Support Or Mount For A Supply, Drain, Overflow Or Trap Means Patents (Class 4/695)
  • Patent number: 9834914
    Abstract: A method of installing plumbing in a building, comprising the use of a plumbing support panel that enables outlet pipes and other plumbing pipes to be pre-assembled at the correct relative position with respect to each other for the installation of fixtures, and installed as a unit by mounting the panel to studs or to other parts of a building's structure. The panel comprises holes through which outlet pipes may be installed and mounting holes for the installation of pipe clamps to hold the pipes in place and for the mounting of the panel to a building's structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Mordehay Yakir Ben Jacov
  • Patent number: 9670654
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for attaching a tap to a mounting surface (13) has a clamping assembly inserted through an aperture (11) in the mounting surface (13) and tightened from above the mounting surface (13). The clamping assembly has a pair of clamping arms (25, 27) that are mounted for pivotal movement from a collapsed position for passage through the aperture (11) to an operative position below the mounting surface (11). The clamping arms (25, 27) are operable on tightening the clamping assembly to engage in a first stage an underside of the mounting surface (13) remote from the fluid delivery device and to engage in a second stage a sidewall of the aperture (11) when continuing tightening. Thus a step change in an operating force is required that provides feedback to an installer that a required clamping force has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventors: Nigel P. Sansum, Paul A. Gostling
  • Patent number: 9428890
    Abstract: A water outlet structure of a dual-connected faucet inner core comprises a faucet inner core body, multiple metal conduits integrally formed on two water inlet pipes of the faucet inner core body, and an adapter movably connected to the water outlet of the faucet inner core body. The configuration of the subject dual-connected faucet inner core body can fit in with different shapes of faucet housings by different adapters, thereby decreasing the manufacturing cost effectively and enhancing the market competitiveness of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: PPI XIAMEN INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenrong Lu
  • Patent number: 9243388
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for attaching a tap to a mounting surface (13) has a clamping assembly inserted through an aperture (11) in the mounting surface (13) and tightened from above the mounting surface (13). The clamping assembly has a pair of clamping arms (25, 27) that are mounted for pivotal movement from a collapsed position for passage through the aperture (11) to an operative position below the mounting surface (11). The clamping arms (25, 27) are operable on tightening the clamping assembly to engage in a first stage an underside of the mounting surface (13) remote from the fluid delivery device and to engage in a second stage a sidewall of the aperture (11) when continuing tightening. Thus a step change in an operating force is required that provides feedback to an installer that a required clamping force has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventors: Nigel P. Sansum, Paul A. Gostling
  • Patent number: 9051719
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a faucet is mounted on a sink countertop with an opening and contains a base including a supporting portion and an inserting portion. A supporting portion has an annular fence and an annular shoulder; the annular fence has a retaining recess; the annular shoulder has two longitudinally through holes and an opening. The inserting portion has a cylindrical fence and two stopping rods, and the cylindrical fence has a longitudinal channel; the annular shoulder has an annular abutting area. A locking assembly includes two positioning screws and two clamping blocks. A faucet includes a fitting tube, a sheath having a groove, a peripheral fence, and a threaded orifice. A controlling valve assembly is mounted on the fitting tube. A fastening bolt is screwed with the threaded orifice so as to retain with the retaining recess, thus fixing the faucet on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Weimien Hsu, Yiping Lin, Yongjun Wu, Qiuyong Li, Wanhong Tan
  • Publication number: 20150135430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a waste fitting including a waste pan means into which waste can flow, at least one part of the waste pan means allowing visual inspection therethrough. During installation, an opening of the waste outlet can be located by visual inspection through the or each at least one part of the waste pan means, enabling a suitable position to be determined for forming and or positioning of at least one aperture in the waste pan means. The at least one aperture is formed such that, in use, waste that flows into the waste pan means can exit through the or each at least one aperture towards the opening in the waste outlet. The invention also relates to a method of installing a waste fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Philip John Muirhead
