Manually Manipulated Patents (Class 451/523)
  • Patent number: 9523485
    Abstract: A system for mounting an outdoor fluorescent lamp lighting fixture to a pole includes a compression sleeve configured to receive and tighten around the pole, a pivot base fixed to the compression sleeve, a mount configured for securing to the fluorescent lamp lighting fixture and for pivotally coupling to the pivot base, where the mount includes multiple adjustment points configured to allow the mount to be fixed at varying angles relative to the pivot base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal R. Verfuerth, Kenneth J. Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: 9017149
    Abstract: A device used to smooth a material's surface with abrasion. More specifically, the device is in the form of a glove or mitten with an abrasive layer that is placed over, and secured on, a user's hand to protect the user's hand and to provide an agile and flexible range of motion while sanding a material's surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Helmut H. Mauer, Tim Bachman, Jeffrey Popowski
  • Publication number: 20150087213
    Abstract: A wall trim finishing apparatus includes a base member having a bottom surface. The bottom surface is configured to mate with, and apply relatively even force to, at least one curve or crevice of a front surface of a piece of wall trim. The bottom surface may be configured to receive a piece of sandpaper or absorbent material between the bottom surface of the base member and the front surface of the wall trim. Sandpaper coupled to the bottom surface of the base member creates a sanding apparatus. The bottom surface may be divided into a first portion and a second portion by a channel defined therebetween that is configured to accumulate sanding residue generated when the bottom surface is mated to and moved along the front surface of the wall trim. Sand paper is adhesively adhered to both portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Vernon Owens, Clayton Scott Bohm
  • Patent number: 8968057
    Abstract: A hand sanding apparatus plate housing is provided. The housing includes a U-shaped top portion defined via a pair of opposing end members and a pair of opposing sidewalls spanning between the members along a sanding direction. The members having a pair of top surfaces extending along the direction and spanning between the sidewalls to provide for hand placement support along the direction. The members and the sidewalls defining a top portion interior space sized for adjacent flat plate housing. The members and the sidewalls defining an upper opening therebetween. The opening providing access to the space. The opening sized for partial plate access to enable manual plate position adjustment through the opening away from the opening. The members configured for partial plate overlay along the direction between the sidewalls to limit plate movement at least perpendicular to the direction past the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Yadin Mor
  • Publication number: 20150056899
    Abstract: An interchangeable abrasive glove for allowing a user to selectively attach an abrasive surface to the palmar side of a glove. The interchangeable abrasive glove comprises a base glove constructed of a stretch polyester and rubber with a removably attachable sandpaper component which includes an abrasive area and a plurality of smooth portions. The base glove includes a glove fastening surface comprising the loop portion of a hook and loop fastener. The sandpaper component additionally includes a sandpaper fastening surface comprising the hook portion of a hook and loop fastener and a end tab portion. The sandpaper fastening surface and the glove fastening surface allows the sandpaper component to removably attached to the glove body, while the end tab portion provides a structure to be pulled on to ease the removal of the sandpaper component from the base glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: JOSE DE SOUZA
  • Patent number: 8900038
    Abstract: A sanding apparatus for removing runs and drips in paint includes a base member, an oscillating member, and a connector bolt. The oscillating member is positioned within the base member where the base member and the oscillating member are movably connected to each other by the connector bolt. A sanding paper can be securely positioned with the oscillating member in order to sand down the runs and drips. The connector bolt allows users of the sanding apparatus to move the oscillating member up and down so that different size runs and drips can be removed from the paint without damaging the surrounding areas of the paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Wayne Erickson
  • Patent number: 8871331
