Receptacle Splash Or Drip Guard Patents (Class 4/658)
  • Patent number: 9750375
    Abstract: Hitherto, when securing splash guards, same have been secured by means of a securing device on the inside of the bowl of the sink, but this has been inconvenient in that securing the bottom edge of the splash guard to the top edge of the sink rim been ensured through the use of two-sided tape or suckers or the like, and, since the inside of the bowl is very wet, a substantial amount of grime and bacteria and the like occurs on the securing device of the splash guard which is on the inside of the bowl, and, additionally, water seeps in between when a splash guard has been secured to the top edge of the sink rim, such that the article frequently drops off and does not stick well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Muhyun Byun
  • Patent number: 9260845
    Abstract: A sink splashguard is provided and can be mounted to a sink such that it protrudes a height above a counter surface. The sink splashguard protects the user of the sink from splashes. The height of the sink splashguard above the counter surface can be easily and quickly adjusted while the sink splashguard is in use. The sink splashguard include a base with one or more than one side, and an adjustable attachment holder coupled to the base. The adjustable attachment holder adjustably couples to a splash guard coupling device, which can be a suction cup to be used to couple the splash guard within a sink. A splash guard include a curve body portion that is semi-flexible with coupling devices coupled in fixed positions to the body portion. The body portion contours to an inner wall of a sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150013062
    Abstract: A cover for the surrounding surface adjacent a sink is provided having a body formed of flexible material. The body is configured with an aperture sized to surround the sink and shield a user from contact with the surrounding surface and the surrounding surface from a communication of liquid from use of the sink. The cover may be modular and formed of multiple components or may be configured of a sheet of material which has removable portions to allow customization for positioning to an as used position surrounding the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Geoff Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140373269
    Abstract: A splash guard includes a central base having a first linear margin and a second linear margin parallel to the first linear margin, a first wall connected to the central base along the first linear margin, the first wall having an upper portion extending upward from the central base to define a splash shield and having a lower portion extending downward from the central base to engage a host structure, and a second wall connected to the central base along the second linear margin, the second wall extending downward from the central base such that a channel for engaging a host structure is defined by the central base, the lower portion of the first wall, and the second wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: SAMUEL MURRAY
  • Publication number: 20140026387
    Abstract: A method and apparatus brings the wall-mount faucet installation outside of the wall to the bath vanity cabinet itself. Therefore, the plumbing is not confined by the wall stud location and distances, yielding all plumbing to be within the furniture sink vanity cabinet. The methods and apparatus enable the installation and future maintenance of wall-mount faucets to be at a minimum effort. The methods and apparatus can substantially reduce the cost of bathroom re-modeling while enabling modular/furniture/prefabricated styles of bath sink vanities to be used with wall-mount faucets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: James Pey Chen
  • Patent number: 8393022
    Abstract: A thin-film splash guard for use with dental cuspidors is described. The splash guard includes a thin-film sheet, a pair of slots, and an adhesive. The thin-film sheet is composed of a flexible, flaccid material with front and back surfaces which is sufficiently stiff when conformed to the shape of a dental cuspidor so as to extend above the side wall of the cuspidor. The slots are disposed from one edge of and along the thin-film sheet so as to generally define a center region and a pair of side regions. The adhesive is disposed along the front surface within each side region and or along the back surface within the center region. The thin-film splash guard is readily conformable to the shape and size of a cuspidor, easily attachable to the cuspidor in a removable fashion, and disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Damian D. Dachowski
  • Publication number: 20130019397
    Abstract: A sink towel for being disposed about a bathroom, restroom or washroom sink bowl for absorbing water that may be inadvertently or accidently splashed with water upon a surrounding counter top. The towel is comprised of natural or synthetic, water absorbent material which may include paper, cloth or fabric, and is preferably formed of cotton or terry cloth. One or more pockets are included for storing personal items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, and/or small containers of medicine, shampoo, perfume, or similar items. The towel includes weights or weighted material for holding the towel in place over the sink bowl and also permit the towel to be folded for travel and for hanging on a hook for storage and/or drying between uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: GWENDOLYN MAY
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7921478
