Lavatory Fixture Patents (Class 52/34)
  • Patent number: 11013377
    Abstract: Provided is a toilet system that can provide more detailed information about a use state of a toilet. The toilet system includes: a detection unit (a door lock sensor, a seating sensor, a rotation sensor, a toilet washing switch, etc.) which detects a situation inside a toilet stall; and a control unit which determines, based on a detection result of the detection unit, that the toilet stall is in a vacant state or in an used state, and further makes at least one of a determination that the toilet stall in the used state is in a state immediately after a start of use and a determination that the toilet stall in the used state is in a state immediately before an end of use, and outputs a signal including determination results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: LIXIL Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Katsurayama, Nobuyuki Matsuda, Haruka Ue, Taku Okawa, Yohei Yukitake, Yoshitaka Kouno
  • Patent number: 10906651
    Abstract: A functional arrangement in a cabin of a vehicle includes a monument with a housing having several side walls, which define an interior space, and at least two adjacently arranged seats each having a backrest and headrest. The seats adjoin an exterior side of a first side wall of the housing, and have a seating direction facing away from the first side wall. The first side wall includes a first surface portion that is located at least sectionally behind the headrests of the at least two seats in a vertical direction and includes at least one bulge extending at least in a horizontal direction between two adjacently lying headrests. At least one piece of equipment is situated in the interior space, extends into the at least one bulge and is usable in the interior space of the monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Roth, Bernd Roschat
  • Patent number: 10856700
    Abstract: A walk-in bath and shower combination, comprising a rear wall with a far corner and a near corner, a front wall with a far corner and a near corner, the front wall parallel to the rear wall and comprising of a water release apparatus, a right wall extending between the rear wall and the front wall and meeting the rear wall and the front wall at their respective far corners, a tub wall parallel to the right wall, the tub wall extending from the near corner of the front wall and ending at a dip point, a main tub floor extending from the rear wall to the front wall, the main tub floor comprising of a drain and a two-way slope, and a vertical dip at the dip point extending horizontally from the tub wall to the right wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Kim Darcie
  • Patent number: 10633877
    Abstract: A transportable building comprising a modular element constructed from a plurality of steel or aluminum intermodal shipping containers is disclosed. The method of manufacture greatly reduces the cost of constructing the transportable building. The transportable building can be set up at a site and later easily dismantled and moved, providing flexibility to temporarily set up a business without the need to build and maintain a permanent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: James L. Wolff
  • Patent number: 9598853
    Abstract: A building in which a core is attached to a ground floor foundation slab; a roof is attached to the upper end of the core; floors of any desired planar shape are attached to the core at the appropriate heights, intermediate the roof and the ground floor foundation slab; and wall panels are attached between the roof and the ground floor foundation slab around the periphery of the building. Also, the floors and roof are attached to the wall panels. The core is preferably as claimed and described in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/748,751 and may be attached to one side of the ground floor foundation slab. The floors may extend the entire length and/or width of the building or only a portion of the length and/or width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Farhad Vafaee
  • Patent number: 9434476
    Abstract: A lavatory for an aircraft cabin includes a wall having a forward wall portion disposed immediately aft of and substantially conforming to an exterior aft surface of an aircraft cabin structure, such as a passenger seat, that is substantially not flat in a vertical plane. The forward wall portion includes a forward projection over an aft portion of the adjacent passenger seat. The forward wall portion can define a secondary space in the interior lavatory space, which can provide an amenity stowage space, and can include design elements providing visual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Donald F. Cook, Liberty Harrington, Philipp Steiner, Robert K. Brauer, Trevor Skelly
  • Patent number: 9365292