    Abstract: A coated abrasive article includes a backing having a surface, a plurality of abrasive regions overlying the surface in each of the first and second portions, and at least one macro-channel. The surface of the backing has a shape defined by an outer contour. A bisecting axis divides the shape into first and second portions. Each abrasive region includes a binder and a plurality of abrasive grains in contact with the binder. The abrasive grains have an average grain size of not greater than about 200 microns. The at least one macro-channel defines a passageway extending between a pair of adjacent abrasive regions and terminating at openings at the outer contour within each of the first and second portions. The macro-channel has an average channel width of between about 0.1 millimeters to about 5 millimeters and is substantially free of the binder and the abrasive grains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc., Saint-Gobain Abrasifs
    Inventor: Anuj Seth
  • Publication number: 20140315474
    Abstract: A device used to smooth a material's surface with abrasion. More specifically, the device is in the form of a glove or mitten with an abrasive layer that is placed over, and secured on, a user's hand to protect the user's hand and to provide an agile and flexible range of motion while sanding a material's surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Helmut H. Mauer, Tim Bachman, Jeffrey Popowski
  • Patent number: 8858304
    Abstract: A hand-held sander for sanding a curved surface includes a structurally rigid frame having a left hand hold and left channel oppositely disposed from a right hand hold and right channel. An open-ended concave recess is formed between and perpendicular to the channels. A flexibly resilient and flat substrate has a left substrate end oppositely disposed from a right substrate end. The left substrate end is abutting and slidably captured within the left channel and the right substrate end is abutting and slidably captured within the right channel. A center adjustment knob is rotatably fixed to the frame having a female threaded end. A shaft is fixed to a center of the substrate and includes a male threaded end. The male threaded end of the shaft is configured to threadably engage the female threaded end of the knob, wherein rotation of the knob causes curvature of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ashot H. Andonian
  • Publication number: 20140235149
    Abstract: A sanding apparatus for removing runs and drips in paint includes a base member, an oscillating member, and a connector bolt. The oscillating member is positioned within the base member where the base member and the oscillating member are movably connected to each other by the connector bolt. A sanding paper can be securely positioned with the oscillating member in order to sand down the runs and drips. The connector bolt allows users of the sanding apparatus to move the oscillating member up and down so that different size runs and drips can be removed from the paint without damaging the surrounding areas of the paint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Wayne ERICKSON
  • Patent number: 8696413
    Abstract: A contouring sanding device includes a support plate, a sanding pad covered by an abrasive material (e.g. sand paper), and a pressure dispersal system allowing the sanding pad to automatically conform to the contours of the surface of the object being sanded. The sanding device also includes either a handle or a power tool attachment piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: ShelWes, LLC
    Inventors: John Wesley King, Jr., Shelley K. Haynes
  • Patent number: 8684792
    Abstract: A sanding system suitable for drywall sanding has a foam sanding block that fits into a hollow housing such that a gap is left around most of the perimeter of the sanding block and the housing near the plane of sanding. Some regions of the perimeter are dimensioned relative to the sanding block such as to not leave a gap but instead are such as to provide a friction fit between the housing and the sanding block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Juan Rocha
  • Patent number: 8628381
    Abstract: A sanding device for use with an abrasive sponge includes a base, at least one retaining mechanism, and at least one engaging mechanism. The base has opposite supporting and working surfaces, the working surface being shaped and sized for receiving the abrasive sponge. Each retaining mechanism is mountable onto the base, and is configured for removably securing a first portion of the abrasive sponge against the working surface of the base. Each engaging mechanism is mountable onto the base, and is configured for projecting out from the working surface so as to penetrate a second portion of the abrasive sponge when resting against the working surface of the base, each engaging mechanism being further configured so as to draw the second portion of the abrasive sponge away from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: A. Richard Tools Co.
