Inserted Portion Having Plural, Separate, Work-engaging Projections Patents (Class 81/461)
  • Patent number: 8893366
    Abstract: Tools for removing connectors from ports in a network device, and related systems and methods. The tool is elongate with at least one prong at a distal end. The tool includes a very slight width relative to either its length or width, such that it can be inserted into a space adjacent a connector disposed in a port, such as between closely spaced adjacent connectors. The at least one prong is received in an anchor point, such as an opening, in the network device. Pivoting the tool applies a compressive force to a latch of the connector, disengaging the latch from its respective catch on the port, after which it can be removed by pulling it out of the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: QLOGIC, Corporation
    Inventors: Wilson Moy, Shawn Simons, Carey Manson
  • Patent number: 8869330
    Abstract: An automotive tool for servicing air-conditioning (AC) systems equipped with quick-connect adaptors. May be used to service modern refrigerant R132A-compatible systems or retrofitted older systems. The tool is adapted for attaching, detaching, opening, and closing valved T-adaptors used to attach gas lines and pressure gauges such as required for adjusting pressure in AC systems at full operational pressure and temperature, and particularly finds use when the “hi-tap” and “lo-tap” fittings are in hard to reach places around the engine block or chassis. The tool includes swappable extension arms so that length and angular geometry may be adjusted as needed. The tool aids in avoiding injury on dangerously hot surfaces and moving fan blades or belts. Surprisingly, using two such tools, one for the high tap and one for the low tap, a mechanic may work each tool singlehandedly to complete any necessary pressure adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jerold H Arvisais
  • Publication number: 20140305267
    Abstract: A no-slip screwdriver is provided. The present invention comprises a screwdriver having a plurality of protrusions extending perpendicularly from the blade faces. These protrusions bear against the interior walls of a screw head groove, preventing the blade from slipping or skidding when the device is in use. The protrusions increase the width of the screwdriver blade, giving the screwdriver blade less room to move within the screw head. The protrusions of the present invention may be provided in a variety of different configurations, including ridges and nubs. The present invention may further be provided in either flathead or Phillips head variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Emile Baroody
  • Patent number: 8739660
    Abstract: Disclosed is a screw head having a slot (2) in the upper surface of the screw head, an upper peripheral wall (9) of hexalobular planform extending down into the screw head, the upper peripheral wall (9) being parallel or near parallel to the axis of the screw, a sloping transition surface (15) extending downwardly and inwardly with respect to the lower edge of the upper peripheral wall (9), and a tapered recess (11) extending downwardly from the lower edge of the sloping transition surface (15), in which the dimensions of the screw head are such that when the screw head is engaged by a tool (6) having upper (16) and lower engagement (17) sections, there is a ‘stick fit’ between the surface of the tapered recess (11) and the external surface of the lower engagement section (17), and there is no engagement with the sloping transition surface (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Ttapdrive AS
    Inventors: Jone Edland, David Curtis Goss
  • Patent number: 8640575
    Abstract: A ball end hex wrench includes a ball end including an engaging section, at least one first pattern, and at least one second pattern. The engaging section includes a plurality of peripheral surfaces disposed circumferentially. The at least one first pattern is defined on one of the plurality of peripheral surfaces. The at least one first pattern has a first longitudinal length and a first height. The at least one second pattern is defined on the one of the plurality of peripheral surfaces. The at least one second pattern has a second longitudinal length and a second height. The second height is different from the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: New Way Tools Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ping-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 8621961
    Abstract: A tool handle includes a handle body having a first end, a second end, an exterior surface and a bore configured to receive a shaft. A wire stripper is integrated into the exterior surface of the handle and configured to cut and remove the insulating layer of a conductive wire. The wire stripper includes a first sharp edge and a second sharp edge intersecting the first sharp edge to form a v-shaped notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Wade Burch, Michael S. Steele, Jason R. Crowe
  • Patent number: 8544370
    Abstract: A tool incorporating a multi-function tool tip on an elongated shaft is disclosed for adjusting and maintaining different irrigation-related products of one or more manufacturers, having a handle configured at one shaft-end, and formed at an opposite shaft-end a multi-function tool-tip with a screw adjustment member located between two outwardly-extended generally planar members. In one tool function mode leading-edge portions of the planar members are sized and shaped to align and rotate within a conical recess of a first irrigation-related product and facilitate engagement of the screw adjustment member with an upper end of an adjustment screw centered within the conical recess. In other functional modes, the planar members are sized and shaped for insertion through an adjustment port of a spring-loaded slidably-positionable member of a second irrigation-related product to pull the member outward to a desired degree and/or make water emitting adjustments interiorly within the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: John Watley Lamar