    Abstract: A lavatory for an aircraft cabin includes a wall having a forward wall portion disposed immediately aft of and substantially conforming to an exterior aft surface of an aircraft cabin structure, such as a passenger seat, that is substantially not flat in a vertical plane. The forward wall portion includes a forward projection over an aft portion of the adjacent passenger seat. The forward wall portion can define a secondary space in the interior lavatory space, which can provide an amenity stowage space, and can include design elements providing visual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Donald F. Cook, Liberty Harrington, Philipp Steiner, Robert K. Brauer, Trevor Skelly
  • Patent number: 9194143
    Abstract: A hotel room with furniture arranged for optimal television viewing from a bed and another location, such as a sofa or second bed. Furniture pieces are connected or closely aligned together and are arranged so that they provide premium viewing for a television, regardless of a location of a person within the hotel room. To this end, embodiments utilize furniture arrangements where the bed and/or sofa are turned at an angle to the walls of the room, and the room is laid out efficiently to account for this different design affect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SIX CONTINENTS HOTELS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew James McLoughlin, Sangeetha Ramkumar, Thomas Zachary Lloyd, Sally Kyoko Halls, Luke Neil Pearson, Nick Stanley Borg Carpenter, Jack Charles Cheatle, Timothy Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 9097030
    Abstract: A separate living unit apparatus and kit configured to be positioned within a pre-existing structure including a structural frame supporting a set of side walls, an exterior wall, a set of interior walls, a ceiling and a floor; where the side walls include pre-finished drywall and insulation; where the ceiling includes pre-textured drywall and insulation; and where the floor has a subfloor of treated lumber with insulation and a floor covering including a carpet portion and a hard surface portion; an exterior door where the door is constructed within the exterior wall which separates the living unit from an exterior area; and where the interior walls define separate areas of the living unit, the separate areas including a living area, a bathroom and a kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Susan Jennings Manterfield
  • Patent number: 9056682
    Abstract: A monument is provided for an aircraft. The monument includes, but is not limited to several system components with identical, substantially identical or similar functions that can be connected by way of a single system connection arrangement to the supply in the aircraft. Distribution of the supply media, received by the aircraft, to the individual system components takes place within the monument. The system connections can thus be identical to the system connections of a single monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Ehlers, Mark Herzog
  • Patent number: 8857109
    Abstract: A tile-ready base includes a triangular top wall disposed in a horizontal plane when the base is secured to a corner. A first side wall depends from a first edge of the top wall and abuts a first vertical wall of a building. A second side wall depends from a second edge of the top wall and abuts a second vertical wall of the building. A front wall depends from a front edge of the triangular top wall and interconnects respective forward ends of the first and second side walls. Structural support ribs underlie the top wall and enhance the structural integrity of the base. Concavities are formed in the top wall in close proximity to the first and second side walls. Each concavity receives a screw and facilitates attachment of the base to the corner. The base is installed and tiled with no delay between installation and tiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Mark E. Kirby
  • Publication number: 20140259971
    Abstract: Transportable unit for forming a straight parallelepiped-shaped residential space, provided with a bottom and a covering, and upright walls extending in between them, which walls can be converted between a—particularly retracted—transport position and a—particularly extended—operational position, in which the unit has a larger height, wherein the unit is equipped as a sanitary unit having a series of toilet bowls, urinals and/or showers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Marcel Adriaan Dirk BIKKER
  • Patent number: 8720124
    Abstract: A wall element for repairing a wall structure of a sanitary unit of a cabin comprising at least an inner metal sheet, an outer metal sheet and an insulator layer between the inner and outer metal sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Almaco Group Oy
    Inventor: Riku Petteri Ruusu
  • Patent number: 8661740
    Abstract: A foldable safety handrail assembly includes a mounting bracket, a fixing sleeve mounted on the mounting bracket, a release sleeve mounted on the mounting bracket and having a release groove, a rail having a pivot tube which has a first locking groove and a second locking groove, a locking tube extending through the fixing sleeve, the pivot tube and the release sleeve and having a limit slot, a locking member mounted in the limit slot and detachably locked in the first locking groove or the second locking groove, a control member mounted in the locking tube to move the locking member, and a push knob mounted on and pushing the control member. Thus, the user only needs to push the push knob to unlock and fold the rail so that the rail can be unlocked and folded easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yo Yuh Inst. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-Hao Lin
