Connected By Flexible Tie Patents (Class 403/392)
  • Publication number: 20150037094
    Abstract: A paddle converter for securing two singled bladed canoe paddles to form a single twin bladed kayak paddle. The paddle converter includes a body configured to structurally support a first canoe paddle and a second canoe paddle. The paddle converter also includes a groove on the body configured to receive the shaft of the first canoe paddle. The paddle converter further includes a grip match configured to match the grip of the first canoe paddle. The paddle converter additionally includes a fastener configured to secure the shaft of the first canoe paddle within the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Eddie Williford
  • Patent number: 8800938
    Abstract: A pipe brace assembly includes a main clamp body that can be secured to a brace pipe. A cable, or other flexible tensioning member, can be wrapped around a braced pipe and secured to the main clamp body. The pipe brace assembly includes a method or mechanism for tensioning the cable or flexible tensioning member around the braced pipe. In some embodiments, the tensioning method or mechanism involves moving, such as rotating, the main clamp body to tension the cable or tensioning member. The clamping of the main clamp body and tensioning of the cable or tensioning member can occur simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper B-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 8266771
    Abstract: An improved fence tie and methods of using that fence tie are disclosed. Dimensions for bending wire are described for bending a wire to form a helical section, two straight ends and a straight section adjacent to the helical section in a configuration having a form that generally resembles certain known twist type fence ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Coley A. Scott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7255237
    Abstract: A height adjustable upright for an adjustable organizer system has at least one first segment with a upper end configured to hang from a mounting rail and has a lower end. The upright also has at least one second segment with a pair of opposed ends, at least one of which being configured to connect end-to-end with the lower end of the first segment. A clip has a pair of opposed ends each configured to connect to the lower end of the first segment and to the one end of the at least one second segment to hang the second segment from the first segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: David M. Stitchick, Anthony Marchetta, Frazer Costa, Sean M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 6832427
    Abstract: A buoyant clamp assembly and method for clamping an elongate member to a support member. The buoyant clamp assembly includes a flexible strap having first and second ends. Affixed to the exterior of the flexible strap are wear blocks. A highly frictional layer is attached to the interior of the flexible strap to increase friction between the clamping assembly and the elongate or support member. The flexible strap extends substantially around the elongate and support members. The first and second ends are adapted to be coupled to each other via a loop member. The clamp assembly also includes a tensioner assembly having first and second tensioner bars spaced parallel to one another. Capture bolts affixed to the tensioner assembly prevent the first and second tensioner bars from separating. Each of the first and second tensioner bars includes a bullnose face and the bullnose faces are in opposing relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Offshore Clamp & Protector Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Larry Meuth, Stanley Brannan
  • Patent number: 6612526
    Abstract: A buoyant clamp assembly and method for clamping an elongate member to a support member. The buoyant clamp assembly includes a flexible strap having first and second ends. Affixed to the exterior of the flexible strap are wear blocks. A highly frictional layer is attached to the interior of the flexible strap to increase friction between the clamping assembly and the elongate or support member. The flexible strap extends substantially around the elongate and support members. The first and second ends are adapted to be coupled to each other via a loop member. The clamp assembly also includes a tensioner assembly having first and second tensioner bars spaced parallel to one another. Capture bolts affixed to the tensioner assembly prevent the first and second tensioner bars from separating. Each of the first and second tensioner bars includes a bullnose face and the bullnose faces are in opposing relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Offshore Clamp & Protector Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Larry Meuth, Stanley Brannan
  • Patent number: 6547482
    Abstract: A hook strap comprises a transverse arm formed as a ribbon for abutment on an top flange on a formwork girder. The ends of the ribbon are provided with hook-shaped retainers for engagement below parts of a waler and tension elements for fixing the hook strap. The ribbon has a small thickness to prevent obstruction of the elements bordering the top flange and the upper surface of the top flange. The hook strap may be mounted at any location of a formwork girder or of a waler to interconnect formwork girders and/or connect formwork girders to a waler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Peri GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Schwörer
  • Patent number: 6203240
    Abstract: A component retaining leg is disclosed, which comprises a base to be provided on a component such as a clamp and a clip, a pillar depending from the base, and a flexible retaining piece extending from the free end of the pillar in a folded fashion toward the base. The free end of the retaining piece has an engagement step section for engaging a mounting hole of a panel. The engagement step section has a plurality of engagement steps formed at a predetermined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Daiwa Kogyo Kabushiki
    Inventors: Katsuhito Hironaka, Makoto Fukase
  • Patent number: 5947631
    Abstract: A component retaining leg is disclosed, which comprises a base to be provided on a component such as a clamp and a clip, a pillar depending from the base, and a flexible retaining piece extending from the free end of the pillar in a folded fashion toward the base. The free end of the retaining piece has an engagement step section for engaging a mounting hole of a panel. The engagement step section has a plurality of engagement steps formed at a predetermined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Daiwa Kogyo Kabushiki