  • Patent number: 9032985
    Abstract: A tap mounting (11) for mounting a tap to a plumbing fixture (66), the plumbing fixture having a surface with an aperture (64). The tap mounting (11) comprises an over-surface mounting part (12), an under-surface mounting part (13) defining a threaded aperture (58), a threaded elongate member (40) and a second elongate member (28). In use the over-surface mounting part is above the surface of the plumbing fixture, the under-surface mounting part is below the surface of the plumbing fixture. The elongate members extend from the over-surface mounting part through the plumbing fixture aperture and the threaded elongate member passes through the threaded aperture of the under-surface mounting part. Rotation of the under-surface mounting part is prevented by the second elongate member. The threaded elongate member comprises an internal bore and is configured for connection to a hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Bristan Group Limited
    Inventor: Ian Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8997272
    Abstract: A water outlet structure has a housing with an outlet and an opening. An inner pipe body is assembled into the housing via an assembly portion and connected to the outlet. An assembly ring flange is extended from the rear end of the inner pipe body, A locating ring inserted rotarily onto the rear end of the inner pipe body has a circumferential wall and a penetrating portion, so that said water pipe could pass through the penetrating portion, allowing its outlet end to be inserted into the inner pipe body. A leakproofing member is set between the water pipe and the locating ring or inner pipe body. A turn-lock locator is set correspondingly to the circumferential wall of the locating ring and the assembly ring flange of the inner pipe body, such that the locating ring and the inner pipe body can be rotarily locked and positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crescent Plumbing, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Kee-Suo Chen
  • Patent number: 8991425
    Abstract: A faucet including a molded waterway assembly having a plurality of tubes and a support plate overmolded within a valve interface member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Delta Faucet Company, Mercury Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam M. DeVries, Christopher Michael McGuire, Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150074902
    Abstract: A clip and method provided for temporarily positioning a sink during installation that includes the steps of providing a sink having a top ledge; providing a countertop having a hole therethrough for receiving the sink; providing a plurality of clips; attaching the clips to outer sides of the sink; placing a bottom end of the sink through the hole in the countertop until the top ledge of the sink is against the countertop and the clips engage sides of the hole in the countertop to position the sink therein; applying a caulk or adhesive material; and allowing the caulking or adhesive material to cure to permanently hold the sink in place. The clip may have a base portion extending in a planar orientation for at least a portion thereof; a resilient leg attached to and extending at an angle from one side of the base; and protrusions extending outwardly from one side of the resilient leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Lyons Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance Dale Lyons, Dale Allan Kehoe, Richard Alexander Xouris, Jerry Ted Pruszynski, Bruce Miller, Allen Francis Elliott, Paul William Emerson, Lisa Jo Laubach, Fabiola Pliego Perez-Dussia
  • Publication number: 20150033471
    Abstract: A vacuum device connected to a hose includes a joint portion having a containing space detachably connected to a water-inlet faucet, a retaining edge formed inside the containing space for abutting at least one water-inlet hole with a sealskin of a plug, a groove formed at the bottom of the retaining edge for installing a seal plate to seal a water-outlet hole capable of closing or opening a gap from the plug, and an underlying formed at the bottom of the groove and having an inner wall, and a water outlet portion, including a main body connected to an inner wall of the underlying for defining at least one vent, and an installation space formed inside the main body and detachably connected to a water-outlet hose. The use of the sealskin and seal plate reduces the number of components of the vacuum device and achieves a cost-effective effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ling-Yu YEH
  • Publication number: 20150033470