    Abstract: A splash guard includes a shield that helps deflect and drain misdirected urine into a toilet bowl. When not needed, the shield can pivot 180 degrees from an operative, raised position down to tuck underneath the front end of the toilet bowl at a stored, lowered position. In the lowered position, the shield is generally inverted. To prevent residual urine on the inverted shield from dripping onto the floor, the shield includes a drip lip that temporarily collects the residual urine. When returned to the upright, raised position, urine in the drip lip is free to drain back into the toilet. The shield is pivotally connected to the toilet bowl at a point below the upper rim of the bowl so that when the shield pivots to the lowered position, the shield is completely out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Annmarie Vanini
  • Patent number: 7802327
    Abstract: A portable and compact children's training sink is provided with a main housing having a basin, a drain hole disposed in the basin, and a back splash panel substantially adjacent to, behind, and projecting above the basin. Support legs support the main housing, including at least one front support leg and at least one rear support leg. The front and rear support legs are spaced apart to accommodate and placed over or outside of a household bathtub or shower stall. A reservoir is preferably removably disposed in the back splash panel, and a spigot is in fluid communication with the reservoir and extends over and empties into the basin. When the rear support leg is placed inside a bathtub or shower and the front support leg is placed outside the shower, fluid entering the basin by gravity from the reservoir and through the openable spigot exits via the drain hole and empties into the bathtub or shower or a waste water receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: Judith Moceri, Michael Moceri
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100083440
    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: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: James R. Spurlock
  • Publication number: 20090094741
    Abstract: This new product provides an intuitive approach on how to improve the care, maintenance and look of your kitchen and bathroom. A few of the improvements this product provides are: It reduces the amount of time and frequency of cleaning the kitchen or bathroom by limiting the amount of area exposed to dirty water, soap, toothpaste, etc. For example when you brush your teeth the toothpaste and water splashes on the walls, mirrors, faucet and counter. This product eliminates the splashing of fluids by confining the area that is exposed. This product eases cooking by providing additional electrical outlets for additional appliances, therefore eliminating the need to unplug appliances already plugged utilizing the outlets in the kitchen. It also provides additional lighting which makes washing vegetables, dishes. The lighting also eliminates the need to use the overhead lights in the kitchen and provide a direct source of light to the work area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Armando Valadez, Violeta Valadez
  • Publication number: 20080104747
    Abstract: A splash guard organizer for a sink work space. The splash guard organizer includes a vertical back panel with a number of spaced horizontal slots, a flexible water seal in contact with the rear portion of the sink top, and a hand access opening above the seal for operation of the water valve. The back panel is supported by a pair of feet extending forward from opposite ends of the panel. A number of fixtures, that have rearwardly extending tabs selectively secured in the slots, are supported in a cantilevered manner. The fixtures are designed to hold a number of individual items useful in the work space, such as bottles, brushes, sponges, towels and cleaning pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Azanaw Mulaw
  • Publication number: 20080083064
    Abstract: One embodiment of absorbent or repellant material (3) used to protect the wall or mirror from splashes resulting from individuals washing their face, hands, hair, shaving or brushing their teeth. Said embodiment is trapezoidal in shape and comprised of a removable wirelike apparatus (4) located along the bottom edge and contained within a stitched seam wirelike pocket (1) and (2) designed to mold along the back sink edge behind faucet fixtures. At each top corner of said embodiment is a typical eyelet/grommet apparatus (6) comprised of plastic or metal. Said typical eyelet/grommet (6) attaches to mirror onto typical suction cup hook (5) or typical cup hook. Being hung in said manner; said embodiment is conceived with the intent of preventing splashes from occurring, keeping mirror and sink areas cleaner longer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventor: Carla Elizabeth Litwhiler
  • Publication number: 20080078020
    Abstract: The invention is a lightweight rubber mat which can facilitate the cleaning of the kitchen sink area, and help eliminate the formation of mold around the sink from standing water. The mat is fitted on the exterior of a kitchen sink, covering the rims of the kitchen sink that connects the sink to the counter top. The mat would further cover the rim dividing the sink into two separate basins, and also cover the lower portion of the kitchen faucet. It would cover the top half of the kitchen sink, that is, the part which is closest to the faucet and kitchen wall. The mat would also have a section that fits onto the portion of the kitchen wall directly behind the sink. The mat would cover the upper portion of the sink basins, and would also extend onto the counter top next to the sink rim. Raised sections on the ends of the mat would cause it to slightly slope in the direction of the sink, allowing any water on the mat to drain into the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Dephne Wright
  • 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: 6701543
