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Title:
DRYWALL MUD DISPENSER CLOSURE SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/116824
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A drywall mud dispenser closure system includes a drywall mud applicator having an access opening therein, A closure assembly is removably positioned over the access opening and closes the access opening to inhibit air from entering the access opening.

Inventors:
SHAW, Todd (4335 340th Avenue, Ayrshire, IA, 50515, US)
Application Number:
US2015/013529
Publication Date:
August 06, 2015
Filing Date:
January 29, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SHAW, Todd (4335 340th Avenue, Ayrshire, IA, 50515, US)
International Classes:
E04F21/08
Foreign References:
US20040165932A12004-08-26
US20090252546A12009-10-08
US3442377A1969-05-06
US2677482A1954-05-04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WILLIAMS, Gregory, G. (115 Third Street Se, Suite 1200Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401-1266, US)
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Claims:
Docket No. SAK1 50

CLAIMS

I claim:

1 , A drywail mud applicator access opening closure system, said system including:

a drywail mud applicator having an access opening therein; and

a closure assembly being removably positioned over said access opening and dosing said access opening to inhibit air from entering said access opening. 2, The system according to claim I , wherein said closure assembly includes: a wall having a front side, a back side and a perimeter edge; and

an aperture cover being attached to and extending away from said front side, said aperture cover having a size and shape configured to cover said access opening to prevent air from entering the access opening.

3. The system according to claim 2, wherein said closure assembly includes said perimeter edge extending outwardly away from said aperture cover to defme a flange between said aperture cover and said wall to facilitate gripping of said wall, 4, The system according to claim 3» wherein said perimeter edge extends away from said flange in all directions with respect to said aperture cover.

5. The system according to claim 2, wherein said aperture cover has a tubular shape having a proximal end attached to said wall and a distal end spaced from said wall.

6. Th system according to claim 5, wherein said distal end has a well extending therein configured for receiving a conduit fluidly coupled to the access opening.

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7. The system according to c!aim 6, wherein said aperture cover has a cylindrical shape,

8. The system according to claim 2, wherein:

said wall has a rectangular shape and includes an upper edge, a lower edge, a first side edge and a second side edge;

said aperture cover being elongated and extending along a line oriented parallel to said upper edge, said aperture cover is nearer to said upper edge than said bottom edge, said aperture cover being removably extendable in said access opening of a drywali mud applicator; and

at least one coupler being mounted on said wall and releasably engaging said drywall mud applicator.

9. The system according to claim 8, wherein said aperture cover has a convexiy arcuate surface taken perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of said aperture cover,

10. The system according to claim 8, wherein said wall is comprised of a resiliently flexible material. 11. The system according to claim 8, wherein said at least one coupler includes a catch attached to said upper edge of said wall and which is positionable on a housing of said drywall wall applicator to bias said aperture cover against an edge of the access opening. 12. The system according to claim 8, further including a pair of stops, each of said stops being attached to said front side of said wall, said stops being spaced from each other such each of said stops is adjacent to one of said fi rst and second side edges, said stops each being abuttable against a side wall of the drywall mud applicator.

13. The system according to claim 5, wherein said aperture cover has a frustum shape and narrowing from said wail to said distal end, said aperture cover having a base abutting said wall having a length dimension and a width dimension wherein said length dimension is greater than said width dimension.

! 4, The system according to claim 6, wherein said aperture cover has a frustom shape and narrowing from said wall to said distal end, said aperture cover having a base abutting said wall having a length dimension and a width dimension wherein said length dimension is greater than said width dimension.

15, A drywall mud applicator access opening closure system, said system including:

a drywall mud applicator having an access opening therein;

a closure assembly being removably positioned over said access opening and closing said access opening to inhibit air from entering said access opening, said closure assembly including:

a wail having a front side, a back side and a perimeter edge; an aperture cover being attached to and extending away from said front side, said aperture cover having a size and shape configured to cover said access opening to prevent air from entering the access opening;

said perimeter edge extending outwardly away from said aperture cover to define a flange between said aperture cover and said wail to facilitate gripping of said wall, said perimeter edge extending away from said flange in all directions with respect to said aperture cover;

said aperture cover having a tubula shape having a proximal end attached to said wall and a distal end spaced from said wall;

said distal end having a well extending therein configured for receiving a conduit fluidiy coupled to the access opening.

