House Painting, Paper Hanging, Or Glazing Patents (Class 7/105)
  • Patent number: 9701005
    Abstract: A biaxial foldout tool includes a body with opposing ends and one or more sets of tool drivers. The opposing ends are rotated 90° from each other. A first set of tool drivers is positioned on/near a first end and rotates about a first hinge; a second set of tool drivers is positioned on/near a second end and rotates about a second hinge. A first portion of the first set opens in a direction counter to an open direction of a second portion of the first set of tool drivers. A first portion of the second set opens in a direction counter to an open direction of a second portion of the second set of tool drivers. When tool drivers are in an open position, internal stops prevent the tool drivers from opening past a predetermined angle. The tool drivers are contained within channels of the body when in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Wagic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart
  • Publication number: 20150026898
    Abstract: A utility tool, such a putty knife, includes an elongated handle for manual handling of the utility tool, a blade and a screw bit assembly. The screw bit assembly is rotatably mounted about the rear portion of the handle, has a screw bit, and is operable between a non-operating configuration where the screw bit is nested within the handle, and an operating configuration where the screw bit is drawn out of the handle and securely maintained in a fixed configuration so as to be positioned at a slanted angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the handle. In addition to being able to carry out other various functions, in drywall applications and the like, the tool by virtue of its design and components enables a more ergonomic grip, and to have a greater lever effect for screwing fasteners with its screw bit assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Romeo Arvinte, Francois Panfili
  • Publication number: 20140317863
    Abstract: Described in this application is a kit for adapting a paint brush having a handle opening. The kit includes a tool for improving the usefulness of the paint brush; a bushing receivable within the handle opening of the paint brush; a screw for passing through the tool and bushing and joining the tool to the paint brush; and a locking nut for securing the screw to the paint brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Next Future LLC
    Inventors: Michael BEERMEUNDER, Ellen M. BROWN, James L. KENNEDY, Charles R. PATZER
  • Patent number: 8856995
    Abstract: A utility tool, such a putty knife, includes an elongated handle for manual handling of the utility tool, a blade and a screw bit assembly. The handle extends substantially along a longitudinal axis, and has front and rear portions. The blade has an anchoring portion anchored within the handle and an operating portion extending out from the front portion of the handle. The screw bit assembly is rotatably mounted about the rear portion of the handle, has a screw bit, and is operable between a non-operating configuration where the screw bit is nested within the handle, and an operating configuration where the screw bit is drawn out of the handle and securely maintained in a fixed configuration so as to be positioned at a slanted angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: A. Richard Tools Co./Outils A. Richard Co.
    Inventors: Romeo Arvinte, Francois Panfili
  • Publication number: 20140157521
    Abstract: A multipurpose tool is disclosed. The multipurpose tool comprises a flexible material comprising a proximate region formed as a scraper and a first semicircular hook, a distal region formed as a second semicircular hook, and a straight intermediate region therebetween having a jagged side edge or toothed portion. The first semicircular hook comprises an inner surface with a clip formed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: DENNIS J. TUOHY, III, Jeannie Tuohy
  • Patent number: 8646361
    Abstract: A device of opening container closures of the type including a circular seal to container opening and a continuous, circular flange and the container including an opening with an inner wall, such as is commonly found in paint containers is provided. The device for opening container closures includes an elongated handle portion connected to an opener portion. The opener portion extends from a first end of the handle portion and includes a pry edge located at a free end thereof. The opener portion further includes an inner cam surface defined by a first radius from a center of rotation for the opening device. The inner cam surface is provided on an upper surface of the opener portion and extends from the pry edge toward the first end of the handle portion. The opener portion also includes an eccentric outer cam surface defined by a second radius from a second center of rotation for the opening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Minnette, Randall Julian
  • Patent number: 8640425
    Abstract: This is directed to systems, processes, machines, and other means that all a user to install flashing without removing exterior siding. The invention can allow a user to quickly and easily allow flashing which enables a structure to be more weather resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lee Welty
  • Patent number: 8407839