    Inventors: Roméo Arvinte, François Panfili
  • Patent number: 8585471
    Abstract: A sanding block comprises a support block having a right side and a left side. A gripping slot extends from the right side to the left side. The gripping slot is capable of receiving ends of a sheet of sandpaper folded around the support block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Paul Shabla
  • Patent number: 8556686
    Abstract: A sharpening device with an abrasive material, a polishing coat encapsulating the abrasive material and an instruction card coupled to the polishing coat. The abrasive material having a property of conforming to the shape of a pointed article penetrating the abrasive material and a property of applying resistance pressure to the pointed article. The sharpening pad may be used in the sharpening and polishing of conically and other shaped points as found on various articles such as machine and hand sewing needles, quilting needles, pins, darts, miscellaneous tools, barb-less fishhooks and the like, including various fine pointed articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: AFAB Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: William S. Scott
  • Patent number: 8528150
    Abstract: A foot operated scrubbing device for scrubbing floors or other rigid surfaces is a rigid, U-shaped member that receives a user's foot. The foot presses against an upper surface of the U-shaped member to press an abrasive member against the floor. The upper surface of the U-shaped member has a textured surface that resists slipping of the foot along the upper surface of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Colin Brooks Mellott
  • Patent number: 8505150
    Abstract: A sponge product for cleaning a work surface includes an open-cell melamine foam body layer having a front wall, rear wall, first sidewall or second sidewall that is inclined and at an acute angle relative to the upper surface of the body layer. An abrasive layer is adjacent the upper surface of the melamine foam body layer forming a unitary product. The abrasive layer has at least one of the front wall, rear wall, first sidewall or second sidewall forming an obtuse angle with the lower surface of the abrasive layer, and the abrasive layer upper surface and at least one front wall, rear wall, first sidewall or second sidewall forms a working edge having an acute angle, and the working edge remains flat against the work surface when a force is applied to the sponge product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Armaly Sponge Company
    Inventor: John W. Armaly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8469775
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to conversion assemblages adapted for use in converting a surface modifying apparatus, such as a pole sander, whereby the conversion assemblage includes a generally rigid body assembly including first and second major surfaces opposing each other, the first major surface is adapted for receiving the supporting member, and the second major surface is attachable to a surface modifying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David R. Dow, Allen J. Rivard, John G. Petersen, Galen A. Fitzel
  • Publication number: 20130130600
    Abstract: An abrasive hand pad includes a coaled abrasive member secured to a nonwoven abrasive member. Methods of abrading a surface of a workpiece are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Tony R. Carrozzella, William G. Suzuki, DeYue Yu, Zhijun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8348722
    Abstract: A mower blade sharpening device comprising a guide body having a sharpening rod guide, a sharpening rod having a sharpener end, and an operator end. The sharpening rod is disposed in the sharpening rod guide. A sharpener is disposed on the sharpener end of the sharpening rod. Also disclosed is a method for sharpening a mower blade using the sharpening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Marion D. Arnold
  • Patent number: 8327493
    Abstract: A multi-surface sponge product includes a foraminous portion adhered to an abrasive portion to form a unitary product, each portion and the resulting product having a pair of sidewalk and in cross-section or side elevation having the form of a parallelogram. The sidewalls form gripping areas and the angled forward and reward end opposite ends of the parallelogram shaped body form wedges. The multi-surface body is low profile and various edges and corners thereof enable the foraminous and abrasive portions to be selectively used to engage corners of many differently configured surfaces to be cleaned, to either scrub the surface or simply clean or absorb fluid, depending on which portion of the product is emplaced in the edge or in a corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Armaly Sponge Co.
