drain line is below the sink and/or sewer line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventors: George Dudnik, Yana Doppelt
  • Patent number: 5628484
    Abstract: A water basin floor mounted support for holding a water basin, such as a floor mounted sink or bathtub in a position where it is to be mounted in the floor of a structure during the building of the structure. The floor mounted support comprises a carrier plate having an enlarged central opening designed to receive plumbing connected to the depending tub portion of the water basin. The water basin also has a peripheral flange which is to be mounted in the floor of the construction. A plurality of height adjustable legs hold support the support plate at a desired elevation and thereby stabilize the water basin during the actual fabrication of the floor, such as the pouring of a concrete floor. In this way, the floor can be literally poured or fabricated around the sink or other water basin such that when the floor is completed, the sink or other water basin is firmly mounted in place. The height of the legs are adjustable so as to accommodate for floors of differing height relative to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: Gabriel Lechuga
  • Patent number: 5313676
    Abstract: A sportsman sink having foldable legs is arranged to include a pump member to receive water from available water supplies and direct such water through a faucet to an underlying sink. The table is arranged for interfolding of the legs and a wing plate for ease of positioning the table relative to an underlying support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: Micheal W. Wright
  • Patent number: 5305481
    Abstract: A mobile salon station comprises a cart having two generally upright frame members which are vertically adjustable. The cart further has wheels and feet and two horizontal shelves. Two supporting rods are mounted on the frame members and support a basin having tubes received on the rods. The basin can be removed from the rods so that the salon station can be used with the basin supported on the rods for a patient in a wheelchair and can be removed and used on a bed for a bedridden patient. The basin has a convex central portion so that the patient's head can be supported thereon while the hair is being shampooed, etc. The rods are pivotally mounted so as to be swung into the plane of the upright frame members when the station is being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Mobile Salon Station, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Clyde Nebb
  • Patent number: 5230109
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable lavatory assembly includes an outer frame and a carrier frame positioned within the outer frame. The carrier frame is vertically moveable within the outer frame and has a lavatory connected thereto. A lavatory is positioned outside the carrier frame and outer frame, and includes a faucet and a sink basin having an outlet opening therein. A drain line is in fluid flow communication with the sink basin outlet opening and a sewer line, and is adapted to accommodate for changes in the height of the sink basin. A plurality of supply lines are provided for supplying water to the faucet. The supply lines are also adapted to accommodate for changes in the height of the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Gianfranco Zaccai, James M. Stark, Timothy C. Dearborn, Christopher Chiodo
  • Patent number: 5050253
    Abstract: A height-adjustable sink assembly capable of continuously variable adjustment through a predetermined range of motion. The present invention includes a sink coupled to a linear motion mechanism for reciprocal movement relative thereto. The sink is supported by at least one force generating device which is actuated in response to a remotely located switch assembly. The force generating device selectively permits and restricts reciprocal adjustable motion of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Inventor: Gregory A. Wasek
  • Patent number: 5031251
    Abstract: A height adjustable toilet for a handicapped person is provided and consists of a mechanism connected to a toilet bowl for selectively raising and lowering the height of its rim portions with respect to the floor, thereby causing an accordion pedestal portion and an extendable flush pipe to lengthen and shorten accordingly so that the handicapped person can conveniently sit upon and get off of a toilet seat on the rim portion of the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventors: Rev G. H. Williams, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5014371
    Abstract: A portable salon unit includes a movable cart with a wash basin adjustably attached thereto. The wash basin is adjustable vertically with respect to the cart, horizontally with respect to the cart, rotatably about a vertical axis adjacent the cart, about a horizontal axis to the basin and a vertical axis to the basin. A device for supplying clean water to an object located in the basin includes a water connector at one end and a spray end at the other. A flexible supply hose is provided on a supply reel to allow the water connector to be located some distance from the cart. A water return device also including a flexible hose allows water from the basin to be returned to the source. Electricity is also supplied to the cart by use of a suitable cord on a reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Salon Care Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jurgen D. Heel
  • Patent number: 4726079
    Abstract: A height adjustable toilet bowl is provided including a water actuated cylinder (10) for moving it between a low position and a high position, a cleaning water circuit (1) adapted to be connected to a water supply pipe (2), a hose (11) interposed between the cleaning water circuit (1) and the water supply pipe (2) and an outlet pipe (3) connected to a discharge duct (4) through an extensible pipe (12), wherein the water actuated cylinder (10) is a flexible cylinder connectable selectively to the water supply pipe (2) and to the cleaning water circuit (1) through a three position valve (13), a pipe (16) being interposed between the flexible cylinder and the three position valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Inventors: Jacques R. Signori, Herve A. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 4328597
    Abstract: A wall-mounted wash-basin is supported by a mechanism which permits adjustment of the vertical position of the wash-basin by movement around a horizontal axis parallel with the wall. According to the invention the wash-basin is tiltable between an upper position, where the top surface of the basin is at least substantially horizontal and the bottom of the basin is inclined from the user downwardly towards the wall, and a lower position in which the basin bottom is substantially horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1982
    Assignee: Ifo Sanitar AB
    Inventor: Boris G. R. Bodin
  • Patent number: 4233693
    Abstract: A height-adjustable washbasin is provided by the present invention. The basin is supported by at least one supporting arm which is pivotally mounted to a fixed surface at one end and received within the washbasin structure at the other end. An arresting element associated with the supporting arm is provided so that the supporting arm can be retained in a selected position, and a force reservoir such as a cylinder spring or gas pressure spring counter-balances the weight of the washbasin on the supporting arm. The height of the washbasin can be adjusted to the level desired by pivoting the supporting arm and securing it in place at the desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1980
    Inventor: Peter Stocklow