    Abstract: A roofing tool comprises a handle with a longitudinal axis and a longitudinal shaft coaxial therewith, the handle having a first end and a second end, a hollow shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end of the hollow shaft being axially inserted into the second end of the handle and the second end of the hollow shaft extending therefrom, a bracket attached to the second end of the hollow shaft, a roller rotatably attached to the bracket, a seam tester member having a tapered pick end and an elongated shaft disposed within the hollow shaft; and a detent member secured to the handle and configured to detain the seam tester member within the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: AJC Tools & Equipment
    Inventor: Matthew J. Crookston
  • Patent number: 8245753
    Abstract: A plurality of hand tools for use in a wide variety of different applications for applying masking tape to various surfaces prior to painting, staining, detailing, sanding and the like wherein one embodiment includes a removably attachable blade member associated with one end portion of the tool and a removably attachable roller member or nudger member associated with the opposite end portion of the tool, and an extension/retraction mechanism for extending and retracting the blade member. Another embodiment of the present hand tool includes a handle member adaptable for receiving any combination of removably attachable roller members, nudger members, and blade members for attachment to the opposite end portions of the handle member. A wide variety of different blade configurations, roller member configurations, and nudger member configurations can be removably attached to the opposite end portions of the present tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Richard R. Haemerle
  • Patent number: 8119201
    Abstract: The invention relates to a painting tool and method of use for manipulating painting material on a painting surface. The method includes providing the tool, which includes a handle and blade. The blade is made of a resilient metal, has a matted surface, and includes handle, middle and distal sections. The handle section has a first end positioned within the middle third of the handle and a second end connected to the middle section. The middle section connects at a first end to the handle section and at a second end to the distal section. The distal section extends from the middle section and is in a distal section plane offset from the handle section. The distal section plane is at an angle to the handle section plane. The distal section is used to take a painting material and place and manipulate the painting material onto a painting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Colart Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Present
  • Publication number: 20110138540
    Abstract: A multi-function tool apparatus and system, comprising a handle and a utility blade having a structure that accommodates a plurality of functions, thus, reducing the number of ancillary tools required by a painter. The handle includes a butt end that is a screwdriver in threaded engagement with the handle. The screwdriver can be removed to expose a shaft and several screwdriver bits. The butt end includes a bolt in threaded engagement with the butt end. The bolt can be removed to attach an elongated pole to allow the apparatus to reach remote areas. The structure of the utility blade allows functions including but not limited to: scraping; putty spreading; caulk scraping; can opening, can closing; roller wiping; cutting; torquing hex nuts on spray guns; nail pulling, nail driving and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Union Rich USA
    Inventors: Terry Kinskey, Matthew Williams
  • Patent number: 7950099
    Abstract: A caulk working tool for working caulk against first and second surfaces defining an intersection comprising a shaft member and a scraper body. The shaft member is substantially rigid, and scraper body is substantially resilient. The scraper body is molded over the shaft member and comprises a scraper surface defining a point and first and second sides. The scraper body deforms when the first and second sides are held in contact with the first and second surfaces. The caulk working tool is displaced relative to the first and second surfaces while the first and second sides are in contact with the first and second surfaces to cause the scraper surface to work the caulk against the first and second surfaces and form a desired profile in the caulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Homax Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Randal W. Hanson, Wilfred J. Hoffmann, Gloria Hoffmann, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7818843
    Abstract: A multi-function tool apparatus and system formed from a handle and a utility blade having a structure that facilitates completion of a plurality of functions, thus, reducing the number of ancillary tools required. The handle may include a butt end with a screwdriver in releasable engagement with the handle. The screwdriver can be removed to expose a shaft and several screwdriver bits. The butt end includes a bolt that can be removed to attach and extension pole to allow the apparatus to reach remote areas. The structure of the utility blade allows functions including but not limited to: scraping; putty spreading; caulk stripping; can opening, can closing; roller wiping; cutting; torquing hex nuts on spray guns; nail pulling, nail driving and the like. In other embodiments, other heads may be substituted for the utility blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Union Rich USA LLC
    Inventors: Terrence P. Kinskey, Matthew G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20090263111
