Fitting Or Manifold For A Sink Or Bath Patents (Class 4/696)
  • Patent number: 9187883
    Abstract: Proposed is a fitting main body in which are arranged receptacles for the connections of the sanitary fitting to the water line, receptacles for a thermostat valve and a flow-rate regulating valve, and all water channels. The water channels are formed at least in part as flat ducts open towards one side of the fitting main body, wherein the longitudinal direction of the cross section through the flat ducts runs perpendicular to the side of the fitting main body. The ducts are closed off by a cover which is connected to the fitting main body. As a result, that part of the sanitary fitting which comprises all of the water channels is composed of the fitting main body and a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Jochen Armbruster, Horst Flieger, Bernd Kronenbitter
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140340872
    Abstract: A fitting for through hole mounting to a panel structure in a bathing installation includes a fitting body structure including a body portion configured to extend through a mount opening and a transverse flange portion having an outer size larger than the mount opening to overlaps the panel structure surrounding the mount opening. A nut engages a portion of the body. A ring structure is positioned between the nut and the panel structure, and has an inner opening with a dimension larger than a diameter of the nut and larger than a dimension of the mount opening, and fits between the nut and the panel structure. A seal is disposed within a cavity defined by the ring structure, the panel structure, the fitting body portion and the nut to provide a water-tight seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Balboa Water Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham J. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8613294
    Abstract: A faucet assembly has: a faucet body having a containment space with an opening, the opening having a water outlet with an assembly tube extending into the containment space; a connecting tube disposed in the containment space of the faucet body, an end of the connecting tube having a connecting section connected to the assembly tube, another end of the connecting section having a securing section adjacent to the opening, the securing section having an inner threaded section on an inner sidewall; and a tube-shaped coupling member having an axial connecting aperture, an end of the coupling member having an outer threaded section, another end of the coupling member having a narrowed section with an axial screw aperture connected to the connecting aperture, a screw member locked with the screw aperture, and the inner threaded section of the connecting tube locked with the outer threaded section of the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Alexander Yeh Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Chang Yeh
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8033486
    Abstract: A waste line connector assembly for a food waste disposer includes a tailpipe member having a first inlet connectable to an outlet of a food waste disposer, a second inlet connectable to a waste water outlet of a dishwasher, and an outlet connectable to a waste or drain line. A one-way valve, such as a duck-bill valve, is in fluid communication with the second inlet. A flexible coupler, may be provided to be connected to the outlet, with one or both ends of the coupler being angled and rotatably connected to the outlet and/or the waste line so that the angular position of the waste line is variable relative to the tailpipe member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Thomas R Berger, Steven P Hanson, Scott W Anderson
  • Patent number: 7882578
    Abstract: A pop-up valve, comprising an internally threaded screw nut, and positioned in a circumjacent manner around a cylindrical waste drain pipe. A complementary, externally threaded screw bolt, is threadably engageable with the screw nut, and also circumjacent the cylindrical waste drain pipe. A seal element is positioned on the screw nut, and is vertically movable towards the bottom of a sink, as a result of corresponding vertical movement of the screw bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Xiamen Lota International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keping Li, Pingsheng Yao
  • Patent number: 7721364
    Abstract: A remote indoor kitchen coupled to existing water and drainage resources where the water and drainage lines may be uncoupled utilizing quick-connect couplers and the remaining fast remove portion of the line is removed. Water leakage is prevented through shutoff valves upstream and downstream of the fast remove portion. Optionally, couplers containing integrally disposed, one-way valves in the female members, are located at either end of the fast remove portion of the line to prevent water leakage. Preferably, the supply tubing is resilient and predisposed to coil making removal simpler. Water drainage is accomplished through valveless couplers and preferably by assisted by pump. The kitchen assembly includes a frame with preferably collapsible lower legs, at least one sink, a planar surface, storage drawers, a faucet, a spray nozzle, a backsplash with an electrical outlet. Optionally the sink includes a garbage disposal, mounted oven, and a protective plastic overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Pearson
  • Patent number: 7690394