  • Patent number: 8640390
    Abstract: A decorative strip (10; 40; 60; 80; 100; 120; 150; 180; 230; 260; 290) for ceramic, natural stone or synthetic coverings or coatings, in particular for the formation of walk-in showers with a sloped floor, comprising a decorative strip profile (12; 42; 62; 82; 102; 122; 152; 182; 232; 262; 292) having a visible decorative surface (16; 50; 70; 92; 142; 164; 196; 236; 274; 302), characterized in that the decorative strip (10; 40; 60; 80; 100; 120; 150; 180; 230; 260; 290) has a holding profile (14; 44; 64; 84; 104; 124; 154; 184; 234; 264; 294) in which the decorative strip profile (12; 42; 62; 82; 102; 122; 152; 182; 232; 262; 292) is retained height-adjustably so as to vary the height of its visible decorative surface (16; 50; 70; 92; 142; 164; 196; 236; 274; 302).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Schlueter-Systems KG
    Inventor: Werner Schlueter
  • Patent number: 8596021
    Abstract: The invention is a modular wall system and floor system for bathrooms, gang showers or any other room space having at least one generally 90 degree room corner with a first wall panel on one of the two intersecting room walls of said room corner intersecting and joining to a second wall panel on the other intersecting room wall. Each embodiment of the invention features a plurality of spring clips that together with a plurality of globs of adhesive form a room corner attaching means for wall panels or other wall members that intersect one another in a generally 90 degree room corner that provides a tight, closely abutting fit between the adjacent, perpendicularly intersecting panels or members in the room corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Best Bath Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Van Ravenhorst
  • Patent number: 8539720
    Abstract: A method and a wall element for repairing a wall structure comprising at least an inner metal sheet, an outer metal sheet and an insulator layer between the inner and outer metal sheets. The method comprises at least the following steps: (i) removing the inner metal sheet in such a way that installation frames formed on the inner metal sheet are left in the wall structure, (ii) removing the insulator layer from a place where the inner metal sheet has been removed, (iii) installing a wall element comprising a metal sheet and an insulator layer attached to the metal sheet in the place of the removed wall structure in such a way that the edges of the metal sheet of the wall element are placed overlappingly with the installation frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Almaco Group Oy
    Inventor: Riku Petteri Ruusu
  • Publication number: 20120233932
    Abstract: A bar that is to be attached to a wall includes two stanchions, each stanchion supporting a portion of an elongated piece that extends from one stanchion to the other. A supporting connector having a lower portion attaches to and extends upwardly from each of the stanchions and a portion above the lower portion. A horizontal support extends horizontally from the portion above the lower portion of the connector between the stanchions and is disposed a distance D1 above each the stanchion. And, an adhesive is disposed beneath and attaches to the horizontal support and extends along a length thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Semen Kharchenko, William H. Spencer, JR., Helli Marie McDaniel, Michael Glenn Geels, Jigui Li, Hyun Moon
  • Patent number: 8215064
    Abstract: A shower vanity for use with a wall having spaced apart framing members. The vanity includes a housing dimensioned to be recessed between two adjacent framing members in the wall and the housing is attached to the framing members by fasteners. The housing includes an open front forming a cavity dimensioned to contain bathing products. Two mirrored doors are slidably mounted to the housing which cover the housing front when closed and provide access to the bathing products when opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Dewain J. Diacono
  • Patent number: 8215065
    Abstract: A modular patient room includes a plurality of modular wall panels or units having various configurations. In some embodiments, the modular wall units have at least one shelf and a flip-down work surface. The modular wall unit optionally may include an integrated computer monitor and a keyboard attached to the flip-down work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Gallant
  • Patent number: 8161700
    Abstract: A tiled structure comprises a layer of adhesive mortar, a bracket having a substantially flat base mounting portion with a plurality of perforations embedded in an adhesive mortar with the mortar flowed through the perforations and substantially covering opposite sides of the base mounting portion, and a tile veneer bonded to the adhesive mortar over at least one side of the base mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: David H. Scalise