  • Publication number: 20130213194
    Abstract: The slip-proof system consists of screw connection elements in the form of union nuts having recesses (6, 22) arranged in the lateral surface and of a spanner (11, 25, 30), which is provided with projections (14, 28, 32) engaging into the recesses and is intended for tightening and loosening said screw connection elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: REGO-FIX AG
    Inventor: Ernst Gerber
  • Publication number: 20130180369
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the invention we provide an apparatus (1) for use with a threaded fastener including: —an inner sleeve member (100) having an internal surface threadedly engagable with the fastener and a tapered external surface; and an outer sleeve member (200) having an inversely tapered internal surface rotatably engagable with the tapered external surface of the inner sleeve member. Advantageously, the invention allows for an increased load bearing surface area between the inner sleeve member (100), which is clamped, and the outer sleeve members (200) without increasing the overall diameter of the apparatus (1) 6; a three dimensional load bearing surface area rather than a conventional two dimensional plane; more efficiently and evenly distributed load stress distribution over the load bearing surface area; higher torsion strength; and apparatus with lower mass, dimensions and volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Michael F. Dolan
  • Patent number: 8413549
    Abstract: A revolving screwdriver with ratchet structure includes a handle, a pushing rod, and a sliding member. The sliding member has a receiving space and a holding chamber defined therein. A revolving cylinder is received in the holding chamber. The receiving space receives at least one ratchet wheel, two rotators, a limiting member, a base, and an adjuster. The at least one ratchet wheel engages with a driving shaft. The rotators selectively engage with the at least one ratchet wheel. The limiting member locates between the rotators and has a protrusion formed thereon. A base has a first guiding slot defined therein. The adjuster has a driving hole defined therein. The protrusion passes through the first guiding slot and the driving hole for being driven by the adjuster and moving along the first guiding slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Yi Jhen Chen
  • Patent number: 8393253
    Abstract: An anchor bolt assembly for securing a cabinet and other structures to a sub-floor. A bolt with coaxial upper and lower threaded bores receives a threaded member from above and secures it to a threaded member from below. The upper threaded bore allows the cabinet to be secured to the upper floor. The lower threaded bore provides a securing means for the anchor bolt and its attachments through coupling the threaded bolt from the upper threaded bore to a threaded member protruding from the sub-floor. This threaded member engages the lower threaded bore. The threaded bores of the bolt provide two areas of stabilization against shear and torsional stresses along the axis of the anchor bolt assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130047798
    Abstract: A ball end hex wrench includes a ball end including an engaging section, at least one first pattern, and at least one second pattern. The engaging section includes a plurality of peripheral surfaces disposed circumferentially. The at least one first pattern is defined on one of the plurality of peripheral surfaces. The at least one first pattern has a first longitudinal length and a first height. The at least one second pattern is defined on the one of the plurality of peripheral surfaces. The at least one second pattern has a second longitudinal length and a second height. The second height is different from the first height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Ping-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 8382810
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a first component and a second component moveable about an axis relative to the first component. The second component is moveable between a first position and a second position. Movement of the second component from the first position to the second position applies a torsional force to an orthopedic fastener to remove a portion of the orthopedic fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Peterson, William Carey
  • Patent number: 8366365
    Abstract: A fastener assembly includes a threaded bolt and a locking nut assembly. The threaded bolt includes at least one longitudinal groove. The locking nut assembly includes a nut adapted to threadingly engage the bolt, a locking ring adapted to engage the bolt and the nut, and a biasing member adapted to bias the locking ring. The nut includes a threaded bore dimensioned to receive the bolt and a plurality of teeth formed on a face of the nut. The locking ring includes at least one inwardly protruding tab dimensioned to be received by the at least one longitudinal groove of the threaded bolt and a plurality of teeth formed on a face of the ring. The teeth on the face of the locking ring cooperate with the teeth on the face of the nut to inhibit removal of the nut from the bolt after the nut has been tightened. A method for manufacturing the fastener assembly and a tool for use with the fastener assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Metal Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Disantis, Lance Clark Bellows
