Abstract: The present disclosure describes a finisher system for finishing joints, seams or gaps in wallboard. According to an example embodiment, the finisher system comprises a finisher for dispensing mastic onto wallboard and an adapter configured for pivotally connecting the finisher to a handle. The finisher and adapter are cooperatively configured to substantially prevent sliding motion of the finisher relative to the adapter, and to ensure appropriate registration and orientation of the finisher relative to the adapter. A fluid communication path is defined within the adapter, allowing mastic to flow through the adapter. A pivot pin enables a first portion of the adapter to pivot relative to a second portion of the adapter, and defines a bore therein that permits mastic to flow through the pivot pin and between the adapter's first and second portions. The adapter is configured for attachment to a handle having a substantially tear drop shaped cross-section.
June 1, 2011
Date of Patent:
September 9, 2014
Axia Acquisition Corporation, Graco Inc.
David J. Castagnetta, Matthew W. Jungklaus, Charles C. Somers, III
Abstract: A select spring coupler structure is outfitted upon a flat finisher assembly or apparatus so as to enhance the user's ability to maintain the flat finisher apparatus. The flat finisher apparatus essentially comprises at least one (tension) coil spring removably held in tension between opposing anchor structures. The select spring coupler structure according to the present invention is outfittable upon the coil spring at the first spring end of the coil spring. The spring coupler structure comprises certain radially extending structure for engaging the first spring end and certain finger engaging structure for enabling manual alteration (i.e. via one's digits) of spring tension so as to disengage the first spring end from respective anchoring structure. The spring coupler structure may be twisted into engagement with the first spring end(s) via the helical structure of adjacent loops of the coil spring to couple therewith.
Abstract: A method for selectively applying a reflectance modifying agent (RMA) to an area of skin, the method comprising receiving an image of the area of skin, identifying, using the image, a nominated point within the area of skin, determining an actual reflectance of the nominated point, applying an edge protection technique based on the image to generate one or more outputs, determining a desired reflectance of the nominated point based on the one or more outputs, calculating an amount of RMA to be applied based on the output, and determining whether to apply the RMA to the area of skin based on the amount of RMA.
Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to building tools that are high quality, durable, and in some case lightweight. For example, various tools may made by forming multiple sections into a single integrated piece by, for example, casting the parts using a molding process so as to reduce manufacturing cost and increase the structural durability of the tool. Further, various tools may be made, at least in part, using a material including magnesium to reduce the weight of the tool. Still further, various tools may be made using one or more protective coatings for protecting various metals against corrosion, for example, using a high impact coating such as paint covered with a clear coat of lacquer.
Abstract: An application nozzle for viscous adhesives has a nozzle housing (1) encompassing an interior (4) that has an application edge (6) along which a plurality of nozzle openings (8, 33) are arranged, and has at least one feed opening (5) located opposite from the application edge (6). The interior (4) of the nozzle housing (1) widens from the feed opening (5) towards the nozzle openings (8, 33), as seen in the direction of the application edge (6). Flow elements (9, 10, 11) to convey the adhesive from the feed opening (5) to the nozzle openings (8, 33) are provided in the interior (4) of the nozzle housing (1) and at least one flow element (9, 10, 11) that has an inflow edge (12) and an outflow edge (13) and that is oriented in such a way that the flow element, while being completely surrounded by the volume flow of adhesive, uniformly distributes the volume flow of adhesive, taking into consideration the different flow paths leading from the feed opening (5) to the individual nozzle openings (8, 33).
Abstract: An apparatus comprises a changeover mechanism which is able to change a connection state of an electric motor output shaft to any one of “an IN-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between a transmission input shaft and the electric motor output shaft, “an OUT-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between the transmission output shaft and the electric motor output shaft, and “a neutral state” in which no transmission path therebetween is provided. When a kick-down-condition is satisfied, a changeover operation for changing an electric motor connection state to the OUT-Connection State is firstly performed. Thereafter, a gear position shifting operation for increasing a transmission reduction ratio is performed. After the kick-down-condition satisfied, an E/G side output torque Te and a M/G side output torque Tm is adjusted in such a manner that a sum Ts of Te and Tm continues to increase.
