And Water Handling Patents (Class 4/653)
  • Patent number: 10060109
    Abstract: An adjustable lavatory drain assembly includes a receptor and a cover. The receptor includes a lower end and an upper end. The upper end of the receptor includes an outer flange. The cover is removably coupled to the upper end of the receptor. The cover includes a body having an opening defining a first flow path and a sleeve extending from a bottom surface of the body. The sleeve is adjustably coupled to the upper end of the receptor forming a circumferential gap between an upper surface of the outer flange and a bottom surface of the body. The cover is selectively adjustable relative to the receptor to increase or decrease the circumferential gap. The circumferential gap defines part of a second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Cary D. Edmonds, Jeffrey A. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9395017
    Abstract: A fluid valve assembly includes a housing that may be positioned on a support surface. An inlet is coupled to the housing. The inlet may be coupled to a fluid source. A valve is coupled to the housing. The valve is coupled to the inlet. The valve may selectively allow and restrict a flow of fluid from the inlet. A pedal is movably coupled to the housing. The pedal may be stepped on. A switch is coupled to the pedal. The switch engages the valve when the pedal is stepped on. The switch opens the valve. An outlet is coupled to the housing. The outlet is coupled between the valve and a hose. A fluid is delivered to the hose when the pedal is stepped on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Bradley Waller
  • Patent number: 9068328
    Abstract: A jet regulator (1) which can be installed into the water outlet (2) of a sanitary outlet fitting (3), on the front side thereof. The jet regulator (1) can be arranged in a detachable or fixed manner in the water outlet (2). The jet regulator includes at least one holding element (4) for arranging or fixing the jet regulator (1) in the water outlet (2), with the holding element being inserted into a passage opening (5) on the perimeter of the fitting housing and engaging, in a fixed manner, with the end area thereof, the jet regulator (1), which projects into the interior of the fitting housing. The jet regulator (1) has a jet regulator housing (7) with an insertion opening (13) on the peripheral side, with the housing including in the interior at least one insertion guide (14) which is oriented across the jet regulator housing longitudinal axis, and at least one, preferably jet-producing, converter piece (15) can be inserted into the at least one insertion guide (14) from the insertion opening (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventor: Georg Städtler
  • Patent number: 8898828
    Abstract: Food preparation sinks are disclosed which have an integral raised work area that is rinsed by an automatic system. Food waste or the like present in that area can be washed into a sump above a drain, and the weight of the waste and water in the sump is enough to automatically drive them through a baffle to a garbage disposal, without requiring the baffle to be manually opened. An automatic controller system coordinates water flow and garbage disposal operation, and the water supply can be linked to the sink below the sink rim to save counter top space. In some forms multiple rinsing nozzles are provided which pulse in altering fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Steven R. Aykens, Shawn J. Booth, Thomas J. Bostedt, Jonathan P. Loeck
  • Patent number: 8782824
    Abstract: The invention provides a drain and overflow assembly for a tub having a drain opening and a overflow opening, including a main drainage pipe, a drain fitting having a drain inlet end configured to be connected to the drain opening and a drain outlet end configured to be connected to the main drainage pipe, a trap, an overflow receiving hub disposed between the trap and the drain inlet end, and a multi-purpose fitting including an overflow path having an overflow inlet end configured to be connected to the multi-purpose opening and an overflow outlet end configured to be connected to the overflow receiving hub, the multi-purpose fitting further including a cleanout path having a cleanout inlet end configured to be connected to the multi-purpose opening and a cleanout pipe end configured to be connected to the main drainage pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas M. Shoop, Buddy L. Ambrosia
  • Patent number: 8677522
    Abstract: Food preparation sinks are disclosed which have an integral raised work area that is rinsed by an automatic system. Food waste or the like present in that area can be washed into a sump above a drain, and the weight of the waste and water in the sump is enough to automatically drive them through a baffle to a garbage disposal, without requiring the baffle to be manually opened. An automatic controller system coordinates water flow and garbage disposal operation, and the water supply can be linked to the sink below the sink rim to save counter top space. In some forms multiple rinsing nozzles are provided which pulse in altering fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Steven R. Aykens, Shawn J. Booth, Thomas J. Bostedt, Jonathan P. Loeck