  • Patent number: 8136305
    Abstract: The invention provides an adjustable mounting system for mounting countertops and other similar structures to a wall or other similar structure. Adjustable mounting systems of the invention include hinge adjustment features and/or length adjustment features that allow a single system to be adapted to fit a variety of sizes and/or shapes of spaces. The invention further provides methods of mounting a countertop using an adjustable mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy Mulherin
  • Patent number: 7866117
    Abstract: The invention forms a composite building by using beams made from plastic foam coated with fiber reinforced concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Nasser Saebi
  • Patent number: 7743562
    Abstract: A lightweight plastic foam construction element (1), for use in making shower stalls, bathroom partitions and the like, consists of a plastic foam core (4) with at least one external mortar layer (8) reinforced with fibers. The construction element has wall areas that are reinforced with at least one adhered wall component of more rigid material for the attachment of installation components that extend over the outer surface on an operational, working side of the construction element. The wall components (11) are inserted into a groove (10) cut into the working side, and the groove is sealed on the working side using a foam filler element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Stephan Wedi
  • Patent number: 7694462
    Abstract: A pod comprises a box-section steel frame (1) having horizontal structural members (4, 11). A floor is provided by welding a 6 mm steel plate (10) to the horizontal structural members (4, 11). The plate (10) has a checkered pattern of 2 mm ridges on its lower surface. A combination of inherent stiffness of the plate material, the ridges (50) and welding to both edge (4) and internal (11) structural members achieves sufficient stiffness of the floor to allow it to be tiled off-site during manufacture because the floor is thin, there is no need for the builder to provide a recess in the concrete on-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Thin Floor Pods Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Donal O'Callaghan, Eric Lisson
  • Patent number: 7673420
    Abstract: A corner bench for a shower is constructed by placing a beam diagonally between adjacent walls of the shower. The ends of the beam are supported on the upwardly facing edges of tile pieces which are attached to the shower walls. The tile pieces are placed on the walls such that their upper edges are horizontal and are coplanar with the top of the beam. A triangular platform is then placed on top of the beam and the upper edges of these tile pieces to create the bench. Tile is then placed on top of the platform and the front of the beam to finish the bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Eazy Company, LLC
    Inventor: Greg Madesh
  • Patent number: 7537030
    Abstract: A modular patient room includes a plurality of modular wall panels or units having various configurations. In some embodiments, the modular wall units have water dispensers. Headwall units having water dispensers are also disclosed. The water dispensers are configured to filter water or to sterilize water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J Gallant
  • Publication number: 20080307714
    Abstract: Hygiene building with an outer wall which has a polygonal or circular circumferential contour, surrounds an inner area and has at least one access. A plurality of hygiene areas which are provided in the inner area, are delimited by side walls and are arranged against the outer wall along the circumferential contour. The hygiene areas have at least one fluid inlet and at least one fluid outlet A central area is provided in the inner area is accessible via the access and through which the hygiene areas are accessible At least one sanitary installation is connected to one of the fluid inlets and arranged in one of the hygiene areas. A fluid catchment device is connected to the fluid outlets to receive fluid can be conducted through the fluid outlets. The hygiene building is constructed from a plurality of modules such that it can be dismantled, modules at least the outer wall, the side walls, the sanitary installation and the fluid catchment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Gerhard Knoop
  • Patent number: 7213374
    Abstract: A hinge for an enclosure is disclosed. The hinge includes a hinge rod and a bushing. The hinge rod is secured to one of a door and a door jamb of the enclosure. The bushing is secured to the other of the door and the door jamb of the enclosure. Moreover, the hinge rod slidably engages the bushing to allow the door to pivot about the door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventors: David Joseph Harris, William Jay Kelley, Daniel Scott Sommerfeld
  • Patent number: 7174678