    Inventor: John W. Armaly, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120309273
    Abstract: A manual scratch repair kit is provided for manually repairing scratches in stainless steel sinks and includes a handgrip having an underside with hook and loop fasteners and a sandpaper element attachable to the handgrip, the sandpaper element having an example grit of 800. Two soft pads are provided for holding and applying abrasive. Two containers of diamond abrasive compound of different grits are provided and the soft pads are color-keyed to the diamond abrasive compounds and/or the containers. The handgrip is sized to fit in the palm of the hand and preferably is relatively soft and pliable for comfort. While preferably the soft pads are color-keyed to the diamond abrasive compounds and/or the containers, other forms of optional identification can be employed as desired, such as printing a large “1” on the first pad and a corresponding “1” on the container of diamond abrasive compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Georgi M. POPOV
  • Patent number: 8308532
    Abstract: Provided is a durable abrasive article which can conform even to a surface of a complicated shape and has an excellent abrasive power and which does not give any deep flaw to become a problem at a subsequent step and is not broken even when used in sanding the surface of the complicated shape. The abrasive article comprises a flexible resin film, an abrasive grain layer formed on the surface of the resin film, and an extremely flexible resin layer formed on the abrasive grain layer, wherein the flexible resin film has a thickness of 10 to 200 ?m, a tensile strength of 30 to 130 MPa and an elongation of 3 to 250%, wherein the abrasive grains of the abrasive grain layer are of P280 to P12, and wherein the extremely flexible resin layer has a 100% M of 1 to 20 MPa, a tensile strength of 20 to 90 MPa and an elongation of 250 to 1000%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Kovax Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Usui, Yukio Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8282448
    Abstract: A sharpening device 1 for knife blades comprising a base plate 2 with a guiding slot 6, designed as an incision in the base plate 2, for a knife blade to be sharpened and sharpening rods 10a, 10b disposed on both sides of the guiding slot 6 to be pivotable against an elastically resilient restoring force, wherein the guiding rods 10a, 10b intersect at a point of intersection 11 in the area of the guiding slot 6. At least one of the two walls of the base plate 2, which are disposed opposite to each other and form the guiding slot 6, thereby forms a knife abutment surface 7a, 7b and at least one magnet 20, 21, 22 is mounted to the base plate 2 in the area of the knife abutment surface 7a, 7b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Friedr. Dick GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Loehnert
  • Patent number: 8246422
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a safety razor blade may include a polymer-based mat, the polymer-based mat comprising at least one substantially plane surface; a substantially rigid frame structure fabricated of a material suitable for injection moulding, the substantially rigid frame structure comprising a through-going opening adapted to at least partly house the polymer-based mat; and pair of guiding tracks arranged so that at least part of the polymer-based mat is arranged between the pair of guiding tracks. The pair of guiding tracks and the polymer-based mat may be arranged relative to each other in such a way that the pair of guiding tracks define a maximum allowed penetration depth of blades of the safety razor blade into the polymer-based mat. The polymer-based mat may be arranged in the through-going opening so that the polymer-based mat forms a non-slipping arrangement when the device is positioned on a substantially plane support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Morten Kjeldsen Andersen, Bo Lander Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8231440
    Abstract: A sanding block for supporting an exteriorly mounted looped sanding belt having an elongated and planar shaped base. A planar shaped cover exhibits first and second oblique extending surfaces and, upon engaging with the base by a plurality of mating tabs and slots, collectively defines a three-dimensional article for supporting thereupon the looped sanding belt. A trigger exhibits a three-dimensional rectangular shape and extends laterally across a widthwise defined opening in the base in communicating fashion with an end surface associated with the cover, such that the trigger is positioned between the base and cover. The trigger is displaced in a first lateral direction to lengthwise displace the cover away from the base, the trigger displacing in a second and opposite lateral direction to reverse displace the cover inwardly towards the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Paul LaMarche
  • Patent number: 8157622
    Abstract: A composite support structure for use in sanding and sander includes a rigid plate having a front surface which includes a wall defining a contained surface and a back surface for connection to a handle and a polyfoam layer having a front surface and a back surface, wherein the back surface of the polyfoam is reaction bonded to the front surface of the rigid plate such that the back surface of the polyfoam layer forms within the contained surface and about the wall in a complementary manner thereto and the front surface of the polyfoam layer extends outward from the front surface of the rigid plate and is formed to have a relatively planar surface thereby rendering the composite support structure for removably connecting sandpaper to the back surface of the polyfoam layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ali Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Terry Ali, Christopher Ali