Abstract: A method for extruding and depositing a slurry or mortar onto a selected work surface uses a mortar gun assembly with a chamber for receiving mortar from a remote supply hopper and an extruder configured to selectively apply a bead or ribbon of mortar of selected thickness onto the work surface. The mortar gun assembly provides mortar from the hopper under pressure and the user selectively applies mortar by controlling a rotating port valve between the hopper and the mortar gun chamber. The rotating port valve provides a “rest state” in which the mortar is not sent to the mortar gun, but is instead re-circulated by the pump back to the hopper so un-dispensed mortar is kept moving and cannot dry or set.
Abstract: An applicator for applying drywall mastic or other material to a flat drywall surface or to an outside drywall joint or other surface comprises a body member having an upper surface and a lower surface and a pair of opposed ends, a recess in the lower surface for connection to a source of the material to be applied to the surface and at least one pair of opposed arms pivotally mounted on one of the sides of the body member for movement between deployed and retracted positions depending on whether the material is being applied to an outside corner joint or a flat surface, respectively. In another embodiment, the applicator has a pair of relatively moveable blades located in operational relationship with respect to each other for controlling flow of the material from the recess to the surface to which it is being applied.
Abstract: The brush applicator has a tapered inner wall and inwardly extended flange inside of a nozzle, which secures a molded or crimped brush assembly. Two edge applicators apply a substantially uniform thin layer of adhesive or glue only on the edge surface of a workpiece. A first edge applicator applies glue through an exit and a second embodiment of the edge applicator has a roller with side flanges and with a reduced portion in-between. A flat surface applicator may have plural vanes and channels inside of two outer walls to distribute adhesive to a wider flat exit. A biscuit applicator applies glue on two side surfaces of elliptical slots that are formed by biscuit cutters. The glue flows through plural vanes or plural transversely positioned openings and passes to form two opposite layers of glue. A dowel applicator applies a thin substantially uniform layer of glue on the wall of a dowel-receiving hole prior to installation of dowel pins.
Abstract: Applicator tip for applying fast curing adhesive of low viscosity to a surface. The applicator tip comprises a body with an inner canal for feeding the adhesive to an orifice. Spikes in various shapes and placements are arranged around the orifice for preventing the orifice from contacting the surface.
November 24, 2009
Date of Patent:
November 1, 2011
Henkel AG & Co., KGaA
Kenneth N. Broadley, Michael Mulvey, Nico Zinndorf
Abstract: A device for applying a cosmetic composition on human keratinous material, the device comprising: a non-colorimetric detection system; an application system for applying the composition to keratinous material, comprising a reservoir containing the cosmetic composition; and a processor unit for controlling the application system as a function at least of data received from the detection system.
Abstract: A mortar applying machine incorporating housing, having a rotatable drive wheel mounted therein, the drive wheel adhered upon a pivot shaft located within the housing, and the drive wheel being disposed through the bottom of the housing for mortar and engagement with the surface of a row of blocks previously applied in the forming of a building wall. Fixedly mounted to the same shaft are a pair of paddles, formed of blades, which assure the proper shifting and movement of the fluid mortar into position within the housing, for passage out of its lower openings, and onto the transverse lands of the row of blocks as previously applied into the building wall. A diverter is provided within the housing to assure that the fluid mortar flows towards the front of the housing with respect to the direction of its movement when depositing a layer of mortar onto a previously laid row of blocks.
Abstract: A grout dispenser which dispenses a grout mixture from a container through a tracking square-toothed-shaped nipple having an off-on valve and extrudes the mixture into spaces between previously-set tiles. A utility stand, a grout float device and a tracking wheel to maintain a straight line are included. In use, the strip glides over the edges of the installed tiles on a predetermined width, spaces or tracks. By gliding over the uncured grout, mortar, the float gives the spaces or tracks a concave appearance.
Abstract: The device comprises an applicator (2) and a cover (5) configured to be adaptable on the applicator (2), the external face (3) of which is impregnated with conditioning substance for shoes by rolling dispenser means (10) incorporated in the internal face (9) of the cover (5), which includes a reservoir (4) with such substance. The substance dosing is produced on opening the device, the applicator (2) sliding, via some guides (8) arranged on the lateral face (7) of the cover (5), over the dispenser means (10) which apply an optimum quantity of substance to the external face (3) of the applicator (2), with which the footwear is subsequently rubbed to clean it. When used, the device is closed by transversely coupling the applicator (2) inside the cover (5), preferably of plastic with transparent reservoir (4). For convenience, the device can incorporate an ergonomic handle (1) joined to the applicator (2).
