Attachments Patents (Class 4/654)
  • Patent number: 9004096
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hose management system for a plumbing fixture fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher Jon Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8925124
    Abstract: A portable hand washing station is provided. The station has a durable carrying case which defines an interior hand washing compartment. The front wall is adapted to include a door to permit hand access into the interior of the hand washing compartment. A lid is connected to the case so that the lid is capable of extending in an upright vertical position. A shelf is connected to the interior surface of the lid. The shelf has a pair of spaced apart valve openings. A pair of liquid dispensing reservoirs is supported on the shelf. Each of the reservoirs includes a top wall with a mouth opening, a bottom wall with a drain opening, and a touch operated flow valve connected to the bottom wall in liquid communication to the bottom wall. The flow valves are adapted to extend in axial alignment a one of the valve openings so that a cleaning or rinsing solution is dispensed into the compartment when the flow valves are deflected by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Michael J. Littlehorn, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140366263
    Abstract: Sinks have a basin and associated lid to open and close the basin based on desired function. The lid is useable as a counter space and concealer for sink internals. The lid can be moved in a variety of ways based on desired function, potentially without need for external attachment, structure, and/or volume for lid function. The lid may be configured to match surrounding surfaces both functionally and aesthetically. Sinks are useable with drains, hinges and other attaching joints, faucets or other water sources, countertops alongside the sink, holes and other drains in lids to permit wetbar and counter usage in a closed position, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Clifford E. Thompson, Clifford R. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140352054
    Abstract: A sink container assembly comprising a container, having a top end, a bottom end, a front, and a rear; a hanger protruding outwardly from the container proximate the top end and the rear, a foot protruding downwardly from the container proximate the bottom end; and, a receiving member arranged to removably receive the hanger and having an attachment means arranged to maintain the container in a sink in a substantially vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Tonis Tollasepp
  • Publication number: 20140259381
    Abstract: Dirty eating utensils and other forms of silverware are placed into a dishwasher basket that is at least partially submerged in water that is kept in a soaker basket. The soaker basket is characterized by a water holder portion and a hanger portion such that the hanger portion positions and supports the water holder portion inside a sink basin. Preferably, the hanger portion hangs over a sink divider of a double sink such that it is easy to fill the soaker basket with water from a sink's faucet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Josh G. Fogerlie
  • Publication number: 20140137321
    Abstract: A foldable sink cover is presented. The sink cover comprises a foldable substrate having a base section and at least one foldable section in mechanical communication with the base section, wherein the foldable substrate is capable of being unfolded to cover a sink, and capable of being folded for storage when not being used to cover a sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Melissa Clayton, Michael Clayton
  • Patent number: 8683625
    Abstract: A device to prevent a sink sprayer hose from becoming caught on under sink plumbing, such as shut-off valves, is herein described. The device comprises a semi-circular shield and a hinged retaining mechanism mounted to an underside of a kitchen sink around shut-off valves and adjacent to the sink sprayer hose. It is held in place to the wall or cabinet surface via a foam adhesive tape. The sprayer hose rests against it, thus preventing it from becoming caught on the shutoff valve as it is withdrawn. This allows for full withdrawal of the hose and elimination of the aggravation that occurs when the hose becomes caught on the valve/piping that is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Lisa A. Straub
  • Patent number: 8607472
    Abstract: A hand dryer is equipped with a hand insertion area (10), having a width that is able to accommodate hands, a high-pressure air generator (2), which generates a high-pressure airflow, discharge nozzles (N1, N2), which are disposed in the upper surface of the hand insertion area (10) and blow the high-pressure airflow, an exhaust duct (4), which is connected between the exhaust side of the high-pressure air generator (2) and the discharge nozzles (N1, N2), an ejection port (23), which opens to the space surrounding the hand dryer, a switching damper (24), which opens a portion of the exhaust duct (4) and is connected to the ejection port (23), and an ion generator (22), which generates ions having sterilization action into the high-pressure airflow passing through the exhaust duct (4) on the upstream side of the switching damper (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hikoya Ishii, Hisaharu Yagi