  • Publication number: 20120312130
    Abstract: A system includes a fastener and a driving tool configured to mate with the fastener. The fastener includes a driving portion having an upper face, a bottom face, and a side wall extending between the upper and bottom faces. Recessed sections extend into the driving portion from the upper face. Each recessed section includes a first wall in spaced relation to a second wall. At least one of the first and second walls is angled to form a wedge-shaped undercut underlying the upper face of the driving portion. The driving tool includes a raised portion extending from a floor of the driving tool. The raised portion has third and forth walls, and at least one of the third and fourth walls is angled relative to the floor to form a wedge-shaped extension section. The extension section engages with the undercut to interlock the driving tool with the fastener during installation and/or removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Jason Bauer
  • Patent number: 8262670
    Abstract: A surgical tool includes a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending from the proximal end to the distal end. The surgical tool has a fastener engagement tip having a spring extension extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the surgical tool. The spring extension is resiliently flexible and deflectable between a first arrangement, in which the spring extension is in a relaxed state, and a second arrangement, in which the spring extension is deflected to facilitate insertion of the fastener engagement tip into a fastener slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolay S. Laubert, Matthew E. Kohler
  • Publication number: 20110283843
    Abstract: A drive design for a fastening element in-stalled using screws, in particular, a screw or a nut, comprises drive surfaces (13) disposed at least approximately in radial planes and transition surfaces (15) disposed between said drive surfaces. In one embodiment of the outside of the surfaces, the surfaces form a saw shape, In this way, when rotation is in one direction in which a tool en-gages with the drive surfaces (13), torque-application results, whereas in the opposite rotational direction a force component is produced that acts on the tool without engaging with the screw drive design. A tool is designed to be complementary to the screw drive design. The screw drive design can be an inner shaping as well an outer shaping. The same applies for a nut. This drive design is intended for designing a screw connector in such a way that it can be tightened once, but cannot be loosened any longer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Patrick Werner, Gerhard Moeller, Dirk Doellner
  • Patent number: 7836800
    Abstract: A socket (204, 600) is provided for use with a wrench (202) having a shaft (216) to drive the socket for tightening or loosening a fastener (206) having a gripping notch (218). The socket includes a main body (306, 610) and at least one removable driver (308, 310, 602, 604, 606, 608). The main body has a recess (214, 720) being of such dimensions that at least a portion of the fastener fills the recess when inserted therein. The main body further comprises a guide (402, 804) configured for aligning the socket and the fastener. The removable driver has at least one driving element (342, 344, 760, 762) sized and shaped to fit within the gripping notch of the fastener. The removable driver is removably disposed within the main body in an orientation in which a driving element at least partially protrudes into the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Robert James Wilson, Jr., Edward Cobb
  • Patent number: 7648086
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nozzle device for use in a paper machine, board machine, pulp dewatering machine etc., comprising a cylindrical body having an outer thread and an inner hexagon socket; a sealing element, and a nozzle insert having a cylindrical passage. The cylindrical body, the sealing element and the nozzle insert are preferably formed as a single part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Bernd Struck
  • Patent number: 7644876
    Abstract: A turning tool (5?) for turning a jet regulator, a nozzle, an intermediate holder, a flow regulator, a non-return valve or a similar plumbing fitting (5) is provided. The fitting (5), on the outlet side, is detachably held on a plumbing water outlet armature (2) by a threaded connection or a bayonet connection, whereby the turning tool (5?) can be placed on the plumbing fitting (5) in a rotationally fixed manner. The turning tool is characterized in that the turning tool is also provided in the form of a plumbing fitting or as a component of a plumbing fitting, that he turning tool (5?) can be placed in a rotationally fixed manner on an outer or an inner periphery of the fitting (5) that is held on the water outlet armature, and or that he turning tool (5?) has a face profiling or contouring (24, 25) that can be placed in a rotationally fixed manner on a mating profiling or a mating contouring (25, 24) provided on the outlet face of the fitting (5) that is held in the water outlet armature (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Weis, Hermann Grether
  • Publication number: 20090229429
    Abstract: Novel screwdrivers used in combination with novel threaded fasteners are disclosed, both of which comprise male and female stabilizing segments which contiguously match male and female torque-applying segments which contiguously match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Gary V. Heesch
  • Publication number: 20090133543