    Abstract: A modular patient room includes a plurality of modular wall panels or units having various configurations. In some embodiments, the modular wall units have water dispensers. Headwall units having water dispensers are also disclosed. The water dispensers are configured to filter water or to sterilize water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Gallant
  • Patent number: 7152257
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toilet construction comprising at least two adjacent toilet cubicles which respectively have a toilet and an access opening which can be closed by means of a door, said toilet cubicles being separated by means of a partition. According to the invention, the partition can be displaced between a separating position in which it separates the toilet cubicles from each other, and an unblocking position in which the two toilet cubicles together form an individual toilet cubicle. Alternatively, the partition can be displaced essentially perpendicularly to its wall plane in a shifted position in which the floor space of one toilet cubicle is enlarged and the floor space of the other toilet cubicle is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Wall Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hartmut Lasch, legal representative, Walter Hardt, Michael Stratmann, deceased
  • Patent number: 7086098
    Abstract: A mechanical breathing aid for providing a regulated supply of a breathing gas has an expiratory pressure regulator for regulating gas pressure within an expiration gas flow path dependent on an input regulatory signal and an expiratory pressure sensor disposed to sense an actual gas pressure within the expiration gas flow path and to provide an output signal indicative thereof. A control unit is operably coupled to the expiratory pressure regulator and to the expiratory pressure sensor for calculating a target pressure as a function of time dependent on a value of compliance calculated from measurements of pressure and flow of provided breathing gas made during an inspiration phase, and for generating the regulatory signal dependent on a magnitude of the difference between the target pressure and the actual pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Maquet Critical Care AB
    Inventor: Joachim Sallvin
  • Patent number: 7032351
    Abstract: A bathroom compartment in a bathroom includes at least one partition having a core with one or more core layers, the core layers being made from wood or cellulose fibers which are surrounded and bound by a hot-curing resin. The core includes pigment to provide a solid-core color. The outer surface of the core may be provided without a surface covering or may be covered with a clear sheet of material or a sheet of material having the same color as the solid core color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Redman
  • Patent number: 6981347
    Abstract: A modular emergency shelter system includes a sleeping and storage module having a rectangular box-like structure with curved interior sidewalls defining a sleeping area, and exterior sidewalls extending to an opposing end defining a separate storage area. The box-like structure is preferably fabricated of molded plastic filled with fire resistant and sound dampening foam, and is watertight to keep out the rain and facilitate hosing out after use. Preferably the module includes electronic locking doors operable from inside or outside the module. The module is specially configured for securing together a number of similar structures including additional shelter modules stacked one atop another, or vertically-oriented modular utility units such as toilets, showers and a dressing rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Randy Walburger
  • Patent number: 6941703
    Abstract: A self-cleaning flooring system for catching waste products has at least one module comprising a drain pan and a floor grid. The drain pan has a ramp and a central drain outlet. The ramp extends around the drain pan defining a drain pan periphery. The ramp slopes downward from the drain pan periphery towards the drain outlet. The drain pan periphery has a plurality of discharge ports spaced therealong for discharge of flushing fluid onto the ramp such that the waste products are washed down the ramp towards the drain outlet. The floor grid extends across the drain pan and is mounted upon the drain pan periphery for supporting personnel standing thereon while permitting waste products to pass therethrough. The module is interconnectable to horizontally adjacent modules to form the flooring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Sani-Floor, Incorporated
    Inventors: James G. MacLean, David L. Christian, Darell J. Long, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6877292
    Abstract: A spacer and sealant assembly comprising a stretchable sealant support member having a planar surface bounded by first and second edges wherein said first and second edges have at least one pleated portion, a plastic shim having at least one undulating portion in contact with said first and second edges of said stretchable sealant support member so that said at least one pleated portion is oriented concavedly inward into said at least one undulating portion of said shim, a sealant joined to at least said first and second edges of said sealant support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: TruSeal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lynn Baratuci, Ronald Ellsworth Buchanan, Patrick Anthony Drda, Louis Anthony Ferri, Eric W. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6820375