  • Publication number: 20130283521
    Abstract: An accessory system for a sink basin includes a support structure and an accessory. The support structure includes two or more spaced-apart elongated supports. The elongated supports are configured to support the accessory within the basin at different heights above a bottom of the basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Anushree Jain, Terrence Mahon, Sarah O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8468618
    Abstract: A device that can be inserted into a sink to collect water for reuse, the device comprising a water tight body portion adapted to hold water, a drain opening to enable water to be drained from the device, closure means to enable the drain to be closed when not required, and means to hold the device generally within the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Ian Maxwell Alexander
  • Publication number: 20130025045
    Abstract: A lavatory wash station includes a wash station housing, a sink basin connected to a front of the housing, wherein the sink basin has a rim, and a sanitizing hand dryer assembly having an air intake and an exit nozzle at the front of the housing. The air intake and the exit nozzle are connected by a dryer flow path and the exit nozzle is disposed at the front of the housing above the rim, where the exit nozzle provides air flow in a substantially downward vertical direction into the sink basin and the sanitizing hand dryer includes an ion generator that treats the air passing through the hand dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Denis Gagnon, William Gagnon, Richard Eckhardt
  • Publication number: 20120240330
    Abstract: A magnetic accessory attachment device for a sink that provides the ability to utilize a device to attach any one of an assorted set of accessories to the sidewalls, rim, or base of a sink. The magnetic accessory attachment device can have a magnet disposed within a body. The accessory can have a ferromagnetic material that is attracted to the magnet when brought into proximity with the magnetic accessory attachment device. Examples of suitable accessories include a cup, drain stopper, hook, small shelf, sponge holder, etc. The sink can also include a ferromagnetic material that is attracted to the magnet when brought into proximity with the magnetic accessory attachment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: Elkay Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Evan Allen Fulford, Daniel Keating Childs
  • Patent number: 8214939
    Abstract: A splash guard for installation on a washing basin having a faucet assembly mounted proximate an edge of said basin, said splash guard comprising a one piece, generally concave shell having a floor portion with one or more openings for water supply plumbing to said faucet assembly and an upwardly curved rear wall portion integral therewith for directing splashed material impinging thereon into said washing basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: James R. Spurlock
  • Publication number: 20120117725
    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: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC
    Inventor: Donald C. Presnell
  • Patent number: 8156580
    Abstract: A sink, basin, tub or shower fixture with a cutout of such sink, basin, tub or shower located at a point on the fixture behind which the fittings and connections for the faucets and other attachments that are attached to the fixture can be found. This cutout is normally occupied by a removable segment of the fixture and joined to the fixture in a watertight manner. Thus anyone examining or replacing the faucets or attachments will readily be able to reach the nuts and bolts securing the faucets to the fixture and not have to work from under the fixture or within the confines of an enclosing cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Arthur J. Paone
  • Patent number: 8122532
    Abstract: The invention refers to a mechanism for the preferably length-adjustable fastening of a semi-pedestal (1) under furniture (2), such as a basin (2?), in particular a wash basin in a kitchen or washroom, having at least one tension member (3), which is attached, preferably releasably, on the one hand, to a mounting plate, e.g. a wall holder (4) of the furniture (2) provided with a fastening bolt (10) and, on the other hand, to the wall (5) of the semi-pedestal (1), where the tension member (3), which may be elastically compliant, is equipped in at least one terminal region (6) in the manner of a cable tie, with latching means (7), e.g. a toothed formation, and which can be introduced by way of the terminal region (6) into an accommodating element (8) which can be attached to the holder (4) of the furniture (2) and/or the wall (5) of the semi-pedestal (1) and formed as a counter-latching element and can be held there as well as furniture equipped with at least one such mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Villeroy & Boch AG
    Inventor: Jörg Krämer
  • Publication number: 20110296605
    Abstract: An oral hygiene station (10) for children has a portable, hand held body (12), and a suction cup (26) for releasably mounting the body to a vanity unit. The body (12) has a basin (16) and a lid (18) hingedly connected thereto for opening and closing the basin. The basin has slots (20) each of which can receive therethrough the shaft of a toothbrush. The basin also has a mouth wash cup holder (22). The lid (18) has a mirror (24) supported on its inside surface so that a child using the oral hygiene station (10) can see themselves in the mirror when the lid is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Andrew John Kerr