    Abstract: A wall shower bar assembly (100) mounted to a shower wall (10). The wall shower bar assembly (100) includes: a tube assembly (200), an upper retainer assembly (300) for coupling an upper portion (102) of the bar assembly to a water supply pipe (12), and a lower retainer assembly (400) for coupling a lower portion (104) of the bar assembly to the wall. The upper and lower retainer assemblies (300, 400) define a dual joint connection structure (110) including an upper spheroidal joint connection assembly (112) and a lower pivot joint connection assembly (114). Both the upper and lower joint connection assemblies (112, 114) permit relative pivoting movement of the bar assembly (200) about pivot axes (P1, P2) substantially parallel to the wall. The lower retainer assembly 400 includes a suction cup retaining assembly (410) including a camming mechanism (420) for securing a section cup (412) to the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Waxman Consumer Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Sharratt, Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 8925571
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a pull-out faucet is mounted on a platform with a fixing hole and contains a pull-out faucet including a housing, a pull-out spray head, a mixing valve, and a pipe line set; the pipe line set including a plurality of fixedly static pipe lines and a movably dynamic pipe line; a positioning device including a seat and a clamping set; the seat being fixed under the platform by the clamping set and being fixed in the fixing hole to fit with the housing, the seat including a passage set for inserting the pipe line set; wherein the passage set has a first passage for inserting the static pipe lines and a second passage for inserting the dynamic pipe line, and the first passage is spaced apart from the second passage so that the dynamic pipe line is limited in the second passage to move smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Yongjun Wu, Weimien Hsu, Wanhong Tan, Qiuyong Li
  • Publication number: 20140373271
    Abstract: A bottom plate structure used for installing a faucet, includes: a bottom plate, with its center provided with an installation hole; an indent slot, formed around perimeter of surface of said bottom plate; and a filling strip, which is of a long strip shape, placed into said indent slot, to form integrally together through over-molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Hai-Bo Hong
  • Patent number: 8869821
    Abstract: A pre-rinse assembly including: a base and a vertically disposed riser pipe for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end secured at its proximal end to the base. A hose assembly for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end which may be secured at its proximal end to the distal end of the vertically disposed riser pipe and a spray head assembly for expelling water therethrough may be secured to the distal end of the hose assembly. A telescoping arm assembly having a proximal end which may be pivotally mounted on the vertically disposed riser pipe and a distal end which may be pivotally mounted on the distal end of the hose or the spray head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Patent number: 8857481
    Abstract: The application provides a funnel, funnel assembly, and a system for eliminating splash from drain pipes that discharge from an elevation above a floor drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Franklin Machine Products
    Inventors: Josue V. Aviles, Bernard Parisi
  • Publication number: 20140230144
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting system for a plumbing fixture fitting that provides a secure mounting even when the mounting conditions are not optimal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Mark S. Bors, Jeremy S. Culmer
  • Patent number: 8789555
    Abstract: A system for interconnecting a faucet assembly to a wall member is provided that employs a mounting bracket for interconnection to the wall member. The mounting bracket is configured to accommodate various configurations of faucets with any number of fluid delivery tubes. The mounting system provides structural rigidity to the faucet/building interconnection while minimizing occupation of interior wall space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 8789218
    Abstract: A molded arm for a showerhead may be configured to connect a showerhead to a fluid supply, and may be in the form of a molded body defining an inlet, an outlet and an interior passage providing fluid communication between the inlet and the outlet. An arm assembly may be configured to connect a showerhead to a fluid supply, and may include: a molded arm body defining an inlet, an outlet and an interior passage providing fluid communication between the inlet and the outlet; and a separate attachment component configured to cooperate with the molded body and to engage a structure connected to a fluid supply. A method of making an arm for connecting a showerhead to a fluid supply may include molding an arm body to define an inlet, an outlet and an interior passage between the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn, Harold A. Luettgen, Roberta L. Callaghan, Carl T. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 8756724
    Abstract: An overflow cover assembly and kit for making same comprising at least a cover piece including a snap on section and a hanger which is configured to engage a bracket crossing and engaged over a port of an overflow system, the hanger mounting to the overflow port bracket using screws from the previous hanger engaged thereto and the cover piece being engaged to the hanger by two screws provided in the kit, the cover assembly accommodating replacement of either one or two screw cover embodiments and being provided in various finishes and in regular size or being oversized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Var Lordahl, Bruce L. Graham