  • Patent number: 8151783
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for making and using tools, for example concrete cutting blades, may include fluid flow elements within a channel of the blade. Fluid flow elements may include a tube, a transition element including an inlet fitting, a fluid pressure containment structure inserted into the channel of the blade, an added material resistant to effects of the fluid including plastics, coatings and films, and other structures. Additional nozzle structures may be included. Methods and apparatus for making and using tools including concrete cutting blades having improved damping characteristics may include inserts, plugs and other structures, including those made from materials softer or more ductile than the tool material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Baratta
  • Patent number: 8132865
    Abstract: A multi-surface sponge product includes a foraminous portion adhered to an abrasive portion to form a unitary product, each portion and the resulting product having a pair of sidewalls and in cross-section or side elevation having the form of a parallelogram. The sidewalls form gripping areas and the angled forward and reward end opposite ends of the parallelogram shaped body form wedges. The multi-surface body is low profile and various edges and corners thereof enable the foraminous and abrasive portions to be selectively used to engage corners of many differently configured surfaces to be cleaned, to either scrub the surface or simply clean or absorb fluid, depending on which portion of the product is emplaced in the edge or in a corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Armaly Sponge Company
    Inventor: John W. Armaly, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120058715
    Abstract: A lacrosse ball resurfacer is suitable for roughening a surface of a lacrosse ball. The ball resurfacer includes a surfacing element with a concave recess formed thereon. The recess is sized to receive at least a portion of the lacrosse ball and has an abrasive surface disposed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Grayson Day Roze
  • Patent number: 8100744
    Abstract: A corner sander base including a sanding surface, the corner sander base for sanding proximate interior wallboard corners, the corner sander base including a first member and a second member connected together at a longitudinally oriented juncture where they form a tip, one side of the members defining a sanding surface. Each member further includes a planar forward section which in the radial direction originates at the juncture and terminates at a longitudinally oriented transition wherein a forward angle is the angle subtended between the planar forward sections in the radial plane. Each member further includes a planar rear section originating at the transition and connected to the forward section at the transition wherein a rear angle is the angle subtended between the planar rear sections in the radial plane and wherein the forward and rear angles selected to more aggressively sand the areas at the rear sections and less aggressively sand the area at the tip and forward section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: John Lamers
  • Patent number: 8062101
    Abstract: A glove body, a barrier, and an abrasive layer form a flexible sanding device that fits over the hand of user to perform complex sanding operations on intricate or detailed objects. The glove body includes a palm portion, a plurality of finger portions, and a thumb portion. The finger portions and the thumb portion extend from the palm portion to form a continuous inner surface. The inner surface is covered by the barrier and is coextensive with the abrasive layer. The barrier is permanently attached to the glove body on one surface. The abrasive layer is releasably attached to the opposite surface of the barrier. The barrier is permanently attached to the glove body with a permanent adhesive or through sewing. The abrasive layer is releasably attached to the barrier through a releasable adhesive or through a hook and loop fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph M. Friend
  • Patent number: 8057286
    Abstract: A sanding block and a kit for sanding curved surfaces are provided. The sanding block includes an elongated body which has a first sanding surface; and a sandpaper removably affixed to the first sanding surfaces wherein the body is elastically deformable such that the block can conform against a curved surface to be sanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Style-Line Corporation International
    Inventor: David C. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8011998
    Abstract: A sanding block for supporting an exteriorly mounted looped sanding belt having an elongated and planar shaped base. A planar shaped cover exhibits first and second oblique extending surfaces and, upon engaging with the base by a plurality of mating tabs and slots, collectively defines a three-dimensional article for supporting thereupon the looped sanding belt. A trigger exhibits a three-dimensional rectangular shape and extends laterally across a widthwise defined opening in the base in communicating fashion with an end surface associated with the cover, such that the trigger is positioned between the base and cover. The trigger is displaced in a first lateral direction to lengthwise displace the cover away from the base, the trigger displacing in a second and opposite lateral direction to reverse displace the cover inwardly towards the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Lamarche