    Inventors: Katsuhito Hironaka, Makoto Fukase
  • Patent number: 5921517
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for clamping an elongate member to a support member. The clamp assembly includes a flexible strap having first and second ends. The flexible strap extends substantially around the elongate and support members. The first and second ends are adapted to be coupled to each other or to the support member. The clamp assembly also includes a tensioner assembly having first and second tensioner bars spaced parallel to one another. Each of the first and second tensioner bars includes a bullnose face and the bullnose faces are in opposing relationship to one another. The tensioner assembly also includes an adjusting member for adjusting the spacing between the first and second tensioner bars. The flexible strap extends twice through the space between the first and second tensioner bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Offshore Clamp & Protector Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Larry Meuth
  • Patent number: 5904442
    Abstract: A protrusion provided at one end of a first fitting body is engaged with one of the recesses in a plurality of grooves provided at one end of a second fitting body in the lengthwise direction, whereby the degree of overlapping between the first fitting body and the second fitting body is adjusted. Then, the other end of the first fitting body and the other end of the second fitting body engaging with the recesses and protrusions of a fluted portion of a sensor portion are fixed with a fixing screw. Thus, the other end of the first fitting body and the other end of the second fitting body are drawn near to each other, and a fitting for a bicycle is firmly fixed to the fork or other part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Cateye Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Goro Takeda
  • Patent number: 5797697
    Abstract: An interruptible connector assembly adapted for the interlocking spatially of one tubular member with another object to be supported thereby, comprising: flexible clamp band adapted to be deformed into a U-shape and overlap any underlying planar surfaces; a two-component, rigid support means, with each structurally identical component, and having an at least partially arcuate proximal one end, such opposing arcuate surfaces adapted to nest a tubular member; a linear bore hole traversing of each of said clamping components; spherically faced cylindrical bushings, to slidingly engage the bore hole of its associated clamping component and each having at its shoulder contacting the adjacent support means; an elongate, assembly fastener means to slidingly traverse the aligned assembly via the component bore holes, being of a length sufficient to extend from one external side of the assembly to the other external side about the interlocked two tubings in a variable angle juxtaposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Richard D. Keller
  • Patent number: 5699642
    Abstract: A harness system used with steel reinforcement bars or rods to hold them at a desired orientation during and after concrete is poured. The system has two substantially identical harnesses each with its own strap section and a one direction end clasp. A common spacer joins the harnesses together and orients them with respect to each other in different directions. Preferably, the harnesses and spacer are made of a moisture proof plastic material. Two steel reinforcement bars may be oriented in a desired direction--it could be parallel or at right angles to each other--and an appropriate harness system used to hold them in place as concrete is poured over them. One strap of one harness goes around a bar and is put in through its clasp end to a tightened position to hold the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Inventor: Charles Joseph McDevitt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5669731
    Abstract: A component retaining leg is disclosed, which comprises a base to be provided on a component such as a clamp and a clip, a pillar depending from the base, and a flexible retaining piece extending from the free end of the pillar in a folded fashion toward the base. The free end of the retaining piece has an engagement step section for engaging a mounting hole of a panel. The engagement step section has a plurality of engagement steps formed at a predetermined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhito Hironaka, Makoto Fukase
  • Patent number: 5651633
    Abstract: A locking fastener includes a generally C-shaped body (10) with a slot (16) for holding a loop of webbing (18) extending from a tent membrane (17). The C-shaped body has an internal opening (11), and a gap (12) between the two ends for snapping around the intersection of two tent poles (19). An elastic cord (14) has one end attached to the C-shaped body, and a free portion for tightly wrapping around the intersection of the poles. An anchoring notch (15) on the C-shaped body receives the remaining free portion of the cord for anchoring it and maintaining it in tension. Thus the tent membrane is fastened to the poles, and the poles are locked together to prevent their intersecting point from shifting, so that in conjunction with additional poles and fasteners, the shape and structural integrity of the tent is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Inventor: Robert H. Howe
  • Patent number: 5553822
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus is provided for attaching an elongated shaft to a structural element, wherein the shaft defines a longitudinal axis, and the structural element includes an opening through the structural element which defines a central axis extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the axis of the shaft. The apparatus includes a helical coil of wire having a central coiled section and opposed end sections protruding from the coiled section, an inner space defined by the coiled section that is sized to grip the shaft and to prevent relative axial movement between the helical coil and the shaft when the coil is mounted on the shaft, and a fastening assembly for fastening the apparatus to the structural element when at least one end section is inserted into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Wescon Products Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Barnard, Marvin L. Cox