  • Patent number: 8726926
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing water control is disclosed in which a universal template is provided to permit installation in all water providing arrangements with minimal configuration modifications. Replacement begins with a rough plate through which the water pipe extends. The rough plate is adjustable to accommodate a plurality of sizes of pipes. The rough plate is secured in its position with respect to the wall and water pipe extending through the wall. A cover plate fits onto the rough plate to provide a visually appealing presentation. A cover tube fits in the trim plate and surrounds a stem housing which attaches to the water pipe extending from the wall. The cover tube includes a stop position for the stem housing to prevent hot water from being delivered that exceeds a predetermined temperature. An external handle fits over the cover tube and attaches to the stem housing to control water flow from the shower head or bath faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremiah Klein
  • Patent number: 8720799
    Abstract: A shower head hanger includes a three-way pipe, a bracket, a face lid, and a rotation valve. The three-way pipe has a rear end which is fixed to a wall. The three-way pipe has a lower end which is connected with a shower head through a tube. The three-way pipe has a front end which is in a forked shape to receive the bracket therein. The shower head is hanged on the bracket. The face lid is located at the front end of the three-way pipe. The three-way pipe has a side wall formed with a valve hole to receive the rotation valve which is used to control communication of the rear end, the front end and the lower end. The shower head hanger of the present invention provides a multi-outflow function for the user to take a shower in a different way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Huei-Chun Tseng
  • Patent number: 8713725
    Abstract: The rinsing device comprises a flexible connecting pipe which at one end is connected to a connecting element which may be attached to a fitting and at the other end bears a spray head with an actuating lever. The spray head is held on a holder, which protrudes outwardly from the connecting element. The connecting pipe comprises a flexible water feed pipe which is surrounded by a casing element, which is formed by a single spiral tension spring consisting of one piece. Said spiral tension spring consists of a first upright spring portion having a straight spring axis, a second curved spring portion attached thereto and a third, similarly upright spring portion having a straight spring axis, which is attached to the second spring portion. A tube-shaped protective casing extends around the casing element which protects the casing element from soiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: KWC AG
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Alder, Michael Lehner, Heinz Graber
  • Patent number: 8714050
    Abstract: A faucet handle includes a handle having a containment space, the containment space having an assembly aperture on a top surface, the assembly aperture accepting a limiting member, with two limiting ribs disposed adjacent to two opposite sides of the assembly aperture. A plurality of adjusting members respectively have a through aperture and two engaging columns adjacent to sides of the through aperture. Each engaging column is inserted between the two limiting ribs of the handle. The adjusting member also has two engaging slots adjacent to another side of the through aperture and an assembly device having an assembly base. The assembly base has an assembly space and two positioning columns adjacent to the assembly space, and each positioning column engages with an engaging slot of the adjusting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Alexander Yeh Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 8667625
    Abstract: A connecting structure for a faucet contains an inlet assembly including at least one intake and an outlet; the outlet including a connecting head; an outlet pipe including a locking loop; a nut fitted with the outlet pipe and screwed with the connecting head and including at least two outer contacting faces; a plastic housing including a chamber, a fitting opening, and a hole; the chamber including at least two inner contacting faces axially extending from an inner peripheral surface thereof, and at least one of the at least two inner contacting faces being a tangent plane, such that when the outlet pipe is inserted into the hole and the chamber to extend out of the fitting opening, the at least two inner contacting faces slide along the at least two outer contacting faces of the nut respectively and contact with the at least two outer contacting faces tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Weichi Chang, Gaoren Yao, Xiuliang Tan