  • Patent number: 8065758
    Abstract: The present invention may be used for dispensing a liquid soap adjacent a faucet assembly having a vertical opening. A lift rod having a conduit therein may be slidably inserted in the vertical opening. A dispensing rod having a conduit may be attached at an upper end of the lift rod. A pump may be attached at a lower end of the lift rod for fluid communication with an outlet end of the pump. A reservoir tube may be attached to an inlet end of the pump and may be disposed at a second end in a liquid reservoir. The pump may have a flange and a lower portion. The lower portion may be slidably inserted in a support element to allow the flange to abut a top edge of the support element for operation of the plunger when a force may be applied to the lift rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Edgar Gabriel Mendez
  • Publication number: 20110219535
    Abstract: A washbasin has a washbasin depression and a periphery encircling this washbasin depression, wherein the periphery, over a significant part of its longitudinal extent, runs at the same height above the washbasin depression. The washbasin is provided with two elevated shoulder regions which preferably each have a planar top side and are located at a higher level than the periphery around the washbasin depression. It is possible for them to merge into one another or overlap one another and to serve for the arrangement of a sanitary fitting on it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Ronan Bouroullec, Erwan Bouroullec
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110056016
    Abstract: An accessory for a double basin kitchen sink which comprises a first member and a second member together with an attachment on its bottom surface. The said first member rests on a sink divider and overhangs over both sides of the sink divider. The said first member has two legs that straddle the sink divider. The two legs of the first member are attached to the sink divider. The second member of the invention can be a cutting board or a bowl or a colander or a mounted blade, together with an attachment on its bottom surface. For example, the second member of the invention can be a cutting board that has an “S” shaped attachment on its bottom surface so that it engages said overhang portion of said first member of the invention. The second member of the invention is then slid along said first member so that it rests on the sink divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Kam C. Mun
  • Publication number: 20100287696
    Abstract: A sink cover assembly to alternately designate various areas of a dual-basin sink. Cover panel flips on hinge axis generally centered on dual-basin sink to obstruct access to at least one of the basins. The invention includes a method of designating various areas of a dual-basin or multiple basin sink by first securing a base to the sink, hingedly attaching a cover panel, and applying a cover panel over a basin opening and alternately swinging panel to designate areas of the sink. Indicia are used to identify areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Lopchinsky
  • Publication number: 20100192294
    Abstract: A device that can be inserted into a sink to collect water for reuse, the device comprising a water tight body portion adapted to hold water, a drain opening to enable water to be drained from the device, closure means to enable the drain to be closed when not required, and means to hold the device generally within the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Ian Maxwell Alexander
  • 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: 20100132111
    Abstract: A kitchen sink with a dish-washing apparatus incorporated therein, which enables alternative use of a dish-washing function according to necessities, which can be designed simply, inexpensively, and conveniently for use, and which can increase space utilization, comprises a cover for covering an upper portion of a sink basin so as not for water to be splashed outwardly when dishes are arranged on a floor of the sink basin by means of a grill and are washed, a water supply pump for supplying pressurized washing-water, and a washing-water spray means installed at a lower surface of the cover, the floor of the sink basin or a side wall of the sink basin for spraying into the sink basin the washing-water supplied by the water supply pump so as to wash the dishes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Pil Chan Na
  • Patent number: 7721365
    Abstract: The disclosed knee shield is a durable, easy-to-install protective barrier that is fastened underneath sink bottoms. It protects the knees of a wheelchair user from rough and abrasive surfaces and extreme temperatures as mandated by the ADA and other federal, state, and local buildings codes. The knee shield is slotted so that it fits around the drain assembly, without requiring the removal of the sink; drain assembly, or plumber's putty that may already exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Russell S. Griffin, Tony D. Nugent, Miles B. Dearth
  • Patent number: 7685654