    Abstract: A precut utility core for centrally locating all utility lines to be connected to appliances located in areas surrounding the core. The core consists of an inner cage housing with utility lines, a plurality of structural walls extending outwardly therefrom forming areas that house bath and kitchen appliances. An outer cage surrounds and partially encloses the inner cage. The structural walls are connected together to the outer cage. The precut utility core additionally is designed to support an optional upward extending rain-gathering funnel shaped tank capable of furnishing rainwater by gravity to the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Martha C. Meeker
  • Publication number: 20040206011
    Abstract: A precut utility core for centrally locating all utility lines to be connected to appliances located in areas surrounding the core. The core consists of an inner cage housing the utility lines, a plurality of structural walls extending outwardly therefrom and an outer cage surrounding the structural walls are connected together. The precut utility core additionally is designed to support an optional upward extending rain-gathering funnel shaped tank capable of furnishing rainwater by gravity to the core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventor: Martha C. Meeker
  • Patent number: 6792721
    Abstract: A shower apparatus, comprising an enclosure or a door and a shower tray, the enclosure or door and the shower tray being mutually disconnected and the enclosure or door having means for adjustable connection to walls that form a cubicle that accommodates the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Calibe S.r.l.
    Inventor: Filippo Montanari
  • Patent number: 6758017
    Abstract: A plastic corner device for installing drywall to form an inside corner. The corner device has a large corner with a smaller corner facing it to form a right parallelepiped, whose sides equal in length the thickness of the drywall panels. The corner device and/or the panels have adhesive applied to them, and the edges of the panels abut the smaller corner to form the inside corner. Adhesive is then applied to the rearward surfaces, and the assembly of the corner device and the panels is adhered to a building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Peter P. Young
  • Patent number: 6691475
    Abstract: The present invention is an accommodation for traveler's providing an inexpensive and safe option for respite while on a journey, comprising a building including a series of connected exterior walls defining a footprint of the building. The building includes a common interior hallway located adjacent at least one of the building's exterior walls. At least one door located in the building's exterior walls allows entrance into the building and more particularly into the building's common interior hallway. The building includes a plurality of rooms, each room having a door for entrance into the room from the common interior hallway. Each room's door is lockable from the inside by the traveler renting the room. Further, the rooms are arranged and constructed to accommodate at least one recliner chair, but no bed. The present invention further includes at least one bathroom in the building having a door with an inside lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Fast Break Inn
    Inventors: Antonio L. Tiongco, Alfred R. Talens
  • Publication number: 20030213060
    Abstract: A method for installing a tub above a floor, the floor having a plurality of spaced-apart supports beneath the floor supporting the floor, the tub to be installed on top of the floor, the tub having a drain hole for draining water from the tub, the floor having a hole to correspond in position to the drain hole of the tub, the method including securing a tub shoe beneath the tub at the drain hole, the tub shoe comprising an upright part and a second part, the upright part with a fluid flow channel through the upright part in fluid communication with a fluid flow channel through the second part for draining water from the tub through the drain hole, the upright part having a length sufficient to locate the second part at a desired level with respect to the plurality of spaced-apart supports supporting the floor, positioning the upright part so that the second part can extend through an open portion of at least one of the plurality of spaced-apart supports supporting the floor, and connecting the second part in
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Deryl Heil
  • Patent number: 6629395