    Abstract: A combination tool is provided that includes, but is not limited to a tool shaft with an inner part and an outer part, a first tool head that is integrally formed on the inner part and a differently designed second tool head that is integrally formed on the outer part. The tool shaft is realized in such a way that it can be inserted into a machine and features at least one holding element for mounting a tool head thereon in a locking fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Franz DIEHL, Michael Schumacher, Gerhard Kohler
  • Publication number: 20090038448
    Abstract: A screwing device includes a holder, an interaction unit and a screwing unit. The holder has a rotation axle. The interaction unit is connected to the rotation axle and has an interaction ring. The screwing unit has a plurality of screwing elements and interacts with the inner peripheral surface of the interaction ring. When the holder rotates along a screwing direction, the interaction ring also rotates along the same screwing direction and drives the screwing unit to rotate along the same screwing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Hu-Sung CHANG
  • Publication number: 20080190253
    Abstract: A tool for assembling and disassembling a plasma spray gun comprises a first removal and installation head, including a body, a drive socket and first and second prongs, which are spaced to mate with corresponding sockets disposed in a first plasma spray gun component, such as a cathode holder. In addition, the tool may comprise a second removal and installation head, including a body and first and second prongs, which are spaced to mate with corresponding sockets disposed in a second plasma spray gun component, such as a locking ring. The second removal and installation head is configured to attach to the first removal and installation head. The tool is ergonomically designed and easily allows the removal and/or installation of plasma spray gun components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: George H. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 7246547
    Abstract: An assembly tool (20) for a securing system. (1) The securing system comprises an elongate profiled-section element (2) having a longitudinal slot (6), which is delimited by two flanges, and an elongate nut body (3). The nut body is of a width which is less than the width of the longitudinal slot and a length (1) which is greater than the width of the longitudinal slot. The nut body is provided with a bore (8) and, on an underside, with a downwardly projecting spring (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: J. van Walraven Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Jan Van Walraven
  • Patent number: 7237464
    Abstract: Provided according to the invention is a fastening tool (10) for tightening/untightening screw threaded fasteners such as bolts or nuts (18). The bolts (18) comprise a head formed with a series of at least three cavities (18a) deployed therearound. The fastening tool (10) comprises at least three peanut-shaped displaceable locking bodies (16) having spherical portions (16a; 16b), and a restricted neck portion (16c) therebetween. The cavities (18a) of the bolt (18) are configured to receive the spherical portions (16b). A seat member (12) is provided, formed with a series of at least three cavities (22) configured to receive the spherical portions (16a). Further provided is a manipulator (14) for rocking the locking bodies (16) about their neck portions (16c) from a non-operative position wherein the spherical portions (16a) are seated in the cavities (22), into an operative position wherein the spherical portions (16b) are seated in the bolt cavities (18a), and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Dan Mekler
  • Patent number: 7207248
    Abstract: A threaded screw fastener is provided with a head portion that has integrally incorporated therein dual drive structure whereby the single threaded screw fastener can be rotatably driven by alternative rotary drive socket implements or tools, such as, for example, hexagonally configured or Phillips head configured drive tools or implements, or a combination drive tool. A drive socket implement or tool also has integrally incorporated therein both hexagonally configured drive structure, Phillips head drive structure, and domed contour structure for not only structurally engaging both the hexagonally configured structure and the Phillips head structure integrally incorporated upon the head portion of the threaded screw fastener, but in addition, accommodates the low profile domed structure of the head portion of the threaded screw fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl L. Panasik, Yongping Gong
  • Patent number: 7185563
    Abstract: A fastener impact driver device includes a fastener engagement member having a plurality of projections disposed about a lower portion that engages a corresponding peripheral portion of a fastener. The device further includes a positioning member having an upper portion that ultimately receives a force thereupon, and a lower portion that engages a cooperating upper portion of the fastener engagement member whereby a force such a hammer strike is imparted upon the upper portion of the positioning member to drive the projections of the fastener engagement member into the head of the fastener without damage of the fastener engagement member, whereupon the positioning member is removed from the fastener engagement member and a hand tool is removably secured to the fastener engagement member to impart rotary motion to the member and the fastener thereby removing the fastener from or urging the fastener into a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Combined Products Co. #1, Inc.
