And Strainer Patents (Class 4/652)
  • Patent number: 9279240
    Abstract: A sink extender has a sink comprising a removable drain pan that may be connected to a conduit. An attachment mechanism connects the sink to a support. At least one tool holder supports an elongated handle of a janitorial tool over the sink. A method of using a sink extender comprises mounting the sink extender comprising a sink that drains into a flexible hose and at least one tool holder to a support surface; running the hose to a traditional sink such that water may drain from the sink to the traditional sink by gravity; securing a wet tool to the at least one tool holder such that the tool drains into the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC
    Inventor: Donald C. Presnell
  • Patent number: 8925123
    Abstract: A segmented drain system comprises a drain body, operable to mate with a drain fitting installed in a bath or shower area, and a bonding flange body, adjustable relative to the drain body. An integrated bonding flange extends from the bonding flange body, the integrated bonding flange being operable to be sealably attached to a bondable waterproof membrane to provide a substantially water-tight seal between the membrane and the bonding flange body. A seal is oriented between the integrated bonding flange body and the drain body, the seal being operable to provide a slidable, substantially water-tight interface between the integrated bonding flange body and the drain body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Schluter Systems, L.P.
    Inventors: Lonnie C. DeGooyer, Reinhard H. Plank, Peter B. Plank, Sean P Gerolimatos, Michelangelo Ricci, Annunziata Ricci
  • Publication number: 20140000022
    Abstract: A thread-in drain for lavatories includes a flanged and threaded pipe inserted into the lavatory drain waste hole from above said hole for connection to plumbing below said hole. Said flange is secured to the inside of the vessel by tightening a nut and washers threaded onto said pipe from below the vessel. Cross-hairs found in traditional lavatory drains are eliminated. A plurality of closures and grates and screens can be introduced and fixed onto the drain by threading an attached male thread ring on the bottom of said introduced piece into a female thread groove on the upmost interior of said threaded pipe. Said thread-in drain allows for removal and sterilization of said introduced piece. Said thread-in drain allows for access to the interior of the drain by cleaning devices. Said thread-in drain allows for uniform distribution of anti-microbial coating in the interior of said drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Adam McLeod
  • Publication number: 20130036546
    Abstract: A modular design for a floor sink frame and grate assembly. The standard floor grate sizes are whole, one half, and three-quarter. Instead of stocking each of these sizes, the present invention provides a modular system where individual pieces can be stocked and combined to form all of the above configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Michael James Whiteside
  • Patent number: 8307469
    Abstract: Improved floor sink drain screen locks having expandable means for sealingly engaging the walls of a floor sink drain, yet being readily collapsible for quick and easy removal when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: TNT Products, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Cohen
  • Patent number: 8298417
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating greasy waste fluids comprises a fluid inlet which receives the waste fluids, and a waste filtering device positioned downstream from the fluid inlet; the waste filtering device is so configured as to retain at least a portion of the particulate matters contained in the waste fluids. The apparatus further comprises a compartment which is so configured as to receive a slow-releasing grease treating formulation. Also, the apparatus comprises a fluid outlet positioned downstream from the compartment. Furthermore, the compartment is so positioned in a flow path defined between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet as to contact the waste fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Denise Lemay, André Lafleur, Geoffroi Vallée
  • Patent number: 7992236
    Abstract: A mock shower drain for temporary, in-situ installation within a shower area that is configured to utilize an integrated bonding flange drain, the mock shower drain includes a lower section operable to mate with a drain fitting installed in the shower area, the drain fitting operable to mate with a corresponding lower section of an integrated bonding flange drain. An upper section is sized to fit within a cavity formed in a subfloor of the shower area sized to receive a corresponding section of the integrated bonding flange drain. A cap section is coupled to the upper section, the cap section forming a barrier to resist passage of debris to the drain fitting. An intermediate section intercouples the upper section and the cap section. The mock drain is dimensioned such that an uppermost portion of the mock drain is elevated at least as high as to be substantially flush with the subfloor of the shower area when the lower section of the mock drain is mated with the drain fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Schluter Systems, L.P.