    Abstract: A disposable sanitary protector for sink basins is provided in the form of a generally rectangular cover with two non-parallel low-tack adhesive strips on the underside, one of each strip being on the underside of the cover near the left and right edges. The non-parallel low-tack adhesive strips increase the probability of engaging the rim of sinks with either a curved or linear shape at the sides of the sink. An optional perforated slit is provided to allow a portal for the faucet assembly to protrude. A second differently sized backup slit is provided in the event the first slit tears. The cover is made of fabric, paper, plastic or a like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Rahman Levi Jones
  • Publication number: 20100024119
    Abstract: The invention refers to a mechanism for the preferably length-adjustable fastening of a semi-pedestal (1) under furniture (2), such as a basin (2?), in particular a wash basin in a kitchen or washroom, having at least one tension member (3), which is attached, preferably releasably, on the one hand, to a mounting plate, e.g. a wall holder (4) of the furniture (2) provided with a fastening bolt (10) and, on the other hand, to the wall (5) of the semi-pedestal (1), where the tension member (3), which may be elastically compliant, is equipped in at least one terminal region (6) in the manner of a cable tie, with latching means (7), e.g. a toothed formation, and which can be introduced by way of the terminal region (6) into an accommodating element (8) which can be attached to the holder (4) of the furniture (2) and/or the wall (5) of the semi-pedestal (1) and formed as a counter-latching element and can be held there as well as furniture equipped with at least one such mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Jörg Krämer
  • Publication number: 20100023492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to: an automatically adjusting seat, methods of playing video games by inputting a code that controls at least one aspect of the game, method of packaging cooking ingredients, methods and devices for providing gate and other travel information to passengers, a lid for a container and methods of reducing condensation, an email system for reducing size of user accounts, a toy figure or seat with a magnet, a receptacle with air inlets to prevent vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: John Lucas
  • Patent number: 7568239
    Abstract: The subject matter of the application is a sink accessory (e.g. a cutting board) that can be placed on a sink and a sink that is provided with a sink accessory of this type. Hereby, the periphery of the sink accessory comprises two differently spaced bearing surfaces which lie at different heights with respect to the surface of the sink accessory. In this way it is possible for one and the same sink accessory to be selectively placed on different supporting surfaces of the same sink, on the supporting surfaces of different sinks or on the supporting surface of another sink accessory (e.g. a strainer). In dependence on the geometry thereby, only the first bearing surface is in contact with the sink in a first position, whereas the second bearing surface is used as a contact area in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: BLANCO GmbH + Co KG
    Inventors: Gert Spruner von Mertz, Frank Merkel, Hans-Joachim Schreiber
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090139023
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a basin or sink attachment device, basin or sink panel device, and a basin or sink. The basin or sink attachment device includes a plurality of item holders, an arm and a sink mount. The basin or sink panel device includes a sink mount and a plurality of panel. The basin or sink includes at least one an arm engager coupled to at least one of its side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: TALERICO CORPORATION
    Inventor: James E. Talerico
  • Patent number: 7475702
    Abstract: A shut off cover removably attachable to a water shut off valve for protecting and decoratively covering the shut off valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventors: Nicolina A. Stewart, Kenneth G. Stewart, III
  • Patent number: 7377210
    Abstract: A grease receiving and holding system includes a sink that has a peripheral flange having an opening extending therethrough. A housing is mounted below a plane of the peripheral flange. The housing has a bottom wall, a top wall and a peripheral wall extending between and is attached to the top and bottom walls. A pipe has a first end and a second end. The first end is fluidly coupled to the housing. A funnel is fluidly attached to the second end of the pipe. The funnel has an upper edge that has a diameter that is substantially equal to a diameter of the opening. A peripheral lip is attached to and extends around the upper edge. The peripheral lip is abuttable against the flange when the funnel is positioned in the opening. Grease may be poured down the funnel and into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Geno A. Franco
  • 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: 7328717