  • Patent number: 8658033
    Abstract: A flush plug and a collar are used in installing a drain or cleanout. A flush plug is temporarily attached to the nipple of a cleanout or to a drain base and leveled. Concrete is then poured flush with the top of the flush plug. After the flush plug is removed from the cured concrete, a collar is installed in the hole in the concrete left by the flush plug. The outside of the lower portion of the collar is beveled like the flush plug. The upper portion of the collar includes a sleeve rising above the top surface of the surrounding concrete by an amount equal to the thickness of the specific floor finish. Tile or other finish may then be laid to around the collar. The installed drain will be flush and level with the flooring around it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis Farkas
  • Publication number: 20140007341
    Abstract: A sink fastener for fastening a sink unit with an outer flange within an opening in a countertop is provided. The sink fastener includes a frame for attachment to a bowl wall of the sink unit, a threaded vertical bolt rotatably mounted within the frame, a claw member having a lateral portion threadably mounted on the vertical bolt and an upstanding retainer portion, and a guide member for constraining the movement of the claw member. In use, rotation of the vertical bolt causes the claw member to rise up the bolt to engage an underside of the countertop, and in a lower disengaged position the claw member is free to turn about a vertical axis into a retracted position wherein the claw member lies constrained under the flange to permit insertion of the sink unit into the countertop opening. The guide member ensures that as the claw member rises up the bolt the claw member turns about the vertical axis into a constrained outwardly extended position for engagement with the underside of the countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Colin Wisniewski
  • Publication number: 20130333109
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a faucet is mounted on a sink countertop with an opening and contains a base including a supporting portion and an inserting portion. A supporting portion has an annular fence and an annular shoulder; the annular fence has a retaining recess; the annular shoulder has two longitudinally through holes and an opening. The inserting portion has a cylindrical fence and two stopping rods, and the cylindrical fence has a longitudinal channel; the annular shoulder has an annular abutting area. A locking assembly includes two positioning screws and two clamping blocks. A faucet includes a fitting tube, a sheath having a groove, a peripheral fence, and a threaded orifice. A controlling valve assembly is mounted on the fitting tube. A fastening bolt is screwed with the threaded orifice so as to retain with the retaining recess, thus fixing the faucet on the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Weimien Hsu, Yiping Lin, Yongiun Wu, Qiuyong Li, Wanhong Tan
  • Patent number: 8602051
    Abstract: A priming-water conduit from a sink water faucet unit to a floor drain p-trap is located between the faucet valve and the faucet water-outlet. The faucet valve controls water flow into said conduit, and, therefore, into said p-trap, without any other valve or control system. The priming-water conduit may be attached, and in fluid communication with, various structures of the faucet that are downstream of the faucet valve(s), such as: the mixing chamber of a mixing faucet; the water line from the mixing chamber to the faucet outlet/nozzle; or any water-containing structure that is downstream of the faucet valve. Each time the faucet is turned on, by means of the manual faucet valve, a portion of the water passing from the valve to the mixing chamber and/or by other routes to the faucet outlet/nozzle, will flow into the priming-water conduit and to the p-trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Brent W. Proper, Kenneth L. Smart
  • Publication number: 20130283524
    Abstract: A wall mount for a shower system at a wall connection emerging from a wall, whereby the shower system has at least one overhead shower head, a hand shower, and a shower rod. The attachment has at least one bracket with at least one conduit connected thereto and at least one adapter piece, whereby the bracket is configured to accommodate the adapter piece and a seal is provided between bracket and adapter piece, the seal allowing a relative movement between the bracket and adapter piece. The adapter piece is connectable to the wall connection by a first connecting component and the bracket is connected to the wall by a second connecting component. The bracket together with the adapter piece forms at least one conduit path between the wall connection and the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Grohe AG
    Inventor: Michael SCHULTE
  • Patent number: 8566976