    Abstract: A crossover manifold system for hot and cold water faucet pairs arranged back to back on opposite sides of a partition, the system comprising a pair of manifold tubes, wherein each tube comprises a central section; a first intermediate section and a second intermediate section, wherein each intermediate section is adjacent to and angled with respect to the central section; and a first distal section and a second distal section, wherein each distal section is adjacent to and angled with respect to the first and second intermediate sections, respectively. The first and second distal sections are approximately parallel to one another, and the manifold tubes cross over one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Graybeal
  • Patent number: 7527174
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser system includes a container that is mounted below a mounting surface for containing a fluid. A base is mounted above the mounting surface, and the base defines an opening configured to allow passage of the fluid when filling the container. A dispenser body is detachably coupled to the base to allow removal of the dispenser for filling the container with the fluid from above the mounting surface. The dispenser body has a moveable handle that is moveable for manually pumping the fluid and a fixed spout that is fixed in position relative to the mounting surface when the fluid is dispensed from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Steven Kyle Meehan, Darrell Scott Crowe, Alfred C. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20090000026
    Abstract: A thermostatic faucet including a holder configured to be coupled to a mounting deck and a thermostatic valve assembly supported by the holder and configured to be removed from above the deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: James Richard Hanson
  • Patent number: 7448405
    Abstract: Dual valve and tri-valve drain and pipe-cleaning devices which are characterized by a length of pipe having one or two valves such as gate valves and a nipple extending from the pipe and fitted with a third valve for receiving a flush hose or the outlet nozzle of a compressed air cylinder. When the cleaning device is inserted in the drain line beneath a sink or drain system, the valves can be manipulated to flush the drain line, including the main drain line extending from the sink or drain, by the introduction of water under pressure or compressed air, as desired. Clearing of the drain line(s) downstream of the cleaning device is typically effected using the dual valve system, while flushing of the downstream drain line as well as that portion of the drain extending from the sink or drain system area to the device, is achieved using the tri-valve device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Jerome P. Shores
  • Patent number: 7185529
    Abstract: The present invention provides a testing assembly for pressure testing a plumbing system in a building where the building has a shower station with a drain and a shower inlet. The testing assembly includes a drain adapter, a hose fitting on the shower inlet, and a hose removably connecting the shower inlet and the drain adapter. The drain adapter has a hose end fitting and a drain sealing element in fluid communication with the hose end fitting. The sealing element is adapted to be in fluid communication with the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Duane Condon
  • Publication number: 20040237189
    Abstract: The Bathsert is a unique, and functional piece that allows plumbers and homeowners to replace dual faucets with a single faucet design. It provides a good looking alternative to current chrome plate covers. It also adds some functionality with small storage shelves for shampoo or soap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph V. Ross
  • Patent number: 6820289
    Abstract: A method for installing a tub above a floor, in certain aspect, the floor having a plurality of spaced-apart supports beneath the floor supporting the floor, the tub to be installed on top of the floor, the tub having a drain hole for draining water from the tub, the floor having a hole to correspond in position to the drain hole of the tub, the method including securing a tub shoe beneath the tub at the drain hole, the tub shoe comprising an upright part with a fluid flow channel through the upright part in fluid communication with a fluid flow channel through a second part for draining water from the tub through the drain hole, positioning the upright part so that the second part can extend through an open portion of at least one of the plurality of spaced-apart supports supporting the floor, and connecting the second part in fluid communication with a primary drain line for receiving water from the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Deryl Heil
  • Patent number: 6691338
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing automated control over both water and temperature and pressure for a plurality of shower heads or other sources of water. The automated systems and methods for providing automated control over both water pressure and temperature make use of three distinct modules which comprise an input and display unit, and electronic processing unit, and the mechanical plumbing control unit. The electronic processing unit receives signals from the input and display unit and translates the received signals into the appropriate control signals for the mechanical plumbing control unit. A user is able to control the output water temperature from each of the shower heads or water sources as well as the individual water pressure from each of the shower heads or water sources. In the preferred exemplary embodiment, the housing of containing the electrical mechanical elements of the system is dimensioned such that the housing will advantageously fit within the cavity of the typical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Interbath, Inc.
