Crowbar Or Prybar Patents (Class 7/166)
  • Patent number: 9665411
    Abstract: A mechanism for an interface between a server orchestration system and a messaging system is disclosed. In one embodiment a message being broadcast from a server orchestration system to a plurality of nodes that comprise a node layer of a platform as a service (PaaS) application hosting infrastructure is intercepted and introspected to extract an identifier of the first node of a plurality of nodes. Then, a targeted message compatible with a messaging system is generated, the targeted message including the identifier of the first node. The targeted message is then sent to the messaging system to be routed to the first node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. McGrath, Matthew Hicks, William Henry
  • Patent number: 9227310
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hand tool for removing a fly-screen from a window frame. The hand tool has a longitudinal axis and comprises a handle portion and a blade portion extending from one end of the handle portion. The blade portion defines at an end distal to the one end of the handle portion, a hook portion for insertion between the fly-screen and the window frame to enable the fly-screen to be removed from the window frame in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Herman Wieland
  • Patent number: 9187158
    Abstract: A universal adjustable deck fill lid key may comprise a handle and a slide, the handle and the slide each mounting one small pin and one large pin, and the slide being slidably mounted on the handle in a manner that enables a user to position the slide along the handle such that either the small pins or the large pins may engage the holes of a two-hole deck fill lid to enable the key to remove or re-install the deck fill lid in a wrench-like manner. In one embodiment, the universal deck fill lid key may additionally incorporate a slot head to enable the key to interface with and operate a slotted deck fill lid. In another embodiment, the universal deck fill lid key may additionally incorporate a drive nut to enable the key to interface with and operate a socket deck fill lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Kutsen
  • Publication number: 20150113738
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-use firefighting tool. The tool may be used as a stand-alone tool or as a supplement to existing tools. An additional aspect of the present invention is to provide a multi-use tool configured to enable, among other things, forcible entry and valve opening/closing. Further, the tool may be used to supplement a firefighting Halligan tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Wells
  • Patent number: 9003586
    Abstract: A whacker tool may include a bar having one end with a wedge head and another end with a spoon head. The wedge head may include a V-shaped notch that bifurcates the wedge head into two legs. The spoon head may include a convex working surface and a concave working surface that face away from each other. A J-hook can be provided on the bar and the base of the spoon head. A pair of stops may be provided at spaced apart locations on the bar and located between the wedge head and the J-hook. A slide hammer can be mounted on the bar for movement between the stops. The slide hammer can be pounded against the stops stop to provide impact drive forces on the wedge head and the spoon head, and impact pulling forces on the J-hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: David R. Weddle
  • Patent number: 8973467
    Abstract: A forming and framing hammer comprises an elongate handle and a head fixed to the top end of the handle. The head has three striking surfaces: two on a striking body and one on the side of the head. The third striking surface is cushioned by a neoprene bushing to reduce vibration in the handle of the hammer. The head has two pulling tools for pulling nails. The bottom of the handle accepts interchangeable tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Les Bronee
  • Publication number: 20140325765
    Abstract: A whacker tool may include a bar having one end with a wedge head and another end with a spoon head. The wedge head may include a V-shaped notch that bifurcates the wedge head into two legs. The spoon head may include a convex working surface and a concave working surface that face away from each other. A J-hook can be provided on the bar and the base of the spoon head. A pair of stops may be provided at spaced apart locations on the bar and located between the wedge head and the J-hook. A slide hammer can be mounted on the bar for movement between the stops. The slide hammer can be pounded against the stops stop to provide impact drive forces on the wedge head and the spoon head, and impact pulling forces on the J-hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: David R. WEDDLE
  • Patent number: 8794597
    Abstract: A breaching tool for use by law enforcement or emergency personnel has a curving, tapered wedge at a first end, extending approximately perpendicularly from a tool handle, and providing a striking surface for driving the wedge between a door and door frame, for example. At an opposite end is a tapered chisel tail end, preferably with a claw for pulling nails or other fasteners. The tool may include a loop handle, generally in a trapezoid configuration connected to the main tool shaft, for manipulating the tool in service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: 5.11 Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Ingesson, Patrik Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 8752224