    Abstract: A steamer head for steaming surface coverings comprises a body and coupling means couplable to a support member to support the steamer head against a surface. The steamer head can be used with a support member to form a steamer apparatus. In one embodiment, the support member includes a paint roller whereby the roller mount of the paint roller is inserted into openings in the body of the steamer head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Yaron Meshoulam, Yair Meshoulam
  • Patent number: 7587778
    Abstract: A tool includes a blade with a working end and a handle end opposite the working end, a handle secured to the handle end and having a blade end and a hammer end, a hammer secured to the hammer end and having a body made of a relatively hard, lightweight polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Aaron Charles Rosso, Matthew Earle Myers, Scott Fong
  • Publication number: 20090070943
    Abstract: A paint roller including a roller cover retainer that is releasable to permit a roller cover to be easily removed. The device includes a locking lever pivotable relative to the frame which actuates retainers located within the roller assembly. The locking lever also exerts an axial force adapted to disengage the roller cover from the roller assembly when the retainer is disengaged. A used roller cover can be removed without the need to grasp the used roller cover. Installation of a roller cover onto the roller assembly automatically engages the retainers and shifts the locking lever into the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Robin E. Smith, Natalia Johnson, Christopher John Parke, Brandon Seth Cross, George Andrew Hartel, Kimberly Clendenen Franklin
  • Patent number: 7434318
    Abstract: A tool includes a blade having a working edge and an attachment edge opposite the working edge, a handle with distal and proximal ends and a body having at least one diameter. The proximal end is associated with the attachment edge. A hammer element is associated with the distal end, and a periphery of the hammer element extends in a radial direction greater than the at least one diameter of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Ricardo Perez, Jason Lind, Matthew Earle Myers, Scott Fong
  • Publication number: 20080178393
    Abstract: A multi-function tool apparatus and system formed from a handle and a utility blade having a structure that facilitates completion of a plurality of functions, thus, reducing the number of ancillary tools required. The handle may include a butt end with a screwdriver in releasable engagement with the handle. The screwdriver can be removed to expose a shaft and several screwdriver bits. The butt end includes a bolt that can be removed to attach and extension pole to allow the apparatus to reach remote areas. The structure of the utility blade allows functions including but not limited to: scraping; putty spreading; caulk stripping; can opening, can closing; roller wiping; cutting; torquing hex nuts on spray guns; nail pulling, nail driving and the like. In other embodiments, other heads may be substituted for the utility blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: Union Rich USA
    Inventors: Terrence P. Kinskey, Matthew G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20080145529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a painting tool that includes a handle and a blade. The blade is made of a resilient metal material, has a matted, non-glare surface, and includes a handle section, a middle section, and a distal section. The handle section has a first end and a second end, the first end being positioned within the middle third of the length of the handle and the second end being connected to the middle section. The middle section connects at a first end to the handle section and forms an angle of between approximately 130 and 150 degrees with the handle section and connects at a second end to the distal section and forms an angle of between approximately 110 and 130 degrees with the distal section. The distal section extends from the middle section and is in a distal section plane that is offset from a handle section plane containing the handle section by between approximately 1.5 and 5 cm. The distal section plane is at an angle of between approximately 3 and 10 degrees to the handle section plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: Colart Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Present
  • Publication number: 20080047074
    Abstract: A tool includes a blade with a working end and a handle end opposite the working end, a handle secured to the handle end and having a blade end and a hammer end, a hammer secured to the hammer end and having a body made of a relatively hard, lightweight polymeric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: Aaron Charles Rosso, Matthew Earle Myers, Scott Fong
  • Publication number: 20080034525
    Abstract: A scraper for manually scraping a layer of material, such as wallpaper for example, off a given surface. The scraper includes a handle, front and rear portions, a roller assembly and a scraping tool. The handle is used for manual handling of the scraper, and has front and rear extremities. The front portion extends forwardly from the front extremity of the handle, at an angle from the handle, and has a top part connected to the front extremity of the handle and a bottom part used for operatively resting the scraper against the given surface to be treated with the scraper. The rear portion extends rearwardly from the rear extremity of the handle, at an angle from said handle, and has similar top and bottom parts. The roller assembly is operatively mounted to the bottom part of the rear portion for facilitating displacement of the scraper over the given surface to be treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: A. RICHARD S.E.N.C.