September 29, 2005
Date of Patent:
September 1, 2009
Zobele Espana S.A.
Andrea Caserta, Julio Cesar Ruiz Ballesteros, Jose Antonio Munoz Martinez, David Moreno Perez, Xavier Alvarez Leal, Fernando Mayor Sans
Abstract: A device for packaging and applying a substance may include a receptacle containing a supply of the substance, a first applicator element configured to be filled with the substance from the receptacle, and a second applicator element configured to be separated from the receptacle, configured to come into contact with a region to be treated, and configured to at least one of spread out and blend in the substance from the first applicator element. The second applicator element may surround the first applicator element at least in part, at least while the second applicator element is secured to the receptacle.
Abstract: A fluid spreader includes a first surface, wherein the first surface has at least one channel that continuously or discontinuously extends to an outer periphery of the first surface, allowing fluid to flow easily and thereby reducing the thickness of the fluid between the fluid spreader and another device or component.
May 30, 2007
December 4, 2008
Paul Hoffman, Rajiv Tandon, Chun-Hou Chan
Abstract: A drywall finisher's flat box is disclosed, having an adjustable pressure plate spring, independent suspension for guide wheels on the back plate, and a wiper configured so that the pressure plate can be pushed flat against the back plate, thus expelling nearly all of the drywall compound from the flat box.
Abstract: The present disclosure describes drywall tools that employ rotatable joints, e.g., ball joints, and methods of using such tools. One particular implementation of a drywall tool includes a body having a recess adapted to pivotably receive a rounded connector of a handle. A retainer carried by the body includes first and second rods. Each of the rods is rotatable about an axis and has a non-uniform circumference with respect to that axis such that such that a surface of the rod is spaced farther from a recess axis of the recess when in its open position than when in its closed position.
Abstract: A doctor blade for removing water from a mating member, such as a grooved elastic belt in the press part of a papermaking machine, comprises a resin-impregnated fibrous laminate, in which at least a part of the warp of a base material in the laminate, which comes into contact with the mating member, is brush-shaped, so that the warp enters the insides of the grooves to remove water therefrom.
Abstract: A flowable media dispensing device is shown that includes a removable sealing device that seals a dispensing opening of the dispensing device when not in use, and is removed to expose the dispensing opening during application of the flowable media. The use of a sealing device permits the user to leave unused media such as drywall joint compound inside the dispensing device when not in use. The time consuming step of cleaning the dispensing device after every use is therefore eliminated. Further, media such as drywall joint compound that would previously have been wasted during the cleaning process is saved, providing more efficient use of the dispensing device.
Abstract: A drywall finishing head is provided for applying mastic material over a tape joint between adjacent wallboard surfaces. The finishing head includes a coater connected to a pneumatic applicator for delivering the mastic material. A wiper blade extends across the length of the coater with a cover underlying the wiper blade and a backer bar overlying the wiper blade. A cam assembly is rotatably mounted on a tensioning portion of the coater. Adjustment of the cam assembly is constructed and arranged to change the force of the backer boar so that a proper crown or profile of mastic material can be delivered to the tape joint through a gap between the cover and the wiper blade.
Abstract: A drywall mud applicator, designed to quickly and easily apply a first layer of mud or mastic material to a joint in preparation for applying drywall tape thereto. The applicator includes a main housing comprising two side plates pivotally connected to an intermediate member. During use, the side plates are centrally aligned over a joint located between adjacent drywall panels so that each side plate is positioned against the adjoining drywall surface. The intermediate member is longitudinally aligned over the longitudinal axis of the joint. Attached to each side plate is a guide member that slides laterally over the side plate's front surface to control the width of the mud applied to the joint. A guide plate locking mechanism is provided for selectively locking the guide members in a desired position on the two side plates. A bellows is connected to the intermediate member and is used to evenly distribute mud to port openings formed on the two side plates.