    Abstract: A plumbing valve cover is disclosed for use in conjunction with under-sink plumbing to avoid interference with the operation of a flexible spray nozzle hose used in conjunction with a spray nozzle. The plumbing valve cover may be coupled to the under-sink plumbing or cabinet wall. The plumbing valve cover may partially cover the under-sink plumbing and include clearances for multiple plumbing lines which may exit a supply valve via either the top, bottom, or sides. The preferred embodiment would be a single piece, injection molded plastic apparatus comprising a horizontal member which covers the top of the valve and two vertical members. The vertical members would be angled or curved to redirect the flexible hose away from getting caught on the valve. The horizontal member can include a pitch to redirect the hose away from the cover or valve when the hose is being retracted into the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Allen D. Hertz
  • Patent number: 7246387
    Abstract: A sink assembly supported by a countertop surface or a freestanding cabinet to form a food preparation station is provided. The sink assembly includes a sink basin, a stanchion, a cutting board supported by the stanchion, and a coupling member fastening the cutting board and stanchion. The stanchion has first and second uprights extending between lower edges that are coextensive with the basin floor and terminating in a platform spanning therebetween. Mounts, such as slotted brackets, releasably secure the stanchion to the basin floor. The coupling member may be first and second pairs of cooperating fasteners associated with the cutting board and platform. The fasteners can be a cooperating tab and slot and a cooperating spring clip and peg. The basin floor may be sloped in multiple directions while the cutting board, when coupled to the stanchion, extends generally parallel to the horizontal plane of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventors: E. Jay Erickson, Andrew Gordon
  • Patent number: 7240380
    Abstract: A sink assembly that may be supported by a countertop surface or a freestanding cabinet to form a food preparation station is provided. The sink assembly includes a sink basin, a stanchion extending upwardly from the sink basin floor, and a cutting board supported by the stanchion. The stanchion has a sidewall that is formed as a one-piece integral extension of the sink basin floor and terminates in an upper rim portion to support the cutting board. The front wall of the sink basin may have an area of reduced height to facilitate access to the cutting board. The food preparation station may be equipped with an appliance underneath the sink basin, such as a dishwasher, but may also include a garbage disposal, a waste chute, a removable cooking dome, a sloped basin floor, an auxiliary tray sized to partially fit beneath the cutting board, and height adjustment features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: E. Jay Erickson
  • Patent number: 7228574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wash basin (2) for rinsing or washing hair of the head, comprising an illuminating device (3) having a plurality of light projectors (5) for illuminating an inner region (14) of the wash basin (2). Said wash basin (2) consists of a light permeable material (4), the light projectors (5) of the illuminating device (3) being arranged outside the wash basin (2) in such a way that at least one partial region (11) of an outer side (6) of the wash basin (2) can be subjected to light (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventors: Lars Hansen, Ingo Irmler
  • Patent number: 7039963
    Abstract: A lavatory system configured to accommodate a first person and a second person having different physical abilities than the first person is disclosed. The lavatory system includes a first station having a first upper surface and a second station having a second upper surface. The first upper surface is laterally and vertically offset from the second upper surface so that the first station is configured to accommodate the physical abilities of the first person and the second station is configured to accommodate the physical abilities of the second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Loberger, David H. Roland
  • Patent number: 6959461
    Abstract: A detachable sink accessory includes a unitary and continuous body having a substantially dome shape covering a surface area of a sink. The body is situated forwardly of the faucet and extends upwardly from the sink about a top perimeter thereof. A plurality of coextensive openings are equidistantly spaced along a front surface of the body and extend upwardly from the bottom surface of the body and terminate subjacent to an apex of the body. The present invention further includes a plurality of monolithically formed flange portions protruding away from the opposed corners of the body such that the body can be removably positioned on a support surface surrounding the perimeter of the sink. The outer surface of the body is transparent such that a user can maintain a continuous line of sight into the sink while standing exterior of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Herminio Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6904627
    Abstract: A soap container with a lid that is designed to attached to a typical faucet that is opened and closed via a valve that is opened or closed by moving a handle a quarter of a turn. The soap container apparatus is preferably rectangular in shape having a plurality of holes at short axis end and an attachment mechanism at the other end short axis end. The plurality of holes is designed for draining the water left from the use of the soap. The attachment mechanism of the soap container is provided with a groove shaped and sized according to its insertion in the external upper section of the threaded shaft of the valve that permits said valve to opened or closed. The soap container with a lid is fixed to the faucet of the type mentioned above by a flat lid and female threaded ridge round shaped fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Kuon Jen Lee