    Abstract: A composite pry bar and striking tool having an elongated solid body core surrounded by a molded polymer sleeve. The ends of the tool may include varying combinations of working tips including a pointed tool, a curved chisel, a tapping cap, and/or a molded polymer cap. The working tips are preferably adhesively bonded to the ends of the tool. The molded polymer sleeve includes first and second molded grips and may be segmented to allow for shorter or longer body lengths. The solid body core is formed by a pultrusion fiber resin curing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Nupla Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald J. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8752223
    Abstract: A multi-function tool having a handle portion and a plurality of structures operable therewith for the performance of a plurality of functions. The multi-function tool allows fast and convenient transition between any of the plurality of functions in order to enable completion of jobs or tasks requiring such functions without acquisition, storage, and/or maintenance of a plurality of specialized tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Pull'R Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jared W. Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8707489
    Abstract: A tool for removing lids from in-ground service boxes includes an elongated shaft having first and second ends, the first end including and open wrench socket. A first bar is rigidly connected to and extends from the second end of the shaft in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the shaft and ends in a pry tip. A second bar is also rigidly connected to and extends from the shaft at a position intermediate the two ends thereof. The said second bar extends in the same direction as and parallel to the first bar so that the device resembles the capital letter ā€œF.ā€ The shaft, and the first and second bars lie in the same plane so that the pry tip and the distal end of the second bar are can be simultaneously inserted into spaced apart openings in the lid to rotate the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond A. Huhn
  • Patent number: 8707492
    Abstract: A tool and system for lath and plaster removal. The lath and plaster removal tool is a specialty multi-purpose demolition tool device designed specifically for prying lath and plaster off of walls and ceilings. This tool facilitates the fast and easy removal of both materials at the same time, while also keeping the items separate for easy cleanup. The product is ideal for use by contractors, homeowners, and individuals who wish to remove lath and plaster in buildings. Using this tool of the present invention allows consumers to remove the material in greater quantities, as well as enables them to pry the material off in line with the wall studs, making the process much simpler. The tool may be used in other construction and demolition operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: George Conibear
  • Patent number: 8677537
    Abstract: A breaching tool for use by law enforcement or emergency personnel has at one end of its handle a sledge hammer and a multi-toothed rake effective to scrape and clean broken glass from a window frame of a building or an automobile. At an opposite or rear end of the handle a tapered chisel tail, preferably with a claw for pulling nails or other fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: 5.11 Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Ingesson, Patrik Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 8646138
    Abstract: A utility bar includes a shank portion for providing a grip, the shank portion including a first end and a second end, a substantially arch-shaped head portion extending from the first end of the shank portion, and a pry bar portion extending from the second end of the shank portion. Each of the head portion and the pry bar portion define a free end of the utility bar. The utility bar also includes a first facet including the free end of the head portion, a second facet extending from the first facet at an angle with respect to the first facet and positioned between the free end of the head portion and the shank portion, and a first fulcrum edge between the first and second facets for providing a first pivot point about which the utility bar is pivoted to provide leverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Allen, Mark R. Martinez, Timothy Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8585016
    Abstract: The invention provides a demolition tool that can be used in many ways for the demolition of construction materials or other materials. The demolition tool includes a handle having a head at one end. The head has a longitudinal central plane that bisects the head, a strike contact face, and toothed, stepped grasping jaws that accommodate multiple sizes of lumber or other material. The head may also include a blunt blade edge below the strike contact face for striking and demolishing material. The demolition tool includes a bent end pry bar at a second end of the handle. The bent end pry bar being offset 90 degrees from the longitudinal central plane of the tool head enabling full range of motion without interfering with other tool functions. The demolition tool may comprise a single piece of material and may be softer than tools used to strike it, but harder than materials which it is used to strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Woolley, Michael Maruskiak, Joseph Martone, Eric Ranieri, Russell Powers