Abstract: The invention relates to a backing lath (6, 14) used for coating a web of paper or paperboard in doctor blade and rod coaters and film-transfer coaters, the backing lath featuring a fiber-reinforced composite material body. When necessary, the backing lath can be surfaced with a wear-resistant coating. The invention also concerns a doctor element assembly, wherein the backing lath has a fiber-reinforced composite material body.
Abstract: A multipurpose tool for use in installing wallboard is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the tool comprises an elongated handle having first and second ends. The first end of the handle is connected to a wallboard spotter. The second end of the handle is connected to a screwdriver portion, which desirably comprises a ratcheting screwdriver. The screwdriver portion can also be adapted to be removably coupled to the handle. In addition, the screwdriver portion can be provided with a removable, reversible bit having a screwdriver end and a blunt end for depressing strands of wallboard paper into holes left by nails or screws in wallboard. In another embodiment, a tool comprises an elongated handle having a first end adapted for connection to a conventional wallboard spotter and a second end having a screwdriver.
Abstract: An apparatus for the application of drywall compound onto a taped drywall joint. The applicator uses an electrically powered, positive displacement pump which supplies a continuous flow of compound from a hopper to the applicator head via a fluid path. Remote controls on the handle of the applicator allow the operator to turn the pump on or off and also to select the optimal pump speed. The hopper is large enough so that an operator can apply compound to a number of joints before having to stop and refill the apparatus with compound.
Abstract: A mud applicator for applying mud to wall board includes a housing having a front open surface through which mud can pass, a plate movably connected within the housing such that the plate moves toward and away from the front open surface and a pneumatic drive mechanism operably connected to the plate to cause the plate to move toward the open surface in a manner such that when mud is disposed in the housing, the plate forces the mud out of the front open surface.
Abstract: A mud box includes a bottom surface with an outlet orifice, sides, a cover pivotally attached along one edge, and a handle attached to the cover for positioning the box on a surface and applying extruding pressure to the cover for ejecting material through the orifice. A spring assembly is attached to the box and connected to apply extruding pressure to the cover. A primary lock is coupled to the spring assembly and the box, the primary lock has a locked position in which the spring assembly is prevented from applying extruding pressure to the cover and an unlocked position in which the spring assembly applies extruding pressure to the cover. The primary lock is activated by a wheel assembly which moves it into the locked position when the box and wheel assembly are disengaged from a surface and which moves it into the unlocked position when the wheel assembly and box are engaged with a surface.
July 19, 1999
Date of Patent:
November 14, 2000
Equity Earnings Corp
Dan B. Pool, Toby Edwards, David F. Kreitzer
Abstract: A drywall mud storage and distribution system which includes in a preferred embodiment, a mud container and pump mounted on a portable frame, a flexible mud conduit connecting the pump to a portable pressure tank for dispensing drywall mud to the pressure tank, and a second conduit leading from the pressure tank for dispensing the drywall mud through a pressure-sensitive valve, typically to a trigger-operated tape and mud dispensing device. An additional conduit fitted with a handle-operated valve leads from the pressure tank to supply drywall mud to a mud dispensing tray. The system is capable of automatically filling the pressure tank with drywall mud from the mud container by operation of the pump when a preselected pressure is reached in the pressure tank, and drywall mud of selected consistency is supplied in selected quantities on demand, to either the tape and mud dispensing device or the mud dispensing tray or both.
Abstract: A glue applicator for the installation of laminate flooring on subfloors has three laterally spaced nozzles for applying separate beads of glue onto the back of a plank of laminate flooring. Two nozzles are spaced for applying separate beads of glue along the lateral edges of a plank, the third nozzle is spaced for applying beads of glue through the center of the plank. Flanges on the sides of the glue applicator position the beads of glue on the back of a plank of laminate flooring and standoff flanges hold the nozzles above the back of the plank a sufficient distance for assuring that the glue applicator of this invention does not smear the beads.
November 1, 1996
Date of Patent:
March 16, 1999
Premark RWP Holdings, Inc.
Tien-Chieh Chao, Thomas J. Nelson, Joseph A. Ingriola
Abstract: A wax applicator for use in a depilatory waxing procedure. The wax applicator has a body portion (10) with a mounting part (11) for the mounting of the body portion to a wax container (T). A flow passage (13) leads from the mounting part (11) to a narrow elongate outlet (14). Wax can flow from the container (T) along the flow passage (13) to the outlet (14). A spreader (15) is associated with the outlet (14). The spreader (15) has a distal edge located beyond the outlet so that in use wax issuing form the outlet (14) can spill over the distal edge of the spreader (15) as the applicator is moved forwardly in the direction in which the spreader (15) projects beyond the outlet (14).