  • 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: 6807691
    Abstract: A plumbing valve cover is disclosed for use in conjunction with under-sink plumbing to avoid interference with the operation of a flexible spray nozzle hose used in conjunction with a spray nozzle. The plumbing valve cover may be coupled to the under-sink plumbing or cabinet wall. The plumbing valve cover may partially cover the under-sink plumbing and include clearances for multiple plumbing lines which may exit a supply valve. The plumbing valve cover may include markings to aid in sizing the cover to variations in the length of a supply line. The preferred embodiment would be a single piece, injection molded plastic apparatus which includes structural ribs and C-shaped mounting clips which mechanically couple the plumbing valve cover to the supply valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Allen D. Hertz
  • Patent number: 6772453
    Abstract: A faucet lock for use with a lavatory sink faucet having at least one water valve control handle, the faucet lock comprising a base, a bracket, having first and second ends thereof, wherein the first end is adjustably attached to the base such that the second end is positionable adjacent to the control handle preventing the control handle from opening the water valve, thus locking the water valve in a closed position, wherein the faucet lock prevents small children, disabled persons and others from unauthorized use of the water valve. The present invention faucet lock is a safety device to protect children and others especially special needs persons with spasticity or other disabilities from accidentally being exposed to hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Jonathan Fine, Mark Lindholm
  • Publication number: 20040073998
    Abstract: An odor sink for the elimination of odors and gases for closed compartments. The sink includes a collector of gases connected to an air withdrawing pipe. The air withdrawing pipe collects gas or odor laden air through the action of an air pump which diverts the pumped air into a sewage pipe. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the odor sink is portable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Zuri Zahavi
  • Publication number: 20040016052
    Abstract: A sink drain extension for allowing the use of the drain or for a connected disposal to disperse water or other liquids and solid waste material when the sink within which the disposal and drain are disposed is filled with a usable quantity of water or other liquid without commingling the waste material with the usable water or other liquid. The extension is formed from an upstanding hollow member having one end engaging the sink drain and a second free end. A stabilizing member connects with the drain engaging end of the hollow member to secure that end and the hollow member in a substantially fixed position with the drain and prevent relative movement between the hollow member and the sink drain. Appropriate supporting elements are used to seal the drain opening with respect to the extension and to further restrain the tubular member from movement. A strainer may be employed with the extension, and an alternative location for the extension may be utilized along the sink periphery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Caroline Domenig
  • Publication number: 20030221253
    Abstract: The present invention is a basin counter liquid absorption safety device, consisting of an absorbent top side and a gripping bottom side. The absorbent material catches water and other liquids before they can spill from the basin onto the floor. The device also optionally includes text or graphics, such as advertisements, on the top side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Linda F. Migliore
  • Patent number: 6631525
    Abstract: A washing platform has a generally flat upper work surface. A spout is located adjacent the washing platform and provides a stream of fluid which impinges the work surface. The bowl can be removably placed on the washing platform to receive water from the spout. The bowl has an aperture through the bottom and a gasket which is attached to an exterior surface of the bowl around the aperture. When the bowl is placed on the work surface, the gasket provides a seal that inhibits flow of fluid there between until a user lifts the bowl to drain the water there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: James M. Piatt, William F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6598256
    Abstract: A cleaning device for attachment to a water faucet, comprising a housing element having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion being threaded for operable engagement with a water faucet, and the bottom portion having an opening therein, aperture is positioned in the housing element allowing th flow of water through the housing element. A plurality of cleaning bristles are positioned around or about the opening of the bottom portion of the housing element for cleaning fingernails, hands, razors, toothbrushes and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Patrick S. Theriault