  • Patent number: 8007349
    Abstract: A sanding block is disclosed having an elongate shape having a constant cross section along most of its longitudinal axis. The sanding block is formed of a flexible material and has a curved upper surface and a flat lower surface. The curved upper surface has a width less than that of the flat lower surface but has an arc length about equal to the width of the flat lower surface. The sanding block is used by securing strips of sand paper to one or both of the upper and lower surfaces. The width of the lower surface and the arc length of the upper surface are preferably chosen to be about equal to the width of the sandpaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Trade Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford W. Turnbull
  • Patent number: 8007348
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for making and using tools, for example concrete cutting blades, may use laminations. They may also include inserts, such as structural inserts, damping inserts and fluid flow elements. Fluid flow elements may include a tube, a transition element including an inlet fitting, a fluid pressure containment structure inserted into the channel of the blade, an added material resistant to effects of the fluid including plastics, coatings and films, and other structures. Additional nozzle structures may be included. Methods and apparatus for making and using tools including concrete cutting blades having improved damping characteristics may include inserts, plugs and other structures, including those made from materials softer or more ductile than the tool material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Husqvarna Professional Outdoor Products Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Baratta
  • Patent number: 7996950
    Abstract: A multi-surface sponge product includes a foraminous portion adhered to an abrasive portion to form a unitary product, each portion and the resulting product having a pair of sidewalls and in cross-section or side elevation having the form of a parallelogram. The sidewalls form gripping areas and the angled forward and reward end opposite ends of the parallelogram shaped body form wedges. The multi-surface body is low profile and various edges and corners thereof enable the foraminous and abrasive portions to be selectively used to engage corners of many differently configured surfaces to be cleaned, to either scrub the surface or simply clean or absorb fluid, depending on which portion of the product is emplaced in the edge or in a corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Armaly Sponge Company
    Inventor: John W. Armaly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7997961
    Abstract: A tool for elevating a sander includes a shaft having an upper end and a lower end. The lower end includes an internally-threaded portion for coupling with the externally-threaded end of a conventional painter's pole, or an accompanying extension pole. Pivotally fastened to the upper end of the shaft is any one of a plurality of removable, interchangeable retaining rings each having a discrete circumference for encircling a power sander. Therefore, a worker can easily manipulate the sander within an elevated area without using a ladder or scaffolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Bobby De La Rosa
  • Publication number: 20110183589
    Abstract: The “Universal Interface Pad Conversion Band” is a stretchable band that can convert any interface cushion pad with velour (loop) backing surface to be possible for manual sanding by hand. Such interface cushion pad was originally designed only for machine sanding only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Samuel Yu
  • Publication number: 20110177767
    Abstract: A sanding block comprises a support block having a right side and a left side. A gripping slot extends from the right side to the left side. The gripping slot is capable of receiving ends of a sheet of sandpaper folded around the support block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: STEVEN PAUL SHABLA
  • Patent number: 7938717
    Abstract: A flexible, hand-held sanding pad comprises a conformable, multi layered, semicircle pad having a surface capable of providing temporary adhesive attachment for a sheet of pressure-sensitive adhesive-coated abrasive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Glen Stuhlmacher
  • Publication number: 20110053475
    Abstract: A sanding glove for use by a drywall installer in making drywall installations with joints of drywall sheets, joint cement and reinforcing tape. The sanding glove is in the form of a mitten with all of its outside surfaces having adhesive and abrasive adhered thereto. The sanding glove also is preformed with flat and curved surfaces so as to efficiently rub and smooth the joint cement into smooth and inconspicuous joints prior to painting or covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Guy T. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7811156
    Abstract: An optical fiber preparation device (11) is disclosed having a body (12) with at least one abrasive portion (15) and at least one adhesive portion 19. The abrasive portion (15) includes a protrusion (29) defining a polishing portion (31). A method for polishing and cleaning an end of an optical fiber using the optical fiber preparation device includes the steps of inserting the end of the optical fiber into the abrasive portion of the optical fiber preparation device and rotating the optical fiber preparation device about the center of the abrasive portion. A cover member (23) is removed from the optical fiber preparation device, exposing the adhesive portion, and the end of the optical fiber is then pressed against the adhesive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne M. Kachmar