February 23, 1996
Date of Patent:
February 23, 1999
Jane Vanessa Bourke, Christine Ruth Hudson, Francis Patrick O'Hare, Michael Glen Robins
Abstract: An adjustable tip caulking tube including a tapered nozzle having an open inner end and an open outer end. The open inner end has a diameter greater than a diameter of the open outer end. The open inner end couples with an opening in a front end of a caulking tube. A dial couples with the tapered nozzle whereby movement of the dial away from the open outer end will reduce the diameter thereof.
Abstract: A mastic applicator includes a guide mechanism mounted to the applicator so that the applicator is maintained in alignment with outside corners during application of mastic. The guide mechanism includes a pair of corner guides which have guide surfaces aligned with the side edges of the outlet from which the mastic flows. The corner guides are spring mounted so that they retract when they are not positioned at a corner, thereby allowing the applicator to be used on both sides of a corner, as well as on flat joints, without adjustment to the applicator. The mechanism also includes a pair of stub guides located on the applicator surface. The stub guides can be slid into position to engage opposite outside corners of a stub wall for effective application of mastic between the outside corners.
Abstract: A liquid coating applicator employs a disposable and replaceable squeegee blade adapted to permit the simultaneous dispensing and spreading of controlled amounts of screen filler onto screen printing stencil surfaces. The squeegee blade is removably attached to the dispensing end of the applicator to immediately contact and spread the dispensed liquid. The applicator threadingly attaches to a reservoir of liquid screen filler having resiliently flexible walls and which is refillable.
Abstract: A dispenser for a container of pipe sealant and the like comprising a dispensing closure for preventing the lateral spread of a compound contained by the container as it is dispensed and having a bristle assembly which prevents removal of the compound after it has been deposited and spread between the threads of a pipe.
Abstract: The flat finishing box has attachable/detachable heads each of which comprises a structural part incorporating a mouth and to which an edge assembly and edge assembly adjustment apparatus are attached. Heads are provided for dispensing mud in each of the three standard swath widths, 7", 10" and 12", so that any swath width can be dispensed from one box by interchanging heads attached to the box. The box cover is one extrusion and the bottom and back are another. The hinged edge of the cover has a cylindrical segment along the edge which fits into a partial cylindrical groove in the back, providing a leak proof hinge. Channels are provided to enhance mud flow from portions of the box beyond the width of the mouth of the head being used to the portion within the mouth width.
Abstract: The apparatus adjusts the arching of the trowelling bar used in the heads of flat finishing boxes. The trowelling bar and the guide strip in which it is mounted form an assembly which, for use with the subject apparatus, is straight in its free state. The apparatus comprises two plungers which are attached with some angular freedom to the guide strip at its quarter points, i.e. the two points essentially midway between its center and each of its ends. When the plungers are moved upward the guide strip/trowelling bar assembly is arched upward. When the plungers move downward the assembly is arched downward. The plunger motions are caused and controlled by two leaf springs, the first disposed to move the plungers upward, the second downward.
Abstract: Adapter for a mastic applicator and finishing tool flat box having a guide plate and corner guide assembly adapted to be mounted on opposite side and end walls of the flat box. Each corner guide is slidable between an extended position in which it has an end portion that can be projected beyond the end wall on which the assembly is mounted. The extended end portion is adapted to straddle a corner bead to guide the movement of the flat box along the corner bead during mastic filling of the corner bead. The corner guide end portion position in retracted position being out of contact with the wall board thereby permitting normal flat box mastic dispensing movement across the flat wall board surface. Each adapter guide plate having a flange portion overlying the flat box wall end on which it is mounted, the surface of the flange functioning as wear shoes adapted to ride on the abrasive wall board surfaces during normal flat box operation and during bead filling operation.