    Inventors: Francois Panfili, Bertrand Dessureault, Romeo Arvinte
  • Patent number: 7269867
    Abstract: The invention is essentially a tool device which is a combination of components, features and functions, including knife, chisel, scrapper, ruler, depth gage, and straight edge, housed in one easily handled and transported unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Magnus H. Karlstedt
  • Patent number: 6996868
    Abstract: A tool includes a handle and a sleeve on the handle. A multi-component slot is defined in the handle and the sleeve is attached to the handle by a set screw. A plurality of different screwdriver units can be mounted on one end of the handle and a plurality of different tools can be releasably mounted on the other end of the handle. The tools are held in place by a projection on the tool being received in a hole on the handle and the screwdriver units are held on the handle by the set screw. Biasing elements are accommodated in the handle and bias the tool and the screwdriver units outwardly of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Paul Milano, Randy Gurski
  • Patent number: 6954958
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a multi-use broad bladed knife is provided. The multi-use knife includes a broad blade, such as commonly used to apply spackle to a wall or other surface. The broad blade is attached to a handle, with a striking surface comprised of an appropriate hard material on the heel of the handle. Within the handle are slidably extendable and retractable implements, including a cutting edge and a screwdriver implement. The cutting edge and screwdriver implement may be extended through the heel of the handle through slits using buttons. The screwdriver implement and cutting edge may lock into place when extended for use and may also lock in place when retracted within the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Shawn Stubbs
  • Patent number: 6865761
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening a container, mixing the contents contained in the container, and cleaning the container by removing its contents using a single tool. In removing the contents, the tool has a sharpened edge with a radial curvature for scraping the sides of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Warner Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David Henke, Steven Thompson
  • Patent number: 6829800
    Abstract: A bucket grasp tool keeps a bucket from spinning while mixing viscous fluid, such as drywall compound, in the bucket with a mechanical mixer and can also open bucket lids. The bucket grasp for spin resistant mixing is an assembly made up of two parts: a grasp part and a foot pressure part, which may have a surface grip portion. The grasp part is of a semi-circular shape and is made of rigid or semi-rigid material. The foot pressure part is of a smooth curved or straight shape and is made of rigid or semi-rigid material. The grasp part and the foot pressure part are integral, preferably both parts being formed from the same piece of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Phillip J. Roebuck
  • Patent number: 6823553
    Abstract: A paintbrush and can opener combination includes an elongated handle that has a first end and a second end. The second end includes an elongated forward edge. A plurality of bristles is attached to and extends away from the forward edge. An elongated plate has an attached end and a free end. The attached end is positioned within the handle and attached thereto such that the plate extends outwardly from the first end of the handle. The plate has a bend therein positioned generally between the free end and the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Alfred E. Paredes
  • Publication number: 20040163193
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a paint brush is adapted for opening a paint can. The paint brush comprises a handle having a built-in tip opposite the brush's bristles and substantially thinner in at least one dimension normal to the brush's axis than portions of the handle intended to be gripped by the user. The tip is thin enough to fit in a gap between a lip disposed along an outer circumference of a lid of the paint can and an upper edge of a container of the paint can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Scott R. Stafford
  • Patent number: 6769147
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a multi-use broad bladed knife is provided. The multi-use knife includes a broad blade, such as commonly used to apply spackle to a wall or other surface. The broad blade is attached to a handle, with a striking surface comprised of an appropriate hard material on the heel of the handle. Within the handle are slideably extendable and retractable implements, including a cutting edge and a screwdriver implement. The cutting edge and screwdriver implement may be extended through the heel of the handle through slits using buttons. The screwdriver implement and cutting edge may lock into place when extended for use and may also lock in place when retracted within the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Shawn Stubbs
  • Patent number: 6675419