  • Publication number: 20130263382
    Abstract: A prying tool including an elongate shaft portion having a prying member disposed at one end, the prying member having a flat section terminating in a serrated, distal edge comprising a plurality of teeth arrayed in parallel and separated by a corresponding plurality of notches, a top face of the plurality of teeth defining a first glide surface, each first glide surface of the plurality of teeth being substantially coplanar about a glide plane, and a glide member projecting from the elongate shaft portion distal the prying member and defining a second glide surface distal the elongate shaft portion, the glide member projecting from the elongate shaft a distance sufficient for at least a portion of the second glide surface to intersect the glide plane, wherein the prying member forms an integral fulcrum between the shaft portion and the distal edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Jason Sindt, Ronald Warren
  • Publication number: 20130198967
    Abstract: A composite pry bar and striking tool having an elongated solid body core surrounded by a molded polymer sleeve. The ends of the tool may include varying combinations of working tips including a pointed tool, a curved chisel, a tapping cap, and/or a molded polymer cap. The working tips are preferably adhesively bonded to the ends of the tool. The molded polymer sleeve includes first and second molded grips and may be segmented to allow for shorter or longer body lengths. The solid body core is formed by a pultrusion fiber resin curing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: NUPLA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ronald J. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8485074
    Abstract: A firefighter tool has pivotably connected handles and jaws, and one handle has an outer generally sinusoidal surface and the handle end is formed with a hook facingly disposed to the generally sinusoidal surface. The handles open fully so that the user grips the other handle and the sinusoidal surface hook alternately operably contactingly engages differently sized and configured fire hose couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20130160214
    Abstract: A tool configured to engage a work piece includes an elongated body portion and a generally U-shaped hook extending from a first end of the body portion. The generally U-shaped hook may have first and second leg portions and a bight portion connected between the leg portions. The tool is devoid of structure above the bight portion of the generally U-shaped hook, thus enabling a work piece to be received within the generally U-shaped configuration. The first leg portion includes a scraper edge terminating the generally U-shaped hook. The generally U-shaped hook also includes a pivot configured to translate a pulling of the body portion into a prying action against the work piece by the first leg portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: STANLEY BLACK & DECKER, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua BROWN
  • Patent number: 8381340
    Abstract: A multi-function tool having a handle portion and a plurality of structures operable therewith for the performance of a plurality of functions. The multi-function tool allows fast and convenient transition between any of the plurality of functions in order to enable completion of jobs or tasks requiring such functions without acquisition, storage, and/or maintenance of a plurality of specialized tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pull'R Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jared W. Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8365332
    Abstract: A utility bar includes a shank portion for providing a grip, the shank portion including a first end and a second end, a substantially arch-shaped head portion extending from the first end of the shank portion, and a pry bar portion extending from the second end of the shank portion. Each of the head portion and the pry bar portion define a free end of the utility bar. The utility bar also includes a first facet including the free end of the head portion, a second facet extending from the first facet at an angle with respect to the first facet and positioned between the free end of the head portion and the shank portion, and a first fulcrum edge between the first and second facets for providing a first pivot point about which the utility bar is pivoted to provide leverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Allen, Mark R. Martinez, Timothy Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20130025071
    Abstract: A multipurpose hand held tool includes a handle and one or more tools. The multipurpose tool may include an inletted recess defined in the handle, and an accessory tool retained within the inletted recess. The multipurpose tool also may include a rotatable tool and a locking mechanism for locking the rotatable tool in multiple positions. The multipurpose tool further may include a compact spanner wrench rotatably connected to the handle. The multipurpose tool may include a knife assembly detachably connected to the handle. The multipurpose tool also may include a ratcheting bit driver located within the handle. The multipurpose tool further may include a multi-layered plier head. The multipurpose may include a hybrid bearing system. The multipurpose tool also may include a flashlight detachably coupled to the handle. In this manner, the multipurpose tool may incorporate multiple tools and accessories for completing various tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: MULTITASKER TOOLS LLC