    Inventor: Lonnie C. Degooyer
  • Patent number: 7954183
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable sink or container with a lid that is preferably capable of closing and sealing the sink or container. In certain embodiments, the sink is preferably adapted to be connected to an existing water supply, such as an outdoor hose or faucet, such that running water can be provided inside the sink in an outdoor environment. The sink or container preferably has features that make it easy to use in an outdoor environment, such as folding legs, an adjustable spigot, a spray nozzle, a storage drawer, a shelf, a drain, a funnel, a strainer for the drain, cutting boards, baskets, etc. In one aspect, the sink preferably has handles that support utility panels that can be folded up or down on top of the sink or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory Stuart Cawthon
  • Patent number: 7854029
    Abstract: A water drain assembly includes an embedding ring and a seal washer, such that when a force is applied to press onto a water drain body, the deformation of hooks disposed at a lower edge of the embedding ring latches the edge of a drain through hole to abut the water drain body and fix the water drain body in position, and a rubber seal ring and a pressing member are installed into an internal hole of the water drain body, and a jam-on member is pressed into the internal hole of the water drain body, so as to press the pressing member down to a predetermined position to deform the seal ring, and achieve a tight pressing relation with a drainage pipe inserted therein to achieve a seal waterproof relation between the drainage pipe and the water drain body, and complete the overall installation of the water drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Ti-Nien Shih
  • Patent number: 7731846
    Abstract: A grease collection system for collecting and storing cooking grease for disposal by a user. The grease collection system includes an inlet assembly being designed for being coupled to a cabinet. The inlet assembly is designed for receiving the cooking grease to be disposed of by the user. A collection assembly is in fluid communication with the inlet assembly whereby the collection assembly is designed for receiving and storing the cooking grease from the inlet assembly to be selectively disposed of by the user. A hose member is fluidly coupled between the inlet assembly and the collection assembly. The hose member provides fluid communication between the inlet assembly and the collection assembly whereby the hose member is designed for permitting the cooking grease to flow from the inlet assembly to the collection assembly when the inlet assembly receives the cooking grease from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Robert E. Jones
  • Publication number: 20090172877
    Abstract: A waste water insert has a cylindrical wall surrounding a vertical cylindrical bore. A horizontal flange extends outwardly from the upper end of the wall and has a lip formed on its outer periphery. The horizontal flange of the waste water insert is super-imposed over the horizontal flange of a waste water strainer located in a bathtub, sink or the like. The cylindrical wall of the insert extends downwardly through the cylindrical wall of the waste water strainer with the two walls being spaced from each other by virtue of the cylindrical wall of the insert having a smaller diameter than that of the strainer. One or more grooves are within the cylindrical wall of the insert and receive resilient rings that engage the cylindrical wall of the strainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball
  • Patent number: 7467425
    Abstract: A drain cover may include a base, a medial member extending upwardly from the base, an outer peripheral sidewall extending upwardly from the base, and a collar extending outwardly from the outer peripheral sidewall. The base may have a medial portion, an outer peripheral portion, a first passageway formed in the medial portion, and a plurality of second passageways formed between the medial portion and the outer peripheral portion. The medial member may have a grip portion. The collar may extend outwardly from the top of the outer peripheral sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventor: Brent E. Harmes
  • Publication number: 20080190466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drain valve which is used in particular in storage tanks of dishwashers, such as single-chamber or multi-chamber dishwashers. The drain valve comprises a sieve insert accommodated on a support which is of tubular design, and in which a contact switch is arranged to sense the presence of the sieve insert. The support can be moved in the vertical direction with respect to the drain opening in the base of a storage tank by means of an electric drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Bruno GAUS
  • Patent number: 6836910
    Abstract: The portable sink is capable of being connected to an existing water supply, such as an outdoor hose or faucet, such that running water can be provided inside the sink in an outdoor environment. The sink preferably has features that make it easy to use in any outdoor environment, such as folding legs, an adjustable spigot, a spray nozzle, a storage drawer, a shelf, a large drain, a funnel, a strainer for the drain, cutting boards, baskets, etc. The lid also enables the sink to be used as a container for storing items during travel. In this respect, the sink can be made of an insulating material so that it can double as an ice chest when desired. A pressurized water tank can be provided which is preferably sized to fit inside the sink and adapted to supply water where no other water supply is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Cawthon Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Stuart Cawthon