    Abstract: A folding multipurpose tool includes removable tweezers. The tweezers have a pair of opposed legs that are hooked over a pin extending through a tool storage pocket in a handle of the tool. The tweezers can pivot about said pin between a folded position within said pocket and an extended position outside of said pocket. One of the legs is thicker than the other and unable to pass through a passageway between the pin and the floor of the tool pocket. When the tweezers are in the extended position one of the legs may be slid into the pocket, disengaging the tweezers from the pin and enables the tweezer to be lifted out of the pocket. A generic implement with a hooked shaped base may be removed from a tool pocket in a similar manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 6662521
    Abstract: A multipurpose drywall tool comprising a blade attached to the front end of a handle in which the rear corner end of the handle is attached to opposing rounded hardened hammer members. Also attached to the distal end of the handle is attached an engaging means disposed within a orifice in the distal end of the handle. The engaging means for disengagably engaging a screwdriver bit. One preferred configuration of the engaging means is a protrusion attached at an edge of the screwdriver bit and a flange attached at the edge of the orifice, so that the flange is adapted to reversibly receive the protrusion in a frictional interlocking relationship when the screwdriver bit is inserted into the orifice. Yet another preferred configuration of the engaging means comprises a magnet within the orifice, in which the magnet is adapted to reversibly receive the screwdriver bit when the screwdriver bit is inserted into the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventors: Alfred William Escobedo, James M. Escobedo
  • Patent number: 6640369
    Abstract: A painter's tool having multiple tool elements of a paint brush comb, a paint roller scraper, a scraper blade, and a container cover remover. One end of the tool has a hook for suspending the tool from a horizontal support and to thereby support a paint can suspended from the tool. The tool can be made of one material, and it is preferably rigid throughout its entirety and presents a handle for maneuvering the tool in its multi-functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: William A. Malvasio
  • Patent number: 6532614
    Abstract: A paint scraper includes a main body formed by a handle and a blade-supporting shank extending forwardly thereof. A nailset element is attached to the main body and is movable downwardly in response to being struck, so that a nail-impacting end of the nailset element can sink a protruding nail that is encountered while scraping paint from a wooden surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Kapman AB
    Inventor: Bertil Bloom
  • Patent number: 6530098
    Abstract: A taping knife includes a continuous shaft having a blade on a first end thereof, and a hammer on a second end thereof. A handle surrounds the shaft with the blade extending from one end thereof, and the hammer extending from the other end thereof. The handle preferably is constructed with a molded inner core and a soft molded rubber overlay. The hammer includes a hammering surface generally perpendicular to a central axis of the handle. The inner core is preferably constructed of a molded thermoplastic, and the overlay is preferably constructed of an injection molded rubber. The handle may include a bit storage slot for receiving and storing a screwdriver bit. The overlay may include a plurality of flexible fingers adjacent to the bit storage slot for securing a screwdriver bit in the slot. The hammer may include a sleeve for receiving a screwdriver bit with a working portion of the bit extending from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Allway Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Gringer, Yuan Fang Cheng
  • Patent number: 6427274
    Abstract: A painter's tool providing multiple functions is disclosed for a painter's use in preparing a surface for painting, for opening containers, and for cleaning utensils. The tool includes a blade connected to a handle, with the distal end of the blade having a beveled edge bounded by a first squared corner and a second pointed corner. The blade includes a first side having a plurality of teeth along the first side, with the first edge extending outwardly at an angle from the handle toward the squared corner, thereby allowing ergonomic gripping of the handle while cleaning a brush or gouging with a blade corner. The blade includes an arcuate second side having an inwardly curved mid-portion for cleaning a paint roller, the curved mid-portion being bounded by two opposed notches recessed into the second side of the blade. The second side further includes a projection proximal the handle end of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Phillip G. Abbott
  • Patent number: 6425155
    Abstract: A hand-held tool useful for a decorator, particularly while wallpapering, comprises a substantially flat body (1) having several retaining means (2, 20, 4, 6) formed in it for holding implements such as a pencil (P), knife (K) and spirit levels (S1, S2). A pair of spirit levels (S1, S2) are retained in retaining means (2, 20) at right angles to one another to enable horizontal and vertical lines to be found. Knife (K) is retained in a groove (6) with its blade shielded to prevent it from accidentally injuring a person. The tool has a flexible edge area (12) which tapers to a straight, ruled edge (12b). This area (12) is useful for pressing pasted paper onto a wall and for removing air-bubbles. Edge (12b), which is parallel to one spirit level (S1) and perpendicular to the other (S2), facilitates the measuring of distances between widths of wallpaper. Studs (9) are provided on a rear face of the body (1) so that the body stands proud of a surface and can thereby be more easily grasped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Karl Carey