    Inventor: Shane Keng
  • Patent number: 8342482
    Abstract: This invention relates to hand tools and more specifically to tools designed for removing deck boards or the like from floor joists to which they are attached. The embodiment is more particularly a pry bar, having a long handle, a center block coupled to the long handle and having a transverse bore therethrough, two pry arms, one attached on each side of the center block, a bore through each of the pry arms, and a shaft rotatably coupling each of the pry arms to the tool through the center block bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: David Carl Smith
  • Patent number: 8291794
    Abstract: A compact readily pocket stowable ergonomic grip rescue tool includes pivotally fully opened handles in an obtuse angle disposition with one handle separately gripped with hand and thumb conforming functionality. A leverage force is transmitted from the gripped handle through force bearing surfaces to the oppositely disposed handle having an outwardly disposed generally sinusoidal surface and juxtaposed hook end which engage a seized fire hose coupling. A resultant high torque force is generated by the compact pocket stowable tool to readily uncouple seized fire hose coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20120216352
    Abstract: A multi-function tool is disclosed which provides prying as well as leverage-enhanced gripping capability. By combining the lever arm of a prying bar with the gripping capability of gripping pliers, this multi-function tool provides leverage-enhanced gripping and leveraged-forced movement of objects. The lever action of the prying bar can be applied via the gripping pliers, thereby allowing a user to exert more force via the gripping pliers than is possible by using gripping pliers alone. In some embodiments, the prying bar is a crowbar, and the gripping pliers are vice grips. In preferred embodiments, the prying bar and the gripping pliers are welded together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Wayne Fisher, Marilyn Crawford
  • Publication number: 20120192360
    Abstract: A tool and system for lath and plaster removal. The lath and plaster removal tool is a specialty multi-purpose demolition tool device designed specifically for prying lath and plaster off of walls and ceilings. This tool facilitates the fast and easy removal of both materials at the same time, while also keeping the items separate for easy cleanup. The product is ideal for use by contractors, homeowners, and individuals who wish to remove lath and plaster in buildings. Using this tool of the present invention allows consumers to remove the material in greater quantities, as well as enables them to pry the material off in line with the wall studs, making the process much simpler. The tool may be used in other construction and demolition operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: George Conibear
  • Patent number: 8127387
    Abstract: A manually held firefighting tool has an elongated staff section having a first working member at one end and a second working member at the other end. The first working member has a claw element and a spike element, each extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the staff section and protruding from the staff section in opposite directions. The second working member extends from the second end of the staff section and has a U-shaped yoke element supporting an arcuate cross bar element positioned parallel to the longitudinal axis of the staff section. The second working member has its own claw element at one end and a spike element at the other end. A flat bar element is affixed perpendicularly to the cross bar element between its two ends. The firefighting tool is configured to be used in a variety of firefighting applications, allowing the firefighter to carry a single tool rather than a multitude of tools performing different functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel P. Tygh
  • Patent number: 8117702
    Abstract: The invention provides a demolition tool that can be used in many ways for the demolition of construction materials or other materials. The demolition tool includes a handle having a head at one end. The head has a longitudinal central plane that bisects the head, a strike contact face, and toothed, stepped grasping jaws that accommodate multiple sizes of lumber or other material. The head may also include a blunt blade edge below the strike contact face for striking and demolishing material. The demolition tool includes a bent end pry bar at a second end of the handle. The bent end pry bar being offset 90 degrees from the longitudinal central plane of the tool head enabling full range of motion without interfering with other tool functions. The demolition tool may comprise a single piece of material and may be softer than tools used to strike it, but harder than materials which it is used to strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Woolley, Michael Marusiak, Joseph Martone, Eric Ranieri, Russell Powers
  • Patent number: 8065939