    Abstract: An adjustable drain assembly is provided. The assembly includes a base that has a concave inner pivoting surface and a top surface. An upper member is present and has a bottom surface located above the top surface. The upper member may have a concave inner pivoting surface. A pivot component may be present and have a convex outer pivoting surface that engages the concave inner pivoting surface of the base and upper member. The pivot component may be configured for engagement with a cover member. The base may have a pipe engagement surface for engagement with a pipe that is located completely below the pivot component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Leveler Specifics, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Evans, Bruce D. Niemitalo
  • Patent number: 8528129
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a faucet fixed on a support plate with an opening and contains the faucet including a housing having a mouth and a through aperture; the faucet also including an inlet pipe unit; a locking member being operated to move between an engaging position and a disengaging position along the through aperture; a positioning device including a fitting seat having a bottom face, a channel defined therein to receive the inlet pipe unit of the faucet, at least one slot disposed along an outer surface thereof to slide the locking member located at the engaging position, the slot including at least one tooth and at least one retaining recess such that the locking member passes through the tooth to be retained in the retaining recess and is limited by the tooth to move so that the mouth is fixed to the fitting seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Weimien Hsu, Yongjun Wu
  • Publication number: 20130205494
    Abstract: A fixture support carrier, for mounting a plumbing fixture above the floor, that can be adjusted in either direction by means of interchangeable studs and plastic nipples
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: MIFAB, Inc.
    Inventor: MIFAB, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130205489
    Abstract: A pump assembly for connection with a water source inlet (4), a sewer outlet (5) and a toilet (1), said toilet (1) comprising a toilet flush water inlet (2) and a toilet waste outlet (3), said pump assembly comprising: a pump housing with a pump flush water inlet (27), a pump flush water outlet (28), a pump waste inlet (25) and a pump waste outlet (26), and with means arranged to selectively allow water to flow from said pump flush water inlet (27) to said pump flush water outlet (28), and with means arranged to selectively pump waste from said pump waste inlet (25) to said pump waste outlet (26), characterized in that said pump assembly further comprises a connection system comprising two connection members (6, 7) that can be connected to each other: said first connection member (6) comprising a toilet waste outlet port (21) arranged to be connected to said toilet waste outlet (3), and a sewer outlet port (20) arranged to be connected to said sewer outlet (5), said second connection member (7) comprising sai
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Almos Technologies Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Steve Rakoczy, Steven Thomas McGuinness
  • Patent number: 8490276
    Abstract: A device for mounting of a plumbing fixture such as a faucet or the like through a hole in a counter, a sink or the like and connection of the fixture to a supply line. A collar member of the device is slidingly retained on an inlet tube of the fixture by a connecting nut of the supply line. A rod, guided in its axial movement by a guide member that is connected to the collar member, has a flag member that is rotatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the device may be passed through the hole when connected to the plumbing fixture and the supply line. In the deployed position, the flag member increases the axial profile of the device and co-acts with the body of the plumbing fixture in retaining the plumbing fixture in the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Julian
  • Patent number: 8479761
    Abstract: A device used in a digital shower system contains a valve box including a housing fixed on a frame; a temperature control valve installed in the housing to mix cold and hot waters together; two inlet pipes to supply the cold and the hot waters toward the temperature control valve respectively; a motor to drive the temperature control valve; two outlet pipes to output mixed cold and hot water; two solenoid valve to turn on and off the outlet pipe; a controlling panel to control the valve box including a first abutting portion to contact with an external face of a front fence of the device and to close a groove of the front fence, a retaining means including two second bolts and two orifices, the second bolt being inserted through the controlling panel to screw with the orifice so that the first abutting portion abuts against the external face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Chaota Yang
  • Patent number: 8468620