  • Patent number: 6421860
    Abstract: A painter's tool providing multiple functions is disclosed for a painter's use in preparing a surface for painting, for opening containers, and for cleaning utensils. The tool includes a blade connected to a handle. The distal end of the blade includes a beveled edge bounded by a first squared corner for gouging holes and a second pointed corner for gouging cracks. The blade includes a first edge having a plurality of teeth along the first edge for cleaning a paint brush. The first edge extends outwardly at an angle from the handle toward the squared corner, thereby allowing ergonomic gripping of the handle while cleaning a brush or gouging with a blade corner. The blade includes an arcuate second edge having an inwardly curved surface for cleaning a paint roller, and having a projection and a notch for opening containers. The painter's tool provides multiple functions in one hand-held unit, and reduces the need for a painter to carry additional tools while painting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Phillip G. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20020026672
    Abstract: A paint scraper includes a main body formed by a handle and a blade-supporting shank extending forwardly thereof. A nailset element is attached to the main body and is movable downwardly in response to being struck, so that a nail-impacting end of the nailset element can sink a protruding nail that is encountered while scraping paint from a wooden surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: Bertil Bloom
  • Patent number: 6327728
    Abstract: A painters tool comprising at least one aperture matching a spindle of a window cranking mechanism which permits the tool to be used as a wrench to rotate the spindle of a window cranking mechansims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Timothy Gene Hart
  • Patent number: 6298755
    Abstract: A dimpler tool comprises a handle member having a side wall, a closed bottom, and an open top defining an interior space. The dimpler tool further includes a lid threadably coupled to the handle member so as to removably cover the open top. A first portion of a shaft is embedded in the closed bottom of the handle member and a second portion of the shaft projects from the bottom and is normal thereto. A dimpler attachment is removably coupled to the second portion of the shaft and includes a tip that tapers to a point. The tip may be inserted into a hole left in a wall as a result of removal of a fastener, the hole being smoothed over by a rotational pressure applied to the dimpler tool by a user. The dimpler attachment is interchangeable with attachments having variously sized tips or with auxiliary attachments having variously configured screwdriver tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Mark A. England
  • Patent number: 6276014
    Abstract: A tool coupler/knife combination includes a sleeve and a casing slidably mounted in the sleeve and having a blade mounted therein. The blade is slidable relative to the casing to a positioning in which an end of the blade is exposed for cutting. A tool coupler is mounted to the sleeve for releasably engaging with a tool bit. The casing includes a receptacle for receiving a telescopic rod with a magnetic end for attracting screws. Longitudinal position of the casing relative to the sleeve may be adjusted to thereby change the arm of force for cutting objects or driving fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Lee
  • Patent number: 6276013
    Abstract: A multi-purpose beverage can top cleaner and tab lifter device comprises a circular sponge insert for cleaning the can top rim and an inclined semicircular wedge for raising a lift-tab to open the drinking port simultaneously in one circular motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventors: Randall Mace Hansen, Tammy Sue Riggins
  • Patent number: 6272708
    Abstract: A mason's scraper kit that has an extension rod and a scraper that can be easily engaged with or disengaged from an end of the extension rod. The scraper includes a handle with a receptacle. The receptacle includes a first threaded section in an inner end thereof and a second threaded section in an outer end thereof. The end of the extension rod includes a first outer threading for engaging with the first threaded section of the receptacle of the scraper handle. The end of the extension rod further includes a second outer threading for engaging with the second threaded section of the receptacle of the scraper handle. An end block is removably mounted in a handle thereof for carrying at least one tool bit. The end block includes a tool-engaging hole for releasably engaging with a tool bit, thereby providing an additional function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Martin Chen
  • Patent number: 6240650