Abstract: This invention discloses an adjustable apparatus for spreading mortar onto bricks or blocks. The apparatus utilizes augers and is readily adjusted to extrude beads of mortar onto the proper portions of bricks/blocks having different widths. A trowel member is provided on the extrusion ports to smooth the beads of mortar. The apparatus includes a lid member that contains water for wetting the mortar. The weight of the lid member containing water also helps urge the mortar out of the hopper through the extrusion ports. Mortar gate plate members to regulate flow of mortar through the extrusion ports are also provided.
Abstract: A system for heating and applying a depilatory wax to skin for removal of hair. The system includes a reservoir which stores a supply of the wax and a dispenser coupled to the reservoir. The depilatory wax is essentially solid at room temperature but becomes flowable when heated. The heated wax flows from the reservoir to the dispenser for application. The roller applies the wax in a thin layer to prevent pain and burning.
Abstract: An epoxy applicator having a housing for receiving epoxy material to be spread against a floor wall interface, said housing having a bottom open end and a partially open back end; supports on the housing for supporting the housing on the floor and against the wall; and handles on the housing such that the housing may be moved along the floor and against the wall such that epoxy material is applied to the floor and the wall through the open bottom end and the partially open back end forming an L-shaped layer of epoxy material on the floor and against the wall.
Abstract: A spreader tool for use in spreading a bed of predetermined thickness of cementitious material on the floor surface prior to laying tiles wherein the tool is composed of a frame having front, rear and side walls and which is open at the top and the bottom so that a charge of the mix may be positioned between the frame members and moved across a floor with the material being discharged through a mouth formed in the frame by an inclined rearwardly extending septum and wherein a rake is provided in the discharge zone of the frame so that the bed being spread on the floor has grooves in the top surface of it.
Abstract: A mastic applicator or "flat box" for use in application of mastic to tape drywall joints includes a container for storing and dispensing mastic. The container has a pressure plate which both supports the apparatus from a handle and applies pressure to force the mastic from an opening that extends across the direction of motion of the tool. To distribute and contour the mastic a flexible blade assembly extends along the rearmost edge of the opening and is positively driven through a range of infinitely adjustable positions by a means of a lever and camming linkage arrangement. The entire adjustment mechanism is itself adjustably mounted so as to selectively adjust the entire adjustment range.
Abstract: A hand held honeycomb edge potter utilizing air pressure and piston means for the expulsion of the potting compound, the honeycomb edge potter further incorporating a wire element which functions to shave or dress the material to the desired configuration.
Abstract: An apparatus for automatically making sandwiches consisting of an upper and lower breadpiece with foodstuff disposed therebetween. The apparatus comprises an upper and a lower support with a lower and an upper breadpiece dispenser and a foodstuff dispenser connected to the upper support. A sandwich station is formed on the lower support and the apparatus is movable to a lower breadpiece dispensing station wherein a lower breadpiece is dispensed on the sandwich station. The apparatus also is movable to a foodstuff dispensing station wherein foodstuff is dispensed from the foodstuff dispenser onto the lower breadpiece, movable to an upper breadpiece dispensing wherein an upper breadpiece is disposed on the lower breadpiece with the foodstuff disposed therebetween, and movable to a discharge station wherein the sandwich disposed on the sandwich station is moved to a sandwich discharge position.
Abstract: There is described a device comprising, in combination with a wheel supported structure adapted to be moved on the road surface, an assembly having vertically elongated compartments for storage of long pot-life viscous components adapted to co-react when mixed together and to form promptly hardenable compounds adapted to form a layer on said road surface, to provide a sign thereon or to form a primer base for laying down and adhesively securing a tape thereto. The assembly also includes means for supporting and laying said tape on the freshly formed layer, as well as pneumatically operated motor and control means for controlling the movements and the sequence of operations of the device.
Abstract: A method is disclosed for applying rather viscous line marking material to road surfaces whereby simultaneously with the manufacturing of marking strips in the same continuous motion crossribs from the same material are shaped on the marking strips. The marking material flows out through a slit between the back edge of the bottom side and the lower edge of the back wall of a storage box, a periodical up- and down movement being imparted to this back wall for shaping the ribs, preferably by means of fast upward driving impulses each of one followed up by a separate downward driving impulse. Preferably the material is forced to flow out substantially in a direction at an angle of at least 30.degree. to the direction of movement of the storage box and the trailing end thereof is kept in engagement with the road surface.