  • Publication number: 20140033426
    Abstract: A basinless sink is provided having a top with a substantially flat upper surface to receive a liquid. The top may have a first end and distal second end that is elevated above the first end to direct flow of the liquid. A slot located near the first end may drain the liquid from the top into a drain or drainage basin. The drainage basin may at least partially enclose a space in which the liquid is collectable. Liquid may be removed via the drain through plumbing. Legs, a backsplash, and/or faucets may be included. Flanges may be located on the side edges of the top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Mission Azure, LLC
    Inventor: Laura Tocco Haggin
  • Publication number: 20130227780
    Abstract: A tub includes a receptacle suitable for containing water. The tub also includes a compartment communicating with a discharge orifice of the tub and including an opening emerging in one face of the tub. The tub also includes a communication orifice suitable for the passage of water from the receptacle to the compartment, the compartment housing a water discharge system. A control plate forms a cover in the opening of the compartment and is configured for actuating the opening and closing of the water discharge system, the control plate being flush with the surface of the face of the tub when the discharge system is in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: François Thommelin, François Kergoet
  • Patent number: 8522800
    Abstract: The invention in one variation is a specialized tub-like apparatus for cleaning sponges. The apparatus is nestable and can be seated in the mouth of a bucket. The apparatus has a ribbed flat bottom, a flanged quasi-circuline tapered side wall contiguous with a pair of elevated shelves with level control holes that establish the water level and flow rate, and a garden hose fastening element that includes two wedged shaped holes that are orthogonal. There is an indentation with drain holes in the center bottom that disburses flow of the incoming water outwardly. The apparatus has a second inward deviation that provides an access port to the interior of the bucket. The access port is large enough to accommodate a drain line for the bucket and wiring. The bottom has several tapered legs with annular drain holes that enable the apparatus to drain dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Rob Parker
  • Patent number: 8096001
    Abstract: A pumped drainage apparatus for a shower includes a waste water unit, a waste water inlet for accepting waste water runoff from a shower, a waste water outlet in fluid communication with the waste water inlet, a pump in fluid communication with the waste water unit, a sensing circuit including one or more sensors for sensing waste water, and a control circuit for controlling and varying a flow rate of the pump based on an output of the sensing circuit. The sensors may be isolated to prevent contact with waste water while the apparatus is in use. A variable flow control device for the pumped drainage apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: DLP Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Stimpson
  • Publication number: 20110308010
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink coupled to a storage area. The storage area is coupled to a bypass line and a common line, and a vacuum blower may apply pressure to the common line. First and second valves control the flow of fluids between the bypass line, storage area and common line, for operation of the system in a drain mode and a disposal mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Scott M. Wierenga
  • Publication number: 20100101018
    Abstract: A backsplash includes a faucet that provides point-of-use dispensing of water to a cooktop container. The backsplash includes controls that allow a user to select a desired amount of water to be dispensed, as well as the temperature of water to be dispensed. A filter assembly includes a replaceable filter that allows for filtered water dispensation. Optionally, the backsplash can be connected to one or more appliances in the kitchen in order to communicate information and/or power. The backsplash may also include a ventilation channel to direct vented air from a range to a ventilation shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: KEVIN M. CHASE, GIL A. GASKA, LEIF A. NORLAND, CHRISTOPHER J. REINKE, AMERESH B. VISWANATHAN, RONALD L. VOGLEWEDE
  • Publication number: 20090113618
    Abstract: A wheeled cart is configured to removably carry a patient's personal wash basin. The cart includes a lid that covers the personal wash basin when the cart is moved from a bathroom to the patient so that liquid in the wash basin cannot splash out onto the floor if the cart strikes an obstruction. A flexible tube is provided for filling the basin from a sink. A drain pipe is provided to empty the wash basin without the need to lift the wash basin. A disposable thin personal wash basin having a funnel-shaped outlet may be used with the cart to minimize potential contamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Shamirra Slayton