    Abstract: A faucet structure includes a faucet main body, a limit disc and a plurality of guide pipes. The faucet main body includes a plurality of inlet passages and a plurality of inlets at lower ends of the inlet passages to connect upper ends of the guide pipes. At least one side of each inlet has an engaging recess for engagement of a limit protrusion of the corresponding guide pipe. The faucet main body has a threaded hole at a bottom thereof. Each guide pipe includes a stop ring and a neck part fitted on the upper end thereof. The neck part has the limit protrusion at one side thereof. The limit disc has a plurality of through holes and a hole corresponding in position to the inlets and the threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Shao-Hwa Tarng
  • Patent number: 8464369
    Abstract: Disclosed are fittings (e.g. tub spouts) suitable for mounting to a member (e.g. a water pipe). Special clamping structures are provided and located in a cavity of a fitting body. The clamping structures have at least two separate clamp parts that surround the water pipe or other member. A set screw can be extended radially inward from a hole in the fitting body to drive a clamp part. This helps to retain the end of the member in the cavity, while distributing clamping load away from a single point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Michael R. Furseth
  • Patent number: 8459301
    Abstract: A connecting unit for a sanitary fitting is proposed, said connecting unit having, on one side thereof, plug-in sockets for connection to plug-in nipples of the sanitary fitting. On the opposite side, the connecting unit contains connections for the domestic installation pipes. The sanitary fitting and the connecting unit are connected by plugging in a direction parallel to the wall surface. The connecting unit may contain a flushing pipe which is designed as a continuous bore. When the connecting unit is not yet connected to the sanitary fitting, said flushing pipe can be used to flush out the pipes. Said flushing pipe is stopped from functioning when the connection between the sanitary fitting and the connecting unit is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventor: Werner Lorch
  • Publication number: 20130061391
    Abstract: A shower rail riser comprising a riser body having an aperture for receiving a riser rail therethrough, a holder for releasably holding a shower head, an engagement element for in use releasably engaging a riser rail extending through the aperture of the riser body so as to hold the riser body stationary relative thereto, and a handle which depends from the riser body, the handle being movable relative to the riser body so that a user can at least raise the riser body using the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: DLP LIMITED
    Inventor: Ian Douglas Felmeri
  • Publication number: 20130036547
    Abstract: A system is provided for mounting a mixing valve on a support surface to connect the mixing valve (101) to supply pipes (109, 111) projecting from the support surface. The system includes a mounting plate (103) for securing to the support surface so that the supply pipes (109, 111) pass through openings in the mounting plate (103). Sleeves (159, 161) fit over the projecting ends of the supply pipes (109, 111) for reception in inlets of the mixing valve (101) to thereby compress the sleeves (159, 161) to grip and retain the pipes (109, 111) in the inlets. The mixing valve (101) is releasably secured to the mounting plate (103) allowing the mixing valve (101) to be detached and the sleeves (159, 161) and mounting plate (103) to be removed from the pipes (109, 111).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Nigel Paul Sansum, Richard William Dauncey, Christopher Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 8370971
    Abstract: A faucet connecting structure contains a body including an internal chamber having a groove; an outlet pipe including an inlet end and an outlet end; the inlet end including an connecting segment with a slot; a retaining loop to define a C-shaped peripheral wall and an elongated opening; the peripheral wall including an outer face having plural first raised portions to form a first flexible deforming structure and having plural first recessed portions, including an inner face having plural second raised portions to form a second flexible deforming structure and having plural second recessed portions, the peripheral wall also including a first end and a second end, and the first end including a rib; a limiting means used to limit the retaining loop in the groove of the body to prevent the outlet pipe from disengagement from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Ruifu Wang
  • Patent number: 8272083
    Abstract: A faucet installation system and method for use on faucets that include a valve stem that is adapted for insertion through an aperture in a sink or a countertop is disclosed. The system uses a valve having a valve stem that is adapted for connection to a water supply line that connects to a water supply valve. The valve stem includes an external surface that cooperates with a retention nut that is split, so that retention nut may be attached to the valve stem after the valve stem and water supply line have been attached to one another and inserted through the aperture in the sink or countertop, eliminating the need to attach the water supply line to the stem from under the sink or countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas D. Liston, Zachary E. Conrad
  • Patent number: 8272082