  • Patent number: 6763533
    Abstract: A coupling system for securing a sink to a drain pipe. The coupling system of the present invention can include a support member and a flange connector. The flange connector can be coupled to the support member about opposite surfaces of a sink. The support member can include both a shoulder and a support surface opposite to the shoulder. The shoulder can be configured to support a sink and a gasket can be positioned thereon or within a recess therein to provide enhanced communication between a sink and the shoulder. The support surface, by comparison, can be configured to rest upon a support surface able to support the sink when coupled to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventors: Robert H. Mayer, Nicole D. Mayer
  • Patent number: 6609257
    Abstract: A basin generally for use in health-care industries for debridement and/or irrigation of wound areas. The basin is best used for treatment of wounds on extremities and comprises a stable basin having contoured seats on opposing side walls and a filtering device to prevent clogging of the drainage hole and tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Fiore Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. O'Geary
  • Patent number: 6553583
    Abstract: A stop valve device includes a container having an outlet opening, a valve controlled to open and to close the outlet opening of the container. A casing is received in the outlet opening of the container and includes a number of orifices for filtering purposes. A cover is engaged on top of the casing and includes a number of apertures for water flowing purposes. The cover includes one or more outward extending pins engaged in the grooves formed in the container for pivotally securing the cover to the container and for preventing over turning of the cover and the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Wen Cheng Pan
  • Patent number: 6491814
    Abstract: A tablet filter which can be attached to a standard grid covering that is attached to a drain like the kind found in homes, restaurants, factories and markets. The tablet filter will be suspended below the standard grid covering to trap any debris which is not trapped by the standard grid covering and, in addition, can be impregnated with various scents or sanitizing agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Leon I. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 6427259
    Abstract: The invention is a portable sink with a lid that is capable of being connected to an existing water supply, such as an outdoor hose or faucet, such that running water can be provided inside the sink in an outdoor environment. The sink preferably has features that make it easy to use in any outdoor environment, such as folding legs, an adjustable spigot, a spray nozzle, a storage drawer, a shelf, a large drain, a funnel, a strainer for the drain, cutting boards, baskets, etc. The lid also enables the sink to be used as a container for storing items during travel. In this respect, the sink can be made of an insulating material so that it can double as an ice chest when desired. A pressurized water tank can be provided which is preferably sized to fit inside the sink and adapted to supply water where no other water supply is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Cawthon Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Stuart Cawthon
  • Patent number: 6303032
    Abstract: ‘A Portable Multi-Strainer (11)’ for a kitchen sink comprising a filter screen (14) having a top and bottom surface, a top grid (12) having openings therein abutting the top surface of the filter screen (14), a bottom grid (15) having openings therein abutting the bottom surface of the filter screen (14), said strainer (11) being sized to cover the entire bottom of said kitchen sink and having a thin edge (18) border (17) adapted for a tight fit to the walls of said sink. The top grid (12) openings therein comprise numerous cells (13) all having top and bottom openings. Cells' (13) bottom openings abutting the top surface of the filter screen (14), ‘coinciding’ with the bottom grid's (15) openings abutting the bottom surface of the filter screen (14), resulting with all cells (13) functioning as many individual strainers, having waste particles retaining inside the cells (13) as water drains through filter screen (14) and the bottom grid's (15) openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Serafina Genduso
  • Patent number: 6023795
    Abstract: A washbasin drain assembly comprises a drain body which defines a drain passage connecting the interior space of the washbasin to the waste line and a drain plug in cooperative engagement with the drain body for selectively sealing the drain passage. A sieve is fitted removably in the drain body downstream of the plug relative to the direction of flow from the basin to the waste line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Evac International Oy
    Inventors: Jochen Potter, Arthur J. McGowan, Jr., Nathan A. Hemmer
  • Patent number: 5510031
    Abstract: A water faucet apparatus for use with a sink or countertop faucet assembly includes a replaceable filter cartridge which is mounted in a cartridge housing formed as an integral part of the main body of the faucet assembly and positioned directly below the faucet spout below the level of the sink or countertop. The base to which the faucet spout is attached is easily removable to access the filter element inside the housing for replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: AmeTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund R. Knauf, Jr., Robert G. Schumacher, II
  • Patent number: 5458769