    Inventors: Ira M. Kozak, Burton Kozak
  • Patent number: 7162939
    Abstract: Related to a tamperproof screw to which a conventional general screwdriver cannot couple so that screw tightening is prevented reliably, to a screwdriver bit that can be simply and quickly coupled to the screw and can reliably prevent a come-out phenomenon during screw tightening, and to a header punch for manufacturing the tamperproof screw simply, easily and at low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Totsu
  • Patent number: 7152510
    Abstract: The non-slip system consists of screw connection elements or screw closure elements with cams or grooves (4) on the face, and of a spanner (13), also provided with cams (16, 17, 18), for tightening and loosening them. The side flanks (8, 9) of the cams or grooves have an S-shaped profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Rego-Fix AG
    Inventor: Ernst Gerber
  • Patent number: 7131357
    Abstract: The golf spike removal tool includes a primary shank with opposite proximal and distal ends. A handle is secured to the proximal end of the primary shank and projections extend from the distal end of the primary shank for engaging apertures in a golf spike. A supplemental shank is telescoped relative to the primary shank and can be releasably engaged in either a first position or a second position with respect to the primary shank. The supplemental shank includes an array of sharply pointed teeth at the distal end thereof. The teeth project distally beyond the primary shank when the supplemental shank is in the distal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7124665
    Abstract: A screw positioning device for a screwdriver comprises a connecting rod assembly, a screw positioning sleeve and a magnetic member. The screw positioning sleeve is axially defined with a slide hole for insertion of an end of the connecting rod assembly, the magnetic member is installed on inner peripheral surface of a front end of the screw positioning sleeve, the screw positioning sleeve is axially positioned at the end of the connecting rod assembly, and the positioning sleeve can move back and forth a predetermined distance with respective to the connecting rod assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Hsiu-E Chen
  • Patent number: 7077038
    Abstract: The present invention provides a screw, comprising a screw head having a drive recess and a screw shank having threads and being integrally formed with the screw head, wherein the drive recess includes a plurality of engaging grooves equiangularly radiating from an axis of the screw in plan view, a bottom face of each engaging groove having a steep slope, which is near to the screw shank, and a gentle slope, which is far from the screw shank, for enlarging the engaging area of the engaging grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Nitto Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Toyooka, Shinichi Hamano
  • Patent number: 7073416
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fastener that can be used with a variety of bits as well as a fastener with several security features that can be used only with a very specialized bit and, also, a fastener/bit combination that can be used in conjunction with high-torque power tools. Specifically, this invention allows the use of a straight blade, a three-blade or a five-blade driver with the same fastener head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Eazypower Corporation
    Inventors: Burton Kozak, Ira M. Kozak
  • Patent number: 7069821
    Abstract: A movable jaw holding device includes a handle having a fixed jaw member holding a first rod member. A movable jaw member is pivoted to the handle by a pivot and holds a second rod member. A C-shaped retainer fastened to the shank of the pivot secures to secures the pivot to the handle and the movable jaw member. A spring member mounted on the pivot and stopped between the fixed jaw member and the movable jaw member is well protected by the head of the pivot and a cushion ring at one end of the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Cherng-Bin Hwang
  • Patent number: 7028592
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a kit comprising a tool element and a screw for mating engagement therewith. The tool element is preferably a portion of a screwdriver, ratchet or power tool and preferably comprises blade means, flared drive means and substantially rectangular shank drive means. The screw preferably comprises a head and a body and the head of the screw preferably comprises a slot and a substantially rectangular shank set. In preferred embodiments of the kit, the flared drive means of the tool element is preferably sized to engage the slot of the screw and the substantially rectangular shank drive means of the tool element is preferably sized to engage the substantially rectangular shank set of the screw. Additional embodiments of the invention are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Hills
  • Patent number: 7021178
    Abstract: An apparatus designed for use with boats to assist a user in removing tank caps on a boat. The apparatus is a removal apparatus which is capable of being inserted into a pair of holes located on a tank cap located on a boat, with the user being able to grasp a handle attached to the removal socket to effectively turn the removal apparatus. An individual is able to turn the handle clockwise or counterclockwise, respectively, to tighten or loosen the boat cap as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Phillip Richardson
  • Patent number: 7007573