    Abstract: Tub box systems, apparatus and methods of assembling in concrete floors under bath tubs. Tub boxes with water sealing members can include troughs/gutters about the perimeter edges of the tub box which collect water leakage between the tub box and concrete floors. Raised ribs on the outside of the tub boxes block water flowing on the surfaces of the tub box from reaching lower drain lines. Water barrier rings with flat outwardly extending sides and concentric raised ridges which attach about downwardly projecting drain bases underneath the tub box further prevent water leaks running down the drain bases. Fire stop material can be clipped about the drain bases and expand from heat to prevent fire from traveling upward around the drain lines in the concrete floors under bathtubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: MHubbard 09, LLC
    Inventor: Darrell W Price
  • Patent number: 8261379
    Abstract: A floor drain support plate for mounting and securing a floor drain to a floor structure includes body having a peripheral edge, an interior cavity and a center passageway spaced radially apart from the peripheral edge and adapted to receive a pipe. The body of the support plate defining at least one slot adapted to be aligned with the floor drain for receiving a member for attaching the floor drain to the body of the support plate. A flange is attached to the body of the support plate and extends away from the interior cavity, the flange defining at least one flange slot adapted to receive a fastener, and two opposed elongated members or wing sections extending from said flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Vince Miller
  • Patent number: 8225434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wall rod (1) to be applied in front of a vertical wall by means of wall supports (6), said wall rod comprising an extension on the upper end thereof, that extends in an arched manner away from the wall. The handle of a shower attachment can be inserted into the free end of said arched pipe extension, and the tube is guided downwards on the rear side of the wall rod (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventor: Klaus Grohe
  • Publication number: 20120180210
    Abstract: A sink flange and collar assembly for a food waste disposer includes a sink flange having a tubular body portion and an annular flange transversely extending from the tubular body portion. An outer radial surface of the tubular body portion having at least one first dimple extending outwardly from the outer radial surface. A collar has a dimple attachment recess adapted to slidably receive the at least one first dimple, and a dimple insertion track transversely oriented to the dimple attachment recess to releasably engage with the at least one dimple to releasably engage the collar to the sink flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Steven P. Hanson, Thomas R. Berger, Jerry G. Ryder
  • Patent number: 8220492
    Abstract: A faucet device includes a fixing unit having a water supply hole and a locking groove, a valve unit coupled separably to the fixing unit, a positioning unit, and a locking unit. The valve unit is movable between a first position to be connected to the fixing unit, and a second position to be separated from the fixing unit. The valve unit is rotatable relative to the fixing unit so as to be secured to the fixing unit by the positioning unit and to unblock the water supply hole, and is further rotatable reversely so as to be separable from the fixing unit and to block the water supply hole. The locking unit includes a locking component that is biased resiliently to engage the locking groove, and that is moved by the valve unit to be disengaged from the locking groove during movement of the valve unit from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Ming-Shuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8214941
    Abstract: Disclosed are fittings (e.g. tub spouts) suitable for mounting to a member (e.g. a water pipe). Special clamping structures are provided and located in a cavity of a fitting body. The clamping structures have at least two separate clamp parts that surround the water pipe or other member. A set screw can be extended radially inward from a hole in the fitting body to drive a clamp part. This helps to retain the end of the member in the cavity, while distributing clamping load away from a single point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Michael R. Furseth
  • Patent number: 8210195
    Abstract: A method for securing a faucet assembly to a counter top. The faucet assembly has downwardly depending threaded inlets for the hot and cold water. Flexible water hoses are secured to the hot and cold water under sink valves and the upper ends of the flexible hoses are extended through a hot water opening and a cold water opening in the counter top. Hollow cylinder cold flexible polymeric sleeves are pressed over the hot and cold water threaded inlet nipples. The assembly is then pushed down over the counter top so that the flexible sleeves form a tight frictional fit in the counter top openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Juan Quintana