    Abstract: A foldable/collapsible Child-Safety Water Spill-Guard with soft magnet or suction cup grippers attaches itself to a bathtub or Jacuzzi in an inclined fashion at any preferred place with out a need of permanent attachments. This child-safety water-spill guard comprises of a water proof sheet of plastic or fabric approximately the length of a standard tub with stiff nylon or plastic ribs spaced through out the length of the sheet. Each rib is essentially a two piece configuration, the longer of these rib pieces essentially have a wedge at the bottom; whereas under side of each rib is a soft/flexible magnet or suction cup secured with fusion, glue or plastic-weld etc., so when the safety spill-guard is placed and stretched along the long side of a bathtub the bottom section of the safety spill-guard is folded and wrapped on the inside of the bathtub hanging down from the rim sticking to the inner surface securely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Ataul Haq
  • Patent number: 6564398
    Abstract: A splash guard for a sink is set forth which includes a panel having a longitudinal dimension substantially co-extensive with the front of a sink. At the top the panel has an upper margin and at the bottom a trough. The guard is adapted to be removably secured to the cabinet containing the sink at the upper margin such that the panel is disposed in front of the cabinets below the sink to prevent splashes from falling on the cabinets. The trough directs any splashes away from the cabinets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Saundra Trott
  • Patent number: 6401275
    Abstract: An improved backsplash for use with a pedestal, console, or wall basin sink wherein a pre-cut backsplash is inserted between the bowl of a sink and the wall. The backsplash made be made of any number of materials commonly known in the art, such as wood, plastic, porcelain, marble or granite. The backsplash may be finished in any number of colors, textures, or finishes to complement the sink, and may include a fanciful top edge, or integrated soap dish, cup or toothbrush holder, and mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: G&A Enterprises, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert A. Garner
  • Patent number: 6286577
    Abstract: An integrated system and method for fabricating a countertop from a slab is disclosed. The system includes a cutting station where an apron strip of a predetermined size is cut from a slab, a translating station where the apron strip is translated and positioned along the cut edge of the slab, and a press for adhesively bonding the apron to the cut edge of the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Premark RWP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Lynn Douglas, Steven J. Moore
  • Patent number: 6253395
    Abstract: A sink or wash-basin guard provides an elevated barrier between a person and a cleaning liquid. The guard is attached to the sink with suction cups, and is readily removed and replaced. Cut-out portions are provided around which a person can easily reach, while not sacrificing the benefits associated with a greater height sink edge. The splash guard is also configured to provide support for a person's arms to rest upon, while using the sink. The armrest finds particular application with those persons who have been injured or have back problems, the elderly, and others with physical limitations, and also for those situations such as in commercial kitchens where a person will need to spend extended periods at the sink. An extension is provided which will accommodate sinks of various depths and persons of diverse heights, and the material selected for the guard, extension and suction cups is most preferably both durable and resilient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Cindy M. Quam
  • Patent number: 6212708
    Abstract: A faucet splash guard and storage unit comprising a rear wall. A right side wall is affixed to and extends at a right angle outwardly from a first side edge of the rear wall. A left side wall is affixed to and extends at a right angle outwardly from a second side edge of the rear wall. A top wall is affixed to and extends between top edges of the rear wall, the right side wall, and the left side wall. A fastener disposed to encircle the faucet is mounted to the rear wall. The faucet splash guard and storage unit will stand and extend over a faucet and bowl of a kitchen sink, to protect surrounding areas about the faucet and the bowl from splash water and keep the areas clean and dry. The top wall provides extra shelf room for other articles needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Azanaw Mulaw
  • Patent number: 6155021
    Abstract: Architectural units having radiused wall corners are constructed with solid surfacing material (SSM) such as Corian. Cove moldings are formed from SSM sheet strips comprising an elongated cove form flanked by elongated rabbet channels. In a table jig, an SSM wall sheet edge is adhesively secured into one of the cove molding rabbet channels. The cove mold and wall sheet unit is secured to the desired architectural wall with the other cove molding rabbet channel mated to an SSM wall sheet edge respective to an adjacent architectural wall. Clamping blocks secured to respective wall sheet and cove mold surfaces by hot melt adhesive are drawn together along the correct vector to adhesively bond each wall sheet edge into a respective rabbet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Marvin Leroy Swingle
  • Patent number: 6053164