    Inventor: Claus D. Zieger
  • Patent number: 6678903
    Abstract: A spray handle support assembly includes a support sleeve with outer threads and a support collar. An installation nut that includes inner threads engages the outer threads of the support sleeve. The inner threads of the installation nut include a ramped surface that allows for the inner threads to ride over the outer threads of the support sleeve. The installation nut is then able to pull upward over the support sleeve to engage a bottom surface of the installation deck. Support sleeve includes a flange in a trim collar that engages an upper surface of the deck. The installation nut is pulled upward to engage the bottom surface of the deck and secure the support sleeve in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Stephen Miles Rhodes
  • Patent number: 6643867
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a faucet stand for positioning a faucet in operative relationship to a free-standing bowl mounted on a table or counter top. The faucet stand includes a base with a curved front surface for receiving the bowl, first and second sides extending from the base, and at least one through hole extending through the base for receiving the faucet. The faucet stand allows the use of conventional faucets with free-standing bowls thereby eliminating the need for either specially sized faucets or faucets extending from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Deco Lav, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Louis Silverman, Robert Howard Mayer
  • Publication number: 20030177573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a faucet stand for positioning a faucet in operative relationship to a free-standing bowl mounted on a table or counter top. The faucet stand includes a base with a curved front surface for receiving the bowl, first and second sides extending from the base, and at least one through hole extending through the base for receiving the faucet. The faucet stand allows the use of conventional faucets with free-standing bowls thereby eliminating the need for either specially sized faucets or faucets extending from the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome Lewis Silverman, Robert Howard Mayer
  • Patent number: 6588803
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a p-trap 12 for commercial and residential plumbing systems wherein the p-trap 12 has an enlarged portion at 46 for receiving a drainpipe 20 and has a threaded port 22 to receive a pressure hose 16 for a dishwasher 14 waste line. Also disclosed is a deflection shield 24 disposed in operative connection to the threaded port 22 so as to direct waste water 50 downwardly away from the sink 18. The present invention 10 further includes a plurality of multiport PVC pipe fittings in various configurations to provide greater flexibility when plumbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Robert M. Vila
  • Patent number: 6543067
    Abstract: A modular spa with an integrated manifold that has telescoping structure that permits easy insertion and length adjustment for installation between water inlet and outlet lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Bullfrog International, L.C.
    Inventors: Richard Alex Eddington, Stephen M. Fleischer, David Jon Ludlow
  • Patent number: 6519791
    Abstract: A stub-out bar has a first bar telescopically and slidably receiving a second bar. Holes and slots are formed on the first bar and the second bar, respectively. While attaching a fixture on the stub-out bar, one of the holes is aligned with one slot to allow a fastener to thread through. The first and the second bars each has a bendable tab extending from a front plate thereof. The bendable tabs are positioned at two opposite ends of the stub-out bar such that the stub-out bar can be mounted in different surfaces of joists by simply bending the bendable tabs. The stub-out bar has an open cross-section, in a box-shape. The first and second bars are made of a sufficiently heavy gauge of metal that heavy-duty applications such as bathroom tub and shower fixtures can be supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Securus, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott W. Randolph
  • Patent number: 6385798
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture adapted to be installed from the top side of a sink deck through a sink deck opening includes a valve body having an exterior threaded portion of a size to pass through the sink deck opening. There is a shoulder on the valve body which is adapted to seat upon the sink deck when the threaded portion extends through the sink deck opening. A threaded collar is mounted on the valve body threaded portion with the collar being of a size to pass through the sink deck opening. A collapsible sleeve is coaxial with the valve body and positioned thereon between the collar and the shoulder, the sleeve having an outer diameter, when collapsed, which will permit the sleeve to pass through the sink deck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonard J. Burns, Nicholas A. Mascari, Martin Zummersch
  • Patent number: 6370712