    Abstract: A fastener impact driver device 10 includes a fastener engagement member 12 having a plurality of projections 14 disposed about a lower portion 16 that engages a corresponding peripheral portion 18 of a fastener 20. The device 10 further includes a positioning member 22 having an upper portion 24 that ultimately receives a force thereupon, and a lower portion 26 that engages a cooperating upper portion 28 of the fastener engagement member 12 whereby a force such a hammer strike is imparted upon the upper portion 24 of the positioning member 22 to drive the projections 14 of the fastener engagement member 12 into the head 44 of the fastener 20 without damage of the fastener engagement member 12, whereupon the positioning member 22 is removed from the fastener engagement member 12 and a hand tool is removably secured to the fastener engagement member 12 to impart rotary motion to the member 12 and the fastener 20 thereby removing the fastener 20 from or urging the fastener 20 into a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Eazypower Corporation
    Inventors: Ira M. Kozak, Burton Kozak
  • Patent number: 6988431
    Abstract: The removal tool is used in connection with a locking nut and bolt system. The bolt thread has a plurality of notches generally longitudinally spaced in a predetermined pattern. The locking unit or element carries one or more tines. The tine has a distal tine end adapted to latch onto the lock face of the notch on the bolt and, when the distal tine end is not disposed in one or more notches, the tine end moves on the bolt thread crest. When the distal tine end is in the notch or notches, the lock face of the notch prevents counter-rotational movement of the bolt with respect to the nut when the distal tine end abuts the lock face. The locking unit supports the tine and may be cylindrical, rectangular or on a perpendicular support face normal to a radial plane through the axial centerline of the nut thread. The locking unit may be on a nut insert or may be carried on the leg of a U, J or S-shaped clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Permanent Technologies
    Inventor: Robert J. DiStasio
  • Patent number: 6931968
    Abstract: A member for being joined to a mating member is provided. The member includes a number of drive sections that are engagable by a driver having corresponding driver sections. The rotation of the driver causes the member to be joined to the mating member. Each drive section can include a drive face body, a flat and a ramp. Each of them has an angular extent for desired contact with and engagement by the driver sections. The drive sections are integral with a drive support of the member. The drive sections can be located at a border section of the drive support. In one embodiment, the drive of the member is comprised of an inner drive and an outer drive. In another embodiment, the member is hollow. Different sized members can be joined to different mating members using the same driver. The drive is configured, particularly the ramp thereof, to substantially reduce unwanted removal of the member from the mating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: IMI Norgren, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew C. Hall
  • Patent number: 6848920
    Abstract: An assembly for connecting a coaxial cable to an externally threaded connecting part. The connecting assembly has a tubular fitting with a central axis and axially spaced first and second ends. The tubular fitting includes a rotatable nut at the first end to threadably engage an externally threaded connecting part. The second end is adapted to receive a coaxial cable. The rotatable nut has a contoured surface portion configured to be operatively engaged by a complementary turning tool having a first configuration that is directed radially into turning engagement with the rotatable nut and useable to turn the rotatable nut around the central axis. The shield assembly extends around the rotatable nut and blocks radial access to the contoured outer surface by a turning tool having the first configuration. The shield assembly does not extend substantially beyond the rotatable nut towards the second end of the tubular fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: John Mezzalinqua Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael T. Fox
  • Patent number: 6840140
    Abstract: A marine or aviation tool for moving and replacing a marine or aviation cover having a pair of spaced holes as a pair of pins which are adjustable to be aligned with the holes. The pins extend from head having socket therein for receiving either extender which cooperates with ratchet wrench handle or another extender which cooperates with a screw gun drill so that one has the option of rotating the head directly as a key or operating the head remotely. The head includes a VELCRO® patch for coupling with a mating VELCRO® patch on the cover so that after the cover is removed it remains attached to the head will not fall overboard due to broken chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Joel Wenacur
  • Patent number: 6840139
    Abstract: An improved tool for use in association with a deformable nut of a fastener includes a socket having inner surface that forms a cavity on the socket. The inner surface includes one or more engagement surfaces that are tapered inwardly at an angle that approaches a taper of a deformable wall of the deformable nut. In one embodiment the tapering of the engagement surfaces is provided by configuring the engagement surfaces to extend in a tapered fashion generally toward a central axis of the socket. In another embodiment, the tapering is provided by configuring the engagement surfaces to each extend in a spiral fashion about a spiral axis that may, for example, be parallel and spaced-apart from the central axis of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Alcoa Global Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke L. Haylock