    Abstract: A method of forming a wall unit having a veneer face is disclosed. Initially, a pair of side wall panels and a pair of end panels are mounted substantially upright. Stones or other suitable material are set sequentially in a horizontally disposed course using at least one of the panels. Additional courses of stones or other material may then be stacked upon the initial layer until the desired height is attained. The interior volume of the apparatus is left substantially empty, and is then filled with a binding material. The binding material binds the courses' components together and integrates the individual courses into a single cohesive unit. The wall and end panels are removed and the unit is removed for subsequent installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Terry Karanikas
  • Patent number: 6612076
    Abstract: The invention is a flange device used for flush mounting construction fixture or hardware trims. The invention reduces the potential of a hair line crack between dissimilar materials. The invention can be molded, extruded or otherwise formed into nearly any shape and designed to work with a large variety of different fixtures, hardware and trims. The portion of the flange in contact with a surfacing material (those applied at plastic state) bonds the two surfaces together and is an interface which isolates the dissimilar fixture or hardware material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Mark Jacksen
  • Publication number: 20030140571
    Abstract: ADA-compliant, portable bathroom modules provide safe, easily installed complete or partial bathrooms in a room of a home or building and are easily removed when no longer needed, without permanently changing the appearance of the home or building. The units form an enclosed structure having a roof with a ventilation fan, and door. The modular design allows a complete bathroom or a portion thereof to be selected, as desired, by the user. The complete model includes a shower module, a toilet module and an intermediate hallway/center module. A portion of a complete bathroom includes a shower module or toilet module alone (⅓ unit), or together with a hallway/center module (⅔ unit) to enhance access. The complete bathroom or portions thereof may include a back flush toilet and sewage ejection pump to accommodate installation on a concrete slab, an integral (instantaneous) water heater to allow a cold water only hook-up, and a wall mounted body dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: Jon A. Muha, David Ewonce
  • Patent number: 6581336
    Abstract: A waste water collection arrangement for combining the waste water discharge of several different plumbing fixtures includes a water receiving trap having a chamber in which water is received to provide a gas-tight seal. At least two inlet assemblies deliver waste water to the chamber and at least one outlet assembly discharges water from the chamber. The chamber has a lid part through which the inlet assemblies pass at least substantially perpendicular to the lid part. The inlet assemblies are mounted on the lid part so as to be movable as required to desired positions for connection to waste water conduits. The chamber is essentially isolated from the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Kvaerner Masa-Yards Oy
    Inventors: Timo Anttalainen, Raimo Astikainen, Pentti Koskela, Ilkka Seppä, Veikko Laisi, Pertti Päätalo, Rauno Virtanen
  • Publication number: 20030110714
    Abstract: Apparatus for permitting sanitary egress from a restroom having a wall, a doorway in the wall and a door in the doorway, the apparatus including a dispenser assembly adapted to contain and dispense a supply of sheets to a user prior to exiting the restroom and a disposal container assembly adapted to receive the supply of sheets upon exiting the restroom and located adjacent the doorway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventors: Brian J. Stark, Peter J. Stark
  • Patent number: 6571406
    Abstract: Supporting body (1) being part of a shower tub made of stone, tiles or artificial stone and comprising at least one landing (2) that is surrounded by a margin (6), a channel (3) discharging into a drain (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Gerloff
  • Publication number: 20030084618
    Abstract: A supporting wall installation, in particular to attach sanitary units in the form of washstands, WCs, bidets, urinals and the like, is characterized by support columns which are substantially triangular or trapezoidal in horizontal section and consist of a torsionally stiff frame construction and at least one areal planking attached to the respective support column and forming a supporting wall installation together with the support column or the support columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Dieter Krist, Bernd Hanel
  • Patent number: 6553736
    Abstract: There is provided a metal chord member for use in a building system which chord member is formed of two or more interlocked generally U-shaped chord tubes. The chord tubes are interlocked by means of the provision of a plurality of equisized, equispaced, longitudinal ribs formed along the length of the depending side arms of the U-shaped chord tubes defining elongated recesses therebetween, the ribs on one of the chord tubes being adapted to interlock into and mate with the recesses defined between ribs on the adjacent chord tube and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Antonio Montanaro, Guiseppe Montanaro