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture adapted to be installed from the top side of a sink deck through a sink deck opening includes a housing having a body portion which is adapted to extend through the sink deck opening and below the sink deck when mounted. The housing has a shoulder which is adapted to seat on the sink deck when mounted. There is a collar slidably movable on the body portion and of a size to pass through the sink deck opening. A threaded bore is in the collar and an unthreaded bore is in the housing shoulder, and a threaded member extends through these bores, with rotation of the threaded member from above the sink deck moving the collar axially along the housing body portion. The housing body portion has a recessed area thereon to accommodate inward movement of a pair of outwardly-biased yielding members, such as button-shaped projections, which are associated with the collar and extend outwardly therefrom such that when so extended the collar will not pass through the sink deck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonard J. Burns, Nicholas A. Mascari, Martin Zummersch
  • Patent number: 6334226
    Abstract: A faucet support member for fixing a faucet in a mounting hole made in a base plate, comprising tightening members which are fixed to a support seat, which is provided to support a base end portion of the faucet, by connectors so that the tightening members are pivotable with the connectors and slidable along the connectors, and which are formed so that the tightening members can be inserted into the mounting hole when the front end portions thereof are directed inward, and open beyond the diameter of the mounting hole when the front end portions of the tightening members are directed outward; and members for preventing the tightening members, opening beyond the diameter of the mounting hole, from being turned further, the tightening members opening beyond the diameter of the mounting hole being moved toward a bottom surface of the support seat to hold the base plate between the bottom surface of the support seat and an upper surface of the tightening members and support the faucet on the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Tokunaga, Hideyuki Hasebe, Sigemiti Inada
  • Patent number: 6314593
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting having a plastic holding part inserted in the underside of the fitting for rigidly fixing the fitting to a surface. The fitting has a holding part containing passages for leads and optionally fastening parts. The holding part has a holding tongue on a side remote from the center of gravity of the fitting, the holding tongue engages with a projection on the underside of a plate to which the fitting is to be firmly screwed. This holding tongue prevents tilting of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventor: Ralf Mantel
  • Patent number: 5915851
    Abstract: A water appliance of a modular construction including a basin module having attachable wing modules, a cabinetry module having cabinet doors to match surrounding kitchen cabinetry or appliances, a utility module for containing water, electrical, and electronic conduits from counter level down to below the basins, a garbage disposer module flow connected to drains of the basin and pre-piped for drainage, and a control module connected to a top of the utility module and quickly connectable to water, electrical, and electronic conduits from the utility module. The control module provides a light for the basin area as well as water dispensing conduits which can be precisely electronically controlled for water delivery, flow rate, quantity, temperature, CO.sub.2 content, purity level, detergent level, etc. A hand held brush extending from the controller module by a flexible hose can be provided and its controls applied onto the control panel of the controller module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Wattrick, Karen L. Wells
  • Patent number: 5566707
    Abstract: A putty plate 30 is formed with an edge 32 in a continuous pattern to define the perimeter of the plate. A base wall of the putty plate 30 includes a floor 40 on one side of the plate 30 and a ceiling 78 on the other side of the plate. Holes 48, 60 and 62 are formed through the base wall. Four sets of ribs 52 are formed integrally from the floor 40 on the one side of the plate 30 while sets of ribs 84 are formed integrally from the ceiling 78 on the other side of the plate. Ribs 46 are formed about the holes 48 in a hexagonal configuration integrally from the floor 40 of the plate 30. Circular ribs 80 are formed about the holes 48 integrally from the ceiling 78 on the other side of the plate 30. A continuous groove 68 is formed in the base wall between the edge 32 and the ceiling 78 to define the perimeter of the ceiling. Two other putty plates 108 and 200 are formed with structure similar to the structure of the plate 30. The three putty plates 30, 108 and 200 are composed of a nylon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Y. F. Ching, Darren M. Mark, Donald J. Segien, Jr., Curtis S. Woolley
  • Patent number: 5510031
    Abstract: A water faucet apparatus for use with a sink or countertop faucet assembly includes a replaceable filter cartridge which is mounted in a cartridge housing formed as an integral part of the main body of the faucet assembly and positioned directly below the faucet spout below the level of the sink or countertop. The base to which the faucet spout is attached is easily removable to access the filter element inside the housing for replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: AmeTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund R. Knauf, Jr., Robert G. Schumacher, II
  • Patent number: 5497584