  • Publication number: 20040237733
    Abstract: A locking valve stem cap system includes a sleeve, a valve stem cap, and a rotation tool. The sleeve is configured to threadingly engage a valve stem, with a portion of a threaded region of the valve stem protruding into a cap receptacle thereof. The valve stem cap is configured to be inserted into the cap receptacle of the sleeve and to threadingly engage the portion of the threaded region that is located within the cap receptacle. The rotation tool is configured to facilitate rotation of the valve stem cap when the outer periphery thereof is substantially surrounded by the sleeve, thereby facilitating tightening or loosening of the valve stem cap relative to the sleeve. Methods for installing and removing the valve stem cap system from a valve system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Myron C. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6752049
    Abstract: A security fastener removing kit for removing security fasteners designed for only turning in a clockwise or tightening direction. The security fastener removing kit includes boring at least one hole in a head of a security fastener. A tool member is provided that has at least one tine that is removably insertable in the hole in the head of the security fastener. The tool member permits a user to rotate the head of the security fastener in at least a counterclockwise direction thereby unfastening the security fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas White
  • Publication number: 20040020336
    Abstract: A tool arrangement combination of an insert tool fabricated as a generally circular central body having a plurality of spokes extending from the outside peripheral edge of said central body, said spokes spaced apart to be mountable into the channels formed on the inside peripheral surface of the internal nut of a standard drain fixture. Said central body having a non-circular opening configuration to accept the insertion of a user-supplied lever, usually a common tool such as a socket wrench handle to complete the tool arrangement. The tool arrangement may be used to evenly apply torque to say internal nut to remove or tighten said internal nut of said drain fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas Farrell, Clarence Watson
  • Patent number: 6595091
    Abstract: A tool for removing and installing a golf spike, having a threaded stud and a cleat at one end of the stud, includes a tubular body that surrounds a cavity, pins projecting from an end wall at one end of the body, and an end cap closing the other end of the body. The pins are spaced and otherwise configured to fit into holes that are in the cleat, so that when a torque is applied to the body, it will be transferred to the spike. The cavity contains several replacement spikes. The end cap snaps onto the body, yet has the capacity to rotate on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Quick Point, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Williams
  • Patent number: 6554173
    Abstract: A Robertson driver is disclosed which has a slot (10) in the end of the tip (12) that can fit over a wire, enabling the user to manipulate the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Neil L. Currie
  • Patent number: 6474199
    Abstract: A drain installation apparatus for installing a drain assembly in a drain hole of a plumbing fixture. The drain installation apparatus includes a bridging member for bridging over the drain hole. A support member extends toward the drain hole when the bridging member is positioned over the drain hole. A holding member engages a top of the drain assembly. A handle member is mounted on the support member for being gripped by a hand of a user to rotate the support member. An attachment member is mounted on the bridging member for releasably mounting on an inner surface of the plumbing fixture adjacent to the drain hole. A cup member engages an upper fastener of the drain assembly. A lower handle member is mounted on the cup member for gripping by the hand of the user to produce rotation of the cup member. An engaging member engages a lower fastener of the drain assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Andras Szasz
  • Patent number: 6341927
    Abstract: A tamper resistant fastener, which can only be rotated with a specific key, is described. The fastener includes a head for rotation about a vertical axis. The head is provided with the least two cutouts in the head of the faster spaced away from the vertical axis, the cutouts having a discontinuous sidewall. The side wall of each of the cutouts has a first generally vertical engaging surface for engagement by a mating member on a specific key for clockwise rotation of the head about the vertical axis and a second generally vertical engaging surface for engagement by the mating member on the specific key for counter clockwise rotation of the head about vertical axis. The side wall of the cutout is interrupted adjacent the second engaging surface to prevent engagement by a tool other than the specific key and thereby prevent rotation of the fastener in a counter clockwise direction by a tool other than the specific key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Pinhead Components Inc.
    Inventors: Kip Hampson, Todd Ivanochko, Linda Young