    Abstract: A work station has a cooking kettle mounted for movement between an upright cooking position and a tilted pouring position. The work station includes a support structure defining a work surface above which the cooking kettle is mounted. A splash guard is mounted on the support structure for movement between a first position whereat the splash guard forms a portion of the work surface and a second position whereat the splash guard forms a barrier against splashing substances poured from the kettle when in its pouring position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Fromation, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Robert Oslin, Adison Khnanisho, Chester F. Robards, Jr., Roger A. Gladu
  • Patent number: 5733022
    Abstract: A backsplash is configured for a stable and permanent attachment to a countertop surface. The backsplash has a substantially elongated flat member which has a front face and a back face. The elongated member has extending from it near its bottom a first thin base ledge, a second thin base ledge, and a gripper flange. The first base ledge extends at a substantially right angle from the front face of the elongated member. The second base ledge extends at a substantially right angle from the back face of the elongated member, opposite the first base ledge. The gripper flange extends vertically from the flat member. A recess in the countertop surface is configured to frictionally receive the gripper flange and to also receive the first and second base ledges. An adhesive is used with the base ledges to augment the holding force of the gripper flange. A scribe ledge optionally extends from a top edge of the elongated flat member as an aid in installation to get a flush fit against a room wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Formica Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Whetstone
  • Patent number: 5625910
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in cooperation with a basin, such as a basin of a hopper sink, that protects an operator from splashing fluids and particulates. The apparatus includes a protective shield, structure for mounting the shield to the basin, and structure for attaching the shield to the basin mounting structure. The attaching structure includes a resilient material which serves to bias the shield outwardly toward the operator, when pressed inward by the operator, allowing the operator to work in the basin with minimal constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Adrian P. Sween
    Inventors: Nate Erickson, Alan B. Eke, Joel W. Wolfe, Adrian P. Sween
  • Patent number: 5452484
    Abstract: An anti-splash device for use in sinks. A housing includes an opening for receiving at least a portion of a water stream from a faucet associated with the sink. A base includes a support surface for placing the device on the sink floor and also supports the housing. The device captures and redirects the water stream in a manner which deters splashing and formation of aerosols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Iowa Methodist Medical Center
    Inventor: Dennis R. Hill
  • Patent number: 5448783
    Abstract: A urinal drip guard for use with wall urinals comprising a strip of flexible material having top edge, a bottom edge, and an intermediate portion therebetween, the bottom edge formed with a pair of opposed and spaced lips extended downwards therefrom and thereby defining a mouth for coupling about a rim of a urinal and with the intermediate portion extended to the top edge, whereby when a rim of a urinal is disposed within the mouth, the strip is coupled to the rim and extends to a position for directing urine drippings towards the urinal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventor: Patrick H. Ryan
  • Patent number: 5375270
    Abstract: A washing guard for a bed pan provides a means for deflecting splash back and aerosolized particulates from readily passing onto health care workers and/or other patients thereby exposing them to a potential hazard and/or contamination by the particulates and/or splashed effluent coming to rest or splashing onto the worker. The washing guard is further provided with a means for allowing it to be readily attached to a bed pan and includes a means for grasping and holding it in a vertical oriented orientation such that the health care worker is free to use his or her free hand to wash the bed pan with a spray jet while assembled to the washing guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventors: Paul Demers, Jr., Robert Barnoski
  • Patent number: 5330262
    Abstract: A backsplash structured to be cooperatively functional with a countertop structure. The backsplash is made of a plastic solid surfacing material, and possesses an integrally formed front bottom lengthwise edge extending outward from and beyond the front face of the backsplash to define a coved lip or flange. The countertop comprises a normally elongated rectangular section of plastic solid surfacing material having an elongated receiving recess. A bottom surface of the backsplash and coved lip is specifically sized and shaped for insertion into the receiving recess of the countertop whereby a curved transition is defined between the top horizontal workspace surface of the countertop and the front face of the backsplash. The bottom surface of the backsplash and coved lip is affixed in place in the receiving recess with the use of a color matching adhesive. Once the adhesive has set, the seam is finished with a light sanding with progressively finer abrasives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Transfer Flow International, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris R. Peters
  • Patent number: 5289597