    Abstract: A rescue tool includes a fully pivotally opened handle in an obtuse angle disposition with one handle separately gripped and then a force transmitted through force bearing surfaces to the oppositely disposed handle having an outwardly disposed sinusoidal surface and juxtaposed hook end which engage a seized fire hose coupling. A high torque force is readily exerted through the handles on the seized fire hose coupling. The elongate handles and pivotally disposed jaws having elongate arcuate cutting edges corporately provide rapid cutting of aluminum sheath hybrid car battery cables in a further rescue operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Patent number: 8056170
    Abstract: A multi-function tool having a handle portion and a plurality of structures operable therewith for the performance of a plurality of functions. The multi-function tool allows fast and convenient transition between any of the plurality of functions in order to enable completion of jobs or tasks requiring such functions without acquisition, storage, and/or maintenance of a plurality of specialized tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Pull'R Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Adams, Jared Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8024994
    Abstract: The invention provides a demolition utility tool that can be used in many ways for the demolition of materials and/or for the manipulation of clamps valves, nuts, or other hardware. The tool includes a handle having a head at one end. The head has a longitudinal central plane that bisects the head, a strike contact face, and toothed, stepped grasping jaws that accommodate multiple sizes of material. The demolition tool may include a fixed wrench element and/or a spanner wrench element on the head. The demolition tool may also include a bent end pry bar at a second end of the handle that is offset 90 degrees from the longitudinal central plane of the tool head enabling full range of motion without interfering with other tool functions. The bent end pry bar may include a slot between located between its forked end for manipulating gas shut-off valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert St. John, Karl Vanderbeek
  • Patent number: 7967277
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a combination hand tool bar device suitable for pulling nails and other materials from surfaces, with improved user ergonomics and efficient force transfer. The device includes a hook end and a pry end joined by a bar shank member interposed there between. The hook end further comprises a compound curve projecting in the same direction from the bar shank member as the pry end enabling an increased user throw and ergonomic comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Daniel Chambers
  • Publication number: 20110119836
    Abstract: A manually held firefighting tool has an elongated staff section having a first working member at one end and a second working member at the other end. The first working member has a claw element and a spike element, each extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the staff section and protruding from the staff section in opposite directions. The second working member extends from the second end of the staff section and has a U-shaped yoke element supporting an arcuate cross bar element positioned parallel to the longitudinal axis of the staff section. The second working member has its own claw element at one end and a spike element at the other end. A flat bar element is affixed perpendicularly to the cross bar element between its two ends. The firefighting tool is configured to be used in a variety of firefighting applications, allowing the firefighter to carry a single tool rather than a multitude of tools performing different functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel P. Tygh
  • Publication number: 20110113566
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool, such as for use by truckers or other similar users, includes an elongated body having a first end and a second end, a striking member located at the first end, a prying member located at the second end, and a hook member located along an exterior surface of the body between the first and second ends. The striking member may be in the form of a hammer head having oppositely facing striking surfaces, and the prying member may be in the form of a crow bar contiguous with the body. The hook member may have a curvature opposite such that it faces in a direction away from the prying member. The tool may include a handle between the first and second ends, which may be grasped by the user when using the striking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Reese Holbrook
  • Patent number: 7900538
    Abstract: A packable battering ram quickly disassembled for transport by two or more persons. In the preferred embodiment, the invention has first and second body members that are symmetrical, but otherwise identically shaped and sized. When assembled, the first and second body members form a lower surface that has a concave portion that approximates the natural curvature of the back of an adult male. The packable battering may be disassembled to distribute the weight between multiple people, yet quickly assembled for use upon arrival at a emergency response location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Breaching Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darron Phillips, Jeff Wright, Jeff Lambert
  • Publication number: 20100299843