  • Patent number: 7490376
    Abstract: A drain tube assembly for use with a lavatory or other plumbing fixture is disclosed. The lavatory has a basin, a lower drain outlet having an internal threaded bore, and a one-piece drain structure having a drain tube adjacent one axial end, an attachment sleeve adjacent an opposed axial end which is radially outwardly threaded, and a radially extending flange there between. When attached, the drain structure has an axial path extending through the attachment sleeve, flange, and drain tube to carry liquid from the lavatory out the drain tube. In a first position the flange can form a clamp member if the assembly is to be mounted through a counter top. Alternatively the flange can in a second position form a base for the lavatory when the lavatory is suspended. Movement between the positions is created by varied degrees of threading the sleeve into the lower drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Mark F. McMullen
  • Publication number: 20080047059
    Abstract: A water spouting device includes a water spouting pipe and a pipe nut. This water spouting pipe includes a first passage, a second passage and a skirt line. A third opening of the second passage extends below the skirt line and sealed by a blocking plug. This pipe nut includes a threaded portion, a wall portion and a third passage. The wall portion of the pipe nut can surround the blocking plug. The entire water spouting device has only one beautiful color. In addition, it can reduce the total cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Fong-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 7240853
    Abstract: Emergency showers can go through extended periods of disuse, allowing for the growth of bacteria and other substances in the stagnant water in the supply passages. Water dispensed from such the shower head can come into contact with or be consumed by a user. Embodiments of the invention provide a system that can automatically flush stagnant water from emergency showers on a timed basis to minimize the possibility that contaminated water is delivered to a user. In addition, the automatic stagnant water flushing system according to embodiments of the invention can provide temperature-based flushing systems to avoid the dangers or discomfort associated with the delivery of excessively hot or cold water to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7240854
    Abstract: Eyewash stations can go through extended periods of disuse, allowing for the growth of bacteria and other substances in the stagnant water in the supply passages. Water dispensed from such the eyewash station can come into contact with or be consumed by a user. Embodiments of the invention provide a system that can automatically flush stagnant water from eyewash stations on a timed basis to minimize the possibility that contaminated water is delivered to a user. In addition, the automatic stagnant water flushing system according to embodiments of the invention can provide temperature-based flushing systems to avoid the dangers or discomfort associated with the delivery of excessively hot or cold water to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7240852
    Abstract: Drinking fountains can go through extended periods of disuse, allowing for the growth of bacteria and other substances in the stagnant water in the supply passages. Water dispensed from such the drinking fountain spout can come into contact with or be consumed by a user. Embodiments of the invention provide a system that can automatically flush stagnant water from drinking fountains on a timed basis to minimize the possibility that contaminated water is delivered to a user. In addition, the automatic stagnant water flushing system according to embodiments of the invention can provide temperature-based flushing systems to avoid the dangers or discomfort associated with the delivery of excessively hot or cold water to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7178739
    Abstract: There are a number of water dispensing systems in the art that can go through periods of disuse, allowing for the growth of bacteria and other substances. Water dispensed from such devices can come into contact with or be consumed by a user. Embodiments of the invention provide a system that can automatically flush stagnant water from these water dispensing systems on a timed basis to minimize the possibility that contaminated water is delivered to a user. In addition, the automatic stagnant water flushing system according to embodiments of the invention can provide temperature-based flushing systems to avoid the dangers or discomfort associated with the delivery of excessively hot or cold water to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6756151
    Abstract: A draining device including a threaded portion, the threaded portion depending outwardly from an annular portion and having an inner opening in fluid communication with a pair of openings in the annular portion, where said pair of openings provides a pathway for draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Shijian Zhou, Timothy H. Kline, Donald F. Turner, James R. Nowakowski