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a hair treatment sink assembly and a method of collecting hair treatment materials during treatment operations. Further disclosed is a drip collection tray for collecting hair treatment materials during a hair treatment operation. The sink assembly is comprised of a basin with a drip tray installed beneath it to collect any hair treatment materials falling outside the basin. The method of collecting hair treatment materials during a hair treatment operation comprises the steps of resting a patron's head over a basin, applying hair treatment materials to the patron's head and catching the materials falling from the head in the basin and the materials falling outside the basin in a drip tray installed below the upper rim of the basin. The drip collection tray is comprised of a pan with surrounding side walls and a drain. The pan has portions that extend outside the envelope of the basin, when viewed in plan, on at least two side portions and the front portion of the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Leo E. Sidola
  • Patent number: 5216760
    Abstract: A portable splash and overspray guard has a substantially oval shape and includes a surrounding wall structure for catching and transporting accumulated waste fluids. The splash and overspray guard may be adhesively attached to a toilet seat for use with a toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventors: J. Devon Brown, Dennis Hollenberg
  • Patent number: 5012537
    Abstract: An apparatus that is particularly useful in a hospital environment when cleaning bedpans and other objects which contain potentially dangerous materials. The apparatus comprises a generally transparent member that is provided with one or more openings for a person's arms, and means for mounting the member so as to locate the transparent member between the basin of the cleaning station and the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: Joanna L. Underwood
  • Patent number: 4969220
    Abstract: A splash minimizing apparatus for washing hands having associated valves and fixtures, includes a back plate having an upper portion through which the valves and/or fixtures may be supported, this back panel also having a lower portion; a bottom receptacle affixed to the lower portion of the back panel, the bottom receptacle having portions defining a drain hole; two trapezoid-shaped side panels perpendicularly disposed with respect to the back panel, the side panels having bottom edged portions disposed within the bottom receptacle; a rectangular front panel having an upper edge and a lower edge, the front panel inclinedly disposed with respect to the back plate so that every point on the respective upper lower edges is uniformly distant from the back plate, the upper edge of the front panel spaced further from the back plate than the lower edge, the lower edge of the front panel being disposed within the bottom receptacle; and various bolts and elements which may be sleeves for vertically maintaining the po
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Societe Agencinox
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Raigneau
  • Patent number: 4878257
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing the overflow and spillage of liquids from a sink or tub. The apparatus is attachable to the front portion of a counter top, and is provided with removable internal absorption means to prevent liquids from passing thereby and onto the user or the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Inventor: Elizabeth V. Hardin
  • Patent number: 4722103
    Abstract: A device for preventing liquids or liquid-like substances splashed out of a bowl or basin from falling onto a background surface includes a base for supporting the device around a portion of the bowl or basin. A shield portion is attached to and extends upwardly from the base between the bowl or basin and the background surface. The base may include legs on opposite sides of a cutout in the shield portion for allowing access to a faucet or other fixture. The shield portion may be provided with an overhang folding back over the bowl or basin from the top of the shield portion, such overhang having a lip disposed vertically over the bowl or basin. The shield portion may include a rear shield and two side shields attached substantially perpendicularly to the base and to one another, and the base may include a lip for extending over an edge of the basin. The device preferably is made of a transparent or translucent material, such as acrylic plastic, safety glass, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventor: Elbert J. Kliebert
  • Patent number: 4535491
    Abstract: Commode splash and noise is reduced or eliminated by the creation of turbulence in the bowl water. Pressurized water streams or other methods of agitating the bowl water such as by stirring are presented which can be retrofitted to existing commodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Scott C. Young
  • Patent number: 4369532
    Abstract: A sink assembly of a type including an enclosing cabinet (14) for supporting a sink bowl (16) from a floor (24) includes a liquid-impervious cabinet liner (22) supported by the cabinet (14) within an enclosed space (32) below the sink bowl (16) and its drain pipe (20) for catching water dripping from leaks and condensations. The sink liner (22) communicates with a second drain pipe (52) which exhausts water from the sink liner (22). The sink liner (22) is constructed so that its drain pan (42) is raised above a cabinet floor (40), with the drain pan (42) having tapered surfaces for accelerating flow toward the second drain pipe (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Inventors: Stanley L. Houchins, Thomas B. Jackson
  • Patent number: 4300248
    Abstract: A soap dish liner is inserted with snap-type engagement into a bathroom fixture soap dish recess which is integrally built into a bathroom wall that is located adjacent to a bathtub and/or shower area. The liner has wall portions which shield the soap in its interior soap compartment from water, thereby preventing soap dissolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1981
    Inventor: Eugene Dworkin