    Abstract: A multifunctional tactical device for fire, police, military and other tactical invasive and protective actions includes: a) a claw head having a ram region and a claw region, the ram region having a top of a predetermined width and a bottom that has a predetermined width that is at least 30% wider than the top predetermined width, the claw head having a front with a flat ram area at the ram region, and having a back with a handle attachment, the claw region having a plurality of claws extending downwardly from the bottom of the ram region; b) an elongated handle member having a proximal end and a distal end and being connected to the claw head handle attachment at the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: John A. Dapkins, JR., Nicholas Klementowicz, III, Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 7779730
    Abstract: A multi-function hand-operated tool that is compact in size and of light weight so as to be carried and used to perform a variety of different jobs by carpenters, painters, do-it-yourselfers, and the like. The tool includes a nail set to transmit a driving force to the head of a nail to cause the nail to be countersunk in a work surface. An open mouth which is sized to receive the cap on a bottle cooperates with a lip that applies a rotational force to remove the cap from the bottle. A nail extractor having a cavity in which to surround and capture the head of a nail transmits a pulling force to the nail head to cause the nail to be removed from a work surface. A channel having a flush-mounted magnet carries a nail to be positioned in upstanding alignment against a work surface so that the nail can be driven therein. A pair of spaced, outwardly projecting teeth are located between a lid and a can to pry the lid off the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Grant Jones
  • Publication number: 20100207081
    Abstract: A tool adapted for prying comprises a handle including a pivotal end and a grip end, with the pivotal end having a through-hole; a working device having first and second ends, with the first end of the working device pivotally connected to the pivotal end of the handle and including a positioned hole formed transversely and a cavity formed longitudinally and communicating with the positioned hole, with the positioned hole corresponding to the through-hole; and a positioning device disposed at the through-hole, the positioned hole and the cavity and moveable between a fixing position and an adjusting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Mou-Tang LIOU
  • Patent number: 7774882
    Abstract: A multi-function tool has a shank body including a first end, a second end and a plurality of positioning grooves formed between the first and second ends thereof. A pry bar includes a connected section and a working section extending from a side of the connected section for pulling nails. A through-hole pierces the connected section for slidably receiving the shank body, with a second receptacle piercing the connected section and in communication with the through-hole. A clutch is disposed in the second receptacle for alternatively engaging with a selected one of the positioning grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Mou-Tang Liou
  • Publication number: 20100186174
    Abstract: A multi-function tool having a handle portion and a plurality of structures operable therewith for the performance of a plurality of functions. The multi-function tool allows fast and convenient transition between any of the plurality of functions in order to enable completion of jobs or tasks requiring such functions without acquisition, storage, and/or maintenance of a plurality of specialized tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Jared Hanlon
  • Patent number: 7735172
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to firefighting tools, including multi-purpose firefighting tools that may incorporate the capabilities of axes, Halligan bars, K-tools, spike poles, flashlights, etc. The multi-purpose tool may include a removably securable inner shaft and an outer shaft configured to slidably receive the inner shaft. The tool may also include a housing and a locking mechanism. The inner and outer shafts may include various implements. The housing may be disposed on one of the ends of the outer shaft and may include a recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Fire Hardware, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Newton, Anna Capetanakis, Markus Andreas Weisner
  • Patent number: 7726713
    Abstract: A multi-use tool having a generally ā€œJā€ shaped hook structure which has a top portion, a middle shank portion attached to the top portion, and a curved bottom portion attached to the middle shank portion. The top portion has a loop portion to which a rope, life-line or escape line can be fastened. The curved bottom portion extends to a beveled tip. The multi-use tool also has a protruding member that extends from the curved bottom portion and has a substantially flat top surface and a substantially flat bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph A. Oleksia
  • Publication number: 20100127226
    Abstract: This invention relates to hand tools and more specifically to tools designed for removing deck boards or the like from floor joists to which they are attached. The embodiment is more particularly a pry bar, having a long handle, a center block coupled to the long handle and having a transverse bore therethrough, two pry arms, one attached on each side of the center block, a bore through each of the pry arms, and a shaft rotatably coupling each of the pry arms to the tool through the center block bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: David Carl Smith