    Abstract: A plaster-protective cover for bathroom fittings is mounted recessed in the wall, the cover being fixed to the buried part of the fitting and having an outwards-facing dome-shaped cap designed to protect the fitting parts inside it. The hole in the wall for the fitting is sealed by a collar-like sealing element which produces a watertight seal and which has, at the wall end, an annular flange which rests against the wall. The flange is embedded in a layer of sealing material applied following installation of the buried part of the fitting as the bed layer for subsequently laid tiling, and the flange thus seals off the edge of the hole pierced in the wall for the buried part of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Ideal-Standard GmbH
    Inventor: Konrad Bergmann
  • Patent number: 5465749
    Abstract: A top mounted valve assembly having a block member with a hinged arm which is fitted through from the top of a supporting surface and actuated by a threaded actuating member. As the actuating member is turned in one direction, the hinged arm engages the underside of the supporting surface. To disengage the faucet, the actuating member is turned in the opposite direction which permits removal. Both single and dual handle faucets can be top mounted by the mounting assembly disclosed herein. An aesthetically appearing faucet results wherein the actuating mechanism is hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Sterling Plumbing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. Sauter, Kevin G. Short, Peter P. Beltemacchi
  • Patent number: 5388288
    Abstract: A plumbing fitting serving both as a test closure and a trap bushing for a T-fitting. The test and trap fitting comprises a tubular member of circular cross section having an open end and an integrally closed end. The fitting can be inserted through an opening in a wall (if present) and into the intermediate port of a T-fitting constituting a pan of a soil pipe and a vent pipe assembly. The test and trap fitting has an outside diameter such that it is received in the intermediate port of the T-fitting with close tolerance, enabling a fluid-tight connection to be made in any appropriate manner such as by solvent welding. The test and trap fitting serves as a closure for the intermediate port of the T-fitting enabling pressure testing of the plumbing system, or the maintenance of head of water therein. The test and trap fitting can be cut substantially flush with the wall and serves as bushing to which a plumbing fixture trap can be connected in fluid-tight fashion by solvent welding and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Donnie R. Fell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5359820
    Abstract: A wall insert to be affixed within an opening in a vertical wall providing a finished recess for accommodating washer and dryer appliance fittings within the wall dimensions permitting the appliances to be mounted close to the wall. The insert is preferably of a molded synthetic plastic configuration, includes mounting flanges and lips, and an appliance fitting support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Michael R. McKay
  • Patent number: 5325549
    Abstract: An improved trap fitting assembly (10) which prevents the spread of smoke and fire through a floor (100) and ceiling (104) supported by a joist (102) in a building is described. The fitting is preferably adapted for mounting in a tub box (12) and uses a flammable T-connector (24) for draining a tub (106) through an overflow pipe (22) and a drain pipe (20) connected to a tub drain (42). The T-connector is mounted inside of a non-flammable threaded nipple (16) which is mounted in an opening (14) in the tub box by jam nut (26) and a ring gasket (28). A non-flammable J-pipe (30), filled with water to a level L--L, threads onto a lower extension (16b) of the nipple and prevents smoke and fire from spreading through the fitting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 5133094
    Abstract: A mounting fixture for positioning a tub and/or shower valve assembly inside a stud wall. The mounting fixture includes a pair of L-shaped brackets having rows of holes in the long flanges of the brackets for securing the brackets to the face of the studs, and slots formed in the short flanges of the brackets. The mounting fixture further includes a pipe clamp in the form of a pair of clamp shells for clamping to a selected pipe of the valve assembly. Each of the clamp shells have a pair of guides formed on opposing surfaces that operate in the slots formed in the short flanges of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5127110
    Abstract: A domestic plumbing installation of a generally simple design which is easy to manufacture, is obtained in the following manner: a connecting end of the water-conduit element is merely pushed into a connection-receiving part and includes at least one locking notch, which extends generally perpendicularly to the direction of insertion, preferably approximately tangentially, the valve housing includes at least one locking bore extending generally perpendicularly to the direction of insertion preferably approximately tangentially to the connection-receiving part and ending in the connection-receiving part. To this end the locking notch is aligned with the locking bore; a locking pin preferably a tangential pin of solder material can be inserted into the locking bore and further into the locking notch for temporary assembly, when the tangential pin is inserted the water-conduit element is permanently secured to the valve housing by causing the solder material to melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Ideal-Standarad GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich Monch