  • Patent number: 5411346
    Abstract: A cutout is formed through a panel for providing a closed slot or channel surrounding a cleat having a tee shape, for receiving a midportion of a tie wrap inserted through the slot on one side of the panel to a position over a narrowed neck portion of the cleat, thereby permitting a component placed over the cleat on the one side of the panel to be secured thereto by tightening the tie wrap around both the cleat and the component, without requiring access to both sides of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Siemens Stromberg-Carlson
    Inventor: Mark Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 5320355
    Abstract: A putter guide is provided for guiding a putter blade during a putting stroke. A first elongate member has a first end and a second end. The second end has an aperture extending into the second end. A second elongate member also has a first and second end. The second end of the second elongate member also has an aperture extending into the second end. A unitary accordion member has a first end and a second end. Each end has a protruding knuckle sized to be frictionally fit into the apertures of the second ends of the first and second elongate members. The accordion member is collapsible and extendable to vary the distance between the second ends of the first and second elongate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Christopher J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5317826
    Abstract: A firearm and optical instrument support includes a cylinder member which provides support without hindering the range of fire of a rifle or a pistol. The cylinder member is disposed on telescopic elongated elements which are frictionally clamped by a clamp. The firearm support further includes a perpetually open strap. Additionally, the firearm support is noiselessly foldable and opens with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Inventor: John Underwood
  • Patent number: 5119688
    Abstract: A portable device for the hand operation of an accelerator foot pedal of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The device is comprised of a handle, an adjustable, telescoping control rod and a cane tip assembly which provides for a flexible attachment to couple the control rod to the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: Vincent Snyder, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4858407
    Abstract: A wall construction framework and stabilizer bar to stabilize a wall. A wall framework is comprised of a plurality of wall studs assembled in vertical relationship with major side members having linearly aligned openings. Each opening is preferably curved and has a length greater than the width. A linear stabilizing bar is installed in the openings of the wall stud. The bar has a cross sectional profile with a length greater than the width. The cross sectional width and length are less than the width and length of the wall stud openings so that the bar is easily inserted through the openings. The cross sectional length of the bar is greater than the width of the wall stud openings such that when the bar is inserted through the wall stud openings, it can be axially rotated to a point of being rigidly jammed and secured with respect to the wall stud openings to hold adjacent wall studs relatively rigid with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Robert A. Smolik
  • Patent number: 4467549
    Abstract: A fishing rod has at least one fishing line guide made up of a ring-like body with a high resistance to deformation and wear or abrasion, it being joined to the rod by a winding placed round it and the rod. The winding is made up of a high-strength fiber material having a low ultimate elongation, such as, more specially, carbon fiber, aramide fiber, boron fiber, glass fiber or polyester fiber. The ring body may be made of ceramic material, sapphire or a high-strength carbide and it may be seated on the rod itself or be spaced at some distance therefrom. In the case of a preferred process for producing such a guide on a rod, two template bodies of silicone rubber are slipped onto the rod so that two faces, normal to the rod, on the templates, are opposite each other falling in a space in which the winding may be produced. One such face has a pin for positioning the ring body to be fixed in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Inventor: Jean W. Dequet
  • Patent number: 4188006
    Abstract: A steadying rest to aid in the steadying of an artist's hand above a two-dimensional work surface, such as a canvas, is comprised of offset members which are temporarily fixed to the work surface, typically along the edges. A first rest member is adjustably coupled to two of the offset members. A second rest member may be adjustably coupled to the third offset member and to the first rest member. By arbitrary placement of the offset members with respect to the work surface and appropriate coupling of the rest members with respect to each other, a two-dimensional steadying rest can be arbitrarily placed adjacent to the work surface to provide a means to steady the artist's hand while painting or drawing fine details on the work surface adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Inventor: Robert Karlin
  • Patent number: 4002413
    Abstract: An auxiliary implement adapted for use in combination with different makes and models of first implements includes an adjustable mounting for securing the auxiliary implement to different sizes and shapes of frame members in the first implements. The mounting comprises a bracket secured to a support in the auxiliary implement and the bracket includes a forwardly projecting portion engageable with the upper side of the frame member to which the auxiliary implement is to be connected. A side portion of the bracket extends laterally beyond the side of the support and includes a vertically extending hole formed therethrough. Mounted on the bracket forwardly of the hole is a rearwardly extending tongue having a free end portion located adjacent the hole. The forward end portion of a line in the form of a roller chain is connected to the tongue by being telescoped over the tongue and between the links of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1977
    Assignee: Lee Blacksmith, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip W. Foster