  • Publication number: 20100115705
    Abstract: A utility bar includes a shank portion for providing a grip, the shank portion including a first end and a second end, a substantially arch-shaped head portion extending from the first end of the shank portion, and a pry bar portion extending from the second end of the shank portion. Each of the head portion and the pry bar portion define a free end of the utility bar. The utility bar also includes a first facet including the free end of the head portion, a second facet extending from the first facet at an angle with respect to the first facet and positioned between the free end of the head portion and the shank portion, and a first fulcrum edge between the first and second facets for providing a first pivot point about which the utility bar is pivoted to provide leverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Joel Allen, Mark R. Martinez, Timothy Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20100043149
    Abstract: A hammer having a pry bar extending from the bottom stem of the metal hammerhead thereof in parallel to the extending direction of the bell unit, a clamping mouth defined between the bell unit and the pry bar for clamping to a wooden board for mounting or dismounting, and two series of teeth respectively formed on the top side of the pry bar and the bottom side of the neck of the bell unit for engaging the wooden board inserted into the clamping mouth. The teeth at the bell unit have the tooth peaks disposed in flush with the periphery of the bell of the bell unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Yung-Shou Chen
  • Patent number: 7634830
    Abstract: An escape implement assists a firefighter in exiting a burning building through a window by securing an elongate bar extending longitudinally and juxtaposed with a corner of the window. The bar is secured in place with sharp-ended members projecting from the bar in the same lateral directions for piercing the wall to anchor the bar to the wall so as to span the corner, with an intermediate portion of the bar placed relative to the corner for enabling the attachment of an escape line to the intermediate portion of the bar. The escape line is attached to a looped member coupled with the bar for swiveling about the longitudinal direction so as to avoid the transmission of torque from the escape line to the bar which otherwise could tend to dislodge the sharp-ended members from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: Gregory F. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20090307848
    Abstract: A multi-function tool comprises a shank body including a plurality of located grooves aligned thereon longitudinally; a pry bar including a first section, a second section extending from the first section for prying, a first receptacle longitudinally piercing the first section for slidably mounted on the shank body and two second receptacles transversely piercing the first section and in communication with the first receptacle; two clutches respectively disposed in the second receptacles for alternatively engaging with a selective one of the located grooves; and a foot hold disposed onto the bottom of the first receptacle; wherein the second end of the shank body is inserted through the first receptacle of the pry bar and installed to the foot hold, with the foot hold being able to rotate relative to the shank body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Mou-Tang Liou
  • Publication number: 20090307847
    Abstract: A multi-function tool has a shank body including a first end, a second end and a plurality of positioning grooves formed between the first and second ends thereof. A pry bar includes a connected section and a working section extending from a side of the connected section for pulling nails. A through-hole pierces the connected section for slidably receiving the shank body, with a second receptacle piercing the connected section and in communication with the through-hole. A clutch is disposed in the second receptacle for alternatively engaging with a selected one of the positioning grooves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Mou-Tang Liou
  • Publication number: 20090276962
    Abstract: A multi-function tool having a handle portion and a plurality of structures operable therewith for the performance of a plurality of functions. The multi-function tool allows fast and convenient transition between any of the plurality of functions in order to enable completion of jobs or tasks requiring such functions without acquisition, storage, and/or maintenance of a plurality of specialized tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Robert Adams, Jared Hanlon
  • Publication number: 20090188051
    Abstract: A multi-purpose hand held tool is provided which allows an individual to perform several tasks and reduces the need for additional tools. Specifically, the tool includes a hammer and a claw with an extension providing additional leverage to the claw for prying objects apart and for pulling nails. Additionally, the hand held tool provides a ring and catches useful for pulling fence wiring such as barbed wire during the installation of a fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Jerry A. Simmons