  • Patent number: 6393635
    Abstract: A waste disposal system quietly and effectively evacuates solid, liquid, and slurry food waste from a galley sink via a vacuum action created when a normally closed flush valve momentarily opens and eliminates the differential pressure between the sink and the drain line. The system is automatically disabled when a clogged condition is sensed. The sink bowl is equipped with a sealable cover that cuts down the noise associated with vacuum pressure evacuation systems to an acceptable level. The system also has a rinse subsystem including a rinse valve for introducing rinse water into the sink just before a flush operation commences. The sink bowl includes an air inlet port in communication with an air inlet duct that extends outside of and above the cart for providing cabin pressure air to the sink. A controller controls the timing and operation of the flush and rinse operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike M. Rozenblatt
  • Patent number: 6353944
    Abstract: A wash basin, as for a domestic bathroom, has normal inlet water faucet(s) and spigot(s) fitted at or above its top and a normal outlet or drain pipe at its bottom. The basin also has a peripheral inlet flow channel formed below its top rim, for creating a smoothly-flowing film of water cascading down the interior sides of the basin to the outlet. This flowing water film intercepts detritus such as shaving cream, toothpaste, and soap, preventing it from sticking to and soiling the interior of the basin. The basin preferably also has a peripheral overflow channel formed in its side wall adjacent but spaced from the peripheral inlet channel and communicating to the drain below any drain plug or stopper that may be used. The inlet flow channel preferably has a separate water supply and control so that it may be used either separately from or in addition to the regular water supply and so that it may alternatively be left off even while the regular water faucet(s) and spigot(s) are in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Keith Kaar Clayton
  • Publication number: 20010011391
    Abstract: A waste disposal system quietly and effectively evacuates solid, liquid, and slurry food waste from a galley sink via a vacuum action created when a normally closed flush valve momentarily opens and eliminates the differential pressure between the sink and the drain line. The system is automatically disabled when a clogged condition is sensed. The sink bowl is equipped with a sealable cover that cuts down the noise associated with vacuum pressure evacuation systems to an acceptable level. The system also has a rinse subsystem including a rinse valve for introducing rinse water into the sink just before a flush operation commences. The sink bowl includes an air inlet port in communication with an air inlet duct that extends outside of and above the cart for providing cabin pressure air to the sink. A controller controls the timing and operation of the flush and rinse operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Publication date: August 9, 2001
    Applicant: MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike M. Rozenblatt
  • Patent number: 6223361
    Abstract: A waste disposal system quietly and effectively evacuates solid, liquid, and slurry food waste from a galley sink via a vacuum action created when a normally closed flush valve momentarily opens and eliminates the differential pressure between the sink and the drain line. The system is automatically disabled when a clogged condition is sensed. The sink bowl is equipped with a sealable cover that cuts down the noise associated with vacuum pressure evacuation systems to an acceptable level. The system also has a rinse subsystem including a rinse valve for introducing rinse water into the sink just before a flush operation commences. The sink bowl includes an air inlet port in communication with an air inlet duct that extends outside of and above the cart for providing cabin pressure air to the sink. A controller controls the timing and operation of the flush and rinse operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Mag Aerospace Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike M. Rozenblatt
  • Patent number: 6139729
    Abstract: An apparatus for reclaiming gray water includes a drainage conduit (41), a main drainage conduit (35), a gray water conduit (26), a filter apparatus (27), and a storage vessel (28). The drainage conduit is coupled to the drain (40) of a source of gray water (21) and to the main drainage conduit. The gray water conduit extends from the drain into and through the drainage conduit and then into and through a predetermined length of the main drainage conduit to the filtering apparatus. The vessel is provided for receiving and storing filtered gray water from the filtering apparatus. Preferably, the gray water conduit includes a funnel (45) for conducting gray water from the drain and into the proximal end of the gray water conduit. The funnel includes a grating (50) and at least one opening (51) for permitting the gray water to flow into the drainage conduit, bypassing the gray water conduit, in case the gray water conduit becomes obstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Ismael Gonzalez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6119283