Description:
DRYWALL MUD DISPENSER CLOSURE SYSTEM

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE

Fieic! of the Disclosure

The disclosure relates to covering devices for open housings having a fluidie medium therein and more particularly pertains to a new covering device for preventing mud from within a dry wall mud joint dispenser housing from drying out.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

An embodiment of the disclosure meets the needs presented above by generally comprising a drywali mud applicator having an access opening therein. A closure assembly s removably positioned over the access opening and closes the access opening to inhibit air from entering the access opening.

There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the disclosure in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the disclosure that will be described hereinafter aid which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto. The objects of the disclosure, along with the various features of novelty which charactenze the disclosure, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The disclosure will be better understood and objects other than those set forth above will become apparent whe consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:

Figure 1 is a side perspective view of a drywall mud dispenser closure system according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

Figure 2 is a side perspective view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Figure 3 is a front perspective view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Figure 4 is a rear perspective in-use view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Figure 5 is a side perspective in-use view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Figure 6 is a rear perspective view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Figure 7 is a cross-sectional view of an embodiment of the disclosure taken along line 7-7 of Figure 1.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODI MENT

With reference now to the drawings, and in particular to Figures 1 through 7 thereof, a new covering device embodying the principles and concepts of an embodiment of the disclosure and generally designated by the reference numeral 10 will be described.

As best illustrated in Figures 1 through 7, the drywall mud dispenser closure system 10 generally comprises a drywall mud applicator 12, 13 having an access opening 1 therein. The term "drywall mud applicator'* is conventional to include all forms of devices used for applying mud (drywall joint compound, adhesive filler, etc.) either directly to a wall surface alone or devices which apply mud and tape. The former devices may include those devices commonly known as flat or mud boxes 13, as is shown in U. S. Patent No. 6,146,039, or drywail tape and mud dispensers 32 one of which being depicted in U. S. Patent No. 7,568,513. These types of devices may include various access openings 14, or ports, either for filling with the mud material or for dispensing the mud material. In particular, drywail tape and mud dispenser 1 typically include a fill aperture to allow a person to pump the mud into the dispenser 12. This fill aperture 14 may include a conduit, or tube, for increasing the ease of lluidic attachment to a pump. Thus, the pump is typically placed in fluid communication with a container of mud, coupled to the conduit and then actuated to force mud into the dispenser 12 , Flat boxes 13 include an access opening 14 which is defined as an elongated dispensing opening, The access opening 1 allows the flat box 13 to be moved across a surface while depositing a smooth, wide path of mud on the wall over joints. In each of these eases, as well as other attachments understood within the art of drywail joint covering, the access openings 14 unfortunately allow air into the applicator 12, 13 which can cause the mud to dry out. This may occur, for instance, during a construction worker break or at the end of the work day. When the mud dries out, it must be removed by laborious methods which may include partial disassembly of the drywail mud applicator 12, 13.

A closure assembly 20 is removably positioned over the access opening Ϊ4 and closes the access opening 14 to inhibit air from entering the access opening 14. In this manner the mud within the drywail mud applicator 12, 13 will not dr out, Figures 1, 2 and 3 each depict various closure assemblies 20. The closure assembly 20 includes a wall 22 having a front side 24, a back side 26 and a perimeter edge 28, An aperture cover 30 is attached to and extends away from the front side 24, The aperture cover 30 has a size and shape configured to cover the access opening 14 to prevent air from entering the access opening 14. Generally, the closure assembly 20 may be comprised of a rubber, plastic or metallic material though it may be beneficial to utilize a material which is resiliently stretchable such as an elastomer.