    Abstract: The floor drain comprises a drainage bowl (2) or outlet gutter with an upward facing inlet opening (4) and an outlet (5), comprises slots (9) or passageways having each a substantially vertical portion with a constant cross-section, and having each its entrance on a level with the inlet opening (4) and extends somewhat downwards and is adapted to be running to capacity by drainage of water from a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Jorgen M. Johannessen
  • Patent number: 5330811
    Abstract: A laminate cover member is provided for upgrading the appearance of a deteriorated drain hole or other surface of a sink or bath fixture. The cover member includes an upper layer which is resistant to corrosion and has an attractive visual appearance, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer, and a removable liner layer. The layers are diecut from stock laminate sheets. A preferred cover member, for upgrading the surfaces of a drain hole, has a metallized plastic upper layer, and is shaped with an outer annular portion that is adhered to the surface surrounding the drain hole, an inner annular hole, and a plurality of radial lines extending from an intermediate diameter to the inner annular hole, such that they can be bent downwardly to cover an inner part of the drain hole surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Mark R. Buchalter
  • Patent number: 5272775
    Abstract: Disclosed is plumbing fixture integrated with the side of a sink and the like having an elongated compartment extending lengthwise along at least a portion of the height of the side wall or piece. The compartment has a bottom with a drain and an open side which allows liquid from a sink to flow into the compartment. A removable strainer is placed in position at the open side of the compartment, and a standpipe is placed in the drain. There is a catch connected to the strainer which is manually movable between a latched position to hold the strainer in position and an unlatched position which allows the strainer to be removed from the open side of the compartment. The standpipe may be removed when the catch is in the latched positioned, but may be locked so that it cannot be removed, yet may still be moved within limits to permit the drain to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Hank Walraven
  • Patent number: 5176825
    Abstract: This invention provides means whereby the liquid component can be separated from the solids in food waste and garbage. The invention provides a spinning perforated drum with an internal filter bag through which liquid and fine solids pass by centrifugal force. The separated liquid is filtered through a finer filter to make the water acceptable for municipal sewer disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Dyno Drain Corporation
    Inventors: David Hadjis, Michael Giordano
  • Patent number: 5078862
    Abstract: A washing machine lint trap attachable to the distal end of a washing machine drain hose. A transparent tube embodies a nylon trap secured to sized members to form a slip fit between the washing machine drain hose and the drain standpipe, the assembly further having a wire loop insertable into the standpipe, the loop being sized to retain the nylon trap between the drain hose and drain standpipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Ralph R. Justice
  • Patent number: 4806241
    Abstract: A filter assembly (10) for use in laundry tubs or similar fluid receptacles includes a tubular body portion (11) having a plurality of holes (12) arranged in a plurality of bands (14, 16, 18). All of the holes (12) within one of the bands (14, 16, 18) have diameters of equal dimension. The diameters of the holes (12) increase from a relatively smaller dimension in the bands (14) at the ends of the body portion (11) to a relatively larger dimension in the band (18) at the middle of the body portion (11). The body portion (11) is secured to a waste drain (26, 26') by an elastic band (32) having a hook (36) at one end thereof and a rod (34) at the other end. The rod (34) is inserted in grooves (38, 38') in the end of the tube and, the elastic band is stretched through the body portion (11) and the hook is connected to a bar (37) in the drain (26, 26') to secure the body portion (11) to the drain (26, 26').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Inventor: Dwight H. Holien
  • Patent number: 4320540
    Abstract: Disclosed is a discharge drain assembly (for use in a sink) including a drain body and a plug assembly adapted to fit in the drain body which features limited rotational movement between an open and a closed position. The plug includes a stainless steel strainer with an integral hollow knob having opposed sides which are inwardly concave. The knob securely but releasably retains a slotted head portion of a spindle. The spindle has a neck portion for receiving a sealing washer and a lower body portion including three leg portions. The leg portions support the plug in the open position, restrain rotation in a first direction beyond the open position, and cam the plug to the closed position when rotated in a direction opposite said first direction. The structure substantially eliminates a "finding" problem common in prior art arrangements and provides a good seal in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Assignee: Waltec, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Hudson Leavens
  • Patent number: 4217667
    Abstract: A lint separator and filtering device for preventing clogging of waste water drain openings by lint and other solid materials discharged from a clothes washer. The filter device comprises a frustro-conical shaped screen-like filter having an upper end defining an overflow opening, and a lower end containing means for attaching the filter device to a drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Inventor: Stanley W. Whitehouse