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for evacuation of liquids, such as wastewater from e.g. wash basins, urinals, bath tubs or showers, whereby the liquid is collected in a sump, generates a hydrostatic pressure and is evacuated from the sump through a vacuum pipeline after a predetermined hydrostatic pressure is generated. In order to avoid flexible control conduits and to achieve time controlled evacuation with a simple mechanism, valves are integrated in a housing and operated by pressure differences acting on diaphragms after a certain hydrostatic pressure has been generated. One of the valves opens a connection between the sump and the vacuum pipeline to evacuate the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Roediger Vakuum- und Haustechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Lothar Galler
  • Patent number: 6101643
    Abstract: A portable hot sink system comprising a frame having two parallel upper elongated tubes with a first end and a second end. The system also comprises a first inverted U-shaped support with two intermediate cross braces and an upper cross handle. A second inverted U-shaped support is provided with three substantially similarly sized and shaped tubs. Each tub has closed rectangular lower ends and four upwardly extending generally rectangular vertical walls and with upper open ends. The central tub shares a common wall with the adjacent tubs. Drains are located within each of the tubs. Lastly, a heating element is located within a vertical wall of each tub with electrical lines coupling the heating elements to a common control element with a common light at the control element to illuminate until the preselected temperature of about 180 degrees Fahrenheit is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Sherlann D. Moore
  • Patent number: 6061847
    Abstract: An improved linkage assembly for a pop-up drain stopper assembly includes an elongated connector bar having a plurality of apertures adjacent both its upper and lower ends. The assembly also includes a stem having a J-shaped portion of its lower end that is received within a select aperture. A lever arm is received within an aperture adjacent the lower end of the connector bar, the opposing end of which is attached to a drain stopper. The linkage assembly may be quickly and conveniently adjusted or dismantled with minimal effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Stanley A. Jourdan
  • Patent number: 5944985
    Abstract: Reject waste water adapter coupling fitting, system and installation method for use with a household undercounter reverse osmosis (R/O) water filtration installation associated with an in-counter sink having a garbage disposer with its outlet connected by standard slip fit plumbing fittings to a sink drain trap plumbed to the household sewer system. The R/O reject waste water undercounter drain line is coupled into the sink drain trap in parallel drainage relation with the disposer outlet plumbing fittings by a baffle Tee plumbing fitting having first and second inlets perpendicular to one another with their input drainage liquid flow separated by an internal baffle. The garbage disposer outlet is coupled by a standard slip fit single inlet/outlet conduit plumbing fitting to the baffle Tee first inlet. The baffle Tee has a single outlet slip coupled to the inlet of the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Dennis E. Bowman
  • Patent number: 5502848
    Abstract: A portable wash basin stand for use outdoors that uses a common garden hose as a water connection between the stand and the nearest plumbing. The stand has a circular weighted base and four upright posts that support a sink. Arrayed on the upright posts are a number of bayonet mounts that can be used to support a variety of accessories including a garden umbrella, a paper towel dispenser, a paper cup dispenser, a soap dispenser, a working shelf and other useful accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: James P. Cowan
  • 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: 5205002
    Abstract: Apparatus for coupling to a free-standing washing unit feed lines for hot and cold water and a waste line for waste water includes a wall mountable connection unit supporting first and second service line base connector elements extending away from the wall, each for connection to a different hot and cold water service line at the wall, and a waste line base connector element for connection to a waste line at the wall. First and second satellite connector elements are provided, each being engageable in fluid-tight manner to a different one of the service line base connector elements. A satellite waste line connector engageable in fluid-tight manner to the waste line base connector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Inventor: Peter Sage-Passant