The perimeter edge 28 extends outwardly away from the aperture cover 30 to define a flange 32 between the aperture cover 30 and the perimeter edge 28 of the wall 22, This area between the aperture cover 30 and the perimeter edge 28 forms a gripping area to facilitate gripping of the wall 22. The perimeter edge 28 may extend away from the flange in all directions with respect to the aperture cover 30, As shown in Figures 1, 2, , 5 and 7, the aperture cover 30 has a tubular shape having a proximal end 34 attached to the wall 22 and a distal end 36 spaced from the wall 22. The distal end 36 may have a well 38 extending therein configured for receiving the conduit, shown as attached to access opening 14 in Figure 7, f!uidly coupled to the access opening 1 . More particularly, the embodiment shown in Figures I and 4 may include an aperture cover 30 having a cylindrical shape. Alternatively, as shown in Figures 2 and 5, the aperture cover 30 may have a frustum shape and narrows from the wall 22 to the distal end 36.

Moreover, the aperture cover 30 may have a base abutting the wall 22 having a length dimension and a width dimension wherein the length dimension is greater than the width dimension. Such an aperture cover as shown in Figure 5 would primarily be used for additional attachments such as a conventional box fiiier adapter 40. It should be noted, however, that the closure assembly 20 of Figure 1 may be used to fit nozzles or conduits that might otherwise be used with the similar device of Figure 2 since the material of the Figure 1 device will be resiliency stretchable and therefore will conform to the box filler adapter 40 without requiring a particular shape to do so. in the embodiments of Figures 3 and 6, the wall 22 has a rectangular shape and includes an upper edge 42, a lower edge 44, a first side edge 46 and a second side edge 8, The aperture cover 30 of this embodiment is elongated and extends along a line oriented parallel to the upper edge 42, The aperture cover 30 is nearer to the upper edge 42 than the bottom edge 44 and is removably extendable in the access opening 14 of a drywall mud applicator 3 and more particularly the dispensing opening of a flat box. The aperture cover 30 may have convexly arcuate surface 50 taken perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the aperture cover 30, At least one coupler 52 is mounted on the wall 22 and releasab!y engages the drywall mud applicator 13, though more than one coupler 52 may be utilized, The couplers 52 may include hooks 5 that may engage lips

commonly found along an edge 56 of the flat bo or may simply be used to extend over the edge 56 of the flat box such that the aperture cover 30 is biased upwardly against an edge of the access opening 14 to help retain the wall 22 in abutment with the flat box. The couplers 52 and hooks 53 may comprise an elastomeric or similar material and be resiliently bendable. A pair of stops 54 may also be i ncluded. Each of the stops 54 is attached to the front side 24 of the wall 20, aid may be positioned on the lateral edges of the wall 20 5 and are spaced from each other such that each of the stops 54 is adjacent to one of the first 46 and second 48 side edges. The stops 54 are abuttable against an outer surface of a side wall 58 of the drywall mud applicator 13 to stabilize the wall 22 with respect to the drywall mud applicator 13.

!n use, the drywall mud applicator 12, 13 is used in a conventional manner to cover joints, fasteners and marks in the drywall. When the user stops using the drywall mud applicator 12, 13 the closure assembly 20 is used to cover the access opening 14, which may be used for filling or dispensing mud, to prevent the mud within the drywall mud applicator 12, 13 from drying out. When work is resumed the closure assembly 30 is removed from the drywall mud applicator 12, 13. It should be understood that not all of the drywall mudding assist devices are shown which may benefit from the closure assemblies 20 shown herein. The version shown in Figure 1 may be used, in various sizes, for use on angle boxes, goosenecks, pumps, automatic taping tools, needle valves and the like which may easily become clogged and unusable when the mud material therein dries out.

With respect to the above description then, it is to be realised that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of an embodiment enabled by the disclosure, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by an embodiment of the disclosure. Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the disclosure. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the disclosure to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, failing within the scope of the disclosure. In this patent document, the word "comprising" is used in its non-limiting sense to mean that items following the word axe included, but items not specifically mentioned are not excluded. A reference to an element by the indefinite article "a" does not exclude the possibility that more than one of the element is present, unless the context clearly requires that there be only one of the elements.