    Abstract: A combination leveling and edge trimming tool for use during the application of a wallpaper material to a wall surface. The tool includes a substantially thin and elongate planar shaped body having a first face and a second face as well as a first end and a second end. A bottom face of the body extends between the first and second faces and first and second ends and is suitable for receiving an elongate and substantially rigid blade edge suitable for use in leveling and adhering the wallpaper material to the wall surface. First and second level indicators are incorporated within the body and are operable about respective first and second rotating planes. A non-slip gripping material is secured to a selected first or second face and, upon orienting the tool at a specified angle relative to the wall surface, provides a secure engagement to permit trimming of excess wallpaper material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Cecelia D. Olson
  • Patent number: 6182317
    Abstract: A scraper having a blade with a scraping end and a connecting end with two orifices, a plastic handle having two orifices corresponding to those orifices on the connecting end of the blade, a slot for mounting the connecting end of the blade, and two inserting grooves, and a hammering head with two flat pins having orifices corresponding to the orifice in the handle. The combined members are fastened by inserting two screws in the two orifices. The screw inserted into the orifice near the hammering head may be a hollow screw which can be used as a hanging hole. A screwing tip may be positioned on the hammering head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Chin-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 6134743
    Abstract: A scraping tool system includes a scraping tool, tools, and a holster with pockets for receiving and holding the scraping tool and the tools. The scraping tool has a handle member, a rod, a spring mechanism, and a lever mechanism. The rod is sized to be fitted within a channel of the handle member and includes a tool attaching portion. The rod is attached to the spring mechanism which, in turn, is fitted between the rod and a base portion of the handle member which includes a tapping heel plate. The lever mechanism is mechanically coupled to the handle member and to the spring mechanism and is adapted to reposition the rod along the channel in response to a movement of a portion of the lever mechanism relative to the handle member. The tools each include a mounting portion formed such that the tool is mechanically coupled to an end portion of the handle member when the lever mechanism is in a tool securing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Pacific Handy Cutter, Inc.
    Inventor: G. Gerry Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6131222
    Abstract: A combination trowel and screwdriver is provided wherein the trowel handle houses and removably retains a tool bit drive assembly which houses a plurality of tool bit or screw drives. The user pivots the tool bit drive assembly housing away from the handle to a position extending in the proximate direction from the handle. The user then selects the desired tool bit drive for insertion at the proximate end of the assembly and with the proximate end of the handle screws the screw into a recessed position in a wallboard construction. The user then retracts or repivots the tool bit drive assembly into the handle, and then with the trowel end putties or spreads a wallboard plastic or finishing material over the recessed screw head to finish the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventors: Wayne Anderson, Paolo Cassutti
  • Patent number: 6014785
    Abstract: There is provided a multi-purpose tool which comprises a paint brush having a bristle portion, a ferrule removable from the bristle portion, and a handle removable from the ferrule. When a cap at the free end of the handle is pivoted open, a pry blade is provided for removing a paint can lid. When the handle is removed from the ferrule, a reversible screwdriver inserted within a bore in the handle is provided for turning screws. When the ferrule is removed from the bristle portion, a scraper blade attached to the ferrule is provided for scraping a surface in preparation for painting. A belt mounted holster in also provided for permitting the user to carry the tool on his person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventors: David W. Punch, Shirley Ann Punch
  • Patent number: 6009581
    Abstract: A scraping tool for use with a paint sprayer assembly includes a scraping tool having a tool socket and a number of integral wrenches. In a preferred embodiment the scraping tool includes three cutouts for accommodating various sized nuts and a triangular protrusion extending from the scraping edge for scraping in tight spaces. A tool socket is provided near an end of the handle of the scraping tool for receiving various tool heads. In a most preferred embodiment, the scraper tool is designed for use in association with a particular paint spraying machine such that the scraper tool provides the necessary wrenches and tools for operating and maintaining the paint spraying machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventors: Dave D. Davis, M. Shane Davis
  • Patent number: 6006384
    Abstract: A drywall knife with screwdriver is provided including a drywall blade and a handle coupled to the blade. The handle is equipped with a bore formed therein. A screwdriver is removably situated within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Kelly M. Toal