  • 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: 5092003
    Abstract: A water conservation device composed of a cup movable relative to an opening for selectively diverting water flow from a main drain pipe to a side tap to conduct water to be conserved to a remote location through a drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Louis Weinberg
  • Patent number: 4720879
    Abstract: A utility sink with pull-through rollers is provided, having removable and repositionable compression surfaces which improve safety and efficiency in the mop wringing state of cleaning floor surfaces. A basin confines and saves cleaning liquids to soak the mops, and has snap pivot retainers that position pull-though rollers so the user's thrust may be downward or away from his body while he stands in a safe and secure stance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventor: Philipp Rabban
  • Patent number: 4624020
    Abstract: To provide for positive sanitary separation of water spilling or overflowing from a washing sink unit (1), a cleaning sink unit (2) and a third water receiving unit (3), which may be formed as a sink unit or as a drain board, the second unit, located between the first and the third, is surrounded by a raised zone which merges with a forward region of a water retention rim (4) surrounding all the sink units, the raised region (5) terminating short of the rear edge region (19) of the sink unit, and leaving with the water retention rim (4) adjacent the rear edge region a gap (7). A drain and overflow opening (8) is located in the gap. Surfaces of the sink which may be essentially planar are pitched towards the overflow and drain opening, so that any water splashing or overflowing from any one of the three units or regions (1, 2, 3) will drain off into the overflow without flowing back into another one of the units or regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Niro-Plan AG
    Inventors: Herbert Abderhalden, Duncan B. Marr, Ivan Heimann, Jurg Schmid
  • Patent number: 4268392
    Abstract: A device is provided for removing and containing debris present in a fluid as the fluid moves through the device. The device includes a cover member attachable to an inlet pipe for receiving the fluid-carrying debris and an outlet pipe for removing the debris-less fluid. A receptacle is removably secured to the cover member while a replaceable trap bag is housed therein to contain the debris that is deposited by the fluid. The trap bag has a longitudinal seal portion which includes a flat seal portion to overlie a portion of the rim of the receptacle. A gasket member underlies the cover member to engage that portion of the trap bag which overlies the receptacle rim, including the flat seal portion. The flat seal portion substantially eliminates leakage of fluid along the longitudinal seal portion of the trap bag since there is virtually no difference in width between the flat seal portion and other portions of the trap bag overlying the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Tiger Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: John Hayes
  • 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
  • Patent number: 4219367
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for facilitating the washing of a person's hands to achieve surgical cleanliness in a simple, effective manner. A transparent hollow sphere has a pair of hand openings formed in it, with a pair of pulsating water jet spray heads mounted on the sphere to direct intersecting sprays of water onto a person's hands placed through the hand openings in the sphere. One spray head is mounted in substantially the same horizontal plane as the hand openings, and between them, and the other spray head is mounted in substantially the same vertical plane as the one spray head, about 60.degree. to 135.degree. around the circumference of the sphere with respect to the one spray head. By operating a foot pedal, water is delivered under pressure to the spray heads which pulse the water onto the person's hands, the water then draining through an opening in the bottom of the sphere to be sewered. A soap dispenser may be provided within the sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1980
    Inventors: George R. Cary, Jr., Stocker R. Cary
  • Patent number: 4218786
    Abstract: A primer is disclosed for installation in a floor drain water trap located in a lower position relative to a sink drain and sink water trap. A first fitting is disposed upstream of the floor drain water trap. A second fitting is disposed in the sink drain upstream of the sink water trap. A conduit interconnects the first and second fittings to direct waste water from the sink drain to the floor drain water trap thereby maintaining the water level therein to insure a proper seal in the floor drain water trap. The foregoing abstract is merely a resume of one general application, is not a complete discussion of all principles of operation or applications, and is not to be construed as a limitation on the scope of the claimed subject matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1980
    Inventor: Joseph Taglarino