  • Publication number: 20100233944
    Abstract: A clamp device for a sander includes: a clamp body slidable on a plate between a clamping position and an unclamping position at which positions a clamp strip contacts with or is away from a side surface of the plate; a support shaft provided on the plate close to the clamp body; an operating member having a first and second ends and rotatably connected to the support shaft, the first end being a connecting end connected to the clamp body, and the second end being an operating end extending above the clamp body, so that the operating member is elastically deformable in an expanding and contracting directions between the connecting end and the operating end; and an engagement member provided on the plate opposite to the support shaft and engageable with the operating end of the operating member while an intermediate portion of the operating member is being compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu HAGIWARA
  • Publication number: 20100186270
    Abstract: A method system for a novelty greeting card combined with an embodied 3-D sculpture model kit is contained within a postal envelope. The invention's items are at least one or more inscribed parallel planar rectangular sheets bound in dependant form to enable an open and close greeting card function. The envelope is inscribed with systematic directions to guide construction of the novelty card's embodied sculpture model kit. The card is signed by a sender including a recipient's name; said sender gives card as a gift to a recipient to apply methods of the invention's intent. As recipient deploys invention's construction system by implementing tools and parts embodied in novelty card. The sender's actual signature and recipient's name are conveyed though the method of construction and retained upon the final resulting sculpture of the invention. All construction elements, tools and parts derive solely from the planar sheets that comprise the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Carl John Bettin, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100112920
    Abstract: Provided is a durable abrasive article which can conform even to a surface of a complicated shape and has an excellent abrasive power and which does not give any deep flaw to become a problem at a subsequent step and is not broken even when used in sanding the surface of the complicated shape. The abrasive article comprises a flexible resin film, an abrasive grain layer formed on the surface of the resin film, and an extremely flexible resin layer formed on the abrasive grain layer, wherein the flexible resin film has a thickness of 10 to 200 ?m, a tensile strength of 30 to 130 MPa and an elongation of 3 to 250%, wherein the abrasive grains of the abrasive grain layer are of P280 to P12, and wherein the extremely flexible resin layer has a 100% M of 1 to 20 MPa, a tensile strength of 20 to 90 MPa and an elongation of 250 to 1000%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: KOVAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira USUI, Yukio YOSHIDA
  • Patent number: 7670210
    Abstract: An embodiment of a tool includes a tool body. A base is coupled to the tool body and a pad is coupled to the base. The tool includes a working material coupled to the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Full Circle International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent V. Annis
  • Publication number: 20100031462
    Abstract: A tool is provided for repairing or restoring the surface of a golf ball. A portable, hand-held, lightweight tool comprises one or more abrasive surfaces for repairing or lessening burs, gouges, scratches and other damage from the cover of a golf ball. The tool may be made from a pliable, deformable material, such as foam rubber, to conform to the curved surface of a golf ball. The tool may include a fastener so that the tool may be attached to a belt loop, golf bag, key chain, golf cart, or the like. In other exemplary embodiments, the tool may be an article of clothing or other golf equipment, such as a glove, towel, or golf club cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Eric Jon Hassfurther
  • Patent number: 7641539
    Abstract: A holder for releasably retaining an abrasive block includes a base having a bottom surface and a wall extending outward therefrom which together define a abrasive block receiving surface to friction fit receive the abrasive block, and a polyfoam handle connected to the base and which extends upward from a top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Ali Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Ali, Christopher Ali
  • Publication number: 20090293175
    Abstract: A glove sander comprising: an ambidextrous glove, an inner liner, and a sand layer, the ambidextrous glove having a thumb compartment, an index finger compartment, a middle finger compartment, a ring finger compartment, a pinky compartment and a hand region generally housing a user's hand extending to a user's wrist region, the inner liner comprised of a fabric which is affixed to the ambidextrous glove, the inner liner being housed within the ambidextrous glove and approximating the general inner space of the ambidextrous glove; the sand layer affixed to the outer surface of the ambidextrous glove, the sand layer extending from the wrist region to the finger and thumb compartments on both sides of the ambidextrous glove and in between the finger and thumb compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen Cox